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Suicide Silence have given a revealing interview to Altpress.com in which they detail their life of excess prior to the passing of their frontman Mitch Lucker and the healing process that followed. Amid the chat guitarist Chris Garza speaks of the bands time spent in therapy—a suggestion from their manager—after Lucker‘s passing::

“We were in therapy. Suicide Silence were straight-up in therapy. There were things I didn’t even realize I was thinking, about Mitch, until the therapist drew it out. I think we all bury shit emotionally and mentally. And when somebody makes you confront it, it really sucks at first. I was a mess for a while.”

Fellow guitarist Mark Heylmun also spoke of those sessions:

“Everybody that’s been in a band knows that everybody has those things you don’t talk about; things that are touchy subjects with different members that you just start to avoid. Therapy is where we had to bring those uncomfortable things up and talk about them, because we had to hash it out and resolve them if we were going to continue on.”

Hydra Head devotees should take note of an upcoming new outfit by the name of Sumac. The group feature ex-Isis vocalist/guitarist Aaron Turner and heralded Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn. The group have already wrapped up their debut album “The Deal“, which will see a February release on Profound Lore/SIGE Records.

Sweetening the pot is the addition of Brian Cook (Russian Circles, ex-Botch, etc.), who handled the bass in the studio for the group. They also hope to have Cook join them during some future planned live outings. According to Turner, the band won’t be a mere one-off:

“We are pursuing this as a fully functional band rather than side project, with plans to play live in the coming year and continue with further writing/recording thereafter.”

Mell Dettmer oversaw most of the recording of the outing while Converge‘s Kurt Ballou was tasked with mixing. The tentative track listing for “The Deal” runs as follows:

01 – “Spectral Gold
02 – “Thorn In The Lion’s Paw
03 – “Hollow King
04 – “Blight’s End Angel
05 – “The Deal
06 – “Radiance Of Being
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Metal legend Philip H Anselmo‘s (Down, ex-Pantera) low appraisal of Metallica‘s “Load for Metal Hammer got more than a few people talking. That full ‘Discs Of Doom’ feature, has now been published online over at Metal Hammer, though you’ll have to signup to read it in full. It finds Anselmo revealing various important albums to him with some excerpts posted below:

Anselmo stated that the album he wants to be remembered for is:

“I’m going with my knee-jerk reaction here: the first record that pops in my head is Vulgar Display Of Power. I don’t think there’ll be any arguments there and I think people will understand that without any explanation at all!”

The album Anselmo wishes he had made himself is Slayer‘s “Hell Awaits“:

“When Hell Awaits came out, the sound and production of metal was going through many changes. Besides Trouble, the first band that really stepped it up for crunch was Metallica with Kill ’Em All. That’s fine and all – it’s a classic record – but I’m a sucker for odes to Old Nick, so I’ll take Hell Awaits for its creativity and absolute disdain for all things Christian.”

The album he wants played at his funeral is U2‘s “War“.

“Well it’s a funeral environment, so let’s make it as gothic and tragic as possible. Some old U2 would be perfect, man, something like Drowning Man, which is on War. It’d also be good to make a mixtape of stuff with Asleep by The Smiths and The Child’s Right by Swans on there.”

Exodus have now confirmed all three guest artists for their new album “Blood In, Blood Out“. It’s been no secret that Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett—himself a former member of the outfit—would be guesting on the track “Salt The Wound“.

Producer/musician Dan The Automator will also surprisingly guest on the opening track “Black 13“, while Testament vocalist Chuck Billy appears on “BTK“. The finalized track listing for the deluxe edition of the album runs as follows:

01 – “Black 13” (feat. Dan The Automator)
02 – “Blood In, Blood Out
03 – “Collateral Damage
04 – “Salt The Wound” (feat. Kirk Hammett of Metallica)
05 – “Body Harvest
06 – “BTK” (feat. Chuck Billy of Testament)
07 – “Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08 – “My Last Nerve
09 – “Numb
10 – “Honor Killings
11 – “Food For The Worms

A bonus DVD packaged with that edition of the album will feature the following:

-”Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage
-Behind-the-scenes tour footage
-Footage from Kirk Hammett‘s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con

The bands guitarist Gary Holt said of working with Dan The Automator, whose contributions are said to skew towards the industrial vein:

“We ran into each other a couple times. I knew what I wanted to hear and I knew he could do it, and could do it that day. So we sent him a file with the drums and guitars we already had there and just told him to go crazy with it.”

