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Queens Of The Stone Age frontman/guitarist, etc. Josh Homme is the focal point of an extensive new piece running over at Laweekly.com. The piece examines Homme‘s upbringing, his evolution and the various experiences that have led him to today. Various commentary from his close friends is also included, such as Trent Reznor, Nick Oliveri and Dave Grohl—the latter of whom said:

Josh and I are kindred spirits, in that we are entirely focused musically but we don’t give a fuck. In the last 22 years, I found my musical soul mate with Josh. He is definitely the one musician that I’ve connected to the closest of anyone I’ve played with. We have this ESP unspoken language of our own that doesn’t take any discussion.”

During the piece Homme‘s plans for 2015 are also revealed. While on and off recording is already taking place for a new Eagles Of Death Metal album, Homme also soon plans to convene a number of unspecified guests in Joshua Tree for the next ‘Desert Sessions‘ release. After that work will commence on the next Queens Of The Stone Age album. Homme also teased an upcoming secret collaborative project that he was not yet ready to reveal.

Speaking of the year to come he went on to say:

“Next year will be a year of science and collection of ideas. There’s no reason to wait. There’s no reason to be hasty. I’m just moving at a good clip and looking really wide to see if there’s any interesting pathways that seem scary and cool.”

Queens Of The Stone Age are set to wrap up their “…Like Clockwork” touring cycle this month with a Halloween bash in Los Angeles, CA.

Of Mice & Men Premiere “Feels Like Forever” Music Video

Of Mice & Men have premiered their “Feels Like Forever” music video online below via Usatoday.com. Frontman Austin Carlile offered of the track:

“The song is about an internal battle and feeling like everything is crashing down on you, it’s raining down on you, drowning you. It’s a song that we want to empower people to know that everybody goes through storms, everybody goes through trials and tribulations. It’s the focus of how to get out of it, how to better yourself from it, how to learn from it so it doesn’t happen again. Then, if it does happen again, you know exactly how to handle it.”

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Attila have publically addressed the departure of guitarist Nate Salameh. The group used Twitter to convey the following of his exit:

“Yes, we have parted ways with @attilanate. All is good though, and things will continue full force! Thank you all for being awesome”

Meanwhile, band frontman Chris Fronzak has furthered defended himself against accusations of being homophobic. Following this message earlier today in regards to the use of a homophobic slur in the bands new song “Proving Grounds“, he has returned with the following ‘public announcement’:

“PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: The song #ProvingGrounds is about how when people doubt you, you should prove them WRONG. Turn their hatred into positivity!

People have always talked shit to me my entire life & I’ve used it as a positive influence to work harder. People always tried to make me feel bad & call me a “faggot” but who’s the faggot now?

Just take it for what it is, be positive and become the best you can be : )

Sincerely,
Fronz”

Elitist Back Out Of As Blood Runs Black, Rings Of Saturn, Etc. Fall Tour

Elitist have backed out of their tour with As Blood Runs Black, Rings Of Saturn and more. The group said of the situation:

“Due to a medical emergency, we are sorry to announce that we are pulling out of the ABRB tour. This is only temporary and there’s no need to worry but will unfortunately have to miss out on this tour. This was a tour we were all looking forward to and we apologize to anyone who was planning to come out to see us. We encourage everyone to still go to the shows and enjoy the awesome lineup! On a more positive note, we are in the midst of prepping our second full length album, which will be released on Equal Vision Records, and we can’t wait to share it with you all.

Stay tuned

Elitist

A Skylit Drive have commented on the departure of their bassist and drummer. In addition, the group have begun recording a new acoustic version of their latest album “Rise“. It will be titled “Rise: Ascension“, with producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank) overseeing the sessions. A January release date is expected for it with a new album also planned for 2015. The band provided the following statement and video on all of that to Altpress.com:

“Before anything else we’d like to apologize for the manner in which yesterday’s abrupt & unplanned announcement of Cory and Brian‘s departure from A Skylit Drive was. We had known for quite some time that both members were becoming increasingly less happy in the band. Both for their own reasons. We knew their time in ASD was coming to an end. Some of the separation was even mutual, but for you, the fans, ASD as a whole should have been able to create an announcement together regarding the separation. You all deserve NO less than that. We don’t want our fans, the lifeline of our passion, to be left wondering. Respectfully, below our statement you will find Cory & Brian‘s [see here.]

