More good news from the Korn camp. After their collaboration single with hotter-than-hot Los Angeles dubstep DJ Skrillex, Korn are planning to release a dubstep studio album, expected to dominate the charts later this year.
Speaking to NME this weekend, Korn bassist Fieldy said the band was almost finished with the follow-up to 2010's Korn III: Remember Who You Are: "We've collaborated with six, maybe seven dubstep producers on the new record. I've done my parts, I think Jonathan Davis has a couple of vocal takes still to do, but it's almost done."
These dubstep producers/DJ includes such names as Kill The Noise, Excision, Skillets and 12th Planet.
Fieldy also said Jonathan Davis is responsible for inspiring the band's new dubstep direction. "Jonathan loved it," he said, "and he just got us into it." He added that the band felt it "was important to stay current and keep on top of what's going on."
Noisecreep is reporting that Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds is working on an as-yet-unnamed new project with The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, former The Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery.
Since the members of the project live on opposite sides of the country, progress been a bit slow. "We tried to get together and do an album, but there's been no time," Hinds recently told Noisecreep. "We want to record crazy stuff and Ben is working on that, but it's been hard to get together."
Even though the project is officially nameless, Hinds wants to call it Giraffe Tongue "because they look sick."
Previously unreleased 1990 rehearsal footage of Death's "Together As One" has been made available for streaming exclusively at Bravewords.
Another remixed and remastered track, called "Lack Of Comprehension", is still available for streaming over here.
The track comes off the Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition of Human, which will be released on June 21th in North America (June 27th internationally) through Relapse Records. The album was entirely remixed and remastered by longtime Death producer Jim Morris and remastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge).
The repackaged version of Human, originally released in the fall of 1991, now features more than an hour of newly unearthed and previously unreleased early demo tracks.
Korn has been asked to record a theme song for the upcoming new Silent Hill game Silent Hill: Downpour. The eighth installment in the Silent Hill series will be published by Konami Digital Entertainment and developed by Vatra Games. Wiki tells me the game is scheduled to be released for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 in late 2011.
For some people this is apparently a huge deal. Some Silent Hill fans started an online petition, cleverly titled "Kornami", practically begging both companies to cancel the deal.
A Silent Hill: Downpour trailer for the game can be streamed below, while the petition can be signed over at this location.
Vancouver, Canada-based sludge metal act Bison B.C. have parted ways with drummer Brad Mackinnon and have replaced him with former 3 Inches Of Blood drummer Matt Wood.
The band released the following cool story: "So here it is - a couple months back Brad told me he had made the difficult decision to leave the band. We lived and breathed music together for almost five years and it was a fucking honor to share the stage and create music with him, not to mention doing all kinds of fucked up shit that was fucking way fun. It was a hard decision for him, and we wish him all the best, and hey, we still go and get wasted together.
We spent months scouring the city looking for a drummer, which in these here parts is a daunting task. We end up in Chiliwack one night at our favorite sports bar, "Shakerz". Local blues rock band Stone House takes the stage and half way through their set, including a smokin' cover of "Life is a Highway", we notice some drunk dude in the corner dancing on tables, spitting on the band and basically ruining the night for everyone. After the bar lets out we find ourselves at the Greyhound station on our way back to town. We notice the table dancing dude is spare changing to try and get back to town as well, though he is now covered in his own puke. We get to talking and Masa realizes it is his old friend Matt, although through coughing fits and dry heaving he insists his name is Watty Moods, ex-drummer for Stone House.
US groove metallers Devildriver are working on a cover of Metallica's "Holier Than Thou" for a special tribute to Metallica's self-titled classic album.
Last week the band updated their Facebook wall as follows: "DevilDriver is recording Metallica's "Holier Than Thou" for a 20th anniversary Black Album tribute! Drums were done yesterday (Tuesday, June 7th) and guitars start today (Wednesday, June 8th)!"
Some studio footage of the undertaking can be watched over at Blabbermouth.
More details regarding this anniversary release to follow.
Ballads 'N' Bullets, the debut album from German "piano metallers" In Legend, is now available for streaming in its entirety over at TheNewReview.net (who describe In Legend as "Tori Amos on cocaine"... sounds like a go for me).
Ballads 'N' Bullets will be released in North America on June 14th through SPV/Oblivion-Steamhammer. The album was already released in Europe in late May.
Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson has announced the addition of vocalist Linnéa Vikström - the hot blond daughter of vocalist Thomas Vikström. She'll be replacing tour vocalist Katarina Lilja, who left the band back in March in order "to sit at home with the boyfriend and just have a regular job."
Johnsson wrote the following: "We are hereby proud to announce the person who will be filling the infernal shoes of Kat (the Evil One) for the upcoming Therion tour activities. It will be no less than Linnéa Vikström, the daughter of Thomas. She sang on Sitra Ahra and enchanted many listeners with her charming and diverse presence. From being the cute little spawn of Thomas, she has now been growing to a woman and she is ready to help us carry the flag of Therion around the world.
"'The Embodiment Of Paradox And Chaos", a brand new song from UK metallers Lock Up, is currently streaming on band's Facebook page.
"'The Embodiment Of Paradox And Chaos" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Necropolis Transparent, which will be released on July 1st in Europe, and July 12th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records as a regular CD, black vinyl and transparent vinyl. More details about Necropolis Transparent were previously reported over here.
Anal Cunt's publicist, Kim Kelly of Catharsis PR, has confirmed via Twitter that the band's charismatic frontman, Seth Putnam, died yesterday, Saturday, June 11th of a suspected heart attack. He was 43 years old.
Commented Kelly: "Yes, it's true. Seth Putnam, one of the most infamous musicians that extreme metal has ever seen, the grindcore GG Allin, has passed away due to a heart attack.
I handled all the promotion for Anal Cunt's last album, Fuckin' A, and Seth was always happy to oblige any request I sent his way. The band had been working on a new album before his passing, so chances are his musical career's epitaph has yet to be inscribed.
I want to remind everyone that no matter how outrageous and controversial his musical career has been, Seth was still a human being with friends and family that loved him. I'm hoping that the Internet will remember that. This is a very sad and trying time for those that knew him, and the last thing they need to see is an outpouring of message board hate. The man lived and died by his own rules; if anything, respect him for that."
Ex-After Forever/ReVamp frontwoman Floor Jansen is suffering from a burn-out.
She recently released the following update: "For a few months now my health has not been good... I suffer from a burn-out. It took me a while to accept this fact, it was and is hard to be forced to take it easy and stop doing my work.
The shows booked for ReVamp are and have been for the last month my only activity and even that costs me more energy than I have. This burn-out doesn't mean I do not love my work! It's a sign of my system that I worked too hard for too long. I now have to be extremely careful with the amount of activities because my condition is poor.
On our tour in Latin America I will only be able to do the shows. I am sorry to say that I cannot attend to any other meetings or signing sessions. Also the social media such as Facebook and Twitter has been a bit quiet and will remain silent for a while until I am fully recovered.