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KATATONIA Announce 'Ghost of the Spring Tour'

Sweden's KATATONIA have announced plans to embark on a European tour dubbed "Ghost of the Spring Tour" during April/May. LULLACRY and PORNORPHANS are tentatively set to provide support for the Finnish leg while TO/DIE/FOR and DAYLIGHT DIES are believed to be doing the rest of the tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 02 - ...

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AMORPHIS Frontman Completes Work On New AJATTARA CD

AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen's "black/dark metal" project AJATTARA have completed work on their new album, "Kuolema" ("Death"), for a March 24 release. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Antakaa Elää (Let Me Live) 02. Surman Henki (The Ghost Of Death) 03. Haureus (Fornication) 04. Huoran Alla (Under The Whore) 05. ...

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DIABOLIC: The Truth And Nothing But The Truth

From the desk of Olympic Records: Recently, conflicting press releases were issued regarding Tampa, Florida's DIABOLIC. Aside from the news posted at the official DIABOLIC web site (http://www.diabolicblastmasters.com) no press releases or news updates were seen or approved of by DIABOLIC'S record label or distributor. Unfortunately, due to the unofficial nature of the press releases, ...

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Former DIABOLIC Members Launch UNHOLY GHOST

More changes have taken place in the DIABOLIC camp since our last update. It now appears that DIABOLIC founding members Aantar Lee Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (vocals/bass), and Jerry Mortellaro (guitar) have decided to branch off and form a brand new band called UNHOLY GHOST, thereby allowing guitarist Brian Malone to carry on ...

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DANZIG To Make Cartoon Appearance

DANZIG frontman and namesake Glenn Danzig will appear as himself on the Cartoon Network series "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"'s Chistmas episode, entitled "Cybernetic Ghost Of Christmas Past From The Future". The show is set to air on Sunday, Dec. 29 as part of the network's "Adult Swim" programming. Check local listing for airtimes or go ...

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SKID ROW Shopping Around For New Record Deal

SKID ROW are currently shopping their already-completed new album, "ThickSkin", for a label deal following their split with Atlantic Records. In the meantime, the band have posted a remixed version of the album's projected title track via their new official web site at www.skidrow.com. "ThickSkin", which marks the recording debut with the group ...

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RACER X: 'Getting Heavier' Details Unveiled

The reunited RACER X, featuring JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis, ex-MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert, and ex-BADLANDS drummer Jeff Martin (on vocals), will release their new album, "Getting Heavier", on Dec. 18 in Japan. A limited-edition run of 30,000 units will feature a bonus double live CD, "Snowball Of Doom 2". The complete track listing ...

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GHOST STORY Reform, Prepare New Demo

Georgia's GHOST STORY, a popular unsigned act during the late '80s, have reformed and are currently writing material for the group's upcoming CD, due in 2003. A couple of recently-recorded new songs are available for download via the group's official web site at this location. The band — whose current lineup comprises all ...

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ANTHRAX Soundtrack Cut Makes Its Way Online

A full-length MP3 of the ANTHRAX-penned track "Love Siege", which appears on the soundtrack to director John Carpenter's Ghost Of Mars, can be downloaded from Carpenter's official web site at this location. According to the official web site of ex-ANTHRAX guitarist Paul Crook, "the song was written and recorded live in the studio ...

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SKID ROW To Issue New CD In November

The long-awaited new SKID ROW studio album, believed to be titled Thick Is The Skin, is complete and will be launched online within weeks, according to MelodicRock.com. The CD will be available on the band's soon-to-be-launched official web site (www.skidrow.com) within weeks, possibly as early as the first week of November. For the time being, ...

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MUDVAYNE Lens Video For 'Not Falling'

MUDVAYNE have filmed a video for the track "Not Falling", the first single off the band's forthcoming The End Of All Things To Come CD, with director Joel Peissig. It is expected to begin airing later this month. In other news, "Not Falling" will be featured in the upcoming Warner Brothers thriller, Ghost Ship, that ...

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STILLBORN RECORDS Announce First West Coast Signing

Stillborn Records, the label run by HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta, have announced their first West Coast signing, THE PROGRAM. According to an official statement, "THE PROGRAM combines classic East Bay style hardcore with a style all their own." THE PROGRAM are scheduled to enter SoundWave studio with producer Zack Ohren (THE GHOST, ANIMOSITY) in October ...

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SKID ROW's SCOTTI HILL: New Album Should Be Out In October

SKID ROW are planning on issuing their long-awaited new CD, tentatively entitled Thick Is The Skin, in October through an as-yet-undetermined label, according to the latest update from guitarist Scotti Hill. "We'll be back in the studio on the Rock Never Stops tour break in September," stated Hill. "It shouldn't take more then a week ...

