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Disturbed Vocalist to Release Device Debut, Alice in Chains Tour Dates + More News

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Disturbed frontman David Draiman will release the self-titled debut by his other project Device on April 9 via Warner Bros. He wants you to know that despite his pedigree and the guest stars, which include System of a Down‘s Serj Tankian, Black Sabbath‘s Geezer Butler and Rage Against the Machine‘s Tom Morello, it is NOT a metal record. Got that?

Draiman co-wrote and recorded the album with Geno Lenardo, formerly of Filter.

“It’s not metal”, Draiman says. “It’s influenced by early industrial rock, like Nine Inch Nails/Ministry, and has a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic and intensely melodic songs. It’s futuristic rock.”

Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, along with Dope and Rock of Ages guitarist Virus, will tour with Draiman on the project.

Other guests include Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion; M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold; and Lizzy Hale of Halestorm. [Via Press Release]

Bring Me the Horizon
will release Sempiternal on April 30. It’s the U.K. band’s fourth album. Check out the trailer for that massive beast of an album below.

Watch Bring Me the Horizon Album Trailer

Dave Grohl‘s documentary and directorial debut Sound City will be screened in movie theaters at one-night-only events on Jan. 31. There will be some screenings on Feb. 1, as well. There will also a be few straggler screenings later in the month. A list of all the screenings can be found here. [Press Release]

Alice in Chains have announced a North American tour set to kick off April 25 at the Fillmore in Miami Beach (see itinerary below).

Set for a spring 2013 release, Alice In Chains’ upcoming album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones), who also produced the band’s hugely successful 2009 release Black Gives Way to Blue. That album entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 5, sold over one million copies, spawned two No. 1 hit singles (“Check My Brain” and “Your Decision”) and a third (“Lesson Learned”) that went top 10, earned two Grammy nominations and saw the band (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez) headlining a sold-out international tour that wrapped at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

April 25 – Miami Beach, Fla. @ Fillmore
April 30 – Birmingham, Ala. @ BJCC Concert Hall
May 01 – Augusta, Ga. @ William B. Bell Auditorium
May 05 – Norfolk, Va. @ Norva
May 07 – Bethlehem, Pa. @ Sands Events Center
May 08 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Benedum Center
May 14 – Sioux Falls, S.D. @ KRROfest – Lyons Fairgrounds
May 15 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Ballroom
May 18 – Philadelphia. Pa. @ WMMR – Susquehanna Bank Ctr
May 21 – Ft. Wayne, Ind. @ Embassy Theatre
May 22 – Evansville, Ind. @ Aiken Theatre
May 24 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater

A389 Records will celebrate it’s anniversary with the IX Anniversary Bash this weekend at the Ottobar in Baltimore, Maryland. Festivities begin on Jan. 17 and run through Jan. 20. Some key acts performing include Left for Dead, Lack of Interest, Despise You, Gehenna and Integrity. Go here for more details.

Motionless in White have dropped the lyric video for “Black Damask,” which was filmed while the band was on tour. Check it out below.

Watch ‘Black Damask’ Lyric Video

Lordi will release To Beast or Not to Beast on March 19 via The End Records. The album marks the recording debut of Lordi’s new members: Keyboardist Hella, replacing Awa) and drummer Mana, replacing Otus.

“The road to this album has truly been paved by hardships,” Mr. Lordi says. “However, the new line-up of the band has given us new and fresh touch and an energetic edge to the recording process, and to the album itself.”

He also explained the cover and the title change, saying, “The album cover painting is actually a part of a larger picture. The original artwork had this vintage-styled lady holding a horned skull, which, however, was not the main point of the art piece. There was something not quite right with the setting, so I made experiments with various versions and framings. Album title was Upgradead at that point in time, and the painting was done with that title in mind. But now, with a changed concept of the artwork, the title did not seem to fit anymore. We did not consider it an A-class name either. Our guitarist Amen came up with the final title, which we felt suitable and perfect both for the cover artwork and the album.”

Tracklisting:

“We’re Not Bad For the Kids (We’re Worse)”
“I Luv Ugly”
“The Riff”
“Something Wicked This Way Comes”
“I’m the Best”
“Horrifiction”
“Happy New Fear”
“Schizo Doll”
“Candy for the Cannibal”
“Sincerely With Love”
“SCG6: Otus’ Butcher Clinic”

In honor of his 46th birthday yesterday (Jan. 14), legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde has opened his new Black Label Society merch store with a gift to the fans! The video below was edited, directed and animated by former porn director Matt Zane.

Watch Zakk Wylde Birthday Video

In other BLS news, the band will film a new live DVD titled Unblackened in March. The shoot will take place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, Calif. on March 6. The special show will see the band tackle various songs from their back catalog, along with tracks from Wylde’s solo album and Pride & Glory project. But there is a twist.

The band plans to strip the songs down acoustically. A four-piece string section, pedal steel guitar and special guests will also be present for select tracks throughout the set. [Via Press Release]

Senses Fail will release Renacer (pronounced ‘ray-nah-serr’) on March 26 via Staple Records. It’s their fifth full-length and was produced by Shaun Lopez of Far.

“We celebrated our 10 year anniversary in February 2012 and immediately got to work writing Renacer,” commented singer Buddy Nielsen. “The approach to this record was to embrace change and explore a different side of the band. The process was long, but was probably the smoothest out of any other record because we wrote without any boundaries. Renacer is by far our heaviest effort to date, which felt like a natural progression for us.”

Wondering what the name is all about? Well, Nielsen explained it, saying, “The name Renacer means ‘to be reborn’ in Spanish. We chose the name because it reflected the change that we embraced in our personal lives as well as in our musical lives. The name ties together the themes of the record, which touch on change through positivity, balance, spiritual growth and love. We are very proud of the work we have done and are extremely excited to share it with the world.”

As for working with Lopez, Nielsen said, “We chose to work with Shaun because of our respect and love of the music he has made in Far and the work he has done over the years as a producer. Shaun was a huge asset in crafting and harnessing the heaviness of the record without sacrificing the clarity and natural sonics that we wanted.” [Via Press Release]

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