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White Noise: News on Van Halen, Them Crooked Vultures, Shadows Fall, Rammstein and More

Enough with the lists, folks. Is it just us, or does it seem like everybody’s obsessed with them these days. Numerous metal and hard rock sites (including Noisecreep) have been rolling out these lists … the best albums of this decade, the best thrash bands, the best death metal bands, the best death metal albums … it goes on and on and on. And now Yahoo! Music debuts their list of the 25 best metal bands. We could spend an entire week picking the list apart, so we figured we’d share it with you, so you could so the same. It kicks off this Thursday installment of White Noise, your morning metal fix.

+ So, this Yahoo! Music list is something else. Who made the Top 25? Well, some bands we agree with: Meshuggah comes in at #25, Pantera finishes at #21, Kyuss at #20, Iron Maiden at #10, and Judas Priest at #7. But any list that doesn’t include Mastodon is highly suspect. For instance, Uriah Heep makes the list at #22, Robin Trower comes in at #15, Spinal Tap follows at #13, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience takes the #5 spot. Please, we implore you, check out the list and leave comments on just how much they missed the mark.

+ Dallas Coyle left God Forbid back in March, and now, it seems he’s started a new project called Soul at War. According to the band’s MySpace page, Soul at War “is the melding of many styles: from Alice in Chains to Morbid Angel to Radiohead, it’s a unique sound for the future.” The band’s first album, ‘Symphony of the Apocalypse,’ follows the life of a film composer who sees visions while trying to work out his relationship with his wife. No word yet on when it may be ready for release.

+ The track list for ‘Guitar Hero: Van Halen,’ which hits stores Dec. 22, has been revealed. In the game, you’ll be able to rock out on songs like ‘Ain’t Talkin Bout Love,’ ‘Eruption,’ ‘Everybody Wants Some,’ ‘Hot For Teacher,’ ‘Jump,’ ‘Panama,’ ‘Running With the Devil’ and ‘You Really Got Me.’ The game will also include songs from the likes of the Foo Fighters, Judas Priest, Killswitch Engage and Queens of the Stone Age.

+ Speaking of Van Halen, it seems guitarist Eddie Van Halen will be appearing on the sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’ this fall.

+ Them Crooked Vultures, the band featuring John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, have titled their forthcoming LP ‘Never Deserved the Future.’ The disc will be in stores Oct. 23 through Interscope.

+ This is odd. German industrial metallers Rammstein have inked a deal with Vagrant, which is a punk rock label. They’ll release the band’s as-yet-untitled sixth studio set later this year.

+ The Lostprophets have added former Beat Union drummer Luke Johnson to their lineup; he will join the band for some upcoming live gigs this month. A decision will be made in the future as to whether he remains a permanent member of the band or not. He takes over for Ilan Rubin, who left the band late last year. The band’s next album is slated for release early next year, and the first single from the effort, ‘It’s Not the End of the World but I Can See It From Here,” should impact radio in October.

+ Set your DVRs for Sept. 3. That’s what New England metallers Shadows Fall will be appearing on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.’

+ Nachmystium has released a four-song EP called ‘Doomsday Derelicts’ through iTunes. The effort is available now.

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