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White Noise: News on Metallica, Panzerchrist, Dillinger Escape Plan, Kiss and More

It’s Thursday morning, and there’s a thick fog hanging over New York City. We’re thinking it’s the perfect weather for either a marathon Arghoslent, Mystifier, and Mortuary Drape listening session, or more sleep. Or perhaps both? Nevertheless, a lot happened while you were getting your beauty sleep, and we wake up every morning, bright, early, but never bushy-tailed, to compile it all for you in what we like to call White Noise. Today, we’ve got news on rehab stints, supporting acts, never-saw-that-coming signings, and another band employing the “this is our best album to date” line… the phrase that pays. It’s White Noise, and it starts… not yet… now!

+ We loved watching Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler kick the habit on VH1′s “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” last year, and now, we’ll get to see former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr do the same thing. He’s been named to the cast for the show’s upcoming season, which should premiere early next year. Joining Starr in rehab will be country singer Mindy McCready, actress Mackenzie Phillips, Heidi Fleiss, NBA great Dennis Rodman, model Lisa D’Amato, former Miss United States Teen (and Playboy centerfold) Kari Ann Peniche, and some dude named Joey Kovar.

+ Those rumors about Metallica filming some shows this summer for a future DVD release are absolutely true. The band claims they “thought it would be cool to document a few shows that are unique and sure to be extra memorable for us, and hopefully for you too.” None of the gigs will be on U.S. soil, but hey… a Metallica DVD would be cool.

+ For most bands, whatever record it is they’re promoting is usually always the band’s “greatest effort to date.” Some member or another from Devildriver has said this about the band’s last two records, and now, bassist Jon Miller is calling ‘Pray For Villains’ (in stores July 14), “with great certainty,” and “without a doubt the finest Devildriver album to date.” That is, until the band’s fifth record is finished.

+ Kiss have called upon Buckcherry as the openers on the legendary band’s upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour, the first to be routed by the band’s fans.

+ Lizzy Borden have a new guitarist: Dario Lorina. He’s 19, and has been touring since he was 16, with the likes of Warrant‘s Jani Lane. Lorina replaced Ira Black, who jumped ship back in February.

+ Yesterday, we told you the Dillinger Escape Plan had announced that they were no longer partnered with longtime label home Relapse Records. We assumed the band would sign with one of the majors, considering how huge they’ve become. We were wrong. In a move that’s sure to earn them tons of metal points, the band has inked a deal with Season of Mist Records. They’ll be releasing their first effort for the label early next year.

+ Panzerchrist have named their forthcoming LP ‘Regiment Ragnarok.’ The 10-track disc is due to hit store before year’s end, and according to the band, will be “true to the brutal black/ death style” the band’s known for.

+ Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine needs to chill the eff out. In his most recent online update, he warns that he’s going to start doing interviews for the band’s next record. “Let me assure you, though, the interviews may be really short, because if I get asked anything antagonistic or I am told, ‘Someone said this and someone said that,’ it will be over,” he writes. “I don’t care.”

+ Woe Of Tyrants, Bison B.C., and Lazarus A.D. will be teaming up for a quick U.S. jaunt in July. That run kicks off in Raleigh, North Carolina, on July 21, and runs through August 2 in Seattle.

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