Here is the full track listing for the upcoming third full-length CD from Finland's H.I.M. (His Infernal Majesty), entitled Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights, which is due to be issued in Europe via Supersonic/G.U.N. Records on August 27th:
01. Salt In Our Wounds
02. Heartache Every Moment
03. Lose You Tonight
04. In Joy And Sorrow
06. Close To The Flame
07. Please Don't Let It Go
09. Don't Close Your Heart
10. Love You Like I Do
Germany's “pirate metallers” RUNNING WILD have recruited a new bassist, a relative unknown by the name of Peter Pichel. The band is still in the recording studio working on its upcoming album, entitled The Brotherhood, which is due in early 2002. According to the group's official web site, the title track of the forthcoming album will once again touch upon the “pirate” theme (surprise, surprise), while “The Ghost” will feature lyrics about Lawrence of Arabia.
Here is a list of all the known song titles that are set to appear on The Brotherhood:
01. The Brotherhood
03. Welcome to Hell
04. The Ghost
05. Siberian Winter (instrumental)
SAVATAGE have officially confirmed that the whole band will be appearing this Saturday night, August 11th, at The Green Parrot in Largo, FL on a bill that will also feature former IMPELLITERRI singer Rob Rock.
According to unofficial sources, drummer Tommi Lillman has left Finland's SINERGY in order to concentrate on his work with TO/DIE/FOR. Lillman reportedly laid down the drum tracks for SINERGY's forthcoming third full-length album, entitled Suicide By My Side, before his departure from the group, and he is said to have left amicably, with everyone involved intent on remaining friends. As soon as SINERGY is done recording the new album, they reportedly plan on holding auditions for a new drummer, who will accompany the group on tour in early 2002 in support of Suicide By My Side, due to be released through Nuclear Blast Records in January.
BIOHAZARD's Uncivilization opus has had its European release date pushed up a week to September 3rd through SPV/Steamhammer Records.
Silicon Messiah, the debut album from BLAZE, featuring former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE vocalist Blaze Bayley, will finally receive a South American release on August 30th. Included on the CD will be three bonus cuts not available on the original version of the CD. The full track listing for the South American release is as follows:
01. Ghost in the Machine
03. Silicon Messiah
04. Born As A Stranger
05. The Hunger
06. The Brave
08. Reach for the Horizon
09. The Launch
10. Stare At the Sun
11. The Day I Fell to Earth
12. Tough As Steel (WOLFSBANE Cover)
13. Motherf.ckers R Us
Former RAINBOW/MSG and current IMPELLITERRI vocalist Graham Bonnet will be issuing his latest solo album, entitled The Day I Went Mad, through Escape Music on September 27th. The CD features guest appearances by Vivian Campbell (DIO, SHADOW KING, RIVERDOGS, DEF LEPPARD), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), Danny Johnson, Tim Bogert and Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER).
DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie will release his second solo album, entitled Mullmuzzler II (and appearing under the name James LaBrie's MULLMUZZLER) on September 11th through Magna Carta Records. The full track listing for the album is as follows:
02. Venice Burning
03. Confronting The Devil
06. A Simple Man
07. Save Me
10. Tell Me
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, FOREIGNER's Mick Jones, Tom Peterson of CHEAP TRICK and BON JOVI's Tico Torres will be among the musicians backing 86-year-old Les Paul on Monday, August 13th when he plays the opening of the New Iridium Jazz Club in New York. The celebration also kicks off a series of guitar events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Gibson Les Paul Guitar.
Bassist J.B. (aka Jonathon Brightman) has quit BUCKCHERRY. A replacement will be recruited for the group's upcoming touring activities in support of the Time Bomb CD, which has reportedly shifted 100,000 copies since its spring release.
