The full track listing for ROB ZOMBIE's upcoming The Sinister Urge CD has been announced. The song titles are as follows:
01. Sinners Inc.
02. Demon Speeding
03. Dead Girl Superstar (feat. Kerry King)
04. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
05. Iron Head (feat. Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Lee,
DJ Mix Master Mike)
06. (Go to) California (feat. DJ Lethal)
07. Feel So Numb
08. Transylvanian Transmissions Pt. 1
09. Bring Her Down (To Crippletown)
(feat. 30-piece orchestra)
10. Scum of the Earth
11. House of 1000 Corpses
According to an article posted at MTV News, 'Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)' will be the first single culled from the album. It will hit radio in September.
Produced by Scott Humphrey (who worked with ZOMBIE on 1998's Hellbilly Deluxe), The Sinister Urge is due to be released through Geffen Records on October 30th. As previously reported, ROB ZOMBIE will partake in the Black Christmas tour at the end of the year on a bill that is also set to feature OZZY OSBOURNE and several other acts, including possibly MARILYN MANSON and DISTURBED, if the current rumors are to be believed.
Former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic on the NIRVANA influence on today's bands' music, as quoted in the current issue of Rolling Stone: “I feel it maybe more with SLIPKNOT [than I do in bands like LIMP BIZKIT or BLINK-182]. I went to see [SLIPKNOT] — I didn't know what they were about — and they had an intense show. I started listening to their music and was really drawn in. It brought me back to thinking, 'God, I should be doing more music.' '
The freshly reunited San Francisco Bay Area funk-thrashers MORDRED have reportedly scrapped their previously announced plans for a Memorial Day weekend live debut and are now in the process of lining up another, as-yet-announced gig in the area later in September. A show at The Pound in San Francisco sometime in October has also apparently been booked. As previously reported, MORDRED's present formation includes vocalist Scott Holderby, bassist Art Libbon, guitarist James Sanguinetti, DJ/keboardist Aaron “Pause” Vaughn, and drummer Gannon Hall.
In related news, the freshly reformed San Francisco Bay Area thrash act MERCENARY—which, at one point, included future MORDRED members Jim Sanguinetti (guitar) & Gannon Hall (drums)—will be making their live debut on Tuesday, November 13th at the Covered Wagon Saloon (Lucifer's Hammer) in San Francisco (5th and Folsom St.). In other news, MERCENARY guitarist/mainman Sven Soderlund's “main” project MULTIPLY is in the middle of completing a five-song demo with producer Vincent Wojno (i.e. MACHINE HEAD, KREATOR), which they hope to officially release in the coming weeks. MULTIPLY will also be one of the opening acts at the October 12th headlining show by the reunited EXODUS, on a bill that will also include TECHNOCRACY, the new group of former VIO-LENCE axeman Phil Demmel.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following update to his posting from several days ago in which he indicated that METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was unsuccessfully trying to reach him by phone: “We were given some misinformation as to which member of METALLICA was looking for me. Sorry to get your hopes up but I will not be saying anything about who called or the conversation. Please understand.'
FLOTSAM & JETSAM drummer Craig Nielsen has addressed the rumors of the group's imminent break-up following the recent departure of vocalist Eric A.K. from the band's ranks in a posting on the act's official message board. According to Nielsen, “the band has not even yet decided to continue or not beyond this upcoming tour, let alone made any calls on new permanent members. We look forward to starting rehearsals with [HELSTAR/DESTINY'S END vocalist] James [Rivera] in the near future, but should there be any future recordings, this will take a whole entirely different mindset, and nobody ever said that Eric A.K. didn't want to record future FLOTSAM records, even if he himself didn't make that clear, it is far from even discussed what we would do given another record by the label. Once we get past these new obstacles and all the feeling-out process, then we can tackle what's next. Also, I just got word from Europe that the [European] tour is still a go, pending the completion of the last 3 or so dates yet to confirm, without which it could #### everything up.”
