Hey fellow metallers, what's up? Iann Robinson here. This week was just about the greatest week of my life. First up, Rob Halford is back in Judas Priest. Does it get any better? Besides that, I visited the set of the remake of "Dawn of the Dead" and they made me into a zombie for the film. I looked like death warmed over, like an Immortal video or something, all in black and my face ripped open. I got to charge and attack people, cover myself in blood — it was amazing. Between being a zombie and the return of Rob Halford, does it get any better than that? Well, that's it for me. Check out the Metal File action, and I'll have new stuff to tell you next week.

Shadows Fall will be playing 19 shows on their days off from Ozzfest. Cradle of Filth, Killswitch Engage, Sworn Enemy, Hotwire and Grade 8 will join on various dates. The first show is July 18 in Kansas City, and gigs run every few days through August 21 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. ... King's X will kick off a tour on September 28 in Louisville, Kentucky. Dates run through November 18 in Beaumont, Texas. ...

Fireball Ministry's Nuclear Blast label debut, The Second Great Awakening, hits stores October 7. ... 40 Grit have replaced bassist Kevin Young. Ryan Healy, formerly of Tongues, has joined the group and will make his debut with the band on August 8 in Palo Alto, California, sharing the bill with Death Angel. ...

Amon Amarth have joined the bill for Austria's two-day Skeleton Bash festival. My Dying Bride, Ancient and Darkseed are also on the bill for the July 26 show. ... Tourniquet drummer Ted Kirkpatrick will release a DVD of drum solos on September 1. ...

Vader have lined up a stretch of fall tour dates with Nile, Kreator, Amon Amarth and Goatwhore. The tour kicks off October 10 in Houston. ... That same month, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Callenish Circle, Agent Steel, Mortician, Carnal Forge and Occult will join forces for the Bonded by Metal tour, which kicks off October 9 in London and will roll through Europe. ...

Sweden's Burst have signed with Relapse Records, which will deliver the band's Prey on Life on September 23. The band will tour North America and Europe in support of the release beginning in October. ... Finnish melodic thrash band Children of Bodom will release their fourth album, Hate Crew Deathroll, on September 23. The disc, recorded by Anssi Kippo, will be the band's last to feature guitarist Alexander Kuoppala, who quit after last weekend's Tuska festival in Helsinki. The band will announce a replacement before their August 16 gig in Moscow. ...

Canadian technical death metal merchants Cryptopsy are hard at work on their fifth album. The band's first LP with vocalist Martin Lacroix is due early next year. ... Extol, a Norwegian band that balances extreme aggression and melody, will release their third record, Synergy, on August 12. The band just finished a U.S. tour with Demon Hunter and the Agony Scene and will return to these shores to promote their upcoming disc. ...

—compiled by Iann Robinson, Iann Robinson, Robert Mancini, Jon Wiederhorn and Joe D'Angelo