In March 2012, Shadows Fall will release their seventh album, the follow-up to 2009's 'Retribution,' on the band's new label Razor & Tie. The as-yet-untitled disc was produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who also worked on the band's 1998 full-length debut 'Somber Eyes to the Sky,' as well as discs by Unearth, Underoath, All that Remains, The Devil Wears Prada and others.
The first Black Sabbath studio album to feature vocalist Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's 'Never Say Die!' will likely come out next fall, which leaves even skeptical fans crossing their fingers, hoping to hear Ozzy's trademark howl with Tony Iommi's legendary crunchy, downtuned minor-key riffs.
Forward-thinking metal band Chimaira are apparently slowly morphing into proggy death metal band Daath -- which isn't a bad thing, as evidenced by Chimaira's excellent 2011 album 'The Age of Hell,' which featured Daath guitarist Emil Werstler (on bass) and Daath keyboardist Sean Zatorsky.
Down frontman Phil Anselmo has recorded a 45-second video message updating fans on the band's upcoming, yet-untitled EP and wishing fans happy holidays. Anselmo posted the recording shortly after recording vocals at Nodferatu's lair, the barn studio on his 17 acre property in south Louisiana.
Trent Reznor is known to many as the generally brooding frontman of Nine Inch Nails, but the rocker seems pretty content these days. “I'm not at war with myself as I once was," he says in an interview with UK newspaper The Guardian. "Life isn't miserable. I don't miss that.”
The post-victory celebration of Metallica's 30th anniversary bash continues with a 33-minute video recapping the second of four fan-club-only shows the band performed Dec. 7 at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
If you've been hoping and praying that the Big 4 will soon be playing a full U.S. tour, you might want to lower your expectations and be happy with that DVD of the Sonisphere show from Sofia, Bulgaria. In a recent interview with UK's Classic Rock magazine, Slayer guitarist Kerry King said he can't imagine Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will stage any more Big 4 shows.
The first posthumous recording by late GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, a cover of Dayglo Abortions' 'Isn't This Disgusting,' is available now on iTunes and will be included on the upcoming Dayglo Abortions tribute compilation, which comes out next year.
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