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Beware all ye who despise the art of the pinch harmonics.

If you are at all familiar with Zakk Wylde’s work as the frontman for Black Label Society, you know exactly what I’m talking about – those shrieking, bent guitar notes that are slipped into every conceivable nook and cranny of the song.  That’s just how Zakk rolls; it’s his signature style.  Personally, I don’t have a problem with it at all, but those who simply can’t stand it should be warned up front that on BLS’ eighth studio album, nothing has changed in that regard.

In fact, Order Of The Black lacks almost any semblance of exploration from a band that is so deeply entrenched in its own sound.  But, honestly, does BLS seem all that much like a band that wants to push the boundaries of its sound?  They do a few things really well, and that’s no different here.

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2010 has already seen a good deal of solid albums be released, and it doesn’t look like the output will be slowing down anytime soon.  Here’s a roundup of some the most promising albums set to hit shelves later this year (or early next year):

* Kings of Leon are in the studio working on their fifth album.  Their last album shot them into the stratosphere as far as fame and popularity are concerned, so it will be interesting to see how they follow that up.  Initial word is that the guys are “exploring their progressive side” on the new disc.

* M.I.A.’s new album has received a title but had its release date pushed back.  It will be called / / / Y / (aka “Maya”) and will be released on July 13 rather than the original June 29 date.

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Here’s a sampling of some interesting stuff going on in the world of metal:

* Anyone who watched the second season of VH1′s Celebrity Rehab is quite familiar with former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler’s drug problems.  That man has done a lottttt of drugs.  So in true rockstar fashion, it makes sense that Adler would release a book detailing his experiences with those drugs.  Titled My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses, Adler’s tell-all is scheduled to be released on June 22.

* Drummer Will Hunt has been chosen to replace Craig Nunenmacher in Black Label Society.  Hunt has most recently worked with Evanescence and Dark New Day.  He likely will continue to pull double duty with Evanescence and BLS.

* Slash recently collaborated with Fergie on a cover of GNR’s “Paradise City” to be included as a bonus track on Slash’s upcoming solo album.  I guess he got a lot of flack for it, so he took to Twitter to defend Fergie’s performance (which can be heard HERE).  He said: “Until now, not too many people have heard Fergie sing rock &  roll but she sings it better (than) most dudes I know. She’s a screamer at heart.”  He then said in an interview that Fergie has talked about wanting to make a rock record outside of the Black Eyed Peas and that he would like to work with her on it.  I actually think Fergie could pull that off, but maybe I’m in the minority in that belief.  There’s no question that she has a really strong voice tailored to dirtier rock and roll as opposed to having her voice drowned in computer effects like on “Boom Boom Pow.”  I’d be at least interested to hear more rock songs from her.

* 10 Years will be entering the studio soon to start work on their third album, Feeding the Wolves.

* Nonpoint have debuted their new song “Miracle.”  Listen to it HERE.

* Ray Davies of The Kinks will be releasing a collection of new versions of old songs.  He said that he would like to talk with Metallica about collaborating on a song.  If you remember, Davies joined Metallica onstage at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame where they performed “You Really Got Me” and “All Day And All Of The Night.”


Here’s a sampling of some interesting stuff going on in the world of metal:

- Disturbed have entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album.  They plan to release it this summer.

- Godsmack have changed the title to their upcoming album from Saints & Sinners to The Oracle, claiming the former title has “already been done before.”  While no official release date has been set yet, the disc is expected to hit stores in March or April.  Song titles include “Whiskey Hangover”, “Crying Like A Bitch”, “War & Peace”, and “Devil’s Swing.”  Singer Sully Erna said in an interview that with this album ending the band’s two year hiatus, they plan to “get back into it for the next 10 years again and really grind hard.”

- Black Label Society have parted ways with drummer Craig Nunemacher.

- Spin.com has an exclusive stream of the title track off High on Fire’s upcoming album Snakes for the Divine.  It’s pretty damn awesome.

- In other High on Fire news, they just released the dates for their spring headlining tour with Priestess, Black Cobra, and Bison b.c.

- And in what may be the greatest tour of 2010, Mastodon is heading out on a run that will target the secondary markets with support from Baroness, Between the Buried and Me, and Valient Thorr.  Now I know how Andy Samberg felt, because that lineup makes me want to…well, you know.