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Dave Lombardo To Tour With Korn

According to a reliable source, Slayer drummer, Dave Lombardo, who has been in a dispute with the band these past few weeks over financial disagreements, will spend his summer touring with nu metal pioneers, Korn instead. Korn’s own drummer, Ray Luzier, has been forced to sit out of the band’s summer festival schedule with an elbow injury, leading to the legendary thrash skinsman to take his place behind the kit.

“It’s truly an honour to have a drummer of such magnitude performing with us this summer,” read a statement from Korn. “We grew up listening to Slayer records, and we can’t wait to hear what Dave will bring to the table. Europe! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance this Summer!”

The band’s tour dates will see the band perform at such festivals as Download in the United Kingdon, Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium and Rock am Ring in Germany.

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Metallica to Re-Record “Kill Em All” For Own Label

Metallica has announced that the second release on its recently formed label, Blackened Recordings, will be a re-recording of “Kill Em All.”

The band is said to be considering naming the re-recording “Metal Up Your Ass,” the debut’s original working title, but no final decision has been made.

Under provision of a renegotiated joint venture agreement with the Warner Music Group in 1994, all of masters of Metallica’s albums reverted back to the band as of November 30th, 2012.

Addressing the reasoning for re-recording the band’s classic debut instead of simply remastering it, drummer Lars Ulrich had this to say:

“The songs on Kill Em All are vintage Metallica, but will benefit so much more from today’s studio and mixing technology. So we decided it would be better to re-record them entirely than release a simple remaster from those old analog recordings. I can’t wait to get in the studio and do these songs justice and give them a polished, modern sound.”

A producer has not yet been chosen for the “Kill Em All” recording sessions.

Blackened Recordings will handle all marketing and promotion duties for the re-release of “Kill Em All,” which will be manufactured and distributed by Rhino Entertainment in North America and licensed to the Universal Music Group internationally. A release is tentatively being targeted for late 2013.

The re-recording of “Kill Em All” will be the label’s second release. The first release from Blackened Recordings was the live DVD, "Quebec Magnetic," which was released on December 10th, 2012.

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Gloryhammer Gets Sued By London Porn Star

The power metal act founded by Alestorm frontman Christopher Bowes, having just issued the debut LP "Tales From the Kingdom of Fife" (See review over at this location), started the new week off by being slapped with a lawsuit by British porn star Oliver Mitchell (a/k/a "Pug Darkholer") for naming rights. The plaintiff's Particular of Claims form alleges that the Scottish power metal act violated a cease and desist letter sent by lawyers who claimed that Mitchell would sustain substantial financial harm caused by confusion with the highly popular "Gloryhammer" porn film series of the late 1990's.

The band has yet to issue a statement on the matter, though vocalist Thomas Winkler did post up the following on his Facebook page: "Seems like that impostor is making a fuss and trying to mess up things for the band. I don't see how a totally different project from the 1990's is relevant now. Being a washed up loser does not make one entitled to anything." Though the post was not specific to the current situation, the date reference seems to suggest it refers to the instant action.

Submitted as "proof" of the copyright claim, was the cover of "Gloryhammer IV," the 1997 installment of the series (seen below). Mitchell's lawyers are hoping the court will be persuaded to render a decision in their favor based on what they call "overwhelmingly obvious similarities." More on this story as the situation unfolds. More...

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Rage Against the Machine To Release EP

After 13 years, Rage Against the Machine are finally releasing new music. This time for Pussy Riot's legal defense. The four track EP is set to release this May and will include four songs. According to Tom Morello, “Contemporary Russia is a late capitalist hell run by robber barons interested in maintaining their power through a police state. We're sick of the war in Chechnya, assassination of dissidents and corrupted elections. What it really took was jailing musicians for dissent to drive us to release new music.”

The EP will be available through the band's website and will allegedly address issues like Obama's Disposition Matrix, the Occupy Movement and bias on Fox News. A price point is set at $7 for a digital download and will be made available on iTunes at a later date.

