The 'I'm-talking-out-of-my-ass' quote of the day once again belongs to SLIPKNOT percussionist The Clown (aka Shawn Crahan),who inadvertently implied in a BBC interview that the third SLIPKNOT CD would not come out for another ten years: 'What people need to understand is we are always about ten years ahead of ourselves. I'm already thinking about the third album.'
More nonsensical horsesh.t from The Clown: 'I'm no longer going to be this cow, or this sheep that's going to follow and be told 'you need to do this interview because that's the way it is', 'you have to resign this deal because that's the way it is' — we don't care about that anymore. We did our work, and if you missed the 'KNOT on the first cycle then who cares. It's all about here and now and where we are going. If we break up tomorrow we break up. We are here to just destroy all the conditioning that's been going on. We are unthinking everything that's been thought of. Asking everybody to break this formula for ourselves and take a look around us — it's a dying planet — let's break these formulas so the rest of us can be happy. The managers, the editors, the [programming] people, the presidents, the vice-presidents. Let's get down to what's real, and it's the people who are real.'
As previously rumored, SEPULTURA have officially been withdrawn from the list of bands that are up for a slot on the forthcoming Tattoo The Planet European tour, which will consist of PANTERA, SLAYER, CRADLE OF FILTH and STATIC-X, among others. SEPULTURA are citing disagreements with their label, Roadrunner Records, over tour support issues as the reason for their inability to join the package, and will now be performing South American dates during the time period in question instead.
STAIND have reportedly shifted an estimated 716,000 copies of their Break The Cycle CD in the USA during the album's first week of release, ensuring the group the top slot in next week's Billboard Pop Album chart.
PAPA ROACH have been added to the line-up for this year's Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK on August 24-26. PAPA ROACH will play the main stage along with new additions FEAR FACTORY, STAIND, THE DONNAS, (HED) PE, and BOY HITS CAR. PAPA ROACH play the Leeds main stage on Friday, August 24th and the Reading main stage on August 26th. Also freshly added to the bill are AMEN, who have joined the Radio 1 Evening Session Stage together with D-12, SEAFOOD and DISLOCATED STYLES. In other PAPA ROACH news, the band are said to be using their current downtime to work on material for their second album, which is tentatively scheduled to be recorded in early 2002. New song titles include: 'Eat The World', 'The Tyranny Of Normality', and 'Digging In The Dirt I Found Mud'.
Canada's ANNIHILATOR are rumored to be doing a tour in Japan in the first week of September with LOUDNESS apparently LOUDNESS axe-shredder Akira Takasaki is a big fan of ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters, as is Jeff of Akira. There is also talk of shooting a live ANNIHILATOR video and also recording a live CD in Japan possibly two CDs: one of the heavy material and the other of ANNIHILATOR's more melodic songs. In other ANNIHILATOR news, Waters has confirmed that he is currently working on editing footage of ANNIHILATOR's first ever video/DVD release, titled Annihilator: Ten Years in Hell. The video will contain all eight of ANNIHILATOR's official promo video releases and about 80 minutes of pro and home video from the early years (1989) up to the end of touring for Criteria for a Black Widow (2000). Look for it sometime in the late fall.
ANNIHILATOR will be performing the following European shows in early August:
Aug. 03 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z 7 Open Air
Aug. 04 - Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air Festival
Aug. 05 - BEL @ Neerpelt Eurorock
Scandinavian dates will reportedly be added, as well as some other possible shows.
Former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske has finished recording and is about to start mixing his brand new solo album, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in September through Noise Records. Although the songs' musical direction reportedly has nothing to do with traditional heavy metal, the material is being described as 'really heavy', and the CD is said to be 'a real rock album' with 'excellent' guitar work. The mixing will be done by producer Charlie Bauerfeind, and the album will contain 14 songs, 10 of which were written by Kiske himself and the remaining four by other members of his band. Tentative song titles include the following:
02. Let's Be Sun-Like
03. Ride On
04. Hey, Plastic
05. He Pretends
06. Can I Know Now
07. Boiling Points Of No Return
In other Kiske news, the vocalist was recently asked by former HELLOWEEN bandmate Kai Hansen to sing the bridge of a new GAMMA RAY song entitled 'Solid' (which is set to appear on GAMMA RAY's upcoming No World Order CD),but due to scheduling problems, the singer was unable to contribute. Kiske also reportedly confirmed that he was offered the lead singer position in ANGRA, and he indicated that he will be appearing on the forthcoming solo album from STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki, which is tentatively titled Hymn To Life and is set for release in January 2002 through Nuclear Blast Records.
