Blaming the shift on packaging and artwork concerns, Slayer has moved the release if its eighth album, "God Hates Us All," from its scheduled July 10 release to an ambiguous late August time frame. The delay will also allow producer Rick Rubin to spend time remixing some of the tracks on the album, which will be released via his American Recordings label. "It'll be worth the wait," Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman said in a statement. The band will perform material from the album during its stint on the five-week Extreme Steel tour. Featuring fellow metal acts Pantera, Static X, Skrape, and Morbid Angel, the tour kicks off June 20 in New Haven, Conn.
While work progresses on cult rock duo Ween's next studio album, the group recently recorded a cover of Atlanta Rhythm Section's "Champagne Jam" for the forthcoming film "Run Ronny Run," featuring cast members of the former HBO sketch comedy series "Mr. Show." Ween will also be contributing music for the second season of the Fox TV series "Grounded for Life." As for upcoming shows, Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo reports that "there's gonna be more people from mainland America" than native Alaskans at Aug. 17-18 gigs in Girdwood, Alaska. "I was hoping we'd be playing to a bunch of Eskimos and commercial crab fisherman, but it looks like it will just be the same old assortment of hippies smoking one hitters and doing the hippy dance instead," he writes on the group's official Web site . As previously reported , Restless will release a remastered, expanded edition of Ween's 1990 debut album, "God Ween Satan - The Oneness," later this summer. "It sounds about 100 times better," Melchiondo writes. "I'm not just saying this because I want you to buy it either; it really sounds like night and day."
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