BIOHAZARD have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming Uncivilization opus, which has reportedly been pushed back to a September release through SPV/Steamhammer Records in Europe and SanctuaryRecords in the US. Songs set to appear on the album are:
02. Population Control
03. Wide Awake
07. Letter Go
08. Last Man Standing (feat. CYPRESS HILL's Sen Dog)
09. H.F.F.K. (feat. PANTERA's Phil Anselmo)
11. Trap (feat. SEPULTURA's Igor Cavalera)
13. Cross The Line
The previously demoed cuts 'Never Turn Your Back On Me' and 'Treason' have apparently been left off the final running order and will presumably appear as B-sides or will be scrapped altogether.
Producer Andy 'Undie' Sneap has just completed mixing the brand new BENEDICTION album, and will be starting work on the next BLAZE CD (featuring ex-WOLFSBANE/IRON MAIDEN vocalist Blaze Bayley) on May 20th. Sneap is also tentatively scheduled to produce the upcoming debut album from Chicago's FIVE POINTE O, whose CD is tentatively set for a late 2001 release through Roadrunner Records.
MEGADETH's 'Moto Psycho' video clip, the first off the group's forthcoming The World Needs A Hero CD, can be viewed in its entirety at this location.
DUST TO DUST's self-titled album will be released on July 24th through Sanctuary Records. DUST TO DUST will be playing at The Cove in Roselle, NJ on June 1st.
MAYHEM's forthcoming live/studio album will be issued in Europe through Season Of Mist Records and will be entitled European Legions, while the US edition will come out via Renegade Records and will bear the name U.S. Legions. The European disc will include five re-recorded versions of songs from Grand Declaration Of War, and live tracks from Bergen, Norway & Sheffield, whereas the U.S. disc will include the same five re-recorded Grand Declaration… tracks, along with live tracks from the group's American tour. At the end of this month Season Of Mist will be releasing the CD version of the Live In Marseille show, limited to 500 copies and available only from SoM. Meanwhile, the working title for the next MAYHEM full-length release is Chimera, and according to guitarist Blasphemer (aka Rune Erickson),it will show 'a darker, more homogenous MAYHEM'.
After initially denying the rumors of an imminent split, EARTH CRISIS have confirmed that they will indeed be going separate ways after their upcoming headlining performance at this year's Hellfest, to be held in Mattydale, New York July 6-8. A documentary-style home video showcasing the band's entire career—including footage from the EARTH CRISIS' last-ever live performance at the aforementioned Hellfest—is tentatively scheduled to come out during the summer.
Finland's H.I.M. are still reportedly working on the group's upcoming single, featuring the track 'Pretending', which will be released in Europe on July 2nd. Set to include several versions of the tracks mixed by John Fryer (i.e. PARADISE LOST, NINE INCH NAILS, etc.) and Randy Staub (MONSTER MAGNET, METALLICA, etc.),the limited edition of the single will reportedly contain a couple of 'surprise' tracks that Ville & co. have been working on in their hometown of Helsinki. Meanwhile, producer Kevin Shirley is said to be putting the finishing touches to H.I.M.'s third full-length album, which is scheduled for an August 27th European release. In other H.I.M. news, the band's web site, www.heartagram.com, is being rebuilt with all-new features, including special fan section where you will get to see H.I.M. material you'll not see anywhere else. This unique site will feature audio and video clips, a chat, a sms section, Q&A page and much more. The new site will open in June. Lastly, H.I.M.'s new mailing address is as follows: P.O. Box 194, Fin-00121, Helsinki, Finland.
Germany's GRAVE DIGGER have amicably parted ways with G.U.N. Records, the company that issued all of the group's releases since 1991's The Reaper. The band is reportedly entertaining several offers right now and will 'definitely' release their new record, entitled The Grave Digger, in late September or the beginning of October.
KAMELOT's Karma release has entered the official German Album charts at #85, marking the first time the band has charted in the territory. In other news, KAMELOT will support MEGADETH in Germany at the following shows:
June 17th - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
June 18th - Bochum, GER @ Zeche
June 19th - Cologne, GER @ Live Music Hall
DREAM THEATER vocalist James Labrie has posted another update on the release of the forthcoming MULLMUZZLER CD:
'The artwork and all is done. We are shooting for an August 7th release. Also, I will work on Magna Carta [Records] to start making available some sound bytes of the songs or a song. We'll see. They're really excited with this disc, and think it will be received very well. I personally think it will kick everyone's ass. The artwork looks amazing. And just to answer a question that has been voiced. Yes, people, the next MULLMUZZLER [CD] will just simply be [titled] MullMuzzler 2. The actual title will be 'James La Brie's MullMuzzler' with the number in close proximity. I will not let any of you down with this next release.... I hope. That's all for now. Cheers, James.'
Swedish/American hard rock Gods TALISMAN have lined up several shows as part of what bassist/mainman Marcel Jacob (ex-YNGWIE MALSMTEEN/JOHN NORUM) has jokingly referred to as the group's 'first farewell tour'. The dates are as follows:
June 01 - Gävle, SWE @ TBA
June 02 - Borlänge, SWE @ TBA
June 03- Stockholm, SWE @ Club Mango
June 08 - Solvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival
June 15 - TBA, SWE (Malmö, Helsingborg or Göteborg)
June 17 - Liverpool, UK @ The Cavern Club
According to Jacob, 'the main reason we're doing it is of course, as always, because we can...but also the fact that we're doing the HUMANIMAL album [also featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, guitarist Pontus Norgren, and drummer Tomas Broman], & have some spare time to have fun.' As for the HUMANIMAL CD, Marcel stated that 'the album looks to be promising. I'm happy with the music — hard-edged rock, [and] not too similar to TALISMAN, but due to who's performing [on it]… there will be sort of a likeness there… for better, for worse! The drumming is great, thanx to Tomas Broman, & it's going to be fun laying down guitars on top of his tracks.'
