Last week, Breaking Benjamin gave us a little tease of the new song “Failure.” Now, we have the whole thing.
Breaking Benjamin fans have surely been wondering what sort of effect would come with the band’s four-year hiatus. “Failure” offers a surefire answer, as Benjamin Burnley’s sound has remained stylistically true and undoubtedly solid. As fans continue to check out “Failure,” they’ll likely find exactly what they’ve been waiting for since Dear Agony dropped in 2009.
“Failure” will be featured on Dark Before Dawn, the band’s first disc with its new lineup. The album is expected to drop on June 23. Speaking of that new lineup, it features founding frontman Benjamin Burnley flanked by former Picture Me Broken drummer Shaun Foist, ex-Forever Ouevre bassist Aaron Bruch, previous RED guitarist Jasen Rauch and ex-Adelitas Way guitarist Keith Wallen.
Burnley and his former Breaking Benjamin bandmates had a rather tumultuous split that ended in the courts. In 2010, the band announced plans for an indefinite hiatus so that the singer could deal with some health issues. Not long after, the band’s label issued a greatest hits set and released a single that included a guest vocalist. However, the collection and single was issued without Burnley’s permission and he took the band to court over the rights to the name. In 2013, he won the court case and later that year he started performing acoustic shows. By 2014, he re-populated the band with its current lineup.
Breaking Benjamin recently announced a spring tour. Dates begin April 17 in Pharr, Texas and with a stop at Rock On The Range this May 15-17
The coroner’s report is in and the cause of death in Static-X frontman Wayne Static‘s passing has been revealed to be a mix of prescription drugs and alcohol.
Blabbermouth obtained the official coroner’s report. In it, the report states that on Nov. 1 at approximately 0700 hours (7AM), Static and his wife went to bed. His wife stated that just prior to going to bed, Static crushed one-half of a 30 mg oxycodone pill and consumed it. The oxycodone had been prescribed to Static’s wife. He also drank an unknown amount of alcohol. At 1530 hours (3:30PM), Static’s wife awoke, found him dead and called 911 at 1547 (3:47PM) hours. Paramedics arrived and confirmed the death at 1600 hours (4PM), noting rigor mortis and lividity. There was no evidence that foul play or a struggle had taken place.
The report continues, “Wayne’s wife said he took oxycodone, Xanax and alcohol to relieve panic attacks. He took Xanax on a daily basis and was compliant with the prescribed dosage. His wife stated he would occasionally have his own prescription for oxycodone, but he would usually take hers. The decedent also had a history of gynecomastia … His wife stated both she and he decedent had a history of cocaine and ecstasy abuse, but they stopped using illicit drugs in 2009. The decedent’s mother stated he was a self-admitted alcoholic. She believed his drinking had been a problem for about two years. Both his wife and mother stated he was not suicidal.”
The official cause of death is listed on the coroner’s report as “a mixed prescription drug (oxycodone, hydromorphone, alprazolam) with alcohol toxicity, hours, due to chronic prescription drug and alcohol abuse, years.” The “manner of death” is listed as “natural.”
Back in the fall, at the time of Static’s passing, his widow Tera Wray and a publicist dismissed rumors that his death was drug related. Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix also apologized after remarks made upon hearing of Static’s passing suggested the death was drug related as well.
At the time, Shaddix told us at Loudwire, “I’m incredibly sorry for his family. It’s devastating. It’s so unexpected to have your loved one pass away. It’s another good one down. I read a blog online that said it was an O.D., and I posted online, ‘Too many dudes dying because of drugs. It’s terrible.’ Apparently, it’s not drugs, so I put on my Facebook that I was incredibly sorry that I jumped the gun if that’s not the truth. My heart goes out to his family, regardless. My intention wasn’t to drag him through the mud or anything.”
Over the past month or so some details have been revealed about the 2015 edition of Record Store Day, which will take place on April 18. We know that Dave Grohl is the official ambassador for the annual event that celebrates independent record stores with special exclusive releases available in those stores. And now we know more about the specialty platters en route.
