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The Week in Metal: Metallica, Deftones, High on Fire & More

All the latest tunes, music videos, and news from the metal scene

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Deftones (May 10)

Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell will make an appearance on the forthcoming Deftones album. You'll be able to hear Cantrell's guitar solo when the Deftones album hits stores in the fall.

Deftones singer Chino Moreno told 92.3 KOMP FM: 

"In Deftones songs, there's not really any guitar solos per se, but there was a section in there where [there was room for] not necessarily a typical solo, but it had an area where it could use something like what he does, especially… just his style and the way he plays guitar. It's like you're hearing a Deftones song, but all of a sudden, a little bit of Alice in Chains seeps its way in there, and it's kind of neat. I mean, me, as a fan, I was just sitting back and a little tear came out of my eye."

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Metallica (May 10)

Metallica have been announced as the headlining performers at the 2015 X Games, set to take place June 4-7 in Austin, Texas. The Bay Area thrash kings will melt faces on June 6. "It only makes sense that people who grew up on Metallica are wanting to continue to skate and do the cool things that they do," Metallica's James Hetfield tells Hawk in a new video interview about the X Games performance. Nicki MinajTalib KweliKid Ink and Pennywise are among the other musical acts slated to perform at the event.

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Death Angel (May 11)

Death Angel announced they will release their long-awaited A Thrashumentary DVD on July 24 via Nuclear Blast. The documentary was helmed by Tommy Jones, a director who has also worked with metal acts like Kataklysm, Soilwork and Carcass. The DVD package will also include a live album, The Bay Calls for Blood. With many guest appearances by some of our peers and contemporaries who happen to be some of the most respected players in the genre, it covers the highs, lows and highs again of the band and the thrash metal movement," comments vocalist Death Angel frontman Mark Osegueda. 

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High on Fire (May 12)

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NorCal power trio High on Fire have unleashed a beast of a track called "The Black Plot." The song is lifted from Luminiferous, the group's forthcoming seventh studio album. "It's about aliens abducting people and manipulating our past, present and future. It's about the top of the pyramid, so to speak," High on Fire's Matt Pike told Rolling Stone about "The Black Plot." Luminiferous will invade record stores on June 16.

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Veil of Maya (May 12)

Tech-metal wizards Veil of Maya are streaming their entire new album, Matriarch, on YouTube. Matriarch is the first album featuring the talents of new vocalist, Lukas Magyar. The record finds Magyar adding clean vocals to the mix, something some of Veil of Maya fans might be thrown of by. Guitarist Marc Okubo told Billboard

“We had been wanting to incorporate singing into our music for a while. We were even planning on having guest vocalists to help us before Lukas entered the picture. We got very lucky finding a dude that could both sing and scream. Lukas went beyond our expectations, so we decided to take it as far as we could."

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Metal Allegiance (May 13)

Featuring David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Metal Allegiance is an all-star metal band consisting of a rotating cast of musicians. The combo is headed by musician Mark Menghi and they performed their first live set at last year's Motörboat cruise. The supergroup has announced that they've signed with Nuclear Blast Entertainment who will release Metal Allegiance's debut album this fall.

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Every Time I Die (May 14)

Every Time I Die singer Keith Buckley has scored a writing gig at Comedy Central. The frontman in a statement:

"I will be writing a Comedy Central digital sketch with Rob Fee and writer/director Brandon Dermer. Brandon is currently fulfilling a residency at Comedy Central as their head writer/director for digital one offs. Me and Brandon are also working on several other projects together. this is my official statement. I fucking hate talking about myself." 

Based on the twisted lyrics he pens for Every Time I Die, we can't wait to see what Buckley comes up with for the folks at Comedy Central!

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More news:

Devil You Know (ex-members of Killswitch Engage, All Shall Perish) just completed pre-production for their sophomore album with producer Josh Wilbur (All That Remains, Crowbar). (Lambgoat)

Will Haven has premiered a track called "Soul Leach" from their forthcoming Open the Mind to Discomfort EP. (The PRP)

Let There Be GWAR is an upcoming book on the history of the outer space miscreants. (SMN News)

Agoraphobic Nosebleed's new video for "Withering of Skin" is the stuff nightmares are made of. (Metal Injection)

Armored Saint offered up a stream of "An Exercise in Debauchery," a track from their forthcoming Win Hands Down album. (Metal Underground)

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