Here's a look at the top stories of the day on Loudwire and around the Web:

- Happy 50th birthday to Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. We celebrate by counting down the 10 Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs. [Loudwire]

- Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett talks exclusively to Loudwire about his new horror book, plus the band makes a big 2013 festival announcement, as well. [Loudwire]

- Ill Nino's new 'Epidemia' album is still a week away from release, but fans can get an early listen to the full disc. [Loudwire]

- Cryptopsy are ready to reflect on their past with a new two-disc collection called 'The Best of Us Bleed.' [Rock Music Report]

- Now that Geoff Tate is no longer in Queensryche, there's new solo music en route. Check out the premiere of his new song, 'Take a Bullet.' [Ultimate Classic Rock]