Lars Ulrich addressed the negative reaction many Metallica fans had for the sank-like-a-stone Lulu album with Lou Reed. "It was more spiteful than anyone was prepared for," the drummer said. "Especially against Lou. He is such a sweet man. But when Metallica do impulsive riffing and Lou Reed is reciting abstract poetry about German bohemians from 150 years ago, it can be difficult to embrace." He also talks about the Orion Music + More Fest. Read it! [Spin]

German thrashers Destruction will embark on their 30th anniversary tour this weekend, with Vital Remains, Warbringer and Pathology in tow. Three decades of Teutonic rock? Oh yes! Frontman and bassist Schmier said the tour is "a killer package for old school thrash and death metal freaks! This may be the best set list we've ever had – the essence of thrash metal history united with our new anthems. We'll have more classics than ever in the set, more from the first records for sure." Who's going? [NBA Press Release]

Job for a Cowboy have dropped the lyric video for 'Imperium Wolves' from Demonocracy. The lyrics appear on weapons at first. Deadly, just like the song! [Metal Blade]

U.K. rockers Biffy Clyro will release their sixth album, a double LP, at the end of the summer. One is titled The Land At the End of Our Toes while the other is The Sand at the Core of Our Bones. They recorded the album in Los Angeles. A double LP is ambitious. We can't wait to hear it. [NME]

Watch Biffy Clyro's "Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies" Video

How generous of British band Bolt Thrower to give back on their bday! The band's birthday bash, Boltfest, raised $20,000 USD (£12,411.80) for Teenage Cancer Trust! The show was held at the HMV Forum in London on April 7 and all 2050 tickets sold out in just over two weeks. [Via Metal Blade Press Release]

Red Dirt metallers Texas Hippie Coalition guitarist Randy Cooper has been sidelined with an injury and will be forced to step away from the group for approximately a year to address his condition. The band's manager issued a statement, saying, "Randy 'The Arsonist' Cooper is taking leave from Texas Hippie Coalition to deal with an immediate health condition. Unfortunately, Randy has suffered a tear in one of the tendons in his right arm connecting to the bicep, which will require surgery and 6-12 months of rehab. Therefore, he will not be touring with the band this year. We'll continue to keep everyone updated on Randy's condition while he goes through the healing process. We are asking for your prayers, positive thoughts and support during this tough time." Get better soon, Randy. [Via Press Release]

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