Darkest Hour have announced on their website the addition of Travis Orbin to their line-up. Travis brings his unique perspective and talents to the table as a seasoned touring musician (Periphery, Sky Eats Airplane) and as a noted session drummer. Travis has joined the band in the writing process for their much-anticipated eighth studio full-length. Darkest Hour's new album is slated for a late 2013 release.
Tool have announced an Australian arena tour which will kick off in Melbourne on April 27th at Rod Laver Arena. Australians are set to see a lot of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan in 2013 with his other 2 bands A Perfect Circle and Puscifer hitting out shores later this month for Soundwave and a tour respectively.
Apart from playing in North America in April/May, Opeth will be heading back to Australia in March 2013 after a run of shows Down Under in 2011 on their Heritage tour. Tickets for the tour will be available next Thursday (January 24th) from 9am. Check out the tour dates below.
Soundgarden have recently released their brand new single "Been Away Too Long", taken from the band's upcoming new studio album King Animal, in stores November 13th 2012. You can hear "Been Away Too Long" at this location. Alternatively, you can listen to it below. The single is already available digitally.
Massachusetts metalcore titans Killswitch Engage have announced that they'll be playing the seminal 2002 album Alive Or Just Breathing in full for the first time ever at California Metalfest VI. Killswitch Engage have planned a special gig at the festival as they will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their landmark release.
American groove thrash metallers Lamb Of God have released the first trailer for their projected 2013 feature film, "As The Palaces Burn", which features the band's new video for their second single "Desolation" off the Resolution album, released in January through Epic Records. The video was shot at shows in South America and Mexico and you can watch it here.
Two brand new songs from US metallers Shadows Fall, "Weight Of The World" and "The Unknown", have been made available online for streaming. "Weight Of The World" is currently streaming at this location while "The Unknown" can be streamed on the lyric video below. Both songs are taken from the band's upcoming album Fire From The Sky, which comes out on May 15th through Razor & Tie. More album details were previously reported here.
British heavy metallers Black Sabbath have announced they will be playing an intimate Download warm-up/homecoming show to take place in Birmingham this May. The show will be the band's first in Birmingham for thirteen years. A donation to Help for Heroes will be made from the proceeds of the show. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will be hitting Birmingham's O2 Academy on Saturday, May 19th. No information has been revealed yet about who the drummer will be.
British heavy metal legends Black Sabbath have confirmed a new festival date. Black Sabbath will play this year's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, US, marking their only scheduled US date for this year.