Amid industry rumblings indicating that over half a million finished CDs of POWERMAN 5000's Anyone For Doomsday? CD had to be destroyed as the band were sent back into the studio to write more material with “outside writers” to be included on the revised version of the album when it appears in early 2002, vocalist Spider One has issued an official statement offering the band's explanation for the delay in the CD's release and the cancellation of the group's tour with SALIVA and MACHINE HEAD. According to the singer, “As we were finishing the mix of the album, we started to write more songs, and it soon became clear that these new songs belonged on the record, but we were no longer in the recording phase. We should have put the brakes on the project at the time, so we could have gone back to record the newer material, but because of the release schedule & the upcoming tour looming over our heads, we felt pressured to deliver Anyone For Doomsday? on the deadline. Now I realize that deadlines are for lawyers & accountants, not rock bands! Although doing this is a risky move, we feel it's worth it.
“It's really very simple: we want to give the fans the greatest POWERMAN record possible, and we almost settled for 80% great. In the end you have to go with your gut instincts and I'm proud to say that after all these years PM5K is still about the music and not the dollars (trust me, stopping the release of the record was not a cheap solution!).
“As far as the tour goes, it just didn't make any sense to go out on the road with an unfinished album. Getting …Doomsday? finished is the priority right now. Tours come & go, but a band's album is around forever. An as soon as it's completed, the tour will go on! We want to apologize to anyone who bought tickets for the shows, and also to SALIVA, MACHINE HEAD, STEREOMUD & HALFCOCKED for wreaking havoc on their schedules.
“Sorry if this update is not as dramatic & exciting as some of you thought the story would be. No, I'm not going into rehab or on suicide watch. No one has had a Mariah Carey meltdown (yet). It's just about us wanting to take it to the next level every time we make a record. Not very good gossip, but that' s the truth.
'Thanks for your loyalty - you guys are the best (and smartest) fans any band has ever had. Stay tuned - the PM5K saga continues.... —SPIDER”
Anyone for Doomsday?'s already-issued first single, 'Bombshell', is #19 on Radio & Records' Active Rock Chart and is widely considered to be relative flop, with industry rumors indicating that Dreamworks Records (PM5K's label) were less than thrilled with the second-single candidates on the rest of the album, ultimately leading the band and the record company to reach the above-mentioned compromise at the 11th hour.
ANTHRAX have reportedly recruited former BOILER ROOM guitarist Rob Caggiano to accompany the band on their upcoming US tour with JUDAS PRIEST, which is scheduled to begin in mid-September and run for a full month. It is presently unclear if Caggiano will become a permanent replacement for Paul Crook, who is believed to be presently keeping busy with a solo project and his involvement with former SKID ROW vocalist Sebastian Bach on the recording front.
In related news, HBO is airing a “first look”-style special on the upcoming Ghosts Of Mars movie, for which ANTHRAX contributed “eight pieces of music” during a several-day recording session back in early March. Here are the announced air times for John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars: HBO First Look:
Tue, Aug 14 - 9:45 PM - HBO East
Tue, Aug 14 - 12:45 AM - HBO West
Wed, Aug 15 - 2:00 PM - HBO East
Wed, Aug 15 - 5:00 PM - HBO West
Sat, Aug 18 - 4:30 PM - HBO East
Sat, Aug 18 - 7:30 PM - HBO West
Mon, Aug 20 - 10:45 AM - HBO East
Mon, Aug 20 - 1:45 PM - HBO West
Mon, Aug 20 - 9:45 PM - HBO East
Mon, Aug 20 - 12:35 AM - HBO West
Thu, Aug 23 - 6:00 PM - HBO East
Thu, Aug 23 - 9:00 PM - HBO West
Thu, Aug 23 - 11:45 PM - HBO East
Thu, Aug 23 - 2:45 AM - HBO West
Sun, Aug 26 - 1:30 PM - HBO East
Sun, Aug 26 - 4:30 PM - HBO West
The Brazilian weekly magazine Veja published in its latest issue a Top 10 list of the articles that received the most reader comments in the history of the publication, and the magazine's controversial recent article on SEPULTURA's split with Roadrunner Records reportedly came in the 10th place. SEPULTURA are presently in São Paulo, having just returned from playing a couple of festivals in Spain and Portugal, and are getting ready to play live at the MTV Brazil Video Music Awards next Thursday.
COAL CHAMBER have nearly completed the recordings for their forthcoming Dark Days opus, which is being widely described as the group's “heaviest” album to date. Produced by Ross Hogarth at Canoga Park, California's Rumbo Recorders Studios, Dark Days is set to include the following working song titles, among others:
01. One Step
03. Alienate Me
06. Dark Days
All five members of the classic TWISTED SISTER line-up got together last week and hosted VH-1's The Rock Show for an installment that will air on Friday, August 24th. Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted reportedly filmed his hosting stint right after TWISTED SISTER did theirs, but no word has yet been made on an air date for the latter.
DRAGONLORD, featuring TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Jon Allen, will be making an in-store signing appearance at Dynasty Music in Sacramento (Orangevale),California on Saturday, August 18th.