YNGWIE MALSMTEEN vocalist Mark Boals has contributed to the forthcoming Jason Becker tribute album, Warmth in the Wilderness — A Tribute to Jason Becker, where he appears on a version of Dave Lee Roth's 'Hammerhead Shark' with guitarist Lars Eric Mattsson. Other artists performing on the double-CD, scheduled for release on July 22nd (Jason Becker's birthday) through Lion Music, are: STORMWIND, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, Jeff Kollman, Mattias IA Eklund, Mark Boals, Anders Johansson, Lars Eric Mattsson, James Byrd, Alex Masi, Josephine of PHANTOM BLUE and many more. All royalties are donated to the family of Jason Becker, who is suffering from the ALS (Lou Gehrig's) disease. Boals will also be appearing on the forthcoming album from VANIZE guitarist Rolf Munkes' new project, which will bear the name EMPIRE. Mark contributes to two songs: 'Into The Light' and 'I Will Always Be There'. The album, entitled Hypnotica, will be released through Lion Music in October. Other musicians performing on the album include: bassist Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE/BLACK SABBATH),keyboardist Don Airey (ex-RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH),singer Lance King, and drummer Anders Johansson. Former ACCEPT drummer Stefan Kaufmann will reportedly mix the effort.
All the dates on NAPALM DEATH's North American tour have been finalized. The full itinerary is as follows:
**Supported by DIECAST, ISIS and SOILENT GREEN
May 29 - The Reverb Room - Toronto, Ont, CAN
May 30 - Foufounces Electriques - Montreal, QC, CAN
May 31 - Krome - South Amboy, NJ
June 01 - The Palladium - Worchester, MA
June 02 - Memorial Auditorium - Burlington, VT
June 03 - CBGB's - New York, NY
June 04 - Fletcher's - Baltimore, MD
June 05 - Jaxx - W Springfield, VA
June 06 - The Rounds - Phillidelphia, PA
June 07 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
June 08 - Club Little Moss - Piqua, OH
June 09 - Fireside Bowl - Chicago,IL
** Supported by CEPHALIC CARNAGE, ISIS and SOILENT GREEN
June 11 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
June 12 - Backroom - Austin, TX
June 14 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
June 15 - Bostons - Tempe, AZ
June 16 - Galaxy Concert Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
June 17 - Whisky A Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
** Supported by BENUMB, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, ISIS and SOILENT GREEN
June 18 - The Pound @ Pier 69, San Francisco, CA
Former TESTAMENT drummer Louie Clemente has reportedly resurfaced in a band called GALLERY OF SUICIDE, which also features former OBITUARY/SIX FEET UNDER guitarist Allen West, ex-DEFIANCE guitarist Doug Harrington, ex-FLOTSAM & JETSAM bassist Troy Gregory, and ex-EPITAPH vocalist Joey Allen.
PIST.ON's forthcoming European dates are as follows:
June 13 - Hamburg, GER @ Marx Club
June 14 - Berlin, GER @ Knaack Club
June 15 - Jena, GER @ F-Haus
June 16 - Linz, AUS @ Posthof
June 17 - Stuttgart, GER @ Rohre
June 19 - Bologna, IT @ Made In Bol Festival
June 20 - Padova, IT @ Radio Sherwood Festival
June 21 - Florence, IT @ Ippodromo
June 23 - BEL @ TBA
June 24 - Bradford, UK @ Club Rio
June 25 - Norwich, UK @ Arts Centre
June 26 - Dudley, UK @ JB's
June 27 - Newport, UK @ Tj's
June 28 - Glasgow, UK @ Strawberry Fields
June 29 - Rugeley, UK @ Red Rose Theatre
June 30 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
July 01 - Milton Keynes, UK @ Woughton Centre
July 02 - London, UK @ The Underworld
After nine months in the studio, POWERMAN 5000 have finally completed work on their forthcoming studio album, as-yet-untitled, which is scheduled for release through Dreamworks Records during July. Co-produced by the band and Terry Date and mixed by Andy Wallace, the album features one cut produced by Ulrich Wild, who had worked on select tracks from the group's last effort, Tonight The Stars Revolt. The album's first single, 'Bombshell', hits radio in mid June.
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has reportedly formed a side project band called TITANNICA with HOLE drummer Samantha Maloney. The band will have a song called 'Ass Kickin' Fat Kid!' included in the upcoming movie Run Ronnie Run, inspired by the HBO TV series Mr. Show.
According to Australia's LOUD magazine, Tasmanian grind act INTENSE HAMMER RAGE were the latest band to become entangled in a censorhip storm when police and customs officers raided their home in Burnie and confiscated their entire shipment of CDs, which had just been delivered from the band's US label Razorback Records. The album, Avagoyamug!, has been deemed in breach of the Classification Enforcement Act because it contains lyrics dealing with underage sex, bestiality and infanticide, and it includes 'necrophiliac' artwork.
The UK's RAGING SPEEDHORN have been confirmed as support for SLIPKNOT on Thursday 17th May at the Atlantic Pavillion in Lisbon, Portugal. The full line-up for the show is SLIPKNOT, AMEN, MUDVAYNE and RAGING SPEEDHORN. The band will then be flying straight back to play the London Astoria the following day (Friday, May 18th),as main support to STATIC-X.