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  • Korn will release its twelfth album, The Serenity of Suffering, on October 21st via Roadrunner. Grammy-award winner Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked with Foo Fighters, Deftones and Mastodon is producing.

    The album is a follow-up to 2013's The Paradigm Shift. On the album, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor makes an appearance on the song "A Different World."

    • Korn premiered the video for the song "Rotting In Vain," starring Tommy Flanagan (of Sons of Anarchy and Gladiator fame). Of the track, frontman Jonathan Davis told Rolling Stone: "'Rotting In Vain' was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don't like in life — be it relationships, or feeling when you're stuck and you're just being abused or you don't like where you're at, and you just sit there and rot. It takes you years and years to figure out how to claw your way out. That's where 'Rotting In Vain' came from. I'm just sitting there, fucking dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place. That's the vibe that inspired the song."
    • Korn's tour with Rob Zombie, Return of the Dreads, kicked off July 19th in Englewood, Colorado, and will wind down on September 3rd in Bristow, Virginia. The band will hit the road again with Breaking Benjamin on September 24th in Fargo, North Dakota, for the Nocturnal Underground Tour.


  • Five Finger Death Punch has released the powerful video for "I Apologize." It features frontman Ivan Moody wandering a cemetery, shovel in hand.

    Tombstones for music icons, all of whom have struggled with addiction issues, like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Scott Weiland, Kurt Cobain and many others, stream past as he wanders moodily around.

    • The vocalist sings: "All this time I've watched from the outside / Never really understood what was wrong and what was right / I apologize."
    • It recently came out that Moody himself has struggled with his own addictions. In the video, which was shot in Angelus Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, he dug a grave for himself with a born date, but no end date.
    • The band released a statement about the video, saying in part: "The video is a dark somber metaphor that speaks for itself. I don't think we need a parallel narrative to explain it or emphasize its impact as almost everyone knows someone struggling with some form of addiction. It's real for everybody. We have even been losing exceptionally bright, talented people who you’d assume know better. No matter how much support you provide, ultimately it's everyone’s own decision to face their demons or perish."
    • Earlier this month, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory commented in a recent interview with Minneapolis radio station 93X on the band's recent, highly publicized dispute with current label Prospect Park and its decision to sign a new deal with Rise Records.
    • Bathory explained, "It's kind of a thing (where) people can read between the lines; I don't really have to throw grenades into the whole thing . . . hopefully it doesn't become an ugly ex-wife, you know what I mean?"
    • Five Finger Death Punch recently announced a new co-headlining arena tour with Shinedown that will kick off on October 18th in Little Rock, Arkansas.


  • NIRVANA'S 'COME AS YOU ARE' FEATURED IN 'DEFENDERS' TEASER: Netflix is going to start shooting their new original series, The Defenders, a Marvel Comics adaptation, late in 2016. While most details are under wraps, a minute-long teaser featuring Nirvana's "Come As You Are" has been released. The clip spotlights Kurt Cobains's vocals as layered shreds of paper are torn away, including newspaper clippings and handwritten notes.

    COLDPLAY WEATHERS STORM TO DELIVER SHORT SET IN CHICAGO: Severe weather abbreviated Coldplay's Chicago show Saturday night. After 80 minutes of playing, frontman Chris Martin told the crowd that they would have to evacuate Soldier Field after one last song: "A Sky Full of Stars." Before the show, concertgoers were asked to take shelter until the band was finally allowed to go on shortly after 9 pm.

    PERRY FARRELL SAYS HE 'CRINGES' AT LOLLAPALOOZA: As Lollapalooza, the festival he helped create celebrates its 25th year, Perry Farrell tells the Chicago Tribune of current lineup: "I hate EDM. I want to vomit it out my nostrils. I can't stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic. I sometimes cringe at my own festival." Farrell touched on what he hopes he can create with a new festival: "At my new project, there will be great house music. I hope I will keep EDM at the door. They will be turned away."


  • Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has no problem playing the age card when discussing in his decision to launch a mostly acoustic project, Would and Steal.

    In a live Facebook chat with Mighty Fine Guitars on Friday, Newsted spoke about the surprising turn his musical journey has taken, three decades after replacing Cliff Burton in Metallica.

