DESTRUCTION's brand new studio album, The Antichrist, will be released through Nuclear Blast Records in Europe on Monday, August 27th. The full track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. Thrash Till Death
02. Nailed To The Cross
03. Dictators Of Cruelty
04. Strangulated Pride
05. Meet Your Destiny
06. Creations Of The Underworld
07. Bullets From Hell
08. Godfather Of Slander
09. Let Your Mind Rot
10. The Heretic
As previously reported, The Antichrist was recorded at Sweden's The Abyss Studios with producer Peter Tagtgren, who was responsible for the production duties on the band's last studio effort, All Hell Breaks Loose.
EMPEROR have firmed up the track listing for their forthcoming studio album, Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise, which is tentatively due to be released through Candlelight Records in October. The songs that are set to appear on the CD are as follows:
01. The Eruption
04. The Prophet
05. The Tongue of Fire
06. In the Wordless Chamber
08. He Who Sought the Fire
09. Thorns on my Grave
According to guitarist/vocalist Ihsahn, the new material is a progression from the band's previous work while keeping in tune with the musical framework EMPEROR has established throughout their 10-year existence.
'Lyrically, it will be somehow different, as it is more concretely concept-based than what we have done before,' the frontman points out. 'Apart from this, it would be hard (and unnecessary) to give a deeper description of the next EMPEROR album. There is still a lot of work to be done with the final arrangements and the actual production, so we can only promise that we will do our best.'
JUDAS PRIEST management co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has announced that the release date for the second phase of group's The Re-Masters series—comprising Sin After Sin, Stained Class, Killing Machine (entitled Hell Bent For Leather in the USA) and Unleashed In The East— has been pushed back to October.
Sweden's DIMENSION ZERO—featuring IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad, ex-IN FLAMES axeman Glenn Ljungström, ex-MARDUK singer Jocke Göthberg, and LUCIFERION/DIABOLIQUE drummer Hasse Nilsson—have reportedly signed a record deal with the Swedish label Regain Records. The group's first release for Regain will be an as-yet-untitled full-length album, which is due to be recorded in September at Fredman Studios in Gotheburg, Sweden and issued in early 2002.
Norway's THE KOVENANT are hard at work on the material for their forthcoming studio album, tentatively titled S.E.T.I (The Search For Extraterrestrial Existence). The album is expected to emerge through Nuclear Blast Records in early 2002.
Finland's H.I.M. have officially shifted more than 450,000 copies of their second full-length album, Razorblade Romance, in Germany alone. The group's third CD, Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights, is due on August 27th, while the album's first single, 'Pretending', is scheduled for release on July 3rd. In related news, H.I.M. guitairist Lily Lazeri is involved in a fun project named DANIEL LIONEYE AND THE ROLLERS, who recently issued an album entitled The King of Rock'n'Roll.
Following the group's triumphant live debut at The Catwalk in Seattle on June 1st, the QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate's solo band (presently simply going under the name GEOFF TATE) has lined up another hometown gig-on Friday, June 29th at The Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater as part of the Pain In The Grass Festival. Other artists performing at the festival include JACK THE HOTROD and LEFT TO ROAM. For more information, visit www.paininthegrass.com.
TOMAHAWK, the 'all star' band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, are planning to embark on their debut tour of the US in November.
CLAWFINGER's long-awaited fourth studio album, A Whole Lot Of Nothing, will be released on July 23rd through G.U.N./Supersonic Records. The full track listing for the album is as follows (in no particular order):
01. Two Steps Away
02. Out To Get Me
03. Are You Man Enough?
04. Don't Look At Me
05. Simon Says
08. Nothing Going On
10. I Close My Eyes
11. Burn In Hell
12. Fool In Paradise
UK metal legends SAXON have been added to the line-up of artists performing at the Waldrock Festival near the town of Bergum-Friesland in Holland on June 30th.
Sweden's DIST 2001 Festival, which was scheduled to take place July 20-21 and was set to feature live appearances from IN FLAMES, DARK TRANQUILLITY, THE CROWN and EVERGREY (among others), has been cancelled. According to the festival's organizers, the cancellation is due to several reasons, including a 'lack of interest from visitors at similar events during the spring. This is a fact that is hard to ignore! Second, organizational problems within the festival management. We have experienced problems to find the right people for the right issues. Last, it should be fun to organize an event especially if it is on voluntary basis. The last month has been a hell since we have experienced several problems and we did not see the light at the end of the tunnel. The decision was not easy to take, but we believe that it will turn out well for everyone at the end.'
