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Animals As Leaders Release “Odessa” ‘Lyric Video’

Animals As Leaders have released what is essentially a ‘lyric video’ for their new track “Odessa” below. Of course the catch is that there’s no actual lyrics as the band is instrumental, so you figure out what to call it. The song is taken from the bands new album “Weightless“, which is slated for a November 08th release date through Prosthetic.

Attila To Begin Filming DVD

Attila will soon be filming footage for a new DVD release. The band had the following to say regarding the project on their Twitter:

“Guess what?!? Filming for our very first DVD starts soon! Get ready to dive into our lives. #Rage #Villains #Outlawed”

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has further clarified his stance on Twitter and social media and its current role in ‘music journalism’. Speaking with a Twitter user on the matter through his own Twitter, Blythe offered:

“…In my day, the word “media” held VERY STRONG connotations of PRESS. This is kinda my point, EXACTLY-”social media” IS NOT PRESS. A fucking Twitter feed IS NOT PRESS. It requires NO journalistic interaction or integrity- it’s DIGITAL DIARRHEA. That is ALL it is. When some drunk or ego-riddled band member makes an “announcement” on their stupid social media network, unless they are a solo act- IT IS NOT PRESS.

All the websites in the world can PRETEND IT IS, but with the unreliability of account security, etc. (how many accounts have been hacked or just made up- there are fake Randy’s out there), a fucking Internet quote from a social media network is THE LAST PLACE I would look for reliable information. Twitter is a place where I tell stupid stories, interact with, & answer (or more often DON’T) questions from fans.

It’s NOT PRESS. That’s why a million and one “bands” can make “announcements” about whatever the fuck they want- it doesn’t mean anyone cares. Good press is increasingly hard to find. I made a comment that we are in media blackout via social media- yup. Maybe you should consider the context. “Social Media”, while a valuable tool, is NOT “media” within the traditional framework of music PRESS. It’s a digital fart in a massive wind of useless data. Nothing more, nothing less.”

While I am well aware of the irony of me posting this as news given the viewpoint he expresses, it does present an interesting take on social media. Social media can certainly be dangerous with fake accounts and security issues and I certainly wouldn’t consider it proper ‘press’ either.

But with due diligence exercised in terms of official accounts and fact checking when possible, it can be a great source of information for direct updates and the like. If you’re nerdy enough to care, a new poll reflecting this topic can be found below on the right.

Hour Of Penance To Begin Recording New Album This Weekend

Hour Of Penance will begin recording their new album for Prosthetic Records in Rome, Italy this weekend. The outing will see an early 2012 release date with band guitarist Giulio Moschini offering:

“Following the tradition of releasing an album every two years, the time has come now and we’re ready to hit the studio and record our fifth album. You’ve probably read the same words million of times on the band’s press releases so I will not tell you how much better this album sounds and how much faster and more technical it is compared to the last one we did , BUT – we’re fucking proud of this upcoming beast and we’re sure you guys will love it!

We know how much our fans are expecting from the new album so we worked as hard as we can to not disappoint any of them. Moreover, as some of you know, this will be the first album with a new line up and as you can imagine having a new singer and a new drummer helped us to renew and improve our sound, once again.. this will be like the rebirth of Hour of Penance, in a better shape of course !”

Shadows Fall Guitarist Matt Bachand Producing New Trumpet The Harlot Album

Shadows Fall guitarist Matt Bachand has signed on to produce Trumpet The Harlot‘s upcoming debut album “Visceral“. Sessions for the outing have been taking place at Bachand‘s own 3508 Studios with the effort expected to surface early next year. Meanwhile, Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D’Antonio will be handling the artwork for the release.

Confession Debut “The Long Way Home” Music Video

Confession have debuted their new Ryan Chamley directed music video for “The Long Way Home” online below. The song serves as the title track to the groups new outing which will see a digital U.S. release through Mediaskare on September 27th. A November 08th physical release is set to follow.

Hollywood Undead will release an “American Tragedy” remix album entitled “Polishing Turds” “American Tragedy Redux” on November 21st through A&M/Octone. The likes of Korn‘s Jonathan Davis, Borgore, Andrew W.K. and more have contributed their remixes of the bands material.

