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White Noise: News on Linkin Park, AC/DC, He Is Legend, Skid Row, Devin Townsend, and More

Tomorrow’s going to be fun. Unfortunately, our editor, Seth Werkheiser, is going to be out of town for this week’s podcast, but the good news is Satyricon is this week’s special guest. Robert Pasbani from Metal Injection will also be on hand to talk metal with us, so that should be awesome … nice way to end the week. Tonight, this writer will be at the Porcupine Tree concert in New York, if you wanna swing by and introduce yourself. I’ll be the dude exuding awesomeness in the back of the venue. We’re hoping the band plays a lot of stuff from their new album, ‘The Incident,’ but would be disappointed if they didn’t play at least a few tracks from ‘In Absentia.’ Anyone else going to tonight’s show? Let us know. In the meantime, we’ve got a ton of news for you today … lots of bands hitting the studio to start work on their next albums. It’s White Noise … keeping you in the know.

+ AC/DC have launched a new Web site which features a countdown clock to an “exciting announcement” that’s to be made Sept. 29. While there’s no official explanation behind the site, rumor has it the band will be issuing a box set later this year that’ll come in a package that can double as a working amplifier. The box set is rumored to include three CDs, two DVDs and a vinyl record.

+ Lambgoat is reporting that He Is Legend has called it quits. No one has been able to confirm the information, but singer Schuylar Croom recently agreed to fill in for Dallas Taylor on the current Maylene and the Sons of Disaster tour.

+ Suffokate will issue their new album, ‘No Mercy, No Forgiveness,’ on Nov. 17.

+ Dave Mustaine said in a recent interview that ‘Endgame,’ the band’s new record, “is a complete smash success right now for us. I just heard that there’s a magazine — a very high-ranking, established institution … magazine in the U.K., one of the guys there said that Megadeth is better than Metallica. And I was like, ‘Oh, my God. The next thing you know, I’m gonna wake up and I’m gonna be 16 again and I’ll have somebody really hot and young laying in my bed.’” Can someone please translate this for us?

+ Wanna hear the new Scar Symmetry LP, ‘Dark Matter Dimensions’? You can, over at the band’s MySpace page, where the album is streaming ahead of its Oct. 2 release.

+ It seems former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has been selected as one of the eight celebrities who’ll try to shed the pounds on the seventh season of VH-1′s “Celebrity Fit Club.” Others on the program include Kevin Federline, Bobby Brown, Nicole Eggert (shame), and some other people you don’t know.

+ Billboard has spoken to Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda about the band’s new album. “We mentally want to get back to [2000's 'Hybrid Theory'] not because we want to sound like [that], because I don’t think we do,” he says. “But we want to make this record a record with identity, hopefully not one you’ve heard before. One you can listen to and say, ‘That’s brand new … It’s definitely Linkin Park, but it’s definitely different.’”

+ Reactivated Swedish death metallers Desultory will begin recording new material in November, for release in early 2010.

+ Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, who has been filling in for Motörhead‘s regular drummer Mikkey Dee on the band’s current tour because he’s off shooting the Swedish version ‘I’m a Celebrity … Get Me out of Here!,’ says the gig is tough. “It’s been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done,” Sorum says. “It’s the best tour I’ve ever done: I’ve lost a few pounds and got about 25 blisters, which is great!”

+ Devin Townsend will release ‘Addicted,’ the second in a series of albums he’s crafted under the Devin Townsend Project moniker, on Nov. 17. Townsend also has announced his intentions to tour again, something he said he wouldn’t be doing in 2009. He’ll be playing material only from his solo offerings, he says.

+ Mnemic will release their new album ‘Sons of the System’ in January. The band will be updating fans on the recording process at this location over the next few months.

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