PITCHSHIFTER will be partaking in all three dates of Britain's newest festival, Extremefest 2001, this summer. The dates are as follows:
Aug. 18 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC
Aug. 25 - London, UK @ New River Stadium (Wood Green)
Aug. 26 - Nottingham, UK @ Wollaton Park
Each date has a ticket price of £15 for the whole day. There will be eight bands in total (except Nottingham, where there will likely be more), but the acts announced so far are:
LESS THAN JAKE
VOODOO GLOW SKULLS
Yngwie Malmsteen and his wife April their left home in Miami on Saturday for Stockholm, Sweden, where Yngwie will begin the European segment of his WAR tour. Yngwie's touring band — consisting of vocalist Mark Boals, keyboardist Mats Olausson, bassist Randy Coven, and drummer Tim Donahue — took off from Miami today to join him for Tuesday's concert in Stockholm.
WISDOM CALL, the side project of NARNIA singer Christian Liljegren, will release their debut album on May 21st through Massacre Records. Featuring a sound that is being described as a mix of NARNIA and HAMMERFALL, the album will include the following tracks:
01. Power From The Sky
02. The Last Generation
03. I Believe
04. Never Satisfied
05. Wings Of Tomorrow
06. Through Fire
07. One Way Out
08. Hold On To The Truth
09. 15 Years Time
Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting Festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, in Dessel, has finalized its bill. The artists confirmed to appear at the festival are:
CRADLE OF FILTH
KILL II THIS
SIX FEET UNDER
SICK OF IT ALL
BACKYARD BABIES will have its May 3rd show from Stockholm (Kägelbanan) broadcast live via the band's web site: www.backyardbabies.com. The show time is set at 9:30 pm CET (12:30 pm Los Angeles, 3:30 pm New York & 8:30 pm UK).
In the wake of the Dynamo Open Air Festival cancellation, SOULFLY have arranged a gig at 't Podium in Hardenberg, Holland on Sunday May 27th. Tickets go on sale on May 1st.
Sweden's THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX, featuring ENTOMBED bassist Jorgen Sandstrom, will have its second album, When We Are Done...Your Flesh Will Be Ours, released in mid-June/early July through Massacre Records.
The UK's BUSH have officially parted ways with Trauma Records and have signed a new deal with the Atlantic label. The band is currently working on its fourth album with producer Dave Sardy, and expect to have the CD ready for release in September.
V.O.D. (VISION OF DISORDER) will be supporting SLAYER on June 14th, 15th and 16th at as-yet-unspecified venues. More information will come shortly.
MORBID ANGEL have lined up several headlining shows during June. The dates are as follows:
June 14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
June 15 - Atlanta, GA @ Cotton Club
June 16 - TBA
June 17 - Richmond, VA @ Twister's
June 18 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Norway's DERIDE have signed with The Music Cartel Records and will have their debut CD, Scars Of Time, released in the US on June 12th. Featuring a sound that is said to appeal to fans of PANTERA, FEAR FACTORY and SLIPKNOT, DERIDE reportedly 'pushes the boundaries of both extreme metal and more melodic rock by combining the two elements in a very unique way'. For more information about DERIDE and some MP3s from the album, check out their website at www.deride.net.
Brazil's SHAMAN, the new band of former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (guitar), played their much-anticipated debut concert in the group's hometown of Sao Paulo on April 21st. As expected, SHAMAN performed a host of new material along with ANGRA classics and a few surprises. The full set list for the show was as follows:
03. Time Will Come
04. Streets of Tomorrow
06. Blind Sheep
07. Intro: Crossing
08. Nothing to Say
09. The Shaman
10. Carolina IV
11. Be Free
12. Drum solo
13. Wings of Reality
14. Living for the Night (featuring VIPER's Ives Passarel
15. For Tomorrow
16. Painkiller (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
17. For Whom the Bell Tolls (METALLICA cover
w/Matos on drums, Ricardo on guitars, Luís on bass
and Hugo on guitars/vocals)
18. Intro: Unfinished Allegro
19. Carry On
Ireland's CRUACHAN are seeking a keyboard player to replace guest keyboardist Dennis, who apparently has too many other projects to commit to touring with the band. CRUACHAN are planning on doing a full European tour in October/November, following the release of their brand new studio album through Hammerheart Records.
Sweden's RUNEMAGICK are still looking for a new label home following their split with Century Media Records earlier this year. According to the band, 'we have got some offers, but have not decided [on which company to sign with] yet. We will check a few more labels before we sign anything. Hopefully we will make a deal very soon because the studio is booked this summer [for the recording of the next album].' RUNEMAGICK have completed eight full songs for the forthcoming CD, tentatively titled Revelation Of Darkness, and have several instrumental parts and lyrics to complete before entering the studio. Working song titles include the following:
01. Funeral Caravan
02. One Road To Megiddo
03. Memorandum Melancholia
04. The Devil's Demimonde
05. Fathomless Genius Loci
06. The Infinity in Trinity
07. Ways Of Death Aggression
08. Pure Metallic Tribalance
09. Solstice of the Succubus
10. Non Divine Dirty Dead Blood
11. Corpse Nexus Hightime
Before going into the studio, RUNEMAGICK will play at the 2 Heavy 4 You! Festival in Falkenberg, Sweden, which takes place on May 25th and 26th. RUNEMAGICK will perform on Friday, the 25th at 5:15 PM.
SOUL EMBRACED, featuring LIVING SACRIFICE members Rocky Gray (guitar) and Lance Garvin (drums), have signed with Solid State Records, who have issued the group's For The Incomplete CD, a collection of seven brand new tracks and four tracks off their indie EP, all re-mastered for optimum quality. SOUL EMBRACED's forthcoming full-length album, This Is My Blood, is scheduled for a July 31st release, and it will contain the following tracks:
01. I Fade Away
02. The Scorn Of Deaths Kiss
03. Helpless In Wither
04. Through The Dark
05. The Cold Stares Of Dead Eyes
06. My Name Is Legion
07. Angels With Raven Hearts
08. Buried In
09. Still As You
10. Kingdom Of Shadows
12. End What Has Begun
14. Scars Remain
SOUL EMBRACED perform straight-ahead death metal with influences from bands such as: CANNIBAL CORPSE, PANTERA, FEAR FACTORY, IN FLAMES, and LIVING SACRIFICE.
SLIPKNOT have cancelled their five-date May US mini-tour, reportedly to accommodate the filming schedule for the Rollerball movie remake, in which they are set to make an appearance. The band have no plans to alter their upcoming European touring trek.