V.O.D. (VISION OF DISORDER) will release their new studio album, From Bliss To Devastation, through TVT Records on June 26th. All the tracking  for the album was recently completed at Machine Shop Studios (home of producer 'Machine') in Hoboken, New Jersey.
EMPEROR have announced the title of their forthcoming studio album: PROMETHEUS - The Discipline of Fire & Demise. The drum tracks for the CD have already been recorded, and the band are currently at the Symphonique Studio working on overdubs, with the mixing sessions due to take place at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio during May. Among the titles set to appear on this release are 'The Eruption', 'Depraved', 'The Toungue of Fire', 'The Prophet', and 'Thorns On My Grave'. Tentatively scheduled for a fall release, PROMETHEUS - The Discipline of Fire & Demise features 'more of everything,' according to frontman Ihsahn. 'It is very hard to (come up with a) specific description really.'
In somewhat related news, Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard will use some old obscure EMPEROR photographs in connection with some of his art exhibitions. This project will also be published in some of the bigger art magazines. Bjarne Melgaard is a well-known Norwegian artist who recently has received great recognition outside the borders of Norway.
WESTWORLD, featuring TNT vocalist Tony Harnell and RIOT guitarist Mark Reale, have lined up several more dates following their successful outing at the Voodoo Lounge in Bayside, Queens, NY a couple of weeks back. The new dates are:
March 30 - Slam, Westbury, NY
April 14 - L'amour, Brooklyn, NY
April 28 - (T.B.A.)
According to the group, none of these shows will be exactly the same, and the band will be changing their set-list around, with more TNT and RIOT songs added, plus a few surprises.
Cleveland's SW1TCHED (formerly SW1TCH) have enlisted producer Toby Wright (SOULFLY, KORN, ALICE IN CHAINS, PRIMUS) to mix their as-yet-untitled debut album for Immortal Records. The CD was produced by former SAIGON KICK guitarist Jason Bieler.
SLIPKNOT have been confirmed as special guests to BLACK SABBATH at the UK version of the OZZFEST, taking place at Milton Keynes Bowl, Saturday May 26th. The day kicks off at 11 AM, and other bands set to play across two stages are TOOL, PAPA ROACH, DISTURBED, MUDVAYNE, AMEN, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, (HED) PLANET EARTH, THE UNION UNDERGROUND, APARTMENT 26 and RAGING SPEEDHORN.
SLIPKNOT have announced several other European dates:
May 17th Lisbon, Portugal - Pavilhao AtlanticoMay 18th Madrid, Spain - Festimad MostolesMay 20th Milan, Italy - PalavobisMay 21st Zurich, Switzerland - VolkshausMay 22nd Munich, Germany - ColiseumMay 24th Tourhout, Belgium - Tourhout FestivalMay 25th Netherlands - DynamoMay 28th Oberhausen, Germany - TurbinenhalleMay 29th Paris, France - ZenithMay 31st Bremen, Germany - Pier 2June 01st Nurnberg, Germany - Rock Im ParkJune 02nd Vienna, Austria - Libro Music Hall
New York hardcore crew MADBALL have issued the following statement regarding their recent break-up: 'First and foremost, we would like to thank our fans worldwide and everyone, family, friends, bands etc., who have supported us throughout the years. Thank you very much, it was a fun ride while it lasted and we are more than grateful for our experiences. Unfortunately, due to recent line-up changes and disputes, we have become exhausted and refuse to make a mockery of something that was and is an important part of our lives. We will put MADBALL TO REST for those and other more personal reasons but before we close this statement we want to thank and acknowledge the original MB line up, Matt Henderson, Will Shepler, Vinnie Stigma and Roger Miret for giving us those opportunities and sharing in the good times with us! MBHC. We sincerely apologize to anyone we inconvenienced with this break-up! But imagine the impact it's having on our lives! We would like to add that we will be doing a European farewell tour and also a final NYC show when we get back. We hope we've left our mark on this HARDCORE scene that we were a part of for so long. Like us or not you know we always kept it HARD and REAL! We will miss it! Thanks to all at Epitaph for understanding our situation. ONE LOVE, The Notorious MADBALL…. P.S. To all the shook ass haters, we say, EAT A DICK MUTHAFUCKA!!!!!!'
