The full track listing for JUDAS PRIEST's forthcoming Demolition opus can finally be revealed. The song titles are as follows (in no particular order):
01. Machine Man
02. One On One
03. Hell Is Home
04. Feed On Me
05. Jekyll & Hyde
06. Devil Digger
07. Close To You
09. Metal Messiah
12. In Between
13. Lost & Found
Demolition is scheduled for release on July 16th in Europe and July 31st in USA/Canada.
In other JUDAS PRIEST news, all fans interested in seeing what the Re-Masters box set is going to look like can do so by clicking here.
In the upcoming installment of METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett's monthly column in Guitar World magazine called The Sound and the Fury, he addresses the musical direction of the group's forthcoming studio album and the now-infamous Playboy article. According to Kirk, the band is different now than they were when they did the aforementioned interview. 'We're not like that anymore we've worked through all our shit, we're a lot closer, and it's a really good time to be in METALLICA right now,' Hammett writes. 'In fact, it feels better to be in this band now than it did in the Nineties.'
As for the group's next album, Kirk says that first he, James and Lars will write all the music, then they will find a bass player to record the bass parts. 'We're just about to start work on the writing stages of the next album, and we're just going to do it as a three-piece. Then, once we've got it all together and we feel like we need a bass player, that's when we'll start looking.'
Regarding the recording process, Kirk reveals that 'We're probably not going to record in a studio this time around either. We're tired of the atmosphere and traffic, and we're tired of the traditional approach. So we're going to spend some time researching how to do it differently. We want to find an approach we're all comfortable with and can work in without distractions. And, when we find it, I think it'll definitely change the way the new album's going to sound.'
Kirk also goes into saying that the new album will not sound like 'No Leaf Clover' and 'Human' (from the S&M album), because those songs were written around Load and Reload. Instead, he says, it will likely sound more like the track 'I Disappear' off the Mission Impossible II soundtrack.
MARILYN MANSON completed filming of his latest video, for 'The Nobodies', last week, although he was unsure whether footage from the controversial MTV program Jackass would appear in the video as planned. The clip centers around a group of children who seek help from MANSON after being punished by nuns for watching the program, in which the host undertakes dangerous and often reckless stunts. The show has come under fire in recent weeks from US Senator Joe Lieberman and other cultural watchdogs because of several alleged copycat incidents in which young boys were severely burned or injured trying to re-enact stunts from the show. In other MANSON news, he plans to release his first novel, titled Holy Wood, after his recent album, this fall, with a coffee table art book to accompany it. MANSON is also planning his first DVD release for the fall, and may act in a movie directed by cult Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain).
ICED EARTH are apparently once again looking for a bassist to complete the group's line-up following Steve DiGiorgio's inability to commit to joining the band on the touring front, which was apparently one of the stipulations for the bassist becoming a member of ICED EARTH. Prior to the start of the group's fall tour, ICED EARTH will reportedly hit the studio to record a CD's worth of cover songs, including those by AC/DC, JUDAS PRIEST, BLACK SABBATH, KISS and IRON MAIDEN for a multi-disc box set commemorating the history of the band. Included in the package will be Jim Morris remixes of the first three CDs, with redone artwork and liner notes, period photos, as well as the Enter The Realm demo pressed on CD. The box set is apparently part of the arrangement the band struck with Century Media Records to allow them to take part of their back catalog with them when their contract with the company runs out after the release of the new album, entitled Horror Show, which has now been pushed back to June 25th. ICED EARTH are said to be in serious negotiations with Sanctuary Records for the release of the group's future recordings, but as usual, nothing is definite, and the band will entertain other offers before making a decision as to where to go.
GRAVITY KILLS have posted an explanation on their official web site regarding the reasons for the cancellation of the group's scheduled show at the Banana Joe's club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 27th. Here is the message in its entirety:
'GRAVITY KILLS officially cancelled the show on Thursday the 26th. However, the tour management company neglected to call the club. This is why the club had no idea what was going on — they were not informed.
