CONTROL DENIED's sophomore effort, tentatively titled When Machine And Man Collide, has had its release date pushed back until sometime after the summer, according to the group's record label Hammerheart Records. No specific reason was given for the delay, but one can only speculate that the hectic schedule of  bassist Steve DiGiorgio (who is keeping himself busy with both TESTAMENT and ICED EARTH when not playing with Chuck Schuldiner and co.) might have been a factor. Either way, the remaining guitar tracks for the are going to be recorded next month, while “exact scheduling for Steve's sessions is still being worked out”. The CD's artwork is being done by the immensely talented Travis Smith, who also co-designed the artwork for CONTROL DENIED's debut CD, The Fragile Art of Existence.
After a brief interruption to accommodate the band's recent Peacefest appearances, MY DYING BRIDE have returned home and begun writing the follow-up to 1999's The Light At the End Of The World album. If all goes well, the band is expecting to start recording the as-yet-untitled effort in June, and are aiming for an album release in early October. Attendees at the aforementioned Peacefest gigs were provided with a taste of what the new album will be like when MY DYING BRIDE played one new song in their set, titled 'A Cruel Taste of Winter'.
In other MY DYING BRIDE news, the release of the second part of the Meisterwerk compilation has been scheduled for June as well. Two more rare demo tracks as well as the song 'Follower' (which was until now only released as a bonus track on Japanese editions of 34.788%...) will be included on this release.
Portugal's MOONSPELL have announced that their forthcoming Darkness And Hope release will feature a special appearance by Adolfo Luxúria Canibal, the illustrous singer/storyteller from Portuguese cult band MÃO MORTA. Adolfo will apparently be narrating a quote from “Portuguese master of surrealistic poetry” Mário Cesariny that MOONSPELL will be incorporating, in their native language, into a new song entitled “Than The Serpents In My Arms”. Darkness And Hope is also set to include MOONSPELL's version of the track “Os Senhores da Guerra” (“the war lords”),which was originally written and recorded by MADREDEUS, “the most significant band of ethnic/world music hailing from Portugal and the most international Portuguese ensemble ever in the Portuguese musical history”.
The tentative track listing for Darkness And Hope is now shaping up as follows:
04. Made Of Storm
05. Than The Serpents In My Arms
07. How We Became Fire
08. Psikik Vampire
09. Darkness And Hope
10. Heartshaped Abyss
11. Os Senhores da Guerra
Freshly out of the studio, Sweden's THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX (featuring ENTOMBED bassist Jorgen Sandstrom) are “incredibly satisfied” with their just-completed second album, When We Are Done...Your Flesh Will Be Ours, which “[lived up to] all of our expectations and more so”. Tentatively due for release in May/June, the album packaging will reportedly include a booklet designed by graphic artist Leif Ericsson that is so gruesome and beautiful, “it [perfectly] completes this new masterpiece”. Ten tracks and nearly 60 minutes of music will appear on the CD, featuring a style that the group describe as “the same [one] we previously dominated the world with” on last year's debut Cybersonic Superchrist. Recorded at the Soundlab Studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Mr. Talarzcyk (i.e. NASUM),the CD is said to boast a sound that is “as fat as it can get”.
The full track listing for When We Are Done...Your Flesh Will Be Ours is as follows:
01. Can't Wait
02. Believing is bleeding
03. Blessed Are We To Be Lied Upon
04. Disciples Of The Apocalypse
07. I Smell Like Jesus...Dead
08. Hate Incarnate
09. Forsaken By The Naked Light Of Day
10. In Sickness And In Hell
Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY are writing material for the next album, which they hope to record later in the year. In the meantime, the band have confirmed several festival appearances prior to and during the summer. The dates are as follows:
May 19 - Bengtsfors, SWE @ Decibel Festival
July 21-22 - Forshaga, SWE @ Dist Festival
August 03 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air
THE HELLACOPTERS, featuring former ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson (now going by the name Nick Royale) on guitar/vocals, will have a split 7” released through Fandango Records that will include the band's version of THE DAMNED's “Stab You Back”, accompanied by Washington D.C. rockers ADAM WEST's rendition of THE DAMNED's “Neat Neat Neat” on the flipside. This record has apparently been two years in the making, and its first pressing will be limited to 666 copies total, with 100 of those on purple wax.
According to the Japan's Creativeman website, MARILYN MANSON is now officially confirmed to perform at the Summer Sonic festival this summer, alongside REEL BIG FISH and other acts yet to be announced. The Japanese summer music festival will be held at Tokyo and Osaka on August 18th and 19th this year. The Creativeman website, who is the sponsor of the festival, have plans to announce the complete performance bill via their official website on Friday, March 30th.
Veteran producer Kevin Shirley (i.e. DREAM THEATER, IRON MAIDEN, etc.) is currently mixing down IRON MAIDEN's forthcoming live DVD, recorded at the group's appearance at the Rock In Rio festival in January. If Shirley's account is to be believed, the notoriously hard-to-please IRON MAIDEN mainman/bassist Steve Harris is “thrilled with the stereo mixes” that Kevin has completed thus far, and if all goes well, the project should be completed by March 29th. Shirley's forthcoming production gigs include a session next week in Helsinki with BLABBERMOUTH.NET faves H.I.M. on an unspecified track, followed by mixing work with Australia's COLD CHISEL.
Chicago's NO ONE have signed a management deal with No Name Management (i.e. SLIPKNOT, HATEBREED) and will be embarking on a 20-date tour with SLAVES ON DOPE and FACTORY 81 in April. Dates with FEAR FACTORY in May are also very likely. NO ONE are still heavily rumored to be appearing at this year's Ozzfest Festival, but no official announcement has been made as yet. The group's debut self-titled Immortal / Virgin Records debut is scheduled for release on May 22nd.
PARADISE LOST have confirmed the dates for their upcoming Scandinavian tour, which is set to take place immediately following the group's previously-announced German trek (with Finland's THE 69 EYES supporting). Here are the confirmed shows so far:
May 24 - Amager Bio, Copenhagen, DEN
May 25 – Karen, Gothenburg, SWE
May 26 – KB, Malmo, SWE
May 27 - John Dee, Oslo, NOR
May 29 – Tavastia, Helsinki, FIN
May 30 – Tullkammeren, Tampere, FIN
June 02 – Train, Aarhus, DEN
June 03 – Heaven (Klubben?),Stockholm, SWE
PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld will be holding drum clinics over the next couple of months in the UK. So far, only two appearances have been announced:
April 24 - Stratford-upon-Avon college
(telephone for details: 01789 263330)
May 02 - Nottingham
(telephone for detals: 0115 958 1888)
KING DIAMOND want to make it clear that the “make-up show” for Zaandam, The Netherlands (as reported here yesterday) has not yet been officially confirmed for April 30th, despite previous announcements to the contrary.
SAVATAGE have added several more dates to their US tour itinerary:
April 25 - W. Warwick, RI @ Station
May 01 - Scranton, PA @ Tinks
May 08 - St Louis, MO @ Pageant Theatre
May 10 - Austin, TX @ Metro
May 17 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
May 18 - St. Petersburg @ Jannus Landing
May 19 - Fort Myers, FL @ Orbit
RAVENOUS, featuring ex-AUTOPSY / DEATH skinbasher Chris Reifert, S.O.D. / ex-BRUTAL TRUTH bassist Danny Lilker and NECROPHAGIA vocalist Killjoy, have parted ways with Hammerheart Records. The split is said to have been amicable.