While custom amps and guitars, not to mention some wicked shredding videos, and up close and personal interviews from NAMM 2013 dominated the headlines, there were other newsworthy stories emerging last week as well. Here’s a quick look at what you may have missed:

Rob Zombie announced Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (say what?!) as the title of his upcoming album, due for release April 23rd. Sweden’s Enforcer released their 3rd full length album Death by Fire, Vancouver’s own Anciients previewed “Raise the Sun” from their soon to be released debut album Heart of Oak and Denver, Colorado’s Havok unleashed their new video “Point of No Return,” directed by Roy Warner.

While Ken Mode announced they’ll be hitting the road again this March and April, opening for Today is the Day and Black Tusk across North America, to the chagrin of Dutch fans, The Devil’s Blood announced that the band “…has returned into nothingness,” cancelling their appearance at the 2013 edition of the Roadburn festival and refusing interviews. While not as definitive but nonetheless foreboding, when asked about Slayer’s upcoming album (slated for release this year), guitarist Kerry King alluded to Jeff Hanneman’s possible lack of involvement.

In business news, Century Media announced a new licensing deal with Earache Records, taking control of Earache’s physical catalog of CDs and LPs in the US.

By Alxs Ness

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