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Over the past several days, rumors that former Suffokate vocalist Ricky Hoover was joining Suicide Silence had reached a fever pitch. According to this message board, a member of Evergreen Terrace sparked the rumor of the possibility while speaking at a show this past weekend. Before long, “Ricky Hoover Suicide Silence” was one of the most-searched items on our site. Late yesterday, however, Hoover himself squashed the rumors via Twitter:
“Don’t believe what you hear #it’snotme,” one tweet stated, linking to an image that said “Rumors are just rumors lol.” A second tweet simply said “I am not in a band.” Hoover performed with the other members of Suicide Silence at the memorial show following the death of their vocalist, Mitch Lucker. Hoover and Suffokate parted ways last May. Lucker died in a motorcycle accident this past November, and with the exception of the memorial show, the remaining members of Suicide Silence have laid low.
With most summer tour packages in the process of being finalized, many bands are already starting to look towards the fall. And now comes word that Avenged Sevenfold might be working on a pretty interesting fall tour.
Rumors have started to circulate that Avenged Sevenfold will embark on a fall North American tour with the Deftones and Ghost B.C. The timing for such a tour makes sense for A7X, since they’ve lately been teasing fans about a big announcement (presumably about a new album). Plus, Ghost B.C. released Infestissumam last week and a fall tour would help keep buzz about them going. And do you really need an excuse to see Deftones live?
However, nothing has been officially announced or confirmed, so this should still stay under the “rumor” category for now. Still, this is certainly an interesting trio that could make for a very cool tour.
[by way of The PRP]
Earlier this week, dates and venues were confirmed for this year’s Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival. And while we’ll have to wait till Monday (April 22) to find out who will be playing the tour, it looks like one of the highly rumored bands is now a sure thing – Alice In Chains.
Uproar took to its Instagram account to post the photo above, which included the tagline “So we said we’d give out hints about our lineup before we announce on Monday. With that said, here’s Hint #1! #rockstaruproar #uproar #rockstar #music #rock #hint.” While the picture could be interpreted in a few ways (well… not that many ways), it seems like a pretty obvious nod to Alice In Chains’ new album The Devil Put The Dinosaurs Here. Thus, it seems safe to say that Alice In Chains will indeed be on the tour. Whether other rumored bands (including Jane’s Addiction, Coheed And Cambria, and Circa Survive) are also slated for the tour is yet to be seen.
The release of his first album with Black Sabbath since 1978 might not be the only milestone that Ozzy Osbourne is going through right now. According to TMZ, the singer and his wife, manager Sharon Osbourne, have temporarily separated from each other. The article is short on details, but quotes sources connected with the couple stating that Sharon is staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel while Ozzy is living at a rented house several miles away. While initial reports said that the couple had moved out of the home while it was undergoing renovations, that’s apparently not the case. The couple have been married for 31 years, and according to the article, have no plans to divorce.
While this is a TMZ headline today, just yesterday, Jack Osbourne dismissed an article that ran in yesterday’s UK tabloid The Sun, saying via tweet: ”It’s all bullshit. Last time I check a lot of British newspapers weren’t amazing sources of accurate information. Moving on…” The Sun‘s article is much more detailed than TMZ’s, with pictures of movers, shots of the couple without rings on, and a quote from Sharon, who had a double mastectomy, saying “He is getting on my new tits.” Yet UK tabloids generally play fast and loose with the truth, and for the most part, when something appears on TMZ, it’s been thoroughly vetted. A spokesperson for the couple said that they’re “still together,” according to Blabbermouth. But it’s conceivable that as Ozzy’s manager, Sharon could continue to work with her husband even if she’s separated from him. We’ll continue to monitor this and give you updates.
[via Zena Metal]
While the lineup for the 2013 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival hasn’t been announced yet, we’re hearing from a reliable source that Jane’s Addiction, Alice In Chains, Coheed & Cambria and Circa Survive will be among those playing this year’s incarnation of the Festival.
