Radio 66.6 – Weekly Music News from the Crypt: March 5th, 2012

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radio666 - Radio 66.6 - Weekly Music News from the Crypt: March 5th, 2012We’re back with the latest installment of Radio 66.6! This week features news, music, videos, tour dates and more from the likes of Motorhead, Cannibal Corpse, Escape the Fate, Gwar, Every Time I Die, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Napalm Death and more. Don’t touch that dial!

Legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose died this past Saturday, March 3rd, at age 64 of prostate cancer. Our condolences to Ronnie’s friends and family.

King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill recently suffered a heart attack. He underwent emergency surgery and remains on a ventilator, but he is slowly recovering. We hope he is back to 100% soon.

Gwar are working on new material. There is no release date scheduled, but be prepared!

Close Your Eyes vocalist vocalist Shane Raymond has left the band due to the rigorous touring life. The hardcore/punk band’s statement can be read here.

Decoder have changed their name to Lead Hands. The change comes in light of a lawsuit, along with recent line-up changes. Read the band’s statement here.

The Haunted frontman Peter Dolving has left the band. Neither Dolving nor the band has disclosed the specifics behind the decision. Dolving founded the band in 1996 and left in 1998. He re-joined in 2003 and has been with them since. The Swedish metal band is currently taking applications for a new singer.

The Faceless guitarist Steve Jones has left the band and has been replaced by Wes Hauch. Guitarist Michael Keene revealed the news on Twitter. This is the third line-up change that the technical death metal act has undergone in less than a year.

Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott has left the band. Nick Cordle (Arsis) has joined as his replacement. Read a statement from the band on the issue here.

Escape the Fate bassist Max Green is no longer in the band due to “personal” reasons. His replacement is former Motionless In White guitarist TJ Bell.

With production ending on Rob Zombie‘s latest film, The Lords of Salem, his eponymous band is gearing up to record a new album.

Dee Snider will release a memoir entitled Shut Up and Give Me the Mic: A Twisted Memoir on May 8 via Gallery Books. You can pre-order an autographed copy here. Snider is the frontman of Twisted Sister and is currently a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. I want to see him do a sequel to Strangeland!

Architects will release a new album entitled Daybreaker on June 5 via Century Media Records. The cover art can seen here.

Hot Water Music will release Exister on May 15 via Rise Records. This marks the punk rock band’s first full-length album since reuniting. “For us, calling the album Exister, I think it’s a bit of a ‘we’re still here, and we’re not going away anytime soon’ type of statement,” says bassist Jason Black.

Fear Factory will release a concept album entitled The Industrialist on June 5 via Candlelight Records. Vocalist Burton C. Bell says, “The album is a futuristic tale of an automaton, striving to survive by fighting for its existence within a desperate world. The lyrics tell the story while the music takes our industrial roots and blends them more perfectly than ever with our metal edge.”

Stream Every Time I Die‘s new album, Ex Lives, here. The album comes out this week via Epitaph Records. I recommend checking it out.

Stream Tribunal Records’ 100th release, Cover To Cover, here. The 21-track compilation features label acts past and present (He Is Legend, Killwhitneydead, Age of Ruin and more) covering some of their favorite artists (such as Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rob Zombie, Korn and Megadeth). It is also available for digital purchase at the link above.

Listen to a new God Forbid song entitled “Don’t Tell Me What To Dream” here. The metalcore band’s new album, Equilibrium, will be released on March 26 via Victory Records.

Listen to a new OSI song entitled “Cold Call” here. The duo – Jim Matheos of Fates Warning and Kevin Moore formerly of Dream Theater – will release their fourth album, Fire Make Thunder, on March 27 via Metal Blade Records.

Listen to a new High On Fire song entitled “Fertile Green” here. The stoner metal trio will release their new album, De Vermis Mysteriis, on April 3 via eOne Music.

Listen to a new Wretched song entitled “Repeat… The End Is Here” – while learning how to play it on guitar – here. The melodic death metal band’s new album, Son of Perdition, comes out on March 26 via Victory Records.

Listen to a new Melvins song entitled “We Are Doomed” here. It lives up to the title. The track comes from the band’s upcoming EP, The Bulls & The Bees, which will be released for free on March 13.

Listen to a new Cannibal Corpse song entitled “Encased In Concrete” here. The death metal legends’ twelfth album, Torture, comes out on March 13 via Metal Blade Records.

Listen to a new Graf Orlcok song entitled “Couple Seeking Comfort/No Point” here. The cinema-grind band’s Heat-inspired EP, Los Angeles, will be released on April 10 via Vitrol Records.

Watch Napalm Death‘s music video for “Analysis Paralysis” here. It was shot and edited by the band’s own guitarist Mitch Harris. The grindcore legends released their 14th album, Utilitarian, last week via Century Media Records.

Watch Before Their Eyes music video for “Lies” here. It was shot at a live show in the band’s hometown of Findlay, OH. Their new album, Redemption, will be released on March 27 via In Vogue Records.

Watch The Devastated‘s music video for “Devil’s Messenger” here. The song is the title track form the band’s new album, which is out now on Century Media Records.

Watch The Human Abstract‘s music video for “Complex Terms” here. The band announced a hiatus last month, but evidently the live video was already in production.

Watch Brutal Truth‘s music video for “Malice/Fuck Cancer” here. It’s described as “druggy, frenzied, political and disturbing.” The tracks come from grindcore band’s latest effort, End Time.

Watch a lyric video for Glass Cloud‘s “White Flag” here. The post-hardcore band features Jerry Roush (ex-Sky Eats Airplane, ex-Of Mice & Men) and Josh Travis (ex-The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza). They will release a 2-song digital single on March 20 via Equal Vision Records.

Watch Metal For Cancer Dragon Slayer All Star Project‘s music video for “Lets Unite In Rock” here. The track was written and produced by Henrik Flyman (Evil Masquerade) and features Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Mats Leven (Yngwie Malmsteen), Snowy Shaw (Mercyful Fate), Glen Drover (Megadeth) and more. It aims to raise money for Metal For Cancer.

Watch a surprisingly great R&B-style cover of Lamb of God‘s “Omerta” by a girl named Emma Corbett-Usher here. Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton called it “amazing.”

Motorhead have been added to the 2012 Mayhem Festival line-up, joining the previously announced Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax and more. Full details on the summer tour can be found here.

Hed P.E. and Mushroomhead will once again team up for the third incarnation of the Hed 2 Head tour. American Head Charge, Corvus and Tenafly Viper will support. Dates can be found here.

Bands scheduled to perform at the fourth annual ShipRocked – billed as The Ultimate Rock Music Cruise Vacation – include Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Lit, Geoff Tate, Gilby Clarke and In This Moment. The cruise ship will depart from Fort Lauderdale, FL on November 27 and sail to Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas before returning on December 1. Details can be found here.

Corrosion of Conformity, Torche, Black Cobra and Gaza will be touring together in June. Dates can be found here.

In Fear and Faith and For All Those Sleeping will co-headline a tour with support from Dream On Dreamer, Casino Madrid and Adestria. Dates can be found here.

This week’s additions to the Warped Tour include Ten Second Epic, Justina, The Jukebox Romantics, Cold Forty Three, The Darlings and We Are The Ocean. Full details on the annual summer trek can be found here.

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