ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell reportedly broke his left hand on Thursday, May 3rd, causing the remainder of his solo tour to be postponed/cancelled. Although there was talk of the tour continuing, with various members of the support acts COMES WITH THE FALL and M.I.R.V. assisting on guitar, it now appears that Jerry's hand may require immediate surgery and a lot of healing time, thus making it unlikely that Cantrell will resume touring until after the summer, at the earliest.
SEPULTURA, PANTERA and SLAYER are rumored to be joining forces for a package tour that will hit the European continent around September.
The revamped SKID ROW, featuring new vocalist Johnny Solinger, have announced a handful of summer live dates in support of their soon-to-be-released fourth full-length album, which is currently being recorded at a New Jersey studio with producer Steven Haigler (i.e. FUEL, CLUTCH, PIXIES, OLEANDER, QUICKSAND). The dates are as follows:
June 15 - Mt. Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theatre
June 21 - Flint, MI @ Razzmatazz
June 30 - Deerfield, OH @ Midwest Fireworks
July 20 - Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
Aug. 16 - Medina, MN @ Medina Ballroom
Aug. 17 - Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Aug. 18 - Beulah, ND @ Party in the Pasture
SUPERFIX, the Los Angeles-based band featuring former DRAIN STH drummer Martina Axen (who handles lead vocals in the new group) and bassist Anna Kjellberg, hope to enter a California studio in the next couple of months to begin recording their debut album, which will most likely be self-financed (using the help of outside investors), with plans to shop the finished product to interested major and independent labels. Axen and Kjellberg have been working intensively on the material for the forthcoming effort, which Axen has described as 'much heavier' than anything DRAIN STH had ever done, with a vocal style that Martina insists is 'much rougher' than that of ex-DRAIN STH singer Maria Sjoholm. Although no producer has yet been selected to man the boards for the as-yet-untitled album, Axen has revealed that she hopes to enlist Scott Humphrey (i.e. ROB ZOMBIE, METHODS OF MAYHEM, SPINESHANK) to collaborate with the group on their debut CD, which is tentatively due to be released in early 2002. Song titles set to appear on the album include:
Check out the new SLIPKNOT cover art here.
GAMMA RAY's forthcoming studio album will be titled No World Order, and it will be released in Europe through Metal-Is Records on Monday, September 10th.
The 'Cheesiest Quote Of The Day' (or year, as might be the case here) title belongs to JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton, who made the following statement when asked why the band decided to name their new album Demolition:
' 'Demolition' was just a good word. It sums up PRIEST. When we've been through a town, it's demolished!'
Early indicators are that JUDAS PRIEST's famously infantile lyrical approach has not been done away with on the new album, with Demolition's 'Machine Man' reportedly featuring the following 'classic' line: 'So you motherf.ckers want to race?/You've all got 'losers' tattooed on your face.'
Thankfully, it appears that the musical side of things in the PRIEST camp is stronger than ever, with 'Machine Man' being described as 'a powerful, hard-riffing song' and 'In Between' featuring a feel that is vaguely reminiscent of METALLICA's 'For Whom The Bell Tolls'. Elsewhere, 'Lost And Found' is said to be 'something of a power ballad', while 'One On One' and 'Feed On Me' are typical PRIEST anthems, featuring air-punching choruses and excellent riffing courtesy of Tipton/Downing.
Demolition is scheduled for release on July 16th in Europe and July 31st in USA/Canada.
Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE have replaced bassist Ken Sandin with Christ-Ian Jansson.
New SKINLAB guitarist Glen Telford's photo can be viewed here.
Axe-shredder VINNIE MOORE has just put the finishing touches on his latest CD, entitled Defying Gravity, which is scheduled for release during the summer. The CD includes guest appearances from JOURNEY drummer Steve Smith, DIXIE DREGS basist Dave LaRue, and BILLY JOEL keyboardist David Rosenthal.
