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Anthrax Guitarist Becomes a Werewolf, Dillinger Escape Plan Plot Free Show in Brooklyn + More News

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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has been transformed into a werewolf. Ian appears in the fourth episode in the second season of Nerdist’s Blood & Guts, a web series which the metal great hosts. The creepy makeup was done on the set of MTV’s Teen Wolf with Almost Human’s Chris Gallaher and Erik Porn.

“Just out of the blue, [Nerdist founder] Chris [Hardwick] hit me up and asked me if it was something I’d be interested in,” Ian told Nerdist.com. “He felt my personality was right for this. I guess the backstory on it would be that when they first came up with the idea for Talking Dead, I got a call about shooting the pilot, and my job was field reporter. What they did for my segment was send me out to the set of one of the webisodes, and then Greg Nicotero and his team made me up as a zombie and I got to be a walker.”

Check out video of Ian going into the werewolf transformation below.

Watch Werewolf Transformation Video

Dillinger Escape Plan will play a free show for Converse Rubber Tracks on April 27 at the Williamsburg Hall of Music in Brooklyn, N.Y. It’s the sixth show in an ongoing series, and The Faceless, Royal Thunder and Primitive Weapons will also perform. If you want to grab tickets to the free show, submit your information via the ticketing form here starting at 12PM EST on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013.

Speaking of DEP, their maniacal (and good looking) vocalist Greg Puciato was named the No. 1 Modern Metal Frontman by our pals at Metal Sucks. Puciato topped a list of 25 frontmen. We can’t say we disagree with his appointment to the top of this list since he slays. Congrats, Greg. [Metal Sucks]

Former members of Iced Earth and Nevermore have formed Ashes of Ares. That’s a lot of power right there! Ex-Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow has teamed up with former Iced Earth bassist Freddie Vidales and former Nevermore drummer Van Williams for the new project. After splitting with their respective bands, the threesome quickly came together to form the band.

“We are proud to announce that we have signed with Nuclear Blast records! We’re really looking forward to working with them in bringing our music to the world. It’s great to be added to the ranks of the already impressive roster of bands that Nuclear Blast represents. We will be entering the studio at the beginning of April,” the band said in a statement.

Watch Ashes of Ares Teaser Video



Arch Enemy
have been forced to cancel all European festival appearances while they address private family matters demanding their undivided attention. The band’s statement is as follows:

“It is with great disappointment that we have to cancel our shows at European festivals this summer. The reason for this being private family matters that demand our full attention, making it difficult to fulfill our commitments in that time frame. We are currently looking into the possibility of rescheduling these festival slots for next year.

“We would like to thank the festival promoters, and, of course, the fans for their understanding and continued support. We will use this downtime to finish up the work on our upcoming DVD/Blu-ray and continue with the songwriting process of the next Arch Enemy album. We look forward to seeing you all in 2014! Metal on!” [Blabbermouth]

Finntroll have released their nightmarish video for “Haxbrygd” from Blodsvept. No, we don’t know how to pronounce it, either.

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