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KORN drummer Ray Luzier says that "there is no release date yet" for the band's next album. His latest comments come just days after he told Sabian in an interview that KORN's follow-up to 2016's "The Serenity Of Suffering" would arrive in March. In a new post on his personal Facebook page, Luzier revealed that he was back in the studio laying down tracks for KORN's new disc, and added: "BTW, disregard what I said in the Sabian interview, there's no release date yet kids!" At least some of the recording sessions for KORN's new album are taking place at producer Nick Raskulinecz's Rock Falcon Studio inside the Nashville complex owned by the music and entertainment company Black River Entertainment. KORN frontman Jonathan Davis recently that there were "really good ideas" and "cool grooves" in some of the early material that had been written for the band's next album. The singer also shot down as false Internet speculation that the band is using outside writers for material for its next studio album. "We're writing everything; we're still writing our own music," he said. KORN just celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of the group's classic third album, "Follow The Leader", by playing three U.S. concerts. The shows took place on September 12 at the Masonic in San Francisco, September 13 at the Palladium in Los Angeles, and September 15 at the Pearl Theater in Las Vegas. KORN plans to embark on a full tour of some kind in 2019, although no further details have been revealed.

Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan says that VENOM INC.'s split with Anthony "Abaddon" Bray has turned into "a bit of a mess." Earlier this year, VENOM INC. revealed that it was recruiting Jeramie Kling of the Tampa-based melodic death metal band THE ABSENCE to fill in for Bray on a European tour while Abaddon stayed home to spend time with his newborn daughter. VENOM INC. has since completed several tours with Kling without making any announcements about Bray's possible return to the group. Asked by Tinnitus Metal Radio whether Abaddon's current absence from VENOM INC. was still related to the drummer's desire to be with his family, Dolan said (hear audio below): "It's kind of become something else now. We toured the U.S., and then he was gonna get married, and then we were setting up to play Asia, and then another European tour. And then he decided he wanted to take… he was gonna have a baby, so he wanted to take March off. But at that point, we had the dates, so we could cancel them and delay them, but if we delayed them, we were due to go to America. So it was kind of, 'I'm not sure what we should be doing.' And so the management said we could use Jeramie, because he was our sound guy in America and he also plays drums, [so we thought], 'Well, then that's okay.' What we [were planning] to do is come back from Australia and New Zealand, Abaddon goes and does the baby thing, Jeramie sits in, we continue that tour, and then Abaddon comes back. But the whole thing went sideways. Abaddon went from saying, 'That's great' — with management; he didn't speak directly to me — said that was a great idea, to then we went and did it, and then he didn't like the idea. I don't know… I guess it's a personal thing. So now it's a bit of a mess. He's spending all his time being very negative about everything, and it's pulled us too far apart — too far apart — which is a shame." VENOM INC.'s debut album, "Avé", was released in August 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Joining Bray in the recording lineup for the disc and all of the band's initial tours was fellow original VENOM member Jeff "Mantas" Dunn on guitar and Dolan on bass and vocals. Dunn, Bray and Dolan released three albums as VENOM between 1989 and 1992 — "Prime Evil" (1989), "Temples Of Ice" (1991) and "The Waste Lands" (1992). VENOM INC. is not to be confused with the Conrad "Cronos" Lant-fronted version of VENOM, which is continuing to tour and make albums under the VENOM moniker. Joining Cronos in that group are Rage (a.k.a. Stuart Dixon) on guitar and Danté (a.k.a. Danny Needham) on drums. Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjGCV52Tx8U&w=638&h=359]

HEART singer Ann Wilson will perform her version of Lesley Gore's fearless 1963 hit "You Don't Own Me" tomorrow (Wednesday, September 19) on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The song is from her new album, "Immortal", that was just released last week (September 14) and has been a highlight of her live shows. The album features 10 musically diverse tracks that pay tribute to some of Ann's influences and friends who've recently passed and whose music poignantly lives on. Ann recently discussed her reasoning for including the 1960s track on the album, telling Yahoo!: "'You Don't Own Me' first came out at a time when Lesley Gore was only a teenager… It was a really bold move for a teenage girl to stand up and face her boyfriend and say, 'Hey, I don't belong to you… That was a huge move back then, and it just grew and grew into what they now call a feminist anthem. But when I do it, I think it’s more about respect. It could be about anybody. It's for anybody now. The song has really become a lot more universal than just a feminist anthem. It is one, but it goes a lot farther than that. And that's why I chose it, because in this era of people standing up for their choice of who they are, they can marry who they want. They can say, 'Me too.' They just should have respect, and they can proclaim it." For "Immortal", which marks her debut for BMG, Ann has teamed with original HEART producer Mike Flicker. "Mike was the first producer to believe in me," Ann says. "He was my first teacher in the studio and knows how to provide that special support needed to bring out my soul in the recording process. It is exciting to work with him for the first time since 1980. I have traveled many, many miles since then but the old feeling is still there and fresh on 'Immortal'. He has fearlessly helped me bring my ideas to life once again and it's been a great collaboration." Ann has just completed a tour with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers where she sang mostly covers, including a few from "Immortal". Photo credit: Kimberly Adamis [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpaYDG-gCBg&w=638&h=359]