You can pre-order that album now at this location ahead of its October 14th release on Nuclear Blast. In addition to joining up with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies on this fall tour, Exodus will be playing the following headlining shows:

11/23 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
11/24 Springfield, VA – Empire
12/03 Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
12/07 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
12/08 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
12/09 Billings, MT – Pub Station
12/10 Spokane, WA – The Hop
12/11 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
12/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

Boysetsfire will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album “After The Eulogy” with a series of East Coast full-album performances. Those sets will also feature a smattering a number of other tracks and hit the following cities:

10/22 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
10/23 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
10/24 Allston, MA – Great Scott
10/25 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/26 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus

The Hell have followed up their provocative letter to metalcore by deciding to breakup and then reunite shortly after, multiple times. As Metal Injection pointed out, the band hit their Facebook on August 31st, announcing:

“AFTER READING ALL OF THE COMMENTS ABOUT HOW WE ARE STUPID AND SHOULD DIE, WE HAVE DECIDED TO BREAK UP. SORRY FOR WHAT WE SAID. THIS IS 100% TRUE AND NOT A PUBLICITY STUNT. WE ARE REALLY DONE. THIS IS REALLY IT. WE WILL PLAY OUR LAST SHOWS IN 2094 AND OTHER TOURING WILL NOT BE AFFECTED. IT’S BEEN REAL.”

Later that day, the group announced their return and a ‘reunion tour’, via the following post:

“GUESS WHO’S BACK? CAN’T WAIT TO START PLAYING SHOWS AGAIN. WE’RE BACK TO RECLAIM OUR CROWN.

THE HELL”

Yet another breakup announcement and reunion announcement followed later in the same day. If anything the band continue to entertain in their constant button pushing, having also shifted their sights to the djent genre as well:

“ONLY PLAY 2 STRINGS BECAUSE WE ARE 3 TIMES BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE ON GUITAR. OH, AND 4 TIMES BETTER THAN YOU DJENT CUNTS.”

Musical genres aren’t the only thing to suffer the wrath of the band however, as they have also released the following  satirical take on the ever-present controversial t-shirt designs often printed by metal bands as of late. You can pick it up here.
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Chiodos Part Ways With Drummer & Bassist, Announce Replacements

It seemed a bit odd that Chiodos failed to address ex-The Mars Volta/Suicidal Tendencies, etc. drummer Thomas Pridgen reveal that he would be joining them for their immediate touring. As it turns out it was for good reason, as the group have now prepared the following statement announcing the departure of bassist Matt Goddard and Derrick Frost from their lineup.

Both are said to have left the outfit to “pursue personal interests.” Pridgen will be taking over for Frost on drums, while Joe Troy of Rx Bandits will step in on bass. Here’s what the band had to say of the matter:

“We are excited and gearing up for The Parks and Devastation Tour that starts on Thursday, September 4th with A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, and Motionless And White. Before we hit the road we have some both exciting and unfortunate news. Derrick Frost and Matt Goddard have both chosen to discontinue touring and recording but instead spend more time with their loved ones and pursue other interests at home.

It’s been a long and great journey with both of these gentleman, Matt dating back to the very beginning, and Derrick a part of three albums with us. We wish them the best in all that they choose to do moving forward. They’ve been long time brothers to us and always will be. Our good friends Thomas Pridgen and Joe Troy are coming to rock with us.

We have been rehearsing like crazy in Michigan so get ready for a great show. We’re very excited to have them join us on this journey as we’ve always been fans of their musicianship. We can’t wait for you all to experience this with us as we continue to tour and write new material. See you at a city near you soon!”

Dates for the above-mentioned tour can be found right here.

More participants have been confirmed for the coming Northeast Edition of A Day To Remember‘s ‘Self Help Fest‘. Newly added to the event are August Burns Red and Crown The Empire. This puts the currently announced lineup as such with more pending:

A Day To Remember
Bring Me The Horizon
The Wonder Years
August Burns Red
The Story So Far
Motionless In White
Chiodos
Crown The Empire
Gnarwolves

This ‘Northeast Edition’ of the festival will be held at The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA on October 04th. For more details, hit Selfhelpfest.com.

Narrows & Retox Split EP Due In December

Narrows and Retox‘s upcoming 7″ EP is now due for a December 02nd release through Three One G. As previously reported, some streams from that outing and pre-orders for it can be found here.

If you’re curious as to how Linkin Park‘s “In The End” would sound if sung by the likes of Korn, Alice In Chains, Bob Marley, The Doors, Strapping Young Lad and more, head to the latest ‘Ten Second Songs’ video done by Anthony Vincent below. As you can see at the end of the clip, Vincent‘s renditions managed to get a seal of approval from Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.
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This weeks Boxscore report features a sampling of the earnings and attendance numbers from recent shows played by:

Kiss
Def Leppard
The Dead Daisies
Aerosmith
Slash
Motley Crue
Alice Cooper
Alice In Chains
Monster Truck
DevilDriver
Whitechapel
Revocation
Carnifex
Fit For An Autopsy
Rivers Of Nihil
Red Fang
Big Business
American Sharks

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