Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On Killswitch Engage, Pantera, Skinkrawl, Goatwhore & Justin Timberlake?

 

Hey metallers, what's up? Iann Robinson here. Time for this week's Metal File, all the best we can dig up on the metal we all love.

A bit of bad news in the scene this week: Seattle band Himsa have lost their drummer and their guitar player for "personal" reasons. The band is currently rehearsing drummers to try to get back out on the road, so best of luck to those guys.

If you're looking for something cool to check out, go to the official site for the upcoming "Freddy Vs. Jason" film. You can bet on who'll win, see the trailer and download stuff, all in anticipation of one of the most metal movies to hit in a long time.

I've been listening to a lot of the old thrash I'd put away years ago: Cancer, Razor, Onslaught, Sabbat — all that great stuff. I got all nostalgic for it because Terrorizer magazine released the second in their two-issue series on the history of thrash. Everybody who loves metal should check out this issue. Well, until next time, stay metal and I'll see you at the shows.

At the July 2 Ozzfest stop in Phoenix, Disturbed were joined onstage by Vinnie Paul and members of Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Unloco for a rendition of the Pantera classic "Walk." Paul and brother "Dimebag" Darrell also performed with the band at an earlier stop in Dallas. ... A few days later, the members of Disturbed, along with Rob Zombie bassist Blasko, took in a performance by Fireball Ministry and Los Angeles joke-metal cover band Metal Shop at the Viper Room in Hollywood. ...

Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society will release the live DVD "Boozed, Broozed and Broken-Boned" on September 12, which will feature a performance shot last year in Detroit as well as the Rob Zombie-directed video for "Stillborn." In addition, the DVD set will include an interview, home video clips, a discography, photo gallery, the video for "Counterfeit God" and a 12-minute guitar lesson from Zakk himself. ... Dutch death metal outfit Severe Torture have acquired a second guitarist: Blo.Torch's Marvin Vriesde. ... Deicide, Hate Eternal and Krisiun are teaming up for a tour that kicks off October 31 in McAllen, Texas. ...

Dimmu Borgir drummer Nick Barker has assumed drum duties for Brujeria. Barker's new band will make a live appearance in Los Angeles in September. ... Original Dillinger Escape Plan singer Dimitri Minakakis, who was on hand to perform with his new band, Tokyo, joined his ex-bandmates onstage at the Hellfest Festival in Syracuse, New York, for the song "43% Burnt" and a cover of Slayer's "Raining Blood," which was part of a medley that also included Nine Inch Nails' "Wish" and Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You." ... In related news, Dillinger recently recorded "Baby's First Coffin" — their first new song since singer Greg Puciato replaced Minakakis in the fall of 2001 — which will appear on the soundtrack to the Kate Beckinsale vampires-versus-werewolves movie "Underworld."...

Spineshank have been tapped to open the upcoming Adema/Powerman 5000 tour. The trek kicks off July 20 in Fargo, North Dakota, and will give Spineshank a chance to break out new material from their Self-Destructive Pattern, due September 9. ... Southern California stoner rock stalwarts Nebula will drop Atomic Ritual, the first album to be released through Century Media Records' new Liquor and Poker imprint, on September 23. The album was produced by former Masters of Reality singer/guitarist Chris Goss, who has worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss and Stone Temple Pilots...

New Orleans' Goatwhore will drop their second album, Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun, next month. The album will be supported by a U.S. tour with Nile, Kreator, Vader and Amon Amarth in October. ... Meanwhile, Goatwhore vocalist Ben Falgoust's Soilent Green have lined up their first tour since being sidelined by a van accident last spring. (King's X, Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse and Black Dahlia Murder are some of the artists who have contributed items to an eBay auction to help pay Falgoust's medical bills from that accident.) The trek will begin in August and will include labelmates Cephalic Carnage and Lickgoldensky. ...

Soilent Green's friends and neighbors Skinkrawl have reformed and recently completed a short tour of the East Coast, with more shows on the way. ... GWAR side project DBX will launch their Circus of the SARS Tour on July 25 in Philadelphia. Confirmed dates run through September 13 in Roanoke, Virginia. The set will include songs from the band's new album, Songs for the Wrong, due Tuesday, as well as morsels from 2001's Diarrhea of a Madman. ... Harakiri are writing material for the follow-up to last year's Twilight of the Idols. The Indiana death metal band is also seeking a replacement for drummer Kent Hitlz, who split earlier this year. ...

—compiled by Iann Robinson, Ryan J. Downey, Robert Mancini, Joe D'Angelo and Jon Wiederhorn