Amen have now parted ways with bassist John "Tumor" Fahnestock, Tumor recently issued the following statement on his official website www.tumorbass.netfirms.com regarding his departure:
"I am honored to have been a part of such a legendary, groundbreaking band for over the past three years. I wish Casey Chaos all the best and I am honored to have shared the vision and stage with him. I have always put 100% into everything that I have ever done. I just feel at this point for me to continue would be dis-honest to me, Amen as a band, as well as Amen's fans. I would also like to let all of Amen's fans know that I truely respect all the love and support shown to me over the past years.....especially the fans in the uk."
Amen have underwent a number of line-up changes in the past two years with guitarist Sonny Mayo leaving to join (hed)p.e., drummer Shannon Larkin leaving to join Godsmack and guitarist Paul Figueroa joining Blue Bird. All positions aside from Tumor's have since been filled.
Filter frontman Richard Patrick has posted an update on the bands official website stating that he's already writing new material for the bands next album and has also been involving himself in a new side project dubbed Carpet, you can check it all out here.
Sounds Of A Dare
The upcoming Soundtrack to the "Daredevil" movie has begun to take shape, songs tentatively slated to be featured on the release include:
Drowning Pool/Rob Zombie - "The Man Without Fear"
Endo - "Simple Lies"
finger eleven - "Sad Exchange"
Chevelle - "Until You're Reformed"
Saliva - "Bleed For Me"
Hoobastank - "Right Before Your Eyes"
Evanescence - "Bring Me To Life"
12 Stones - "Let Go"
Seether - "Hang On"
Revis - "Caught In The Rain"
Fuel - "Won't Back Down"
Nickelback - "Learn The Hard Way"
The Calling - "For You"
Moby - "Evening Rain"
20 tracks in total are set to be featured on the album when it arrives in stores through Wind-Up on February 04th.
An uncut version of Glassjaw's video for their track "Cosmopolitan Bloodloss", featuring the controversial ending where the clips main star Vincent Gallo shoots each member of the band, has now made its way online and can be downloaded for a limited time at http://www.glassjawband.com/
Bothered About Slipknot
Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor recently clarified himself in an online posting regarding the future of Slipknot and more, here's what he had to say:
"You know me... I really don't care if anybody reads this, believes this or responds with more shit directed at me. I guess I'll set the record straight.
When I talk about the knot, it is never pessimistic. It is pragmatic. It is never in a negative way, it is just how it is. NONE OF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA what goes on behind the curtain of that band. Do you know how many people from slipknot I've talked to, besides Jim, in the last six months? ONE. You wanna tell me how I'm supposed to feel upbeat about a band that is eating itself?
First of all, no one can touch what we did in the knot. We accomplished something everyone said we couldn't do. We put out two of the best albums, in my opinion, of all time. I believe we can do one more album and go out on a high note. But as far as hanging out after we have lost our relevance? NEVER. I got one fucking word for you: GWAR. I will never do that, and I would never let that happen to a band I bled and almost went blind in one eye for, not to mention nearly losing my voice and losing the ability to sing.
It's this simple: I love the knot. I have more than earned the right to talk about the future of the band, especially when there is so much shit going on behind the scenes that thankfully you guys don't see, and I would do everything in my power to keep from you, because if you don't like what I say (and when taken out of context, indeed it does appear like I'm talking shit) you would lose your fucking minds if you heard the REAL shit.
I have more respect for you guys than that.
This is true: there will be another Slipknot album, and another Slipknot tour. If you want me to lie to you, I'll tell you every-fucking-thing is absolutely hunky dorey. But if you know anything about me, I hate lies, and I don't like getting into the habit. I love you guys, but sometimes shit happens. Lucky for you, most of the shit will happen all over me.
As I was, Corey"
The Lostprophets have now demoed nine new songs for their forthcoming new album, 5 of which are finished tracks. The band are continuing work on more material and are now hoping to begin the recording process for the new effortin early March with a mid/later summer release through Columbia in the works. No producer has been decided upon yet for the release though the group are eyeing some possible guest collaborations. In the meantime, the band have now launched their new merch site at http://www.merchdirect.com/lostprophets/
Deck The Spine
Spineshank drummer Tommy Decker has once again checked in with a progress report on the bands upcoming new album "Self Destructive Pattern", due out through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam on May 27th; You can check out what he had to say here.
downthesun are heavily rumored to have parted ways with their record label Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam after being unhappy with the labels performance in handling their self-titled debut, which only saw a release this past October 01st. The group are said to be planning to begin looking for a new label home in the coming weeks.
All Else Downloaded
The re-recorded version of Zao's track "Exchange" has been posted online for download here [ http://www.hxc.com/updates/index.php?updateID=84 ]. The song will be featured on the upcoming re-release of their debut effort "All Else Failed", which will feature vocals completely re-recorded by the bands most recent frontman Dan Weyandt when it lands in stores on February 25th through Solid State.
The Last Mad Queen
The Queens Of The Stone Age's have now tapped the track "Go With The Flow" as the second single from their most recent outing "Songs For The Deaf". A video is currently in the works for the song and should begin airing early next year. In other news, the band are planning to indulge in yet another "Desert Sessions" disc in February and the cast of characters involved this time around will likely include Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson fame, Dean Ween and PJ Harvey. In the meantime, their recently taped appearance on "Last Call With Carson Daly" will now air on December 27th, while the group will also be performing live at this weeks taping of "MADtv" which will be filmed on Thursday, December 19th.
The Ozz Man Returns Again
Ozzy Osbourne is planning to work on a new solo album next year, a release through Epic in late 2003 is likely. Band guitarist Zakk Wylde recently laid down material set for inclusion on the effort.
Like A Golden Stone
Audioslave's recently released self-titled debut has now been certified gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies in the U.S.A.
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