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Down’s Philip H. Anselmo Covers The Smiths With Comedian Dave Hill

Down frontman Philip H. Anselmo was recently joined by his ‘Metal Grasshopper‘ co-star, comedian Dave Hill, for a cover of The Smith‘s “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want“. The cover took place at a recent screening for the aforementioned series at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, LA.
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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett To Guest On New Exodus Album

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has contributed a guest solo on the new Exodus track “Salt In The Wound“. Hammett was originally  a member of that outfit prior to joining Metallica and told Rolling Stone of his recent work with them:

“It felt really casual, really cool – just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day. Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the Exodus demo that’s been heard by a lot of people, it’s the only time I ever recorded with Exodus. It was a huge thing for me.”

“I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, ‘Wow, it’s 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other’s heads off with our guitar solos.’ Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I’ve only known them for most of my life, so I’m really happy that I finally got to record with them.”

Producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Amon Amarth) has been overseeing the new Exodus album which sees the return of vocalist Steve Souza. Meanwhile, Hammett will again take to the stage with Exodus tonight as part of a Fear FestEvil After Party. His Metallica bandmate Robert Trujillo and more special guests will also be on hand for a unique set that is expected to feature 10-12 covers.

Hammett tells Rolling Stone he expects they will cover “The Real Me” by The Who, Kool And The Gang‘s “Jungle Boogie“, Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Diary Of A Madman” and more.

Bleed From Within have set the track listing to their new crowdfunded EP, “Death Walk“. The band raised £8,978 ($15,237 USD) for that outing through Indiegogo. Below you can see how it will run while the cover art was previously revealed here. A release date for the effort is currently pending:

01 – “Death Walk
02 – “Silence Them All
03 – “The Fight Song” (Marilyn Manson cover)
04 – “The Pretender” (Foo Fighters cover)

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt Recalls His Time At A One Direction Concert

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has firsthand experience with boy band One Direction, having taken his daughter to one of their shows. Åkerfeldt told Metal Hammer of that concert:

“Well, I was in the minority there, being an old dude for one! But it was two sold-out nights at the Friends Arena which holds 60,000 people or something. My oldest daughter likes One Direction, and I anticipated some type of show as they had some elaborate stage thing going on.

But when the guys hit the stage it kinda felt like they’d just dragged five guys from the crowd up… if there were guys in the crowd, which there obviously wasn’t! It was just people on stage that were able to sing in key, but other than that they didn’t do much, they didn’t do any syncopated dance moves, there wasn’t much of a show. And since there were five guys, they’d sing every fifth line of a song and in between be just walking around.

For me, it was mind-boggling, I just couldn’t see the fascination, but kids think they’re cute and that kind of stuff. For me, I did not understand the point of the songs… some I recognised but I felt a bit sad in a way. Story Of My Life is the good song, I turned to my daughter and said, ‘This one’s okay.’”

Opeth‘s new album “Pale Communion” is coming August 26th on Roadrunner Records.

After The Burial, Texas In July, I Declare War, Reflections and Come The Dawn have a fall North American tour planned. The trek was just officially announced and runs as follows:

09/16 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
09/18 St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
09/19 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
09/20 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
09/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
09/22 Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room
09/24 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/25 Albany, NY – Bogies
09/28 Springfield, VA – Empire
09/29 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street
09/30 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/01 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
10/09 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

Given the rather large gap at the end there may be some more dates planned.

Combichrist Drop Blood On The Dance Floor From Tour Over Pedophile Allegations

Earlier this week Combichrist announced a second leg of their ‘We Love Tour‘ which was due to feature support from Blood On The Dance Floor, Davey Suicide and Darksiderz. After that initial reveal Combichrist were soon flooded with complaints from fans on their social media profile over Blood On The Dance Floor‘s inclusion.

The vocalist, etc. of that outfit, Dahvie Vanity, has long been an alleged pedophile and word of his reputation appears to have caught up with Combichrist, causing them to rescind the opening slot and replace the duo with William Control.

Combichrist said of their decision:

“To our fans,

As you’ve seen with all of our tours, when we select our support acts, we attempt to bring acts that will help introduce Combichrist to fans outside of our fanbase. This has worked well for us in the past, and it was in this spirit that we invited Blood On The Dance Floor to tour with us. Like all announcements, we knew that this decision would be met with some concern but we thought that the different styles would be the source of conversation. We were not aware of the controversy about their past behavior. It has been difficult to read everything posted today; our sole goal is to bring you a kick ass tour that you can be excited and proud of and it’s become clear that we won’t be able to do that with the choice we made. As a result we have released Blood On The Dance Floor from this tour and are rethinking our direct support. We expect to have a new announcement for you shortly.
Thank you for your honesty and integrity.

