Hate Breeds Suffering, the long-awaited second album from LOCKUP, featuring NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury, DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker, NAPALM DEATH guitarist Jesse Pintado, and THE CROWN/ex-AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg, will be released early in 2002 through Nuclear Blast Records. Described as “high-precision black grind”, the album was produced by Russ Russell and marks Lindberg's debut appearance with the group, following PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tagtgren's departure from the fold last year.
Germany's THORN.ELEVEN, whose self-titled debut for SPV/Steamhammer Records was produced by Andy Sneap (i.e. MACHINE HEAD, STUCK MOJO, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE, etc.) will perform as main support for the German leg of THUMB's 3 tour. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 26 – Berlin, GER @ SO 36
Oct. 27 - Chemnitz, GER @ Talschock
Oct. 29 - München, GER @ Metropolis
Oct. 30 - Wien, GER @ Arena
Oct. 31 - Fulda, GER @ Kreuz
Nov. 01 – Zürich, SWI @ Abart Gadget
Nov. 03 - Aschaffenburg, GER @ Colos Saal
Nov. 04 - Stuttgart, GER @ LKA Longhorn
Nov. 05 - Köln, GER @ Live Music Hall
Nov. 06 - Dortmund, GER @ Soundgarden
Nov. 08 - Braunschweig, GER @ Jolly Joker
Nov. 09 - Bielefeld, GER @ Forum
Vocalist Kyle Thomas of New Orleans' EXHORDER, cited by many as the originators of the riff-heavy power-groove approach popularized by PANTERA, has issued the following update on the (in)activities in the group's ranks since their reformation earlier in the year: “I must apologize to all of you that are good enough to tolerate our inactivity. At times, we truly do not deserve the loyalty, which you all have shown over the years. Yes, there is new product in the future. No, it is not beyond demo stages. There is no show for the near future, but if you keep on us perhaps we'll get off of our pathetic asses and do something for a goddamn change. Many apologies, Kyle”
Finland's NIGHTWISH have parted ways with bassist Sami Vänskä, who has been with the group since their Oceanborn release, and have replaced him, at least for the recording of the next album and subsequent tour, by Marco Hietala, who is known for his previous work with TAROT and SINERGY. At the moment, NIGHTWISH is arranging and rehearsing the songs for the group's as-yet-untitled next full-length album, the recordings for which will begin on January 10th for a May 2002 release.
Norway's ZYKLON, featuring EMPEROR members Zamoth (guitars) and Trym (drums), as well as MYRKSKOG guitarist Destructhor, played at the Mystic Festival in Poland on October 13th in front of 2,000 “dedicated” fans. Photos of the event can be viewed at this location.
GRAVES, the new band of former MISFITS vocalist Michale Graves, drummer Dr. Chud, guitarist Tom Logan, and ex-FAST TIMES bassist Graham Westfield, are in the middle of a headlining US tour, upon the completion of which they will enter a Los Angeles studio with producer Ron Goudie (i.e. SOCIAL DISTORTION, TSOL, GWAR, etc.) to record a demo for shopping/promotional purposes. Described by Graves as 'the angst of NIRVANA with the straight-ahead punkiness of the RAMONES', GRAVES' music “blends back and forth... it's very mysterious, like the DOORS sometimes. It's got that darkness and the mystery to it. At times like David Bowie as well, almost showy. It's got a little color from the MISFITS... that comic book color to it.'
The remaining GRAVES headlining dates are as follows:
Oct. 24 - Denver, CO @ 15 St. Tavern
Oct. 26 - Billings, MT @ TBA
Oct. 27 - Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
Oct. 31 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey A-Go-Go
Nov. 08 - San Francisco, CA @ Covered Wagon
Nov. 09 - Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
Nov. 10 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Nov. 11 - Tempe, AZ @ Don Miguels
Nov. 15 - Dallas, TX @ The Galaxy
Nov. 16 - Houston, TX @ 19th Hole
Nov. 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Sam's Burger Joint
Nov. 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Nov. 24 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Metal Factory
Nov. 25 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
Nov. 27 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Nov. 28 - Champaign, IL @ TBA
Nov. 30 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
Dec. 01 - Catasaugua, PA @ TBA
Dec. 02 - Washington, DC @ Kaffa Club
Dec. 04 - New London, CT @ El N Gee's
Dec. 06 - Keene, NH @ College
Dec. 07 - Brooklyn, NY @ L'Amours
Dec. 08 - Concord, NH @ Chantilly's
Dec. 09 - Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
Dec. 10 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
BIOHAZARD will be partaking in a special in-store performance and CD signing at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey on October 27th at 4 PM before their Birch Hill performance that night.
MOTORHEAD's involvement with the WWF in the form of the theme song for noted wrsteler HHH has resulted in a gold record award from the Recording Industry Association of America, recognizing sales of over 500,000 copies of the WWF The Music - Volume 5 CD collection. In related news, HHH himself has reportedly visited the studio where MOTORHEAD are recording their upcoming CD to add some voice tracks in the shape of a “spoken word” segment with mainman Lemmy.