GUNS N' ROSES have reportedly rescheduled the recently canceled European live dates for the end of the year. According to the band's European booking agent, GUNS N' ROSES will perform roughly the same number of shows in the same venues as on the original itinerary, except for festival dates that cannot be made up. So far, only two dates have been announced: Oslo, Norway on December 5th and Stockholm, Sweden on December 7th. GUNS N' ROSES had been scheduled to start a 14-city tour June 1st in Germany but postponed the trip when guitarist Buckethead came down with a serious stomach ailment.
MESHUGGAH's long-awaited collection of B-sides and rarities will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on August 13th.
A brand new SIX FEET UNDER song, 'Impulse To Disembowel', can be downloaded from Streetteam.net at this location. The track comes off the group's True Carnage CD, which is scheduled for a late summer release through Metal Blade Records. In other SIX FEET UNDER news, the band will be touring Europe in late June with FLESHCRAWL, with as-yet-unconfirmed US dates to take place shortly thereafter.
According to TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio, the line-up of the reunited LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT)—who are scheduled to perform at the upcoming Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy—may consist of 'any combination' of the following musicians: Eric Peterson (TESTAMENT / DRAGONLORD/ ex-LEGACY guitars),Zetro Souza (ex-EXODUS / LEGACY vocals),Louie Clemente (ex-TESTAMENT / LEGACY drums),John Tempesta (ROB ZOMBIE / ex-TESTAMENT /EXODUS drums),Jon Allen (SADUS / TESTAMENT),Alex Skolnick (ex-TESTAMENT / LEGACY guitars), Derrick Remirez (ex-TESTAMENT bass),and DiGiorgio himself. The bassist went on to say that 'I was only asked to play because I heard [ex-TESTAMENT / LEGACY bassist] Greg Christian couldn't do it.' As previously reported, Thrash Of The Titans will be taking place on August 11th at San Francisco's Maritime Hall, and it will include performances from EXODUS, ANTHRAX, VIO-LENCE, SADUS, HEATHEN, DEATH ANGEL and others.
POWERMAN 5000 have had the release date of their third full-length album, Anyone For Doomsday?, pushed back to August 7th.
FILTER's upcoming studio album will reportedly be titled The Amalgamut, and it will include the following tracks, among others:
01. I Like The World Today
02. You Walk Away
03. Goddamned Me
04. My Long Walk To Jail
05. It Can Never Be The Same
06. So I Quit
According to frontman Richard Patrick, he chose the album title 'because I took a trip across the country and started to realize that everything in America could potentially become one big homogenized piece of sh.t. I'm so sick and tired of seeing McDonalds burger king subway on every single street. It's in a way an amalgamation or a mutt. I think there should be way more focus on abstract thought and individualism as opposed to everybody trying to be the same.'
The Amalgamut is tentatively set for an early 2002 release through Warner Bros. Records.
THE APEX THEORY, featuring former SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer Andy on lead vocals, will be releasing their Dreamworks Records debut, entitled Random Bursts, on August 7th.
Swedish sleaze-rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR have lined up three Canadian shows during June. The dates are as follows:
June 08 - Toronto, Ontario @ TBA
June 09 - Oshawa, Ontario @ TBA
June 11 - London, Ontario @ TBA
P.O.D. have set an August 28th release date for their new album Satellite. The album was produced by Howard Benson (i.e. SEPULTURA, NULLSET, REVEILLE) and mixed by Randy Staub (METALLICA, BACKYARD BABIES, BREACH OF TRUST). Satellite is the follow-up to P.O.D.'s platinum AtlanticRecords release The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown.
The forthcoming CD from Sweden's JULIE LAUGHS NOMORE, titled In the Mist of the Ruins, has had its release date pushed back to June 26th through Vile Music (a division of Iron Glory Records). The song titles set to appear on the album are as follows:
01. Mistress Of Death
02. The Children Of The Empty Cross
03. From The Mist Of The Ruins
04. Bringer Of Misery
05. The Iron Gate
06. Eternity Is Just One Step Away
07. Lords Of Pleasure
08. 200 Years
The first pressing of the new single from Holland's WITHIN TEMPTATION, Ice Queen, reportedly included music from a country act due to a manufacturing error at the pressing plant.
