Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On Cannibal Corpse, Poison The Well, Flotsam And Jetsam, Skinlab, Unearth & More

Hey all. The big news this week might be that your usual Metal File guy, Iann Robinson, is out on the road with his band, Puny Human. If you're in Baltimore or Philly, check them out this weekend, and in the meantime, enjoy this week's metal offerings:

Cannibal Corpse have made the cut and settled on the songs that will appear on their upcoming album, The Wretched Spawn. The disc, due in February, will include "Severed Head Stoning," "Psychotic Precision," "Decency Defied," "Frantic Disembowelment," "Rotted Body Landslide," "Cyanide Assassin," "Festering in the Crypt," "Nothing Left to Mutilate," "Blunt Force Castration," "The Wretched Spawn," "Slain," "Bent Backwards and Broken" and "They Deserve to Die." ... After their tour with the Deftones wraps later this month, Poison the Well will kick off their own headlining tour on November 23 in East Meadow, New York. Tickets for the trek — in support of July's You Come Before You — are set at just $8. The tour will keep the band on the road through mid-December. ...

After a three-year break from the music business, Scott Sergeant is once again filling the guitar slot in the San Francisco Bay Area band Skinlab. ... Skinlab, Flotsam and Jetsam, Macabre, Vehemence, My Ruin, 40 Grit, Insolence and Acid King are among the bands lined up for this weekend's Dwell in Darkness Festival in Tempe, Arizona. ... Everything old is new again: The Black Dahlia Murder announced a new lineup this week, one that sees original members Trevor Strnad and Dave Lock return to the fold. "This lineup is a family, and the band cannot exist any other way," Strnad said in a statement. ... Massachusetts' Unearth are plugging away on a new album, the band's first under a new deal with Metal Blade Records. The group will resume work on the album after wrapping its stint on the Headbangers Ball tour with Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall. ...

Zao have selected Burn Beautiful as the title for their next album — their first since reuniting earlier this year — which they intend to record in March and release next summer. Next month the band will cross the pond for Belgium's Riot Fest, which also includes Dillinger Escape Plan, Blood Has Been Shed, Martyr AD, Nora and several other bands on the bill. ... Most Precious Blood will support the release of Our Lady of Annihilation — the band's first album with former One King Down singer Rob Fusco — on the road with Sick of it All, following a string of shows this month with Bleeding Through. ... Hypocrisy have announced that The Arrival will be the title of their next album. ... Lacuna Coil recently shot a video for the song "Heaven's a Lie" in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Italian band is gearing up for its first headlining tour of the United States, beginning November 12 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dates run through December 7 in Denver. ...

The hardcore all-star band Ragmen will unleash their self-titled debut next year. The band features singer Jorge Rosado (Merauder), drummer Cliff "Rigg" Ross (Madball, ex-Hatebreed), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (Freya, Earth Crisis) and guitarist Mitts (Madball, Skarhead). ... Isis plan to release a series of limited 12-inch remix singles next year featuring new takes on songs from their sophomore album, Oceanic, done by a number of artists including former Faith No More frontman Mike Patton, the Melvins' Buzz Osborne and more. The Bostonian band, which includes Hydra Head Records honcho Aaron Turner on guitar and vocals, will see the singles released through Robotic Empire. ... In related news, Robotic Empire will also issue vinyl from the band Creation Is Crucifixion next year that will compile material from the band's ill-fated split releases. ...

Coal Chamber guitarist Miguel "Meegs" Rascon has resurfaced in the new Los Angeles outfit Piñata. The band has posted its latest track, "The Game" online at www.pinatamusic.com. Pinata also features singer Odyssey, guitarist Matt, drummer Brian, bassist Stitch and keyboardist Wingnut. ... Deep Purple wrote a song for their new record, Bananas, about the Space Shuttle Columbia, which exploded on February 1. "Contact Loss," an instrumental penned by guitarist Steve Morse, is dedicated to the crewmembers who lost their lives. Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla, a fan, had exchanged e-mails with the bandmembers while in space and took three of their CDs aboard the craft. ... WWE superstar Chris Jericho will play New York with his band Fozzy on December 11 and 12. At year's end the band will enter studios in Atlanta and Tampa, Florida, to work on its third album, due next spring. Unlike Fozzy's previous two discs, which were mostly covers, the album will contain all original material. ...

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has come down with severe laryngitis as a result of the flu, causing the band to postpone Wednesday night's show in Rotterdam, Holland. The gig will be made up December 13. Friday's show in Wroclaw, Poland, has been canceled. ... Swedish metal monsters Entombed had to cancel a Toronto show on November 4 after drummer Peter Stjärnvind became sick and was rushed to the hospital. No further details are available. ... Twisted Sister will perform three New York shows without makeup or costumes as Bent Brother. The dates are November 29 in Farmingdale, December 13 in Poughkeepsie, and December 19 in Brooklyn. ... The End, a cerebral death metal group from Mississauga, Ontario, will release their U.S. debut, Within Dividia,on January 13. The follow-up to the 2001 Canada-only release Transfer Trachea Reverberations From Point: False Omniscient was produced by Pierre Remillard. ...

German thrash band Primal Fear will release Devil's Ground on February 23. The disc was produced by Mat Sinner and co-produced by the band. Tracks include "Metal Is Forever," "Visions of Fate" and "Sacred Illusion." ... Manowar will release the double DVD "Hell on Earth III" on December 8. The package will feature more than 90 minutes of live footage, interviews and pre-show rituals, as well as all of the band's music videos. ... Former Malevolent Creation drummer David Culross has returned to the band. Culross first played on 1996's Eternal and left after 2000's Envenomed. The band's still-untitled ninth album will be recorded in February with producer Jean-Francois Dagenais. ... Anthrax recently shot a video for "What Doesn't Die." Brian Posehn, who acts in the TV sitcom "Just Shoot Me," directed. The horror clip features zombies and other creepy crawlies. ...