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Emmure Debut New Song “Protoman”

Emmure‘s new song “Protoman” (Mega Man reference?) is now available for streaming below. It is taken from the groups forthcoming album “Slave To The Game“, which hits stores on April 10th through Victory.

Chimaira’s Mark Hunter Clarifies His ‘Songwriting Comment’

Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter has clarified his recent songwriting, etc. comments. Once again speaking through a series of postings on his Twitter, he stated:

“My who writes the music comment does not imply I am sole writer unless you interpret it that way. I do write a ton for Chim. Never said all”

“Songs I wrote for age of hell..tracks 1-3 / grave most of snake stoma scum of the earth – did keys on all songs with pat from @OhioSkymusic”

“rob wrote the rest of tunes. Ben had a lot to do with arrangement. Matt did not participate.”

“The rest you can read the liner notes.”

“Only 3/7 releases have same line-up. The argument is moot.”

“Thank you for the press.”

Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto has addressed the backlash they faced following their decision to tour with Asking Alexandria, I See Stars, Motionless In White and more later this week.

Speaking with Metal Insider, the following exchange took place:

I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but it’s also somewhat surprising to see you playing with a band like Asking Alexandria.

Yeah, that was a really random tour offer. When we got it, we were like “Alright… that’s different.” It wasn’t something we were actually planning on doing, but we looked at it objectively and were like “Alright, we just did the Dream Theater tour,” and that was a really outside the box tour. I’m sure a lot of people were saying the same thing, like “Oh, Trivium touring with Dream Theater? That’s kinda weird!”

But we did it, it was a totally different experience. When you’re outside the box, and not playing the normal tour, like I’d consider this [tour with In Flames, Veil Of Maya and Kyng] to be a comfortable tour. 99.9% of the people [we’re playing for] know who we are, into what we do. Us and In Flames fit very well together.

The Dream Theater tour, to me it’s as far left as you can go, and as far right as you can go with Asking Alexandria, which is a heavy band but not in “this” heavy world. Like that’s the Warped Tour heavy metal, and not saying that in a derogatory way at all. Literally there is another heavy scene that exists and parallels in some ways and in some ways so different.

Our whole thing was when we got the offer, what were we going to be doing in that time anyway? Originally, I think we were possibly going down to South America with some other bands, and that would have been amazing. But the focus of this album has been the U.S. and hitting it as hard as possible and from every angle.

We were just like “You know what, we should do this. It’s going to be way different.” A lot of people that are into our band might not like that we’re doing it, but to stay relevant and to keep new people coming into our music, we have to do tours like this. I am definitely looking forward to it because if it really is as many new kids as I’m hoping it is and kids that are that young, there very impressionable.

If they’ve never heard us, we could be their gateway into this side of the heavy world. And that’s just the way I look at it. Either way, we’re playing the same music that we would be playing on these kind of tours.

I knew a lot of kids would be at first shocked by it, but at the same time I know a lot of kids will come out and see and support us. It’s going to be a good time either way, and we have more touring that’s outside the box that we haven’t done. Like these radio festivals, we’ve never done this stuff!

And that’s another heavy world that’s separate from Warped Tour and Mayhem heavy metal. We’re doing Rocklahoma, Rock On The Range, we’re doing a bunch of shows with Five Finger Death Punch on off dates. I think we got a good ten or twelve festivals that we’ve never done. It’s a new world for us, like the acoustic thing. We’ve never experienced that, and I’m sure these festivals are going to be cool

They’ll be more like what the European Festivals are than Mayhem is because they’re stand alone festivals, bands travel in. So in a way, it’s kind of a mirror of what we’re doing the next month when we’re going to Europe.”

Other topics covered in the aforementioned interview include the bands new album, 360 deals and band frontman/guitarist Matt Heafy‘s infamous royalty check tweet.

Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders recently cleared the air involving the bands present day relationship with System Of A Down. Speaking with Hysteria magazine he confirms that both of the bands are friends, with “no qualms.”

Rumors of tension between the outfits have circulated ever since an altercation between Mastodon vocalist/guitarist Brent Hinds and System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian and musician William Hudson occurred back in 2007. The incident left Hinds hospitalized with brain hemorrhaging, a broken nose and black eyes.

You can watch footage of Sanders discussing the current relationship between the two outfits and putting the rumors to bed below:

Touche Amore, Defeater, Code Orange Kids and Birds In Row will team up for the following U.S. tour together this spring:

04/17 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
04/18 Manchester, NH – Rockos
04/19 Amityville, NY – Ollie’s Point
04/20 New Brunswick, NJ – The Loft
04/21 Harrisonburg, VA – Downtown34
04/22 Nashville, TN – The End
04/23 Indianapolis, IN – The Hoosier Dome
04/24 Covington, KY – Bangarang’s
04/25 Columbus, OH – Skully’s
04/26 Lansing, MI – The Loft (Harem Lounge)
04/27 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
04/28 Rockford, IL – Millennium Center

Jeff Loomis (Ex-Nevermore) Previews New Solo album “Plains Of Oblivion”

An album sampler video for Jeff Loomis‘ (ex-Nevermore) upcoming album “Plains Of Oblivion” has been released below. “Plains Of Oblivion” is due in stores April 10th. A number of guest cameos will appear on the effort, including Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth), Ihsahn and more.

Melvins Streaming New Track “Friends Before Larry”

Yet another new Melvins song has graced the internet. The latest is their song “Friends Before Larry“, which you can check out over at Metal Sucks. The song is taken from the groups forthcoming free EP, “Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees“, which will be made available online on March 13th. A new album titled “Freak Puke” from the groups ‘Melvins Lite‘ incarnation will follow on June 05th.

Spineshank Announce Official Release Date For “Anger Denial Acceptance”

Spineshank‘s signing with Century Media Records has now officially been announced by the label. Along with the following press release comes word of a firm release date for the groups new album “Anger Denial Acceptance“. You can now expect that outing to hit North American stores on June 19th.

Grammy-nominated alternative-metal act SPINESHANK have reunited after a six year hiatus and are back full force and completely rejuvenated. The band have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records for the release of their new album, Anger Denial Acceptance, that will be released in North America on June 19 and in Europe on June 18.

“We’re very excited to be on a great label like Century Media,” comments guitarist Mike Sarkysian. “Aside from being the premier label for rock and metal, the seem to really understand our vision and are as excited as we are about taking Spineshank to a whole new level!”

Anger Denial Acceptance will be the band’s fourth album and follow up to their 2003 release, Self-Destructive Pattern. “This is by far the proudest I have ever been of any Spineshank record,” says Sarkysian. “Anger Denial Acceptance is the darkest and the most honest this band has ever been.”

SPINESHANK - vocalist Jonny Santos, drummer Tommy Decker, guitarist Mike Sarkysian and bassist Rob Garcia – have sold over 300,000 albums with their three previous releases on Roadrunner Records and have played alongside SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLIPKNOT and many other notable acts. The band have held chart topping radio hits and even received a Grammy nomination for the single “Smothered“. With the release of Anger Denial Acceptance and extensive touring plans around the album, SPINESHANK will reestablish their place in the world of rock in 2012.”