Some of the releases that have already been announced include Metallica‘s No Life ‘Til Leather demo on cassette, the new track “When the Stillness Comes” from Slayer on 7″ picture disc, the Stone Sour covers EP Meanwhile in Burbank and the 12″ picture disc “Atlanta” from Mastodon.
The entire list of releases has now been unveiled via the Record Store Day website. When it comes to rock and metal, you’ll be able to buy Foo Fighters‘ Songs From the Laundry Room 10″ with two demo versions, a cover of the ’80s classic “Kids in America” and a previously unreleased song.
There’s also the 45 RPM double LP of GWAR‘s third studio album America Must Be Destroyed with pop-up album art, a 7″ of In This Moment‘s “Sex Metal Barbie,” The Devil Wears Prada‘s “South of the City” on 7″ colored vinyl and many more.
Here’s a list of rock and metal releases for Record Store Day:
Amon Tobin, ‘Dark Jovian’ 2X12″
At the Gates, ‘Gardens of Grief’ 12″
Atreyu, ‘So Others May Live’ 7″
Billie Joe Armstrong, ‘Live Freaky! Die Freaky!’ 7″ picture disc
Blackberry Smoke, ‘Wood, Wire and Roses’ 10″
Blue Oyster Cult, ‘Bad Channels’ soundtrack, 2X12″
Candlemass, ‘Live’ 2X12″
Carcass, ‘Choice Cuts’ 2X12″
Clutch, ‘From Beale Street to Oblivion’ Special Edition 2X12″
The Devil Wears Prada, ‘South of the City’ 7″
DRI, ‘Live at CBGB’s 1984′ 12″
Dwarves, ‘Fun to Try’ 7″
Every Time I Die, ‘Salem’ 7″
Foo Fighters, ‘Songs From the Laundry Room’ 10″
Future User, ‘#steroidsorheroin’
Gwar, ‘America Must Be Destroyed’ 2X12″
Hawkwind, ‘Back on the Streets’ 7″
Hawkwind, ‘Hawkwind’ 12″
In This Moment, ‘Sex Metal Barbie’ 7″
Islander, ‘Violence & Destruction’ 12″
Jimi Hendrix, ‘Purple Haze/Freedom’ 7″
Joan Jett, ‘Flashback’ 2X12″
Jungle Rot, ‘Terror Regime’ 12″
Mastodon, ‘Atlanta’ 12″ picture disc
Metallica, ‘No Life Til Leather’ Cassette
Ministry, ‘Ministry Trax Box’ CD Box Set
Path of Resistance, ‘Who Dares Wins’ 12″
Pianos Become the Teeth, ‘Close’ 7″
Rise Against, ‘Eco-Terrorist in Me’ 7″
Slayer, ‘When the Stillness Comes’ 7″
Social Distortion, ‘Social Distortion’ LP
Stone Sour, ‘Meanwhile in Burbank’ 12″
Stooges, ‘Have Some Fun: Live at Ungano’s’ 12″
The Used, ‘Shallow Believer’ 12″
Venom, ‘From the Very Depths’ 2X12″
The White Stripes, ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ 2X12″
Foo Fighters wrapped up their tour dates in Australia this weekend and while they had a successful run down under, they encountered a few hiccups with their last show. First, according to AAP, the date was pushed one day so that Dave Grohl could fly back to California to escort his daughter to a father-daughter dance (great Dad alert!). Unfortunately, Grohl was rewarded for his good deed by getting food poisoning during his trip.
Here's Grohl telling the audience all about the ordeal and how he got food poisoning at the dance. He goes on to say he spent his whole trip back to Australia in the plane’s bathroom. Watch as the crowd still gets him to chug the beer he’s holding. You’ll hear him say to his fans, “Next time you have food poisoning, I’m coming to your house and make you chug a f–king beer.”
U.S. fans will get to see the group perform when they kick off their 2015 North American summer tour on July 4 in Washington, D.C. They’ll trek through North America until Oct. 7, when they bring their music to Memphis, Tenn.
