In addition to the big stories we covered today, Wire-to-Wire provides you with some of the other key rock and metal news items from Oct. 12, 2017:

- Muse are back in the studio working on new music. Photos posted here, here, here and here give fans a look inside the work environment where they are currently working with producer Rich Costey. The band issued the single "Dig Deep" earlier this year and they have teased doing singles and EPs rather than expecting a full album.

- ESP have teamed with Metallica's Kirk Hammett for the new KH Ouija Natural guitar, inspired by the idea of incorporating graphic elements of a Ouija board. Take a look and get more details on how to get one of these awesome looking guitars here.

- Though Roy Mayorga's drum solos are typically pretty tight, things got a little messy for the Stone Sour drummer during their recent gig in Tulsa. Watch as the band prank the drummer with plenty of glitter here.

- AWOLNATION have released a new lyric video for "Passion," which will be the lead single off the band's upcoming third studio album. “When all else is taken away, as long as your passion remains, anything is still possible,” says singer Aaron Bruno. “‘Passion’ is about finding the balance that can lift both you and those around you to make the world a more positive place. It doesn’t matter what names or labels people throw at you.” Watch it here.

- While hard rock and metal are largely absent from the American Music Awards nominees, Linkin Park did earn a nomination for Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock. They face Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots for the honor, which will be revealed Nov. 19 during the awards ceremony airing on ABC. Learn more here.

- The Bloody Beetroots are showcasing yet another rock collaboration, this time with former letlive singer Jason Aalon Butler belting out on a track called "Crash."  Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo told Alternative Press, “[Butler is] the man with the most powerful scream of them all, a pure gentleman with a beast inside like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, an obscure par excellence that really impressed me a lot. I think this is the most violent song of the album, and I love it so, so, so much!” Take a listen here and look for the Bloody Beetroots album The Great Electronic Swindle due Oct. 20.

- Rancid's Tim Armstrong has rocked his fair share of performances, but this might be the first time he's played in a tree. During the recent Musack 2017 Rock n' Roll Carnival, Armstrong performed "Journey to the End of the East Bay" with a musical introduction by Billy Bragg, before the singer started playing while perched in a neighboring tree. Watch here.

- Silverchair may be no more, but their music lives on. And helping to keep the legacy alive, a number of top rock acts are saluting the Aussie rockers with a new tribute album. (Spawn) Again: A Tribute to Silverchair is due Nov. 17, and features such acts as Amity Affliction ("Tomorrow"), Northlane ("Anthem for the Year 2000") and Tonight Alive ("Without You") covering Silverchair favorites. Hear Northlane's cover here and pre-order the disc here.

- Upstart industrial rockers Neon Coven, featuring Adler and Lynam's Jacob Bunton and Faster Pussycat's Ace Van Johnson, have recorded a rocked up cover of Depeche Mode's "Never Let Me Down Again." Take a listen here. The band, which also features singer Anthony Montemarano and drummer Kyle Cunningham, released their debut EP Risen earlier this year. Stream it here.

_ SoCal black metal outfit Sicarius have released a music video for "Ferox Impetum" ahead of tomorrow's (Oct. 13) release of their new album Serenade of Slitting Throats. Watch the clip here. You can pre-order the disc here.

- Sonia Harley is garnering some interest in the film world. The vocalist revealed that her music has been selected for usage in the films, The Kids From 62-F, Red to Black and the horror film Hybristophilia.

- Hellion's Ann Boleyn revealed that there is a limited edition clear vinyl edition of Karma's a Bitch in the works. After that's complete, the focus will shift to a live album compiled of many of the band's shows and then she's expecting the band will start writing new material after the live disc is completed.

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