LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland has expressed interest in doing an album of “ambient”, “relaxing” music with brother Scott and BIG DUMB FACE bandmate Kyle Weeks. According to Borland, the instrumental set will include 'samples, live drums … electronic ambient. In the APHEX TWINS or FUTURE SOUNDS OF LONDON vein, but slower, more sound-scapey.'
Due to “ridiculous demand” for tickets for the 2001 - A Metal Odyssey festival stop in London, UK, this show has now been moved upstairs from the Mean Fiddler(formerly LA2) to The Astoria. The full line-up of bands performing on Sunday, April 1st is as follows:...DIMMU BORGIR
C.O.C. and Australia's own SEGRESSION will be the opening acts on the upcoming PANTERA tour of Australia / New Zealand. The dates are as follows:
May 09 - Auckland, NZ @ North Shore Events
May 10 - Wellington, NZ @ Town Hall
May 12 - Christchurch, NZ @ Town Hall
May 13 - Brisbane, AUS @ Festival Hall
May 15 - Sydney, AUS @ Hordern Pavilion
May 16 - Newcastle, AUS @ Entertainment Centre
May 17 - Melbourne, AUS @ Festival Hall
May 18 - Adelaide, AUS @ Thebarton Theatre
May 20 - Perth, AUS @ Entertainment Centre
In the meantime, the Extreme Steel tour, featuring PANTERA, SLAYER, STATIC-X, SKRAPE and MORBID ANGEL, has been officially announced. In a statement, PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul offered that 'we wanted to kick off the summer with a little metal madness of our own. Being Texas boys, we know how brutal the outdoors can be once June rolls around. We figured our fans are ready for a little evening excitement without any humidity other than the heat they'll generate all on their own.'...Here is a complete list of the dates for the Extreme Steel tour:...June 20 - New Haven, CT @ New Haven Coliseum June 21 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum June 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Center June 23 - Worcester, MA @ Centrum June 25 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum June 27 - Huntington, WV @ Civic Arena June 29 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena June 30 - Detroit, MI @ TBA July 01 - Cleveland, OH @ CSU Center July 03 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena July 05 - Minneapolis, MN @ Excel Energy Center July 06 - Fargo, ND @ FargoDome July 08 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ US Cellular Center July 09 - Kansas City, MO @ Municipal Auditorium July 11 - Denver, CO @ Denver Coliseum July 14 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Center July 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena July 18 - Las Vegas, NV @ Thomas & Mack Center July 19 - Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena July 21 - San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena July 22 - Bakersfield, CA @ Centennial Gardens July 23 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Arena July 25 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome July 26 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
LINKIN PARK have announced a short Australian tour in early May. The dates are as follows:...May 02 – Sydney, AUST @ EnmoreMay 04 – Melbourne, AUST @ Festival HallMay 05 – Brisbane, AUST @ Festival Hall...Support at all three shows will come from Australia's SUNK LOTO.
SLAVES ON DOPE's NYC stop on their upcoming New Blood Tour (also featuring FACTORY 81, DROWNING POOL and NO ONE) on May 4th has been moved to the Wetlands. The full itinerary for the trek is as follows:...April 06 - Toledo, OH @ Main EventApril 07 - Detroit, MI @ IrocApril 08 - Grand Rapids, MI @ IntersectionApril 09 - Chicago, IL @ MetroApril 11 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop'sApril 13 - Tulsa, OK @ OthersideApril 14 - Amarillio, TX @ Route 66April 15 - Lubbock, TX @ TBAApril 17 - Killeen, TX @ OzApril 18 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunset StationApril 19 - Houston, TX @ Engine RoomApril 20 - Corpus Cristi, TX @ Corpus Center TheatreApril 21 - Dallas, TX @ TBAApril 24 - Little Rock, AK @ Vino'sApril 25 - Memphis, TN @ TBAApril 27 - Knoxville, TN @ Moose's Music HallApril 28 - Atlanta, GA @ MasqueradeApril 29 - Chatanooga, TN @ The BayMay 01 - Winston Salem, NC @ Ziggy's May 02 - Springfield, VA @ JaxxMay 04 - New York City, NY @ WetlandsMay 05 - Amherst, MA @ SkyboxMay 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ TBAMay 07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ MetropolMay 08 - Cincinnati, OH @ TBAMay 09 - Milwaulkee, WI @ TBAMay 10 - Minneapolis, MI @ TBA
The UK's HECATE ENTHRONED have been added to the list of artists performing at the Extinction Agenda 2 Festival at the Woughton Centre in Milton Keynes, UK on May 5th. The full bill is as follows:...EXTREME NOISE TERROR
TANGAROA INFECTED DISARRAY
THE KEVORKIAN SOLUTION
Sweden's CENTINEX have signed a multi-album deal with the UK's Candlelight Records. The group's forthcoming full-length album, titled Diabolical Desolation, will be recorded at Black Lounge Studios during July. In the meantime, CENTINEX's Hellbrigade CD will be released in the US through WW III Records on May 8th.