Foo Fighters 2015 North American Tour
7/4/15 — Washington D.C. – RFK Stadium
7/6/15 — Camden, N.J. – Susquehanna Bank Center *
7/9/15 — Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre *
7/16/15 — New York, N.Y. – Citi Field *
7/18/15 — Boston, Mass. – Fenway Park **
7/19/15 — Boston, Mass. – Fenway Park *
8/12/15 — Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place *
8/13/15 — Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome *
8/17/15 — Denver, Colo. – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre *
8/19/15 — Maryland Heights, Mo. – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
8/21/15 — Kansas City, Mo. – Sprint Center *
8/22/15 — St. Paul, Minn. – Xcel Energy Center *
8/24/15 — Detroit, Mich. – DTE Energy Music Theatre *
8/25/15 — Pittsburgh, Pa. – First Niagara Pavilion *
8/27/15 — Indianapolis, Ind. – Klipsch Music Center
8/29/15 — Chicago, Ill. – Wrigley Field (SOLD OUT)
9/11/15 — Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
9/12/15 — George, Wash. – Gorge Amphitheatre
9/14/15 — Portland, Ore. – Moda Center
9/16/15 — Mountain View, Calif. – Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/18/15 — Anaheim, Calif. – Honda Center
9/21/15 — Los Angeles, Calif. – The Forum
9/25/15 — Phoenix, Ariz. – AK-Chin Pavilion
9/27/15 — Albuquerque, N.M. – Isleta Amphitheater
9/29/15 — Oklahoma City, Okla. – Chesapeake Energy Arena
9/30/15 — Wichita, Kan. – INTRUST Bank Arena
10/4/15 — Atlanta, Ga. – Centennial Olympic Park
10/5/15 — Nashville, Tenn. – Bridgestone Arena
10/7/15 — Memphis, Tenn. – FedExForum
* w/ special guest Royal Blood
** w/ special guest Mission of Burma
Rob Zombie recently wrapped his first day of shooting on his new horror film 31. The writer and director celebrated the beginning of the shoot by announcing that acclaimed actor Malcolm McDowell is portraying Father Murder, the owner of Murder World in the film. McDowell joins the cast that already features Tristan Voges, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and E.G. Dailey.
Zombie took to Facebook to make the announcement writing: “DAY ONE of filming 31 has been completed so I thought it was time to share another awesome addition to the cast. We now present MALCOLM McDOWELL as FATHER MURDER the owner of MURDER WORLD.” McDowell is best known for his sinister role in the classic Stanley Kurbrick film A Clockwork Orange and for playing “Dr. Samuel Loomis,” in Zombie’s 2007 remake of Halloween.
The rocker also recently announced that Judy Geeson is playing “Sister Dragon” and David Ury, best known for his roles in Breaking Bad and American Horror Story will portray “Schizo-Head.
Last week, Zombie released the names of two cast members for 31, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and E.G. Dailey. Hilton Jacobs is best known as Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, the smooth-talking teenager for the hit ’70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, while Dailey is noted for her roles in Valley Girl, Better Off Dead and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.
It was also recently revealed that actor Torsten Voges was cast as Death-Head in 31.
After Zombie finishes shooting the film, he will hit the road starting in June.
Rob Zombie June 2015 U.S. Tour Dates:
06/02 – New Orleans, La. @ Civic Theatre
06/04 – Simpsonville, S.C. @ Charter Amphitheatre
06/05 – Portsmouth, Va. @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion
06/06 – Sayreville, N.J. @ Starland Ballroom
06/08 – Warren, Ohio @ Packard Music Hall
06/09 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Hall
06/10 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Ballroom
06/12 – Sylvania, Ohio @ Centennial Terrace
06/14 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
06/16 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE
06/18 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
06/19 – Big Flats, N.Y. @ Tags Summerstage
06/28 – Grand Junction, Colo. @ Loudwire Music Festival