Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On Black Sabbath, Danzig, Prong, Superjoint Ritual, Killswitch Engage, Mortiis & More

Yo. Your usual Metal File host, Iann Robinson, is off this week, but the rest of us are dedicated to keeping you fully stocked with fresh metal headlines. Tear into 'em:

Black Box, the delayed box set from Black Sabbath, will now hit stores on March 2. The set includes all of the band's Ozzy Osbourne-era albums as well as a DVD of never-before-seen live footage. ... Organizers have unveiled the final schedule for the New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Fest, set for this weekend in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Seventy-three bands — including Cradle of Filth, Superjoint Ritual, Danzig, Morbid Angel, Type O Negative and Biohazard — will play. A complete schedule can be found at the festival's Web site. ... Re-formed '90s thrash outfit Prong hope to release their new Scorpio Rising in February. ...

Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones will make a guest appearance on Summer of Darkness, the second album from Demon Hunter, which the group is currently tracking in its hometown of Seattle. Tentative song titles include "Coffin Builder," "I Play Dead," "Beheaded" and "Everything Was White." ... Eyes of Fire, an Orange County, California, band that includes former members of Mindrot in its lineup, has completed a video for the song "Hopeless" with director Bill Henderson (Sepultura). The track will appear on the group's debut, Ashes to Embers, due in March. ... Pig Destroyer are working on a conceptual album/DVD tentatively titled Terrifyer. ... Darkane's video for "Chaos Vs. Order" can be viewed at the Nuclear Blast Records Web site. ...

Zakk Wylde has donated his very first guitar, a 1985 Gibson Les Paul, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. ... Norway's prosthetic-face-wearing ghoul Mortiis has begun work on a new album with producer Vegard Blomberg. It's the former Emperor bassist's first record since 2001's The Smell of Rain, which saw him abandoning moody atmospherics. ... A new track by Zyklon called "An Electric Manner" has been posted on their Web site. ... The mathematically inclined madmen of the Dillinger Escape Plan are hitting the road with the similarly crazed guys of the Locust. The tour kicks off mid-January in the Midwest and wraps up in early March. ...

Former At the Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg's The Great Deceiver have finished the follow-up to last year's A Venom Well Designed. The disc is due in February. ... There's an unmixed and unmastered version of the new All That Remains track "The Deepest Gray" on their label's Web site. The song is from the band's forthcoming This Darkened Heart, produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewitz. ... Strapping Young Lad frontman Devin Townsend will produce the debut from Misery Signals in February. ... Remembering Never have completed mixing their sophomore record, Women and Children Die First, due next year. ...

My Dying Bride have finished their eighth studio album, due early next year, but have yet to pick a title. ... Former Barbed Wire Dolls singer Johnny Weils will make his live debut with Alabama Thunderpussy in Baltimore on December 5, the start of a string of East Coast dates. Weils, who replaced singer Johnny Throckmorton, will make his recorded debut with the band on their forthcoming second album, tentatively titled Fulton Hill. ... Peaceville Records is planning DVD releases from Katatonia and long-defunct gore metal legends Autopsy next year. ... Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Isis are teaming up for a split EP to raise money for Shaun Luu, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Due in the spring, the record will include live and "special" recordings as well as a remix of the Isis track "Carry." ...

Static-X have added nine more dates to their tour with Soil, Skrape and Twisted Method. The first new show is November 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and dates are scheduled until December 17 in Anaheim, California. ... Impaled Nazarene will release their eighth album, All That You Fear, in January. The album will mark the first appearance of guitarist Tuomio. Former guitarist Teemu Raimoranta died in March after falling from a bridge in Helsinki. ... Israel's Melechesh will release their third album, Sphynx, in January. The disc will include a cover of Celtic Frost's "Babylon Fell." ... Recently re-formed Long Island, New York, death metal demolitionists Suffocation will release a new album, Souls to Deny, in the spring. ...

Today Is the Day have shot a video for "The Descent," from Sadness Will Prevail, in Philadelphia with directors Adam Albrandt and Brian D. Lange. ... Monster Magnet drummer Michael Wildwood has left the band for unspecified reasons. Meanwhile, the band is working on its next record, tentatively titled Monolithic Babies. The record will feature new bassist Jim Baglino, who replaced Joe Calandra last year. ... Anthrax have delayed the shoot of their "What Doesn't Die" video until January. ...