SATANIC SLAUGHTER have been confirmed for the Dist 2001 Festival, taking place July 20th and July 21st in Sweden. The band will also be performing at the Party.San Open Air Festival, which is scheduled to take place August 9-11 in Germany.
Japan's SIGH have completed work on their new album, Imaginary Sonicscape, for release through Century Media Records. The track listing is as follows:
02. Scarlet Dream
03. Nietzschean Conspiracy
04. A Sunset Song
05. Impromptu (Allegro Maestoso)
06. Dreamsphere (Return to the Chaos)
08. Ecstatic Transformation
09. Slaughtergarden Suite
I. At Dawn
II. The Dead Are Born
III. Destiny Divided
10. Bring Back the Dead
The total running time of the CD will be around 78 minutes, the maximum amount you can put on a CD. According to the band's official web site, the music on the new album be 'more spacey and exotic, and a bit more psychedelic. The Hammond organ and the clavinet are introduced here, and this time (bassist/vocalist) Mirai has written all the lyrics.'
VANIZE guitarist Rolf Munkes is working on his second solo effort, which will once again feature the lead vocals of BALANCE OF POWER singer Lance King. Two tracks will also reportedly be sung by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Mark Boals.
Finland's 'goth metal' band TO/DIE/FOR have lined up the following shows in their home country:
April 11 - Tampere Pakkahuone, FIN (EasterMaster 2001)
April 12 - Kannus, (TBA), FIN
April 13 - Vaasa, Club 25, FIN
April 18 - Lahti, Torvi, FIN
April 20 - Jyväskylä, Lutakko, FIN
April 21 - Nivala, Tuiskula, FIN
July 07 - Nokia, Iisoppirock, FIN
GODHEAD will be holding a Yahoo chat on March 29th at 8pm EST.
FANTOMAS, featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, MR. BUNGLE bassist Trevor Dunn, MELVINS guitarist Buzz Osbourne and GRIP INC. / ex-SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, will be issuing The Directors Cut, a CD collection featuring 15 cover versions of soundtrack songs (among them 'The Godfather', 'Flashdance-What A Feeling', and 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me'), in June/July through Ipecac Records.
Metal Blade recording artists 40 GRIT have replaced drummer Mike Bennett with Andy Green, formerly of the South San Francisco Bay act REFUSE.
The Austrian 'gothic-dark metal' outfit EVENFALL are finishing up the recording of their second album, Cumbersome, which reportedly sees the band 'leaving their black metal roots and developing a more catchy and bombastic style'. Cumbersome will include a cover version of the HEROES DEL SILENCIO hit 'Entre Dos Tierras', featuring ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ frontman Devon Graves (aka Buddy Lackey) on lead vocals. The album will be released in late May.
DEFTONES vocalist Chino Moreno will be contributing lead vocals to a song from an upcoming CD from Scottish quartet MOGWAI. The album, entitled Rock Action, is scheduled for an April 24 release.
Buffalo quintet SNAPCASE will be replacing ORGY on the upcoming PAPA ROACH Raid The Nation tour after ORGY guitarist Amir Derakh was diagnosed with mononucleosis, thus forcing the band to pull out of the package tour. SNAPCASE will join the jaunt as the second act beginning April 1 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, though the tour itself kicks off March 18 in Pensacola.
SNAPCASE's forthcoming studio album is tentatively scheduled for a fall release. In the meantime, Victory Records will be issuing an as-yet-untitled rarities compilation, featuring revisited early demos and album outtake, on June 5th. In other SNAPCASE news, singer Daryl Tabreski will marry his longtime girlfriend in late spring.
Here are the Raid the Nation tour dates:
March 18 - Pensacola, FL @ Bayfront Auditorium
March 19 - Panama City, FL @ Club La Vela
March 21 - Birmingham, AL @ Boutwell Auditorium
March 22 - Athens, GA @ The Classic Center
March 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
March 24 - Dalton, GA @ Highlands Arena
March 26 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park
March 27 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Café
March 28 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Coliseum
March 30 - Boca Raton, FL @ Florida Atlantic University
March 31 - Tampa, FL @ Entertainment Hall
April 01 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
April 03 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
April 04 - Salem, VA @ Salem Civic Center
April 05 - Charlotte, NC @ Grady Cole Center
April 07 - Washington, DC @ Bender Arena
April 08 - Norfolk, VA @ The Boathouse
April 09 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
April 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 12 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall
April 13 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre