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White Noise: News on the Deftones, Six Feet Under, Metallica, Rammstein and More

Is it Monday already? Man, our weekends just seem to fly by. We can’t believe its almost August already, and we also can’t believe Fred Durst is actually married, but more on that later. This morning’s White Noise is teeming with all of the weekend’s heavy metal and hardcore news. Think of us as the Cliff Notes for all of the metal happenings from this past weekend, taking two days of tour notes, album news, and other developments, trimming the fat, and bringing you only the prime cuts. Time to dig in White Noise is served.

+ By now, you’ve heard that the Deftones have decided to scrap their new album, ‘Eros’ – which was tracked before bassist Chi Cheng’s involvement in a horrific car crash back in November – and are now recording new tracks for an album that will honor Cheng, who is still hospitalized and in a coma. Frontman Chino Moreno says Cheng would be ‘proud’ of the new tunes. “To see your brother in that condition … I can’t even find the words to explain how it feels,” Moreno says. “I’ve spent the last 20 years of my life right next to him. Every little thing we do, I’m used to doing with Chi by my side. Now, when I look over, he’s not there. At the moment, he’s still in a coma. It’s a weird stage. When someone’s in a state like that, he’s still here with us but yet he’s not. He’s in limbo. I miss my friend. I want him to come back. I hope he comes back soon.

“I know that, deep down, Chi would be proud of us and, in a big way, we’re doing this (new record) for him,” Moreno adds. “We’re trying to do the best we can for him, for us, and for the situation, and that’s to bury our heads in music. If anything positive can come out of this, then working on this music has really brought rest of us guys very, very close.”

+ Congratulations to Limp Bizkit‘s Fred Durst, who has made an honest woman of his longtime girlfriend Esther Nazarov. Durst told fans in April that he was engaged, and the couple are reportedly vacationing in the romantic city of Las Vegas after the wedding.

+ In related news, new Queensrÿche guitarist Parker Lundgren was married over the weekend. His new wife? Miranda, the daughter Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate.

+ Floridian death metallers Six Feet Under are back in the studio, and have started work on their forthcoming cover album, ‘Graveyard Classics 3.’ The band says that they’re about “60% finished with tracking. Everything is going great and we are having a lot of fun laying these new songs down.” There’s no word on what songs the band will be tackling on the disc, but we’ll be bringing you more information as it becomes available.

+ Howard Stern jokester and acclaimed metal drummer Richard Christy says says the drums, guitar and bass parts have been tracked for the album from his new project, Charred Walls of the Damned. He also reveals that the band’s label, Metal Blade, plans on releasing the disc in November.

+ According to reports, Metallica will be taking part in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary event this fall at New York’s Madison Square Garden. To be held over October 29 and October 30, the celebration will include appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, U2, Eric Clapton and more.

+ The dudes in Rammstein are none too happy. One of their new tracks, ‘Liebe Ist Für Alle Da,’ has leaked online. Rammstein’s management is threatening legal action against the leak’s source and any site that posts the track for download.

+ San Francisco death metallers Autopsy will reunite for next year’s Maryland Deathfest, which is scheduled for May 2010. They join previously announced performers Obituary, Entombed, Eyehategod and Tombs on the bill.

+ Goreaphobia will release their new album, ‘Mortal Repulsion,’ on August 18. The disc boasts 12 tracks, including ‘Amulet of Damnation,’ ‘Despised And Ruined’ and ‘Ascending Into Vices.’

+ This is just hilarious.

+ So it seems Dope have been kicked off the Pedal to the Metal tour, which features Mudvayne, Black Label Society, Static-X, Suicide Silence and Bury Your Dead.

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