Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On Superjoint Ritual, Cannibal Corpse, Bleeding Through, Killswitch Engage, Exhumed & More

The Phil Anselmo-fronted Superjoint Ritual will start working on their new album soon after their tour ends December 21 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The LP is expected to surface late next year. Before the band heads back out on the road in March, bassist Hank Williams III will embark on a tour of his own beginning January 17 in Houston. ... Exhumed and Cannibal Corpse are teaming up for a monthlong North American tour, beginning February 12 in Houston. The outing will support Exhumed's latest album, Anatomy Is Destiny, which arose this summer. ...

New York death metal band Pyrexia's Cruelty Beyond Submission is due January 27. ... The Agony Scene have parted ways with guitarist Chris Emmons and subsequently pulled out of their planned tours with Mushroomhead and Integrity while they seek a replacement. ...

Bleeding Through were involved in a serious van accident while driving down a snow-drenched section of highway near Salt Lake City but suffered only minor injuries. The footage from the crash, captured by a local news crew on hand covering another wreck, was so spectacular that it was picked up by CNN, "Good Morning America," the Weather Channel and "Inside Edition." The Orange County metalcore mob subsequently canceled their remaining dates on the Pure Hatred Tour with Chimaira and Soilwork and returned home. Their label has set up a PayPal account at www.trustkill.com for donations to help them cover their considerable expenses, including repairing their trailer that exploded all over the highway and the van they were borrowing from the band Sinai Beach. ...

Killswitch Engage are finishing basic tracks for their next album, their first since enlisting Blood Has Been Shed drummer Justin Foley and singer Howard Jones, who will begin recording vocals in the next few days. ... Demon Hunter have selected March 4 as the date to drop their second album, Summer of Darkness, which will feature 13 tracks recorded in their hometown of Seattle. They'll be shooting a video for the album's first single in Los Angeles in February. ...

Norma Jean will begin writing their new album, the follow-up to 2002's Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, in January. They plan to begin recording the LP and touring the States in the spring following a U.K. run with Beecher in February. ... Swedish grindcore band Gadjet will drop their Relapse Records debut, Remote, February 3. ...

Slipknot will return home to Iowa for the holidays before resuming work on their third album in Hollywood with producer Rick Rubin. Singer Corey Taylor recently performed a solo acoustic set, which included takes on songs by Steve Miller, Wild Cherry, Metallica and his other band, Stone Sour, as part of an Axis of Justice show organized to benefit California's striking grocery workers. ... Arch Enemy canceled three shows in the U.K. due to singer Angela Gossow being taken with an undisclosed illness. ...

Gurkkhas are hard at work in their native France on a new album's worth of death metal tunes called Tyranny, which is due early next year through Chrash Music. ... Narcissus have broken up, just two months after releasing Crave and Collapse through Century Media imprint Abacus Recordings. ... Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato has formed a side project with Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz called Error. The band will reportedly release a self-titled debut EP on February 24 through Gurewitz's Epitaph label. ...

British doom-metal merchants My Dying Bride will unleash their eighth studio album, Songs of Darkness, Words of Light, on February 16. ... Anthrax are filming what their management promise will be "the most kick-ass, zombie-filled video of all time" in January for the track "What Doesn't Die" based on a concept from comedian Brian Posehn, best known for his work on "Mr. Show" and "Just Shoot Me." The band recently shot a performance in Chicago for a forthcoming DVD release and is still taking votes from fans on its Web site for the track list of Metallum Maximus Aeturnus, an album that will see vocalist John Bush tackling 'thrax tunes originally recorded with singers Neil Turbin and Joey Belladonna. ...

Fireball Ministry will support David Lee Roth at the House of Blues in West Hollywood on New Year's Eve, following their return home from a run through Germany with Uriah Heep and Blue Öyster Cult in support of their newly released The Second Great Awakening. ... Mexican death metal band Ravager have decided to call it a day, with two of the members already forming a new outfit called Hacavitz. ... Former Oppressor guitarist Jim Stopper has joined the band Twelfth Gate. ...

Deicide will release their ninth album, Scars of the Crucifix, on February 24. The new record was produced by Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Cannibal Corpse). Tracks include "Mad at God," "Conquered by Sodom," "F--- Your God" and "Pentecostal." ... Poland's Decapitated will issue their third record, The Negation, on March 9. Tracks include "The Fury," "Three-Dimensional Defect" and "Sensual Sickness." ... Sworn Enemy, As I Lay Dying and Himsa will launch a 16-date U.S. tour January 17 in Philadelphia. ...

New York's Every Time I Die will re-release their second album, Hot Damn!, with a bonus DVD on February 24. ... Soulfly's still-untitled next album will include the songs "The Prophecy," "Living Sacrifice" and "Defeat U." Former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson will guest on four tracks, and frontman Max Cavalera will produce the record. ... Dutch art-metal ensemble the Gathering will return to North America for the first time since 1999 when their tour kicks off February 12 in Cleveland. ...

Swedish Christian nü-metal band Blindside recently shot a video in Romania for the single "All of Us" with director Patrick Hoelck. Blindside's fourth album, About a Burning Fire, comes out February 24. ... Sepultura will return to their former hometown, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Saturday to play a benefit soccer match against some of the country's former professional players. The game will be broadcast on Brazilian television. ...