    • He said: "After thirty years of playing heavy music and travelling around the world — I've been around the globe about five and a half times, fifty-five countries — I've already climbed that mountain; there is no more of that mountain to be climbed. So within the accolades that I shared of the group's success — I was one member of that group, something bigger than all of us; and we got Grammy Awards and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and all those different things — that's as far as you can go in that kind of music, and it's someone else's turn to have fun in that music now."
    • Newsted says he isn't even going to try to compete with some of the newer guys: "I can't play like Slipknot now; those guys are heavier and faster than I could ever dream of playing now. So this is how I can play, and this is what I'll do for the rest of time."
    • But even though this section of his journey is a bit more mellow, he says he still plays metal "all the time."
    • Newsted and undisclosed friends will play two acoustic benefit concerts for Little Kids Rock on August 5th and 6th at Might Fine Guitars in Lafayette, California.


  • When a quote from Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington emerged July 21st, in which he claimed that his band helped keep metal alive, it was disseminated widely by media outlets.

    But Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda claims the quote is being completely taken out of context, and used as "clickbait" to generate page views.

    The quote came from a conversation that Bennington had with a reporter for Metal Hammer. Bennington was responding to a question about how the band is often dismissed as a boy band with guitars. He commented: "In my opinion, we actually kept metal alive," and went on to discuss how many newer bands credit Linkin Park with getting them into the metal scene.

    • When Shinoda saw the blowback his comments were getting on social media from fans, he weighed in, taking to Twitter. In one tweet he said: "Bunch of rock outlets taking Chester's 'kept metal alive' quote out of context today. So dumb. Its click bait, don't fall for it."
    • Linkin Park is currently working on a follow-up album to The Hunting Party for a 2017 release.


  • The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer is releasing his second solo album Dark Arts on August 5th.

    It's a follow-up to his 2011 debut Another Life. Dark Arts was made with David Hopkins, frontman for Las Vegas-based Bombay Heavy. They got to know each other after Stoermer played on the band's self-titled EP in 2014.

    • Dark Arts was made at the Killers' Las Vegas studio.
    • The first single, "Spare the Ones That Weep," was released on Friday.
    • In May, The Killers announced that bassist Stoermer is taking an indefinite hiatus from touring with the band. A statement posted online by the Las Vegas group explained, "Mark has decided to take a break from The Killers touring -- but don’t be surprised if you see him on stage from time to time. Everyone supports Mark’s decision to take a break to pursue other educational goals and releasing a solo album. The four of us continue to work on our fifth studio album together, and we're all excited about the new songs we're writing."
    • Stoermer has been replaced by Jake Blanton.
    • Stoermer did not show up for several shows near the end of the touring cycle for the Killers' most recent album, 2012's Battle Born, leading to tension with frontman Brandon Flowers.


  • It was 36 years ago today (July 25th, 1980), AC/DC released their biggest selling album ever, Back In Black. It was their first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who had died a few months earlier after passing out and choking on his own vomit following a long night of drinking.

    The group quickly decided to press on and hired Brian Johnson from the band Geordie to take over on vocals, and they headed to the Bahamas for about six weeks to do the album. AC/DC had made some serious headway in America before Scott's death, but no one knew how Back In Black would be received. The album took off, and eventually sold over 21 million copies in the U.S.

    • Johnson admitted that he didn't have a clue how successful Back In Black would turn out to be: "I'd just melted me brain in there, and I didn't know if it was good or bad. That was the first time I'd been in the Bahamas, anyway, or near America, y'know, and you (have to) remember, I was just fascinated by the whole culture and all, and I had no idea what the hell I was doing! And (laughs) lucky, really -- I was a bit lucky, I think."
    • The album included the singles "You Shook Me All Night Long," which peaked at Number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Back In Black," which topped out at Number 37.
    • Despite its massive success, Back In Black never got higher than Number Four on the album charts. The band's next album, For Those About To Rock, reached Number One.
    • As of December 2015, Back In Black, which has sold 22 million copies to date, is at Number Six on the list of the biggest selling albums in the U.S.
    AUDIO: BRIAN JOHNSON SAYS HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW GOOD 'BACK IN BLACK' WOULD BE


  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    KIM KARDASHIAN IS STILL SHADING TAYLOR SWIFT: Kim Kardashian is still trying to keep the momentum of her Taylor Swift feud going. She sent a Snapchat over the weekend of herself rapping along to Kanye West’s line about Taylor in his song "Famous." She was also seen hanging out with Calvin Harris at Jennifer Lopez’s 47th birthday party in Las Vegas on Friday (July 22nd.) A source told Us Weekly, "Kim and Calvin did talk and interact, smiling and chatting for awhile."

