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White Noise: News on Slipknot, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, Goatwhore, Black Dahlia Murder, and More

Some days, White Noise is something of a hodgepodge of metal news, covering acts from the 1980s through the 1990s and into this current decade. Other days, its sort of like an Ozzfest lineup; rife with big names everyone knows and/or heavy metal newcomers with really long, really confusing names. Today’s installment of White Noise is all about the new class of metal, but not on purpose. We don’t dictate the news, we just report it. And within the last 24 hours, there’s just been a ton of album notes, tour announcements, and other news coming from some of metal’s younger generation. Yes, this means we have no Bret Michaels updates for you today.

+ With a lineup like this, you know this two-week tour will inevitably be extended a week or two. Slipknot will head out with Anthrax and the Black Dahlia Murder starting August 22 in Seattle, Wash. for what will be the Iowan band’s first batch of headlining gigs in the states since last month. So far, dates are only booked through September 5 in Milwaukee, Wis. Following their run with Slipknot, the Black Dahlia will be touring Canada with Children of Bodom and Skeletonwitch. That tour launches September 22 in Quebec City, Quebec, with shows scheduled through October 9 in San Francisco, Calif. More dates for that trek will be revealed in the coming weeks.

+ Tomorrow in Atlanta, at 6PM EST, members of Goatwhore, Abysmal Dawn, Daath, Abigail Williams, and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky will host a “pizza party social” at Criminal Records, to mark the launch of “The Conquer & Curse Tour.” After the last slice is served, everyone will head over to the Masquerade for the tour’s first show. A pair of tickets to the gig will be given away during the pizza party.

+ Behemoth have posted a new track, called “Ov Fire And The Void.” The song is taken from the band’s ninth full-length studio album, ‘Evangelion,’ which hits stores August 11.

+ Now, you can hear Killswitch Engage‘s forthcoming self-titled album before you buy it on June 30. The whole disc is streaming at this very moment. Killswitch are planning a quick Canadian tour with In Flames for the first month of September, after which In Flames will be back on American with Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless, and 3 Inches Of Blood. Dates for that run have yet to be announced, although the tour will be stopping in San Francisco, Calif. on September 21.

+ Shadows Fall have christened their forthcoming disc. It will be called ‘Retribution’ and a tentative September 15 release date is planned. To hear producer Jason Suecof’s parody of the band, called “Shadows Balls,” head here.

+ So, yesterday, we told you Hatebreed had inked a deal with Roadrunner Records for worldwide distribution of its next self-titled album, which should be in stores this fall. Well, we based that report on information posted online by frontman Jamey Jasta, which we now know was somewhat confusing. The album will be released in the states by E1 Music, while Roadrunner will be handling the release everywhere else. We regret the error.

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