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Since pulling out of the scheduled Tattoo The Planet European tour, PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell have reportedly been busy in the studio mixing the songs they recorded with David Allen Coe for an as-yet-determined label. Meanwhile, vocalist Philip Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown are about to start recording a new DOWN record, which will be completed by the end of the year for a March 2002 release through Elektra Records. The follow-up to 1995's classic Nola release, the upcoming CD will be recorded at former UGLY KID JOE guitarist Dave Fortman's Balance Studios in New Orleans, where CROWBAR laid down their most recent effort, Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form. “Dave won't be able to produce it cause he'll be in L.A. doing another band, but we're going to use his studio,” guitarist Kirk Windstein was quoted on Brave Words. “I think we're getting Sterling Winfield, who worked on PANTERA's Reinventing The Steel to come in. Warren Riker, I think, may be mixing it. He mixed the live C.O.C. Some of that stuff is still up in the air but the time frame for the project is basically set for November.' According to Windstein, “it's going to be a great album.”
For more information on DOWN's upcoming sophomore effort, please visit the band's newly-launched web site at this location.
In related news, PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo is due to make an appearance on the forthcoming CD from Norway's SATYRICON, which is currently being recorded for an early 2002 release through EMI Records in Scandinavia. Other expected guests on the album include David Vincent (THE GENITORTURERS, ex-MORBID ANGEL) and Anja Garbarek and Knut Schreiner (EUROBOYS, ex-TURBONEGRO).
Actress Rose McGowan, who was once engaged to MARILYN MANSON, told The New York Post that her break-up with the singer happened because she “couldn't take his lifestyle.” Translation? “The drugs—so many that you couldn't imagine,” she said. “Actually, I've always thought that I was more satanic than MARILYN.”
JUDAS PRIEST have announced the schedule for the next leg of their European headlining tour. The newly-added dates are as follows:
Oct. 31 – 013 - Tilburg, NETH
Nov. 01 - Hof Ter Lo - Antwerp, BEL
Nov. 03 - Kulturbolaget - Malmo, SWE
Nov. 04 - Amger Bio - Copenhagen, DEN
Nov. 05 - Rockefeller - Oslo, NOR
Nov. 06 - Train - Aarhus, DEN
Nov. 08 - Kaaren - Gothenberg, SWE
Nov. 09 - Varmekyrkan - Norrkoping, SWE
Nov. 10 - Brewery - Stockholm, SWE
Nov. 11 - Club Rainbow - Ronneby, SWE
Nov. 13 - House Of Culture - Helsinki, FIN
Nov. 15 - Estraden - Gavle, SWE
Nov. 16 - Culturhouse - Jonkoebing, SWE
Nov. 18 - Zeche - Bochum, GER
Congratulations are in order for PARADISE LOST frontman Nick Holmes who married his longtime girlfriend last week.
QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate and guitarist Michael Wilton will be conducting a live Q&A Cyberchat on America Online this Sunday, October 28th @ 8 PM ET.
NEVERMORE and SCAR CULTURE will join up with OVERKILL for at least ten dates in late November and early December. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 23 - L'Amour - Brooklyn, NY
Nov. 24 - Jaxx - Springfield,VA
Nov. 25 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Nov. 26 - TBA
Nov. 27 - TBA
Nov. 28 - TBA
Nov. 29 - Wreck Room - Wallington, NJ
Nov. 30 - Jarrod's - Attleboro, MA
Dec. 01 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Dec. 02 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
SYSTEM OF A DOWN have announced several headlining shows that will take place immediately following the completion of the group's ongoing Pledge Of Allegiance trek with SLIPKNOT. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 02 - St. College, PA - Bryce Jordan Ctr.
Nov. 06 - Norfolk, VA - The Boathouse
Nov. 07 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC - The Tabernacle
Nov. 08 - Atlanta, GA - House Of Blues
According to SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery, he is still hard at work composing material for his upcoming project with OVERKILL singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. “I like it a lot...tons of doom and anger,” Caffery stated. The as-yet-unnamed band is tentatively scheduled to record an album during 2002 for release at the end of next year.
One-time LIMP BIZKIT producer and longtime associate Ross Robinson has made the claim in Britain's New Musical Express that guitarist Wes Borland quit the band because he refused to 'sell out' for money. Robinson, who produced the group's early demos and collaborated with the act on their debut album, Three Dollar Bill Y'All, claims that he was one of the first people Borland called after he left the group. 'He's happier than he's ever been in his entire life,' Robinson told NME. 'He's not a bitter person at all. He called me up, and he was laughing out of joy.' Asked what made Borland quit, Robinson said: 'What do you think?! Everybody knows. It's the same exact thing as from the beginning. He quit before the band did the first record. He's following his heart, he's a person of integrity. He doesn't sell out for money any more.' He added: 'Hopefully they're all taken care of enough to not have to worry about the future. It would be cool to see them go on and be happy in what they are doing.'
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine on the negative reaction of the group's Argentine fans following the band's decision to cancel the recording of their upcoming live album in Buenos Aires and record the LP in Phoenix instead: “I was absolutely stunned by the ignorance and the finger pointing when we decided, 'in the best interest on our band, crew, families, and fans, that we don't leave the country' that I did something wrong or should be the brunt of anyone's insults or judgments about how to run this band.
“I have three people in this band that I would give my organs for if they needed them. Will I jeopardize their safety? No.
“I have the family I wished for all my fucked up life. Will I risk them carrying on as a Widow with two children? No.
