LIMP BIZKIT are continuing to work on material for their fourth full-length record, with vocalist Fred Durst stating on the band's official web site that “it'll be [our fans'] favorite album yet!!” LIMP BIZKIT are not expected to begin recording the follow-up to the quadruple-platinum Chocolate Starfish & The Hotdog Flavored Water CD until the end of the year.
Meanwhile, LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland has lashed out at some of the groups that have surfaced in the wake of LIMP BIZKIT's incredible commercial success, with the six-stringer going as far as to say “I feel partially responsible for [a lot of the music that is selling records now]. We've influenced a lot of bands that I think are terrible. It's just like, c'mon—LINKIN PARK? CRAZY TOWN? I just want to stab my eyeball out with a screwdriver. I've completely stopped watching MTV or M2. It's disgusting.'
According to Borland, it shouldn't come as a surprise if the next LIMP BIZKIT CD ends up sounding drastically different from the group's past releases, with Wes openly admitting to a fondness for the styles of bands like QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, PORTISHEAD or TOOL and wanting to try his hand at something similar.
“Fred [Durst] and I were having a conversation about a month ago ... about putting a cap on the rap rock thing and try new stuff,' Borland said. 'Not because times are changing—they're obviously not changing, I'm sure we could write another album and it would sell great—but it's such a confining genre. I can't spit enough venom at it.'
The next single from Chocolate Starfish & The Hotdog Flavored Water is going to be either “Boiler” or “Livin' It Up”, according to Durst.
Unsubstantiated rumors indicate that ROB ZOMBIE drummer John Tempesta will play on the forthcoming TESTAMENT collection of re-workings of early original compositions, entitled First Strike Is Deadly, which is tentatively scheduled for a summer release. Tempesta was a member of TESTAMENT during the early '90s, and he appeared on the group's classic 1994 Low CD, which still stands as one of TESTAMENT's finest moments to date. In addition to Tempesta, First Strike Is Deadly will include an appearance by former guitarist Alex Skolnick, who quit the band nearly a decade ago after recording five full-length albums with the group.
SKINLAB are tentatively scheduled to enter Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California on June 1st with producer Richard Kaplan (KORN, SOULFLY) to record their third full-length effort, entitled The Revolting Room. Several special guests will be making an appearance on the album, including Paul Mendoza of UNJUST (on the track 'Purify') and Brock Lindow of 36 CRAZYFISTS (on 'Take As Needed'), with more guest musicians to be announced shortly. The Revolting Room is tentatively scheduled to be released in early September through Century Media Records.
Kansas City's PUDDLE OF MUDD, one of the first signings to LIMP BIZKIT vocalist Fred Durst's Flawless Records label, will be opening for the DEFTONES and GODSMACK in the US during the summer. PUDDLE OF MUDD recently completed the recording sessions for their Flawless / Geffen Records debut with producer John Kurzweg (DOUBLEDRIVE, CREED) at Third Stone Recording in Los Angeles, CA and are presently in New York mixing the album with Andy Wallace (ALICE IN CHAINS, LIMP BIZKIT, SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, SLAYER). The album is tentatively scheduled to be released in June.
HALFORD's Live Insurrection has entered the German Trend-charts at #31.
The annual Dutch WALDROCK festival will be taking place on June 30th near the town of Bergum-Friesland. The only confirmed acts so far are: DEFTONES, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and DEVIN TOWNSEND.
SAVATAGE have confirmed more European and American tour dates. They are as follows:
May 13 - San Antonio, TX @ TBA
July 04 - San Sebastien, Spain @ Anoeta (w/J. PRIEST)
July 05 - Madrid, Spain @ La Cubierta (w/J. PRIEST)
July 06 - Murica, Spain @ Alcazeraes (w/J. PRIEST)
July 07 - Cadiz, Spain @ San Felipi Neri (w/J. PRIEST)
July 09 - Valladolid, Spain @ Feria De Mues. (w/J. PRIEST)
July 10 - Barcelona, Spain @ Vall D'Hebron (w/J. PRIEST)
Sweden's LION'S SHARE have been officially added to the line-up of bands performing at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8th and 9th. Other confirmed artists include: GARY MOORE, DEE SNIDER, GLENN HUGHES, ROSE TATTOO, PRETTY MAIDS and HAMMERFALL.
Former CRIMSON GLORY vocalist Midnight is still slated to work with guitarist Luca Turilli from Italy's RHAPSODY on a forthcoming project, but according to the singer's official web site, “things have slowed while the two parties work out contracts to make the project workable.”
In other Midnight news, no progress has been made on the writing or recording front for the planned project between Midnight and CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Jon Drenning. However, Midnight remains fairly adamant that he is in no way interested in a CRIMSON GLORY reunion with him on vocals, and is continuing work on a solo album, which will reportedly feature guest musicians.
Australia's SEGRESSION, fresh from a recent touring stint in the USA, have reportedly landed the opening slot on the forthcoming PANTERA Australian tour. According to the band, “we could not pass up the opportunity to play with the originators of groove metal.” As reported yesterday, SEGRESSION is currently in pre-production for their forthcoming studio album, which will be recorded at Chicago's Groovemaster Studios during the next few months.
Finland's DEEPRED will be contributing a cover version of SUFFOCATION's 'Pierced From Within' to the upcoming SUFFOCATION tribute album titled Breeding the Seeds of Suffering, which is due out through Repulsive Echo Records later in the year. Other bands contributing to the project include: DEVOURMENT, PROPHECY, ROTTING, VOMIT REMNANTS, PYAEMIA, and SOILS OF FATE. More details can be found at: repulsiveecho.cjb.net
American black metal act DARKMOON have cancelled their appearance at the third annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 13th and 14th. No reason was given for the cancellation.
Germany's FREEDOM CALL, back home after a successful support slot on the HAMMERFALL European tour, have lined up a couple of festival appearances during the summer. The confirmed dates so far are:
June 08 – Graz, Austria @ Mind Over Matter Festival
(w/SAVATAGE, CRADLE OF FILTH, MOTÖRHEAD)
August 04 – Pratteln, Switzerland @ Metal Dayz
FREEDOM CALL are tentatively scheduled to start the pre-production process for their forthcoming studio album in April, with the actual recordings not scheduled to begin until the end of the year. According to the band, they “want to take [our] time to develop [our] song ideas, to make the best out of it and to make another great album.”
UK melodic metallers DRAGONHEART will be returning to the Thin Ice Studios in April with producer / THRESHOLD guitarist Karl Groom to resume pre-production work for their forthcoming studio release, due out at the end of the year.
Boston's 27, featuring ex-members of DIRT MERCHANTS, SPORE, and ANODYNE, have signed with Release Entertainment.
AMBER ASYLUM will be the opening act at several NEUROSIS west coast shows in April. The dates are as follows:
April 20 - Portland, OR @ Pine St. Theater (w/NEUROSIS)
April 21 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland (w/NEUROSIS)
April 22 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland (w/NEUROSIS)
DEAD KENNEDYS will be releasing their first-ever live album in the shape of Mutiny On The Bay, due out through Decay Records later in the year. The CD will include live recordings made at various shows during the 1980s.
The upcoming second solo effort from VANIZE guitarist Rolf Munkes will feature a guest appearance from former RAINBOW keyboardist Don Airey. The as-yet-untitled album will also include an appearance by BALANCE OF POWER singer Lance King and ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Mark Boals. Former ACCEPT drummer Stefan Kaufmann will be mixing the CD at Cologne's ROXX Studios during June.