HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman has commented on the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's sophomore full-length studio CD, which is expected to be recorded before the end of 2001. Accoding to Lachman, 'the writing sessions are underway. Rob [Halford], [guitarist] Mike Chlasciak and yours truly got together and began a solid week-long session not long ago. We locked ourselves in at a top-secret, high-security location where modern technology is used to construct only the highest grade metal. After seven days of inspiration, perspiration, and painstaking precision, ten new tracks were completed. Most of the new ideas began with individual riffs and songs from each of us and then we knocked heads to sort out a few changes in arrangement, key, melody, etc., wherever it was needed. The end result is some pretty powerful stuff. We will begin the next session this week. Our goal is nothing short of making the next record by the end of this year that is better that Resurrection. With the Metal God at the wheel, you can expect nothing less…'
ANTHRAX has inked a European record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group are still finalizing the contract details with Beyond/BMG for the US territory, and are expected to make an official announcement shortly. ANTHRAX's forthcoming studio album is not expected to be released before the end of the year.
More details have emerged about QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate's solo project, which will be making its live debut on Friday, June 1st at The Catwalk in Seattle. The as-yet-unnamed band will reportedly consist of the following musicians:
Geoff Tate - lead vocals
Chris Fox - bass
Scott Moughton - lead guitar
Jeff Carrel - lead guitar
Evan Shiller - drums (also a member of SAD/HAPPY)
An as-yet-unspecified keyboardist will be joining group for the aforementioned gig. More details will be announced shortly.
DEICIDE's upcoming studio album will be titled In Torment In Hell, and it will reportedly include the following tracks:
01. In Torment In Hell
02. Worry In The House Of Thieves
03. Vengeance Will Be Mine
04. Imminent Doom
05. Let It Be Done
06. Child of God
07. Lurking Among Us
08. Christ Don't Care
In Torment In Hell was recorded at Tampa's Morrisound Studios, and it is tentatively scheduled for release through Roadrunner Records in July/August.
KING DIAMOND's forthcoming studio album, entitled Abigail 2: The Revenge is tentatively scheduled for a late 2001 release, and it will reportedly include the following tracks (among others):
01. Slippery Stairs
02. Revenge Is Sweet
03. Dinner For Two
SPYS4DARWIN, featuring the ALICE IN CHAINS rhythm section of Sean Kinney (drums) and Mike Inez (bass), ex-SPONGE vocalist Vin Dombroski, and ex-QUEENSRYCHE guitarist Chris DeGarmo, will be issuing their debut EP, Microfish, on May 18th via the group's official web site (a proper release will follow shortly thereafter via the Pied Viper label). A six-tracker, the EP will include the following cuts:
01. Submission in Love
02. Insomnia Station
03. Dashboard Jesus (Follow)
04. Chain Letter
05. Flood (Skill Of The Kill)
06. Cold Dead Hands
SIX FEET UNDER's upcoming studio album, which is currently being mixed in Florida with producer Dave Schiffman, will be entitled True Carnage. Song titles set to appear on the CD include the following:
01. The Day The Dead Walked
02. It Never Dies
03. The Murderers
04. Cadaver Mutilator
05. Impulse To Disembowel
06. Sick And Twisted (featuring Karyn Crisis of CRISIS)
Former FATES WARNING guitarist Frank Aresti has made four songs from his new industrial/electronic one-man project ARESTI available for download via the Farmclub web site. A far cry from the progressive rock sounds of his former band, ARESTI's musical direction is being described as NIN-inspired and much colder and darker than anything the guitarist had previously done. According to Aresti, 'I needed a form of music in which I could express myself completely, and with technology being what it is today, I am able to write, arrange, and record all parts and all instruments.
'I have always been into industrial [music],' Aresti revealed. 'Well, since the late '80s / early '90s. I was into MINISTRY, JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, SISTERS OF MERCY, later VOIVOD, and a Connecticut band called LIQUID CIRCUS. In writing [FATES WARNING's] Parallells, I think you could hear the vibe in my playing, even in the songs [FW guitarist] Jim [Matheos] wrote. If you listen to 'Life In Stillwater', you will hear what I'm talking about. It's obvious in that song. Even though Jim wrote it, we all took part in the arranging and in adding our own parts. I did get out of the industrial scene for a while until about a year ago when a friend of mine let me borrow NIN's The Fragile and it blew me away. At the same time, [Aresti's post-FW band] ALL THAT IS had seen better days so it all came together for me.'
