German progresive metallers VANDEN PLAS have confirmed their appearance at the ProgPower Europe 2001 Festival, which is due to take place on October 5th and 6th in Baarlo, Netherlands.
After releasing five albums through Atlantic Records, BAD RELIGION has reportedly re-signed with Epitaph Records, the label owned by Brett Gurewitz, a founding member of the 21-year-old punk band. According to sources, Gurewitz has also rejoined the band in a writing capacity. BAD RELIGION is currently writing and recording material for its next album, but no release date has yet been announced.
Former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland's OHM project, a Los Angeles-based jazz rock trio consisting of major label and studio musicians, have completed nine drum tracks for their brand new CD. Meanwhile, Poland will reportedly be making an appearance in the upcoming VH-1 Behind The Music special on MEGADETH, which has had various air dates thrown about, including April 22nd and May 14th. More information when it becomes available.
Ex-DEEP PURPLE / BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes' European touring band will include guitarist JJ Marsh and drummer Shane Gaalaas (DIESEL MACHINE). Gaalaas will be replacing Brian Tichy, whose previous touring and recording commitments have prevented him from taking part in the European portion of the trek.
Sweden's KATATONIA will be performing on Finnish soil for the first time ever when they take the stage at club Säätämö in Turku on Saturday June 2nd — the very first gig of their European tour in support of the just-released Last Fair Deal Gone Down CD.
Florida's ALAS, featuring MORBID ANGEL guitarist Erik Rutan and ex-THERION vocalist Martina Hornbacher-Astner, have finished recording their debut album, entitled Absolute Purity, which is presently scheduled for a June 19th release through Hammerheart Records. Song set to appear on the album include the following:
01. The Enchanted
02. Silencing The Sorrow
03. Quest Of Serenity
04. Loss Of A Life
05. Absolute Purity
Milwaukee, Wisconsin's MORTA SKULD has reportedly reformed with a new line-up featuring mainman Dave Gregor (guitars/vocals), ex-ROTTED bassist Pete Fienger and drummer Ed Wallner. The band is reportedly preparing to record a new demo in June — boasting a 'different direction' from their previous output — and may make an appearance at this year's Milwaukee Metalfest. Gregor has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for the second guitarist slot in SKINLAB, although it is not clear if he has actually already auditioned for the group.
DREAM THEATER's Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York DVD is reportedly the number one top-seller at CDnow. To celebrate the release of Metropolis 2000…, CDnow is having a special sale this weekend. Save 30% on all domestic DREAM THEATER releases.
SAVATAGE masterminds Jon Oliva and Paul O'Neil will be participating in a live Q&A cyberchat on America Online on Wednesday April 18 at 8:00 PM ET. The chat will take place at AOL Keyword: Rock Chat. Those who wish to participate but do not subscribe to the AOL service, can visit www.aol.com and download the free trial software which will enable them to take part.
Newest Roadrunner Records signings HINGE will be filming a video for the track 'Nightmare', off their upcoming The Darker Side Of Nonsense CD, on Saturday, April 21st, at New York City's infamous CBGB's, 315 Bowery (corner of Bleeker St) in the heart of the East Village in NYC. Everything starts at NOON sharp. Along with free pizza, some of the attendees will be receiving a copy of FEAR FACTORY's new album Digimortal before it hits the stores. All ages are welcome.
Finland's SONATA ARCTICA have announced the title of their upcoming single as 'Wolf & Raven'. The track comes off the group's upcoming second CD, Silence, which is scheduled to be released in Japan on June 21st and Finland on July 15th. The single comes out on May 7th.
The upcoming DORO PESCH / BRITNY FOX tour will include the following dates:
April 26 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Banana Joe's
April 27 - Nesconset, Long Island @ Lakesides
April 28 - Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill
April 29 - Hackensack, NJ @ KISS EXPO (DORO only)
May 01 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
May 02 - Dover, DE @ Froggys
May 03 - Lorain, OH @ The Flying Machine
May 04 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 05 - Lebanon, PA @ D'Alexanders
The support act on the remaining UK shows of GARY MOORE has been announced as Colin Hodgekinson, ex-BACK DOOR / WHITESNAKE bassist, who will perform a set of 'electric bass & vocal blues'.
DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie has posted the following update on the progress of the second MULLMUZZLER CD:
'Jim Brick from Absolute Audio will be Mastering MULLMUZZLER 2 on Monday, [April] 16th. I can't tell you how excited I am to finally be at this stage with the disc. It sounds fantastic now, so I can only imagine what it will sound like after being mastered.
'This disc is a real different and interesting statement for me musically, and I'm hoping that everyone enjoys it and freaks for that very reason. Don't worry — there is rock, there is progressive elements and so on. But I wanted to show people some other colors to me musically and I'm really psyched about this.
'At this point It looks like we're (Magna Carta and I) are shooting for an August 7th release. If all goes according to plan, it will simply happen as I have stated. If not and something changes, I will let you all know.
'The artwork for the disc is completed, and once again Dave McKean has come through amazingly. This guy is in another dimension. Incredible imagination. Very unique and innovative. Totally captured my concept — too much, just a little scary.
'Well, that is all for now. Take care everyone and I'm sorry I'm not in touch more often, but like all of you life deals so many responsibilities. That is not negative — it's just reality.'
Sweden's FIRESIDE will be playing the following European shows during the next two months:
April 30 - Örebro, SWE @ Festivalborg
May 07 - Hamburg, GER @ Molotov
May 08 - Nijmegen, NETH @ Doornroosje
May 09 - Amsterdam, NETH @ Paradiso
May 10 - Gronningen, NETH @ Vera
May 11 - Rotterdam, NETH @ Waterfront
May 12 - Brussels, BEL @ AB Club
May 13 - Den Bosch, NETH @ W2
May 14 - Köln, GER @ Underground
May 15 - Wiesbaden, GER @ Schlachthof
May 16 - Heidelburg, GER @ Schwimmbad
May 17 - Yverdon, CZ @ Amalgame
May 18 - Bern, SWI @ ISC
May 19 - Munich, GER @ Kafe Kult
May 20 - Dresden, GER @ Star Club
May 21 - Berlin, GER @ Knaack Klub
Jun 15 - Hultsfred, SWE @ Hultsfred Festival
ELEGY vocalist Ian Parry is working on the second album with his CONSORTIUM PROJECT, tentatively entitled Continuum In Extremis. The full track listing for the album is as follows:
01. Asylum Seekers
02. The Catalyst
03. Intrusions Of Madness
04. A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
05. Mirror Image
06. Sentiment In Sanctuary
07. What You Sow You Reap
09. Poetic Justice
The album features contributions from Patrick Rondat (ELEGY), Guenter Werno (VANDEN PLAS), Jan Bijlsma (ELEGY), Thomas Youngblood (KAMELOT), Dirk Bruinenberg (ELEGY), Stephan Lill (VANDEN PLAS), and Jack Frost (SAVATAGE). A May release is expected.
ADAGIO is the name of a brand new studio project masterminded by French guitarist Stephan Forte, whose debut album, Sanctus Ignis, features performances from singer David Readman (PINK CREAM 69), drummer Dirk Bruinenberg (ELEGY), Richard Anderson (MAJESTIC) on keyboards and Franck Hermany on bass. Produced by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, VANDEN PLAS, D.C. COOPER), Sanctus Ignis is scheduled for release on May 22nd. The full track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. Second Sight
02. The Inner Road
03. In Nomine...
04. The Stringless Violin
05. The Seven Lands Of Sin
06. Order Of Enlil
07. Sanctus Ignis
08. Panem Et Circences
09. Immigrant Song (LED ZEPPELIN cover)
DANGER DANGER's Bruno Ravel has reportedly been asked to co-produce the upcoming WESTWORLD studio CD, as well as a future solo project of WESTWORLD / TNT vocalist Tony Harnell.
FANTOMAS, featuring ex-FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, THE MELVINS guitarist Buzz Osbourne and MR. BUNGLE bassist Trevor Dunn, have posted an MP3 of their cover of 'Rosemary's Baby', which comes off the group's forthcoming Fantômas: The Directors Cut IPC-17 CD, due out in July through Ipecac Records. Check it out here.
VICIOUS RUMORS have reunited with singer Morgan Thorn and bassist Cornbread, who briefly left the band over 'business issues' last month. VICIOUS RUMORS are presently rehearsing for their upcoming European tour with RAGE, which is set to begin on April 18th in Ludwigsburg, Germany.