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RUSH Drummer Breaks Silence On Death Of Daughter, Wife

RUSH drummer Neil Peart has broken his silence on the tragic deaths of his 19-year-old daughter Selena and wife Jackie, both of whom passed away within a 10-month period back in 1997-1998. In his new book, Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, which is being published by Canada's ECW Press, Neil provides a personal ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH To Issue First-Ever Live Album

On September 24th, 2002, CRADLE OF FILTH will release their first-ever live album, Live Bait For The Dead, on their own imprint label AbraCadaver through Snapper Music. The 2-disc collection will have a strictly limited edition pressing. Never known for doing things by half, CRADLE OF FILTH once again deliver a bumper package with two ...

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SKID ROW To Release "Thick Is The Skin" In Early 2003

The revamped SKID ROW, featuring new vocalist Johnny Solinger, have finished recording eight or nine songs for the group's long-awaited comeback release, tentatively titled Thick Is The Skin, which is tentatively due to surface in early 2003 through an as-yet-undetermined label. Among the cuts set to appear on the group's first new CD since 1995's ...

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CATHEDRAL To Enter Studio To Record "Songs Of Praise"

CATHEDRAL are scheduled to enter Chapel Studios on July 2nd with producer Kit Woolven (who had previously worked with the group on their Carnival Bizarre and Supernatural Birth Machine albums) to record their seventh album, tentatively entitled Songs Of Praise, for a late 2002 release through the group's new label Dreamcatcher Records. As previously reported, ...

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DEE DEE RAMONE Reinvents Himself As A Painter

The following item appeared in today's edition of the New York Daily News: Dee Dee Ramone has been a rapper and a ghost writer since leaving THE RAMONES, and now he's trying his hand as a painter. Dee Dee's art will figure in among works by John Lennon, David Bowie and Bob Dylan at "Rock ...

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LACUNA COIL Complete Work On New CD

Italy's LACUNA COIL have finished recording their new album, entitled Comalies, with longtime producer Waldemar Sorychta at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany for a September 23rd release through Century Media Records. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Swamped 02. Heaven's A Lie 03. Daylight Dancer 04. Humane 05. Self Deception ...

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CATHEDRAL Begin Work On "Songs Of Praise"

CATHEDRAL are currently working on material for their seventh album, tentatively entitled Songs Of Praise, for a late 2002 release through the group's new label Dreamcatcher Records. The band plan to enter Chapel Studios in late June with an as-yet-undetermined producer to record the CD, the musical direction of which is being described as "not ...

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IRON MAIDEN: "Rock In Rio" DVD Track Listing Revealed

The full track listing for IRON MAIDEN's upcoming Rock In Rio DVD, due through Sanctuary-Safe on June 10th, is as follows: 01. The Wicker Man 02. Ghost Of The Navigator 03. Brave New World 04. Wrathchild 05. Two Minutes to Midnight 06. Blood Brothers 07. Sign Of The Cross 08. The Mercenary 09. The Trooper ...

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Ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Keyboardist Guests On New DESTINY CD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Mats Olausson has made a guest appearance in the title track to the forthcoming CD from long-running Swedish metal act DESTINY, entitled Future Of The Past. According to bassist Stefan Bjrnshg, this is the only song on the new album that features keyboards. It's a more than eight minutes long song. ...

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LAYNE STALEY Officially Declared Dead Following Autopsy

ALICE IN CHAINS frontman Layne Staley has been officially declared dead after The King County Medical Examiner positively identified Staley's body following an autopsy earlier today, CNN has reported. Exact time and cause of death are pending, as laboratory results could take several weeks. Here are some more details about Staley's tragic death, as reported ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH To Issue "Very Best Of" Double CD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On May 13th, CRADLE OF FILTH will release Lovecraft & Witch Hearts (The Very Best Of CRADLE OF FILTH), a specially-packaged double CD. This release is the culmination of the band's six years signed to independent label Music For Nations. Featuring 24 of CRADLE's masterpieces, this double CD clocks up an amazing ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH To Issue "Heavy, Left Handed and Candid" Home Video

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: EXTREME METAL COLOSSUS CRADLE OF FILTH SPAWN LIVE DVD/VHS! The world's most notorious & lurid black metal band, CRADLE OF FILTH, is taking the next evolutionary step to infecting the masses with their often-shocking yet vibrant presence. The band is bringing their singular and extravagant live performance into your living room with ...

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RUSH To Release "Vapor Trails" In May, North American Tour To Follow

Veteran Canadian rockers RUSH will release their much-anticipated new album, entitled Vapor Trails, on May 14th through Atlantic Records. The group's 17th studio recording, Vapor Trails marks the band's first all-new release since 1996, and comes as the follow-up to their RIAA gold-certified Test For Echo. Produced by Paul Northfield (i.e. MARILYN MANSON, HOLE), the ...

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DOWN New Song Samples Online!

New Orleans supergroup DOWN, who feature in their ranks PANTERA's Philip Anselmo (vocals), C.O.C.'s Pepper Keenan (guitars), EYEHATEGOD's Jimmy Bower (drums), PANTERA's Rex Brown (bass) and CROWBAR's Kirk Windstein (guitars), have posted samples of three tracks from their forthcoming Down II CDdue on March 26th through Elektra Recordsat this location. The tracks available ...

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