- The cause of death in the case of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has been ruled alcohol-related cirrhosis. His family and bandmates are also planning a memorial event. [Loudwire]

- As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis' has entered a "not guilty" plea in his murder-for-hire case and bail has been set at $3 million. [Loudwire]

- Slash says that Velvet Revolver have "very quietly" been looking for a new singer. [Loudwire]

- Lamb of God's Randy Blythe has a new project in the works with Corrosion of Conformity members and Dave Grohl. Details here: [Loudwire]

- Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory and Ivan Moody discuss the band's double album + Mayhem Festival plans in our exclusive interview. [Loudwire]

- Van Halen will return to the road in North America. Their first newly announced North American show can be found here: [Ultimate Classic Rock]

- The cavalcade of Rolling Stones "special guests" continued with Mick Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and John Fogerty in San Jose. [Ultimate Classic Rock]

- The Transplants are back with a new song called 'Come Around.' Listen here: [Diffuser.fm]

- A musician's biggest source of inspiration is their own life. Diffuser.fm counts down 10 Songs That Sum Up Their Author's Lives. [Diffuser.fm]