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White Noise: News on Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Cattle Decapitation, Them Crooked Vultures and More

In the news business, there are days when you’re slammed … where there’s so much going on, you barely have time to fart. Then, there are other days where its deader than your Aunt Mary. Yesterday was slow … really slow. Yet, somehow, today’s White Noise is crammed with awesomeness. Alice In Chains reveal the art for its upcoming album, the Osbournes are making their boob tube return and Them Crooked Vultures may be the most exciting thing to happen to music in years, because it seems everyone’s fascinated with every move that band makes. Hear ye, hear ye … the White Noise beginneth.

+ We’re still more than a month away from the release of Alice In Chains’ first new LP in more than 10 years, but the band has been doing plenty to pique our interest in the effort. AIC have been releasing song snippets and music videos, and now they’ve unveiled the cover art for the disc, ‘Black Gives Way To Blue.’ The album will feature 11 songs, including ‘All Secrets Known,’ ‘When The Sun Rose Again’ and ‘Private Hell.’

+ No! The Sun is reporting that MTV has started taping in Kelly Osbourne’s London home for the eventual return of ‘The Osbournes.’ There’s no air date yet for the series, which will largely focus on Kelly’s life with fiancée Luke Worrall, but also feature dad Ozzy Osbourne, mom Sharon Osbourne, and ‘daredevil brother’ Jack. “Kelly is TV gold. We’ve been wanting to do something with her for ages,” The Sun quotes a show source as saying. “She is just the type of person we want on our channel — she’s young, smart and knows how to party.”

+ Noise grinders Anal C— will be entering a recording studio later this month to begin work on their first studio offering since 2001′s ‘Defenders of the Hate.’ The disc, called ‘Wearing Out Your Welcome,’ will be in stores sometime this fall.

+ Mastodon will be playing a secret show in San Diego later this month, when they swing through town for the Street Scene Festival Aug. 28. No word yet on when and where the show will go down, but those interested in getting tickets should register for a chance to win seats by Sunday.

+ Speaking of San Diego, one of the best bands to emerge from America’s finest city, Cattle Decapitation, has lost bassist Troy Oftedal, because of “musical and personal differences.” Filling in on the band’s tour will be a dude named Rahsaan Davis.

+ According to Lamb of God kitman Chris Adler, the band will most likely spend the rest of the next year on the road. “The ‘Wrath’ world tour will weave its way throughout 2010 and possibly beyond,” he writes. “We’ve got opportunities coming in to visit new places such as South Africa, Israel, South America, the Philippines and Russia and the list seems to get longer instead of shorter. That’s a great problem to have. We are very fortunate and I can’t wait to get out there and kick some ass. Hope to see you along the way.”

+ Silent Civilian, which features Spineshank‘s Jonny Santos, is back in the studio to record their sophomore LP, which will be released early next year. “Getting back into the studio to record the second record is very exciting,” Santos says. “I felt that the first record [2006's 'Rebirth Of The Temple'] was a success and feel very fortunate to be able to do it again. Musically, this record is very different from the last, but evolution is the key to longevity, in my eyes.”

+ Check this band out. They’re called Kowloon Walled City, and they’ve got an album called ‘Gambling On The Richter Scale’ coming out soon. The band is previewing two tracks from the disc, and they’re awesome.

+ This is hilarious.

+ The Red Chord‘s new album, ‘Fed Through The Teeth Machine,’ is now scheduled for a tentative Oct. 27 release. Mark your calendars.

+ Them Crooked Vultures — the supergroup featuring Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones, Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme and Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl — have posted a quick preview clip of a new song, called ‘Nobody Loves Me And Neither Do I.’ This album needs to come out yesterday.

+ Skinlab is streaming its entire new album, ‘The Scars Between Us,’ a month ahead of the record’s September 15 release date.

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