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Tool’s Grammy-Award winning fifth album, Fear Inoculum, is about to get a 3-disc, 180g vinyl release on August 5 via RCA Records. Featuring art by Adam Jones, the collection is available for pre-order via: https://store.toolband.com/product/TLLP002. After the release of Fear Inoculum, Tool followed up with their first new video in 15 years, a short firm reimagining and extended version of the title track to 1992’s Opiate2: https://tool.lnk.to/Opiate2. Keep up with the band via: https://toolband.com/.

Rob Zombie recently released his seventh studio album The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy via Nuclear Blast this spring, and this week reveals an animated music video by Balazs Grof for the track “Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass”, which you can check out here: https://youtu.be/9REJJ7KJS10. Next month, Rob Zombie will head out on the Freaks On Parade tour, with support from Mudvayne, Static-X, and Powerman 5000, running July 20th through August 21st across the U.S. For all the info, head to: https://robzombie.com/.

Zeal & Ardor have just announced a North American headline tour for 2022, in support of their recently released self-titled album that came out via MVKA in February. With support from Sylvaine and Imperial Triumphant, the tour runs September 11th through October 7th throughout the U.S., with several Canadian dates, and wraps up at Aftershock Festival on October 8th in Sacramento. For all the dates and details, visit: https://www.zealandardor.com/.

The Contortionist is heading out on the road this fall, performing the albums Language and Exoplanet in their entirety, alongside Rivers of Nihil, who will perform their latest album The Work in its entirety. This trek will begin The Contortionist’s first live shows in two and a half years, kicking off on September 11th in Dallas and wrapping up on October 15th in the band’s hometown of Indianapolis. Guitarist Cameron Maynard says, “It’s been more than two years since we’ve performed for a live audience, so we chose this opportunity to go back and celebrate two of our albums properly. These albums changed our lives – allowing us to expand into who we are today. We cannot wait to share this experience with all of you”. Rivers of Nihil guitarist Brody Uttley says, “We can’t wait to hit the road with The Contortionist this September. On the heels of playing Where Owls Know My Name in its entirety in 2019, we’ve decided to offer our fans another full album live experience. The new songs that we’ve been playing from The Work have been going over in a huge way live, so we hope to make this one the most immersive live experiences that we’ve ever brought out. This one is sure to be one to remember. See you there”. Head to: https://www.thecontortionist.net/ for more.

Scarlet Dorn is on the way to releasing their third studio album, Queen of Broken Dreams, on September 30th via SPV Recordings, with Limited LP red vinyl and digipak CD edition available via the Napalm Records shop. Following up on 2018’s Lack of Light, Scarlet Dorn has also released the music video for the first single off the album, with “Falling”, which you can see here: https://scarletdorn.lnk.to/queenofbrokendreams. The band is also a special guest alongside Nachtblut on a European tour with Lord of The Lost this fall. For more on the band, head to: https://www.facebook.com/scarletdornofficial.