Machine Head have announced they've been forced to miss 9 dates on their current North American tour with Dethklok, All That Remains and the Black Dahlia Murder so that singer/guitarist Robb Flynn can undergo emergency surgery.

According to Blabbermouth, Flynn had originally planned to have the surgery in Jan. 2013, but he's been suffering through a lot of pain due to a double inguinal hernia for the last month. The pain has proven to be too much for the singer to take.

From Flynn:

"I've been toughing out an inguinal hernia below my waistline since June of last year, and a few months ago got a second hernia in my nuts. What basically happens is my guts drop into my nuts, and it looks like I have a third testicle (man, I can hear the jokes already!) It hasn't been that painful, and I've gone to the doctor a few times to take care of it, but he said after surgery I probably couldn't sing for a few weeks, and since that wasn't going to happen, I scheduled it for January when I had a break. Unfortunately, after the last few shows, my guts have been very swollen and hard to push back in. Yesterday, the pain was excruciating and I went to the emergency room last night. They said that I need surgery.

"I will be doing my damnedest to rejoin the tour in a couple weeks.

"Thanks to all the fans, bands, and crew for understanding. I'm determined to see you all soon and finish what has been a great freakin' tour!"

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Soundgarden have partnered with Converse for their very own, limited edition Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. The shoe will be available exclusively at Converse's Santa Monica store at Third Street Promenade and at It coincides with King Animal, the band's first release in over 15 years. The kick boasts album artwork from the record on a monochromatic black sneaker. The new Soundgarden logo is also highlighted in white on the heel. The Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker is limited to only 60 pairs and will be available in unisex whole sizes 6-13. You can get 'em for $65. [Via Press Release]

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The End Records has released two music compilation playlists which will specifically benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Any proceeds from the playlists will be donated to relief efforts. The metal playlist, which features everyone from Axewound to Opeth, is here. The alternative playlist, which boasts everyone from James Iha to the Dandy Warhols, is here.

80 percent of the net sales will go to AmeriCares, while the remaining 20 percent going to the fan that shares charity of choice, to themselves or to the artist. [Via Press Release]

Linkin Park have teamed with Electronic Arts to contribute "Castle of Glass" from Living Things to the soundtrack for Medal of Honor Warfighter. Like the game on Facebook and unlock exclusive game content, like tips and tricks from the band. You will also be entered in a sweepstakes where you can win a cool prize pack!

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