Here is a brief update on C.O.C.'s current activities from guitarist Woody Weatherman:
“Man, this has been a long hot summer down here in Carolina so far. We had a great time touring all these past few months, and it was a great feeling to finish that period off with this Live album. The footage from the show is pretty damn cool too and the DVD/VHS is coming out in late September.
“In the meantime Mike Dean has been working feverishly revamping our 'studio' down at our practice pad we like to call The Wig Shoppe. So needless to say we'll be down there working on some new stuff for the next studio album as well as a couple trips out playing again before too long.
“Thanks to all and see you soon, woodroe/coc”
Veteran Canadian thrashers EXCITER will be performing the following shows:
Sept. 14 - Attleboro, MA @ Jarrod's Place
Sept. 15 - Haverhill, MA @ Club Oasis
Oct. 05 – Toronto, CAN @ El Macambo
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On April 22nd 2000, the undisputed masters of shock rock performed a unique concert live from a sold out Key Club in Los Angeles. That night's concert was broadcast live over the Internet to a live audience of over 10,000 on the night with over 100,000 others clamoring to view it later. Due to the demand, this incredible concert is being released on DVD, uncut and with some mighty fine extras.
From their earliest days on the L.A underground to the present day, W.A.S.P. have carved out a unique name as one of rock 'n' roll's strongest and most controversial live acts and the concert broadcast from the Key Club that fateful night in April only underlines the band's singular talents. As Blackie himself says, 'Metal is about power, not your girlfriend's red, high heel shoes.' He didn't mention blood, guts, bravura and bad behaviour, but of course he doesn't have to - the concert speaks for itself.
W.A.S.P. The Sting will be available on DVD only from Monday 15th October.
* The Uncut, uncensored Key Club Show
* Photo Gallery
* Full W.A.S.P Discography
* Sleeve notes by Dante Bonutto
* Web Links
02. Inside The Electric Circus
03. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)
04. Wild Child
05. L.O.V.E Machine
06. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)
07. Sleeping (In The Fire)
08. Damnation Angels
09. Dirty Balls
10. The Real Me
11. I Wanna Be Somebody
12. Blind In Texas
The American version of FU MANCHU's forthcoming California Crossing CD, which is tentatively due to be released in early October, will reportedly be an enhanced CD featuring a video for the song 'Ampn' (pronounced: amp'ing). Meanwhile, the European release of the record will include an extra track, entitled 'Planet of the Ape Hangers'. FU MANCHU may land the support slot on an unspecified national tour that is scheduled to begin in mid-September, but nothing has been confirmed as yet.
V.O.D. (VISION OF DISORDER) will be going on tour in the U.S. this fall with SEVENDUST. Dates will be announced shortly.
According to former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes' official web site (www.glennhughes.com),some exciting news will hopefully be announced in the coming weeks regarding Pink Cloud Records and future Glenn HughesFrom The Archives releases. A deal is reportedly being finalized that will also include the first two FTA releases, the next installment in the series (Songs From The West Side) and all future releases. In other news, the much-anticipated Hughes/Thrall II project is also moving forward and will be completed shortly. Discussions are ongoing with labels about its release, with people who have heard the material describing it is “simply brilliant” and saying that it shows once again what a unique and special musical bond Glenn and Pat have together. A 2002 release is expected.
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RAGING SPEEDHORN TO GIVE AWAY PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK THROUGH KERRANG.COM ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th
To celebrate the launch of kerrang.com, the folks over at Kerrang! have decided to enact a little scheme called ཊ Days Of Downloads' to coincide with the ཊ Days Of Rock' (which starts with the RAGING SPEEDHORN gig at the Monarch on August 20th). Every band that is headlining a show that is part of the ཊ Days Of Rock' has been asked to contribute an exclusive track to www.kerrang.com for download.
On each day at approximately 10:00 AM or so, there will be an MP3 put up on www.kerrang.com for free download, and the track will be available for only 24 hours before it is withdrawn.
In RAGING SPEEDHORN's case, we have gone back to autumn of 1998 and dug up a track called 'Down', one of the first songs the band wrote. It was recorded during the first recording session the band did together, at Premier Studios in Corby. On this day the band recorded four tracks, and the other three will be familiar to RAGING SPEEDHORN fans: “Thumper”, “Knives And Faces”, and “High Whore”. However, the band decided not to do any further work with “Down”, and it was never released on any of the band's commercially available demos. The track since has remained in the tape vault...until now.
“Down” will be available for free download at www.kerrang.com from approximately 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 25th. It will remain on the site until approximately 10:00 AM on Sunday, August 26th. Once it is taken down from the site, it will not be put back up. There are no plans to release this track in any other location or in any other form, so this will be your one chance to get hold of a “lost” SPEEDHORN track — don't miss it!
Former SKID ROW vocalist Sebastian Bach will be a guest on ex-TWISTED SISTED frontman Dee Snider's radio show this morning at 8 AM via WMRQ Radio 104 in Hartford, Connecticut.