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Strapping Young Lad Reuintes For Farewell Tour

This autumn, Strapping Young Lad will engage in one final farewell tour. According to Devin Townsend, “I started jamming with Gene again for Z2 and everything just seemed right. Strapping Young Lad never really announced a final headlining tour, it was just Ozzfest and that was it. Right now, the timing just feels right to do a last tour.”

No dates have been announced but the tour is scheduled to come to North America. Metalunderground.com will post updates as supporting acts and venues are confirmed in the near future.

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Nightwish Recruits Another Vocalist

After its recent tour with new singer Floor Jansen, Nightwish has decided to part company with her after she went in to get a root canal. Commented Tuomas Holopainen from the band:

"She just doesn't have the dedication we need, taking two hours out of her schedule. We had these problems with Anette getting sick and pregnant. Women just don't have the band's best interests at heart."

The band has decided to do away with female vocalists altogether, recruiting Gord Kirchin as the new singer on its tour. In fact, just like they did with the dismissal of Tarja Turunen over getting married to an Argentine, Nightwish posted on its blog that Gord Kirchin would be the new singer - without even telling him first. More...

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Kerry King Speaks Out About Slayer

With the dawn of 2013 came the disconcerting news from the Slayer camp that not only one, but two founding members would be sitting it out on the world tour that the band would be heading out on. Dave Lombardo had once again left the fold of the legendary thrashers over alleged contractual issues, just ahead of the band's stint in Australia.

One of our contributors sent in some email questions to veteran Slayer mouthpiece Kerry King to get the guitar legend's thoughts on the schism in the ranks and to debunk all these unfounded notions that Kerry is controlling and rapacious. After a lengthy wait, the email questions were transcribed and sent back to us by an unnamed source from the Slayer camp. Today on Metal Underground, we bring you that conversation so you can hear it from the horse's mouth, and not another part of the horse's anatomy. Here is the interview: More...

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At The Gates Refusing To Release New Music

At The Gates have once again incited rumors of a new album, this time in a recent interview with a French magazine Metal Menteur. But they have also declared the music will "never see the light of day... never".

After several large scale tours, festivals such as Bloodstock and a retrospective DVD, many fans hoped they would finish off their run with a new album, which they have firmly denied up until contradictory statements last year in a Blabbermouth interview about "never saying never".

"We said we wouldn't record another album so... I guess we have to stand by that" said frontman Tomas Lindberg. "We've actually written about 7 new tracks, but we've decided to stick to our words. We'll probably make a demo and give that to close friends, which sucks because I feel these tracks are better than a lot of the stuff on Slaughter [of the Soul]".

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Metal Blade To Sign Mystery Retro Band

Metal Blade Records is set to announce a new band to their roster this month, which is said to be a "70 era NWOBHM band you've never heard of."

In a press release about the signing they state "Given the success of Nuclear Blast's signing of Hell and Listenable Records upcoming album from Satan, we here at Metal Blade get that metal fans want retro. And satanic; the whole Ghost thing! We have our own metal gem in the ready to shine, they're pretty cult though. We don't think you would have heard of them." More...

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Kvelertak Ranks The Best Of The Worst Beer

Metal Injection checked in with Kvelertak to discuss beer in Norway and the States. Watch the clip at this location or through the player below. Metal Injection also comments:

"Kvelertak are from Norway, and they definitely know how to drink beer, so we decided to do a taste test of some of the worst/cheapest beers in America including Pabst Blue Ribbon, Keystone Light, Miller Genuine Draft, Coors Light, Bud Ice and Bud Light Lime. Watch the video to learn which is the Best Worst Beer and which is the Worst Worst Beer."

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Dave Mustaine Meets Willie Nelson

Dave Mustaine and his family are currently in the Austin, Texas area house-hunting. Yesterday evening at a local restaurant, Dave randomly met up with music legend, Willie Nelson.

