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White Noise: Mastodon, Tool, Abigail Williams, and Slayer News

The news never rests, and we here at Noisecreep don’t get much sleep either. We work day and night, to keep you up on all the latest metal news. Here for you now are a few things you may have missed, and a few things you won’t want to miss. Let’s just call it your morning dose of metal info.

+ You’d think Mastodon’s Brett Hinds would’ve mellowed out a touch following that incident at the MTV Video Music Awards two years ago, but sadly, no.

Hinds recounted the nearly life-ending evening during a recent sit-down with Revolver, and it seems his fighting days are far from over. Hinds, who admits to being inebriated, claims he fortuitously slapped William Hudson, a pal of System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, with his wet T-shirt. Hinds says Hudson punched him hard in the face, and that his nose “exploded.”

“Shavo said it sounded like someone had hit a homerun,” Hinds tells the mag. “I went into convulsions and seized out. Blood was coming out my ears and mouth. My brain basically hemorrhaged, and I was holding the f–kin’ Grim Reaper’s hand.” Yet, Hinds admits, “when anybody pisses me off nowadays, all I do is start thinking of [Hudson] and hurt the next person twice as bad.”

+ We all know Tool mastermind Maynard James Keenan dabbles in wine peddling. Now, Blabbermouth is reporting that the singer’s procuring a new wine, produced from grapes grown at his own vineyard, Caduceus Cellars. He plans to release a Cabernet Sauvignon called Nagual del Judith, which he said he’s naming after his late mother. Head to your nearest movie theatre now to catch Keenan’s cameo in “Crank: High Voltage.”

+ Goatwhore, Abigail Williams, Daath, Abysmal Dawn, and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky will be teaming up this summer for the Conquer and Curse Tour 2009. The trek kicks off on June 14 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, and runs through August 14 in Bakersfield, California. For a complete list of dates, check out

+ According to a press release, Relapse Records will be putting out what may very well end up being the last Voivod album. Infini hits stores in June 23, and contains the final bits of material to be written with late guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, who died of cancer in 2005.

+ In addition to working with his own band on their next LP, Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato has been lending guest vocals to a new track from Every Time I Die. More on that, and the singer’s thoughts on the recession, can be found at Puciato’s blog.

+ Slayer is back in the studio with producer Rick Rubin, working on the follow-up to 2006’s Christ Illusion. According to, Slayer hope to have the record done in time for release this July.

+ Oh, and System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan isn’t waiting around for his old band to reunite. He’s apparently interested in manning the kit for Billy Corgan’s Smashing Pumpkins.

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