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SLAYER.

SLAYER. The photo above arrived in my inbox this evening in a message devoid of any text aside from the subject line of "Slayer" and a link to a Facebook post containing the hashtag #SlayerAlbum15. The photo of Kerry King in the studio was taken by Andrew Stuart, confirming that the latest incarnation of the band - Tom Araya vocals/bass, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt - is working on their first album for Nuclear Blast Records.

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Century Media announces ANOTHER CENTURY RECORDS, signs THE BLOODLINE, REV THEORY, LIKE A STORM...

anothercenturyWord on this has been circling for a bit, but now the cat is out of the bag - CENTURY MEDIA has formed a new record label, ANOTHER CENTURY RECORDS. The new label is set to focus on hard rock, and has signed three new acts - my friends, THE BLOODLINE (based right here in Chicago), New Zealand's LIKE A STORM and Los Angeles' REV THEORY. These bands join Century Media's FOZZY, ADRENALINE MOB, and OTHERWISE to round-out the initial roster. Century Media founder Robert Kampf shared a few words about the label this morning...

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Listen: BRIAN SETZER - "Let's Shake" - the lead single from ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL

I can never say enough good things about BRIAN SETZER. More people need to explore his massive body of work, and I do my best to make sure the youngsters around these parts are exposed to it. That said, I'm really excited for the August 12 release of ROCKABILLY RIOT! ALL ORIGINAL (Surfdog Records). This week, Setzer has released the first single, "Let's Shake" - and it's all the rockabilly goodness you'd expect. Give it a loud listen below, and check out a few words from the man himself...

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Metal Fun: Watch SOULFLY & SEPULTURA Play the Same Song at the Same Festival... Who Does ROOTS Better?

UPDATED: The Internet Gods didn't want you to see this. Both live clips have been pulled from YouTube.

"Roots Bloody Roots!" That anthemic call has been raging since the song was released as the first single from SEPULTURA's ROOTS album in 1996. But then, frontman Max Cavalera split from the band and formed SOULFLY, who have been performing "Roots Bloody Roots" as part of their live set since 1997... and SEPULTURA gained a new frontman with the addition of Derrick Green (also in '97) and have continued playing "Roots Bloody Roots" as part of their live set as well. Both bands have gone through numerous line-up changes since that year (the same year I started dating my now-wife), and while it's probably happened before, I never thought of this phenomenon until now - SEPULTURA and SOULFLY performing on the bill at the same festival. It happened at Hellfest this past weekend, with SEPULTURA throwing down their "Roots" on Friday, and SOULFLY serving theirs on Saturday. So the question begs, who plays it better? Let's take a look and listen, then sound off in the comments section below!

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X Announce Four-Night Stands in Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, NYC - Set to Play First Four Albums in Their Entirety...

Back in 2011, I had an opportunity to see the X documentary film, X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC at Chicago's Bottom Lounge as part of RIOT FEST. Of course, the highlight was X themselves, performing their first album in it's entirety, and I was right there on the side of the stage seeing the action from a nearly JOHN DOE point-of-view. Now, X will do some special Four-Night Stands in Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and New York - with select dates in-between. This is a fantastic opportunity for fans to see X - John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake - doing what they do best. Dates below.

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