CRADLE OF FILTH have announced the track listing for the Bitter Suites To Succubi EP—the group's first release through their own AbraCadaver Records. Included on the seven-song CD will be four new songs, a sequel to “Black Goddess”, entitled simply 'Black Goddess II- Ebon Nemesis', as well as re-recordings of 'The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh' and 'Summer Dying Fast'....The full track listing for Bitter Suites To Succubi is as follows:...01. Dinner At Deviant's Palace 02. All Hope In Eclipse 03. Born In A Burial Gown 04. Suicide And Other Comforts 05. Black Goddess II - Ebon Nemesis 06. The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh 07. Summer Dying Fast ...Bitter Suites To Succubi is due to be released on May 29th.
Former VAN HALEN / EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone will be gigging around the Greater Boston area in early May with his new band TRIBE OF JUDAH. The band's already-completed debut release, Benefits of a Short Term Memory, is currently being shopped to major and independent record labels.
THE WILDHEARTS mainman Ginger will be playing an acoustic show at The Office (formerly the Vic) in South Shields, UK on Tuesday, June 5th.
TABLOID CONFUSES GLENN HUGHES WITH DECEASED VILLAGE PEOPLE MEMBER...LOS ANGELES – Rocker Glenn Hughes and his wife were shocked and a bit bemused when friends and associates began calling their home after word got out that the singer's mug was mistakenly placed along that of the recently-deceased VILLAGE PEOPLE member of the same name in the April 3 issue of The Star....The tabloid ran a recent photo of Hughes alongside an old black and white shot of the VILLAGE PEOPLE's Biker persona in an announcement of the early March death of VILLAGE PEOPLE's Hughes....“Whilst I'm sorry to hear about the passing of the other Glenn Hughes, I'd like to let everyone know that I am very much alive and well,” said Hughes.
HELLION vocalist Ann Boleyn has completed work on her new solo CD, which, according to the singer, is “the best thing I have ever done!” However, HELLION fans will have to wait a little bit longer for the album's release, as Ann has decided to hold off on issuing it until she has secured new management.
Sweden sleaze-rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR will be holding a chat session via www.fanglobe.com on Monday, April 2nd, at 5 PM CET.
More information has surfaced on the WURDULAK project, which features members of IMMORTAL and MAYHEM, among others. According to mainman Frediablo, “WURDULAK is a band consisting of Frediablo (GORELORD), Killjoy (NECROPHAGIA), Fug (SOUL FORSAKEN), Iscariah (IMMORTAL), Jehmod (BLOODTHORN), Ihizahg (PERISHED) and Maniac (MAYHEM). Primitive and hideous old school heavy/black metal was what Frediablo, Fug and Ihizahg had in mind when they wrote the music for this project, which was originally founded by Killjoy & Frediablo. Involving Jehmod, Iscariah & Maniac was only natural, as they were not only very good friends, but also brilliant musicians. From WURDULAK you an expect nine tracks of pure old school metal, with vocals as hideous as only Killjoy & Maniac can produce. No release date has yet been set.”
METALLICA have complained to the U.S. District Court in San Francisco that Napster has failed to block access to its music as ordered under the court's injunction, the band's lawyer said on Wednesday. METALLICA's brief said Napster has refused to take any meaningful technological steps to bar its users from swapping the band's songs, according to Howard King, the lawyer for METALLICA. The band filed the brief on Tuesday, as a recording industry trade group raised the same issues in papers filed with the same court.
KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be guests on the ABC's Rage (Australia's MTV, as some refer to it) program on Saturday night. More details can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/rage/rage.htm....In other KISS news, Gene Simmons' pre-WICKED LESTER, pre-KISS recordings are being auctioned on Ebay, to be handed over to the highest bidder at the end of their 10-day listing. Credited simply to G. Klein, this 10' acetate, pressed by Richcraft Recording Company, was won in the Butterfield's KISS auction last year. It is featured on page 11 of KISStory, though the details that they attribute it are apparently incorrect. Made around 1969-71, one side of the acetate has the famed 'Stanley The Parrot', which had parts of its structure used in the later KISS classic 'Strutter', while the second side (not mentioned in KISStory) has the piano-ballad 'Leeta', which “would make Paul McCartney proud”. Both of these songs are the very earliest recorded Gene Simmons material currently available and show a very different side of him than the stage persona he would later develop in KISS.
