SLAYER's Kerry King will be making a guest appearance on ROB ZOMBIE's forthcoming second solo effort, which is tentatively due for release at the end of the year. The bald-headed axeman will be heading into a Hollywood studio next week to record his tracks on an as-yet-untitled tune on the Scott Humphrey-produced album, which the frontman has described as being 'faster, heavier, and louder' than the double-platinum Hellbilly Deluxe CD.
SLIPKNOT have issued the following statement via their official web site regarding the cancellation of the five previously scheduled US 'warm-up' shows prior to the group's upcoming European tour:
'To all our maggots...
We know you're not going to like this, but unfortunately, we have to cancel the five shows we had planned for the beginning of May, the reason being we have not finished mixing our album, which we want to release on time. We had hoped it would not be like this, and we did everything we could to avoid this, but we have always strove to give our fans the best we can do, because SLIPKNOT FANS DESERVE THE BEST THAT THE WHOLE WORLD CAN OFFER THEM. We will come back and make these shows up, as we have always done in the past, so make sure you get your money back or hold on to the tickets. Again — WE ARE SORRY TO HAVE TO DO THIS. We value our fans and have always tried to deliver for them. But because of that very fact, it is our decision to finish the album and come back when the time is right. We hope you understand and support this decision. Till then … the (sic)ness continues … Much respect, The 'Knot.'
Although the group's record label, Roadrunner Records, had previously announced that the mixing of SLIPKNOT's forthcoming effort, which is still rumored to be titled Iowa, had been completed, a possibility exists that several of the tracks will be remixed prior to the band's departure for the European trek. Moreover, SLIPKNOT is still slated to invade Minneapolis — not Los Angeles as was previously planned — to film and record their musical contribution to the remake of the '70s film Rollerball, which is scheduled to hit theaters August 17th. It's still not known what the song is or whether it will appear on the movie's soundtrack.
SLIPKNOT's upcoming CD is due through Roadrunner Records on July 17th.
As previously reported, BIOHAZARD's forthcoming Uncivilization CD — due for release in Europe on June 25th through SPV/Steamhammer Records — is turning out to be a guest-heavy affair, with SEPULTURA's Andreas Kisser and Derrick Green appearing on a track called 'Trap', SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera playing percussion on the song 'Gone', PANTERA's Phil Anselmo screaming his way through 'HFFK (Hate, F.ck, Fight, Kill)', CYPRESS HILL's Sen Dog rapping on 'Last Man Standing', and HATEBREED members contributing backing and lead vocals to various cuts on the CD (TYPE O NEGATIVE's Peter Steele also appears on an as-yet-unspecified track).
BIOHAZARD have just returned from their recent South American jaunt, where they reportedly premiered new material to a great reaction from the group's rabid Latin American fans: 'South America was awesome, we had a great time,' guitarist Billy Graziadei told Metal Hammer. 'It's so incredible to be able to tour countries like Chile where I can donate my precious digital camcorder to such financially handicapped people.'
Uncivilization has yet to receive an official US release date, but reports indicate that an announcement will be made shortly regarding BIOHAZARD's much-rumored signing with Sanctuary Records for the North American territory, with the album likely to be made available domestically through the label sometime in July.
Uncivilization is tentatively scheduled to include the following tracks:
02. Population Control
03. HFFK (Hate, F.ck, Fight, Kill) (feat. PANTERA's Phil
04. Last Man Standing (feat. CYPRESS HILL's Sen Dog)
06. Gone (feat. SEPULTURA's Igor Cavalera)
08. Never Turn Your Back On Me
10. Crossed The Line
11. Trap (feat. SEPULTURA's Andreas Kisser)
TYPE O NEGATIVE are reportedly 'writing, re-writing, tweaking, and rehearsing new material' in their home base of Brooklyn, New York. According to drummer Johnny Kelly, 'We're in the writing stage of the new CD. We should be starting demos within the next few weeks. We're hoping to be in Systems II Studios (in Brooklyn) by the beginning of the summer. The writing is going well, [frontman] Peter [Steele] came up with a pretty cool song this week.'
TYPE O NEGATIVE's as-yet-untitled forthcoming effort is tentatively due for release at the end of the year.
SKID ROW have reportedly entered a New Jersey studio to begin recording their first album with new vocalist Johnny Solinger. According to guitarist Scotti Hill, 'We just started week 2 of recording and we're ahead of schedule. We've moved in to a killer studio here in NJ, and are putting in about 10 hours a day. The vibe could not be more positive. Everyone is in a great mood and most important, the shit sounds GREAT! No release date yet, but I can tell you the tour starts the 2nd week in June.'
DEICIDE reportedly took all of five days (!) to record and mix their upcoming In Torment In Hell CD, with the final production coming across as by far the rawest and most stripped down that the band have ever had. The eight-song album is due for release through Roadrunner Records this summer.