It would definitely make sense for Alice In Chains, as their highly anticipated The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here will be out next month, and a high profile late Summer tour would give the album continued exposure. Coheed and Cambria toured with Circa Survive several years ago, and both bands appeal to fans of progressive music, but have enough mainstream crossover to sell tickets. And Jane’s Addiction pretty much started the modern day alternative/rock festival tour 22 years ago with Lollapalooza.
Either way, Uproar isn’t saying anything yet. Their website simply says that “cities and dates are coming soon” and doesn’t even say anything about bands. Last year’s featured Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Papa Roach among others. If 2013′s incarnation turns out to feature the above bands, it’ll be slightly more niche than last year’s pretty mainstream lineup, bringing in Gen Xers that liked ’90s modern rock as well as prog fans.
On March 18, the lineup to this year’s Mayhem Fest will be officially announced. Rumors on who will be playing the touring metal festival have continued to spread online, while we’ve also made our own predictions. However, now there are three names we can add onto the list of strong possibilities.
Shortly after Mayhem Fest posted the teaser video above, three bands made Facebook posts that strongly hint at their participation. Those three bands (as The PRP noticed) include Amon Amarth, Job For A Cowboy, and Battlecross. Out of those three, Job For A Cowboy is the only who previously appeared on the festival. The only other band that seems like a sure thing is Behemoth, who previously let it slip that they were pretty much locked in.
Granted, we’re sure that the to-be-announced headliners will be more on the commercial side (the leading contender seems to be Rob Zombie). Still, Amon Amarth alone makes for a pretty brutal addition to the tour, let alone Job For A Cowboy and Battlecross. We’ll have to wait till March 18, though, for confirmation about Mayhem Fest’s lineup.
Late last month, Andy Gould announced that he would be forming his own label through Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). T-Boy Records will be giving the bands he signs their own labels, starting with Rob Zombie. We wondered out loud then whether one of the first artists after Zombie to sign would be Megadeth, seeing as they were an established artist without a label. While there’s no official confirmation yet, it looks like the band have chosen UMe as their new label home.
UK website Rock Sins reports that Mustaine will be forming his own label, Tradecraft and releasing their 14th studio album, Super Collider in June. There’s no word on whether or not this is via Andy Gould, but it sure seems that way. Here’s a quote from Mustaine, which we have yet to officially receive from a label.
“It was a real thrill for us to learn there was an opportunity to join Universal. It seems like every time you see a great band or music video, it comes from a Universal label. Being with Universal is by far the most exciting and prestigious home for Megadeth ever! We are electrified with what the future holds and the possibilities such a powerhouse like Universal will bring for us all. We have worked with some great people over the years, and it is amazing to see so many of them on the Universal team for our new record, Super Collider. If Megadeth being here isn’t satiating enough, having Tradecraft as my own label is going to be really amazing for metal bands around the world. Shawn, Chris and David have all been feverishly contributing some great music and I believe we are doing our best work ever together in the studio right now!”
We’ll update this when we get more information, such as a firm release date and/or a press release with more details.
UPDATE: Megadeth has since confirmed the new album’s title and their new label home via an official statement.
[via Metal Sucks]
While we wait for Mayhem Fest to announce this year’s lineup, there’s another metal touring festival getting ready for another summer. And while an official announcement has yet to be made, we can now take a few strong guesses at who will be playing this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour.
“So Cattle Decapitation hasn’t been on Summer Slaughter since the very first year back in 2006. You fuckers ready for us to bring ‘em back in 2013?!,” teased a post on the tour’s official Facebook page. Summer Slaughter also posted similar “hints” on Facebook over the past few weeks about Aeon and The Ocean. In other words, it looks like a very safe bet that Cattle Decapitation, Aeon and The Ocean will be appearing the Summer Slaughter Tour this year.
Granted, Summer Slaughter Tour’s Facebook page has been littered with band names for the past few months (including The Dillinger Escape Plan, Gojira, Children Of Bodom and more). However, the posts pertaining to Cattle Decapitation and Aeon imply more, while the post made last year about bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan seem more like optimistic thinking (although they are now signed to Sumerian Records, and label head Ash Avildsen also founded the tour). Either way, it shouldn’t be too much longer till we find out who else will be playing to “most extreme tour of the year.”
