White Noise: News on Slipknot, High on Fire, Slayer, Mastodon, Aerosmith and More
+ Slipknot promised to make up the dates they've been forced to cancel because of drummer Joey Jordison's burst appendix, and it looks like they meant it. The band has announced it'll make up its Auburn and Kennewick, Wash., dates on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11, respectively.
+ Slayer's new album 'World Painted Blood' will be in stores Nov. 3, it's been revealed. The disc features 11 songs, including 'Snuff,' 'Beauty Through Order' and 'Public Display of Dismemberment.'
+ Iowa hardcore outfit Too Pure To Die has thrown in the proverbial towel after seven years as a band. They're breaking up "because we all felt like we had accomplished our goals ... we went overseas, made a career record, and toured the U.S. relentlessly." Too Pure will be playing a farewell gig Oct. 4 in Des Moines, Ia., and two more on Nov. 6 in Des Moines and Nov. 7 in Minnesota.
+ Mastodon, according to reports, will be scoring the upcoming Megan Fox flick "Jonah Hex," the big screen adaptation of the Western-themed graphic novels. What's the score sounding like? "Needless to say, pretty heavy!" The movie will release June 18, 2010, and also stars Josh Brolin in the title role.
+ Iced Earth frontman Matt Barlow, who -- when he's not on tour -- works as a police officer in Georgetown, Del., lost a coworker the other day in a shooting. "Two of my brother officers had been shot in the line of duty," he says. "Corporal Shawn Brittingham was wounded and Patrolman Chad Spicer had been shot and killed. Chad was one of the kindest people I have ever known and he will be terribly missed by all of us. He leaves behind his mother and father and his three-year-old daughter, Aubrey. Please keep these two officers and their families in your thoughts and prayers."
+ PETA is setting its sights on Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, after the rocker spoke about his love of deer hunting during a recent interview. Perry told Outside Life magazine he loves nothing better than stalking his prey through the woods near his holiday home in New Hampshire. And now PETA is responding, saying, "People who take out their aggressions and frustrations on helpless animals are usually compensating for other shortcomings in their life. We don't know how Joe measures up, but it's interesting that he seems to feel so satisfied when he's handling long phallic-looking weapons." They made fun of his junk! Low blow, PETA.
+ Van Halen are rehearsing songs that they didn't include in their set on their last tour. While it's not clear why, the band is working on songs like 'Drop Dead Legs,' 'Girl Gone Bad' and 'Outta Love Again.' Could a new tour be in the works?
+ High On Fire are in a recording studio, working on their fifth studio LP with producer Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Slayer) in Los Angeles. The album will be in stores early next year.
+ Nachtmystium are also working on material for 'Black Meddle Part II,' the band's next studio set. "The new material is reminiscent of 'Assassins' with more of a rock 'n' roll edge over all," the band says in a statement. "Our love for post-rock and industrial is even more present this time around. We're hoping to make a record that will continue to push extreme music into uncharted territories."
+ Why do people record themselves on video doing stupid stuff, and then post it on YouTube?