Hey everybody, what's up? What's new? How's things? Iann Robinson here, back out in sunny L.A. again. Yeesh, I might as well move here. Anyway, some cool things have been going on that I'm stoked about. I got a record called Unhallowed by the Black Dahlia Murder that just kills, I mean really kills. If you're into anything from hardcore to death metal to thrash, this is a band you need to check out.

I found out that Foo Fighter Dave Grohl is finally releasing his long-awaited Probot CD on Southern Lord Records in the next couple of months. If you haven't heard about it, Probot is Dave — who's an old-school metalhead — writing a batch of metal songs and then getting the likes of Lemmy, King Diamond, Lee Dorian and other metal gods to add vocals and some of their own splash to the songs. I, for one, can't wait to hear it.

I got to hang a little with Fireball Ministry in the studio this week. I heard their new songs, and they're pretty amazing. They just signed to Nuclear Blast, so watch out for their new album. Well, that's it from me, see you guys soon, and as always, see you at the shows:

Black Label Society, the band fronted by Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde, will release the live DVD "Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned" before the end of the summer. The disc will feature a September 2002 concert recorded at Harpo's in Detroit. The DVD will include the video for "Stillborn," directed by Rob Zombie. ... Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse will release a box set containing three CDs and one DVD in November. Included on the CDs will be Cannibal Corpse's original demo that the band made before signing to Metal Blade in 1990, three new cover songs, the unreleased Created to Kill album (recorded during the Vile sessions with Chris Barnes on lead vocals), and a best-of collection to be picked out by the band. The DVD will contain a Moscow concert recorded on May 25, 1993, and the group's performance at the Metal Blade Records 20th anniversary party. ...

Mudvayne will release a DVD single of "Not Falling" to coincide with their appearance on the Summer Sanitarium Tour. The DVD includes commentary by director Dean Karr, a making-the-video segment and additional performance footage. ... Sludge masters Crowbar will team up with Pantera bassist Rex Brown on their new album, You Don't Need an Enemy to Have a War. Brown will also produce the disc. ... Sweden's Opeth will be joined by experimental visionaries Porcupine Tree — whose frontman, Steven Wilson, is a frequent collaborator and producer for the progressive death metal band — on a North American tour that begins July 15 in Toronto. ...

Great White will team up with L.A. Guns and XYZ for a summer tour to raise money for victims of the Station club fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Dates have not yet been confirmed. ... Keith Barney, guitarist with Eighteen Visions and Throwdown, recently co-founded a record label called the Plan Audio/Visual, which will release material from the band Capsize later this year. Throwdown's Haymaker album will see release July 15 through Trustkill. ... Satyricon will issue a vinyl version of Volcano through Moonfog Productions at the end this month. The band won two awards for the album at Norway's Alarm Awards earlier this year, including Best Metal Album of the Year and Best Song for "Fuel for Hatred." ...

The new album from Six Feet Under, Bringer of Blood, will come with a bonus DVD that includes 45 minutes of footage capturing the making of the disc. The band will hit the road with the Black Dahlia Murder and the Heavils to support the album and DVD, which will hit stores September 23. ... Somber Swedish black metal band Marduk will release the DVD "Funeral Marches and Warsongs" in mid-November. The band is currently working on new material for its next album. ... Fellow Swedes Entombed will release their next album, Inferno, on August 4. The disc was produced in Stockholm by Pelle Gunnerfeldt. ...

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