Finnish rock gods and BLABBERMOUTH.NET faves H.I.M. are tentatively scheduled to release their third full-length album in late August. Meanwhile, the group's recent one-song collaboration with producer Kevin Shirley (i.e. IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER) will reportedly be titled “Keep On Pretending” and is due to be released as a single in May.
DEADSY, who feature in their ranks guitarist/vocalist Elijah Blue Allman (the son of actress Cher), will play The Whiskey in West Hollywood, California on April 24th. The band, who also at one time included current ORGY vocalist Jay Gordon in their line-up, were originally signed to Elektra Records back in 1997, but were abruptly dropped before the release of their debut album. Two years later, the same thing happened at the Warner Bros. label. Currently signed to KORN's Elementree imprint (via Dreamworks Records), DEADSY are scheduled to release the long-awaited CD, entitled Commencement, during the summer. Commencement includes such tracks as “Anti-Pop”, “Cruella” and “Sleepy Hollow” (a duet with KORN's Jonathan Davis), plus the band's rendition of the RUSH 1981 classic 'Tom Sawyer'.
COLD have decided to pull out of this year's Ozzfest line-up in order to join STAIND on a summer tour, beginning mid-May and running through mid-August. Kansas City's PUDDLE OF MUDD, one of the first signings to LIMP BIZKIT vocalist Fred Durst's label Flawless Records, will reportedly serve as show openers.
COMPANY OF SNAKES, featuring former WHITESNAKE guitarists Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden, are tentatively scheduled to release their new album, provisionally titled Burst The Bubble, during August. In addition to several new numbers, COMPANY OF SNAKES have re-recorded a few tracks from their Once Bitten… CD for inclusion on the forthcoming album. The songs that have been re-recorded are as follows:
01. Labour of Love
02. Sacrificial Feeling
03. What Love Can Do
04. Little Miss Happiness
05. Kinda Wish You Would
06. All Dressed Up
07. Can't Go Back
Here are the worldwide release dates for DREAM THEATER's Metropolis 2000 DVD/video:
UK: April 9th - AVAILABLE NOW
France: April 10th - AVAILABLE NOW
Norway: April 11th
Italy: April 13th
Holland: April 16th
Germany: April 16th
Sweden: April 18th
USA: April 24th
Japan: May 9th (DVD, supposedly the video is already available)
The reformed THE WILDHEARTS are booked to play the Bulldog Bash at Avon Park Raceway in Long Marston, Warwickshire, UK on Friday, August 10th. For ticket, bill and location info, visit the official Bulldog Bash web site.
The freshly completed new KING'S X album is due to be released through Metal Blade Records in September. According to the group's official web site, Doug Pinnick is doing the lead vocals on the entire album. In related news, the European release of POUNDHOUND's Pineapple Skunk CD (featuring Pinnick) will include a video CD of the Live Bootleg video. This exclusive release will be limited to 3,000 copies.
THE TOILET BOYS are offering a $1,000.00 (US) reward to any person who can offer information leading to the recovery of guitarist Sean's BC Rich Mockingbird custom
'BitchFork' guitar. More information is available via the band's official web site: www.toiletboys.com
VANDEN PLAS guitarist Stephan Lill has been diagnosed with the so-called 'Carpal Tunnel Syndrome' (a pinching of the median nerve within the wrist for more information, see http://www.scoi.com/cts.htm). What this unfortunately means is that, at the moment, he is neither allowed nor really able to play guitar. Therefore, the German progresive metallers have postponed the recording of their upcoming album to June with the hopes that extensive physiotherapy will help Stephan regain his playing ability.
CINDERELLA are continuing to write material for their upcoming CD while shopping around for a producer for the forthcoming project. Drummer Fred Coury describes the new songs as 'classic CINDERELLA with a current twist...some songs are heavy and some are a little different'.
Norwegian rock'n'rollers GLUECIFER are scheduled to enter Living Room Studios in Oslo in late April to record some new songs, which may or may not be included on the group's forthcoming full-length album.
