Here's a recap of what went down Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the world of rock and metal: Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who has been in a coma for three-plus years, has shown significant signs of improvement in recent days. Meanwhile, Killswitch Engage officially confirmed that Jesse Leach has returned to the band as their new lead singer.

Also, Taproot announced details of their new album, while Hatebreed announced that they are working on a new disc. Motley Crue's Vince Neil celebrated his 51st birthday today; Disturbed bassist John Moyer joined Adrenaline Mob; and Bill Ward's son came out in defense of his father in the ongoing Black Sabbath dispute drama.

Check out all of today’s stories on Loudwire, plus some favorites from around the Web, in the links below:

Today on Loudwire:

Favorite Motley Crue Song – Readers Poll
The Cult Guitarist Billy Duffy Talks New Album 'Choice of Weapon' + More
Art of Dying, 'Sorry' – Song Review
New Hatebreed Album in the Works
Limp Bizkit Singer Fred Durst Performs Karaoke Version of 'Nookie'
Dir En Grey Forced to Cancel U.S. Tour
Bill Ward's Son Defends Dad and Condemns Backlash in Black Sabbath Dispute
Adrenaline Mob Tap Disturbed's John Moyer as New Bassist
Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix Joins Motley Crue Onstage in Vegas
The Darkness and Foxy Shazam Bring Rock 'n' Roll to New York City
Attack Attack! Drummer Andrew Wetzel Talks New Album, Touring + More
Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead Members to Appear on ‘That Metal Show’ Season 10
Killswitch Engage Officially Confirm Jesse Leach as New Singer
Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Showing Improvement After Three Year Coma
Taproot Set New Concept Album ‘The Episodes’ for April Release
Lansdowne vs. Halestorm – Cage Match
Red Hot Chili Peppers Invite Fans To ‘Look Around’ With Interactive Music Video

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