It's Wednesday, and that three-day weekend is finally in sight. We here at Noisecreep can't wait for all the barbecues, the baseball, the brews, and the downtime, because, well, that's what Memorial Day's all about. That and honoring the courageous men and women who have died serving this great nation. For now, though, there's work to be done, and metal news to bring your way. Its White Noise for Wednesday, and it starts now.

+ Alice In Chains have been working on a new album for well over a year now, and according to guitarist Jerry Cantrell, the band's first new disc in 14 years is in the bag. "We're really proud of it," he says. "I'm really proud of all of us, man, that we decided to take this trip and decided to take the chance, you know what I mean, to continue and to move forward. The record's a win. Regardless of how it does, it's a win already for us, because we really dig it and we stand behind it, and each other." The disc should be in stores this September through Virgin Records.

+ Living Sacrifice is in the studio, and have begun work on their first album in seven years. The boys are working with producer Jeremiah Scott in a Little Rock, Arkansas, studio, and a fall release is expected.

+ Here's some uplifting news. It seems Korn bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu has assembled something of a rock and roll supergroup, to aid a friend in need (see video below). Fieldy has enlisted Korn drummer Ray Luzier, Slipknot guitarist Jim Root, Sevendust's Clint Lowery, and (get this) former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch to collaborate on an instrumental track, the sales from which will benefit Deftones bassist Chi Cheng; he remains in a semi-conscious coma following a car accident back in November. Cheng has several outstanding medical bills, and sales of the track will go to Cheng's family.

+ Arsonists Get All The Girls have wrapped the recording of their forthcoming LP, 'Portals.' The album will be in stores July 14, and feature 11 new tunes, including "My Cup's Half Empty" and "Violence in Fluid - Triceratops."

+ Bone Gnawer, which features members of Massacre, Paganizer, and Naglfar, will issue their debut album, 'Feast of the Flesh,' next month.

+ In other album news, New York hardcore vets Merauder will return on June 19 with God Is I,' an album vocalist Jorge Rosado claims "is one of the most important and brutal records we've ever worked on." The disc features 12 tracks, including "Ratcatcher," "Forgotten Children," and "See You In Hell."

+ Daath have announced their summer touring plans. The guys will be hitting the road in support of their latest release, 'The Concealers,' summer, touring the U.S. with Goatwhore, Abigail Williams, Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky, and Abysmal Dawn. We'll bring you those dates as soon as they're released.

+ Underneath The Gun have called it quits. Because of growing health concerns, frontman Harrison DeGrote is no longer able to tour, and so the band has thrown in the towel.

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