White Noise: Slash to Guest (Maybe) On 'Idol,' The Fear Factory Reopens, Black Dahlia Murder Choose Producer
+ Will he or won't he? Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash Twittered (or is it Tweeted?) on Tuesday that "'American Idol' has asked me to do the mentor bit for 'Rock Week.'" Of course, Slash didn't say whether he'd accepted the offer or not, but we're thinking, if dude's going to mention it on Twitter, chances are he's good to go.
Of course, Slash has lots to promote. He is basically the spokesperson for "Guitar Hero," has been hard at work on his first solo LP (which he's recorded six tracks for so far; one track will reportedly feature a guest vocal spot from Ozzy Osbourne, with another boasting Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows), and released an autobiography last year. Oh, and there's this other band he's in called Velvet Revolver. They're still searching for a new singer to replace excommunicated frontman Scott Weiland, who got the boot last year.
+ Wanna hear the new Isis album 'Wavering Radiant' a week before it lands on store shelves? Trust us -- you really, really do. Check out the entire LP, which the band is streaming in its entirety. And don't forget, the band's six-week U.S. tour kicks off May 15 in San Diego.
+ You may have heard that Fear Factory founding members Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell have mended fences. Now, it seems they've resurrected the once-mighty Fear Factory, and they've recruited two of Strapping Young Lad's finest. With Dino on guitars and Bell behind the mike, Byron Stroud has been asked to take over on bass while Gene Hoglan will man the kit. According to Blabbermouth, the band will be performing this summer, and also plans to hit the studio at some point to record new material. Hails!
+ So, it looks like the Black Dahlia Murder will soon begin work on the follow-up to 2007's Nocturnal. Noisecreep can reveal that the band has enlisted Jason Suecof (who has worked with the likes of Daath, Trivium, All That Remains, and God Forbid) to produce the effort. No word yet on when the album will be in stores, but we'll keep you posted.
+ The lineup for This Is Hardcore Fest 2009 (which will be held in Philadelphia from August 14 to 16) is taking shape, and it's looking like it's going to be one hell of an affair. So far, Reach The Sky, The Suicide File, Bane, Hoods, Mindset, and Wisdom In Chains have signed on to perform.
+ This week, People magazine asked the question, "Is Mary-Kate Copying Ozzy's Style?," as in Mary-Kate Olsen of "Full House" fame. The answer, after much thought and careful consideration, is "No." Glad we could clear that up for you, People.
+ And last but not least, ThePRP reports that legendary metalcore visionaries Cave In will go on hiatus from their hiatus to play a single show July 19 at Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts. Hell yes, we're so there.