February 6, 2012


Genre Report: Slayer Talks New Album & More

Kevin Winter
Kevin Winter

METAL: Thrash Gods Talk 12th Album
80's legends Slayer are back in the studio and working on their 12th album, according to bassist Tom Araya. Although the band is keeping details on the sound and possible theme of the album under tight wraps, he did mention that the recording process is getting back on track after guitarist Jeff Hanneman emerged victorious from his battle with a flesh-eating skin disease called necrotizing fasciitis. [The Quietus]

COUNTRY: Grammy Winner Arrested for Public Intoxication
Six-time Grammy winner and country icon Randy Travis was arrested early this morning outside of First Baptist Church in Sanger, Texas. He was carrying an open bottle of wine and, according to police, smelled like alcohol. It's unclear if Travis was celebrating/mourning the result of the Super Bowl or was engaged in unrelated partying. [People]

HIP HOP: Rapper/Actor to be Arrested in Tour Bus Dispute
Bow Wow, perhaps the youngest veteran rapper/actor out there at age 24, has been ordered by a judge in Georgia to be arrested in a dispute with a tour bus company. In 2009, a Tennessee court ordered Bow Wow to pay the tour bus company $100,000, with the company alleging that he didn't pay his bill. Bow Wow was asked by the court to produce some documents related to his use of the bus company's services, which he didn't, so now he'll be arrested and held in contempt of court until he produces the documents. [XXL/TMZ]

INDIE: Interpol Lead to Release Second Solo Album
Paul Banks, the enigmatic frontman of goth-rock outfit Interpol, has confirmed the release of his second solo album, due later this year. Banks records under the moniker Julian Plenti and will release a follow-up to his 2009 effort Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper. He has not, however, announced plans to release any music under his official DJing moniker, DJ Fancypants. [Paste]