<a href="/artists/opeth" target="_blank"><strong>Opeth</strong></a> mainman <strong>Mikael Åkerfeldt</strong> has signed an endorsement deal with Marshall amplifiers. The company issued the following statement:<br /><br />"We are proud to announce we have signed another new artist to the already impressive roster of big names whose amp of choice is Marshall.
<a href="/artists/blackstonecherry" target="_blank"><strong>Black Stone Cherry</strong></a> is filming a new video for "In My Blood" that follows a US soldier as he comes home from overseas deployment. The US Army in Europe posted this photo on their Facebook page today:<br /><br /><img src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/397518_10150527867999872_86734389871_8459280_1439627682_n.jpg" border="0" /><br /><br />They wrote, "Check out this photo of PFC <strong>Randy Hirneisen</strong>, a recently re-deployed Soldier with the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, cleaning his weapon as a production crew gathers footage for a <strong>Black Stone Cherry</strong> music video.
<a href="/artists/korn" target="_blank"><strong>Korn</strong></a> guitarist <strong>James "Munky" Shaffer</strong> and <a href="/artists/slipknot" target="_blank"><strong>Slipknot</strong></a> axemen <strong>Jim Root</strong> and <strong>Mick Thomson</strong> were singled out on ArtistDirect.com's list of "<a href="http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/the-six-string-titans-of-the-twenty-first-century-best-modern-guitarists-list/9833198" target="_blank">Six String Titans of the 21st Century</a>."<br /><br />The site's editors praised <strong>Munky</strong> for his work on <strong>Korn</strong>'s latest album, <em>The Path of Totality</em>, saying, "<strong>Munky</strong> finds a way to make his classically distorted, dystopian riffs work seamlessly alongside a dubstep symphony. It shows true talent, as Korn reinvent themselves and rock music yet again."<br /><br />Regarding <strong>Slipknot</strong>'s guitar team, they had this to say: "<strong>Slipknot </strong>are one of the most inventive metal bands ever.