Australia's SILVERCHAIR have spent the last four weeks behind closed doors in Newcastle with producer David Bottrill fine-tuning 'about a dozen' new songs which have been written and arranged by SILVERCHAIR mainman Daniel Johns, and they will begin recording their new, as-yet-untitled studio album on Monday, August 20th “somewhere in New South Wales, Australia”.
San Francisco Bay Area's TECHNOCRACY—featuring ex-VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel—will be playing at Pine Street Bar & Grill in San Francisco on Saturday, August 25th.
As reported here several days ago, a “surprise” show by members of SAVATAGE that took place last Saturday, August 11th, at Green Parrot in Largo, Florida turned into a full-blown SAVATAGE gig, which served as a warm-up for the group's upcoming appearances in Brazil. The full set list for the concert was as follows:
03. Of Rage and War
04. City Beneath the Surface
05. Strange Wings
08. By Grace of the Witch
09. Handful of Rain
10. Wake of Magellen
11. Dead Winter Dead
12. Edge of Thorns
13. All That I Bleed
14. Morphine Child
15. He Carves His Stone
18. Temptation Revelation
19. Gutter Ballet
20. Hall of the Mountain King
As a way to commemorate EARTH CRISIS' ten-year career, which ended with the group's recent appearance at the Hellfest Festival, Victory Records will soon be releasing a 'best of' entitled 1991-2001 that promises to feature the hardest hitting tracks culled from the band's recording years. Victory are looking for photos of the band for possible inclusion on the sleeve art work. Anyone interested should send pictures to: Attn Tim, Victory Records, 364N Justine St, Suite 504, Chicago, Il, USA 60607.
Here is how the metal/hard rock genre has fared in the German Media Control (Top 100) charts for the week ending August 13th:
04. LINKIN PARK - Hybrid Theory
13. CLAWFINGER - A Whole Lot Of Nothing
15. BLINK-182 - Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
28. LIMP BIZKIT - Chocolate Starfish...
34. BON JOVI - One Wild Night - Live
35. RAMMSTEIN - Mutter
42. WHEATUS - Wheatus
43. CRAZY TOWN - The Gift Of Game
49. BLACKMORE´S NIGHT - Fires At Midnight
53. BÖHSE ONKELZ - Wir Schrieben Geschichte
56. INCUBUS - Make Yourself
60. JUDAS PRIEST - Demolition
62. WEEZER - Weezer
66. MUSE - Origin Of Symmetry
67. OOMPH! - Ego
68. LIFEHOUSE - No Name Face
83. BÖHSE ONKELZ - Gestern War Heute Noch Morgen
86. TOOL - Lateralus
87. PAIN IN THE ASS - Spain
93. AC/DC - Stiff Upper Lip
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DOS MARIJUANOS? -- WILL THE REAL LOS MARIJUANOS PLEASE STAND UP!
Chicago, IL — Members of the Chicago based rap trio LOS MARIJUANOS were taken aback earlier a couple of months ago when they were bombarded with e-mails & faxes about an interesting article. Online music site Sonicnet.com (http://www.sonicnet.com/news/story.jhtml?id=1444451) reports that a super group of sorts, comprised of members of CYPRESS HILL, JANE'S ADDICTION, DEFTONES, DOWNSET, and EVERLAST are currently gigging in Los Angeles under the moniker, LOS MARIJUANOS.
'This is kind of f.cked up,' muses lead rapper Pony Boy, but it's really just kind of strange. LOS MARIJUANOS have been tight with CYPRESS HILL's Sen Dog for the past few years, and we even represent his 'Latin Thug' clothing line.' In fact, at a recent music festival sponsored by local radio station Q101, Chicago's MARIJUANOS got members of CYPRESS HILL, DEFTONES, and EVERLAST himself on video speaking highly of the Chicago trio. In addition to the personal relationships between both groups, Chicago's LOS
MARIJUANOS have recently been profiled in The Source, Murder Dog, XXL, and asked to share the stage with CYPRESS HILL at this year's High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam (Nov. 2001).
Video and audio will be available on the LOS MARIJUANOS website.
'It's kind of perplexing because members of this group are our homeys,' Ponyboy continues, 'but sh.t, we have our second album coming out in less than a month and we don't need to go confusing people. We have a hard enough time as an indy group.'
Sleepy & Sinbad, who have run Chicago's top, urban, independent label Wicked Entertainment, for the past 7 years state that the group has sent all parties, including, Paul Rosenberg, manager of CYPRESS HILL, and EMINEM, a 'friendly cease-and-desist letter stating that the group has recorded under this name since 1998, and that they would appreciate it if the California collective would come together under another name.'
'I'm sure we can all sit down, have a smoke session and talk about all this,' Ponyboy states in a positive, however pensive tone. 'We're all down for this music and this legalization movement, and if we can't get this right, who can?'
LOS MARIJUANOS' highly-anticipated 2nd release The Smoke Out was released by Wicked Entertainment on July 31st Nationwide.
Sweden's FRETERNIA have rejoined forces with vocalist Pasi Humppi.