“I have, without a doubt, the best crew in Heavy Metal History working for me. Will I disregard them or their families? No.
“So, what happens? We make a decision to do the right thing, in light of a WAR, and I get email and posts telling me in very unfriendly terms, that I made the wrong choice.
“Does anyone feel pissed off that after the last year of playing my guts out every night to you, that someone would even think about slagging me?
“We are going to make a live record right now for the first time in our almost twenty year history, and some people are going to witness it, whether it was Buenos Aires or not. You don't hear the rest of the world bitching do you?”
Former RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy reportedly jammed with RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer on “Round and Round” during METAL SHOP's cover set of hair-metal classics at the Viper Room, fueling rumors of an imminent reunion of the group's classic line-up. Also performing on the bill were ENUFF Z'NUFF, whose set ended with a BEATLES jam that included ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler and RATT guitarist Warren Demartini.
TECHNOCRACY (featuring VIO-LENCE axeman Phil Demmel), ILL NINO and SWARM (featuring former members of DEATH ANGEL) will be the opening acts for MACHINE HEAD's headlining show at San Francisco's The Pound on October 31st (Halloween night), at which the latter group will appear under the not-so-secret moniker of TEN TON HAMMER. After TEN TON HAMMER wraps up their set, The Pound will remain open, transforming into 'Supercharged' - a European-style DJ rock club, so that everybody can continue to enjoy themselves into the wee hours of the night.
Guitar legend Michael Schenker has reportedly completed an album with UFO bassist Pete Way under the band moniker of THE PLOT, which will be “introduced” on the upcoming MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) tour in an as-yet-unspecified capacity. Meanwhile, Schenker is said to be collaborating with former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman on an “electric instrumental” CD that will be released worldwide in the spring of 2002. Lastly, a brand new UFO album, featuring Schenker is scheduled to be recorded next year, with a tour to follow.
Here are the dates that have thus far been confirmed for MSG's upcoming US tour:
Nov. 26 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Nov. 27 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Nov. 28 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Nov 29 - Otto's - Dekalb, IL
Dec 01 - Pop's - St. Louis, MO
Dec. 05 - Icon - Palo Alto, CA
Dec. 06 - Icon - Palo Alto, CA
Dec 09 - Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
Dec 11 - House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
Finland's THE BLACK LEAGUE, featuring former SENTENCED frontman Taneli Jarva, will be releasing their sophomore effort, entitled Utopia A.D., in Europe tomorrow, Thursday, October 26th. A two-LP version of the record will be made available through Solardisk Records (www.solardisk.com) in early 2002.
Swedish/German melodic power metal act DIONYSUS, featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work Olaf Hayer and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have signed with AFM Records and are due to enter the studio in the coming months with EDGUY mainman Tobias Sammet in the producer's chair to record their as-yet-untitled debut album, which is due in late 2002.
Germany's SQUEALER are presently collaborating with drummer Mike Terrana and producers Tommy Newton and Andy Sneap (i.e. MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT, NEVERMORE, KREATOR) on their sixth album, entitled Under the Cross, which is due through AFM Records at the end of January. Under the Cross is the follow-up to last year's acclaimed Made For Eternity CD, which was released in the US through Metal Blade Records.
San Francisco Bay Area's 40 GRIT are still composing and demoing material for their upcoming sophomore CD, which is tentatively scheduled for a late spring release. In the meantime, the group will hit the road beginning October 26th in Colorado Springs, CO. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 26 - Colorado Springs, CO - Music Hall
Oct. 27 - Kayenta, AZ - Golden Sands Cafe
Oct. 28 - Colorado, CO - Crowbar
Oct. 29 - Missoula, MT - Jay's
Nov. 02 - Des Moines, IA - Hairy Marys
Nov. 03 - Freeport, IL - Klub Phenomeno
Nov. 04 - Round Lake, IL - Royal Oaks Pavilion
Nov. 06 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Nov. 09 - Tacoma, WA - Slick Ric's
Nov. 10 - Concord, CA - Bourbon St
Nov. 13 - S. Lake Tahoe, CA - Hoss Hoggs
Nov. 15 - Reno, NV - Little Waldorf Saloon
Nov. 16 - Lodi, CA - American Legion Hall
Nov. 17 - Riverside, CA - Jack's Bar & Grill
Nov. 23 - Little Rock, AK - Vinni's
Nov. 25 - Grayslake, IL - Dizzy's
Nov. 28 - Memphis, TN - Nasty Daisey
Nov. 30 - San Antonio, TX - Medival Knights
Italy's THY MAJESTIE are working on their as-yet-untitled second album, which is due to be released next year through Scarlet Records. According to vocalist Dario Grillo, the forthcoming CD “presents a considerable evolution for the band , both from a songwriting point of view and as for the technical accomplishment. The sound will be clear, the guitars will be more present with a stronger sound. It will be a must for power metal lover, certainly a worthy follow up to The Lasting Power'. Among the song titles that are set to appear on the upcoming album are:
01. Rerum Memoria (intro)
02. The King and the Warrior
03. Echoes of War
04. Light and Dark
05. Oculus Dei (Incipit Bellum)
06. The Battle
I. The Arrayments
II. The Scream of Taillefer
III. Anger of Fate (Song Of Harold)
07. Through The Bridge Of Spears
Sweden's PAIN OF SALVATION are currently in the studio recording their fourth album, which is scheduled to be released in early 2002. The group have also landed the opening slot on DREAM THEATER's upcoming European tour in January and February.