A few weeks ago, Nashville, TN venue Rocketown was at the forefront of controversy for supposedly firing an employee for wearing an “I Support Same-Sex Marriage” shirt. Now the venue is under fire for an altercation between security and Volumes singer Michael Barr over similar issues (depending on who you ask).
Volumes was performing at the venue last Saturday night (January 26) with Of Mice And Men when Barr dedicated a song to a gay friend. It was following the set that, as bassist Raad Soudani claims, Bar got “jumped” by security for the comments. “Heard about this venue rocketown went in completely positive we dedicated a song to a gay got banned then my singer got jumped how modest,” Soundani said via tweet. Barr also commented on the altercation via a series of tweets, including one where he states “Fuck Rocketown! I will never play here again” and another saying “I don’t have one scratch on me because of these FUXKING bitch ass security at this venue.” In a more recent tweet, Barr says “Honestly #VTEAM it’s over with. It was a bunch of BS that happened on behalf of Rocketown. Everyone needs to move on if I have already!”
But was Barr “attacked” by security for dedicating a song to a gay friend? While Barr and his bandmate indicate so, there have been many contrasting reports of what went down. One recount that Lambgoat received states that Barr was ejected for “drunkenly hate moshing” following his set. Adding more fuel to the fire is a statement from Mark Mosley, the head of Music City Booking in Nashville who was promoting the show. While admitting he wasn’t inside the venue when the original fight broke out, Mosely recalled the following events that occurred outside the venue in a statement sent to Property Of Zack:
“Tonight, for the first time in my career I experienced, well, I don’t even know how to describe it. I was the promoter for the Volumes/Of Mice and Men show tonight and got to experience the ‘incident’ with Mr. Barr first hand. As Mr. Barr was being removed from the venue I was standing next to the exit having a conversation with a friend. As an extremely agitated Mr. Barr tried to re-enter the venue, I calmly stepped in front of him and as calm as could be (people get excited at shows often) to please stay outside and cool off for a minute. Mr. Barr then proceeded to verbally attack me calling me ‘faggot’ repeatedly as well as accusing me of being a Christian (I am neither gay nor a Christian). He then proceeded to spit on me 2x before being escorted away by security. All the while still calling me a ‘faggot’, ‘Christian faggot’, and so on.
I think it’s important that you know more of the story seeing as how it’s being presented that he was the victim. I do not believe for one second that he was attacked or removed for any reason relating to gay rights. For me personally, I take gay rights very seriously and fully support equality for all. Anyone who knows me or has worked with me over the years will vouch for my professionalism. As for the rest of the members of Volumes, they were very courteous and professional and I look forward to working with them in the future.”
Chances are that even more “on-site” recounts will continue to pop up. But with so many inconsistent reports coming out, it might be hard to determine what actually occurred that evening.
[via Lambgoat and Property Of Zach]
The Faceless took 2012 by storm with their latest album, Autotheism. However, the tech death metal group are no strangers to lineup changes. That’s why it’s easy to speculate whether drummer Lyle Cooper is still in the band, considering he was absent from The Faceless’ shows in Mexico this past weekend.
Metal Sucks were the first to notice Cooper’s absence from The Faceless shows. It didn’t take long for many to recognize Alex Rudinger of The HAARP Machine as the man playing drums in place of Cooper. Fan filmed footage of The Faceless performing “Xenochrist” in Guadalajara last Saturday (January 19) can be seen above.
At this moment, The Faceless haven’t commented on Cooper’s current status in the band. It’s quite possible that Cooper simply missed these particular shows to attend to a personal matter and will be back in time for The Faceless’ tour with Cradle Of Filth. However, as we mentioned before, The Faceless has gone through its fair share of band members. In fact, the band has technically gone through five drummers since forming in 2004. It likely won’t take too much longer for The Faceless to confirm or deny Cooper’s departure.