Dave tweeted, "Willie Nelson is in the restaurant I am eating at. I just met him! How cool is this???" and shortly after posted a photo of him talking to Willie about a possible guest appearance on the song "The Blackest Crow," which will be featured on Megadeth's new album, "Super Collider." More...

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Grad Students Model a Mosh Pit

Cornell grad students Matt Bierbaum and Jesse Silverberg have created a mathematical model for a mosh pit; not just a single mosh pit, but presumably any mosh pit taking into account a number of variables such as speed of movement and denseness of crowd and more. Now if only some of these controls could be mapped to logical labels like a "band sucking" slider.

From the NPR article:

About five years ago Silverberg took his girlfriend to her first gig. "Usually I would jump in the mosh pit," he says. "But this time I wanted her to be safe and have a good time, so we stayed out on the side and watched things from there."

While he was watching, he realized that the motion of people in a mosh pit looks kind of like molecules moving in a gas.

"It was basically just this random mess of collisions, which is essentially how you want to think about the gas in the air that we breathe," he says.

Physicists have worked out the basic rules that describe this kind of motion, so Bierbaum and Silverberg decided to look for the rules of motion in moshing. They went to concerts and studied videos from YouTube. Silverberg emphasizes that no tax dollars went toward buying concert tickets — the study is a labor of love.

Using just a few variables, like how fast people moved and how dense the crowd was, Bierbaum and Silverberg created a mathematical model that they presented at this week's March meeting of the American Physical Society. Using a mixture of simulated moshers and standing fans, they could reproduce mosh pits, circle pits and other common collective motions that take place at metal concerts. You can try some simulations for yourself in their mosh pit simulator below.

The model has even been put into an embeddable script, which you can try out and play with below: More...

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Zakk Wylde Announces "Berzerker Burger"

Guitar Icon Zakk Wylde has teamed up with Grill ‘Em All to create the Berzerker Burger, a monstrous burger with two blackened half pound patties, Eagle Rock Solidarity battered onion rings, white truffle pomme frites, chipotle ketchup, cheddar, and thick cut bacon all smothered in chili.

Grill ‘Em All has honored many hard rock and metal legends on their menu - such as Dee Snider, Behemoth, and Napalm Death - but this is the first collaboration of its kind. Fans and burger enthusiasts alike will be able to get their hands on the Berzerker starting at 12:00pm on Saturday, April 20th at Grill ‘Em All’s restaurant located at 19 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801.

"Doing a Zakk Wylde burger is a dream come true for us because the guy is everything we dig about Metal,” said Matt Chernus, co-owner of Grill ‘Em All. “We though, ‘What would Zakk Wylde like? Um, yeah, beer and spice!’ TWO blackened patties with boozy onion rings, truffle fries, and chipotle ketchup; we know this burg is going to make people meat drunk." More...

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Chthonic To Play "Rhythm Crusher" With Fans

Following two concerts in Japan next month, members of the Taiwanese extreme metal group Chthonic will join fans in Tokyo at Rockaholic (bar-rockaholic.jp) on March 8th for a live battle of the band's new mobile music app game "Chthonic- Rhythm Crusher."

Eliminated Chthonic members will DJ during the event, and prizes will be awarded to fans present at the venue, with the grand prize winner taking home a brand new iPad Mini.

Chthonic also invites fans worldwide to join the battle via the game's online Vs. Mode. The band members - who will be identified by the following screen names: FreddyLimTT, dorisyeh0919 and Jessefilth - will accept challenges from fans around the globe. Fans should log on at 5:00am EST, 2:00am PST on Friday, March 8 to join the live challenge from halfway around the world.

"CHTHONIC - Rhythm Crusher," a rhythm game for mobile devices using exclusively heavy metal music, is now available for iPhone and iPad users worldwide via the iTunes store.