ANTHRAX / Sebastian Bach guitarist Paul Crook is finalizing a deal with Shrapnel Records that will call on the axeman to deliver one or more guitar-based records in the coming years. The first release for the label will include a track that will feature ANTHRAX vocalist John Bush, Sebastian Bach, and ex-DEEP PURPLE singer Glenn Hughes sharing vocals duties. According to sources, the music on the album will vary from crunching metal to 'thinking man' 's metal and some good old-fashioned 'shred'. In addition to writing material for his solo album, Paul is also writing songs for inclusion on Glenn Hughes' next solo album, which is due for release later this year. And finally, Paul has been composing with Sebastian Bach for his next disc, which is also due out this at the end of the year.
CBS / Sony Records is going to be re-releasing the entire BLUE OYSTER CULT catalog, re-mastered with extra bonus unreleased tracks. The first of these releases is slated for early summer (no set date for releases yet). The first releases will be the first four studio albums. Each record will include four bonus tracks and booklets with liner notes by noted musician and producer Lenny Kaye (PATTI SMITH GROUP, producer of Nuggets). The releases will continue in groups of four until the entire catalogue has been re-issued.
Here are the bonus cuts for each album so far:
Blue Oyster Cult
from the band's original Columbia demo:
- 'What is Quicksand'
- 'A Fact About Sneakers'
- 'Donovan's Monkey'
- 'Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes'
(note: these songs are completely different versions than the songs of the same titles on the upcoming Rhino Stalk-Forrest group release).
Tyranny & Mutation
will have three live tracks:
- 'Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll' (from the Original Bootleg EP)
- '7 Screaming Diz-Busters' (from BOC Live In The West 1975)
- 'O.D.'d On Life Itself' (from BOC Live In The West 1975)
- 'Buck's Boogie' (original studio version from 1973)
- 'Born To Be Wild' (originally available as a single in 1974) 'Mommy'
- 'Boorman The Chauffeur'
- 'Madame Serrat'
Agents Of Fortune
- '(Don't Fear) The Reaper' (Buck's original home demo)
- 'Dance The Night Away' (Allen's original home demo with Allen singing)
- 'Sally' (Pre-Production)
- 'Fire Of Unknown Origin'
In a recent interview with chartattack.com, HELIX singer Brian Volmer revealed that he has kept himself busy in the last couple of years by offering voice lessons to aspiring vocalists in his native Canada, among them Morgan Lander of the all-girl metal band KITTIE. 'Lot of singers lose their voices because they're used to performing once a week then they have to perform six nights a week,' stated Volmer. 'I teach an operatic style called Bell Canto. It took me years to learn, let alone teach it. Since I've been teaching Morgan, she says she can sing night after night without throat problems. Lot of it is lifting tension off the vocal chords and you have to learn how to do that.'
Veteran rock drummer Carmine Appice has been asked to play the Modern Drummer Festival, taking place on May 19th and 20th 2001 in an as-yet-unspecified New Jersey venue. Carmine will play on the 20th, and he will bring along three original members of VANILLA FUDGE to jam on three or four FUDGE songs.
Austrian black metal outfit ABIGOR are due to release their latest effort, Satanized, through Napalm Records on the 26th of March. The group's musical direction is being described as 'traditional, melodic, harsh and extreme black metal combined with the intense darkness of the new eon!'
According to drummer Rikki Rockett, POISON will be touring the States starting around the 27th of May. The Glam, Slam Metal Jam 2001 Tour will take POISON and cohorts around the U.S. and Canada all summer long and hopefully some dates abroad. Openers are due be announced within the next ten days. POISON will also be in the studio next week recording a single for EMI Records, to be released shortly before the tour commences.
Former KISS and current UNION guitarist Bruce Kulick is auctioning off a guitar from his private collection through Ebay. According to Kulick's official web site, Bruce Kulick's KISS 'Unplugged' Ovation Elite Guitar, model #1868, has active electronics, a beautiful finish, with a slightly V-shaped neck that fits well into the hand. It has a cut-away for easy lead playing. It comes with the original hard shell case, and the actual strings that were used during the MTV performance. Bruce will include a color photo of himself performing with this instrument personalized to the winner of the auction. For those interested in bidding, here is the direct link to the auction page.
COLD is performing an acoustic set at East West in Orlando, Florida on March 10th between 1 and 3 PM. More information can be obtained by calling: (407) 647-3655.