BLUE OYSTER CULT's upcoming album will carry the title Curse Of The Hidden Mirror. According to the group's official web site, the band did not choose any of the fan suggestions that were collected earlier this year on that and the bocfanclub site, but rather drew from the earliest days of before-they-were-BOC. Curse Of The Hidden Mirror is scheduled for a June 5th release.
Sweden's BLAZING SKIES will be playing at the Thrash Club in Bollnäs, Sweden on April 13th. The band will enter Soundscreation Studios (LEFAY, TAD MOROSE) at the end of May to record their debut album, to be released by Gothenburg's Plasmatica Records later in the year.
Florida's CROSSBREED have lined up the following live appearances:
April 28-29 – Tampa, FL @ 98 Rock's Livestock 2001
May 02 - New York, NY @ CBGBs
May 05 – Old Birch Hill, NJ @ WSOU Presents
CROSSBREED will issue their debut album, Synthetic Division, through Artemis Records (i.e. KITTIE) on May 8th.
Former DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian has been enlisted to write a column for Japan's Young Guitar magazine, where he will reportedly talk about a famous guitar player each month. Look for the first installment to appear in a couple of months.
Meanwhile, PLANET X — the three-piece band featuring Sherinian, drummer Virgil Donati, and guitarist Tony MacAlpine — has already entered the studio to record two new Virgil tunes at Simon Phillips' studio.
According to Sherinian, “Tony, Virgil and I will hit the rehearsal studio April 11 to complete the writing of the next PLANET X CD before we play the Modern Drummer festival. We hope to have all the drum tracks in the can by May 18. When we return from Australia in June, Tony and I will finish our overdubs at the Leopard Room. We will deliver all parts to the record companies by August 1st, 2001. It will be in the stores by the end of the year.”
The web site of Norway's CADAVER INC. (www.cadaverinc.com) is reportedly under investigation by the Norwegian secret police and is subject to discussion in the Norwegian Parliament — the band appear to face charges of Internet 'Data Crime', according to the group's label, Earache Records.
Sweden's ENCHAINED will be performing at Pipeline in Sundsvall on May 11th.
It appears that THE WILDHEARTS' gig in Newcastle, UK on June 16th be happening at the University. Official confirmation is expected shortly.
Germany's METALIUM will be joined by former SINNER / PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Tom Naumann during the band's forthcoming festival appearances, including the group's performance at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 9th. Naumann will be the temporary replacement for departed guitarist Jack Frost, who recently joined SAVATAGE.
Meanwhile, the rest of the band have started writing the material for the next METALIUM concept album, to be released in September 2001. However, before that, the band will put out a 60 minute “documentary” covering the first three years of METALIUM's existence, including live shots from the early shows, interviews and a lot of private, home video footage from the band members' personal collections. The European-only release of this video is expected on June 6th.
Tampa's NEUROTICA, featuring ex-ATHEIST guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer, will be performing at The Monterey Deli in Sarasota, Florida on April 13th.
Quote of the day: QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate when asked by RockReunion.de for his thoughts on DREAM THEATER's Mike Portnoy's statement that “QUEENSRYCHE are one of the biggest piles of shit in the 90's':
Geoff: “Who is Mike Portnoy and why should I care what he thinks or says?”
Holland's Bospop Festival, to be held in Weert on July 13-14, will include performances by MEGADETH, THE BLACK CROWES, NASHVILLE PUSSY and LIVING COLOUR.
Cleveland's CHIMAIRA have completed the basic tracks for all but one song (a cover of THE CURE's “Fascination Street”) for their upcoming Roadrunner Records debut, Pass Out Of Existence, with producer Mudrock (GODSMACK, POWERMAN 5000),at Los Angeles' Third Stone Studios. All recording will reportedly be completed by April 21st, with the mixing sessions slated to commence on May 1st at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, CA.
