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Amid a chat about the bands Willy Wonka-inspired new album “Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble“, Primus vocalist/bassist Les Claypool shared a story about how they got banned from KROQ‘s radio festivals. Speaking to Billboard.com, Claypool offered:

“…They don’t let us play those radio station shows anymore, I think since we ate a bunch of mushrooms and did a KROQ one years ago…”

“It was one of the KROQ Acoustic Christmases many years ago. Actually, we have a book just out this last week, and we talk about it a little bit. We used to do this thing called Bob Cock and the Yellow Sock; it’s basically us doing lounge versions of Primus songs. There was this character Bob Cock and we would say we couldn’t find him and he’d show up end of the set and supposedly be out of his mind on cocaine and he’d start singing pornographic lyrics, Hendrix songs and “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” different things. So of course we did all this frying out of our minds on mushrooms, and I think we went way over on our time, and of course there were kids in the audience and here’s this guy singing about his dick, and I think we ruffled some feathers. [Laughs] So we were never asked back after that.”

When asked if he would be taking anymore more hallucinogenics during their forthcoming tour, Claypool replied:

“I think my ‘shrooming days have waned. As you move through life and accumulate more responsibilities and people that rely on you to exist on the planet, it tends to become a little more stressful to take your mind to that electric place. [But] this is definitely a show for the head, and I’m sure there are going to be people altering their perspective and watch this thing, and we’re there to guide them along to a happy place as opposed to a too terribly dark and spooky place. Our version of Wonka is definitely a little creepier than what’s come down the pike, I think. You read those Roald Dahl books, and they are pretty sinister and pretty creepy, so there’s a little homage to not only Gene Wilder-era Willy Wonka, but also Roald himself.”

Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble” will be released next Tuesday, October 21st. Until then you can stream it here. A tour will be mounted in support of it with dates posted at this location.

Cause Of Death Revealed For Ex-The Mars Volta, Etc. Keyboardist Ikey Owens

A preliminary cause of death has been revealed for Ikey Owens (ex-The Mars Volta, etc.) who passed away yesterday morning (October 14th) while on tour with Jack White. The following statement was issued by White‘s Third Man Records:

“The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14th at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana.

Ikey, born Isaiah Randolph Owens was a GRAMMY award winning artist best known for his work with Jack White, the Mars Volta, De Facto and Free Moral Agents, among others. He was a beloved member of the music community as well as his hometown of Long Beach, CA.”

Hate Eternal Sign With Season Of Mist, Recording New Album

Hate Eternal have signed with Season Of Mist. Work is now underway on a new album at band ringleader Erik Rutan‘s Mana Recording Studio with plans for an early 2015 release. Rutan said of that:

“We are ecstatic about how the recording for our new album has been coming out so far, and our new label and home Season Of Mist. We’ve worked very hard on crafting these songs to reflect our path, from our past to the present, and the journey of Hate Eternal and its members. Writing this album was a long and arduous process. It took a tremendous amount of determination, blood, and sweat to bring this all to fruition. We’re super proud of what we’ve accomplished creatively, and excited at the prospect of releasing what we feel is our most powerful Hate Eternal material to date.

Now it is time to bring this all to life! The recording process so far has been fantastic. I’ve never felt so focused and determined on a Hate Eternal record, and I know that this will be an album our listeners and supporters will truly appreciate. It represents an important milestone for me personally since 15 years ago both Hate Eternal began recording it’s first album and Mana Recording Studios was born. We have so much more news to share with you over the coming months. We cannot wait for you to hear this album!”

Enslaved Offer Update On New Album Progress

Enslaved have checked in with the below update from the ongoing recording sessions for their new album in Bergen, Norway:

“As always, it is hard to formulate an exact direction Enslaved is or is not heading in with the new album. This duality is part of the essence of the band: The ability to maintain consistency and a strong identity and, at the same time, surprise both the oldest fans and even ourselves with new musical directions. The new material is darker and rawer, more aggressive and direct, yet continues the exploration deeper into progressive, softer, and more melodic territories with at times complex song structures, combined with unusually immediate (for Enslaved, at least) elements. The high level of energy in the songs reflects both an inspired and an ever-harder working band that keeps pushing their own and their associated genres’ limits.”

