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Relapse Records Sign Hope Drone

The Relapse Records roster has again expanded with the signing of Australian ‘atmospheric black metal’ outfit, Hope Drone, being the latest addition. The bands as-yet untitled sophomore release has been tracked and will surface in the spring of 2015. Should you be the curious type, some of their previously released material is available here.

Black Breath To Record New Album With Converge’s Kurt Ballou

Black Breath will head to GodCity Studios in Salem, MA in late November. The band will be tracking their new album during that stint with Converge‘s Kurt Ballou once again behind the boards. The as-yet untitled outing is being prepped for a 2015 release on Southern Lord and the band will celebrate the eventual completion of the sessions with the following Brooklyn show:

12/14 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

Metallica will take up residency next month for a weeks worth of performances on ‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson‘. The band said of that:

“We’re excited to celebrate Craig Ferguson’s final season on CBS as he has personally invited us to join him for an entire week of performances starting Monday, November 17th. We’ll be playing every night that week and on the first night (Monday) we’ll sit down with Craig to chat about all things ‘Tallica.

Met Club members should log in for information about how they can be a guest in the studio audience during the filming of the show in Los Angeles, CA.

Tune in to the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on weeknights at 12:37 AM EST.”

As Blood Runs Black are under fire from fans who claim the group have yet to deliver on the various perks promised by their crowdfunding campaign for their latest album “Ground Zero“. During that campaign the group raised $25,174 of their $50,000 goal for the effort. In particular, numerous fans who put down money for the effort have yet to receive their copy of the album, merch, etc. One needn’t look further than the bands Facebook for the public outcry, however, a sampling of the various disgruntled backers was compiled by MetalSucks.

As Blood Runs Black themselves have replied to fans about the delay, offering:

“Wasn’t our fault. Were on tour right now and was under the impression things would get taken care of. E-mail to get an update on your status.”

The release of the album has been a fairly murky situation. A statement from the groups drummer Hector “Leche” De Santiago had them breaking up this past August. They later recanted and signed a deal with Standby Records, who put out the opus this past Tuesday, October 27th. Furthermore, the outfit also appeared to have been the victim of theft earlier in the year, in which they estimated  $20,000 worth of items was stolen.

Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows Spells Out Plans For New Album & Live DVD

Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows has spoken with Loudwire regarding the bands future plans, which include some global touring, a new DVD and a new album:

“We’re going to do Southeast Asia and China in January. I think we’re going to do Hawaii through all of that, so there’s one U.S. date. We wanted to end it after Mayhem and then we said, “You know what, we owe it to Southeast Asia because those happen to be some of our best fans in the world, hands down insane. We never came there on this album cycle. We missed Jakarta on the ‘Nightmare’ album cycle because of a stage issue. So we just owe it to them. Then we said, “While we’re there, why don’t we hit up China?” We don’t know how that’s going to go, but we’re excited about it.

Then we have the DVD we’re working on right now. It’s the next project and we’re dealing with mixes and edits and artwork. Then that should come back early next year and then we’ll take some time off, maybe start writing a record in the summer or September, who knows? We’re starting to get that fire back to where you feel like you have something to prove and that’s where we want to me. We want to go up there and be in the mix and put out some killer music.”

“It starts off just before Jimmy passes away. Then we just tell our story. Our story is obviously one that not every band has. Our story is one of loss, one that we lost our best friend and we went on to put out two consecutive No. 1 records and got to do Download Festival, Mayhem. So it’s basically tracking the whole thing through our own eyes and words, because no one has really heard our side of the story. Other people have just talked about it themselves. We’ve always been pretty private about it. So, now people are going to get to see visually what we went through and see some killer shows, Download Festival, Mexico City, Rock in Rio, Rock on the Range all mixed into one big package.”

Slipknot Top The Billboard Charts With “.5: The Gray Chapter”

Slipknot‘s first album since 2008 , “.5: The Gray Chapter“, has again seen them top the billboard charts. The group are presently #1 with around 132,000 copies sold during the albums first week of sales. Those who attended the groups ‘Knotfest‘ festival this past weekend likely played a good role in the bands success as various tickets came with a digital copy of the album. Slipknot last topped the charts with their 2008 release, “All Hope Is Gone“, selling around 240,000 copies.

Don’t expect the band to hang on to the top spot however, industry projections have Taylor Swift‘s new album selling a whopping 1 million copies in its first week, thus ending the platinum artist drought.

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