Metal File: Hard And Heavy News On Korn, Lamb Of God, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Meshuggah, Kreator & More

 

Hello metal children, what's up? Iann Robinson here with this week's Metal File. Well the New England Metal and Hardcore festival was the complete package I hoped it would be. Big props to Scott Lee for organizing the thing and making it run like clockwork, not to mention picking amazing bands. I hung out there and filmed a lot of acts. Hopefully those bands will make MTV News and "Headbangers Ball" next week.

There were too many groups to just slap into highlights, but if I were forced to I'd have to say Lamb of God, Shadows Fall, Himsa, Hate Eternal, Premonitions of War, Pig Destroyer, the Haunted, Lacuna Coil (she is so hot it's almost painful), Killswitch Engage, Unearth and Shai Hulud, and of course the newly reunited Suffocation were awesome to see back in action. The Suffocation guys gave me a song they'd just written, and it kills, trust me. I also got a burn of a new album from a band called Tragedy, which I was stoked about because it features former members of one of my favorite bands, His Hero Is Gone. I can't wait to tear into that. Other than the festival, little is going on; just getting stoked for the Nuclear Blast reunion — that'll be killer. Well, until next time, metalers, I'll see you at the shows:

Rob Zombie returns to the chair this week, hosting "Headbangers Ball" from the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Zombie talks to members of Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Meshuggah, Hate Eternal, Superjoint Ritual, Eighteen Visions and Shadows Fall on the show, which premieres Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT on MTV2. ... Speaking of Lamb of God, the band recently a shot a video for the song "11th Hour" off of its new album, As the Palaces Burn. ... Korn and Nickelback will play at the Labatt Blue Hometown Bash on August 16 in London, Ontario. Other acts include Simple Plan and Three Days Grace. ...

Morbid Angel have reunited with original singer/bassist Steve Tucker and have been locked in a studio recording their new album. ... Slayer's War at the Warfield DVD has been pushed back for production reasons to July 29. ... Former Stabbing Westward frontman Chris Hall and ex-Star 69 bassist Warren Huart and drummer Johnny Haro have formed a band called the Dreaming. The group is recording demo material with Bryan Carlstrom, who engineered Stabbing Westward's Darkest Days. ...

Rock City Morgue, the new project of former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult, will release the six-song EP Some Ghouls on June 10. The record will include a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Shattered" as well as the originals "Beware," "Cut You Loose," "Get Out of My House," "Falling Apart" and "Guilt Trip." ... Producer Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon) is mixing Burnt by the Sun's The Perfect Enemy of the Good in Seattle. The band recently finished recording at New Jersey's Trax East Studios. ... Vader have announced a fall tour with Nile, Kreator, Amon Amarth and Goatwhore. ...

Orange County, California, metalcore merchants Eighteen Visions will embark on a U.S. tour supporting Strung Out in August. ... The Icarus Line will be recording their new full-length in London with Kevin Shields of Primal Scream fame. ... Arch Enemy/Mercyful Fate bassist Sharlee D'Angelo has teamed up with Mercyful Fate/King Diamond guitarist Mike Wead, Dream Evil/King Diamond drummer Snowy Shaw and Simon Johansson of Memory Garden/Abstrakt Algebra in a new band called Firegod. No singer has been announced yet. ... Stabwound have signed to Brutal Bands Records for a two-album deal. ...

—compiled by Iann Robinson, Ryan J. Downey, Jon Wiederhorn and Robert Mancini