Germany's BRAINSTORM will be recording several festival appearances during the summer for a possible live album, which is tentatively expected to surface in late 2002 or early 2003. In other news, the band has been "seriously writing" new material since April and "what we have written so far is really very, very promising," according to an official statement from the group. "We are currently working on different songs that will simply blow you away! Definitely! Heavy riffing, up-tempo hymns, unchained melodies and everything you expect from a new BRAINSTORM album and way more! And, the 3rd part of our Maharaja-trilogy ('Maharaja Palace', 'Checkmate In Red'...) touches the surface more and more. Expect again some amazing epic oriental tunes on that. Keep it as a promise, we are working our asses off to create our masterpiece so far!"