Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On Hatebreed, Slayer, Slipknot, Megadeth, Six Feet Under, Anthrax & More

Hey, metallions. What’s up? Iann Robinson here. This week I’ve spent most of my time listening to the Roadrunner two-for-one records, and they’re killer. Exhorder, Annihilation, Gang Green, Suffocation, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Obituary and a bunch more. They sound and look amazing. All these albums are classics, so I’m stoked somebody’s breathing new life into them. Nuclear Blast sent me the new Dew Scented album, and while I don’t like the name of the band, the record is killer — really, really good stuff. Not much else going on right now. I’m trying to find out more about what’s up with Soulfly, and when I have the full scoop I’ll let you know. Enjoy Metal File, and I’ll see you at the shows.

Someone hit the snooze button on the apocalypse. Slayer‘s Soundtrack to the Apocalypse box set has been pushed back to November 18. … Slipknot are eying a mid-November release for their long-form video “Welcome to Our Neighborhood.” … Six Feet Under will hit the road October 16 in Tampa, Florida, to kick off the Unnatural Born Killers tour. Skinless, Behemoth and Black Dahlia Murder will also be on board. … Anthrax have extended their North American tour. New dates start October 10 in Montreal and run through October 29 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The band is touring for its latest album, We’ve Come for You All, which was released May 6. …

You’ve heard what your favorite metal frontmen can write, but have you seen what they can scribble with a pen? Liner notes for a handful of classic metal best-of releases have recently been written by a current crop of headbangers. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian wrote about Life of Agony, ex-Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson praised King Diamond, Chimaira vocalist Mark Hunter spouted off about Mercyful Fate, Superjoint Ritual bassist Hank Williams III tackled Brujeria, Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta wrote about Madball, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison honored Deicide, and CKY singer/guitarist Deron Miller wrote about Malevolent Creation. All titles are out this week. …

Tampa, Florida’s controversial piercing and performance-art metal band the Genitorturers will start a tour October 23 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dates run through November 20 in Springfield, Virginia. Ex-Morbid Angel singer David Vincent will play bass. His wife, Gen, is a genuine dominatrix. … Snapcase will uncork an album of rarities, covers and B-sides in November, titled Bright Flashes. The collection will include covers of songs by Jane’s Addiction, Devo and Helmet. … Reunited death-metal legends Cancer are working on an EP titled Corporation$, which should come out early in November. The EP’s release will be followed by a U.S. tour. … Society’s Finest vocalist Josh Ashworth has replaced Daniel Weyandt in the band Zao, who are preparing material for their first album since reforming. …

Next month Hatebreed will shoot videos for the songs “Live for This” and “This Is Now” in New York City. Both songs will appear on their forthcoming The Rise of Brutality. … Mushroomhead have chosen “The Sun Doesn’t Rise” as the first single from their next album, XIII. Cleveland’s masked metalmen have already shot a creepy, mostly animated video for the track, said to be in the vein of the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” XIII hits stores October 14. … Vehemence have entered Porcupine Studios in Mesa, Arizona, to record their new album, Helping the World to See.Himsa will shoot a video for “Rain to the Sound of Panic” during the first week of October. … Nile have completed work on two videos for songs from In Their Darkened Shrines. The clips, directed by Darren Doane (AFI, Deftones), include a concept video for the track “Sarcophagus” and a performance video for the song “Execration Text.” …

Melodic death metal band Trivium have added 19-year-old singer/guitarist Corey Beaulieu to their lineup. The band’s debut CD, Ember to Inferno, which features former singer/guitarist Matt Heafy, comes out October 14. The band begins a European tour the next day. … Experimental San Francisco noise band Neurosis have collaborated with ex-Swans vocalist Jarboe for the record Neurosis & Jarboe, due before the end of the year. The record, which combines tribal beats, crashing rhythms and haunting vocals, includes the tracks “Taker,” “Receive,” “Erase” and “Cringe.” … Short-lived Van Halen vocalist Gary Cherone (ex-Extreme) will star in a low-budget musical version of Pink Floyd‘s “The Wall.” The performance will premiere November 29 at the Schauer Arts & Activities Center in Hartford, Wisconsin, and will be followed by a full run at the Scottish Rite in Milwaukee from January 22 to February 1. …

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