There won't be a Tool album this year, it seems. Singer Maynard James Kennan told Chile's Radio Futuro the following when asked about the status: "No new disc. Not this year...I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing." Perhaps he was trying to throw fans off the scent and foster the elements of surprise and suspense? [Blabbermouth]

Sebastian Bach would love to rejoin Skid Row. The singer has said he was more interested in his solo career, but he seems to have had a change of heart and has changed his tune, which he is well within his rights to do. It's his ex-bandmates that don't seem to want to welcome Bas back with open arms. "It would be very simple," the singer said. "It's like a no-brainer. I mean I make my living still singing those songs along with my solo material and so it's very easy for me to walk up to the microphone and sing my own songs that I've been singing for 25 years. So I don't see what the hold-up is. You'd have to ask them." [VH1 Classic Radio]

Hinder are touring this this month in support of Welcome to the Freakshow. Dates are as follows.

2/21 Council Bluffs, IA @ Horseshoe Council Bluffs / Whiskey Road
2/23 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
2/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
2/26 New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
2/27 Salisbury, MA @ Blue Ocean Hall
3/1 Providence, RI@ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
3/2 Portland, ME @ Asylum
3/3 Patchogue, NY The Emporium
3/5 Dayton, OH @ McGuffy's House of Rock
3/7 Youngstown, OH @ Wedgewood Ent Center
3/8 Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
3/9 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
3/12 Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
3/13 Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
3/15 Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
3/16 Destin, FL @ Club L.A.
3/17 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Heaven Stage
3/19 Monroe, LA @ Live Oaks Ballroom and Bar
3/20 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/21 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
3/23 South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
3/24 Sault Sainte Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino

Clutch have just unleashed the lyric video for "Earth Rocker," the title track off their new album.

Watch 'Earth Rocker' Lyric Video

Meshuggah have made the previously unavilable song "Pitch Black" available for your listening pleasure. It was recorded in 2003. Check it out here.

Vera Mesmer, the Los Angeles rock band featuring former Coal Chamber bassist Nadja Puelen, are offering their song "Down the Hole" as a free download tomorrow, February 6. Grab it here.

The band is working on an EP, tentatively due out this spring.

Spotify is cranking the decibels with several metal apps. The new Metal Hammer app curates specialty playlists, including Killer Covers, 1980 and Pantera Ultimate Playlist. Alexander Milas, editor of Metal Hammer, said, "The way that metal fans connect with music may be changing, but their passion for it never has. Metal Hammer's been helping fans connect since 1986, and with Spotify we're bringing it into the 21st century. Turn it up." Additionally, Century Media's official app, Metal of the Century, features personally curated and continually updated playlists from artists, including Anders Friden (In Flames), Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) and Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil). In addition, each label of the Century Media family gets its own section where users can check out the best in new releases and browse through news stories and tour dates.

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