ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following update on the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's upcoming, as-yet-untitled studio album—the band's first for Beyond/BMG Records—and the preparation for the recording of a live album, which is scheduled to take place in Chicago on October 3rd: “Work on the record has been intense and easy at the same time. Band morale has been great and that tends to keep everyone sane. Even in our 115 degree room with the dead rat behind the wall and the Amityville Horror-like plague of flies, things have been fast and furious. It's been the most collaborative effort we've undertaken in maybe, well in maybe ever. The music is hard. Riffs. Not just one finger tuned down chords. Riffs. We write riffs. I guess we'll never get on the radio now help me Jeebus! No fake programmed 'disco-metal'. No 'pseudo-heavy we wanna be metal but would never call ourselves that' gayness. No 'rap-metal'. What a concept. We stay different by staying the same.
“We've got a few more weeks of writing before the tour starts. Best scenario is to go on tour with 11-12 songs and have the whole tour to work on the vocals. Totally possible as we've got 8 songs now. My current favorite is called 'What Doesn't Die'. Fastest double bass Charlie has ever played. Every song is about destroying organized religion. Kidding. Just one or two. Maybe we'll call the record 9 Lives. NOT. No title yet. How about that live record title? Metallus Maximus Livus. Now that's good. I'm actually looking forward to doing this live record after denouncing it for years. Chalk that up to the lame Live Noize on Island. We're going to do all kinds of stuff we haven't done in forever (like 'Gung-Ho' which we did at the Chuck Billy benefit) and we get to work with Joe Barresi, an amazing engineer. It's gonna sound great. We're busting ass (especially Brent) to get this done and out for the end of November. Great cover art. Very Italian, circa 1942. Know what I'm sayin'? You'll see what I mean. Mussolini would be proud. See you in Chicago. 10/3. F.ck yeah.”
ANTHRAX's next studio album is not expected to emerge before mid-2002 through Beyond/BMG Records. Working song titles set to be appear on the CD include the following:
01. Nobody Knows Anything
04. What Doesn't Die
HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath on potential replacements for guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, who left the group two weeks ago: “We already have several candidates in mind so for now there wont be any auditions. There is a lot of great talent out there and we are all excited about the future possibilities for HELLOWEEN. Once the new lineup is final, we will go and record the next album'
L.A. heavyweights DIESEL MACHINE will be joining Warner Bros. recording artists STATIC-X at the Fillmore in San Francisco this coming Thursday, August 30th in support of their SPV debut album, Torture Test. DIESEL MACHINE, who feature in their ranks HALFORD guitarist, Pat Lachman, were invited by STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static personally to fill in for THE APEX THEORY also on the bill are DEADSY. For more info visit http://www.thefillmore.com/detail.asp?eventID=27783 or www.dieselmachine.net/ In related news, DIESEL MACHINE vocalist A.J. Cavalier's side project, Southern doomsters MISSISSIPPI SLUDGE, will make an in-studio appearance at www.RockNRollStation.com for an unplugged set on Friday, August 31st. The band's debut release, Biscuits & Slavery, is out now on Record Heaven Music.
L.A. shred kings RACER X, featuring guitarist Paul Gilbert (ex-MR. BIG), vocalist Jeff Martin (ex-BADLANDS, BLACK SYMPHONY), drummer Scott Travis (JUDAS PRIEST) and bassist John Alderete (ex-THE SCREAM), will be issuing a live CD/DVD of their May 25th reunion show at the Whisky A-Go Go shortly. Tentatively titled Snowball Of Doom [view the cover artwork here], the disc contains songs from all four RACER X studio albums: Street Lethal, Second Heat, Technical Difficulties and their latest, Superheroes. The track listing reads as follows:
01. 17th Moon
02. Into The Night
03. Let The Spirit Fly
04. Street Lethal
05. Dead Man's Shoes
09. Hammer Away
10. Evil Joe
11. Phallic Tractor
12. Fire Of Rock
Come January 2002, RACER X will undertake their first-ever trip to Japan as a band, where both Technical Difficulties and Superheroes have reached gold status. The four shows scheduled are:
Jan. 08 - Osaka, JAP @ On-Air Standing
Jan. 09 - Nagoya, JAP @ Club Quattro
Jan. 10 - Tokyo, JAP @ Shibuya Ax
Jan. 12 - Yokohama, JAP @ Bay Hall
SKINLAB's upcoming third full-length effort, tHEreVOLTINGROOM>>dISTURBING tHE aRT oF eXPRESSION<<, which was recently completed with producer Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, HATEBREED, EARTH CRISIS), will be released through Century Media Records on February 5th.
