Chris Adler (Lamb Of God) Officially Set For New Megadeth Album

After all the rumors and speculation, Chris Adler (Lamb Of God) is officially set to drum on Megadeth’s new album. He will only be featured as a “guest” on the album and won’t be touring with the band.

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Megadeth issued the following press release:

“Dave Mustaine, the creative driving force behind original American metal and hard rock crossover giants Megadeth, and Chris Adler, drummer for the leaders of modern American heavy metal Lamb Of God, will join original bassist David Ellefson in the creation of Megadeth‘s anticipated forthcoming album. Adler will be appearing as a guest on the album and contributing his thundering, hard-hitting, and technically precise style and skill, adding new blood and drive into the mix while staying true to Megadeth‘s roots.

Dave Mustaine comments, “Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to Megadeth that the fans are going to lose their minds over. I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL! Back in 1989, Megadeth originally worked as a three piece – guitar, bass and drums – when we laid down the framework to our Grammy nominated platinum album ‘Rust In Peace.’ I want to thank the other members of LOG for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community.”

David Ellefson adds, “Chris has been an endearing friend to us in Megadeth for many years now, and he truly appreciates our music and its legacy. His drumming has forged such an innovative and ferocious path for metal music and I’m very proud that he is anchoring our rhythm section with us on this new album. I can clearly see a new dawn of ‘utmost heaviness’ unfolding in Megadeth‘s next chapter.”

Chris Adler offers, “Megadeth was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction. There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across ‘Killing Is My Business‘ and the bible of all metal, ‘Peace Sells‘ in my formative years.”

“About 10 years ago, Lamb Of God toured with Megadeth and I was able to share that story with Dave and David, and we have kept in touch ever since,” adds Adler. “When Dave called me a while ago and asked if I was interested in making a thrash metal album with him, I felt like I must’ve been on a hidden camera show. “I was trying to play it cool, but I was speechless other than YES! Once I called my wife and my band guys to let everyone know, I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation. I’m coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can – not just throw names in the CD booklet or be a yes man. Together, I believe we can do something very special! Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the Megadeth legacy.”

Tremonti Reveal That Their Upcoming Album Is One Of Two/Announce Wolfgang Van Halen Won’t Be Touring With The Band

Tremonti mastermind, Mark Tremonti, revealed that the band actually recorded two albums during their sessions for Cauterize. He told the Pulse Radio the following (transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“We put together two albums. We have this album that’s [coming] out, but in the same recording session we recorded another album called Dust. That’s gonna be coming out who knows when, but probably within a year. So I want people to know that the record is part two of this record. It’s not necessarily record three, it’s just the second disc of this album. So there’s two 10-song albums.”

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In other news, bassist, Wolfgang Van Halen will not be touring with the band, due to his Van Halen commitments. He said the following:

“I am still part of Tremonti and very excited for the release of Cauterize, but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming tour dates, both in the States and overseas due to my prior commitment with Van Halen for the upcoming summer tour in support of the Tokyo Dome Live in Concert album. Look forward to seeing all the Tremonti fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!”

Cauterize will be available on June 9.

Tom Araya Gives Update On New Slayer Album/Reveals That Jeff Hanneman Is Featured On One New Song

In a new interview with Revolver, Slayer’s Tom Araya offered an update on the band’s new album. He also revealed that Jeff Hanneman did record one song for the effort, before his tragic death.

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Here is what he said about the band’s album progress:

“We’re in kind of the beginning stages of the finishing stages, if that makes any sense. We’re doing the mixing and mastering now, but we still need to sit down and figure out the album title, the album cover, the song titles, and the song list. We’ve recorded 13 songs for it; we’ll probably put ten on there, but who knows? Maybe you’ll get lucky and we’ll put all 13 on there!”

Here’s what he had to say about Hanneman:

“Ever since his passing, it’s been like that—just odd and strange, because he’s never gonna be there again, you know? Even when we were doing stuff without him while he was still alive, that felt strange. Yeah, I missed him during the process. But the way things turned out, I think he was definitely a part of it, even if he wasn’t there physically.”

“The whole process of this album started three years ago, when Jeff was still a part of it. There is one track on there that we recorded with him, that he did play on, which was completely done except we hadn’t finalized the vocals for it. So we were fortunate to have something that he had participated in.”

Aborted & Fit For An Autopsy Announce 2015 Co-Headlining Tour

Aborted and Fit For An Autopsy have announced a North American co-headlining tour. Archspire and Dark Sermon will serve as the supporting acts, for this run.

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Tour Dates:

05/08 Albany, NY – Trickshots
05/09 Brooklyn, NY – St Vitus
05/10 Reading, PA – The Reverb
05/11 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
05/12 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
05/13 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05/14 Houston, TX – Walters
05/15 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
05/17 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
05/18 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep Cafe
05/19 Denver, CO – Moon Room
05/20 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
05/21 West Hollywood, CA – The Whisky
05/22 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
05/23 Las Vegas, NV – Adrenaline
05/24 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
05/25 S. Lake Tahoe, CA – Whisky Dick’s
05/26 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
05/28 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
05/29 Kamloops, BC – Inlander Pub
05/30 Calgary, AB – Nite Owl
06/02 Eau Claire, WI – The Oxford
06/03 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
06/04 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
06/05 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
06/07 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall

Symphony X & Overkill Announce 2015 North American Tour

Symphony X and Overkill have announced a North American co-headlining tour. The tour will kickoff in September and will have both bands take turns closing out the night.

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Tour Dates:

09/18 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/19 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
09/20 Niagara Falls, NY – Dome Theater
09/22 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
09/23 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
09/24 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
09/25 Milwaukee, WI – Rave
09/26 Minnesota, MN – Mill City Nights
09/27 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
09/29 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ball Room
09/30 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
10/01 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10/02 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
10/03 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
10/05 San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center
10/06 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
10/07 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/09 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
10/10 San Antonio, TX – 210 Kapones
10/11 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/13 Tampa, FL – The Ritz
10/14 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/15 Charlotte, NC – The Filmore
10/16 Silver Spring, MD – The Filmore
10/17 New York City, NY – Terminal 5

In other news, Overkill have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast and plan to release a box set, featuring their whole back catalogue.

Nergal (Behemoth) teases New Acoustic Project

Nergal (Behemoth) recently announce that he was working on a new “stripped down” acoustic project. Now, he is teasing some new material from that project, via Instagram.

Check out the footage below:

Do u wanna refill?;)

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We gotta get out this place…!

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