White Noise: News on AC/DC, Slayer, Evergreen Terrace, Dying Fetus and More
Here's a question for all of you, especially you heavy metal publicists out there: What's the difference between a 'break up' and an 'indefinite hiatus'? We ask because, as we reported last week, He Is Legend has called it quits. But they haven't 'broken up.' They've gone on an 'indefinite hiatus.' Isn't that the same thing? Indefinite (which means having no exact limits) hiatus (meaning a break or interruption in the continuity of something) usually spells disaster, and is just a fancier way of saying the band is done. System of a Down are currently on an indefinite hiatus, and before they got back together earlier this year, Blink 182 were on an indefinite hiatus; it took a plane crash nearly killing their drummer to get them to mend fences. The term is just confusing. Should we assume that He Is Legend still exists as a band, or that they'll get back together at some point down the line? Bands need to break up if there's trouble ... because this indefinite hiatus nonsense is sort of ridiculous. Anyways, today's White Noise has it all. Free music, stolen guitars, medical procedures, awesome tours. So let's get to it.
+ AC/DC have postponed the next leg of their Black Ice World Tour, which was to resume in Phoenix on Oct. 1. Subsequent shows in Las Vegas, Louisville, Ky., Kansas City, Des Moines, Iowa and Milwaukee, Wis. will also be rescheduled, with the tour resuming in the nation's capital on Oct. 16. The reason for the delay? AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has undergone an unspecified medical procedure, and his doctors have advised him to rest.
+ In a recent radio interview, Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney revealed that the band is dealing with Internet leaks of its new album, 'Black Gives Way to Blue,' for the first time in its existence. "You know it's gonna happen 'cause it's part of [how the industry works today], but you just hope it doesn't happen too far in advance," Kinney says. "We hadn't been through it [before], 'cause we hadn't made a record in 14 years. So I think that's the initial shock. It's like, 'What?' We were talking about it earlier ... It's like going to prison -- you know you're gonna get raped, but you're not ready for it. You think you're all prepared for it, but you're not really prepared for how violent that rape is."
+ Wanna check out a new track from Slayer's forthcoming record 'World Painted Blood'? The band is streaming the title track at this very moment, over at their MySpace page. The record drops Nov. 3.
+ Diecast have booked a handful of East Coast dates. They're playing Virginia Beach, Va. on Oct. 2; Fayetteville, N.C. on Oct. 3; Worcester, Mass. on Oct. 24; Baltimore on Nov. 7; and Providence, R.I. on Nov. 20.
+ Megadeth's Dave Mustaine recently told Guitar World says he wants to retire. He owes Roadrunner Records one more LP, and then, he's hanging up his axe. "Retirement is looming, and I'm actually OK with it," he says. "It's a lot different when you surrender the baton as opposed to having someone take it out of your hand. And I'm ready to pass the baton because there are so many guitar players that are better than me right now, and there have been all along. I think there's a new generation out there that needs to have its shot."
+ The Faceless and Dying Fetus will be co-headlining the Planetary Depravity Tour, with support acts Beneath the Massacre, Vital Remains, Annotations of an Autopsy and Enfold Darkness. The trek kicks off in Seattle on Nov. 14, and dates are booked through Dec. 15 in Los Angeles.
+ Three men have been arrested in New Jersey for stealing more than $50,000 worth of instruments from a music supply store in Midland Park. One of those instruments was a rare Fender guitar, which was once owned by Van Halen's Eddie Van Halen. The instruments have been recovered, and the heist is believed to have been an inside job.
+ Evergreen Terrace will release their new album, 'Almost Home,' on Sept. 29. But you can listen to the entire Jason Suecof-helmed effort now at Pure Volume, where the set is streaming in its entirety.