Canadian singer and former “Metal Queen” Lee Aaron reportedly has a cameo appearance in the new BLACK HALOS video, 'Some Things Never Fall', along with Joe Keithley of DOA.
Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe has lined up the following solo gigs in his native Finland:
April 12 - Helsinki, FIN @ Hesperia Night Club
April 14 - Haapajärvi, FIN @ TBA
April 26 - Järvenpää, FIN @ Party House
April 27 - Jyväskylä, FIN @ Tabasco Club
May 11 - Turku, FIN @ Feenix Club
June 09 - Riihimäki, FIN @ Ravintola Crystal
July 14 - Karkkila, FIN @ Sunset Beach Party
KAMELOT guitarist/mainman Thomas Youngblood has offered the following explanation for the lyrical themes behind the group's upcoming Karma CD, which is scheduled to be released in Europe on April 30th:
“KAMELOT has always delved into the subjects of fantasy, history, religion and spirituality. Karma is another extension of that. By the universal law of karma, good actions beget good results and evil actions produce evil results. Intention is everything. One does not suffer for unintended evil actions, and one is rewarded for good intentions. In an age of self-discovery, we find the universal questions appearing more and more in today's society. The reason for our existence as humans and the roads we travel through our lives. It's not where the road ends that matters' but the journey to get there — that is life. Although Karma is not a concept album, we have tried to represent the two sides of good and evil.”
Swedish power metal band THE STORYTELLER are scheduled to enter Studio Fredman in Gothenburg at the end of April to record their second album, tentatively titled Crossroad, for a September release. The band have also lined up the following gigs in Sweden:
April 20 - Bryggeriet-Motala, SWE @ TBA
May 25 – Ornskoldsvik, SWE @ MetalFight 2001
(w/ INSANIA + ETERNIA)
July 20-21 – Forshaga, SWE @ Dist 2001 Festival
Australia's SAKKUTH, ASTRIAAL and DEVOLVED are teaming up for a mini-tour of  Queensland venues in June, beginning with a gig in Brisbane on the 6th and ending in the same city on the 30th. ASTRIAAL have also announced that their Summoning the Essence of Ancient Wisdom EP is about to be re-pressed, with new and added artwork.
Norway's ENSLAVED will be issuing the as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's Mardraum release on October 15th.
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RAGING SPEEDHORN TO RELEASE “THE GUSH” SINGLE ON JUNE 4TH, 2001 PLUS RAGING SPEEDHORN TO TOUR JAPAN
RAGING SPEEDHORN will release a new studio track, 'The Gush', as a single in the UK on Monday, June 4th.  The track has been a regular inclusion in the band's live set for nearly a year and will already be known to many of you.  The song was produced by Billy Graziadei and Danny Schuler of BIOHAZARD, who oversaw the recording of the song while BIOHAZARD and RAGING SPEEDHORN toured Europe together in the autumn of 2000.  The track was recorded during afternoon soundchecks on the Pro-Tools digital recording system that BIOHAZARD has used to record their new album.  The result is a true collaborative effort between the two bands.
The single will be released in two formats, one of which will be in limited edition.  There will be bonus tracks on each format as well, but these tracks are being kept under wraps for just a little while longer.
For those who did not hear the new studio version of “The Gush” played for the first time (exclusively on Mary Ann Hobbs' Radio One Rock Show!) on April 4th, you can pick up a live version of 'The Gush' from RAGING SPEEDHORN's album release party gig last August.  It is available exclusively on the cover mount CD attached to the May 2001 issue of Rocksound magazine, which is at newsagents now.
In the meantime, RAGING SPEEDHORN have signed to Epic Records for Japan, and will be teaming up with AMEN for 3 shows in Japan later this month.  The shows are:
April 26 - Usaka, JAP @ Bayside Jenny
April 27 - Tokyo, JAP @ Astro Hall
April 28 - Tokyo, JAP @ Astro Hall
There was also discussion of shows in Australia and New Zealand, but these shows fell through due to circumstances beyond anyone's control.