Australia's ROSE TATTOO will be warming up for their European tour by playing several gigs in Sydney at the end of May. Here is how the tour is shaping up at the moment:...May 17 - Sydney, Australia @ Annandale HotelMay 18 - Sydney, Australia @ TBAMay 19 - Sydney, Australia @ Eastwood HotelMay 31 - Milton Keynes, Engl. @ The Pitz, Woughton Ctre.June 01 - London, England @ LA2 (The Mean Fiddler)June 02 - Bradford, England @ RioJune 03 - Dudley, England @ JB'sJune 04 - Nottingham, England @ Rock CityJune 06 - Glasgow, Scotland @ The CathouseJune 08 - Helmond, Netherlands @ PlatoJune 09 - Sölvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock FestivalJune 11 - Paris, France @ Live TV ShowJune 12 - Lille, France @ Le SplondineJune 13 - Paris, France  @  Elysee MontmatreJune 14 - Lyon, France @ Raid TheatreJune 15 - Strassbourg, France @ La LaiterieJune 16 - Bitterfield, Germany @ FerropolisJune 18 - Hamburg, Germany @ MarkthalleJune 19 - Osnabruck, Germany @ Hyde ParkJune 20 - Verviers, Belgium @ Route 66June 21 - Köln, Germany @ Live Music HallJune 22 - Belgium @ Graspop FestivalJune 23 - Hildesheim, Germany @ AirportJune 24 - Bochum, Germany @ ZecheJune 26 - Osnabrück, Germany @ Hyde ParkJune 27 - Nürnberg, Germany @ HirschJune 28 - Prattein, Switzerland @ Z7June 29 - Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Fest.June 30 - Berlin, Germany @ Rennbahn Karlshorst   July 01 - TBAJuly 02 - TBAJuly 03 - Isringhagen, Germany @ Blues GarageJuly 04 - TBAJuly 05 - Barcelona, Spain @ TBAJuly 06 - Sestao b.Bilbao, Spain @ TBA
KARMA TO BURN has signed to Spitfire Records and are currently hard at work on material for their forthcoming studio album, to be released during the summer.
DRAGONLORD's Rapture, the debut CD from the side project of TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, is scheduled to be released during the summer. According to a Spitfire Records press release, “DRAGONLORD monolithically embraces classical and goth, while simultaneously dealing out some deathened blackness to provide controlled melodic insanity.” Featuring Peterson on guitars/vocals, Jon Allen (SADUS / TESTAMENT) on drums, Lyle Livingston (PSYPHERIA) on keyboards, Steve Smyth (VICIOUS RUMORS) on lead guitar, and Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS / TESTAMENT / DEATH / ICED EARTH) on fretless bass, 'DRAGONLORD was an idea I had floating around at about the time TESTAMENT was getting ready to record The Gathering‚ in mid 98,' says Peterson. 'I was playing some stuff for (drummer) Dave Lombardo and he was like, 'Hey, dude, that's you singing? You should do a project! He kinda sparked the idea for me again. I wanted to do something more goth-mixed with classical influences, more Euro-sounding type stuff. I didn't want to lay that down on TESTAMENT since we got our knack back, so I decided to form DRAGONLORD. Now that the songs are born and I'm hearing them, they are exactly the way I pictured them! Beautifully eerie!'...Song titles set to appear on Rapture include:...01. Spirits In The Mist02. Rapture03. Wolfhunt04. Born To Darkness05. Tradition And Fire
SW1TCHED have finished mixing their upcoming Immortal / Virgin Records debut, My Own Religion, with producer Toby Wright (i.e. SOULFLY, ALICE IN CHAINS, C.O.C., SLAYER) at the Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles. My Own Religion is tentatively scheduled for release in late July / early August. Prior to then, SW1TCHED are scheduled to perform several dates on this year's Van's Warped Tour between July 10th and July 19th.
Boston's NULLSET, formerly known as GANGSTA BITCH BARBIE (before lawyers for the Mattel toy maker forced the band to change their name), will be releasing their debut EP, Smokewood, on April 24th. In addition to the title track, the CD will also include 'This Ain't California' and a new version of 'Suplex'. The group's self-titled Grand Royal / Virgin Records debut will follow during July.