    LIZZY CAPLAN AND TOM RILEY ARE ENGAGED: Mean Girls actress Lizzy Caplan is engaged to boyfriend Tom Riley. Rumors started circulating after she was spotted wearing a ring while out with Tom last week and a rep revealed that he actually popped the question in May. They first met in London in January 2015 while Lizzy was filming a movie.

    JOSH DALLAS SPEAKS ON FALLING FOR GINNIFER GOODWIN: Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin fell in love off-screen as their Once Upon a Time characters fell in love on-screen. He told reporters at Comic-Con, "Magical -- on and off screen it was magical. I think that particularly the first season had that kind of quality to it. It was really exciting to play that couple, Snow White and Charming, that couple that has that real pure love from the start. I can remember now when we were shooting the pilot, we were shooting that scene where he rides up on the horse and she's asleep in the coffin and she's surrounded by the forest and she's, for all he knows, dead, and he goes to kiss her and she wakes up. I remember it started to snow when we were there and it seemed so symbolic and magical." They have two sons together.

    CORBIN BLEU IS MARRIED: High School Musical star Corbin Bleu married longtime girlfriend Sasha Clements on Saturday (July 23rd.) They exchanged vows near Santa Barbara in front of family and friends. They first met at a grocery store in 2011 and got engaged in Disney World in October 2014.

    ENGAGEMENT IS ON BETWEEN ‘GRIMM’ CO-STARS: Grimm co-stars David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch are engaged. They took the relationship public in 2014. Bitsie showed off her new engagement ring over the weekend at Comic-Con.

  • ORLANDO BLOOM SUPPORTS MIRANDA KERR'S ENGAGEMENT

    Orlando Bloom has no bitter feelings about Miranda Kerr's engagement to Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel. According to E! News, Orlando's main concern is the well-being of his five-year-old son, Flynn, which Evan seems to handle well.

    A source revealed, "Orlando is happy for Miranda. He spoke with and congratulated her." Another insider explained, "Orlando knows that Evan treats Flynn well so that's all that matters to him. Evan is very much part of Flynn's life and the boy loves him."

      Orlando and Miranda were married for three years before splitting in 2013. He has been linked to Katy Perry since last February.

  • TOM HIDDLESTON SPEAKS ON HIS HIGH-PROFILE ROMANCE

    Tom Hiddleston believes that authenticity is the key to staying sane as he reaches new heights of fame. He was promoting Skull Island at Comic-Con over the weekend where he was asked about how he handles all of the attention he has been getting as of late.

    Tom responded, "I don't know, it comes down to being authentic. Everything you do you have to make sure you truly believe in it and as long as you know that, it doesn't matter what anyone else says about it because the nature of being a public figure is that everyone will have an opinion about anything you do, and as long as you know why you've done something and you've committed to it with authenticity then you're okay."

      He addressed his relationship with Taylor Swift earlier this month saying, "Well, um. How best to put this? That notion is -- look, the truth is that Taylor Swift and I are together, and we're very happy. Thanks for asking. That's the truth. It's not a publicity stunt."

  • LINDSAY LOHAN POSTS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP DRAMA

    Lindsay Lohan’s love life may not have the fairy tail ending she was hoping for. She took to social media over the weekend to call out her fiancé, Egor Tarabasov, for allegedly cheating on her while also claiming that she is pregnant.

    She sent a Snapchat video of herself saying, "My fiancé's being really angry at me, but I'm drinking water to get him to come home. Honey, come home, please." Lindsay also posted a photo to Instagram referencing their seven year age difference writing, "I guess I was the same at 23...S***ty time-it changes at 26/27 @e2505t thanks for not coming home tonight. Fame changes people."

      Lindsay also tagged stylist Dasha Pashevkina in a video post and wrote, "Wow thanks #fiance with Russian hooker @dasha_pa5h." Things took a dramatic turn when Lindsay tweeted, "Lindsay Lohan labour pains trailer -- I am pregnant!!" She has deleted most of the posts but the pregnancy post remains as well as an Instagram photo of herself with Egor but Egor’s face is scribbled out. Lindsay previously claimed to have been pregnant as an attempt to explain why she was difficult to work with while making her OWN docu-series. She said on the finale episode that she lost the baby.

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