You stand by us, we stand by you.
Combichrist

Blood On The Dance Floor themselves issued the following statement:
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Tool guitarist Adam Jones was recently interviewed by Metal Hammer and gave some more insight into the bands multi-level lawsuit that has held back the release of their new album. Jones summarized the suit as follows:

“…Basically a long time ago, the band paid my best friend to do some artwork for shirts, albums and advertising – we’ve hired many, many artists over the years. And then he decided to sue us for one fifth of the money we’ve ever made. It was just ridiculous! But here’s the point: we had insurance in case we ever got sued or got in these situations. And now these insurance companies have all tried backing out.”

“To me, that does not feel right. I honestly think it’s like if you buy auto insurance and you’re in an accident, then you go to the insurance company and they say, ‘Well you drive an SUV and we don’t really consider that an auto, so we’re not covering you.’ Then you try to argue with them and then they go, ‘Well, we’re suing you.’”

“….Seven years later… here we are. We have a lot of stuff going on. There’s stress. There’s four different guys with personal things going on and it can be a struggle to write music together. But this time it has been really draining and put a lot of pressure on us. We got insurance for peace of mind. And they totally turned it around on us. I just feel like we’ve been completely abandoned and it’s been totally unnecessary.”

That case is currently expected to go to trial in January. On their progress with new material itself, he offered:
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Live footage from the ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ provides the visual aid in The Color Morale‘s “Suicide; Stigma” lyric video. We Came As RomansDave Stephens guests on the track. September 02nd will see the release of the bands new album “Hold On Pain Ends“.
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System Of A Down‘s Serj Tankian expects to pen some new music for the planned “East Of Byzantium: War Gods And Warrior Saints” two-part ‘docutainment’ mini-series. A $40,000 crowdfunding campaign to finish that series is currently running at Indiegogo, where a trailer can also be found. Tankian himself said of his plans for the series:

“Dear Friends,

My friend Roger Kupelian has begun production on a documentary series called East Of Byzantium. It’s an epic story that deserves to be told and I am excited to be writing some music for it. Please check out the link below and support the project.”

Slayer, Machine Head, Etc. Meet “Transformers” Thanks To Nuclear Blast Sampler

Nuclear Blast Records have teamed up with Transformers and Hasbro for some unique items to be made available at this years ‘San Diego Comic-Con‘. Fans can enter to win the below Transformers-themed ESP LTD M-10 Electric Guitar at the Nuclear Blast booth (#503). Two winners for the guitars, autographed by Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett, will be chosen randomly at the Hasbro booth (#3213) on Saturday, July 26th at 1:30pm PST.

Nuclear Blast are also offering up a limited edition sampler featuring various artists from their roster with Transformers-themed artwork (see below.) Titled “Till All Are One: Nuclear Blast Summer Sampler“, it runs as follows:

01 – Slayer -”Implode
02 – Machine Head -”Killers & Kings
03 – Testament -”More Than Meets The Eye
04 – Accept -”Stampede
05 – Black Star Riders -”All Hell Breaks Loose
06 – Graveyard -”Goliath
07 – Eluveitie -”King
08 – Death Angel -”Son Of The Morning
09 – Orchid -”Mouths Of Madness
10 – Kadavar -”Doomsday Machine
11 – Blues Pill -”Jupiter
12 – Hell -”The Age Of Nefarious
13 – Edguy -”Sabre & Torche
14 – Hammerfall -”Bushido
15 – Battle Beast -”Raven
16 – Sabaton -”To Hell And Back
17 – Meshuggah -”I Am Colossus

You can find more details here.

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Clutch Compile Their Most Popular Songs For “Summer Sound Attack”

Clutch have compiled their most popular songs for a new digital 10-song compilation titled “Summer Sound Attack“. That effort is now available through iTunes. The track listing for that set is as follows:

01 – “Electric Worry
02 – “The Regulator
03 – “10001110101
04 – “The Mob Goes Wild
05 – “Earth Rocker
06 – “Gone Cold
07 – “50,000 Unstoppable Watts
08 – “D.C. Sound Attack!
09 – “Crucial Velocity
10 – “Spacegrass

The cover art for the comp can be found below. Currently on the tail end of a US run the group will return in September for this US tour with Lionize and American Sharks.
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