POWERMAN 5000 bassist Dorian Heartsong has been filling in for acclaimed drummer Brian Tichy's BALL project in the last couple of months in the bass department while regular BALL bassist Fingers was out of the country and didn't know when he'd be back in town. According to Tichy (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE), “Dorian is a long time best friend (15 yrs) and an amazing bass player/musician. He is a crucial sound to his band, POWERMAN 5000, as well as anything he gets involved in.”
Crossover kings D.R.I. have issued a new Greatest Hits-style CD through Cleopatra Records, featuring 17 songs from the group's first three releases, Dirty Rotten LP, Dealing With It, and Crossover. Also recently released is a collectors' edition limited copy D.R.I./RAW POWER split 7' EP on Killer Release Records, containing three songs from Full Speed Ahead. According to D.R.I.'s official web site, there were only 500 EPs made, and it won't be re-pressed. In other news, D.R.I. have started work with Malt Soda Records on a possible D.R.I. tribute CD. Rumor has it that the CD would feature around 25 bands, including some already existing, well-known D.R.I. covers, and possibly a new song from the band themselves.
UK black metallers HECATE ENTHRONED will be playing The Star And Garter, Manchester, UK on Friday, October 26th. Support comes from THE ENCHANTED and EVANESCE. Tickets cost £5.
RAGING SPEEDHORN have issued an official statement regarding the cancellation of their scheduled support slot on the FEAR FACTORY, which is set to take place during October and November 2001. According to the band's official web site, “vocalist Frank Regan is expecting the birth of his first child during the tour, and he would have had to miss a substantial number of shows to ensure he would be present at the birth. Additionally, Green Island/ZTT Records have pushed back the release of the band's first single from their forthcoming second album until early 2002 and have accordingly postponed further touring until then. The band will, however, play the Radio One-sponsored 'One Live In Birmingham' show at Digbeth Irish Centre on October 30th as scheduled. Support bands on the night will be LOSTPROPHETS and VEX RED. THIS WILL BE THE FINAL RAGING SPEEDHORN GIG OF 2001.”
Belgian black metal act ANCIENT RITES will embark on a European tour with Denmark's MYSTIC CIRCLE Austria's ABORTION during December. The confirmed dates are as follows:
Dec. 05 - CZECHIA, Pilsen, Pod Lampou
Dec. 06 - CZ-Prague, Hells Bells
Dec. 07 - A-Pabneukirchen
Dec. 08 - A-t.b.a.
Dec. 09 - I-Ravenna, Rockplanet
Dec. 10 - CH-Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7
Dec. 11 - D-Bochum, Matrix
Dec. 12 - NL-Haarlem, Patronat
Dec. 13 - t.b.a.
Dec. 14 - I-Mila, Indian Salonin
Dec. 15 - D-Zwickau, Alarm!
Dec. 16 - F-Metz, L `Araignée Au Plafond
Dec. 17 - D-Stuttgart, Röhre
Dec. 18 - D-Halle, Easy Schorre
Dec. 19 - D-Potsdam, Waschhaus
Dec. 20 - D-Heidelberg, Schwimmbad
Dec. 21 - D-Hamburg, Markthalle/MarX
Dec. 22 - D-Offenbach, Hafenbahn
In related news, DANSE MACABRE, featuring ANCIENT RITES vocalist/bassist Gunther Theys and ex-LACRIMOSA/TWO WITCHES guitarist Jan 'Örkki' Yrlund, will release their second opus, entitled Eva, through Well of Urd, a division of Hammerheart Records, in November.
According to the guitarist's official web site, Yngwie Malmsteen's DOD YJM308 Overdrive pedal will debut in January 2002 at NAMM. The company is sending out the YJM-308 prototype this week for Yngwie's approval. According to their engineers who tested it on scopes and Real Time Analyzers next to an original Grey 250 from the 1970's, it is virtually identical in all aspects of tone and gain. The electronic fingerprint is a perfect match - a much more faithful reproduction than the current Yellow 250 Reissue 250. (Note: The Yellow reissue is a match to the later original yellow models). Compared to the current 250 Reissue, the new YJM308 has a bit more gain, is thicker, warmer, and fuller. It also has a more organic 'grind' to the overdrive and no hint of fuzzy, buzzy clipping. This was also a general observation of the originals when comparing most gray ones to the later yellow ones. Yngwie is planning to make an extended appearance at the NAMM trade show to promote his DOD YJM308 plus various other signature products.
