Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On AC/DC, Motorhead, Helmet, System Of A Down, Fireball Ministry, King Diamond & More

What up, fellow metallions? Iann Robinson here. Well, there’s a lot going on in the metal world right now, including the announcement that a new Motörhead box set, called Stone Deaf Forever, is on the way. This thing is gonna be a killer, with classic stuff, rarities and 19 unreleased Motörhead songs, plus all the extra crap you get with a box set: booklet, poster, button and on and on. If you worship Motörhead, as I do, prepare for it on October 7.

Well, enjoy Metal File this week and I’ll be back next week with some cool stuff on Drowning Pool.

Eternal Aussie rock horses AC/DC have started writing songs for their 14th record in England. The band plans to enter the studio sometime next year. The album will be their last for current label Elektra. Much of their back catalog was recently reissued by Epic, which will handle the band’s next two studio albums once the Elektra deal expires. …

System of a Down‘s Daron Malakian has signed Norwegian black metal trio Satyricon to his EatUrMusic imprint and has a finished album he hopes to release later this year. “They’re one of the bands in the scene who are keeping the torch lit, and I respect what they do,” Malakian said recently. “And the album I’m going to put out is really powerful. It’s more accessible than the last Satyricon stuff. It’s got a lot of just regular, traditional metal-type things going on.” …

Hatebreed, the band fronted by the new host of “Headbangers Ball,” Jamey Jasta, will launch the Rise of Brutality 2 Tour with Cephalic Carnage, Madball and Terror on September 10 in State College, Pennsylvania. Shows run through October 6 in Springfield, Missouri. … Fireball Ministry‘s new album, The Second Great Awakening, will hit stores on October 7 on Nuclear Blast Records. The band recently shot a video for the album’s first single, “Flatline,” in Los Angeles with director Dylan Carter. …

Clutch will be forced to use a replacement guitarist for their upcoming U.S. tour because Tim Sult has injured his wrist. … Helmet‘s Helmet Unsung: The Very Best of Helmet (1991-1997) is expected late next month from Interscope. … New York hardcore veterans Subzero are back with a new album, Necropolis: City of the Damned, the follow-up to 1997′s Happiness Without Peace. …

Former Judas Priest frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens has officially joined Iced Earth as the band’s new lead singer. … Fantômas (featuring Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo) will release their new album, Delirium Cordia, on October 13. …

San Francisco Bay Area noise metallists Neurosis and ethereal ex-Swans singer/keyboardist Jarboe will release the experimetal bone-rattler Neurosis & Jarboe on October 21. Tracks include “Within,” “His Last Words,” “Taker,” “Receive” and “Erase.” Neurosis also plan to hit the studio next month with producer Steve Albini to begin work on their next album. … Killing Joke have returned to stores with a new self-titled album. The collection features Dave Grohl on drums. …

Female-fronted Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy will tour North America with Hate Eternal, Evergrey and the Black Dahlia Murder starting August 25 in West Springfield, Virginia. Dates run through September 9. Meanwhile, the Black Dahlia Murder have released a statement calling rumors of their split “definitely not true,” explaining: “Some changes are just being made.” One change is the addition of Set Ablaze bassist Joe Boccuto. …

King Diamond will kick off a tour on October 18 in Los Angeles to support the new album The Puppetmaster. … Endorsers of evil Morbid Angel will release their eighth album, Heretic, on September 23. The disc, composed by guitarist Trey Azagthoth, features such tracks as “Cleansed in Pestilence (Blade of Elohim),” “Place of Many Deaths,” “Curse the Flesh” and “Victorious March of Reign the Conqueror.” …

Triumph — not the Insult Comic Dog, the Canadian power trio — will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Us Festival with a CD and DVD called, surprisingly enough, “Live at the Us Festival,” on September 23. Tracks include “Allied Forces,” “A World of Fantasy,” “Fight the Good Fight,” “Lay It on the Line” and “Never Surrender.” … Viking-obsessed Norwegian metal band Einherjer will unleash Blot on September 15. The album was mixed by Børge Finstad (Mayhem, Borknagar). …

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler and some of his ’80s metal cronies have been playing the Los Angeles circuit with his new band, Adler’s Appetite. The group, fronted by ex-Love/Hate singer Jizzy Pearl, performs songs from the Guns album Appetite for Destruction and the Lies EP. Also playing with Adler are ex-Ratt bassist Robbie Crane, ex-L.A. Guns and Slash’s Snakepit guitarist Kerri Kelli, and ex-Faster Pussycat axeman Brent Muscat. …

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