BALLISTIC: Negotiating With Record Labels

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"First, I'm going to be a dad, finally! I had been working on it ever since Frankfurt last year and it finally took. Words can't express how excited I am.

"We are currently shopping new deals and have three back on paper, still deciding on a course for the next album. Basically it comes down to being a small band on a big label or the primary band on a small label. The old WARDOG stuff has certainly helped out financially, and it is just a matter of making a choice at this point. If this were a different time the choice would be easy, go for the biggest deal. But things are different for all of us now and factors must be weighed.

"I want to thank all those who helped us get these deal offers from both sides of the pond(s), without your help it couldn't have happened!!

"The support and reviews from Bang Your Head [festival] last year have been overwhelming, a big thanks from me for all the support! We'd just like you to remember that playing overseas isn't easy (especially after 9-11) so you can't just pick up and go. Please understand it does take a lot of work. But it isn't impossible. As some of you may know, TENSION was scheduled to play a reunion show in Germany later this year, but we all had too much stuff going on to make that happen, very unfortunate. BALLISTIC also got an offer but wasn't workable. Hang in there, we'll get over again!"

BALLISTIC, who recently announced the addition of singer Tony Taylor (TWISTED TOWER DIRE, ISEN TORR, OCTOBER 31) to the group's ranks, are working on the material for their second album, tentatively due later in the year.

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