According to Metal Hammer, IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently flying charter flights for British Airways as part of his effort to obtain the final part of his pilot's license! A spokesman for the singer told the magazine: 'He's having a whale of a time. In the past two weeks he's jetted off to Paris, Germany and he's currently on his way to Mexico!'
ANOTHERDAY, the New York-based band featuring former DRAIN STH guitarist Flavia Canel, has completed work on a brand new four-song CD, which the band is presently using to shop for a record deal. The four songs on the offer are as follows:
01. Held Underneath
02. Deeper Scar
03. Can't Get By
04. Real Enough
The Travis Smith cover to ANATHEMA's forthcoming A Fine Day To Exit CD, described by guitarist Vincent Cavanagh as “ the best artwork we have done so far', can be viewed at this location.
MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP)'s forthcoming Be Aware Of Scorpions CD, the group's first with new vocalist Chris Logan, will be released in Japan on October 26th and not October 24th as previously reported. The Japanese version of the album will include a bonus track featuring vocals by MSG drummer/RACER X vocalist Jeff Martin, which is described by Logan as “reeeeeally cool!”. The US release will also contain one bonus track, this one with Logan on lead vocals. US tour dates are expected to be announced shortly.
Swedish sleaze-rockers BACKYARD BABIES are due to embark on a German tour during October/November. Here are the confirmed dates:
Oct. 29 – Frankfurt, GER @ Batschkapp
Oct. 30 – Bielefeld, GER @ Kamp
Nov. 16 – Kassel, GER @ Spot
Nov. 18 – Dortmund, GER @ Soundgarden
Nov. 20 – Stuttgart, GER @ Röhre
Nov. 21 – Karlsruhe, GER @ Substage
Nov. 22 - Köln, GER @ Prime Club
Nov. 23 - Trier, GER @ Aula
Nov. 24 - München, GER @ Backstage
Nov. 25 - Leipzig, GER @ Conne Island
Nov. 27 - Berlin , GER @ Columbia Fritz
Nov. 28 - Hamburg, GER @ Schlachthof
JANE'S ADDICTION/ex-RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Dave Navarro has tapped DUST TO DUST to open select dates of his upcoming headlining tour. DUST TO DUST will be on the bill for the August 31st Providence, RI, September 1st Washington, DC and September 4th Philadelphia, PA stops of the tour. Check out DUST TO DUST's official site at www.dusttodustmusic.com.
NAUSEA L.A., the acclaimed underground “deathcore” act that featured in its ranks TERRORIZER vocalist Oscar Garcia (having released the memorable Crime Against Humanity LP in 1991), have reportedly reunited for the first time since 1993 and are in the process of writing new material for an upcoming release. Here is an update on the group's progress, as posted by drummer Eric C. at NAUSEA L.A.'s unofficial fan web page: “We are currently working on new NAUSEA songs. We got three new songs, It's going to be like the old stuff—European/punkish. We rehearse about two times a week in the studio with Oscar [Garcia] on vocals/guitar, our old friend Richard on bass, and we are trying out a few lead guitarists around. The [upcoming] recording might only have about 6 songs EP/CD. I think we are gonna release [it] ourselves, so start spreading the news. Should be done end of this year.”
