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Woe, Is Me Post Teaser Of Katy Perry Cover

Woe, Is Me have posted a teaser for their cover of Katy Perry‘s “Last Friday Night (TGIF)” below. The full song is due to premiere online this coming Tuesday, November 08th. The track itself meanwhile is featured on “Punk Goes Pop Vol. 4“, which has been slated for a November 21st release date through Fearless.

Napalm Death will return with their 14th studio album on February 28th in North America. The effort will carry the title of “Utilitarian” and will see a release through Century Media. Band frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway had the following to say about the outing:

“After some deliberation, we have decided on Utilitarian as the album title. We generally try to avoid generic titles, and this seemed to have a lot of scope to it. I won’t explain the full meaning of Utilitarianism here because it’s an ethical theory, and as ethical theories go, the depth and debate around it is quite heavy at times. It has a certain ‘morality’ aspect to it and that isn’t something that drives me, so I also certainly have issues with it.

So, rather than just nail that straight to the mast, of course we wanted to put our own spin on it by suggesting that those (i.e. the utilitarian in us, perhaps) who try to challenge everything, or fight against conventions, well, we go through periods of real self-doubt where we wonder if we’re really making a difference. I suppose the conclusion is that, for the sake of all our freedoms, you should never stop, as even the feeling of resistance is at least a signal to those who would like to entirely control and dominate us – meaning everything from our instinctive behavior to our human entitlement to walk the earth unprovoked.

Regarding the album overall, the final creases should be ironed out fairly soon, and immediately after that, we thought it would be good to top it off with a few UK dates. We’ve been playing one new song (“Quarantined“) out on a tour of Canada and it’s been well received, so we hope to perhaps throw in another one for now. Either way, we’ll be bouncing off the walls again near you very soon. Cheers all.”

You can find fan-filmed footage of the band performing the aforementioned new track “Quarantined” below:

Gwar‘s Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) has released a new statement regarding the passing of their guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus). In it he also confirms the bands decision to continue on with their current tour. You can read it in its entirety below:

“After a restless night spent hurtling through the desolate Canadian wilderness, I crawled from my bunk on the tour bus to face reality, grudgingly aware that the the dark dream that gripped us would not fade with the day. We have lost a brother, a husband, a son, and one of the most talented musicians that ever slung an ax. Cory Smoot, longtime lead guitar player for the band GWAR, has passed at the age of 34.

As the singer of GWAR and one of his best friends, I feel it is my duty to try and answer some of the questions that surround his tragic and untimely death. I know the sense of loss and pain is far greater in scope than in the insulated environment of a band on tour, and I will do my best to provide what clarity and comfort I can.

The most glaring question is how? And unfortunately that is the hardest question to answer. The truth will not be known until the medical officials have finished their work. All I can do is relate what we saw with our own eyes.

The last time I saw Cory was after our show in Minneapolis on Weds. night. It was a great show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, one of our favorite places to play. Cory was happy. He was excited about the band and especially the new studio he was building in the Slave Pit back in Richmond. He was deeply in love with his wife, Jamie, and was busily planning their family and future in the beautiful home they had. As usual, after some autographs and banter, I was probably the first person in their bunk as we got ready for a big drive into Canada, and Cory and the rest of the guys were not far behind. As I fell into the slumber that only playing GWAR shows can induce, everything seemed right in the world.

We found Cory the next morning as we collected passports for a border crossing. He was in his bunk, unresponsive, and it quickly was clear that he was dead. It was without a doubt the most horrible moment of my life. That’s all I can say about it.

Within moments everybody was off the bus, standing in a wind-swept parking lot in the middle of nowhere, trying to come to grips with the shock of it. First the ambulance arrived, and then the police, but there was nothing that could be done other than fully investigate the scene and remove Cory with care and respect.

We are completely devastated and shocked beyond belief. One night we had our friend and colleague, happy and healthy in the middle of our best tour in years- and the next morning, so suddenly, he was gone. Never have I seen starker proof of the fragility of life.

Cory will be transported home to Richmond over the next few days, and an announcement regarding services will be made soon. We ask everyone to respect the families wish for privacy, and especially to keep his wife, Jamie, in your thoughts and prayers.

As we work our way through these difficult days the question is — what will GWAR do? After a lot of consideration, we have decided to carry on with the tour. Although the great temptation would be to return home, curl into a fetal position, and mourn, we can’t do that.

First off, Cory wouldn’t want that. He would want us to go on and would be pissed if we didn’t. Plus we know the fans don’t want us to quit. They are going to want a chance to come to grips with their loss, and there is no better place to do that than at a GWAR show. Though it’s hard to believe, I think we all would feel a lot worse if we stopped. For better or worse we have to see this through.

That doesn’t mean that Cory will make his final journey without us. When the arrangements have been finalized, Cory‘s best friend and GWAR‘s music tech Dave “Gibby” Gibson, and myself will return home to attend the services and pay the proper respects to our comrade.

Out of respect to Cory, we have officially retired the character of Flattus Maximus. Flattus has decided to return to his beloved “Planet Home“, and will never return to this mudball planet again. And this is a sadder place for that.

Just the other day I heard Cory tell a story about how some 20 years ago he was fourteen years old, at his first GWAR show, grabbing at the rubber feet of our then- current Flattus, and how blown away he was at the fact that now HE was the one getting his feet pulled by the same kid that he used to be.

Cory was always in awe of the patterns of life and went through it with a wide-eyed amazement that translated through his playing. I’ve never known anyone who could pick up literally any instrument and rock it the first time he touched it, and more than that make it look easy.

Behind that rubber monster outfit, and sometimes even obscured by it, was one of the most talented and beautiful people I have ever known. I know everyone who’s life was touched by Cory truly loved him, as do we, his bandmates and brothers.

There should be some kind of announcement soon regarding services, etc. It would be great to have a memorial show at some point soon, where some of the bands that Cory worked with could come together and show their love for this truly amazing man who left us all too soon and will be sorely missed by many, many people.

Dave Brockie, Nov. 4, 2011″

Black Sabbath To Make Mystery Announcement Later This Month

Black Sabbath are set to hold a press conference at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on November 11th at 11:11am. A teaser image for the pending mystery announcement can be found over at the bands official website, Blacksabbath.com. Obviously there have been on and off again rumors of an original lineup reuinion circulating for months, could this finally be it?

Stray From The Path Flip Van While On Tour, To Play Tonight’s Show

Stray From The Path flipped their van while en route to Salt Lake City, UT last night/early this morning. The group tweeted about the experience stating:

“We flipped our van. Everyone is all good. No idea about equipment or van. Trailer is destroyed.”

A photo of the carnage can also be found below. Despite the setback, the band have since confirmed that they will be playing tonight’s show in Salt Lake City, UT, adding:

“Stray from the path will be playing the show tonight in salt lake city. Thank you for the support. We love you.”

click here to view the accident photo…

Iwrestledabearonce covered Slipknot‘s “(sic)” during their October 31st Halloween performance at the Ace Of Spades In Sacramento, CA. The set saw the band dressed up as Slipknot in light of the holiday and footage of their rendition can be found below.

Meanwhile, the band offered the following on the cover:

“Never even practiced this as a full band, but who doesn’t know slipknot by heart? i mean really… if you don’t like slipknot then you’re a fucking terrorist.”

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