GWAR's master of the Earth, that lovable, politically incorrect big mouth known as Oderus Urungus delivered some choice words and an ominous message for the subhumans who "take animals, rip their skins off, and make marmoset banana hammocks with them."

In a brand-new (and difficult-to-watch) video for peta2, the not-to-be-fucked-with Oderus offers an edict of "bitter doom on those who fuck with our furry friends" and announces GWAR's new plan for an all-natural alternative to fur: the pubic hair of prison inmates! Oh Oderus! "GWAR is titillated to be working with peta2, in this, the latest thing that GWAR is doing," says Urungus. "We'll be providing the humans with an alternative to animal fur and also helping improve the hygiene of this country's vast prison industry, in a collaboration that is sure to rip off a few heads."

Be forewarned: footage in the video is extremely disturbing, but it makes a point. We'd rather go naked than wear fur. So would Oderus. The vid should convince any and all fur wearers to cease such a cruel practice, stat. [Peta2 YouTube]

Watch GWAR's peta2 Video

Periphery offered an update (and track listing) on their new album. Periphery II: This Time It's Personal drops July 3 via Sumerian, with guitar goddess Misha Mansoor saying, "We put so much hard work and time into this album and we thank all of you for your continued support and patience. The album clocks in at 69 minutes exactly and has tons of brand new material, so I assure you it is well worth the wait. Make sure to keep on the lookout for the first track which we will be releasing in the coming weeks." [The PRP]

Jim Beam and hard rock? Oh yes! The Jim Beam Live Music Series is offering a string of six live concerts. The ones metal fans will care about are Kid Rock, Daughtry and Bush. Extending the program beyond live concerts, Jim Beam is offering bold, legendary cover songs recorded by the Live Music Series artists here. Beginning in June, specially marked bottles of Jim Beam, Jim Beam Black, Red Stag by Jim Beam and Devil's Cut bourbons will be marked with offer details and instructions on how to download tracks. Fans across the country can also join the Live Music Series experience by visiting the website to view portions of the live concerts that will be streaming online. Additional content – including exclusive artist interviews – will also be available. And what's more, Jim Beam will also be contributing to the troops and military musicians by matching the number of Live Music Series downloads redeemed on the Live Music Series site and donating those to soldiers 21 years of age or older through Operation Homefront. [Jim Beam Website]

Volbeat will return to the road for a month, beginning June 18, for a batch of dates running through July 19. They couldn't have picked a hotter time to tour! They'll be flanked by HELLYEAH and Iced Earth. Whatta bill. [Loudwire]

Doom merchants Katatonia will drop Dead End Kings on Aug. 28 via Peaceville. Expect plenty of audio melancholy and angst. "Dead End Kings is about the corridors of our mind from where there is no return," commented vocalist, Jonas Renkse in a statement. "Be a king or queen in your own right in these hallways, even at the dead end. Carry your burden with pride. That's what we are doing, 20 years and counting. Kings, because we believe in what we are creating, in our own disturbing faith." [Facebook]

Absu, fresh from slaying Maryland Death Fest audiences, have canceled their planned set at the Chaos in Tejas event this coming weekend. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor had to return to his native Texas in order to seek treatment for a knee infection. Following two surgeries, Proscriptor is expected to be back at 110% efficiency by the mid-June, which is not in time to perform as scheduled on Saturday night (June 3). However, Proscriptor plans to be healed and fully operational for a forthcoming tour, so the gig cancelation was beyond necessity. Heal up, Proscriptor, and get back on the road soon. Absu tour news coming soon... [Via Earsplit PR Press Release]