Ohio post-blues darlings the Black Keys will launch the first leg of their 2012 North American tour on Mar. 2 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dates are scheduled through Mar. 23 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Since drummer Paul Bostaph was unable to play drums for Testament during the recording of their upcoming album 'The Dark Roots of the Earth,' the band recruited Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, Dethklok, ex-Strapping Young Lad) to play on the record. Hoglan also filled in for a number of dates on Testament's recent tour with Anthrax. Now, Testament frontman Chuck Billy has confirmed that Bostaph has left the band to play with the new group BlackGates.
For three straight years, Christian metalcore band August Burns Red have released a late-year cover of a holiday classic. Carrying on the tradition of providing online merriment and cheer to all good little boys and girls, the band has just issued a raging instrumental of 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,' which features dual guitar harmonies redolent of Iron Maiden, a galloping rhythm that sounds kinda like Metallica's 'One' with an acoustic arpeggio breakdown.