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White Noise: News on Kiss, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Walls Of Jericho and More

Good morning, friends. It’s Wednesday, and the metal news has been rather plentiful this week, which is a good thing. It’s what we do here at Noisecreep.

So, here’s what we’ve got on the lineup this morning. Some rock icons are adding more to their extensive line of merchandise, Bret Michaels wants to get the old band back together, and one of New Jersey’s finest plans pre-studio tour dates. Now, we’ve got to go prepare for this afternoon… we’ll be playing host to Krysta Cameron and the rest of Iwrestledabearonce, which should be interesting.

+ So, if you’re a Kiss fan with money to burn, there’s always plenty of merch you can spend that hard-earned cash on. Skateboards, footballs, flasks, wall clocks, beach towels, caskets… you name it. But, not since 1998 have fans been able to buy new Kiss music, which is why Paul Stanley’s appearance on the “John DeBella Show” Tuesday was so momentous.

He tells DeBella that the follow-up to ‘Psycho Circus’ is almost finished and will come out this September. According to the singer, the record will sound like typical ’70s KISS LP, and the band will be touring in support of the as-yet-untitled effort this fall, on the first-ever fan-routed tour. According to the band’s site, “Kiss will take votes straight from the Kiss Army! The entire 2009 tour will be determined by the cities with the most votes. Watch the tour unfold in real time as voting continues and city rankings are updated.”

+ Before heading into the studio July 20 with Steve Evetts to begin the recording of their forthcoming LP, The Dillinger Escape Plan are planning to hit the road, which should give them some serious momentum they’ll be able to bring with them into the studio. The band’s booked just 10 dates for North America, the first set for June 9 in Farmingdale, New York. The band plays June 10 in Philadelphia; June 11 in Washington, D.C.; June 12 in Raleigh, North Carolina; their June 14 set at Bonnaroo; June 16 in Pontiac, Michigan; June 17 in Chicago; June 18 in Columbus, Ohio; June 19 in St. Catherines, Ontario; and June 21 in Toronto.

+ Walls Of Jericho won’t be back on the road any time soon. They were expected to return to the Earth Crisis tour this week, but won’t be back until May 26 in Louisville, Kentucky; according to a statement, the band is attending to an unspecified “family emergency.” “We were trying to only miss a week of the tour but due to family obligations we need to stay home a little longer than we anticipated,” the band says. “We apologize to anyone who was looking forward to seeing us on the missed dates and appreciate your support and understanding our situation.”

+ Canada’s 3 Inches of Blood has inked a deal with Century Media Records, who will issue the band’s next full-length album this fall. The band said in a statement that the label was gunning to sign them after they parted ways with Roadrunner, and “we can’t wait to unleash this new material upon the masses.”

+ Black Label Society is planning a U.S. tour this summer with Mudvayne and Static-X. BLS has not provided an exact routing or dates for the tour, but we will keep you posted.

+ Inhale Exhale will hit the recording studio next month to begin tracking their next studio offering. The record, the band says, is “coming out pretty brutal compared to our previous records and we have focused a lot on dynamics and harnessing our own style as always. As always, we’ve tried to push the envelope in our genre.” The band hope to have it out by fall.

+ Rollingstone.com recently spoke with Poison‘s Bret Michaels, and he said he’d love to work with his former band on new material. “I don’t know if our four heads are all in the right place to make a new album,” he says. “I would love to make one, I just want it to be a pleasurable experience. My brain is too creative and I don’t want to go in there and fight with these guys at this point. I’d love to do it and if the time is right and everyone’s head is in it, that would be great. We just aren’t there now.”

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