MY DYING BRIDE have firmed up the track listing for their forthcoming The Dreadful Hours CD, which is scheduled to be released through Peaceville Records on October 22nd. The song titles are as follows:
01. The Dreadful Hours
02. Raven and The Rose
03. Le Figlie Della Tempesta
04. Black Heart Romance
05. A Cruel Taste of Winter
06. My Hope The Destroyer
07. The Deepest of Hearts
Germany's U.D.O., featuring former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, are preparing to commence work on a new studio album, for which they compiled approximately 40 musical ideas so far, according to the group's official web site, out of which they will choose the best 15 to complete for the aforementioned CD. Due to be released in March 2002, U.D.O.'s as-yet-untitled album will be followed by a full-length world tour, which will likely take them through the end of the year. Meanwhile, the group's live DVD, shot during the band's recent triumphant Russian tour, will be released in May.
MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) have released the official track listing to their forthcoming studio effort, entitled Be Aware Of Scorpions, which is due to be released in Japan on October 26th. The details are as follows:
01. No Turning Back
02. My Time's Up
03. Fallen The Love
04. Because I Can
05. One More Time
06. Blinded By Technology
07. Age Of Ice
08. Standin' On The Road
09. Sea Of Memory
10. On Your Way
11. Reflection Of Your Heart
12. Roll It Over
13. Eyes Of A Child
14. Ride The Lightning (bonus track feat. MSG drummer/
RACER X singer Jeff Martin on vocals)
MSG have also confirmed their upcoming Japanese tour, the dates for which were previously announced here and were subsequently “retracted” by the group pending their official confirmation. One again, the information is as follows:
Dec. 13 - Osaka, JAP @ On-Air
Dec. 14 - Nagoya, JAP @ Club Quattro
Dec. 16 - Yokohama, JAP @ Bay Hall
Dec. 17 - Tokyo, JAP @ Shibuya Kokaido
Tickets go on sale on September 1st.
FEAR FACTORY's upcoming DVD release will be entitled Digital Connectivity, and it will include tons of backstage footage, live concert footage, interviews with the band, guest celebrities, and many other surprises, according to the Roadrunner Records web site. No official release date has yet been announced, but it is expected that the finished product will be made available in time for the Christmas season.
ARK, who feature in their ranks former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Jorn Lande, ex-CONCEPTION guitarist Tore Østby, and former MALMSTEEN drummer John Macaluso, have signed with Steve Vai's record label, Favored Nations, for the North American and Australian territories. The group's recently-completed second album, entitled Burn the Sun, will be released in the US in February via distribution through RED. In conjunction, ARK's European record company, Inside Out Music, has agreed to re-release the band's first studio effort, complete with new artwork.
DROWNING POOL's Sinner debut has been certified platinum for sales in excess of 1,000,000 copies in the US since the album's release on June 5th. Also recently certified were LINKIN PARK's Hybrid Theory, which received a triple-platinum certification for sales of over 3,000,000 copies, and MUDVAYNE's L.D. 50, which was gold-certified for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.
STAIND reportedly pulled off a major achievement on the UK album chart on August 26th when its Flip/Elektra Records CD Break the Cycle debuted at No. 1, even though the band has yet to appear on the British singles chart.
Following the completion of guitarist Alexi Laiho's recording commitments with SINERGY (a band that also features Laiho's girlfriend Kimberly Goss on lead vocals) on the group's third full-length CD release (entitled Suicide By My Side and due out in January), Alexi has resumed rehearsals with CHILDREN OF BODOM (in which he also sings lead vocals) for the group's upcoming live gigs, the first of which will take place on September 14th at the Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland.
DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen is due to receive a humanitarian award today, August 29th at the Charity Jam, an event that is a charity benefit to fund programs for Best Buddies, founded by Georgetown Universities' Anthony Shriver in 1989. Best Buddies enhances the lives of children with developmental disabilities. A spokesman for the event commented: 'Rick's award will not only look at his humanitarian efforts, but also his inspirational outlook on enhancing the lives of those in need.'. The Raven Drum Foundation, founded by Rick and his girlfriend Lauren, also works on helping people by using spiritual methods. A web site for the foundation is currently being set up. The event will take place at Universal's Citywalk in Los Angeles between 7:45 PM and 10:45 PM. Other celebrities that will be performing are Steven Seagal and Alicia Keys. MTV's Bill Bellamy will be the emcee.