VINNIE MOORE will be making the following Guitar Clinic appearances during May:
May 15 - Vancouver, B.C., CAN @ Tom Lee Music
May 16 - Calgary, Alberta, CAN @ Music Centre Canada
May 17 - Edmonton, Alberta, CAN @ Avenue Guitars
May 18 - Saskatoon, Sas., CAN @ HEL Music Supplies
May 19 - Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Mother's Music
May 24 - Hollywood, CA @ Musicians' Institute
Former HANOI ROCKS frontman MICHAEL MONROE made guest appearances on a couple of tracks at ALICE COOPER tribute shows at Club Feenix in Turku, Finland on Friday, May 4th and Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland last night, May 5th.
Australia's CRYOGENIC are in pre-production for their forthcoming album, which has a working title of Short Attention Span. Two songs have been fully completed and another four are currently in the works for what is expected to be a 12-track full-length album. Tentative song titles include the following:
02. Myself To Blame
03. Reality Check
04. Enemy Me
05. My Angel
06. Why Are We Here?
Short Attention Span is tentatively due to be recorded during August/September for an October release.
Germany's JADED HEART will be supporting URIAH HEEP in Augsburg, Germany on June 27th.
Belgium's DANSE MACABRE, featuring ANCIENT RITES vocalist/bassist Gunther Theys and ex-LACRIMOSA/TWO WITCHES guitarist Jan 'Örkki' Yrlund, have signed a record deal with Well of Urd, a division of Hammerheart Records, and will enter Spacelab Studios later this month to record a new album, which is due for release in the fall. In related news, Jan's side-project SINMASTERS, which features ex-members of TWO WITCHES and LOVE LIKE BLOOD, has just released a single, and will be following it up shortly with a full-length album. More info can be obtained by visiting: www.actcom.fi.
Sweden's ENCHAINED are working on a video for the track 'I'm Your Drug', which will likely appear on the group's next demo CD that will be recorded later this year. The CD will have three new tracks plus a re-recorded version of 'Land Of The Damned', which originally appeared on the Take One demo. In other ENCHAINED news, Ireland's Madfish Music has released a compilation CD entitled De-escalation, which features the ENCHAINED track 'Nothing At All'.
Swedish thrashers IN AETERNUM will be releasing a compilation CD entitled Past And Present Sins through Necropolis Records and Metal Supremacy Records on June 18th. Containing unreleased material that dates back to the early days of the band, the CD will include material culled from IN AETURNUM's debut studio recordings and the out-of -print MCD And darkness came..., plus two cover songs by KING DIAMOND and VENOM, as well as four live songs recorded in Essen, Germany on the band's last European tour. Also included is a guest appearance by DESTRUCTION's Schmier on backing vocals on the track 'Cursed Legions'.
IN AETERNUM are currently composing material for their next studio album, which will be recorded during September at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy Tägtgren. The as-yet-untitled effort will include the following tracks, among others: 'Beast Of The Pentagram' and 'Nuclear Armageddon'.
Danish doom/gothic metal band SATURNUS will be playing at Loppen in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 25th.
The reunited rockers EVERY MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE have lined up a US tour during July/August. Here are the confirmed dates so far:
July 27 - Wapakaneta, OH @ Rhythm And Brew
July 28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Banana Joe's
Aug. 01 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Aug. 02 - Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions
Aug. 03 - Centereach, NY @ The King's Club
Aug. 04 - New York, NY @ L'amour
Aug. 05 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Aug. 07 - Statesville, NC @ Hobo's Niteclub
Aug. 08 - Norfolk, VA @ Taj Mahal
Aug. 10 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
Aug. 11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Metal Factory
Aug. 12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit's
Aug. 14 - Chatanooga, TN @ The Bay
Aug. 15 - Little Rock, AK @ Juanita's Cantina
Aug. 17 - Houston, TX @ 19th Hole
Aug. 18 - Dallas, TX @ The Galaxy
Aug. 19 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero's
Aug. 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
Aug. 23 - Highland, IN @ Finkie's
Aug. 24 - Lorian, OH @ Flying Machine
Aug. 25 - Indianapolis, IN @ Festival