Due to an overwhelming amount of interest, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT has extended their upcoming run of headlining dates into July. The following shows have been added to the group's upcoming itinerary:
July 01 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
July 02 - Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
July 03 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
July 06 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's Annex
ORGY vocalist Jay Gordon's record label imprint partnership with producer Jay Baumgardner (i.e. PAPA ROACH, ALIEN ANT FARM), Division 1 Records, has signed its first two acts: TWO HIT CREEPER and THE XSUPERMODELS. According to Gordon, 'TWO HIT CREEPER is like death accordion rock. I love the true psychosis of the band. It's intelligent and angry, if you can actually use those words in the same sentence.' The singer will reportedly co-produce the band's debut album, which is scheduled to be recorded at an LA studio later this month. 'We're gonna track about 30 songs in four days, and then overdub our asses off — make everything sound perfect,' Jay told Allstar.
THE XSUPERMODELS, which features former HOUSE OF PAIN member Danny Boy O'Connor, are currently in a New York studio with producer Paul Logus (PUBLIC ENEMY, Jennifer Lopez) working on their forthcoming Division 1/The Firm/Universal debut, the music on which is being described as 'CRYSTAL METHOD meets DMX.'
According to vocalist John Bush, ANTHRAX may support JUDAS PRIEST on the latter band's US tour later in the year.
Brazil's KRISIUN will be supporting IMMOLATION on the latter band's headlining US tour in August.
DREAM THEATER have uploaded a 17-minute Real Video recorded during the making of the group's forthcoming studio album at Bear Tracks Studio in New York at their official web site. You can download the zip file here.
PERFECT NOTHING, a 'progressive metal' band based in Indianapolis, has signed a recording contract with a subsidiary of Roadrunner Records. The six-member group is the first act on the roster of Flexible Records, a label overseen by Roadrunner executive Derek Oliver. 'PERFECT NOTHING is an avant-garde group that has a lot of growth in its future,' Oliver said. 'I think it's going to be very exciting to watch this group make records and perform.' With its current lineup intact for 3 1/2 years, PERFECT NOTHING consists of vocalists Randy Sharkey and Stephanie Brewer, guitarists Brad Powers and John Hehman, bass player Brandon Lytle and drummer Matt Wilson. The band has issued two independent albums, one EP and a dual EP with fellow Indianapolis band DENT. PERFECT NOTHING are planning on heading into the studio shortly with producer Paul Trust to begin work on their as-yet-untitled debut for Flexible.
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GOD FORBID'S DETERMINATION LANDS THEM TOUR WITH CRADLE OF FILTH AND NILE
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - GOD FORBID will return home from a sold out UK tour with just enough time to refuel before heading back out on a North American tour with CRADLE OF FILTH and NILE.
'I love NILE and CRADLE OF FILTH and it's amazing to go out with two bands we respect so much,' said vocalist Byron Davis. 'I think the package works musically.'
Since the release of its album, Determination, in April on Century Media Records, the five-piece has kept up a constant touring schedule, hitting the road with NEVERMORE, OPETH, AMEN, and SHADOWS FALL, and most recently overseas with the UK's STAMPIN' GROUND. This upcoming tour presents the opportunity for the band to firmly cement its already fierce reputation in the metal scene.
'I think a lot of people are going to come see us on this tour,' said Davis. 'Not just because it is such a great package, but also because we made a name for ourselves on the last tour.'
Critics and fans are buzzing about Determination. Metal Maniacs says: 'GOD FORBID have set forth to establish a new musical standard.' And Terrorizer categorizes GOD FORBID as 'A sound that's technical yet memorable, catchy yet complex, piledriving yet dynamic.'
Determination has been flying off the shelves. 'The response has been amazing,' said guitarist Dallas Coyle. 'Century Media is behind the album with full guns blazing and is willing to support us in every way necessary to help establish GOD FORBID as a flagship band. We have proved our worth, and intend to continue to do so.'
Tour dates are as follows:
July 08 - Showbox, Seattle, WA
July 09 - Roseland, Portland, OR
July 10 - Great American Hall, San Francisco, CA
July 11 - The Palace, Los Angeles, CA
July 13 - Dreamworld, Arlington, TX
July 14 - The Backroom, Austin,TX
July 16 - Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
July 18 - Agora Theater, Cleveland, OH
July 19 - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
July 20 - The Palladium, Worcester, MA
July 21 - The Spectrum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
July 22 - Opera House, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 24 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
July 25 - The Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
July 27 - Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
July 28 - Harpo's, Detroit, MI
July 29 - House of Blues, Chicago, IL
July 30 - 1st Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Dutch progressive metal band SUN CAGED, featuring ex-WITHIN TEMPTATION drummer Dennis Leeflang and ex-LEMUR VOICE guitarist Marcel Coenen, have acquired a new singer named Sascha Burchardt and are presently busy writing new songs to be recorded for a new demo CD sometime in August 2001. For more information visit the group's official website: www.suncaged.com
Sweden's TALISMAN (featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN members Jeff Scott Soto on vocals and Marcel Jacob on bass) will play a one-off Swedish gig together with SEVEN WISHES in Karlskoga on Friday, June 15th.