'The reason behind this was poor logistics in the booking of the mini-tour, and the fact that Banana Joe's was non-cooperative in letting GK start their set early in the evening. As a matter of fact, they pushed the start time back several times. GRAVITY KILLS was due in Massachusetts early in the afternoon on Saturday April 28th for a big show on the campus of Bridgewater College — a 12-hour drive from Pittsburgh. After confirming that they would not have been able to play early in Pittsburgh, GRAVITY KILLS decided to cancel the Pittsburgh show in favor of the much larger Bridgewater show.
'The confusion occured when the tour management company neglected to cancel the show.
'GRAVITY KILLS apologizes for any confusion this caused. They have always prided themselves on being close to their fans and that something like this could happen is very upsetting to the band. While nothing can make up for time or money lost, the band apologizes and hopes that this unfortunate situation will not deter any fans from continuing to support GRAVITY KILLS.'
The release of H.I.M.'s much-anticipated debut single, 'Pretending', from the group's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled third album has apparently once again been pushed back, this time to July 2nd.
KAMELOT have been added to the line-up of artists performing at the Gods of Metal Festival in Milan, Italy on June 9th. In the meantime, the group's long-awaited new masterpiece, Karma, has finally been released in Europe, and it is receiving amazing reviews, including an 'Album Of The Month' write-up in Metal Heart, 12 out 12 points in Heavy Oder Was!?, and 6 out of 7 points in Hammer.
According to sit-in YNGWIE MALSTEEN vocalist Mark Boals, he will participate in the guitarist's WAR tour as a 'special guest' until the final date of the scheduled Japanese tour, which ends of July 22nd.
Incidentally, it should be Yngwie hooked up with versatile drummer Tim Donahue through longtime associate and friend Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records. A virtual unknown in the heavy rock world, Tim as the frenetic basher behind the swing/pop/rock group CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES, and his official web site can be accessed here. http://www.rockdrummer.bigstep.com/
Danish rockers D.A.D. have booked studio time, starting today, May 1st, at The Swinghouse in Los Angeles, California to begin work on the material for the group's forthcoming studio album, which is scheduled to be recorded later this year.
MARDUK's sole festival appearance this summer will be at Belgium's Grasspop Metal Meeting on June 23rd alongside such acts as JUDAS PRIEST and MOTORHEAD. In other news, MARDUK will be issuing a box set in late October entitled Blackcrowned, for which no information is currently available. Meanwhile, here is the group's complete US touring schedule for the next month or so:
May 02 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
May 03 - Austin, TX @ Backroom
May 04 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
May 05 - Dallas, TX @ Canyon Club
May 06 - El Paso, TX @ E-9
May 08 - Tempe, AZ @ Bostons
May 09 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
May 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Maritime Hall
May 11 - Madras, OR @ The Metal Shop
May 12 - Portland, OR @ Pine Street Theatre
May 13 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland
May 15 - St. Paul, MN @ The Lab
May 16 - Milwaukee, WI @The Globe
May 17 - Aurora, IL @ Rileys
May 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Blind Lemon
May 19 - Detroit, MI @ Harpos
May 21 - Cinncinati, OH @ Top Cats
May 22 - Columbis, OH @ Al Rosa
May 23 - Albany, NY @ Valentines
May 24 - South Amboy, NJ @ Clube Krome
May 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ L'Amour
May 27 - TBA
May 28 - TBA
May 29 - TBA
May 30 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys
May 31 - Atlantic Beach, NC @ Ziggys
June 01 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
June 02 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
June 03 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist IZZY STRADLIN's new album, River, is due for release in June, with the Japanese release coming a couple of weeks earlier on May 23rd. The album is reportedly a continuation of the stylistically diverse sounds the guitarist has explored on his previous CDs, with one track reportedly following a reggae direction.
MURDER SQUAD, featuring ENTOMBED drummer Peter Stjärnvind, ENTOMBED guitarist Uffe Cederlund, DISMEMBER vocalist Matti Kärkki and DISMEMBER bassist Richard Cabeza, are reportedly entertaining the idea of issuing their recently-released debut on vinyl through Hammerheart Records with a bonus 7' single featuring a cover of AUTOPSY's 'Human Genocide' with Matti on vocals and a brand new MURDER SQUAD original with ex-AUTOPSY mainman Chris Reifert handling the vocal duties.
