A blog posted over at Invisible Oranges this week has us asking this question: Is it possible to love a band but hate their fans? Cosmo Lee wonders in the column if there's some sense of self-loathing involved in hating fans of a band you dig? The column recounts Lee's experience seeing a bunch of no-neck-having, Affliction-donning d-bags leaving a Lamb of God show and shuddered at the thought that he might be just like the posers he was ridiculing. The column got us thinking about all the bands we used to love during the late 1990s (we don't care if that dates us), and how those bands' fans turned us off even back then, making us question our allegiance to said band. The only difference here being that, instead of Affliction shirts, dudes were sporting Tribal gear. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever started liking a band less because of their fans? Let us know in the comments section below. Now let's get to this morning's metal news, shall we?

+ This is interesting. So, Rolling Stone spoke with Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, and he let it slip that, at the conclusion of Metallica's last tour before Cliff Burton's death, that the band was planning on firing drummer Lars Ulrich. "That's what Scott [Ian of Anthrax] told me. He said that when Metallica got home, that James [Hetfield], Cliff [Burton] and Kirk [Hammett] were going to fire Lars." Soon after, Anthrax's Twitter was updated, refuting Mustaine's claim as "not true." The post adds, "little does anyone know but Lars actually owns the [Metallica] name. Good luck ever kicking him out." On a related note, Mustaine will be going under the knife this morning, to repair "a very badly damaged neck and the few lower vertebrae." Mustaine is expected to make a speedy recovery.

+ Huh? So, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee's long-forgotten side project Methods of Mayhem has inked a deal with Roadrunner Records, which will issue the band's sophomore album in early 2010.

+ This album cover is awesome. Black Dahlia Murder revealed the cover art for their forthcoming album 'Deflorate' yesterday. And man, is it menacing. It's easily one of our favorite album covers of the year.

+ According to the Irish Times, five Turkish heavy metal fans were detained by police recently for throwing the devil horns at a passing cavalcade. The five men made the sign in the presence of a senior state official, which resulted in a trip downtown to the police station. While they weren't charged with any crime, the five were questioned all night and accused of "disrespect of a senior official."

+ Former Hellhammer and Celtic Frost frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has nabbed Darkthrone's Nocturno Culto to write an introduction to his upcoming 288-page hardcover book 'Only Death Is Real: An Illustrated History of Hellhammer and Early Celtic Frost 1981-1985.' The book is scheduled for release in November.

+ 3 Inches of Blood will be touring this fall in support of their forthcoming album, 'Here Waits Thy Doom.' They'll be hitting the road with In Flames, Between the Buried and Me and the Faceless starting September 7 in Seattle. The trek wraps October 6 in Charlotte, N.C.

+ Norma Jean is in Atlanta writing new material for their next disc. So far, they've got three or four songs completed. Plus, drummer Chris Raines is a new dad. He and his wife welcome twins Haley Kay and Davis Christopher, while guitarist Scottie Henry is engaged with plans to marry in March.

+ Kylesa, Tombs and Doomriders will be touring together starting September 17 in Wilmington, N.C. The tour runs through October 14 in Cleveland.

+ So, there's lots of talk that Faith No More may be touring North America soon. On the keyboardist Roddy Bottum's Twitter page, he posts, "So many Tweeters asking about U.S. dates ... We've talked about it but nothing's yet in the books ... Y'all will be the first to know ..." Well, we're hearing a tour is in the planning stages, with Tool as the openers. Let's hope that rumor's true.

+ Castle Grayskull have inked a deal with Standby Records. The band will issue its new record later this year.

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