One of the most aggressive and explosive bands to gain popularity through the mid-to-late nineties, El Paso post-hardcore outfit At the Drive-In were a herky-jerky thrill ride of angular riffs, plundering rhythms and cryptic lyrics. The interpersonal dynamcs between the band members was just as turbulent and in 2001 the group broke up following a year-long tour for their third album 2000's 'Relationship of Command.'
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.”
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