Swedish death metallers NECROPHOBIC have signed a new record contract with Hammerheart Records following their recent split with Black Mark Productions and are tentatively scheduled to start recording their brand new album at the beginning of September.
THE MISFITS are offering for sale — on a first come, first served basis — ultra-rare commemorative sets from the 25th Anniversary Tour launch at Roseland in NYC. Each set includes an un-torn and un-used commemorative two-sided ticket for the show printed in silver ink, the 4' x 5' official show flyer, which was printed on glossy card stock, and the official show poster measuring 12' x 18'. These posters feature a dual image and are printed on glossy card stock. They ship rolled and were used around NYC to promote the show. While they last, the poster included in each set has been hand signed in silver ink by Jerry Only, Marky Ramone, and Robo & Dez Cadena from BLACK FLAG. For more info, visit the band's web site: www.misfits.com
Legendary drummer Carmine Appice (i.e. OZZY, BLUE MURDER, etc.) has lined up a few drum clinic appearances in Japan prior to his now-sold-out Modern Drummer Festival performance in Montclair, New Jersey on May 20th (during which he will be joined by fellow ex-VANILA FUDGE members for an impromptu 'jam'). The dates are as follows:
May 10 - Abee Road music clinic in Kokura City, JAP
May 11 - Sound Staff Clinic in Toyohashi (Nagoya City, JAP
May 12 - Velvet Sound Clinic in Shizuoka, JAP
May 20 - Modern Drummer Festival, Monclair NJ
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT have emerged from their self-imposed hiatus with a brand new album and a European tour, which begins at the end of this month. The dates are as follows:
May 29 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
May 30 - Rotterdam, NL @ Waterfront
May 31 - Den Bosch, NL @ Willem II
June 01 - Kontich, BEL @ Intfabreik
June 02 - Bielefeld, GER @ Forum
June 03 - Leipzig, GER @ Conne Island
June 04 - Biel, SWI @ Bienne Coupole
June 06 - Paris, FRA @ La Boule Noir
June 07 - Sheffield, UK @ University
June 08 - Glasgow, UK @ King Tut's
June 09 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester University
June 10 - Dublin, IRE @ Music Centre
June 12 - Bristol, UK @ Fleece & Firkin
June 13 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde
June 14 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
June 16 - Hultsfred, SWE @ Hultsfred Festival
June 17 - Groningen, NL @ Vera
A PERFECT CIRCLE have won won the award for 'Outstanding Debut Album' at this years California Music Awards.
Former SCREAMING TREES frontman Mark Lanegan will join the QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE on vocals for the group's shows at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles May 23rd and 24th, and will then accompany the band on their European tour, beginning with the Pinkpop Festival June 2nd in Landgraaf, Netherlands. According to reports, Lanegan, an old friend of QUEENS guitarist Josh Homme, will not be taking over full-time vocalist duties and will only join the band for the two songs he did on QUEENS' Rated R album as well as possibly a couple more.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE with Mark Lanegan dates:
May 23- 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Ray Theatre
June 02 - Landgraaf, NETH @ Pinkpop Festival
June 06 - Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
June 07 - Newport, UK @ Newport Centre
June 08 - Milton Keynes, UK @ National Bowl
June 10 - Birmingham, UK @ The Academy
June 11 - Portsmouth, UK @ Portsmouth Guildhall
June 12 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester University
June 13 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy
June 24 - Neuhasen, GER @ Southside Festival
The next single from BOILER ROOM's Can't Breathe album will be 'Superficial'. A video will be shot and the single will go to radio shortly.
Sweden's THYRFING will be entering Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala in the fall with producer Daniel Bergstrand (i.e. MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARKANE, STUCK MOJO) to record the follow-up to last year's Urkraft CD, tentatively entitled entitled The Fourth Outrage.