Battlecross, Wretched & War Of Ages Announce Winter Tour

Battlecross, Wretched and War Of Ages have announced the ‘Winter Warriors Tour‘, which will feature various special events to honor the military throughout the trek. Here’s the dates:

11/26 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
11/28 Erie, PA – BT Theater
11/29 Dayton, OH – Rockstar Pro Arena
11/30 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
12/02 Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
12/03 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
12/04 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
12/05 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
12/06 Lubbock, TX – Backstage
12/07 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
12/08 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
12/09 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
12/10 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
12/11 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
12/12 Las Vegas, NV – Adrenaline Sports Lounge
12/13 Sparks, NV – The Alley
12/15 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
12/16 Merriam KS – Aftershock
12/17 Minneapolis, MN – The Nether Bar
12/18 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
12/19 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
12/20 Westland MI – The Token Lounge
12/26 Toronto, ON – Opera House
12/27 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
12/28 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
12/29 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
12/30 Worcester, MA – Upstairs at The Palladium

Mastodon will be the musical guest on the October 27th episode of the ‘Late Show With David Letterman‘. The band are scheduled to perform their current single “The Motherload” on the show. In other news, they will be taking part in this years Black Friday ‘Record Store Day‘ event on November 28th.

Due out from the band on that day is a limited edition 12″ vinyl picture disc adorned with the album artwork from their latest effort, “Once More ‘Round The Sun“. An instrumental version of the track “Halloween” will appear on the b-side.

Minus The Bear Drummer To Sit Out Fall Tour

Minus The Bear drummer Erin Tate will be unable to make the bands fall tour. They gave the following statement regarding his absence and temporary replacement:

“Friends,

We regret to inform you that due to a personal matter, Erin Tate will not be joining us on the Lost Loves & Beer Commercials 10 Year Anniversary Tour that kicks off this week in Pittsburgh.

In no way does this affect Erin’s future with the band nor our plans to support “Lost Loves”.

Our dear friend and drum tech Kiefer Matthias will be filling in for Erin on this tour and we all wish Erin the best. We can’t wait to see him back behind the kit in a few weeks when we resume writing our new record.

- Jake, Cory, Alex & Dave

Lord Dying have concluded the recording sessions for their new album “Poisoned Altars“. Toxic Holocaust‘s Joel Grind oversaw the recording sessions at Portland, Oregon’s Audiosiege Studios. Relapse plan to release the album in early 2015 while the band themselves will be out on the road shortly for the following run with Castle:

11/08 Spokane, WA – The Hop
11/09 Billings, MT – Babcock Theater
11/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe
11/11 Denver, CO – The Marquis
11/13 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
11/15 Juarez, MEX – Hysteria Bar
11/16 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
11/17 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
11/18 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
11/19 Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar
11/20 Van Nuys, CA – White Oaks Music
11/22 Walnut Creek, CA – The Red House
11/23 Reno, NV – Jub Jubs
11/24 Bend, OR – 3rd Street Pub
11/25 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/26 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman has weighed in on the Melvins‘ latest release “Hold It In” with a review over at thetalkhouse.com. You can read an excerpt from his review of that album—which teams members of the Melvins and Butthole Surfers—below. Should you be sold by Taylor‘s assessment, the album itself released today, October 14th, through Ipecac Records.

“To the best of my knowledge, there are three significant absolutes in life: 1) Oliver Stone’s Alexander is an unwatchable piece of shit; 2) as long as I have coffee, I will always be regular; and 3) the Melvins do not give a fuck.

That last one not only gives me solace, it also fills me with hope.

I fuckin’ love the Melvins. They have been one of my favorite bands for 16 years. I devour everything they put out no matter how many times the line-up changes. As long as the world has Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover, I know we’ll all be OK. That opinion has only strengthened after listening to their new album Hold It In. If you ever needed reminding why the Melvins are kick-ass, this album will never let you forget it.”

For the full review head to thetalkhouse.com.