In what smacked of a good old-fashioned publicity stunt, Five Finger Death Punch yesterday unveiled the lineup and schedule of the Metal Hammer Trespass America Festival tour, which they'll headline starting July 13th outside Denver, Colorado.

The band's five members, plus five from the other bands, were brought into the press conference at L.A.'s Key Club in the guise of black hooded POWs by armed members of the military. With military-themed footage playing on a large overhead video screen, the hoods were removed to reveal the bill and who the musicians were.

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In my favorite news of the day, The Offspring will return this summer with their ninth studio album, Days Go By. It's the guys' first album in four years and the first to feature drummer Pete Parada, who joined the band in 2008. The title track is the first single, here's the trailer.

All of Soundgarden's major-label albums will be released in a box set on May 22nd. The Classic Album Selection includes 1989's Louder Than Love, 1991's Badmotorfinger, 1994's Superunknown, 1996's Down on the Upside and last year's live album, Live on I-5. The set doesn't include any of the rarities or outtakes from their collections A Sides or Telephantasm.

Incubus will release a deluxe live box set titled HQ through their IncubusHQ website on July 6th. The package -- which was inspired by a series of intimate "HQ Live" shows the band did last year in L.A. while promoting the release of their current album, If Not Now, When? -- is expensive at just under $200, but it also contains lots of goodies, such as:

  • An autographed 48-page coffee table photo book with unique art from canvases created by the band and fans at HQ Live.
  • A four-record 180 Gram Vinyl LP Set that includes live versions of the albums Morning View, Make Yourself and If Not Now, When? plus The Best Of Nights 3 through 5.
  • A two-disc DVD/Blu-ray set with 5.1 Surround Sound featuring live performances from the HQ Live Sessions, interviews with the band and fans, clips from musicians clinics and more.
  • A six-CD set of each night's performance, featuring more than 70 songs.
  • A commemorative laminate.

The band is currently accepting preorders for the limited edition set