Dutch death metal outfit SEVERE TORTURE will perform the following gigs in the USA during April:
April 21 - Baltimore MD @ Hal Daddy's  (w/PESSIMIST)
April 26 - Pittsburgh PA @ Millvale Theater (w/PESSIMIST)
April 27 - Lorain OH @ The Flying Machine (Deathfest)
April 29 – New York City, NY @ CBGB's (w/EXHUMED)
Suicidal Records, the revived label imprint run and managed by the members of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, are looking for two female musicians to complete the line-up of THE GROOVETTES, a project that will be issuing its debut album later in the year or in early 2002. According to ST's official web site, 'if you are a female, 18-to-25, and would like to try out, please e-mail us and we will forward info. Please be aware that you got a much better shot if you live in the west side or at least somewhere in southern Cali. If you think you're the next BRITNEY SPEARS or CHRISTINA AGUILERA, no need to apply. This is gonna rock, not bubble-gum bop.”
Long Island death metallers INTERNAL BLEEDING have also lined up a few performances during April:
April 13 - Mass. Metalfest, Worcester, MA
April 20 – (TBA), Maryland
April 21 - Whiskey Pete's, Columbus, OH
April 22 - Hamilton Theatre, Cincinnati, OH
In conjunction with Artisan Films, a major promotion has been set up with GODHEAD for the Blair Witch 2 DVD release. As part of a promotion, GODHEAD will perform at an exclusive party on Friday, April 13th at Vinyl in Hollywood, Calfornia. All five Southern CA Virgin stores will be giving away tickets to this event, and limited tickets will be sold to the general public.
LIZZY BORDEN press release:
On Saturday morning at approximately 2:45 AM, after playing to a packed house in Charlotte North Carolina, Ulrik Zander, guitar technician for the rock group LIZZY BORDEN was shot three times in an attempted robbery. Eyewitness (Lizzy) Borden saw one black assailant gun down Ulrik Zander outside of the tour bus before running off into the night. Police have many leads and hope to apprehend the suspect soon. Zander is recovering in a North Carolina hospital from three gunshot wounds.
'With the blessings from our friend and brother Ulrik Zander, we are committed more then ever to finish what we started. The Deal With The Devil tour will continue on as planned. We've endured many obstacles on our return to the road, including missing opening night in Dallas due to incompatibility with the tour's headliner, to the current shooting of our friend and crew technician right in front of my eyes. But I cannot in all good conscience let down the legions of LIZZY BORDEN fans that drive hundreds of miles all over the states to see the long awaited return of the LIZZY BORDEN show. We are dedicating the remainder of the Deal With The Devil tour to our friend Zander who is lying in the hospital with three bullet wounds. He is truly the man of steel and I know he will be back on the road with us very soon.' LIZZY BORDEN
The band left for Virginia Beach Sunday morning to continue the tour, but not without leaving Zander with his favorite MOTORHEAD CD's delivered to his hospital bed by two half-naked girls. Between the morphine and the girls, he was feeling no pain.
German black metal act NINNGHIZHIDDA have reportedly signed with Dutch label Displeased Records. The band are currently in the studio recording their second album.
Swedish melodic deathsters AUBERON will release their second album, entitled Crossworld, through Black Mark Records in April. According to Internet reports, the new release is said to be “rawer, faster, heavier and still catchier” than the group's debut, The Tales Of Black. The full track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. The Crossworld
02. Vanities Fall (Carmina Burana 2000)
03. The Beast Within
05. Ex Oblivion
07. I See
08. A Bleeding Work Of Art
POUNDHOUND, the “solo” project of KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick, has lined up the following dates during April/May:
April 06 - Lake Charles, LA @ Dagostino's
April 07 – Austin, TX @ Flamingo Cantina
April 08 – Dallas, TX @ Canyon Club
April 10 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
April 12 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
April 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theater
April 14 – Anaheim, CA @ The Shack
April 15 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
April 18 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
April 19 - St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
April 20 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Globe
April 21 – Clinton, MA @ Pig Pen
April 23 – Lansing, IL @ JJ Kelly's
April 24 – Aurora, IL @ Riley's
April 26 – Rockford, IL @ LT's
April 27 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
April 28 – Cleveland, OH @ Blind Lemon
April 29 – Toronto, ON @ Reverb
May 02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rosebud
May 04 – Albany, NY @ Valentine's
May 05 – Bayside, NY @ Voodoo Lounge
May 08 – Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Balcony (The Troc)
May 11 - W. Springfield, VA @ Jaxx's
May 12 – Richmond, VA @ Twisters
May 13 – Norfolk, VA @ Taj Mahal
May 15 – Carrboro, NC @ Room 4
May 16 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
May 17 – Rome, GA @ Opera House
May 18 – Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
May 25 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
May 26 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
As first reported here over a week ago, former SMASHING PUMPKINS vocalist Billy Corgan will guest on a track titled “Shipwreck Of A Broken Man” on the forthcoming album from pioneering electro-rock group NEW ORDER. The as-yet-untitled album is due worldwide in early September. Corgan is also said to be working on upcoming albums from Marianne Faithfull and Lisa Marie Presley.
KAMELOT vocalist Roy Khan was involved in a serious car crash last week, but somehow managed to escape unscathed, despite the fact that his car is now “a wreck”. KAMELOT's brand new studio album, Karma, is scheduled for release in Europe on April 30th.
Germany's KINGDOM COME, otherwise known as “the Lenny Wolf solo project”, have cancelled their proposed show at the Camden Monarch in London, UK on March 30. No reason was given for the cancellation.
Veteran Dutch death metal act THANATOS have been added to the line-up of bands performing at the F.ck The Commerce IV Festival, Europes's biggest death/grind festival, which will take place in Neiden, Germany between May 24th and May 26th. Other bands on the bill include EXHUMED, CRYPTOPSY and DEFLESHED.
THANATOS will also be playing at the following shows:
April 01 - Perron 55, Venlo, NETH (w/SHADOWBREED)
June 01 - Willemeen, Arnhem, NETH (w/JUDGEMENT DAY)
June 23 - De Zon, Bodegraven, NETH
Victory Records has signed HOODS from Sacramento, California and STUDENT RICK from South Bend, Indiana.
Equal Vision Records has signed Boston's AMERICAN NIGHTMARE. The band have just completed work on their forthcoming album at Outpost Studios with producer Dean Baltulonis (ex-454 BIG BLOCK).
Houston's DEEP will start pre-production on the follow-up to their Pieces of Nothing release during May and hope to begin recording in June at Boston's Planet Z Studios. The album is expected later in the year.