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Suffokate Film New Music Video

Suffokate filmed a new music video for an as-yet unspecified track in the Los Angeles, CA area yesterday, January 29th. More details on the video are expected soon.

Gojira’s Mario Duplantier Talks New Album & Sea Shepherd EP

Gojira drummer Mario Duplantier recently sat down with to discuss the bands forthcoming new album for Roadrunner and more.

Speaking on the album:

“We have a title but we can’t reveal it yet. The title will be surprising. We need to decide on the songs. At the moment we have 14 or 15 songs recorded but personally I would love to have all the songs on the album. I think we are keeping two songs as bonus tracks or something special. The album is simpler; there is more space and atmosphere which makes it massive. I think we created something big, catchy, kept the violence but we are more subtle this time.”

On the status of the groups long-delayed Sea Shepherd EP:

“We should have kept it a secret. We have a few things to do. We had a few problems come up and one was that the computer crashed and lost the hard drive. But when the new album is released, we will start working on it again. It will be a priority for sure.”

More Dates Slip Out For Mastodon, Opeth & Ghost Tour

More dates continue to slip out for Mastodon‘s forthcoming “Hunter Heritage Tour” with Opeth & Ghost. Here’s the latest:

04/11 New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
04/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/19 Dallas, TX – The Palladium
04/25 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
04/26 Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre

Refused To Play “Primavera Sound Festival” In Spain This May

Refused have broadened their European touring plans with more dates. Here’s how their current schedule is now set to run:

04/13 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
04/18 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
04/20 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
04/22 New York, NY – Terminal 5
04/23 New York, NY – Terminal 5
04/27 Berlin, GER – Monster Bash Festival
04/29 Meerhout, BEL – Groezrock Festival
05/31 Barcelona, SPA – San Miguel Primavera Sound
06/04 Milano, ITA – Arena Fiera Di Rho
08/09 Gothenburg, SWE – Way Out West Festival
08/10 Oslo, NOR – Øya Festival

Lamb Of God‘s song “King Me” is featured in a new teaser for the upcoming fifth season of the HBO TV series, “True Blood“. You can find the teaser below. Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, an avid fan of the series, commented via Twitter on the songs inclusion in the teaser stating:

“…I am in VAMPIRE GEEK HEAVEN right now. STOKED.”

When called out about liking the show, he replied:

“I DON’T GIVE A FUCK what you or ANYONE ELSE says about True Blood- I FUCKING LOVE IT, MY MUSIC IS ON THE PROMO, & I am CELEBRATING the sheer AWESOMENESS of the fact that I now have a connect & I am reveling in that AND ALL ITS FAGGY VAMPIRE GLORY!!! SO STOKED!!! & now I will drive to Kroger to pick up some pasta sauce, BLASTING “King Me”, & looking for goths to high-five! TRUE BLOOD, FTW!!!”

††† (Crosses) have confirmed the live musicians tapped to flesh out their upcoming debut live shows together. Along with the groups core members Chino Moreno (Deftones), Shaun Lopez (Far) and Chuck Doom; they will be joined in a live capacity by the following:

Chris Robyn (drums for Far)
Dino Campanella (drums for dredg)
Jono Evans (guitars for Endless Hallway)

As previously reported, the group will make their live debut this coming Tuesday, January 31st with Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross and Secret Empire as support. Dates for that run include:

01/31 Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
02/01 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
02/03 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
02/04 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s

Current Testament drummer Gene Hoglan has been pulling double duty on the bands current tour with Anthrax and Death Angel. Hoglan has been filling in for Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, who has taken a short leave from the trek to be with his terminally ill mother.

Speaking on the opportunity Hoglan offered:

“I am honoured to have been asked by Charlie to fill in for ANTHRAX in his time of need. We are all Metal Brethren, and this is what we do. Unite for the cause, unite for the fans, and unite for metal. Everybody on this tour has pulled together to keep this tour rollin’, everybody is kicking ass. And everyone on this tour is sending our love and respect to the Benante and Bello families. And Charlie, we can’t wait to have ya back where you belong, my man. I’m just keeping your throne warm for ya bro.