OZZY OSBOURNE, SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, ALICE IN CHAINS and GHOST are among the confirmed bands for the 2019 installment of Australia's Download festival, set tot take place in Sydney and Melbourne next March. Download 2019 will be a two-date, five-stage affair, hitting Sydney's Parramatta Park on Saturday, March 9 and Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse on Monday, March 11. Download 2019 lineup is shaping up as follows: OZZY OSBOURNE SLAYER JUDAS PRIEST ALICE IN CHAINS GHOST RISE AGAINST THE AMITY AFFLICTION ANTHRAX HALESTORM BEHEMOTH ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES I PREVAIL CONVERGE FRENZAL RHOMB LUCA BRASI CODE ORANGE ANDY BLACK THE FEVER 333 WAR ON WOMEN HIGH TENSION OUTRIGHT RUINS ALIEN WEAPONRY Download debuted in Melbourne earlier this year in front of 30,000 fans, and organizers have previously suggested there are plans to eventually expand it into a "nationally touring event." Osbourne told News.com.au he will continue to play gigs but not embark on the marathon runs through U.S., Europe and Australia. "Let me put this straight. It's not the end of me coming to Australia — I call myself an Aussie 'cause I'm Ozzy. You are my people," he said. "I am just not going to leave my house in January and come back in December." As he approaches 70 later this year, Osbourne said he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren after five decades on the road. "I love my work, it's amazing, but my grandkids don't recognize me, Jack's three little girls," he said. "They are wonderful, except when they come over to the house, wreck it and leave." Speaking to Fairfax Media from New York this week, Osbourne said he's "having more fun on this tour" than he has "in years." He added: "It's going better than I ever expected... great shows, the band are playing great. Zakk [Wylde] is playing so good, his guitar playing is mind-boggling. He's so fast it's scary." "I get asked sometimes why people still come and see us, but I don't know; I don't even want to know," he continued. "I'm just a lucky guy and the thing about music is it's got no age limit. If you're good, you're good and if you're having fun, have fun."

Greg Tribbett says that fans who are calling for a MUDVAYNE reunion "just need a little more patience." It's been just under a decade since MUDVAYNE released its self-titled fifth album and little has been heard about the group during that time. The guitarist, who co-founded MUDVAYNE in 1996, told "Jon's Untitled Podcast" that he and his bandmates appreciate the fact that there are thousands of fans out there who are still interested in the group's music. "We don't take it for granted," he said (hear audio below). "We're all flattered that everybody still wants MUDVAYNE to tour and do a new record and come out and do all that stuff. The thing is is that everybody is in three different bands and kind of doing their own projects, and there's no time for that right now." Tribbett continued: "People just need a little more patience, I know 10 years is a long time, but… They say the same thing about SYSTEM OF A DOWN — they haven't put a record out in 12 years and the fans are begging for them. "I think it's the individuals in the band; it's just priorities, you know?" he said. Tribbett's current focus is AUDIOTOPSY, which will release its second full-length album, "The Real Now", on November 2 via Megaforce Records. He is joined in that band by MUDVAYNE drummer Matt McDonough, SKRAPE vocalist Billy Keeton and bassist Perry Stern. Asked if he thinks AUDIOTOPSY is being unfairly compared to MUDVAYNE, Greg replied: "Absolutely. Chad [Gray, MUDVAYNE vocalist] is not the singer of this fucking band, and I wish people would figure that out. That's what I hear [from] all the haters: blah blah blah, 'Oh, it's not Chad, [so] it fucking sucks. I don't give a fuck about it.' I'm, like, dude, this is a whole different band, a whole different vibe, a whole different sound. It's not meant to be MUDVAYNE or sound like MUDVAYNE, just because there's two other members from MUDVAYNE in it. Like I said, people have no patience for anything. I know everyone's begging for a MUDVAYNE reunion, and have been for almost 10 years now. And that's all I've been hearing." MUDVAYNE did not tour behind its fifth album, which was barely promoted and sold weakly upon release. Gray, who has been a member of HELLYEAH for more than a decade, has expressed skepticism about the possibility of a MUDVAYNE reunion, noting in a 2015 interview that "the only way I personally would want to do MUDVAYNE is if everybody licked their wounds and got over it." Tribbett was also part of HELLYEAH with Gray but was fired from that band in 2013. Asked in Revolver magazine if Greg's exit from HELLYEAH hit him especially hard, seeing as the two of them started off playing together in MUDVAYNE, Chad said: "Yeah, man. He has always been my right-hand man. He's been the back I look at when I'm writing songs and the sounding board for my ideas. When everything went sideways, it was like losing a great friend. I was filled with fear and I had mixed emotions. At first, I was like, Goddamn, I don't know if I'm ever gonna be able to do this without him." [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/500808927" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true" width="100%" height="300" iframe="true" /]