As for the future of ASD, We will continue on. ASD is about more than one or two people. It’s about the music & the fans. Where the music comes from is safely intact. That we can promise you. As for our fans, there are none better, and we know you’ll be right there by our sides till the end. Knowing that, we have all we need to carry on.

In the spirit of moving forward and sticking to our word of a big announcement coming, we have a couple of things in store. First things first, we will be releasing a full length acoustic album in January of 2015. For the album we have recreated our most recent record “RISE” in its entirety in FULL acoustic. The album will be called “RISE: ASCENSION“. Please check out the announcement video for full details & pre order specials. Second, we have already begun writing for a new record set to release in the Summer of 2015! Lastly, expect to see us back on the road in early 2015. We can’t be stopped!

To be honest, we couldn’t feel better about where we’re at. There is no doubt within us. We are stronger and more determined than ever before. At the end of the day all we have is our music, and all we want to do is share it with the world. We are beyond excited to continue this journey, and we hope you’re ready for the ride!”

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Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn examines the actual worth of social media in his latest journal entry. Amid a realistic appraisal of the bands accrued ‘likes’ and why he walked away from Twitter, Flynn also fired some shots back at Children Of Bodom,—presumably for this statement Alexi Laiho made in regards to the two bands cancelled fall tour.

Addressing the subsequent wave of Childen Of Bodom fans that began attacking Machine Head on social media, Flynn stated:

“There also exists a large group of “I’m-not-really-sure-if-they-are-fans-or-not,” and last and certainly least, there’s the people whose sole purpose is to troll your page. Like, I don’t know… let’s say the Children Of Bodom “Hate Crew” that has been out in full force in light of the US tour being re-scheduled. It’s typical shit talking, albeit a ton of it to the actual Machine Head fans saying ‘how much better Bodom are than Machine Head’ and how ‘Bodom should’ve been headlining over Machine Head’, and “fuck Machine Head”.

However, most people usually need the motivation to act like fools and Alexi’s little bitch-ass response certainly got the “Hate Crew” fired up.

Hate Crew?… pffffft!… more like “Alexi-ain’t-that-Great-Crew!”, more like, “bought-a-ticket-too-Late-Crew!”, more like, “It’s-not-my-fault-you’re-a-virgin-and-can’t-get-a-Date-Crew”!!

But to the weak attacking the MH castle? Whatever… we’ve got the Head Cases, the fucking MH diehards, armed to the teeth and defending us to the bitterest of deaths.

For every person that complains about the tour getting canceled the Head Cases are like “shut the fuck up, life goes on, M F’n H to the death!!!” So for every one of those people, I thank you VERY much. Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate the fact that you do that. Because shit DOES happen and sometimes life DOESN’T go the way you want it to.”

The full journal entry is an interesting read and can be found below or over at the bands, ahem, Facebook. Machine Head will have a new album titled “Bloodstone & Diamonds” released on November 10th through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
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Trash Talk Team With Converse For New Shoe Line

Trash Talk have teamed with Converse to collaborate on a shoe together. The pair have come up with the ‘Converse x Trash Talk CONS Pro Leather Skate‘ collection. You can check out the shoes below, which according to the official press release:

“The Converse x Trash Talk CONS Pro Leather Skate collection incorporates several distinct details including the band’s “No Peace” branded logo, a premium leather upper with suede heel cap and a leather heel strip that runs vertically up the back. The inside tongue label of the left sneaker is inscribed with the word “Babylon” and the left with “California” in reference to the locally inspired song from their album “Plague…Walking Disease”. The words “Trash” and “Talk” are also inscribed on alternate sock liners.”

For more info head over to Converse.com.

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