SILVERGINGER 5, featuring THE WILDHEARTS mainman Ginger and former ELECTRIC BOYS frontman Conny Bloom, will play the following shows in November:
Nov. 01 - Shelter, Dublin, IRE
Nov. 02 - Limelight, Belfast, IRE
Nov. 03 - Garage, Glasgow, UK
Nov. 04 - University, Newcastle, UK
Nov. 05 - Hop & Grape, Manchester, UK
Nov. 06 - Waterfront, Norwich, UK
Nov. 08 - Fleece & Firkin, Bristol, UK
Nov. 09 - JBs, Dudley, UK
Nov. 10 - Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Nov. 11 - Leadmill, Sheffield, UK
Nov. 12 - Electric Ballroom, London, UK
Nov. 14 - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK
Nov. 15 - Barfly, Cardiff, UK
Norway's DERIDE have recruited Tarjei Heggernes as their full-time bassist. Meanwhile, vocalist Frediablo and guitarist Ole Walaunet are said to be working on an as-yet-unnamed side project that Ole describes as “brutal as hell. We're gonna tear the f.cking world apart with this one!' More info as it becomes available.
Finland's H.I.M. will partake in the following autograph sessions during their visit to Germany:
Aug. 27 - HMV Oberhausen (17.00 - 19.00)
Aug. 28 - Media Markt Heidelberg (17.00 - 19.00)
Aug. 29 - Media Markt München Einsteinstrasse (17.00 - 19.00)
Aug. 30 - Media Markt Berlin (Spandau) (17.00 - 19.00)
Aug. 31 - Saturn Hamburg (15.00 - 16.30)
On August 28th, H.I.M. frontman Ville will chat live at the T-Online Homepage at 2:30 PM CET.
The MISFITS 25-year-anniversary special guest line-up will be touring Japan in September with BALZAC. A very special guest appearance has been added for Tokyo on September 17th and Osaka on September 20th, when Naoko Yamano of SHONEN KNIFE will join the M25 special guest line up on guitar and lead vocals for a performance of the RAMONES classic 'I Wanna Be Sedated'. The MISFITS Halloween bash and after-party will be held at the WWF NY at Times Square on October 31st. In addition to special guests Marky Ramone and Robo & Dez the show will include opening act BALZAC, straight from Japan in their very first US appearance.
Denmark's MERCENARY have signed with Hammerheart Records for the release of their upcoming Everblack CD, which is due to be released in January. The band's music is being described as “powerful metal with influences ranging from death to power to modern metal”.
The track “Dragon's Lair”, taken from SAXON's upcoming Killing Ground CD (due in September), can be downloaded in low-quality MP3 form from this location.
Rhino/Atlantic Records will be issuing TESTAMENT's The Very Best Of Testament (Atlantic & Atco remasters) CD on September 4th.
NAPALM DEATH have lined up THE EXPLOITED and CATHEDRAL to support them at their upcoming headlining show at The Astoria in London on November 26th.
A free download of the STEEL DRAGON track 'Crown Of Falsehood', taken from the soundtrack to the forthcoming Mark Wahlberg film Rock Star (the plot of which is loosely based on the life story of JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens) is available from this location. The soundtrack is due for release on August 20th via Posthuman/Priority Records.
As previously reported, Rock Star is scheduled to receive a theatrical release on September 7th. The movie, which stars Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, Planet Of The Apes, Interscope recording artist Marky Mark) and Jennifer Aniston (Friends, Leprechaun, Brad Pitt's wife) is about a singer for a cover band, BLOOD POLLUTION, that gets the chance of a lifetime to join the 'real' band (STEEL DRAGON) when that band fires their original lead singer. STEEL DRAGON is the name of the fictitious band at the center of the movie, the recording line-up of which features OZZY axeman Zakk Wylde, DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson and TALISMAN/ex-YNGWIE singer Jeff Scott Soto.