-Gene Hoglan

Converge Finish Drum Tracking For New Album

Converge drummer Ben Koller has wrapped up laying down the drum tracks for seventeen songs for possible inclusion on the bands upcoming album. The group began recording the effort earlier this week at Godcity with band guitarist Kurt Ballou once again handling the production duties.

Dani Filth Offers Update On New Temple Of The Black Moon Supergroup

New supergroup Temple Of The Black Moon vocalist Dani Filth (also of Cradle Of Filth) has given a new update on the band via the groups Facebook. You can read it below:

“Long time dead my dear friends.

Welcome to the Temple Of The Black Moon, wherein all your desires and deepest darkest fantasies become terrifying reality at the press of a stereo button.

I’m writing to you now to let you in on exactly what is brewing with this band and the bunch of hellish reprobates contained therein. I, Dani Filth, third in line to the Baronet of Hades, have just returned from a week in Bergen, Norway, where TOTBM have been ensconced in a studio (which is simultaneously working on the new ‘God Seed‘ album, I hasten to add), putting the spit and polish to the album’s worth of music we’ve written.

Thus far we have the following titles to confirm, with a further couple of corkers steaming down the pipeline soon…

Beautifully Perverse‘, ‘Into The Void‘, ‘Don’t Call Up What You Can’t Put Down‘, ‘Infernal Desire Machine‘, ‘Alchemy, Myself And I‘, ‘Dark Eyes For Trouble‘, ‘C.N.T (All That’s Missing Is You)‘, ‘Persephone‘, ‘Last Of The Vampire Playboys‘, ‘Another Dead Thing Between Us‘ and ‘Catch‘.

Everything is sounding great and we are hoping to secure management (we’re in the midst of discussions) and then a record deal in the foreseeable future, though no names can be uttered yet… I’m an absolute bugger when it comes to jinxes!

My time in Bergen was a riot. I was lodging at Tom’s with Geir and Rob as well as Tom’s American girlfriend Stefanie which proved a bit of a pile-up when it came to using the bathroom every morning! Actually that’s baring in mind that we didn’t actually see the morning all week ,save for the very last day when we had to pack down the gear early before Rob’s flight. After long stretches in the studio analysing music, playing music or reading old copies of European metal mags, (plus the nights spent downstairs from the studio at The Garage rock bar, or at various people’s apartments partying), the mornings became obsolete almost overnight!

Still, we managed to squeeze in some national press , including radio and a double spread in a national daily newspaper, plus we also managed a studio report with Metal Hammer Germany, playing the journalist Gunnar six demo tracks to whet his salubrious appetite.

Highlights of the trip had to be the Friday night bar crawl (Rob getting locked outside the flat and not waking anyone until 10 in the morning, so okay, he got to see the dreadful hours), hearing Tom’s demons for real, the marathon wine drinking evening Saturday night, hanging out with a famous Norwegian actor called Helge Jordal and hooking up with friends from God Seed, Dimmu, Enslaved, Susperia, Taake, Battalion, Immortal and Sahg to name but a smattering. Oh, and watching the other guys (Geir, Rob, Tom and Ice Dale) handling backing vocal duties to proper comedic effect! They actually sound great though….

So that’s it for the time being fellow night owls. As up to date as it can possibly be. And hopefully next time I put gob to paper I will hopefully have news of an impending studio date, sample lyrics and even perhaps some demo material to air.

How incredibly exciting!

Bestial Wishes…

Dani Filth, Suffolk, England”

The groups lineup consists of:

Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth)
Rob Caggiano (Anthrax/The Damned Things)
King (ex-Gorgoroth, Ov HELL, Sahg)
John Tempesta (ex-White Zombie, The Cult)

TesseracT To Begin Work On Next Album Shortly

TesseracT are nearly done tracking material for their new acoustic EP. They will follow it up by shifting their focus to their next album. Speaking on that recently through their Facebook they stated:

“…We’ve got one more track to finish and then we hand in the acoustic inspired EP to the label. At which point we’ll start work on the big number 2! Which probably won’t be called two, sorry. Probably…”