Contrary to what we reported yesterday, it now appears that New York's BOILER ROOM have in fact split up following the disappointing reaction to their Can't Breathe debut and related record company difficulties. More information when it becomes available.
The lawsuit brought against METHODS OF MAYHEM and the group's label Universal/MCA Records by a Swedish sound-effects company claiming that MOM mainman Tommy Lee stole his band's name from a disc of sound samples created in 1995 has been settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. After finding out that the jury was about in Lee's favor when the lawyer for Universal/MCA decided to settle the case despite Tommy's objections, the MOM frontman called the attorney an 'idiot' before leaving the courtroom.
STAIND will be playing their new single 'It's Been Awhile' on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight, Wednesday, May 2nd at 11:30 pm EST / 10:30 pm Central on NBC.
Chile's CRIMINAL have reportedly split up due to mainman Anton Reissenegger's decision to leave the country to try his luck in Europe for a few years. CRIMINAL played their 'farewell' show in Santiago this past Saturday, April 28th, and will have their latest release, Cancer, issued in the US though Metal Blade Records shortly. Meanwhile, Reissenegger's former outfit, the influential PENTAGRAM (whose 'Demonic Possesssion' was covered by NAPALM DEATH on their Leaders Not Followers EP) are scheduled to reunite for one show on May 20th in what is bound to be the only time such a reunion ever takes place on Chilean or any other soil.
TEAM SLEEP, the side project of DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno (which also features in its ranks DJ Crook and Todd Wilkinson), will reportedly head to Seattle in a few days to begin recording its upcoming debut CD, which is tentatively scheduled for release before the end of the year. Former HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur is expected to make a guest appearance on the as-yet-untitled effort.
EDGUY vocalist Tobias Sammet and guitarist Jens Ludwig left Germany for Finland's Finnvox Studios yesterday to begin mixing their upcoming Mandrake effort with producer/mixer Mikko Karmilla. Mandrake is set for a September 24th release through AFM Records.
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's upcoming tour of Turkey will include a gig on May 19th at Saklikent, one of the biggest concert halls in Ankara. Check out their ad for the show at this address: www.saklikent.com
Finland's LULLACRY will have their sophomore effort, Be My God, released in their home country on May 21st. The full track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. Embrace Me
02. Be My God
03. Without The Dreamer
04. Into Your Heart
06. Pain, Walk With Me
07. I Don't Mind
08. Damn You
09. Bonfires Of Time
10. Thorn Of The Rose
LULLACRY will be performing a record release party in Helsinki on June 14th at the Tavastia Club.
Colorado's JAG PANZER have recorded a special song in honor of the Colorado Avalanche's playoff run — a version of JUDAS PRIEST's 'You've Got Another Thing Coming' with new lyrics commemorating the occasion. The track can be downloaded via the group's official web site: www.jagpanzer.com
JANE'S ADDICTION returned once again to the public eye with a reunion gig that featured an appearance from RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival outside Los Angeles Saturday on April 28th. The bassist joined group onstage during their headlining set and remained for the duration. Flea was originally announced as the official bassist for JANE'S latest reunion, but backed out in order to concentrate on the CHILI PEPPERS' next album. Former PORNO FOR PYROS/CULT four-stringer Martyn LeNoble assumed the role and appeared with the group at Saturday's show. JANE'S ADDICTION is reportedly considering an extensive U.S. tour this summer, and perhaps another album.
Norway's TWIN OBSCENITY have finished putting the final touches on their new album, Bloodstone, which was reportedly recorded at the group's home studio. The ten-song effort features the return of female vocalist Tonje, who sang on the band's 1997 Where Light Touches None debut album on Head Not Found Records. Scheduled for release through Century Media Records, Bloodstone contains '39 minutes of very catchy and straight forward, melodic Viking/death/black metal with some more mellow and atmospheric elements than before'.
New York's 40 BELOW SUMMER are finishing up the recording of their forthcoming London/Sire Records debut with producer GGGarth Richardson (i.e. MUDVAYNE, SPINESHANK), and will begin mixing the effort with producer Toby Wright (KORN, ALICE IN CHAINS, SOULFLY) shortly. The album is expected to see release in late August or early September.
RATT featuring STEPHEN PEARCY — aka Pearcy's post-RATT solo project — are lining up a full US tour over the course of the next several weeks. Here are the confirmed dates so far:
May 26 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Metal Factory
July 07 - Traverse City, MI @ National Cherry Festival
July 13 - Beloit, WI @ Beloit Riverfest
July 14 - Seymour, WI @ Outagamie County Fair
Aug. 17 - Escanaba, MI @ Upper Peninsula State Fair