White Noise: News on Nine Inch Nails, Soilent Green, Porcupine Tree, Glassjaw and More
The sun is shining brightly, and we couldn't be more thrilled. For us New Yorkers, the last two weeks have been super soggy, and its nice to have a break from the rain, if only for a day or two. Also, it means we won't have to lug our umbrellas to the Porcupine Tree listening party tonight (more on that in the coming days). We can't wait to hear 'The Incident,' but before we can do that, we've got some fresh news to bring you this morning and throughout the day. We'd also like you to check back in with us tomorrow (and the day after that, and the day after that), because we've got some serious scoops on the way. So, away we go with the White Noise.
+ What's gotten into Trent Reznor? Dude announced recently that he's done with Twitter (were he's attacked the likes of Chris Cornell and others), because of all the lame-a--es on the site, and now, he's claiming Nine Inch Nails will never perform a gig in the U.S. again. Reznor announced during the band's set Sunday (June 14) at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., that the set would be their last on American soil. "It just dawned on me that this is our last show ever in the United States," he stated. "Don't be sad. I'll keep going. But I think I'm going to lose my ... mind if I keep doing this, and I have to stop." Tell us how you really feel, Trent.
+ Soilent Green have recorded the opening theme song to "Squidbillies," the animated series that runs on Adult Swim. Frontman Ben Falgoust said it was "an awesome and strange experience to track these theme songs for the 'Squidbillies,'" and "it was pretty shocking when were contacted by them to be involved with this project." Back in February of 2008, Falgoust told MTV News of his love of the program.
+ Heavy metal and hot sauce. The two are nearly synonymous. And now, resurrected New Jersey thrashers Whiplash have teamed with the From Mild to Wild Hot Sauce Shop to produce and release a first time ever thrash metal hot sauce line. Among the new offerings is the Power and Pain sauce, the Last Nail In The Coffin sauce, and Swallow the Slaughter sauce.
+ Here's a follow-up from yesterday: The head honcho behind the forthcoming "Brütal Legend" video game, Tim Schafer, has spoken out about his decision to cut Heaven and Hell's Ronnie James Dio from the game's voice cast. He has been replaced with Tim Curry, a film star best known for his role in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Well, according to Schafer, "Dio is an amazing singer and truly one of the great figures of metal, but as the character of Doviculus evolved, we realized that Tim Curry was a better fit for the part."
+ Thy Will Be Done have been added to the lineup for this summer's Thrash and Burn Tour. The trek's anchored by DevilDriver, and also features Despised Icon, Veil of Maya, Oceano, Periphery, and more, and launches July 24 in San Diego, Calif.
+ Gorefest have broken up yet again. "After two albums, both of which we're hugely proud of, and about a hundred shows, all of them memorable in their own way, the question that remained for us was: what's next?," the band said in a statement. "The answer can be short: nothing." Why'd they throw in the towel? "Every ride comes to an end. This is ours."
+ According to recent postings on Twitter, Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo claims the band's got a new EP on the way. "[Guitarist Justin] Beck and I are sitting in his car listening to the new Glassjaw EP that we've just completed. S--- SLAMS."
+ Calling all prog rock and Opeth fans: Porcupine Tree will be touring North America later this year, and they've rolled out the first leg of tour dates. The tour opens in Seattle, Wash. on September 15, and gigs are booked through September 30 in Toronto.