Florida's NOCTURNUS have acquired a replacement for drummer Rick Bizzaro and are presently working on material for the follow-up to the band's third album, Ethereal Tomb. The group's forthcoming CD is due sometime in 2002.
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mainman DEVIN TOWNSEND will be making the following in-store appearances during his upcoming Australian tour:
6:00 - 8.00 PM
Banana Alley Vaults, Flinders St, Melbourne
3:00 – 5:00 PM
George St, Sydney
1:00 – 3:00 PM
52 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
TRIBE OF JUDAH, featuring former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone, Steve Ferlazzo on synths/programming, Leo Mellache on guitar, Tim Bissonette on guitar, Pat Badger (ex-EXTREME) on bass, and Mike Mangini (ex-EXTREME/ANNIHILATOR) on drums, will be performing this Friday, August 31 at The Paradise Rock Club (967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA) with special guest BLEU.
Finland's H.I.M. have confirmed that they will be playing their traditional New Year's Eve gig at the Tavastia club in Helsinki.
The winners of the Kerrang! 2001 Awards have been announced. Here they are:
Best British Band - MUSE
Best British Live Act - FEEDER
Best British Newcomer - LOSTPROPHETS
Best International Live Act - PAPA ROACH
Best Video – “Last Resort” by PAPA ROACH
Best Single – “Heaven is a Halfpipe” by OPM
Best Album - Holy Wood… by MARILYN MANSON
Classic Songwriter - GREEN DAY
Best Band in the World - SLIPKNOT
The Spirit of Independence - LESS THAN JAKE
Hall of Fame - IGGY POP
Los Angeles' MEDICATION, featuring former MACHINE HEAD / SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE / LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt, and ex-SOULFY drummer Roy Mayorga, are reportedly due to embark on a European tour with KULPRIT, beginning with UK dates between November 14th and November 26th and continuing on to the rest of the continent until December 15th. A US tour is also being planned for between January and March of next year.
Finland's TO/DIE/FOR have lined up the following gigs in their home country:
Sept. 05 - Lahti, FIN @ Torvi
Sept. 06 - Turku, FIN @ Club Feenix (w/NIGHTWISH)
Sept. 07 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone (w/NIGHTWISH, LULLACRY)
Sept. 08 - Alavus, FIN @ Aulava (w/NIGHTWISH)
Sept. 15 - Nivala, FIN @ Tuiskula (w/NIGHTWISH)
Sept. 20 - Kouvola, FIN @ Rytmi-Katti
Sept. 21 - Vaasa, FIN @ Club 25
Sept. 22 - Kauhajoki, FIN @ Kasino (w/ENTWINE)
Sept. 28 - Jyväskylä, FIN @ Lutakko
Sept. 29 - Rauma, FIN @ Factory
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's Alchemy CD was certified gold in Japan for sales of over 100,000 copies.
Denmark's WITHERING SURFACE have completed work on their third album, entitled Walking On Phantom Ice, at Berno Studios (THE HAUNTED, VOMITORY, DERANGED) in Sweden with producer Berno Paulsson. Freshly signed to the UK-based Copro Records (home of MEDULLA NOCTE and EARTHTONE 9), WITHERING SURFACE recorded 11 tracks for the effort, but will only include the following nine on the finished CD, which is due to receive a Scandinavian release on October 1st:
01. Walking On Phantom Ice
02. Joyless Journey
03. Night Of Shame
04. Breed What You Kill
05. Suite 304
07. Feed The Wolves
08. Into The Everflow
FANTOMAS, featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, MR. BUNGLE bassist Trevor Dunn, MELVINS guitarist Buzz Osbourne and GRIP INC. / ex-SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, will be performing live at their in-store at Amoeba Records on Haight Street in San Francisco, California on Thursday, September 6th at 6 PM.