San Francisco Bay Area's M.I.R.V. have been added to the second leg of the ongoing JERRY CANTRELL (ALICE IN CHAINS) tour, which also features THE SWARM (comprised of ex-DEATH ANGEL members) and COMES WITH THE FALL. As previously reported, M.I.R.V. guitarist Brian Kehoe is part of Cantrell's backing band and will presumably be doing double-duty on guitar at the upcoming shows....Here's where you can catch JERRY CANTRELL and M.I.R.V.:...April 20 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater April 21 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater April 22 - Vancouver, BC @ Richards April 24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ DV8 April 26 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Colorado Music Hall April 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave April 29 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave April 30 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door May 02 – Cleveland, OH @ Odeon May 06 - Winston Salem, SC @ Ziggy's May 08 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Beehive May 09 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA May 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom May 11 - Providence, RI @ Lupos May 13 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre May 14 - Washington DC @ 930 Club May 15 - Norfolk, VA @ Norva May 16 - Atlantic Beach, NC @ Ziggy's By The Sea May 18 - Orlando, FL @ Sapphire Supper Club May 19 - Tampa, FL @ Frankie's Patio May 20 - Jacksonville, FL @ Club 5
NOSTRADAMUS, guitarist Nikolo Kotzev's rock opera about the famous Michel de Nostredame, will be released through Germany's SPV Records in Europe on May 21st. The Japanese release date is set for April 5th, while the American details are still being worked out. Nostradamus will be released on a double CD and will contain more than 100 minutes of music, featuring a 35-piece symphonic orchestra along with a hard rock band and the following seven singers:...Göran Edman (GLORY / ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN)Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE / BLACK SABBATH)Jørn Lande (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN / ARK / MILLENNIUM)Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW / YNGWIE MALMSTEEN)Doogie White (ex-RAINBOW)Alannah MylesSass Jordan...More information can be obtained by visiting the official NOSTRADAMUS web site: www.nostramusic.com.
Former ACCEPT / RUNNING WILD drummer Stefan Schwarzmann has joined Germany's VOICE. The group's third full-length CD, Golden Signs, will be released through AFM Records on June 18th.
Germany's SQUEALER are currently in the studio recording their as-yet-untitled sixth studio album, which is tentatively due to be released at the end of August. While awaiting the album's release, SQUEALER will be partaking in some European festivals, including the Bang Your Head festival on June 29th and 30th alongside JUDAS PRIEST, SAVATAGE, STRATOVARIUS, KREATOR, MEGADETH and others.
EDGUY's forthcoming studio album, tentatively titled Mandrake, is scheduled for a late September release.
Holland's THE GATHERING have lined up a couple of European festival appearances during May and June. The dates are as follows:...May 24 – Hirson, FR @ Rotonde FestivalJune 3-4 – Hilvaenbeek, NETH @ Elastiek MuziekJune 16 – Twiske, NETH @ Twiske & Shout Festival
Little Rock, Arkansas' SOUL EMBRACED are in the studio recording their debut album for Solid State Records, entitled This is My Blood.
East Coast “hardcore noise mongers” COMIN CORRECT will be releasing their In Memory Of… album on Kingfisher Records on April 30th. The CD features guest appearances from Lord Ezac from SKARHEAD and ex-CRO-MAGS / BOTH WORLDS frontman John Joseph. Prior to the album's release, COMIN CORRECT will be heading over to the UK for a short tour with ASSERT. The dates are as follows: ...April 18 – Newcastle, UK @ TrilliansApril 19 – Edinburgh, UK @ AtticApril 20 – Bradford, UK @ RioApril 21 – Newport, UK @ T.J.'SApril 22 – London, UK @ Underworld
CRADLE OF FILTH are embarking on a tour of Europe, Japan and Australia. Here is where you can catch them:...April 11 - Temple Bar Centre, Dublin, IREApril 12 - The Limelight, Belfast, IREApril 14 - Rock City, Nottingham, UK April 19 - Heat Beat, Tokyo, JAPApril 20 - Bottom Line, Nagoya, JAPApril 22 - Shibuya Club, Tokyo, JAPApril 23 - Shibuya Club, Tokyo, JAPApril 26 - The Roundhouse, Sydney, AUST April 27 - The Palace Melbourne, AUSTApril 28 - The Arena Brisbane, AUST May 26 - Dynamo Festival, Lichtenvoorde, NETH June 08 - Mind Over Matter, Wiesen, AUSJune 09 - Gods of Metal, Milan, ITJune 22 - With Full Force, Dresden, GER June 23 - Graspop Dessel, BEL June 03 - Quart Festival Quart, NOR