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Former Isis drummer Aaron Harris remains a man of many trades. When not playing with Palms, he can often be found in the studio producing/mixing, etc. bands or out on the road drum teching for the likes of Deftones and Tool. Below you can watch him swap out a broken snare head mid-song for Tool‘s Danny Carey during a San Diego, CA show last month with nary a beat missed. He recounted the experience as follows on his blog:

“I’ve also been on the road recently, touring with Tool as Danny Carey‘s drum tech. The tour was great and it was really inspiring to watch Tool perform each night, especially Danny‘s drum solo. In San Diego, though, Danny broke a snare head during “Push It.” It’s a drum tech’s biggest fear and it’s also a tough situation for Danny, especially in a song like “Push It.” I swapped to his back-up snare mid song. Below are a couple videos that captured the exchange. In this first video you can see me telling Danny that I was going to do the swap during the next section of the song where I knew there was some room for the swap to work. In the second video, you see scene unfold. It was exciting for sure, but not something I want to happen again!”

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Mastodon’s Brann Dailor Working On New “Electronic” Project

Mastodon drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor has a new electronic project in the works. He told Revolver of it earlier this year:

“I’ve been working on this weird project that doesn’t really have a name–it’s electronic stuff I play drums to.”

He didn’t offer up any further details regarding it however. The group will release their new album “Once More Round The Sun” in June. An official stream of their new single “High Road” was made available earlier today and can be found here.

Katatonia Drummer Daniel Liljekvist Steps Down

Katatonia are down a drummer with Daniel Liljekvist opting to exit the outfit. The following update was posted by the band regarding his departure and their plans for upcoming fill-in’s:

“Dear friends and fans,

I’ve been thinking about this for the last couple of months and I’ve come to the sad conclusion that i have to leave the band. It’s got nothing to do with ‘difference in views’ or any other bullshit. I just cannot combine job, family and commit 100% to Katatonia. Times for musicians are rough and i’ve decided to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills payed.

I’ve had some of the best moments in my life the past 14 odd years together with my favorite people in the world. I’ve been all over the planet with this lot…my second family. Thank you! I’m gonna miss playing with you and I’m gonna miss hanging out with you on the road so much. And I’m gonna miss meeting all the great Katatonia fans all over the world. You know who you are. You are truly amazing! I’m not gonna miss all the freaks and idiots we’ve come across during all the years. You probably don’t know who you are. And I will not miss bad catering, shit beer and banana juice…

This is Daniel, rocking the fuck off! Cheers!

We are sad and hollow to see Daniel leave our ranks, but yet his decision has our sincere understanding. Nothing lasts forever and all good things must come to an end sooner or later. Yet it makes it so much more frustrating when it happens for the wrong reasons or before reaching our terminus. Particularly, we can’t pretend the current climate has nothing to do with it, in fact this is undeniably yet another outcome of musicians struggling at the crossroads of today’s “scene/industry”.

Tragically, this situation forces a member, brother – and our fans favourite long-time drummer – to resign from a band he sacrificed a decade and a half to build. While encouraging this topic to inevitable debate and re-evaluation, we will always be grateful for the years we shared together and we wish Daniel the best of luck in the future. It goes without saying, we part as band members, but certainly remain as friends.

On a further positive note, this will not affect any of the upcoming tour dates. The ‘Dethroned & Uncrowned – Unplugged & Reworked‘ tour next month will proceed accordingly and see JP Asplund taking on percussion duties – he was the one who actually played all original percussion on Dead End Kings/Dethroned & Uncrowned albums. Stand-in drummer Daniel Moilanen (Ex-Engel) will perform on the upcoming summer festivals. Let’s welcome our helping hands, have a goodbye toast for Daniel (note that would be 11 sips for him) and keep our eyes on the horizon: new tours coming up in South America and Australia as well as the long awaited 20th anniversary ‘Last Fair Day Gone Night – Live at Koko‘ DVD coming out this fall and much more…”

Empress AD To Release New Album Via The End/Roadrunner Records

Roadrunner Records and The End Records have come to an arrangement which will see The End Records handle the US release of Empress AD‘s new album this summer (Roadrunner will handle the release overseas.) The bands Ollie Loring said of the signing and their subsequent name change:

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the Roadrunner and The End Reocrds family. Changing the band’s name was a necessary step to safeguard against any name issues down the line. Empress was then. Empress AD is the watershed moment and very much ’the now’.”

Head below to see the bands video for their track “Blurred Perception“:
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HELLYEAH Perform New Song “Demons In The Dirt”, Recruit Ex-Magna-Fi Guitarist

With an official announcement still pending, HELLYEAH have been confirmed to have enlisted former Magna-Fi guitarist Christian Brady as their current touring guitarist. He is handling the parts originally played by Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne fame.

Below you can watch the band perform a new song titled “Demons In The Dirt” with Brady at a recent live stop. A June 10th release date has been set for their new album “Blood For Blood“.
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