ELECTRIC WIZARD Tease New Album

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Late yesterday famed doom metal group Electric Wizard posted a flyer on their Facebook page indicating a new record would be coming this year. The flyer does not specify a title or release date, but the band later posted what appears to be a scan of some kind of magazine article describing the as yet untitled release. Jus Oborn describes the new record as “primitive,” “morbid,” and “death obsessed.” That’s just what I like to hear, considering that I wasn’t a huge fan of the washed out heavy psych direction the band took with Black Masses nearly four years ago. Here’s hoping for some nice, bassy riffs you can smoke it out to on this new one. Links to these respective facebook posts after the jump.

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THE FALL OF TROY To Reunite?

The Fall of Troy disbanded back in 2010 but the band may make a resurgence very soon. Former guitarist and vocalist Thomas Erak took to Twitter to make a brief, vague update that stated:

Announcement is coming everyone, just a few more details to iron out but it is coming in the next day or two. Seriously, worth the wait

Thomas clarified that the announcement would not pertain to his recent involvement in Chiodos. The Fall of Troy updated their Facebook status to read “Oh what!?…” moments later. This has created the rumor that The Fall of Troy are reuniting. I sincerely hope this happens but I wouldn’t hold my breath. WE’LL SEE!

IRON LUNG To Host TED Talk

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According to a recent update from their official blog, Seattle, WA’s infamous powerviolence duo, Iron Lung, are apparently going to be hosting a TED Talk. For those unaware, TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading” and draw in speakers from the realms of “Technology, Entertainment and Design”. TED Talks have ranged from presentations featuring Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs speaking on the value and current stigmatization of work to the well-known interviewer Nardwuar speaking on the do-it-yourself aspects of journalism. Listed below are some of the issues the abstract powerviolence duo will be speaking on: Continue reading

TURNSTILE Debut New Video “Canned Heat”

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Baltimore, MD’s grooviest metallic hardcore act, Turnstile, have just debuted a video for “Canned Heat”, a new track we last saw the group performing live at Florida’s Bringin’ It Back For The Kids Fest 2: Electric Boogaloo. Strewn together with pro-shot live footage from that very show, we are now treated to a mastered and complete version of the track…along with news that Turnstile will be releasing a new EP/LP/?? possibly entitled Step 2 Rhythm through Reaper Records this year. Metallic hardcore release of the year? I’d put my money on it. Stream “Canned Heat” below. Continue reading

CARCASS Finishing Up New Record?

According to Blabbermouth, the legendary Carcass are rumored to be putting the finishing touches on their first LP in 17 years. Long time active members, guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker are reportedly recording the effort with producer Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head). Carcass have been working with drummer Matthias Voight (Heaven Shall burn) in the studio as well and are eyeing a 2013 release for the record. The group has set to secure a label home however.

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EVERY TIME I DIE To Tour With The ACACIA STRAIN In March

According to The PRP, Every Time I Die and The Acacia Strain are rumored to co-headline a tour next year sometime in March. The shitty Buffalo dudes and the chug masters will see support from Vanna, Hundredth and No Bragging Rights. No other details have been released as of yet but I can assure you I will keep your little ass updated.

-Lane Oliver

Summer Slaughter’s Opition Paralysis: THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Rumored To Participate In Next Years Summer Slaughter

The people who put together the summers most “extreme” touring festival have taken to their Twitter posing the question “Dillinger Escape Plan?”. The tweet in question can be read one of two ways; the promoters trying to get a feel if people would be into DEP as a possible headliner or are already in talks with the band. Obviously the former is the most plausible, however the promoters for Summer Slaughter always hint at one of the major bands once they have them locked in. A prime example of this would be last year when the festival promoters posted “Hammer Smashed Mordecai” on their Facebook.

In recent years I have always felt a little lackluster towards the fests line up, but still end up going. If Dillinger is on this shit this year, not only will I go, but for the first time in years I’ll be excited to go. I guess we will just have to wait and see though. Use the comment section to tell me how you wanna see on this years Summer Slaughter.

 

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– Josh Huddleston

 

BRIAN BENOIT Rejoining DILLINGER? I Hope So!

Yesterday, ex Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Brian Benoit (active 1999-2005) was captured in photo showing himself jamming with Ben Weinman on Weinman’s facebook. Rumors of course are spreading that Brian will be Jeff Tuttle’s replacement. This is most likely just a rumor and nothing more but just imagine if Brian rejoins the band for their new record. I’ll just let your imagination do the work and stop talking.

-Lane Oliver

Slaves Of The Grind: New PIG DESTROYER Album Almost Completed + ROTTEN SOUND Split?

This news struck me like a Asgardian lightning bolt. Last right I read on Operation Grindcore (via Nefarious Realm) that Pig Destroyer might be finishing up their new album. Of course, this information is unofficial, but the dudes over at Nefarious Realm are deeper into the workings of grindcore than I am, so they might have some connections that I do not. If this information is true however, and Pig Destroyer will finally be releasing their magnum opus, it would be life changing.

This is the statement as read on OG via Nefarious Realm:

We’ve heard unofficially through the grape vine that the new PIG DESTROYER album is just about completed, with only mastering and artwork left to be finished. Word also came with the news that a split with ROTTEN SOUND is still in the works. This new album, which very well may surface this summer through Relapse Records, is the first in roughly 5 years. PIG DESTROYER released Phantom Limb in 2007 through Relapse.

Pumped? I am. You should be. Hell yes! Bring it on! I think I just came. Stream Pig Destroyer‘s Phantom Limb below.

DEATH TO ALL TOUR Announces The Identities Of The Special Guests

 

The people who are bring us the Death To All Tour have revealed the identities of the special guests on their site. For those of you who don’t know what the Death To All Tour is, it’s a collaborative effort of former musicians of the band Death going on a tour to pay (get paid?) tribute to the late great Chuck Schuldiner. The tour will consist of these seven stops -

6/22/2012 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
6/23/2012 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
6/26/2012 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
6/28/2012 – Irving Plaza – NYC, NY
6/30/2012 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL
7/01/2012 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/03/2012 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX

 

 

The musicians performing under the Death To All banner will be Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert drums, Steve DiGiorgio  and Scott Clendeni on bass, on guitar we have Paul MasvidalShannon Hamm, and Bobby Koelble, and Steffen Kummerer of Obscura and Charles Elliott of Abysmal Dawn / Bereft handling vocals/guitars. The opener on the first four shows will be the ever so amazing Gorguts, with the following four shows being opened by fuckinnnnnn Atheist!

There will also be surprise special appearances from Richard Christy of Charred Walls of The Damned, Alex Skolnick and Chuck Billy of Testament, Paul Ryan of Origin, Craig Locicero of Forbidden, Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation, Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight of The Black Dahlia Murder and Emil Werstler of Daath/Chimaira. Not all of these musicians will be appearing at every show, but rather just certain  appearances on certain stops. Although it’s not announced who is playing what city, it is pretty easy to guess based geographic location. I’m calling it now -

Emil Werstler – Atlanta

Ryan Knight / Trevor Strnad - Dallas (or Chicago)

Richard Christy – NYC

Travis Ryan - LA (or San Diego)

Alex Skolnick / Chuck Billy – NYC (or LA)

Paul Ryan - Chicago

 

 

– Josh Huddleston

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A New MY BLOODY VALENTINE Release In The Works?

In a recent short Pitchfork interview, Kevin Shields of the legendary My Bloody Valentine teased the possibility of releasing a new album. He’s hinted at the possibility of a new record for awhile now but according to this interview, this time it might be official. If you haven’t heard of My Bloody Valentine before, I suggest you give their album Loveless a listen. It is regarded by many as a landmark in the shoegaze genre. Who knows, maybe we will see new MBV this year. I hope so.

-Lane Oliver

Rumors: Does ANIMALS AS LEADERS Have A New Drummer???

 

So apparently Meinl Cymbals Germany is reporting that Matt Garstka is now the drummer for Animals As Leaders. It was reposted by Sick Drummer Magazine but I still don’t know how legitimate this is. I can’t find anything on the web to substantiate the claims that Navene Koperwesi has either quit or been fired.

Just in case this is true, let me introduce you to Matt Garstka. Matt is a Berklee graduate and has played with the jazz groups Gokh Bi System, Two Man Trio, and Verse The Fire. Check him out –

 

 

– Josh Huddleston

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The Return Of The Early Man: EARL SWEATSHIRT Is Home, But Is He Still With OFWGKTA?

Oh shhiiiitttt, it’s time to rejoice my fellow swaggsters! Today marks the return of teenage prodigy Earl Sweatshirt! When he first went missing, there were several rumors floating around the web about what had happened to him. Well It turns out that his mother had sent him away to a Samoan military academy.

It’s been over a year since the mysterious disappearance of the young rapper and everybody has been wondering when he was make his triumphant return. Well, wait no further ladies and gentlemen. Earlier today OFWGKTA leader Tyler, The Creator tweeted that Earl had created a new twitter account, @earlxsweat. Shortly after Earl tweeted that he would release a new song once he reached 50,000 followers. Then about an hour later, he tweet a link to this video -

Shortly after uploading the above video and having other members of OFWGKTA tweet about the return of the Early Man, he reached 50,000 followers. Staying true to his word, Earl upload a new track entitled “Home” to his Tumblr page. After all this time, it would appear that things are finally back to normal in the wolf gang.

However, rumors are starting to surface suggesting that while Earl may be back, he may not be currently rapping with Odd Future. The basis of these rumors are from a series of tweets by Tyler, Domo Genesis, and others. Some of Tyler’s recent tweets consist of things like “‘I’ve never been excited and angry at the same time until today“, “Thebe… I mean Earl Has a twitter“, “Whatever“, “I can’t do this shit B…”, and “Fuck everything else…. This shit sucks yall have no idea”. While Domo tweeted, “and Im not talking about the Earl situation, Im as clueless as you are”, “This is so crazy yo, but I am glad he’s home though….”, and “Damn I don’t even know what to think”.

It is also worth noting that OF will be releasing a mixtape pretty soon that according to Tyler doesn’t feature Earl. So, I have no clue what is going on in OFWGKTA right now, but it seems kind of open ended in a certain light. Either way, I hope everything is good cause it’d be a bummer to have their reunion spoiled so quickly.

– Josh Huddleston

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