News in brief: Slayer announce Hanneman stand-in, Foos album details plus Soundgarden, Judas Priest, One Minute Silence and God Dethroned

Gary Holt of Exodus

Stand-in: Gary Holt of Exodus

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt will stand in for Jeff Hanneman on Slayer‘s upcoming tour dates. Hanneman is recovering from necrotising fasciitis and needs skin grafts and recuperation time. Holt joins the thrash giants for their Australian tour which kicks off next week.

The Foo Fighters have revealed the title and tracklisting of their highly-anticipated comeback album. It’s called Wasting Light and will be released in April. Contents: Bridge Burning; Rope; Dear Rosemary; White Limo; Ariandria; These Days; Back & Forth; A Matter of Time; Miss the Misery; I Should Have Known; Walk. The first single will be Rope, out in a fortnight.

Soundgarden have finally confirmed they’ll be recording new music. The band say: “Over the past few months we’ve been jamming, writing and hanging out together. It feels great. We have some cool new songs that we’re going to record very soon.”

Judas Priest are considering performing a track from each of their albums during their farewell world tour. They’re asking fans to suggest their favourite songs.

One Minute Silence singer Yap Barry says it’s the perfect time for the band to come back. “Initially I wasn’t sure if the punch we had would still be there,” he reports, “But when we got in the rehearsal room there was no denying it. It’s stronger than it ever was: everything we were talking about politically and economically ten years ago has come true today. It’s appalling that honest working people are now footing the bill for decades of laissez-fair economics, corrupt banking and elite corporatocracy. We’re angrier than we ever were and more experienced with it.”

God Dethroned are splitting up. Frontman Henri Sattler reports: “We could have spent another year in a tour bus because the amount of offers was endless – but I just don’t feel like touring any more. People have told me to take a break for a year or two, but I’m an ‘all or nothing’ person. In December we will play our last show at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in Holland. I’m very proud of what we achieved but the time has come for new challenges.”

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