ANYONE's upcoming self-titled debut album, to be released by Roadrunner Records on June 19th, will contain the following 16 tracks:
01. Giving Thrills
02. Don't Wake Me
03. Lazy Hazy
04. Whole World's Insane
06. Slaves (Part 2)
10. Running Dry
11. Drops Of Miracle
13. Peace, Love & Toxic
14. Dear Sylvia
15. Kissing God
16. Wait Until Morning
WESTWORLD, featuring TNT vocalist Tony Harnell and RIOT guitarist Mark Reale, have signed a multi-album deal with Z Records. According to an official announcement from Z Records, “over the past 18 months, Tony Harnell and Z label boss Mark Alger had been exchanging e-mails on a regular basis. The two had discussed on many occasions the possibility of working together on the WESTWORLD project, until March 2001 when Tony asked Mark to make an offer.” The offer was made and the rest is “history”. The members of WESTWORLD wanted a label that believed in them and knew how to make things happen, and believe that they have found just that in Z Records. Plans are for Z to issue a live album this summer, with at least two studio albums to follow.
Daniel Johns, the guitarist/vocalist for Australia's SILVERCHAIR, will be appearing, alongside Paul Mac, as part of the I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT ROCK project on the Australian ABC television network series Love is a Four Letter Word on April 24th (two days after Daniel turns 22).
After touring relentlessly over the past year with the likes of AMEN, NEVERMORE, IN FLAMES, KING DIAMOND, GLASSJAW, NOTHINGFACE, PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC and numerous other metal and hardcore acts, Century Media Records recording artist SHADOWS FALL is pulling out of their upcoming tour with OPETH and AMORPHIS to direct their full attention to writing and recording their follow-up to last year's acclaimed Of One Blood.
'We've been on the road so long and have come up with so many great ideas along the way that we felt we should take some time off to piece these songs together while they're still fresh and the momentum is still in our favor,' said vocalist Brian Fair. 'We've been looking forward to sharing a stage with OPETH and AMORPHIS all year, but we just don't feel we have it in us to perform at the level we need to satisfy our fans and ourselves.'
In the wake of what has already been a grueling 2001 touring schedule, the decision was made after lengthy discussions between management, the label and the members of the band. SHADOWS FALL is still committed to performing at the New England and New Jersey Metalfests in April and are looking forward to the final shows on the current tour with AMEN and GOD FORBID.
'We're thrilled to be a part of the Metalfests again this year and are looking forward to hanging out with all our friends and fans before we get down to the business of creating new music,' explained Fair. 'We are convinced it's in everyone's best interest that we move ahead and to continue to develop our sound. A new record is just the kind of recharging we need right now before we hit the road again, more powerful than ever.'
'On behalf of the SHADOWS FALL family, the band would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive throughout our touring this year,' continued Fair. 'We guarantee we will deliver a killer new album and start performing again as soon as we possibly can.'
ALICE COOPER is expected to release his new studio album, tentatively titled Dragonstown, later this year. The record is the second part of a trilogy, which was started with last year's Brutal Planet.
VANDERHOOF, led by METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, have had to re-mix and re-master their upcoming sophomore full-length effort, which is scheduled for release in Europe through SPV / Steamhammer Records during the summer.
TheSTART, featuring former HUMAN WASTE PROJECT frontwoman Aimee Echo, will be playing the following west coast dates with BOY HITS CAR and SIMONS SAYS:
April 12 – Teme, AZ @ Big Fish Sports Pub
April 13 – Tuscon, AZ @ The Rialto
April 14 – San Bernardino, CA @ Gotham
April 16 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
April 17 – San Diego, CA @ Cane's
April 19 – West Hollywood, CA @The Whiskey
April 20 – Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk
April 21 – Vacaville, CA @ TBA
April 22 – San Frncisco, CA @ The Pound
April 23 – Eugene, OR @ TBA
April 24 – Portland, OR @ TBA
April 25 – Seattle, WA @ TBA
San Francisco's UNJUST will reportedly be appearing at some of the above-mentioned dates as well.
TheSTART's debut album, Shakedown!, will be released on June 5th through The Label, via distribution from Geffen / Interscope Records.
Sweden's VINTERSORG, featuring vocalist Vintersorg of the Norwegian band BORKNAGAR, are planning on following up the release of their Visions From The Spiral Generator album with a collection of re-recordings of older VINTERSORG songs, performed in a different, more “experimental” style. The planned EP will likely carry the title Fragments And Alternatives.
Former WORKHORSE MOVEMENT vocalist Myron, guitarist Jeff and bassist Pete have joined forces with new drummer Jeramiah Pilbeam in a new group called THE DIRTY AMERICANS. The band's musical direction was recently described by Myron as: 'More rock, less rap than WORKHORSE, same amount of strange...'