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The Contortionist To Begin Recording New Album In February

The Contortionist have confirmed to Guitarworld.com that they will begin recording their as-yet untitled new album in February. Sessions for the effort will take place at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida with Jason Suecof (Trivium, All That Remains) and Eyal Levi of Daath fame handling the production duties.

A late spring/early summer 2012 release date via Good Fight Music is expected.

Murder Construct Recording New Album

Murder Construct (Cattle Decapitation, Intronaut, etc.) have hit the studio to begin recording their as-yet untitled full-length debut for Relapse. The band have been tracking the effort at Architeuthis Sound in North Hollywood, CA with engineer Sean Vahle. Drums for the effort are being recorded at Trench Studios in Corona, CA with John Haddad (Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut) however.

Speaking on the outing, band guitarist/vocalist Leon del Muerte offered:

“I’m not even sure we thought we’d ever finally get around to doing this shit. Over the last couple of years, we’ve managed to piece together 12 shivarees to the blast beat. We decided to invite some of our friends over to help with the shenanigans, too! Overall, should be a big, fat, noisy fucking mess that picks up where the EP left off.”

A mid-2012 release date via Relapse is expected.

At least one of the reasons for the gap in the routing of Whitechapel‘s recently-announced “The Recorruptour” has been revealed. The band will spend a portion of April touring throughout Latin America with The Devil Wears Prada and Architects. You can find the dates for that below:

04/21 Sao Paulo, BRA – Carioca Club
04/22 Curitiba, BRA – Music Hall
04/24 Buenos Aires, ARG – El Teatro Flores
04/25 Santiago, CHL – Teatro Teleton
04/27 Bogota, COL – Teatro Metro Bogota
04/29 Mexico, MEX – Circo Volador

Pulling Teeth To Play Final Show Next Month

Pulling Teeth will play their final show together at The Sonar Compound in Baltimore, MD on January 21st. The show will be part of the “A389 VIII Anniversary Bash” and will also feature performances from the likes of Eyehategod, Integrity, Starkweather, Weekend Nachos and more.

Speaking on their decision to break up, the band offered:

“As a band we have accomplished everything that we have set out to do. Life is short. It’s time to move on and do other things.”

Whitechapel‘s “The Recorruptour” has officially been announced. As expected, the trek will primarily feature support from Miss May I, After The Burial and The Plot In You. Structures and Within The Ruins will also join the bill on select legs of the trek, dates for which can be found below:

With Structures:

03/10 Memphis, TN – Newbys
03/11 Knoxville, TN – Valerium
03/13 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
03/14 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
03/15 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
03/16 Kansas City, KS – Beaumont
03/17 Wichita, KS – The Scene/ary
03/20 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
03/21 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
03/22 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
03/23 Fresno, CA – Retro
03/24 Tucson, AZ – Rialto
03/25 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
03/27 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
03/28 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
03/29 McAllen, TX – El Rey
03/30 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock

With Within The Ruins:

05/03 Louisville, KY – Expo 5
05/04 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
05/05 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
05/08 Orlando, FL – HOB
05/09 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
05/10 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
05/12 Columbus, OH – Newport
05/13 Huntington, WV – The Bid Sandy
05/15 Albany, NY – Northern Lights
05/16 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
05/17 Portland, ME – State Theater

Blackguard Book April Headlining Dates

Blackguard have booked the following three shows to lead them into their trek with Kittie, The Agonist and Bonded By Blood. Here’s how those dates look:

04/01 Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s
04/05 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
04/06 Charlotte, NC – The Casbah
04/07 Richmond, VA – Kingdom
04/09 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611

††† (Crosses) Book Three More Californian Shows For February

††† (Crosses) have announced even more Californian shows for February. Here’s where the the band will be playing:

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

The band will be joined by Secret Empire and one as-yet unannounced act at the shows.

Fan-filmed footage from the fourth and final night (December 10th) of Metallica‘s series of “30 Years Of Metallica” shows has made its way online. The latest to be posted includes footage of the bands live debut of their “Death Magnetic” b-side “Rebel Of Babylon“, their Black Sabbath covers with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler and more.

You can check that out, along with some more newly-posted videos from the third night (December 09th,) below:

Fourth night (December 10th:)
Rebel Of Babylon“:

click here for the rest of the footage…

A few months back the Queens Of The Stone Age hit the studio to track a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Outlaw Blues“. Audio of that has now hit the web and can be heard below. The song was recorded for Amnesty International backed Bob Dylan tribute, “Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan“.

That effort, which features 70 covers from the likes of Tom Morello, Mariachi El Bronx, Bad Religion and many more, can be streamed in exchange for a ‘like’ via Facebook. It will see an official release on January 24th with the full track listing and pre-orders available at Amnestyusa.org.

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