Archive News Mar 18, 2001 - update 2

Former CARCASS guitarist Bill Steer's new band FIREBIRD have finished recording the follow-up to last year's self-titled debut. Produced by Berno Paulsson and recorded at Berno Studios in Malmo, Sweden, the new album is tentatively entitled Deluxe, and it's set to include the following tracks:

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01. Dirt Trap

02. Forsaken

03. Lonely &amp Sober

04. Steamroller

05. Working Man

06. Miles From Nowhere

07. Say That's Alright

08. Sad Man's Quarter

09. Sinner Takes All

10. Zoltana

11. Hammer &amp Tong

12. Slow Blues


IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad and SENTENCED singer Ville Laihiala have reportedly started an as-yet-unnamed new band, with plans to record an album's worth of material before the end of the year. No further information is available at this time.


Sweden's THE CROWN have replaced vocalist Johan Lindstrand with ex-AT THE GATES man Tomas Lindberg. The group's revamped line-up has already started working on new songs, with Tomas actively participating in the lyric-writing and vocal-arranging process. According to Lindberg, '(bassist) Magnus (Olsfelt) called me up when Johan decided to quit, and he basically said that I was the only option. As I have been a close friend to the band since day one (as well as one of their many fans)…what could I say?! I didn't want to disappoint my friends (ha! ha!), and I liked the challenge. After they had made clear that they wanted me to be part not only on the recording of next album, but also the writing process of the same, it was an easy decision for me. I would like to take the opportunity to say 'Hi' to all the fans of the band, and I hope that you'll enjoy this (Devil Gate) ride as much as I will. I look forward to some truly brutal Death Metal years to come. I hope you do, too...'


The first single from the forthcoming STAIND Break The Cycle album, 'It's Been Awhile', is available for download from this location. The band recently shot the video for the track with LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst in the director's chair. Break The Cycle is due for release Flip / Elektra Records on May 08th.


TOOL have finalized their European touring schedule, which is expected to be followed by a return to the U.S. for a headlining tour beginning July 1st. The European dates are as follows:

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May 25 - Nijmegen, NET @ Dynamo Open Air

May 26 - Milton Keynes, UK @ National Bowl

May 28 - Zurich, SWI @ Volkshaus

May 30 - Milan, ITA @ Alcatraz

June 01 - Nurburgring, GER @ Rock Am Ring

June 02 - Nuremberg, GER @ Rock Im Park

June 04 - Landgraaf, NET @ Pinkpop Festival

June 05 - Paris, FRA @ Le Zenith

June 08 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands

June 09 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo Manchester

June 11 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy

June 14 - Hultsfred, SWE @ Hultsfred Festival

June 16 - Seinajoki, FIN @ Provinssirock

June 21 - Vienna, AUT @ Libro Music Hall

June 23 - Neuhasen, GER @ Southside Festival

June 24 - Scheesel, GER @ Hurricane Festival

June 25 - Berlin, GER @ Columbia-halle

June 26 - Dusseldorf, GER @ Stahlwerk

June 28 - Roskilde, DEN @ Roskilde Festival

June 29 - Werchter, BEL @ Werchter Festival


Danish veteran hard rockers D-A-D won awards in the following four categories that they were nominated in at the Danish Music Awards 2001:

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Danish album of the year (for Everything Glows)

Danish band of the year

Danish singer of the year (Jesper Binzer)

Danish rock release of the year


Miami's NONPOINT will be filming a video for their single 'What A Day' this Wednesday, March 21st in Boynton Beach, Florida, and they are looking for extras for the video shoot. Although there is no pay for participation in the filming of the music video, those involved will receive a special edition three-song NONPOINT CD with a poster. The filming will take place at The Orbit (3637 South Federal Highway Boynton Beach, FL 33435) beginning at 4 PM. They also ask for those who do attend to dress casually, as if they're at a NONPOINT concert, and to not wear any clothes with corporate logos.

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