As more details are released regarding the circumstances of Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley's unfortunate death, it seems more and more likely that the cause of death was related to his much publicized struggle with heroin addiction. According to recent Associated Press reports, heroin related drug paraphernalia was found around his body and he had passed away around two weeks ago, only to recently be discovered after worried relatives called the police to check on the residence. However, despite such findings an official cause of death has yet to be determined and could take up to a few weeks depending on how long the tests conducted by the coroner take. In the meantime, various musicians including the remaining members of Alice In Chains themselves have commented on the loss, for the full article check here.
Where Do We Shoot From Here
Filter have lined up the track "Where Do We Go From Here" as the first single from their upcoming new album, "The Amalgamut". The group will shoot a video for the song this coming Saturday, April 27th in the Los Angeles, CA area. For more information on the shoot, check out the bands official website located here. Meanwhile, the new album itself is due out in stores on July 02nd.
The Queens Of The Stone Age have announced that they will be hitting the road with ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead in tow this summer. No schedule has been finalized for the trek as of yet, though it is expected to commence around July/August. In the meantime, the new Queens Of The Stone Age album "Songs For The Deaf" is currently eyeing a mid-July through Interscope.
A New Toxic Release
System Of A Down will be releasing a limited edition CD/DVD package version of their latest effort "Toxicity", on April 23rd. The limited edition will come with a bonus DVD which will feature the video for the album's title track along with live footage from the groups Pledge Of Allegiance tour which took place late last year. For now, you can check out a clip of the band performing their track "War?" live at http://www.subversionmedia.com
Ozzy Osbourne has been busy in a Hollywood, CA area studio for the past couple weeks, recording 7 new tracks. Three of the songs are slated to show up on his upcoming "Live At Budokan" release, due out this summer through Epic.
Soulfly guitarist Mikey Doling is said to currently be in Japan, producing the upcoming new CD from Roadrunner Japan recording artist, Batcave.
An Awkward Group
Former OTEP guitarists Dave Aguilera and Tarver Marsh have joined forced with ex-gODHEAD drummer James O'Connor and Methods Of Mayhem bassist Marty O'Brien in a new group dubbed Awkward. For more info on the band, including an mp3 download of some of their material, check out their official website at http://www.awkwardmusic.com
Coal Chamber have posted the video for their latest single "Fiend" online, you can check it out here. The song comes from the bands upcoming new album "Dark Days", due out in stores on May 07th through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam. In other news, despite the bands recent blowup on stage in Lubbock, TX, they apparently plan to continue on playing together, for now at least.
Papa Roach are expected to hit the road with Eminem, Ludacris and the X-ecutioners this summer for a trek slated to begin in July. Papa Roach's upcoming new album "Lovehatetragedy" is due out on June 18th through Dreamworks.