Stockholm, Sweden's MELDRUM, featuring former PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, will be supporting the release of their Loaded Mental Cannon CD debut with the following Scandinavian shows:
Nov. 09 - Stockholm, SWE @ Pub Anchor
Nov. 10 - Stockholm, SWE @ Pub Anchor
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SWE @ Hard Rock Cafe
Nov. 16 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Musikens Hus (w/DEMON)
Nov. 17 - Sala, SWE @ Rockland (w/DEMON)
Nov. 18 - Oslo, NOR @ Rock (w/DEMON)
Nov. 23 - Motala, SWE @ Brygerriet
Nov. 24 - Motala, SWE @ Bryggeriet
In other news, it has now been confirmed that members of MELDRUM will contribute a song to the Jason Becker tribute album that will be released early next year. We will have more details as they become available.
Sweden's DIMENSION ZERO—featuring IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad, ex-IN FLAMES axeman Glenn Ljungström, ex-MARDUK vocalist Jocke Göthberg and LUCIFERION/DIABOLIQUE drummer Hasse Nilsson, have completed recording their upcoming first full-length album, entitled Silent Night Fever, and are due to begin mixing the effort shortly. In other news, the track “Slow Silence”, which was previously scheduled as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the CD, will now be added to the album's regular track listing and will bring the total number of tracks appearing on the album to nine.
GREAT WHITE are scheduled to start recording their new album on November 3rd at an undisclosed studio in Northern California.
FOO FIGHTERS have re-worked a B-side track from The Colour and The Shape era, entitled 'Make A Bet', into a new song called 'Win or Lose'. The song is going to be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming Touchstone Pictures flick Out Cold, starring Jason London (i.e. Broken Vessels) and Caroline Dhavernas. The soundtrack will be released by RCA Records, and is due out on November 20th.
Chicago doomsters NOVEMBERS DOOM have have begun recording their next studio effort, entitled To Welcome the Fade, at Studio One in Racine, Wisconsin with producer Neil Kernon (i.e. NEVERMORE, QUEENSRYCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE). Featuring a guest appearance by TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner, To Welcome the Fade will include the following tracks:
03. Not the Strong
04. Dark Fields for Brilliance
05. If Forever
06. The Spirit Seed
07. The Lifeless SIlhouette
08. Within My Flesh
09. Lost in a Day
Welsh crew SKINDRED, featuring former members of DUB WAR, are due to travel to Los Angeles shortly to record their debut album with producer Howard Benson (i.e. SEPULTURA, MOTORHEAD, P.O.D.). The band are said to have demoed nearly 50 songs, and according to Metal Hammer magazine, one of them, entitled “Vampire Killah”, has already been earmarked for inclusion on the soundtrack to Blade II by the movie's producers.
UK-based all-girl outfit SUGARCOMA will release their new EP, entitled What Goes Around, on November 26th through Music For Nations Records. The full track listing for the EP is as follows:
01. What goes Around
02. Lost Morning
03. Last Orders
04. Into The Blue
RAGE's former record company, G.U.N. Records, is scheduled to release on DVD the RAGE Rockpalast concert on November 19th. According to the group's official web site, “the way of publication is not within the meaning of the band and we are disappointed by our old record company.”
Axe hero Vinnie Moore will be holding an AOL CHAT on Thursday, November 1st at 9 PM EST.
Here are the upcoming GRAVITY KILLS headlining dates:
Nov. 14 - Royal Oaks Music Hall - Royal Oak, MI
Nov. 15 - The Roxy - Boston, MA
Nov. 16 - Opera House - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nov. 17 - Water Street - Rochester, NY
Nov. 18 - Foufounes Montreal - Quebec, Canada
Nov. 19 - Club Laga - Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 20 - The Limelight - New York, NY
Nov. 21 - TBA - Philidelphia, PA
Nov. 22 - Nation - Washington, D.C.
Nov. 23 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
Nov. 24 - Cotton Club - Atlanta, GA
Nov. 25 - Howlin Wolf - New Orleans, LA
Nov. 26 - The Marquee - Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 27 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov. 28 - Cowhaus - Tallahasse, FL
Nov. 29 - Fitzgeralds - Houston, TX
Nov. 30 - Canyon Club - Dallas, Tx
Dec. 01 - White Rabbit - San Antonia, TX
Dec. 02 - The Metro - Austin, TX
Dec. 03 - Bash On Ash - Phoenix, AZ
Dec. 04 - House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA
Dec. 05 - Canes Bar - San Diego, CA
Dec. 07 - Cactus Club - San Jose, CA
Dec. 08 - Dna Lounge - San Francisco, CA
Dec. 09 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
Dec. 10 - TBA - Seattle, WA
Dec. 11 - Ballard Firehouse - Seattle, WA
Dec. 12 - Dv8 - Salt Lake City, UT
Dec. 13 - Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO
Dec. 14 - Ogden - Denver, CO
Dec. 15 - Ranch Bowl - Omaha, NE
Dec. 16 - Quest - Minneapolis, MN
Dec. 17 - Viceaux Carre - Des Moines, IA
Dec. 18 - Beaumont - Kansas City, MO
Dec. 19 - Pageant - St. Louis, MO
Dec. 20 - Highland Theater - Akron, OH
Dec. 21 – TBA - Cincinati, OH
Dec. 22 - TBA - Chicago, IL