SEVENDUST are in Orlando, FL writing new material for their third album, which they are tentatively scheduled to begin recording in mid-April with producer Ben Grosse (i.e. FILTER, SIMON SAYS). Presently untitled, the album will be released through TVT Records in the fall, and it will reportedly contain material that will be softer and less aggressive than anything the band has previously done. 'We're going to try to do a complete lighter version of ourselves for one half [of the album], and the other part will be completely ass-whipping heavy,' guitarist Clint Lowery said. 'We're kind of going to make that contrast really serious on this and show both sides of the band. I know we'll tap into some stuff that'll be similar to ['Angel's Son', SEVENDUST's contibution to the Strait Up tribute album], but I don't know if it will have acoustic [guitars] on it, or anything like that. We're gonna have a lot of different things on it.' Among the tentative song titles being considered for the upcoming album are 'Follow' and 'Useless As Tits On A Boar'.
In the meantime, the band will be debuting new material on March 17th at the Shamrock Shindig in Orlando, FL with NONPOINT and VIRGOS (formerly VIRGOS MERLOT). They also are expecting to hit the road this summer for a string of dates including some European shows. In related news, band guitarist John Connelly will be marrying his fiancée, Lori Kirkley, on March 24th.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN have reportedly entered a Los Angeles recording studio with producer Rick Rubin (SLAYER, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BEASTIE BOYS) to begin work on their second album, for which over 30 songs are said to have been written. Tentative song titles include:
01. Deer Dance
05. Jet Pilot
06. Chick N' Stew
The as-yet-untitled album will be released this summer through the American / Columbia label.
BIOHAZARD have reportedly set Uncivilization as the working title for their sixth studio album and Steamhammer / SPV Records debut, which which was recently completed with producer Jive Jones and is scheduled to be released this summer. Tentative song titles include:
01. Last Man Standing (feat. Sen Dog of CYPRESS HILL)
02. HFFK (Hate, Fuck, Fight, Kill) Trap
07. Never Turn Your Back On Me
08. Crossed The Line
Based on a five-track demo that was recorded early last year, it appears that, contrary to previous reports, few changes were made in the group's songwriting approach, with much of the material still revolving around the big grooves and stop-and-go riffs that characterized much of BIOHAZARD's earlier output (albeit with a bit more emphasis on 'low' tunings than in the past). Out of the five cuts, 'Getaway' stands as easily one of the most powerful tracks the band have yet done, featuring an excellent up-tempo chorus that is certain to go down a storm in a live situation, while 'Treason' includes verses that offer a nod to the current rap/rock movement (i.e. LIMP BIZKIT), a crossover genre that BIOHAZARD are widely credited with having pioneered. 'We've definitely been influenced by some of the newer bands,' drummer Danny Shuler recently stated. 'You gotta stay a step ahead of the game and you have to be competitive. But I'll tell you something straight up right now: we were tuning down to an open A and all that bullshit when we did 'Tales From The Hard Side', and songs like that years ago. It's nothing new to us to tune down. We've been doing it for years, we just never used it all the time, and we're still not using it all the time. There are some songs that are tuned down pretty low. But it's nothing new to me, 'cause CARNIVORE were tuning down 15 years ago. The music is definitely different, and it's much more BIOHAZARD, and it's more together. New World Disorder was the last hardcore BIOHAZARD record. I think we've done enough of that kind of thing. If we did another record like New World Disorder or Urban Discipline, we'd be spinning our wheels. It's no longer a challenge doing that thing. Now we gotta do something different. I want it to be different, but it's gonna be dope, it's gonna be us. There ain't gonna be no hit single bullshit!'
Chicago's NO ONE will be issuing their self-titled debut through Immortal / Virgin Records at the end of May. The album was recorded at Groovemaster Studio in the group's hometown with producer Johnny K. (DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD). The full track listing for the album is as follows:
01. Down On Me
03. It's Real
05. My Release
08. Inside Out