The four ARESTI tracks that can be downloaded from this location are the following:
02. Smoothing The Way
04. The Winding Ring
FU MANCHU have chosen Matt Hyde (MONSTER MAGNET, SLAYER) to produce their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled effort, which the band will begin tracking on April 26th. According to guitarist/vocalist Scott Hill, 'we are all very excited to be working with Matt. We will be recording 13 new songs, plus re-recording 'Mongoose' (re-arranging it a little). 10 songs will make the record. Also, we are thinking about covering PANTERA's 'I'm Broken''. Should be fun.'
Among the songs that are set to appear on the album are the following:
01. Go For It
02. Planet of the Ape Hangers
03. Hang On
05. Downtown In Dogtown
06. Make Them Believe
SLAYER's upcoming studio album, tentatively titled God Hates Us All, is currently being mixed in Vancouver, B.C. with produced Matt Hyde for a July 3rd release American/Columbia Records. According to guitarist Kerry King, the forthcoming effort's 'got a lot of fast stuff, but it's got a lot of chunky heavy stuff too.'
Tentative song titles for the album include:
06. Seven Faces
07. Godsend Death
08. New Faith
09. Cast Down
11. Here Comes The Pain
13. Gore Point
In other SLAYER news, the band have just completed recording the song 'War Zone' for an upcoming WWF compilation CD, which is also set to feature tracks by DISTURBED, UNCLE KRACKER, MOTORHEAD, and UNION UNDERGROUND, among others. 'War Zone' will also reportedly be used as the theme song for WWF wrestler Test. Meanwhile, SLAYER's long-awaited box set is still being worked on, and it is now said to carry the working title of Soundtracks Of The Apocalypse. The box set is tentatively scheduled to be released in December in two different versions through American/Columbia Records.
DOG EAT DOG are completing work on a demo CD of six new songs for an as-yet-unspecified 'major' label with the hopes of issuing their forthcoming album at the end of the year. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the upcoming release are the following:
02. My Frustration
03. Let's Party
04. Endless Self Believer
The reunited 'German thrash legends' HOLY MOSES have signed a new deal with Century Media Records. The first release under the new contract will be an EP entitled Master Of Disaster, featuring 'the band's strongest material since the Finished With The Dogs CD'. Master Of Disaster is scheduled for release in Europe on June 18th, in time for the band's appearances at the Wacken, With Full Force and Mind Over Matter festivals. HOLY MOSES will also be performing in Korea and Hong Kong during August.
ICED EARTH's forthcoming studio effort, Horror Show, is scheduled for release in Europe through Century Media Records on June 18th and in the US on June 26th.
The full track listing for Horror Show is as follows:
04. Ghost Of Freedom
06. Jeckyl & Hyde
07. Dragon's Child
10. The Opera Ghost
A cover of IRON MAIDEN's 'Transylvania' was also recorded and will be included on a limited-edition first pressing of the album on a bonus disc that also contains an exclusive interview with guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer.
SKINLAB will have their track 'Come Get It' included in the new movie Rites of Passage, a 100-minute documentary featuring the Ultimate Fighting champion Royce Gracie. According to the group's official web site, 'Come Get It' will be included both in the movie and on the accompanying soundtrack. SKINLAB will also be performing at the Rites Of Passage premiere party in LA at The Knitting Factory on May 15th.
Following the problems with frontman Peavy Wagner's throat that have caused the cancellation of the initial dates on the group's Welcome To The Other Side tour, Germany's RAGE have announced that they will pick up the tour in Spain on April 27th and play the remaining dates as scheduled.
CRISIS's brand new demo has now been mastered, and it will soon be available for download via the group's MP3.com web site. The three tracks that were recorded are as follows:
01. Burning In My Own Hell
02. We All Fall Down
According to vocalist Karyn Crisis, 'jaws will drop to the floor' when people hear these new songs.