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White Noise: News on Crimson Glory, Nine Inch Nails, Cave In, Every Time I Die, Clutch and More

Yesterday, more than a billion sets of eyes watched as a packed Staples Center bid a final farewell to the King of Pop. Let’s hope that, starting today, the world begins to move on from Jackson’s premature passing, because the truth is, people die everyday. In fact, this morning, we awoke to some rather disturbing new about former Crimson Glory frontman Midnight, who died just hours ago. Today, the scene mourns one of our fallen. Today’s installment of White Noise also features tour news, some album updates, and a sneak peak at one of fall’s most anticipated records.

+ Former Crimson Glory frontman Midnight (who was born John Patrick Jr. McDonald) died early this morning at the age of 47. According to reports, Midnight died of “total kidney and liver failure” at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, surrounded by his mother, brother, daughter, as well as members of Crimson Glory, Savatage, and Jon Oliva’s Pain.

The latter’s guitarist, Matt LaPorte, said he will “miss my partner Midnight, the greatest voice and friend I’ve ever known, In spite of his demons, [Midnight] was a beautiful soul who constantly changed the lives of those he met and came into contact with.”

+ Remember how Trent Reznor told the crowd at a recent show that Nine Inch Nails wouldn’t be playing any more U.S. gigs? Yeah, that was bull. The band has booked a final “handful of shows” in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, starting August 22. No dates have been announced yet, but in New York City at least, there will be three shows, at Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, and Terminal 5. In Chicago, Nine Inch Nails will be playing at the Aragon Ballroom, with stops in Los Angeles at The Wiltern, The Henry Fonda, The Palladium and The Echoplex.

+ The first details about 2010′s Maryland Deathfest VIII have been released. Sure, its early, but why not? Set for May 28 to May 30, the bill will feature the likes of Entombed, Obituary, Pentagram, Eyehategod, Tombs, Impaled, and more.

+ Brand New Sin will release its fourth full-length and first independent album, entitled ‘Distilled,’ on July 8. The band have several shows books through the New York area.

+ Clutch‘s new album, ‘Strange Cousins From the West,’ is now streaming it its entirety at AOL Music. Look for the LP to hit stores on July 14, and will include 11 songs, including “50,000 Unstoppable Watts,” “Abraham Lincoln,” and “Freakonomics.”

+ Every Time I Die will be teaming up with Bring Me The Horizon for a co-headlining run that starts in September. Support will come from Oh, Sleeper and Architects. The first gig is set for September 8 in Minneapolis with dates running through October 11 in Rochester, N.Y.

+ If you don’t like Cave In, you’re no friend of mine. The reunited band will be release an EP on July 28 called ‘Planets of Old,’ and the effort boasts four new tracks. One of them, called “Retina Sees Rewind,” is available for purchase through iTunes at this very minute.

+ Revolver’s got a stream of an exclusive track from The Black Dahlia Murder‘s forthcoming album, ‘Deflorate.’ The song’s called “A Selection Unnatural” and it slays. The album won’t be in stores until September 15, but look for us to be bringing you an exclusive interview with frontman Trevor Strnad in the coming days.

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