More information has trickled in about the forthcoming JUDAS PRIEST CD, entitled Demolition, which has a May 28th European release date. According to the band's official web site, the album will include 13 or 14 tracks, some of which have the following titles: ...01. Machine Man02. In Between03. Lost And Found04. One On One05. Feed On Me06. Metal Messiah...JUDAS PRIEST have just completed a round of press interviews in the UK while continuing work on the mixing sessions for Demolition, and according to Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews, the band “will announce our US tour as soon as it is finalized. At the moment, we are still working on the dates and cannot announce anything until it is all confirmed.”
SEPULTURA's Nation CD has entered the German Pop Album chart at number #28, and the Australian charts at #40.
New Orleans' CROWBAR are completing work on the material for their forthcoming studio album, which will reportedly be tracked and mixed at former UGLY KID JOE guitarist Dave Fortman's North Shore Recording Studio. The as-yet-untitled effort—the group's first with new drummer Tony Costanza (ex-CRISIS / MACHINE HEAD)—is tentatively due to be released at the end of the year.
Former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske is now scheduled to release his third full-length solo CD through Noise Records during September.
Contrary to the announcement made a couple of weeks ago via the group's official web site, Sweden's THE HAUNTED are still lined up to perform at New York City's CBGBs club on April 12th. This will be a headlining performance and will therefore include a much longer set from the Swedish thrashers than their second NYC show at the Limelight a month later as part of the Spring Neck Break tour, also featuring CANNIBAL CORPSE, DIMMU BORGIR and LAMB OF GOD.
STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki will begin recording his second solo album on April 16th at the Hästholmen estate in Finland (just outside Helsinki)—the same place where STRATOVARIUS rehearsed and recorded pre-production demos for the Infinite album. Due to be produced, recorded and mixed by the man himself, the upcoming release will be titled Hymn To Life, and it will contain a dozen of the 17 songs Timo has written for the album. Song titles include:...01. Hymn To Life02. Soul Searching03. Now I Understand04. Dear God05. Little Boy I Miss You06. Father07. Divine08. Fresh Blue Waters09. Love Conquers All10. It's XMas Morning11. Key to the Universe ... Hymn To Life will reportedly be a very personal album for Timo, and it will include  some of the most introspective lyrics the guitarist has ever written. The line-up of musicians performing on the album will be: Timo Tolkki (vocals, all guitars, bass), Anssi Nykänen (drums a famous Finnish session musician) and Mika Ervaskari (the original STRATOVARIUS keyboardist). The release date for Hymn To Life is tentatively set for January 2002.
Los Angeles-based, female-fronted metallers CRISIS have acquired a new drummer, but have yet to announce his identity “as we don't want to jinx any possibility of a permanent situation,” according to guitarist Jwyanza. “I'll just say that a lot of you know him and he's a kick-ass drummer as well as human being.” According to the guitarist, CRISIS is presently writing the heaviest material of their career and will be demoing the material shortly with a view toward landing a new record deal....Working song titles include:...01. Burning In My Own Hell02. Falling03. Hate04. Running...As previously reported, former CRISIS drummer Tony Costanza (also ex-MACHINE HEAD, from the pre-Chris Kontos days) has now joined New Orleans' CROWBAR.
SKID ROW will be playing the Metal Factory in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, April 13th, with CREASE supporting.
AT THE DRIVE-IN has cancelled a string of U.S. tour dates in April and all other forthcoming band activities in order to “collect their thoughts”. 'After a non-stop six-year cycle of record/tour/record/tour, we are going on an indefinite hiatus,' said guitarist Omar Rodriguez in an official statement. 'We need time to rest up and re-evaluate, just to be human beings again and to decide when we feel like playing music again.' There's no word yet on how the ongoing break will affect the debut album by DEFACTO, the side-project of Rodriguez and AT THE DRIVE-IN singer Cedric Bixler.
Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have completed their latest studio album, titled EPIC (The Poetry Of War), at Victor Studio in Montreal. Scheduled for release on September 3rd, EPIC (The Poetry Of War) will feature the following track listing:
...01. Il Diavolo In Me
02. Shivers Of A New World
03. Era Of The Mercyless (Roma Part 1)
04. As The Glorious Weep (Roma Part 2)
05. Damnation Is Here
06. Manipulator Of Souls
08. What We Endure
09. When Time Stands Still...
...KATAKLYSM will be embarking on a Canadian tour in August with QUO VADIS as support. There is also talk of a July pairing with Poland's VADER in the US, as part of the Summertime Slaughter festivals, but nothing has yet been confirmed.
...In other KATAKLYSM-related news, the planned THE COALITION project, featuring members of KATAKLYSM and CRYPTOPSY, has now been put on hold (possibly permanently) due to the hectic schedules of all the people involved. However, KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono will continue to record material for his solo project L.O.S.T., which will tentatively issue its debut release Living On Sympathy & Trust in early 2002.
Cleveland's CHIMAIRA have entered Third Stone Studios with producer Mudrock to record their debut album, entitled Pass Out Of Existence.
GLASSJAW have completed about  7-8 new tracks for their sophomore Roadrunner Records effort, which is tentatively scheduled to be recorded in July with producer Ross Robinson.
Australia's SEGRESSION will be entering Johnny K's Groovemaster Studios in Chicago in the near future to begin work on their new album with producers Jimmy Coup and Tadpole. Among the tracks that are set to be recorded are:
03. Desire For The Nothing
05. Fall Down
06. Lips Of Sorrow
09. Forked Tongue
10. Segregated Aggression
11. Another Number In The System
13. Insane Murder Machine
...According to the band, the new songs are by far the most original-sounding stuff they've written to date, and are “heavy as all f.ck”.
Sweden's IN AETERNUM have recorded a cover version of BATHORY's “Hades”, to be included on the second installment of the BATHORY tribute album that is being released by Hellspawn Records. The band are also said to be writing material for their forthcoming studio effort, which they hope to record in the next few months, while stepping out occasionally to perform a local show or two. Upcoming dates include:
....April 14 - Gothenburg @ (TBA) (w/SOULREAPER)
April 21 - Motala @ (TBA) w/DESTRUCTION, P. DI'ANNO)
May 25-26 - Falkenberg @ (TBA) (w/I. NAZARENE)
Florida's NEUROTICA, featuring former ATHEIST frontman Kelly Shaefer, will be performing at the 5' O-Clock Club in Sarasota, Florida on April 1st as part of the Giving Hunger The Blues benefit.
Sweden's MELDRUM, featuring former PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, have lined up a couple of showcase gigs in Los Angeles in early April prior to the band's appearance at the Decibel Festival. The dates are as follows:
...April 12 – W. Hollywood, California @ The Whiskey
April 16 – W. Hollywood, California @ The Coconut Teaszer
May 19 - Bengtsfors, Sweden @ Decibel Festival
KISS will be holding an online chat with their fans toward the end of their Australian farewell tour next week via Radioundercover.com. The chat will be taking place on Thursday, April 5th at 5pm (East Coast Australia time).
France's HEAVENLY are currently in the studio recording the as-yet-untitled follow-up to Coming From The Sky with producer Tommy Hansen. 10 songs are being recorded, among them 'Sign Of The Winner', 'The World Will Be Better', and 'Angel'. The CD is tentatively scheduled for release through Noise Records in June.
EXHORDER fans interested in checking out a few photos taken during the group's two-night reunion stint at Metairie's Zeppelin's club on March 23rd and 24th can do so by clicking here and here.
The 8th annual Rock Fest will take place in Cadott, Wisconsin between July 19th and July 22nd, and will include performances from such veteran rockers as BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, JETHRO TULL, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, JACKYL, BAD COMPANY, QUEENSRŸCHE and SLAUGHTER. The Rock Fest festival takes place on 320 acres of campgrounds and an outdoor amphitheater, and it is expected to draw an estimated 40,000 fans.
MILLENIUM, featuring EYEWITNESS / former DEATH guitarist Ralph Santolla, have been forced to pull out of their scheduled appearance at the Nemelrock Festival in Spain on April 7th due to the unavailability of their singer Jorn Lande, who will still be on tour with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN at the time of the festival. The band apologizes to its fans and promises to make up for this disappointment with rescheduled dates as soon as their schedule permits.
New Zealand's SHIHAD have been busy writing the material for their next album in Melbourne, Australia since January, and have reportedly already completed 16 songs so far. The forthcoming album is expected to be recorded during the summer for a late 2001 release.
WOLF is working on material for their as-yet-untitled second album, to be recorded in June at Peter Tagtgren's Abyss Studios.
Former MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert (now based out of Tokyo, Japan) is embarking on an Asian guitar clinic tour, beginning in mid-April. This is where he will be appearing:...April 19 - Seoul, KoreaApril 21 - Shenyang, ChinaApril 22 - Beijing, ChinaApril 24 - Taipei, TaiwanApril 25 - Manila, PhilipinesApril 27 - SingaporeApril 28 - Medan, IndonesiaApril 30 - Jogjakarta, IndonesiaMay 01 - Jakarta, IndonesiaMay 03 - Shanghai, ChinaMay 04 - Chendgu, ChinaMay 05 - Guangzhou, China
The semi-legendary Dutch metal band ANGUS will release their Track of Doom (1986) & Warrior Of The World (1987) LPs through the New Jersey label Sentinel Steel on one CD in remixed and remastered versions during April. ANGUS will also contribute the track “Warrior Of The World” to the compilation CD The Promized War, to be issued by Colombia's Eternal Night Records in July. Finally, ANGUS has inked a deal with the Dutch label Steelhunter Records for the release of the group's rare demo recordings on vinyl, tentatively titled Metal Warriors, in early 2002.
Veteran Spanish hard rockers BARON ROJO (anyone remember the Kerrang! magazine cover from the early '80s?) have lined up a bunch of gigs in their home country during the next several months. Here is how the group's itinerary is shaping up:...April 07 - BARCELONA (ZELESTE) May 05 –  VALDETOROS DEL JARAMA (MADRID) June 02 - CARTAGENA (VISTA ALEGRE) June 30 - LEGANES (PLAZA DE TOROS LA CUBIERTA) July 07 - PONTFERRADA (LEON)July 28 - GOLMES (LLEIDA)