The following e-mail from Metal Edge editor Paul Gargano regarding the much-debated status of the missing Tim Kelly Memorial Fund (the SLAUGHTER guitarist that was tragically killed in a car collision back in early 1998) was posted on the Metal Sludge web site:
“I've received a number of emails about the money missing from the Tim Kelly Memorial Fund, and quite frankly, I'm appalled at the irresponsibility of the person who initiated this online 'campaign'. I've been 'friends' with SLAUGHTER for years, and in fact stood with the band at Tim Kelly's funeral. Anyone that truly knows the band or the Kelly family knows the truth about what became of the memorial fund. The facts are as follows:
“The money from the Tim Kelly Memorial Fund (roughly $5,000), was in fact embezzled (stolen) from the Bank Of America, NV account approximately a year ago by two personal 'friends' of Tim Kelly's who had access to the account. The parties have absolutely no relation to SLAUGHTER. Consequently, one of the parties filed for bankruptcy soon after acquiring the funds. The family and the band know who these people are, as do I, but their names are not important for the clarification of the rumors and speculation being falsely circulated via the Internet…
“These are indisputable facts, and anyone who truly is a friend of SLAUGHTER or the Kelly family will not dispute them. While it's sickening that 'friends' would take advantage of a deceased friend in such a manner, it is equally as sickening that there are people out there who would rather orchestrate smear campaigns against SLAUGHTER, than let the spirit of Tim Kelly rest in peace.
“While the Internet is a valuable tool, it also enables people to be irresponsible and negligent in spreading misinformation and starting rumors. Unfortunately, we can't control these attention-craving individuals, but that doesn't mean we have to give their unfounded ramblings any further credence by acknowledging them.
“Paul Gargano, Executive Editor, Metal Edge”
Sweden's MORIFADE will issue their second full-length CD, entitled Imaginarium, on February 11th, 2002.
Here is how the metal/hard rock genre has fared in the German Media Control (Top 100) charts for the week ending August 27th:
05. LINKIN PARK - Hybrid Theory
21. CLAWFINGER - A Whole Lot Of Nothing
24. BLINK-182 - Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
33. LIMP BIZKIT - Chocolate Starfish...
41. BON JOVI - One Wild Night - Live
45. RAMMSTEIN - Mutter
49. WHEATUS - Wheatus
58. BLACKMORE'S NIGHT - Fires At Midnight
61. SIX FEET UNDER - True Carnage
66. BÖHSE ONKELZ - Wir schrieben Geschichte
67. CRAZY TOWN - The Gift Of Game
71. INCUBUS - Make Yourself
72. JUDAS PRIEST - Demolition
73. LIFEHOUSE - No Name Face
77. TOOL - Lateralus
90. BÖHSE ONKELZ - Gestern War Heute Noch Morgen
92. MUSE - Origin Of Symmetry
96. WEEZER - Weezer
100. OOMPH! – Ego
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 29 - CRYPTOPSY is leaving Montreal today to initiate The Pain Cometh European tour 2001. The first of 29 concerts will take place tomorrow evening in England, the tour will end in Greece at the end of September. Since there seems to be some confusion regarding the Istanbul show in Turkey that unfortunately won't be happening, here's some precisions coming from Rockatak Productions explaining the situation:
'CRYPTOPSY was supposed to conclude the European tour September 30th in Turkey, but a month ago the Istanbul concert has been cancelled by the local promoters. The band then took the decision to end the tour September 29th in Greece because they have to come back to Canada and prepare for the Japanese tour scheduled for the beginning of October.
“Two weeks ago the show in Istanbul came back on the bill but at that time it was impossible for CRYPTOPSY to make it since the plane tickets for the trip back to Montreal were already bought. CRYPTOPSY is planning another journey in Europe for Spring 2002 and hopes to make a stop in Turkey this time around.'