News Round-Up: Guns N’ Roses Classic Lineup Reunion Rumors Heat Up, Behemoth Working on New Material, For Today Bust Up a Drug Ring and More
Good morning! Here’s your metal news round-up for December 28th, 2015, brought to you by the letters MS and the number 666:
- The official website for Guns N’ Roses now displays the band’s Appetite-era logo, adding even more gravitas to the speculation that’s been swirling since August that the classic lineup will be reuniting for shows in 2016. Rumor has it the band will be playing Coachella in April with an announcement expected in early January, and word on the street is that guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler (or even Matt Sorum, for that matter) will NOT be involved; only Axl, Slash and Duff from the lineup that recorded Appetite.
- Steel Panther will be releasing an acoustic album and DVD in February. Vocalist Michael Starr says the album will include a few new songs that won’t end up being recorded for a proper, electric album. For a hint at what the album might sound like, check this 2014 exclusive studio performance for MetalSucks:
- Despite having stated this past April that he’d wait “one or two years” before working on any new music for Behemoth, it seems as if Nergal has already jumped the gun. In a recent interview with Sweden’s RockSverige.se, Nergal was asked about the rumors that the band is working on music for a theater play. He responded: “I really don’t wanna talk that much about it until we have some truths. There’s some stuff happening, but I can’t go into any details. It’s something that’s gonna be pretty big. It’s a big deal with some big names and there’s a pretty dark story behind it, which is worldwide known, because it’s a classic. We’ve been asked to make some music for it and we’re trying. We have even recorded something, but it’s too early to officially give any details to the public.” So that could be pretty cool, right? Nergal is also working on a solo album, recently opened a bar and two barbershops in Poland, and Behemoth released their own beer with another coming to market soon.
- Darkest Hour released a digital 7″ with covers of two songs that perfectly encapsulate both sides of their musical influence: Judas Priest’s “Painkiller” and Minor Threat’s “I Don’t Wanna Hear It.” Download both at Darkest Hour’s official website for the price of your email address.
- For Today inadvertently busted up a drug ring when a clue about the whereabouts of their stolen gear led police to something much larger. Too bad they haven’t yet found a way to bust up homophobia.
- Through the Eyes of the Dead released a pre-production demo of a new song, promising a full record will come in 2016. It’s nice to finally hear a complete track after the band spent the past couple of years releasing snippets and demos in various stages of completion.
- Devil You Know posted a new lyric video for the track “Your Last Breath.” Watch it below.