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White Noise: News on Slipknot, Them Crooked Vultures, Kiss, the Sword and More

Today’s going to be a good day, because today, the Noisecreep crew’s taping our second official podcast. We’ll start rolling at 1 PM, and we’ll be discussing all the week’s big metal news, all the latest heavy releases and some of the dudes from Evile will even be in the studio to take part. If you haven’t already seen the first installment in our podcast series, then get to it. Each week, we’ll try to get some new faces in the studio to help us out, and remember, you can also download the podcast via iTunes. If you don’t agree with our opinions or want us to tackle a certain topic on a future podcast, let us know. This morning, we’ve got all the latest metal news for you … as usual. It’s White Noise … like a little heavy metal rooster, waking you up at the crack of dawn.

+ So, Time magazine has come up with its list of the “10 greatest electric guitar players.” Somehow Joe Satriani, Tom Morello and Eddie Van Halen didn’t make the cut. So who did? Jimi Hendrix tops the list, Slash follows at #2 and Jimmy Page takes the #6 spot. Les Paul is at #8, with Yngwie Malmsteen at #9. Prince rounds things out at #10.

+ Mötley Crüe‘s Vince Neil says he thinks Axl Rose let fans of Guns N’ Roses down in a new interview. “For ['Chinese Democracy'] to fail was pretty crazy after so many years of being recorded. Then the tour got canceled,” Neil says. “A buddy of mine went to go play guitar for him. They rehearsed for three months and Axl never once turned up. Rule number one: show up! He’s been doing that for many years. Finally, I think the fans just went, ‘F— it — can’t do this anymore.’ You can’t be a fan when you can’t see the band.”

+ Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is going Hollywood. According to his site, Gene “was proud to have been asked to come in and do the ‘howling’ voice for Universal’s ‘The Wolfman,’ starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. What I saw looked terrific. The movie is having some special effects added.” He was also asked to do the voice of the Dragon Spirit in M. Night Shyamalan’s forthcoming “Airbender” movie.

+ Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro has joined Spirits in the Sky, a side project formed last month by Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan as a tribute to late Seeds frontman Sky Saxon. The band will be playing several shows later this month, mostly in Southern California.

+ A new preview of the DVD that will be included with the upcoming special edition of Slipknot‘s self-titled debut album has been posted online. The reissue will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the band’s first album’s release in 1999, and will be in stores Sept. 9.

+ Studio footage from the recording sessions for Them Crooked Vultures‘ upcoming debut LP has been posted online. The rock ‘n’ roll supergroup, comprised of Foo Fighters drummer Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, released the video yesterday. And for fans eager to hear the band’s material, it includes audio of a song called ‘Nobody Loves Me and Neither Do I.’

+ The cover art for Gorgoroth‘s ninth studio set, ‘Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt,’ has been revealed. The disc drops Nov. 11, and features 10 songs, including ‘Building A Man,’ ‘Cleansing Fire’ and Satan-Prometheus.’

+ The Sword are nearly done writing material for their next album, which the band says will be a concept album centered around an “original science fiction narrative.” The band hopes to begin recording the effort this fall, will a spring release being eyed.

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