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Remember a week or so ago, when Five Finger Death Punch announced that guitarist Zoltan Bathory had gone missing in Las Vegas? Well, Zoltan’s finally speaking about what really went down over those three days the band couldn’t track him down. Not surprisingly, what happened to Bathory’s probably happened to a lot of us: Dude’s cell phone took a swim. According to Bathory, his disappearance was no publicity stunt … “I could think of a million better things than ‘rock musician gets s—faced in Las Vegas and disappears for few days,’” Bathory tells Rock Sound. He says he was celebrating the release of the band’s new album, and his cell fell into a pool. “So I was off the grid for a couple of days,” he explains. “I was way more annoyed than anyone else. What happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas.” Amen, Zoltan. A lot happened over the weekend, and we’ve got the complete breakdown for you right now. It’s White Noise, and it’s loaded.

+ Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was arrested last week in Los Angeles on a single drug charge. His bail has been set at $100,000, and he is due for arraignment Oct. 14. Starr was a cast member on the third season of VH1′s ‘Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.’ No other information regarding his arrest was made available.

+ One week after the passing of original bassist Brian Redman, the members of 3 Inches of Blood have released a statement saying that the band is “shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and former bandmate. Brian was an outgoing and charismatic person who was great friends with most people he met. We couldn’t help but smile or laugh when he was around. He had such a likable personality but also had a knack for putting serious things into perspective. While in the band, Brian played a big part. He joined the band shortly after signing a big record deal, and endured the turmoil that followed after recording our ‘Advance and Vanquish’ album. For a time, the band’s future was uncertain, but Brian was unwavering in his desire to play this music with us. He was loved by many and enjoyed life to the fullest.”

+ Sirenia will be down their usual drummer on their upcoming Beauty and the Beast Tour in November. Jonathan A. Perez became a father recently, and will be taking time off to be with his family, and Roland Navratil from Dignity will be filling in for him in the interim.

+ Skinlab frontman Steev Esquivel has been told by doctors to rest, after suffering chest and lung pains in recent weeks. Doctors say he had a lung infection that could have developed into full-blown pneumonia. Hence, Skinlab have pulled out of their current tour with Mower, and may make up the dates sometime in the future.

+ Cult of Luna will be hitting the studio soon to record new material … for what, we have no idea. The band says the studio session isn’t “related to an album,” but for some other project. More details will be released soon.

+ A video is making the round online showing test comps made for Mudvayne‘s next album, which will be printed entirely in blacklight-reactive ink. It’s about as exciting as orthodontic surgery.

+ Job for a Cowboy have nixed some dates due to a “family emergency.” Tonight’s gig in Orlando, Fla. has been cancelled. No word on when the band may make up the missed shows.

+ Suicidal Tendencies have booked several live dates, which rules. They’ll be playing San Diego on Nov. 13; Santa Cruz, Calif., on Nov. 14; and on Nov. 21, the band plays Los Angeles.

+ Sodom, Watain, Verbal Abuse, Captain Cleanoff, Magrudergrind and Putrescence have been added to the lineup for next year’s Maryland Deathfest, which is set for May 28 to May 30 in Baltimore.

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