Killswitch Engage Part Ways With Singer – Kinda bummed about the news that Howard Jones is no longer with Killswitch Engage (follow the link for the full story on KNAC).   HoJo’s from Columbus, so it was always cool knowing he was out there on the road, kicking ass and making a name for himself.  Another fine example of the veritable hotbed of Metal that is the Midwest, despite what many believe. Howard, this ones for you. . .

A Bad Day For Lead Singers

Several articles on have caught my attention, and I’m noticing a theme here – all centered around the vocalists of bands. Troublemakers that they are.

First up, Slash is releasing a different single from his new self-titled album, opting to go with Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale singing “By The Sword” over Ozzy singing a little ditty called ‘Crucify The Dead’. Seems there was concern that Ozzy singing for Slash might confuse listeners about Ozzy’s own new upcoming release. Cause we’re all stupid, don’t ya’ know?

Then there’s news that had my twins all astir – Phil LaBonte of All That Remains is filling in temporarily with Killswitch Engage. So yeah, they’re effectively PHILswitch right now. Would love to see that actually, BUT OF COURSE – this won’t be happening anywhere near Columbus, Ohio. Anyhow, here’s hoping that Hojo can resume his rightful place with Killswitch soon.

And most cryptically, Dragonforce released a statement saying they’d parted ways with vocalist ZP Theart (a name that will remove all saliva from your mouth when you say it). Quicker than you can say “fire that intern” the statement was pulled down from the site, but you can still enjoy it word for word HERE (Drat that Google!). Sounds like someone FORGOT to tell ZP first. . . don’t ya’ hate it when that happens? Truthfully, I’d hate to see him go so here’s hoping that egos can be sedated & the boys can get back to playing faster-than-fuck metal.

New Slayer Album Coming July 7th But What a Tour! – So it has been confirmed that Slayer’s yet untitled new opus will be released here in the States on July 7th. Click the link for all the details as they are known up to this point.

More interestingly to me though is their new tour, which even more amazingly features a second go-round with Marilyn Manson. Several things about that; first, I dig both bands but let’s be honest here, there’s a tremendous difference in sound, presentation and to be blunt, attitude of their respective fans. How these two seemingly unrelated parties can co-exist through another tour together speaks volumes about behind the scenes rapport i.e. they must actually LIKE each other a little. How the slathering throng that comprises a typical Slayer show can be expected to politely tolerate the more Goth oriented (and quite often transgender leaning) bent of a Manson gig – well, it’s a testimony that metalheads can be more tolerant than the media would have you believe. Or perhaps it’s a statement to the power of beer, not sure.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m truly excited to see the two bands tour together again as it keeps me from going to two separate shows. I’m just impressed that the different styles & egos will allow it to happen.

And speaking of the tour, Slayer and Manson ain’t goin’ it alone, no siree. The lineup is quite impressive this time – Cannibal Corpse (!!), Killswitch Engage, Bullet for my Valentine, Behemoth (!!!), Trivium, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder, Job for a Cowboy, God Forbid, Whitechapel. HOLY COW!! Or perhaps I should say UNHOLY COW!?!
So let’s see – do we have thrash metal? Check. Death Metal? Check. Black Metal? Check. Screamcore? Check? Cross-over? Check Check? Other styles too difficult to catalog? Check again. Ok, now CHECK your shorts because THAT is gonna be one hell of a show. No pun. And thanks to Metal Injection for the lineup info.