Staind frontman Aaron Lewis has penned a song in tribute to fallen Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley which is tentatively being planned to show up on the groups forthcoming new album. Commenting to Launch Lewis talked about the song and Staley's impact on him stating:
"I think it's just going to be called, 'Layne,' and the perspective I took on it was how it just kind of seems like it kind of came and went without all that much to do about the fact that he had passed away. It's just, 'I won't forget who you were,' and what he did for me. And how basically the words he was singing--I wasn't doing heroin, but I could still relate and it helped me through times that it seems like my music has helped other people through."
Staind's new album is expected out early next year through Flip/Elektra.
Cause For Drowning
Drowning Pool frontman David Williams' official cause of death has now been determined as result of natural causes, resulting from a heart condition which went undiagnosed. For the full story, check here.
In a recent interview with Kerrang!, Disturbed frontman David Draiman lashed out regarding those who constantly pester him for the infamous monkey like noises he made on the bands debut record, here's what he had to say:
"Oh, how they love the noises. When 'Down With The Sickness' came out as a single, some people forgot about the rest of the song. They would say, 'Come on, make the noise!' What the fuck am I? They wouldn’t ask me, 'Can you sing that one line?' or 'What are the words to that part?' or 'How does that melody go?' With the new album, I was determined to let people know that I can do much more than just make animal noises."
Draiman also recently commented to Revolver on the same topic stating:
"It wasn't a gimmick, It was designed to exhibit the primal nature of the song, it made me feel like an animal. Now fans approach me and say 'make the noise.' How disrespectful is that? If they just want me to make the noise I become some sort of sideshow freak. And one of the driving forces of the melodic nature of this record ("Believe") is to prove to the rest of the world that there's more to this fucking band than 'wah-ca-ca-ca'.
Disturbed's new album "Believe" is in stores now.
Skumlove, a group who feature within their ranks former Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares, Justin Bennet of Professional Murder Music and Frank Mercurio of Sx-10/Cypress Hill fame, will soon be heading to the studio to continue work on their upcoming full-length debut "I Come For Your Children And They Come For Me". The effort is expected to feature various guest appearances and will see a release early next year. In the meantime, the band will be playing the following date:
October 11th West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
Down have added a few dates to their upcoming headlining trek, they include:
November 13th Cleveland, OH - The Odeon
November 29th Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
November 30th Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Jerry Cantrell will be re-releasing his latest album "Degradation Trip" as a two disc set through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam on November 19th. Entitled "Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2", the effort will shape up as follows:
01 - "Psychotic Break"
02 - "Bargain Basement Howard Hughes"
03 - "Owned"
04 - "Angel Eyes"
05 - "Solitude"
06 - "Mother's Spinning In Her Grave (Glass Dick Jones)"
07 - "Hellbound"
08 - "Spiderbite"
09 - "Profalse Idol"
10 - "Feel the Void"
11 - "Locked On"
12 - "Gone"
01 - "Castaway"
02 - "Chemical Tribe"
03 - "What It Takes"
04 - "Dying Inside"
05 - "Siddhartha"
06 - "Hurts Don't It?"
07 - "She Was My Girl"
08 - "Pig Charmer"
09 - "Anger Rising"
10 - "S.O.S."
11 - "Give It A Name"
12 - "Thanks Anyway"
13 - "31/32"
Dryden's Recovering Farm
Alien Ant Farm frontman Dryden Mitchell recently conducted his first interview since he broke his C2 vertabrae in his back in a bus crash earlier this year, you can check it out here. Mitchell also took the time to comment to the bands fans on the status of their upcoming new album through the groups mailing list, here's what he had to say:
"I just barely started singing again in the last 2 weeks, and we are going to start writing this month for the new record. Still no idea of a release date, but I will write emails to you as things progress."
What It Is To Unite
Finch will be embarking on a U.K. trek later this year, dates are as follows:
November 30th Brighton - Concorde 2
December 01st Leeds - Cockpit
December 02nd Glasgow - King Tut's
December 04th Newport - TJs
December 05th London - Electric Ballroom
Mindless Self Indulgence have announced three more dates for their upcoming U.S. tour, they are as follows:
October 19th Omaha, NE - Ranch Bowl
October 24th Seattle, WA - I Spy
October 29th West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
The bands new live EP "Alienating Our Audience" will see a release through Uppity Cracker on October 08th.
Linkin Park have posted videos for their tracks "Kyur4 Th Ich" and "Frgt/10" online at reanimation.linkinpark.com. Both clips come from the bands latest reinterpretation album "Reanimation" and were directed by band turntablist Joe Hahn. In other Linkin news, the band will be releasing a DVD audio version of their "Reanimation" album through Warner on October 15th. The new version of the effort will feature remixed and remastered 5.1 surround sound along with the videos for "Pts.Of.Athrty", "Frgt/10" and "Kyur4 Th Ich", plus a "Making Of The 'Pts.Of.Athrty' Animated Video" feature.
Nonpoint have announced that they will be hitting the road with (hed)p.e. for a tour together in November. Dates and venues for the outing will be announced in the coming weeks. Recent rumors also suggest that Taproot may take part in the trek as well, though no official word has been released as of yet.
Tourful Of Poison
Kittie have announced more dates for their upcoming fall tour, the newest shows include:
October 16th Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Cafe
October 18th Old Bridge, NJ - Birch Hill Nite Club
October 19th Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
October 20th Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
October 22nd Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
October 23rd Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
Crazy Town have now set a November 12th release date through Columbia for their forthcoming new album "Darkhorse". The effort was produced by Howard Benson (P.O.D., Sepultura) and will be preceded by the lead off single "Drowning", a video for which will be shot shortly. For more on the new record and the bands recently revamped line-up, check here.
---> The End.