Archive News Apr 24, 2001 - update 1

HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman has commented on the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's sophomore full-length studio CD, which is expected to be recorded before the end of 2001. Accoding to Lachman, 'the writing sessions are underway. Rob [Halford], [guitarist] Mike Chlasciak and yours truly got together and began a solid week-long session not long ago. We locked ourselves in at a top-secret, high-security location where modern technology is used to construct only the highest grade metal. After seven days of inspiration, perspiration, and painstaking precision, ten new tracks were completed. Most of the new ideas began with individual riffs and songs from each of us and then we knocked heads to sort out a few changes in arrangement, key, melody, etc., wherever it was needed. The end result is some pretty powerful stuff. We will begin the next session this week. Our goal is nothing short of making the next record by the end of this year that is better that Resurrection. With the Metal God at the wheel, you can expect nothing less…'


ANTHRAX has inked a European record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group are still finalizing the contract details with Beyond/BMG for the US territory, and are expected to make an official announcement shortly. ANTHRAX's forthcoming studio album is not expected to be released before the end of the year.


More details have emerged about QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate's solo project, which will be making its live debut on Friday, June 1st at The Catwalk in Seattle. The as-yet-unnamed band will reportedly consist of the following musicians:

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Geoff Tate - lead vocals

Chris Fox - bass

Scott Moughton - lead guitar

Jeff Carrel - lead guitar

Evan Shiller - drums (also a member of SAD/HAPPY)

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An as-yet-unspecified keyboardist will be joining group for the aforementioned gig. More details will be announced shortly.


DEICIDE's upcoming studio album will be titled In Torment In Hell, and it will reportedly include the following tracks:

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01. In Torment In Hell

02. Worry In The House Of Thieves

03. Vengeance Will Be Mine

04. Imminent Doom

05. Let It Be Done

06. Child of God

07. Lurking Among Us

08. Christ Don't Care

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In Torment In Hell was recorded at Tampa's Morrisound Studios, and it is tentatively scheduled for release through Roadrunner Records in July/August.


KING DIAMOND's forthcoming studio album, entitled Abigail 2: The Revenge is tentatively scheduled for a late 2001 release, and it will reportedly include the following tracks (among others):

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01. Slippery Stairs

02. Revenge Is Sweet

03. Dinner For Two


SPYS4DARWIN, featuring the ALICE IN CHAINS rhythm section of Sean Kinney (drums) and Mike Inez (bass), ex-SPONGE vocalist Vin Dombroski, and ex-QUEENSRYCHE guitarist Chris DeGarmo, will be issuing their debut EP, Microfish, on May 18th via the group's official web site (a proper release will follow shortly thereafter via the Pied Viper label). A six-tracker, the EP will include the following cuts:

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01. Submission in Love

02. Insomnia Station

03. Dashboard Jesus (Follow)

04. Chain Letter

05. Flood (Skill Of The Kill)

06. Cold Dead Hands


SIX FEET UNDER's upcoming studio album, which is currently being mixed in Florida with producer Dave Schiffman, will be entitled True Carnage. Song titles set to appear on the CD include the following:

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01. The Day The Dead Walked

02. It Never Dies

03. The Murderers

04. Cadaver Mutilator

05. Impulse To Disembowel

06. Sick And Twisted (featuring Karyn Crisis of CRISIS)


Former FATES WARNING guitarist Frank Aresti has made four songs from his new industrial/electronic one-man project ARESTI available for download via the Farmclub web site. A far cry from the progressive rock sounds of his former band, ARESTI's musical direction is being described as NIN-inspired and much colder and darker than anything the guitarist had previously done. According to Aresti, 'I needed a form of music in which I could express myself completely, and with technology being what it is today, I am able to write, arrange, and record all parts and all instruments.

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'I have always been into industrial [music],' Aresti revealed. 'Well, since the late '80s / early '90s. I was into MINISTRY, JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, SISTERS OF MERCY, later VOIVOD, and a Connecticut band called LIQUID CIRCUS. In writing [FATES WARNING's] Parallells, I think you could hear the vibe in my playing, even in the songs [FW guitarist] Jim [Matheos] wrote. If you listen to 'Life In Stillwater', you will hear what I'm talking about. It's obvious in that song. Even though Jim wrote it, we all took part in the arranging and in adding our own parts. I did get out of the industrial scene for a while until about a year ago when a friend of mine let me borrow NIN's The Fragile and it blew me away. At the same time, [Aresti's post-FW band] ALL THAT IS had seen better days so it all came together for me.'

