Dave Grohl Rejoins Former Band, Shadows Fall Drummer's Illness Forces Cancellations + More News
Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records will release Warbeast's War of the Gargantuas on Jan. 8. What makes this release so special is that it's a split album featuring two songs from Warbeast and two solo songs by Anselmo as Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals. It is the former Pantera singer's first release of solo material in his nearly 30-year career! Amazing, right?
"This split is a glimpse into the future of both my solo project and ultimate thrash metallers Warbeast. The title of the split is War of the Gargantuas and it is fitting on many levels because of our combined love for the '60s Japanese film of the same name, the power of our combined musical output(s) and our humorous affection that plays out within each of our 'Gargantuan' personalities," states Anselmo. "Both Warbeast and myself have full length LP's that will be released shortly after this is released, but this split is unique musically. It is a time capsule; a loud pause 'til we both release our full length products. Enjoy the destruction of music!"
Also, Anselmo and Down will embark on another tour of the U.S. in January. [Via Press Release]
Avenged Sevenfold are the latest in a long line of metal bands to get the lullaby treatment. Lullaby Versions of Avenged Sevenfold is out now and it's 12 classic tracks turned into soothing, baby-friendly tunes. It's good news, since it means that a new generation of rock fans is being raised by cool parents. Best to start 'em early. [Via Press Release]
Chicago trio Chevelle will celebrate nearly two decades of rocking out with their first-ever "best of" set, titled Stray Arrows – A Collection of Fan Favorites. The set lands at retail on Dec. 4, just in time for holiday shopping for the rocker in your life. The release collects 11 of the band's hits and a brand new tune called "Fizgig." [Via Press Release]
Bad Religion will drop True North on Jan. 22 via Epitaph. "We went back to our original mission statement of short concise bursts of melody and thought," co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz said. "The intent was to record stripped-down punk songs without sacrificing any conceptual density." We'll toast to that.
Check out the first single "Fuck You," below. Singer and co-songwriter Greg Graffin offered an explanation about the title, saying, "If any band should have a song with that title it should be us. It just sounds like a perfect Bad Religion song." [Via Press Release]
Shadows Fall have been forced to cancel four headline dates due to drummer Jason Bittner suffering from acute pancreatitis. Oh no! We hope Bittner gets better soon.
"For those who may not know, I was diagnosed last week with acute pancreatitis. For most of the last Shadows Fall tour, I was in a lot of abdominal pain which I figured was either food poisoning or a stomach bug, unfortunately it turns out to be a little more serious than that. After a trip to the ER last Monday, I received the diagnosis and some pain treatment. That being said, it pains me to say that due to doctor's orders I am not cleared (nor do I even feel like I could pick up a stick) to begin touring until after I see the specialist and my bloodwork is back to normal, I apologize to the fans cause it kills me to not be there, but my health comes first and I need to recuperate in order to return 110%."
The canceled dates are below:
November 8 - Fayetteville, NC – The Norva
November 9 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
November 10 - Charleston, SC - Ground Zero
November 11 - Jacksonville, FL - The Roc Bar
Thrashers Municipal Waste can be always be counted on for their insane videos. Find out the method to their madness, which they share in this chat. [Loudwire]
Porcupine Tree have posted a live video of the band performing "I Drive the Hearse," taken from the Chicago performance offered on the upcoming two-disc set Octane Twisted. The album is out Nov. 20. Watch it here. [Via Press Release]