Archive News Mar 08, 2001 - update 1

Texas' progressive metal gods WATCHTOWER will be releasing a CD of 'unreleased demos' through Monster Records. The album will include amazing unheard recordings from 'the boss tapes', the 'control demos', as well as unreleased material from before Energetic Disassembly was even a concept, or title, for the first WATCHTOWER release. All contributions for this project are from the band's personal collections of recordings, photos, liner notes and lyrics.


Holland's WITHIN TEMPTATION has been added to the bill at the Pinkpop 2001 and Graspop Metalmeeting festivals. The group's full itinerary of upcoming shows is as follows:

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March 16 - Patronaat - Haarlem, The Netherlands

March 17 - Bibelot - Dordrecht, The Netherlands

April 15 - Paaspop - Schijndel, The Netherlands

April 27 - 013 - Tilburg, The Netherlands

April 28 - Melkweg Max - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

May 05 - Bevrijdingsfestival - Zwolle, The Netherlands

June 02 - Pinkpop 2001 - Landgraaf, The Netherlands

June 23 - Graspop Metalmeeting - Dessel, Belgium

August 12 - Folkfestival Eindhoven - Eindhoven, The Netherlands


YNGWIE MALMSTEEN has firmed up his European and Japanese touring schedule for May, June and July. This is how the tour is shaping up at the moment:

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May 01 - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden

May 02 - Karen - Gothenburg, Sweden

May 03 - KB - Malmo, Sweden

May 04 - Fabrik - Hamburg, Germany

May 05 - Podium - Hardenberg, Holland

May 06 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium

May 07 - Off

May 08 - Live Music Hall - Koln, Germany

May 09 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany

May 10 - Batschkapp - Frankfurt, Germany

May 11 - Off

May 12 - Sky Club Brumlovka - Prague, Czech Republic

May 13 - E-Werk - Erlangen, Germany

May 14 - Libro Hall - Vienna, Austria

May 15 - Metropolis - Munich, Germany

May 16 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, Germany

May 17 - Off May 18 - Rodon Club - Athens, Greece

May 19 - Bostanci Gosteri Merkezi - Istanbul, Turkey

May 20 - (TBA) - Ankara, Turkey

May 21 - Palace Of Culture - Sofia, Bulgaria

May 22 - Palatenda - Brescia, Italy

May 23 - Off

May 24 - Palacisalfa - Rome, Italy

May 25 - Tenax - Florence, Italy

May 26 - Idroparkfila - Milan, Italy

May 27 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland

May 28 - Off

May 29 - Bikini - Barcelona, Spain

May 30 - Republica - Valencia, Spain

May 31 - Aqualung - Madrid, Spain

June 01 - Amphitheatre - Murcia Park, Spain

June 02 - Off

June 03 - Aula Magna - Lisbon, Portugal

June 04 - Hard Club - Oporto, Portugal

June 05 - Off

June 06 - Off&nbsp

June 07 - Mean Fiddler - London, England

June 08 - J.B.'s - Dudley, England

June 09 - Rock City - Nottingham, England

July 10 - Phase - Nigata, Japan

July 12 - Kyoiku Kaikan - Iwate, Japan

July 13 - Bay Hall - Yokohama, Japan

July 14 - Shibuya Kokaido - Tokyo, Japan

July 16 - Koseinenkin Hall - Osaka, Japan

July 17 - Aster Plaza - Hiroshima, Japan

July 18 - Sukara Espacio - Fukuoka, Japan

July 19 - Diamond Hall - Nagoya, Japan

July 21 - Shimin Kaikan - Shizuoka, Japan

July 22 - Akasaka Blitz - Tokyo, Japan


GLASSJAW have parted ways with bassist Manuel Ragoonanan Carrero, who left the band for personal reasons. A replacement for him is expected to be announced shortly. GLASSJAW are planning to hit the studio in June with producer Ross Robinson (SLIPKNOT, KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SOULFLY, SEPULTURA) to begin working on their sophomore effort for I AM / Roadrunner Records. The as-yet-untitled album is tentatively scheduled for an October release. In other GLASSJAW news, the band have announced they will be embarking on a short East Coast tour (April 14-26), with support from NEW FOUND GLORY, MOVIE LIFE and COOTER.


Germany's KREATOR are presently tracking guitars at the UK studio of producer Andy Sneap (Backstage Studio) after having laid down all the drum tracks at Hanover's Area 51 Recording Studios (the studio run by former VICTORY guitarist Tommy Newton) for their upcoming full-length effort, the group's first for new label Steamhammer / SPV Records. As previously reported, this album sees KREATOR returning to the high-energy sound of the group's early offerings after a brief foray into a more goth-flavored direction on some of the band's early 2000 demo recordings.

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Speaking of Andy Sneap, the former SABBAT guitarist-turned-producer is scheduled to mix the upcoming SIX FEET UNDER album in Florida in early April, followed by a mixing session with TESTAMENT on their recently-recorded CD containing reworked versions of the group's early classics (and featuring an appearance by ex-guitarist Alex Skolnick) in early May, and work on a new BLAZE album throughout the month of June. Following this, Sneap is scheduled to produce an all-new TESTAMENT album during July, the group's first with ex-SADUS drummer Jon Allen.

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