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The four ARESTI tracks that can be downloaded from this location are the following:

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01. Blade

02. Smoothing The Way

03. Snap!

04. The Winding Ring


FU MANCHU have chosen Matt Hyde (MONSTER MAGNET, SLAYER) to produce their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled effort, which the band will begin tracking on April 26th. According to guitarist/vocalist Scott Hill, 'we are all very excited to be working with Matt. We will be recording 13 new songs, plus re-recording 'Mongoose' (re-arranging it a little). 10 songs will make the record. Also, we are thinking about covering PANTERA's 'I'm Broken''. Should be fun.'

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Among the songs that are set to appear on the album are the following:

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01. Go For It

02. Planet of the Ape Hangers

03. Hang On

04. Ampin

05. Downtown In Dogtown

06. Make Them Believe


SLAYER's upcoming studio album, tentatively titled God Hates Us All, is currently being mixed in Vancouver, B.C. with produced Matt Hyde for a July 3rd release American/Columbia Records. According to guitarist Kerry King, the forthcoming effort's 'got a lot of fast stuff, but it's got a lot of chunky heavy stuff too.'

Tentative song titles for the album include:

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01. Disciple

02. Threshold

03. Addict

04. Exile

05. Payback

06. Seven Faces

07. Godsend Death

08. New Faith

09. Cast Down

10. Scarstruck

11. Here Comes The Pain

12. Deviance

13. Gore Point

14. Bloodline

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In other SLAYER news, the band have just completed recording the song 'War Zone' for an upcoming WWF compilation CD, which is also set to feature tracks by DISTURBED, UNCLE KRACKER, MOTORHEAD, and UNION UNDERGROUND, among others. 'War Zone' will also reportedly be used as the theme song for WWF wrestler Test. Meanwhile, SLAYER's long-awaited box set is still being worked on, and it is now said to carry the working title of Soundtracks Of The Apocalypse. The box set is tentatively scheduled to be released in December in two different versions through American/Columbia Records.


DOG EAT DOG are completing work on a demo CD of six new songs for an as-yet-unspecified 'major' label with the hopes of issuing their forthcoming album at the end of the year. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the upcoming release are the following:

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01. Weekender

02. My Frustration

03. Let's Party

04. Endless Self Believer


The reunited 'German thrash legends' HOLY MOSES have signed a new deal with Century Media Records. The first release under the new contract will be an EP entitled Master Of Disaster, featuring 'the band's strongest material since the Finished With The Dogs CD'. Master Of Disaster is scheduled for release in Europe on June 18th, in time for the band's appearances at the Wacken, With Full Force and Mind Over Matter festivals. HOLY MOSES will also be performing in Korea and Hong Kong during August.


ICED EARTH's forthcoming studio effort, Horror Show, is scheduled for release in Europe through Century Media Records on June 18th and in the US on June 26th.

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The full track listing for Horror Show is as follows:

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01. Wolf

02. Damien

03. Jack

04. Ghost Of Freedom

05. Im-Ho-Tep

06. Jeckyl &amp Hyde

07. Dragon's Child

08. Frankenstein

09. Dracula

10. The Opera Ghost

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A cover of IRON MAIDEN's 'Transylvania' was also recorded and will be included on a limited-edition first pressing of the album on a bonus disc that also contains an exclusive interview with guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer.


SKINLAB will have their track 'Come Get It' included in the new movie Rites of Passage, a 100-minute documentary featuring the Ultimate Fighting champion Royce Gracie. According to the group's official web site, 'Come Get It' will be included both in the movie and on the accompanying soundtrack. SKINLAB will also be performing at the Rites Of Passage premiere party in LA at The Knitting Factory on May 15th.


Following the problems with frontman Peavy Wagner's throat that have caused the cancellation of the initial dates on the group's Welcome To The Other Side tour, Germany's RAGE have announced that they will pick up the tour in Spain on April 27th and play the remaining dates as scheduled.


CRISIS's brand new demo has now been mastered, and it will soon be available for download via the group's MP3.com web site. The three tracks that were recorded are as follows:

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01. Burning In My Own Hell

02. We All Fall Down

03. Sickness

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According to vocalist Karyn Crisis, 'jaws will drop to the floor' when people hear these new songs.

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