Hollywood Undead‘s own J-Dog had the following to say about the effort:

“This is our first remix record ever. We got to pick the DJ`s and re-mixers that the band really likes. ‘Borgore’, ‘Jonathan Davis (Korn)’, ‘KMFDM’, ‘Andrew W.K.’ are a few on the list. Who would have thought that someone you grew up listening to would one day remix your song, Me…Bitch! So stay tuned, and hope you enjoy it. We hope it makes you sweat your tits off at your barnyard raves! Enjoy!”

The track listing for “American Tragedy Redux” can be found below:

01 – “Levitate” (Digital Dog club mix)
02 – “Comin In Hot” (Wideboys remix)
03 – “Apologize” (Buffalo Bill “Die Young” remix)
04 – “My Town” (Andrew W.K. remix)
05 – “Coming Back Down” (Beatnick & K-Salaam remix)
06 – “Hear Me Now” (Jonathan Davis of Korn)
07 – “I Don’t Wanna Die” (Borgore remix)
08 – “Le Deux” (Eargasm remix)
09 – “Lights Out” (The Juggernaut vs Obsidian remix)
10 – “Been To Hell…And Back!” (KMFDM Remix)

I don’t think the irony of a Hollywood Undead album being titled “American Tragedy” hit me until just now.

Disturbed Frontman David Draiman To Host ‘Topless Pool Party’ This Weekend

Disturbed frontman David Draiman has begun exploring other opportunities with Disturbed now on hiatus. The newly-married vocalist will be hosting a ‘topless pool party’ at the Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV this coming Saturday, October 15th. He will also be hosting an after party for the “48 Hours Festival” later that night at the Chateau Nightclub and Gardens in Las Vegas, NV from 1am to 5am.

More details on both can be found at Disturbed will be issuing a collection of b-sides and rarities by the name of “The Lost Children” on November 08th.

Every Time I Die Part Ways With Bassist Josh Newton

Every Time I Die bassist Josh Newton has stepped down from the band. The split appears to be amicable with Every Time I Die offering the following tweet on the matter:

“the last 3 weeks have been the most grueling tour we’ve ever done and we have cherished every second. Rock In Peace @jnewton we love you.”

Newton himself has since confirmed the news via numerous tweets. No word yet on a replacement, as it’s likely tough to find someone who won’t spontaneously combust.

Chimaira‘s performance at Sonar in Baltimore, MD last night, October 11th, turned out to be a unique affair. The group played their set without frontman Mark Hunter, who was suffering from illness. In turn, the group became more ‘Chimairååth’ than ever as band sampler/programmer Sean Zatorsky (who also sings for Dååth) handled the vocals in Hunter‘s place.

You can find fan-filmed footage of the set below:


click here to watch more of the set…

Initial 2012 “Vans Warped Tour” Routing Announced

The initial routing has been officially unveiled for the 2012 installment of the annual “Vans Warped Tour” and can be found below. Bands and venues set to play the festival remain pending.

06/16 Salt Lake City, UT
06/17 Denver, CO
06/20 Las Vegas, NV
06/21 Irvine, CA
06/22 Pomona, CA
06/23 San Francisco, CA
06/24 Ventura, CA
06/27 San Diego, CA
06/28 Phoenix, AZ
06/29 Las Cruces, NM
06/30 San Antonio, TX
07/01 Houston, TX
07/03 Dallas, TX
07/05 St. Louis, MO
07/06 Detroit, MI
07/07 Chicago, IL
07/08 Minneapolis, MN
07/09 Kansas City, KS
07/10 Indianapolis, IN
07/11 Cleveland, OH
07/12 Pittsburgh, PA
07/13 Toronto, ON
07/14 Montreal, QC
07/15 Hartford, CT
07/17 Buffalo, NY
07/18 Scranton, PA
07/19 Boston, MA
07/20 Philadelphia, PA
07/21 New York, NY
07/22 Oceanport, NJ
07/24 Washington, DC
07/25 Virginia Beach, VA
07/26 Atlanta, GA
07/27 Orlando, FL
07/28 Miami, FL
07/29 Tampa, FL
07/30 Charlotte, NC
07/31 Cincinnati, OH
08/01 Milwaukee, WI
08/04 Seattle, WA
08/05 Portland, OR