Germany's DESTRUCTION are continuing their world tour in support of the All Hell Breaks Loose release while preparing to return to The Abyss Studio in Sweden to begin recording the album's follow-up (which will tentatively take place during April). DESTRUCTION were also recently confirmed as the main support act on the upcoming DIMMU BORGIR European tour, which will start in mid-May. Here are all the confirmed dates so far:
Headlining (except *):
March 24 - Mexico City, MEX @ Salon 21
March 25 – Monterrey, MEX @ Ferro Theatre
March 30 – Cali, Colombia @ TBA
March 31 – Bogota, Colombia @ TBA
April 01 – Medellin, Colombia @ TBA
April 21 - Motala Festival, SWE @ Folkets Park *
As support to DIMMU BORGIR (also featuring SUSPERIA):
May 11 - (E) Bergara @ Jam
May 12 -  (E) Barcelona @ Razzmatazz 2
May 13 - (E) Madrid @ Revolver
May 15 - (F) Paris @ Eysee Montmartre
May 16 (F) Strasbourg @ La Laiterie
May 17 - (D) Frankfurt @ Batschkapp
May 18 -  (CZR) Prag @ Palac Akropolis
May 19 - (PL) Warsaw @ Proxima
May 20 -  (LIT) Vilnius @ Sport Palace
May 21 - TBA
May 22 - (FIN) Helsinki @ Tavaslia
May 24 - (SWE) Linköping @ Skylten
May 25 - (SWE) Göteborg @ Karen
May 26 - (NOR) Oslo @ Rockefeller
Sweden's TAD MOROSE are reportedly already gearing up for the recording of their next studio album, despite the fact that the group's latest CD, Undead, has just received a US release. According to vocalist Urban Breed, “We're currently hard at work making the final preparations for our next album. It may seem like it's a bit early to our US audience. [But] bear in mind that the European release [of Undead] was October 23, 2000.”
In other TAD MOROSE news, the band have lined up a few gigs prior to their appearance at this year's Wacken Festival. Here is where the group will be performing:
April 19 - Falun, Sweden @ Shopen
April 20 - Gävle, Sweden @ Wasteland
May 19 - Bengtsfors, Sweden @ Decibel Festival 2001
Aug. 04 – Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air
SAVATAGE's latest, Poets And Madmen, entered the official (!) Dutch Top 100 Album chart at #95.
UK black metallers HECATE ENTHRONED are completing work on their new EP at Elavator Studios in Liverpool with producer Pete “Pee Wee” Coleman. The as-yet-untitled CD will reportedly be similar to the group's Kings Of Chaos release, but “a lot darker”. Expect the EP to be issued in the spring through PHD / Blackend Records.
The UK's MEDULLA NOCTE have landed the support slot at CRADLE OF FILTH's April 14th gig at Nottingham's Rock City, forcing the band to cancel their appearance at the Furyfest Festival. The band have also apparently been unofficially confirmed as the opening act on the upcoming NAPALM DEATH tour, which is due to take place in April.
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN is adding two shows to his previously announced USA itinerary: April 3rd in New York (at BB King Blues Club and Grill), and April 16th in Illinois.
Australia's Venomous Records are looking for Australian death and black metal bands to feature on their planned compilation, Welcome to Death. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Venomous  (www.venomousrecords.com) to find out more.
Dreamworks Records recording artists PRESSURE 4-5 have parted ways with drummer Jake Fowler and are utilizing the services of former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES skinsman Brooks Wackerman for the recording of their forthcoming debut, which is currently being tracked with producer Jay Baumgardner (PAPA ROACH, ALIEN ANT FARM, COAL CHAMBER). The group have so far completed the drums for six songs and are shooting for a late summer release for the album.  As previously reported, PRESSURE 4-5 will be appearing on the second stage at this year's Ozzfest Festival.
More details have emerged about the forthcoming TRIBE OF JUDAH album, featuring former VAN HALEN / EXTREME frontman Gary Cherone. The album will reportedly be titled Benefits of a Short Term Memory, and it will include such tracks as “Left For Dead” and “Need I Say More”. There is still no word on which label will carry the album or when it will be released. In addition to Cherone, TRIBE OF JUDAH features Steve Ferlazzo on synths/programming, Leo Mellache on guitar, Tim Bissonette on guitar, Pat Badger (ex-EXTREME) on bass, and Mike Mangini (ex-EXTREME / ANNIHILATOR) on drums.
Fans of former RAINBOW / DEEP PURPLE / YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Joe Lynn Turner can catch him at the following appearances:
March 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Sunrise Musical Theater
March 31 - St. Augustine, FL @ Liberty Mutual Legends of
April 07 - Kauai, HI @ Unum Insurance Corp. Show
April 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Hotel Corp. Show
THE DICTATORS' Go Girl Crazy! album is being re-released on vinyl in March. The 1975 album, the group's first, will be released by Epic Records, but distributed by Norton.
In other THE DICTATORS news, skinsman J.P. 'Thunderbolt' Patterson is enjoying a thriving acting career that has included small non-speaking roles in such movies as Almost Famous (look for him sporting a burgundy suit and muttonchops in a scene outside of a hotel), and the soon-to-be-released City by the Sea, starring Robert De Niro, and People I Know, with Al Pacino and Tea Leoni. Fans of The Sopranos should keep an eye peeled for J.P. in the background of an upcoming scene in which mob tough-guy Furio beats a guy up over an Ecstasy deal. The scene takes place in a men's room and J.P. is “peeing at a urinal”.
According to DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie's official site, the vocals and instruments for the new MULLMUZZLER CD have been recorded, and the album's mixing sessions began on March 10th. Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE was originally going to mix the new album, but due to scheduling conflicts, the album will now be mixed by Victor Florencia. According to James, 'He is an incredible mixer and is very similar to Steven in that he is young and innovative with the sonics of music.'
LOUDNESS' new album, Spiritual Canoe, entered the Japanese Album charts at #20. According to bravewords.com, the group's much-anticipated reunion tour (featuring all original members) got under way on March 13th, and it included the following set list:
02. In The Mirror
03. Show Me The Way
05. Milky Way
06. Mr. Yesman
07. Black Wall
08. Devil Soldier
09. Street Woman
10. Black Widow
11. Lonely Player
12. The End Of Earth (new song)
13. Winds Of Victory (new song)
14. How Many More Times
15. Crazy Doctor
16. Dream Fantasy
17. Crazy Night
18. So Lonely
19. Stay Wild (new song)
The band is reportedly holding discussions about playing the Wacken Festival in August and are said to be planning a short European tour later this year.
Former CRIMSON GLORY vocalist Wade Black will be joining forces with CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson and touring drummer Jesse Martillio in a project called SECTOR 9.
Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS recently completed an 18-week run in the alternative top 20 charts in the Netherlands. The band will be performing in Oslo at the Inferno Festival on Friday, April 13th on the Rockerfeller Music Hall's main stage. The band also hopes to hit Germany, as well as other European destinations, in the coming months.