Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On Cannibal Corpse, Quiet Riot, Kreator, Morbid Angel, Skinlab, King Diamond & More

What’s up, metallers? How’s everything going? Iann Robinson here. It’s been awhile since I wrote — thanks to the VMAs — but I’m back, and all is well. The biggest story right now is the crap that went down with Darkest Hour while they were out on tour. Apparently the band was in Toronto playing a gig at Club Rockit when its van was broken into. Thieves got away with $12,000 in cash (the band hadn’t had a chance to deposit while on the road) as well as CD players, their tour manager’s prescription drugs and other personal items. The band has set up a donation jar at shows and may also do a benefit show to recoup the money, most of which was owed to their merch guys, soundman and other folks who work for them. For more on how you can help, check out their Web site. Well, that’s it for me. Have a good week, and I’ll see you at the shows.

A long-delayed Quiet Riot DVD titled “Quiet Riot Live in the 21st Century — 20 Years of Metal Health” is now scheduled for release October 7. … The new King Diamond CD, The Puppet Master, will hit stores on October 28. The CD will contain a bonus disc of King Diamond telling the story of the Puppet Master in full makeup. … Disfear, the new offering from At the Gates/ the Crown frontman Tomas Lindberg, have released their debut album, Misanthropic Generation, on Relapse Records. …

Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak is still recovering from a broken arm caused by a motorcycle accident that already forced the Swedish power metal band to cancel a U.K. festival appearance. Doctors have told him it will take at least another six weeks for to recover, according to a post on the band’s Web site. … Like Darkest Hour, Hopesfall were also recently victimized by thieves. The band’s practice space was broken into, according to their record label, and someone made off with a custom drum kit, guitar cabinets, amplifiers and more. …

Madball have signed to Thorp Records for a four-song EP due in January. The EP boasts three new songs as well as “Pride” re-recorded in Spanish. It will also have enhanced footage with interviews. … Veteran death metal pioneers Cannibal Corpse will commemorate their 15th anniversary as a band with 15-Year Killing Spree, a box set consisting of two greatest-hits discs, a disc of rare material (including their demo and the unreleased Created to Kill album) and a live DVD that will include, among other performances, Cannibal’s first gig back in 1989. The set is due November 4. …

Despite previously announcing plans to take a hiatus from the road, Skinlab have accepted an invitation to join Slayer, Hatebreed and Arch Enemy for a handful of November dates on the upcoming Jägermeister Tour. “It’s a childhood dream come true,” frontman Steev Esquivel wrote on the band’s Web site. “We were just saying to ourselves the other day … ‘If we could only go on tour with Slayer!’ Then bam, the phone rings.” … Kingdom Come entered the studio on August 28 to begin recording a new album. …

Morbid Angel have shot a video for “Enshrined by Grace” with U.K. director Peter Bridgewater. The group — whose new record, Heretic, hits September 23 — has been added to this fall’s Blackest of the Black Tour, with Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, DevilDriver and Behemoth. … Walls of Jericho are busy recording All Hail the Dead, the reformed Michigan band’s first album since 2000′s The Bound Feed the Gagged. …

Following an appearance at the recent Las Vegas Metalfest, reformed death metal legends Suffocation will spend a large chunk of the fall preparing a new album for Relapse Records, the label that issued the group’s debut back in 1991. … Soilent Green have returned from an East Coast tour with Lickgoldensky and have resumed writing material for their next album, the follow-up to 2001′s A Deleted Symphony for the Beaten Down, which is expected to surface next year. Meanwhile, the band’s friends and fellow Louisiana natives Skinkrawl have launched a new Web site, skinkrawl.com, and will launch a 17-day East Coast tour next month. …

Dutch label Hammerheart, home to bands like Dismember, Monstrosity, Skyfire and Severe Torture, is changing its name to Karmegeddon Records. … On the heels of their most recent split late last year and two “reunion” appearances at festivals, Zao have officially reformed and are working on new material while negotiating with a new label. The current lineup includes drummer Jesse Smith, guitarists Russ Cogdell and Scott Mellinger, bassist Rob Horner, and singer Dan Weyandt. …

Metalcore band the Promise, which includes ex-members of Another Victim and Santa Sangre, lost personal belongings and all of their equipment when their van was suddenly engulfed in 25-foot flames near the Arizona/California border. No one was hurt, and the band’s road mates in Bane and other friends have pitched in to help them continue their tour. … English black metal band Akercocke have hired renowned U.K. rock photographer Fin Costello to shoot the cover of their new album, Choronzon, due November 4. Costello has previously shot cover art for Ozzy Osbourne‘s Bark at the Moon and Rush‘s Permanent Waves.

Polish acrobatic death metal band Decapitated have finished recording a new album tentatively titled The Negation. Due in February, it was recorded at Hertz Studio in Poland. Tracks include “The Negation,” “Three-Dimensional Defect,” “The Fury” and “Sensual Sickness.” … Children of Bodom‘s fourth album, the nine-track Hate Crew Deathroll, will be released September 23. In November the Finnish group will tour North America with Dimmu Borgir, Nevermore and Hypocrisy. …

Texas band Pissing Razors will release their fifth record, Evolution, on September 23. The disc will be their first with new vocalist Andre Acosta. Before hitting the road with Pissing Razors, guitarist Matt Difabio will tour with side project Single Bullet Theory in support of their new disc, 666. … Danish power metal band Mnemic will release their debut, Mechanical Spin Phenomena, on September 23. The disc was recorded in March at AntFarm Studios in Denmark and produced by Tue Madsen (Haunted, Grope). …

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