Metal File: Hard And Heavy News On Slayer, Dio, Cannibal Corpse, Henry Rollins, The Haunted And More

Hey everybody, how the hell are you!!! Iann Robinson here, with the second week of the "Metal File." So far your response has been really great, so I thank you. There's a lot going on out there right now and probably the biggest is the Alabama Thunder Pussy bomb that they've parted ways with frontman Johnny Throckmorton. There are no details yet on why, but we will keep you posted. I guess the biggest news for me this week is that Slayer is back in the studio with the only drummer they should ever have — Dave Lombardo — to record a new record. That's gonna be the best thing ever. I'm also stoked about the Emissions From the Monolith V that's in Cleveland. A lot of amazing bands will be down there for three days of kung-fu action rocking.

If you're looking for some new music in your life, check out Converge's Unloved and Weeded Out, featuring old and unreleased tracks. If you're looking for brutality in its best form, then check out Agoraphobic Nosebleed's new one, Altered States of America, or the Godflesh re-release of Messiah, their nearly impossible-to-find LP originally released in 1994. Take the power of the original and add some serious soundscape and electronic stuff on some remixes and you have a must-own record.

So check out the news below, true believers (in metal), and I'll see you guys next week. Remember, if Evanescence is metal for you, this stuff might be way too extreme!

Slayer are expected to ship the live DVD "War at the Warfield" to retailers in June. The band will hit the studio with drummer Dave Lombardo in the near future to begin work on the first studio album with its original lineup since 1990's Seasons in the Abyss. ... Meanwhile, Lombardo has finished recording the drum tracks for two Fantômas records. ...

Dio return on June 17, with a live DVD titled "Dio's Evil or Divine." ... Former Black Flag frontman/solo artist/spoken word performer/actor Henry Rollins has signed on as the voice of Mace Griffin in the upcoming Vivendi Universal video game "Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter." ...

Hate Eternal will return to the road this spring following their recent van accident. The band kicks off a headlining tour on May 14 in Passaic, New Jersey. ... Swedish metal titans the Haunted are joining forces with Shai Hulud and Skinless for a spring tour. The trek kicks off on May 11 in Detroit, and currently has dates lined up through early June. ...

Voivod have invited school children from around the San Francisco area to join them for a rehearsal on Friday. The event is an extension of the nonprofit Little Kids Rock program, which provides free music classes to elementary school students in California, New York, New Jersey and Tennessee. ... Your mother will be thrilled: Ultra violent death metallers Cannibal Corpse are expected to begin recording a new album in September. ... Six Feet Under, featuring former Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes, are expected to start work on a new album soon as well. ...

Testament, Immortal, Primal Fear, Carnal Forge, Pain Museum and Amon Amarth will launch the 2003 Metal Gods Tour on April 25 at the House of Blues in Chicago. Carnal Forge will release The More You Suffer on April 22. ... Alabama Thunder Pussy, Throttlerod, Mastodon, Bongzilla, Dixie Witch and Acid King are among the close to 40 bands lined up for the three-day Emissions From the Monolith V. The event is set for Cleveland, Ohio's Nyabinghi club on May 23, 24 and 25. ...

Type O Negative are wrapping up their new album, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows ... just kidding, it's called Life Is Killing Me, and it's expected to hit stores on June 17. ... English band Charger will unleash their latest, Confessions of a Man Mad Enough to Live With Beasts, on May 20. The album was produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep and Eyehategod). ...

Orange County, California, straight-edge band Throwdown are currently working on Haymaker, their first album to feature former vocalist Keith Barney and former guitarist Dave Peters in their newly switched roles, as guitarist and vocalist, respectively. The band will embark upon a European tour supporting Hatebreed later this year. ... On a related note, Barney's other band, Eighteen Visions, recently shot a video for the song "You Broke Like Glass," taken from their latest album, Vanity. ... Tomahawk drummer John Stanier — who has also worked in one capacity or another with Helmet, Primer 55 and Pitchshifter — has put together another project under the name of Battles. ...

—Compiled by Iann Robinson, Ryan Downey, Jon Wiederhorn and Robert Mancini