It wasn't a big secret that Limp Bizkit had plans to reform in 2009, but the official announcement still makes the blood chill. Until the band's official statement on the matter lessens the horror, and reveals a sense of humour very much intact…
Well, we presume Bizkit mastermind / cap toting rapper Fred Durst and guitarist Wes Borland are joking when they say:
"We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other. Regardless of where our separate paths have taken us, we recognize there is a powerful and unique energy with this particular group of people we have not found anywhere else. This is why Limp Bizkit is back."
Quite, but perhaps the surprise here is that guitarist Borland is on board this gravy train. Well, why not you ask – some say his riffs are the best thing about the rap metal mob.
Well this is the guitarist who cited artistic integrity as one of the main reasons he originally left the band back in 2001, that and the fact he allegedly couldn't stand working with Bizkit Durst - a man not known for subtlety.
Strange then that he rejoined the band in 2004 and the band released the generally lambasted The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) album. The band didn't tour, Wes fell out with Durst again and left.
He went on to front a very different band of his own – Black Light Burns. More Inch Inch Nails than NWA.
Their debut was impressive, and a completely clean slate for Borland who began winning round the critics of his previous outfit.
His latest move is one that will no doubt surprise his fans but they better get used to it because Limp Bizkit plan to record a new album – surely not The Unquestionable Truth Part 2?! – and tour this Summer. Including a stop at the Donington Download festival in June.
So why come back again Wes? Hmmm, we wonder. But moreover, does anyone want Bizkit back at all?