Developed by Chun-Mu Mediatek, the app includes 12 classic works from Chthonic's six studio albums. Players can play solo or connect online to challenge other fans, and all five members of Chthonic can be used in the game. More...

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Holy Grail Teams With Duncan Yo-Yos

In one of the more random and eccentric metal-themed endorsements in recent history, Prosthetic Records has announced the following:

"Duncan Toys has teamed with heavy metallers Holy Grail to create a limited edition yo-yo featuring the artwork from the band's new album 'Ride The Void,' due out January 22nd. In conjunction, Duncan has revealed a tutorial video featuring Holy Grail guitarist (and yo-yo enthusiast) Alex Lee. The yo-yos will be available at the band's merch table on the upcoming Metal Alliance Tour, as well as through upcoming social media promotions.


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Compressorhead Is True Heavy Metal

Compressorhead, the world's first all 'heavy metal' band made with robotics, has posted a practice version of its cover of "Ace of Spades" during band practice at the Robocross headquarters in Berlin. In the band's biography, this is how they are described:

"Did you ever wonder what Danny Carey would sound like if he had 4 arms? How about if Angus Young had 78 fingers? Imagine what Robert Trujillo would sound like if he was actually made of metal? Well, wonder no more, meatbags. Compressorhead is the worlds heaviest metal band."

"Stickboy (drums) was created to exacting specifications. 4 arms, 2 legs, 1 head, no brain. He plays a Pearl 14 piece kit with double kick. Stickboy Junior, the bastard child of an unknown mother, takes control of the hihat shuffle. Inception date 2007. Fingers (guitar) joined Stickboy in 2009 and brings 78 purpose built fingers, enough to play the entire fret board and pluck. Bones (bass) is the highest precision bass player in known existence, and the youngest member of the band. Inception date 2012. Stand aside meatbags. Oil is thicker than blood."

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Alestorm's Christopher Bowes Releases Christmas LP

Alestorm frontman Christopher Bowes has just released a special Christmas album right in the "nick" of time for the holiday season. "Christmas at the Organ" is streaming now in the player below and is available as a free download through bandcamp. All songs were performed live in one take today.

Bowes' stunning and timeless renditions of "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "We Three Kings," complete with lyrical forgetfulness, re-starts and overall holiday fun are now yours for the taking. The cover art, with Bowes in a white suit with a glass of sherry, is a throwback to the glory days of Engelbert Humperdink.

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Tuomas Saukkonen Endorsing Finnish Energy Drink

Tuomas Saukkonen - front man of Finnish melodic death metallers Before The Dawn - has inked an official endorsement deal with TEHO (Finnish for “power”) – “the most Finnish energy drink in the world.” Check out the video announcement below, which was created by OneManArmy Productions.

Saukkonen comments: “I feel honoured and extremely happy to be supported by my most favourite energy drink of all. I’ve never felt a lack of energy, but as of now, I will be powered to the maximum!” More...

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Katatonia Launches Beer Glass Line

Update: Looks like this line is making the rounds, as Opeth and Devin Townsend are now selling the same drinkware with their own logos.

Now that you've got your Amon Amarth or Samael brand wine, you need to drink it out of something appropriately metal, right?

Joining the game of expanding merch beyond t-shirts and patches, Katatonia is now selling tall beer glasses, whiskey glasses, and shot glasses etched with the band's logo and the latest album title. Check out the full lineup right here (and now you can reenact the Opeth/Katatonia album listening/wine drinking sessions!)

Katatonia is out now with latest album "Dead End Kings" (reviewed here), and you can watch a lyric video for the track "Dead Letters" below. More...

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"Why Doesn't MTV Play Music Videos" Answered

The latest viral video with some tangential relevance to music is a comedic sketch by Brian Firenzi and Maria Del Carmen. In the skit, posted as an installment of "Ask A Network Head," Natalie asks the head of programming at MTV why they stopped playing music videos. Watch below for the answer (warning: NSFW language):

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