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 due for release August 20th via Posthuman/Priority Records. The full track listing for the album is as follows:
01. EVERCLEAR - 'Rock Star'
02. STEEL DRAGON - 'Livin' The Life'
03. MOTLEY CRUE - 'Wild Side'
04. STEEL DRAGON - 'We All Die Young'
05. STEEL DRAGON - 'Blood Pollution'
06. BON JOVI - 'Livin' On A Prayer'
07. STEEL DRAGON - 'Stand Up'
08. TED NUGENT - 'Stranglehold
09. STEEL DRAGON - 'Wasted Generation'
10. KISS - 'Lick It Up'
11. STEEL DRAGON - 'Long Live Rock & Roll'
12. INXS - 'Devil Inside'
13. VERVE PIPE - 'Colorful'
14. TREVOR RABIN - 'Gotta Have It'
As previously reported, STEEL DRAGON is the name of the fictitious band at the center of the movie, the recording line-up of which features former OZZY axeman Zakk Wylde, DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson and TALISMAN/ex-YNGWIE singer Jeff Scott Soto.
According to the group's official web site, HELLOWEEN have plans to re-enter the recording studio around March 2002, “at the earliest”, to begin work on their next studio album, which is due at the end of next year.
The following came to us via the YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Official Fan Club mailing list:
'I spoke with YNGWIE last night, and he asked me to send this notice to the Fan Club mailing list. It is uncertain at this time who will be available for the short South American tour, so YNGWIE is willing to listen to audition demo material from professional musicians who are thoroughly familiar with his music (especially the set list played on this tour).
“Qualified musicians should send their audition packets as soon as possible to the Fan Club address. I will forward the audition packets to YNGWIE and he will contact anyone he has a serious interest in. The audition packet should include the following:
'01. At least one 8x10 color photo (must be a current photo!).
'02. A professional-quality demo tape or CD (video is preferable, but audio will be accepted). If possible, please include samples of YNGWIE's songs, especially those played on this tour (see the Concert Feedback section of yngwie.org for set lists from the shows).
'03. Contact info: your phone/fax number, e-mail address, postal address. If you have an agent/manager, please include contact info for that person also.
'04. Typed resume of your performing/recording experience. This must be REAL experience — YNGWIE is very good at distinguishing genuine musicians from inexperienced wannabes.
“If you have questions, please e-mail Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!'
Acclaimed UK metallers RAGING SPEEDHORN will be playing their first gig in the United States on Thursday, August 16th at CBGB's in New York City (located at: 315 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, telephone 212 982 4052, www.cbgb.com). The band will be onstage at 8:00 PM. In other news, RAGING SPEEDHORN have confirmed the dates for their headline tour on the UK in September. Support at all dates will come from MISDEMEANOR, an all-female “stoner metal” band from Sweden who are signed to ENTOMBED guitarist Alex Hellid's Muse Entities record label. Also appearing on the bill will be SCURGE. The dates are as follows:
Sept. 04 – Liverpool, UK @ Lomax
Sept. 05 - Leeds, UK @ Rocket
Sept. 06 -- Exeter, UK @ Cavern
Sept. 07 - Tunbridge, UK @ Wells Forum
Sept. 08 - Newport, UK @ TJ's
Sept. 09 - Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
Sept. 11 - Oxford, UK @ Zodiac
Sept. 12 - Northampton, UK @ Roadmender
Sept. 13 - Brighton, UK @ TBA
RAGING SPEEDHORN will spend week in August at Brooklyn's Rat Piss Studios (where BIOHAZARD recorded their Uncivilization CD) recording three or four additional cuts for their forthcoming sophomore album, which is being produced by BIOHAZARD guitarist Billy Graziadei and drummer Danny Schuler, and is due to be released in early 2002.