Sweden's BLAZING SKIES have completed work on a new full-length album, which was recorded at Bollnäs' Sound Creation Studios is tentatively scheduled for a late summer release through Plasmatica Records. Song titles set to appear on the effort include:
01. The Broken Cord
03. Into the Flaming Sun
Former MR. BIG/RACER X guitarist Paul Gilbert is currently mixing down the live recording of the RACER X's May 25th performance at West Hollywood's Whisky A Go Go for a live CD and DVD, which is scheduled for a Japanese release later in the year. RACER X's last studio album, Superheroes (featuring JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis),is currently available for purchase via Amazon.com.
AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer is auctioning off the drum set used on the band's Nine Lives Tour as part of a fund-raising event to benefit Victory Programs that is to take place today, May 30th at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. Joey Kramer has generously donated his entire DW custom made drum set and full set of Zildjian cymbals that made its way around the world on AEROSMITH's Nine Lives Tour. If you would like to make an absentee bid, you need a valid credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) and you should follow the secure links to place your bid (minimum bid: $5,000). Click here.
DREAM THEATER will be issuing a new live three-CD set entitled Live Scenes From New York on September 18th through Elektra Records. Included in this release will be the complete show recorded at Roseland Ballroom in New York City on August 30th, 2000. The full track listing for the package is as follows:
Set 1: (Scenes From A Memory)
02. Overture 1928
03. Strange Deja Vu
04. Through My Words
05. Fatal Tragedy
06. Beyond This Life
07. John and Theresa solo
08. Though Her Eyes
10. The Dance Of Eternity
11. One Last Time
12. The Spirit Carries On
13. Finally Free
01. Metropolis Pt.1
02. The Mirror
03. Just Let Me Breathe
04. Acid Rain
05. Caught in a New Millennium
06. Another Day
07. Jordan solo
10. The Silent Man
11. Learning To Live
12. A Change Of Seasons
Release dates are still subject to change for different territories throughout the world.
Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch will be releasing a LYNCH MOB live CD, recorded in 1991 at The Palace in Hollywood and featuring Robert Mason on vocals, at the end of June.
Former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant, who is currently on a brief North American tour with his backing band THE STRANGE SENSATIONS, plans to record a studio album with the group later this year, with a tentative release date of February 2002 through Atlantic Records.
DUST TO DUST have shipped their first single, 'New Low', to radio for adds on June 12. The song is from their self-titled debut due out on July 24th through Sanctuary Records.
ANVIL frontman Lips will appear on 'Southern Ontario's best rock' station 97.7 HTZ-FM on their Beyond 11 program on Sunday, June 2nd, 1001.
Finnish doom metal act MAJESTY have signed with Actcom Records. The group's Actcom debut, Doomsday Machine, is due to be released on June 15th.
AVERNUS will be appearing as guests to Norway's MAYHEM on June 16th at The Lab in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Former VAN HALEN frontman DAVID LEE ROTH has announced several live appearances with his solo band during the summer. The dates are as follows:
June 22 - Ameristar, Kansas City, MO
June 23 - The Rock, Minneapolis, MN
June 30 - Wild Rose Amphitheatre, Bottineau, ND
More shows will be added shortly.
CLOCK, the side project of DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell, will be appearing at the Cat Club (aka Happenin' Harry's Hell Hole) on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood (next to the Whiskey A Go Go),on Sunday, June 3rd at 9:30 PM.
Veteran Dutch death metal act THANATOS have replaced drummer Aad Klooster Waard with Yuri Rinkel. Waard reportedly left the band to focus on his work with SINISTER and HOUWITSER, while Rinkel is apparently also pounding the skins for LIAR and GOLGOTHA. According to the group, Rinkel's drumming style 'fits the band better anyway imagine the subtle, energetic, thrashing style of original drummer Remo Van Arnhem combined with the fastest blastbeats ever heard in THANATOS, and you can understand why we're not complaining about our most recent line up change.' THANATOS will spend the summer writing material for their fourth album, which they plan to record around the end of 2001.