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White Noise: News on Acacia Strain, Rob Zombie, Katatonia, Faith or Fear, and More

Today’s a huge day for heavy metal. There’s something like 100 metal records coming out today, which is great. We’re just confused as to why the labels didn’t space things out a bit better. Dying Fetus, Black Dahlia Murder, Megadeth, Kittie, Skinlab, Every Time I Die … they’ve all got new stuff in stores today, so just remember: Chances are they’ll all be available for free download within hours. We’re just kidding. Illegally downloading records is wrong. So is fighting. Speaking of which, it seems two well-known hardcore dudes got into fisticuffs over the weekend and beat each other bloody … there’s a silver lining. Apparently, it took a physical fight for the two band dudes to bury their beef. It leads off today’s White Noise, because … well, we don’t write stories about Kanye.

+ Lambgoat.com is reporting that Acacia Strain frontman Vincent Bennett and Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri rolled up their sleeves on Sunday night backstage during an Emmure show in Clifton Park, N.Y., and there are contradicting reports on who rearranged whose face. Eyewitness accounts have both dudes coming away from the fight victorious, but it’s unlikely we’ll ever know who won the fight. It seems Bennett showed up at the Emmure gig to end his longstanding beef with Palmeri, who allegedly brandished brass knuckles during the ensuing fracas. Bennett, says one source, walked away with busted glasses, and both ended up dripping with the red stuff afterwards. The fight ended with both sides shaking, and putting the beef to rest.

According to the Acacia Strain, “Frankie walked out and sucker punched Vincent and got a hold of him and was punching him in the head. Vincent was just laughing though and wouldn’t hit him back. Frankie tried to put knuckles on but Vincent ripped them off and they scuffled a little bit but then got up and shook hands. And as far as what’s on the message boards, I guess it was Emmure’s merch girl who got on Lambgoat saying that Vincent was all bloody, but all he had [was] a cut on his cheek.” Bennett, himself, says that the two “traded blows. That’s it. We shook hands and ended it. As far as I am concerned the ‘beef’ between us is done.” To be honest, we’re not even sure what these dudes were fighting over, or what started this beef, but does that really matter?

+ Tracks from the forthcoming Katatonia record ‘Night is the New Day’ have apparently leaked online, leading Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt to take to the interwebs to praise the effort. Åkerfeldt calls the record “possibly the greatest ‘heavy’ record I’ve heard in the last 10 years. I have not been this taken aback by an album for a long time. I almost had tears in my eyes. It’s an absolutely stunning piece of music! Easily their most progressive and emotional record, as far as I’m concerned.” The disc drops Nov. 10.

+ Evergreen Terrace, For the Fallen Dreams, Asking Alexandria and Unholy will be hitting the road next month, starting Oct. 20 in Houston, Texas. The tour runs through Nov. 13 in Tallahassee, Fla.

+ Korn guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer said in a recent interview that former guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch “actually contacted us recently and wanted to come back to the band. And it was not the right time … for us. We’re doing well, and it’s kind of like … It’s kind of like if you divorced your wife and she went on and she stayed successful and her career flourished, and you go back and [say], ‘My gosh, she’s still hot. Baby, can we get back together?’ I don’t see it happening right now. It’s not gonna happen right now.”

+ Dream Theater have released an EP called ‘Wither,’ which is available through most online music retailers. The effort features three versions of the title track, along with a vocal demo of ‘The Best of Times.’

+ Metal Blade will be reissuing King Diamond‘s 1995 LP ‘The Spider’s Lullabye’ and 1996′s ‘The Graveyard’ on Oct. 13. The discs have been remastered and will be packaged with unreleased bonus material.

+ Bassist Clarence ‘C.J.’ Jenkins, who played with Philadelphia’s Faith or Fear, died on Sept. 13 after suffering an apparent heart attack during the group’s set at the city’s Arts, Music and Antiques Festival. He was 50, and collapsed just before 3 PM. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

+ Megadeth, Machine Head, Suicide Silence and Arcanium will embark on a U.S. tour in November that kicks off in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Nov. 14. Dates are booked through Dec.19 in Billings, Mont.

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