MASTERMIND is currently in the studio working on 10 new songs with vocalist Tracy McShane, who made her debut with the band in January supporting SYMPHONY X to “packed” houses in the US. Guitarist/composer Bill Berends has recently converted his studio over to all digital computer based recording which will no doubt benefit the new recordings. Berends describes the new material as being 'darker, more focused and more song oriented' than the band's previous outing Angels Of The Apocalypse, going on to say that 'Tracy's voice has an aggressive edge which suits the new material perfectly'. Joining Tracy, Bill and brother Rich on drums will be new bassist Tim Spillane and Swedish keyboard ace Jens Johansson (i.e. STRATOVARIUS, ex-YNGWIE/DIO) for his third stint with the band.
Reunited NWOBHM legends JAGUAR will be appearing at a mini-festival/party in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday, September 1st. Another Hamburg gig on Friday, August 31st is currently in the works.
JANUS STARK, featuring THE PRODIGY guitarist Gizz (ex-THE ENGLISH DOGS), are temporarily utilizing the services of drummer Spikey Smith (i.e. WARDANCE, POSITIVE, JOLT, THE DAMNED) until they find a permanent skinsman. Spike will join JANUS STARK for the group's upcoming UK tour in September, the details of which can be found below:
Sept. 04 - Vivid And Elite, Romford
Sept. 05 - The Whichwood, Ashdon Under Lym
Sept. 06 - TBA
Sept. 07 - The White Horse, High Wycombe
Sept. 08 - Zodiac, Oxford
Sept. 12 - TBA
Sept. 13 - Barfly, Cardiff
Sept. 14 - Ski Lodge, Yeovil
Sept. 15 - The Pioneer, St Albans
Sept. 16 - JB's, Dudley
Sept. 18 - Pressure Point, Brighton
Sept. 19 - Airt Balloon, Portsmouth
Sept. 20 - Cavern, Exeter
Sept. 21 - Tubledown Dick, Farneborough
Sept. 22 - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
Sept. 25 - The Wellington Boot, Rotherham
Sept. 26 - Victoria Inn, Derby
Sept. 27 - TBA
Sept. 28 - Finnegans, Norwich
Sept. 29 - Powerhouse Promo, Telford
UK melodic metallers DRAGONHEART have recruited 19-year-old keyboard player Vadim.
TOOL have announced more headlining US dates for September. The details are as follows:
Sept. 06 – MN, St Paul @ The Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 07 – WI, Madison @ Alliant Energy Center
Sept. 08 – IN, Indianapolis @ The Verizon Wlss. Music Cen.
Sept. 09 – IL, Chicago @ The Allstate Arena
Sept. 11 – MI, Grand Rapids @ Van Andel Arena
Sept. 12 – OH, Dayton @ Nutter Center
Sept. 14 – OH, Columbus @ Shottenstein Center
Sept. 15 – OH, Cleveland @ Cleveland State Conv. Ctr.
Sept. 16 – MI, Detroit @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
Oct. 27 – LA, New Orleans @ Voodoo Music Experience
SEVENDUST and DROWNING POOL will hit the road together for a month-long trek beginning August 21st in Athens, Georgia. Here is the full itinerary:
Aug. 21 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
Aug. 23 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
Aug. 24 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Aug. 25 - Norfolk, VA @ The Boathouse
Aug. 26 - Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill Nite Club
Aug. 28 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Aug. 30 - Toronto, ON @ Warehouse
Aug. 31 - Quebec City, QC @ L'Agora du Vieux Port
Sept. 01 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Cas. Brm.
Sept. 02 - Hyannis, MA @ Pufferbellies
Sept. 05 - Toledo, OH @ Hard Hat Cafe
Sept. 06 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Sept. 07 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's
Sept. 08 - Cross Plains, WI @ Kitts Corners
Sept. 09 - Lafayette, IN @ Riehle Bros.
Sept. 10 - Combined Locks, WI @ Ryan's Ballroom
Sept. 12 - La Crescent, MN @ Community Arena
Sept. 13 - Superior, WI @ Westman Arena
Sept. 14 - Merrill, WI @ Smith Center
Sept. 18 - McAllen, TX @ Villa Real Convention Center
Sept. 19 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amph.