Unconfirmed reports indicate that SEPULTURA may be parting ways with Roadrunner Records following the disappointing performance of the group's Nation CD and subsequent disagreements between the band and the label over tour support issues. According to sources, SEPULTURA were especially peeved that the above-mentioned disagreements led to the group pulling out of the Tattoo The Planet European festival tour alongside PANTERA and SLAYER, which the band viewed as a much-needed opportunity to introduce the group's current line-up to a wider audience and potentially reverse their current pattern of dwindling record and ticket sales in Europe and the US (a factor that the band reportedly blames squarely on the record company's lack of promotional support). In the meantime, there are still plans for SEPULTURA to shoot a video for the track “One Man Army”, off the aforementioned Nation release, in Brazil during the coming weeks.
Finland's SENTENCED will enter Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland in December to record their next studio effort, for which no producer has yet been chosen. The as-yet-untitled CD will reportedly be tracked and mixed over a three-month period, with the mixing sessions due to take place at Finnvox Studios. Working song titles for the album include the following:
02. Aika Multaa Muistot (Everything Is Nothing)
03. Excuse Me While I Kill Myself
04. Losing My Faith
06. Blood & Tears
07. Man In The Bottle
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's Live Volume, recorded at Harpo's Theatre in Detroit on April 20, 2001, will be issued through Sanctuary Records on August 7th. The full track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. These Shrouded Temples
02. Diablo Blvd.
03. Senior Limpio
04. King of the Rotten
06. Who's Got The Fire
08. My Grain
09. Congratulations Song
10. 13 Angels / 7 Days
11. Vote with a Bullet
12. Long Whip / Big America
14. Clean My Wounds
Although no official announcement has yet been made, shows for the upcoming JUDAS PRIEST/ANTHRAX US tour are currently being booked by PRIEST's booking agency, with an October 4th Milwaukee date having already been unofficially confirmed. It is expected that JUDAS PRIEST will wait until most of the dates have been booked before making an official statement on the matter, which is expected to arrive in the next couple of weeks.
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, featuring former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his “companion” Candice Night, will be releasing their brand new Fires At Midnight CD in the US through SPV USA Records on July 10th.
Guitarist Jason Hager has left CHIMAIRA in order to concentrate on his family life and has been replaced with ex-RINGWORM axeman Matt DeVries. CHIMAIRA's Roadrunner Records debut, Pass Out Of Existence, is scheduled to be issued on August 21st.
The UK's EARTHTONE 9 have made several new demo tracks available for download via their official web site, taken from the group's recent sessions for Island/Def Jam Records. The songs in question are as follows:
03. (House Of) Leaves
SHADOWS FALL will release a new, Japanese-only EP entitled Deadworld through JVC Records on August 22nd. The EP's release will coincide with the band's appearance at the Beast Feast Festival in Yokohama, Japan on August 25th, where SHADOWS FALL will share the stage with 29 other bands, including PANTERA, SLAYER, SEPULTURA and MACHINE HEAD. Still drummer-less at the time of this writing, SHADOWS FALL have reportedly enlisted the percussive talents of Derek Kerswill, a longtime friend of the band, for recording and temporary touring purposes. Kerswill will record two new songs for the EP and will perform with the band in Japan and at a few Northeastern US shows leading up to the festival. The full track listing for Deadworld is as follows:
01. Deadworld (new)
02. Stepping Outside the Circle (new)
03. Of One Blood (recorded live at CBGBs, New York)
04. Crushing Belial (recorded live for Boston's WERS radio)
05. The First Noble Truth (recorded live for Boston's WERS radio)
According to mainman Øystein, the recording process for the fifth BORKNAGAR album, Empiricism, at Oslo's Fagerborg/Top Room Studio, is “running smoothly… It seems like the result will be way better than we dared to imagine, the sound is just amazing!". As previously reported, a total of nine songs with a running time of about 45 minutes are expected to be laid down, with the following song titles set to appear on the finished release:
02. Gods of My World
03. The Stellar Dome
04. The Genuine Pulse
05. Inherit the Earth
06. The Black Canvas
07. The View of Everlast
08. Soul Sphere
09. Four Element Syncronocity
TOOL is planning an extensive US tour for September, October, and November. Dates and venue information will be announced shortly.
On Saturday, July 7th, German solo artists DORO PESCH will be partaking in a chat via the Official Ultimate DORO Clan site. The chat will take place at 10 PM (CET) (4 PM Eastern Time and 1 PM Pacific Time in the USA).
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have announced a handful of West Coast shows during the later part of the summer and the fall. The confirmed dates so far are as follows:
July 28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
Sept. 28 - Dallas, TX @ Canyon Club
Sept. 29 - Austin, TX @ The Metro
Oct. 02 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
Oct. 06 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
Oct. 13 - Lorain, OH @ Flying Machine
Oct. 14 - Aurora, IL @ Riley's
Oct. 20 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Oct. 02 - Reseda, CA @ Paladino's
GODHEAD will be giving an exclusive in-store performance at Denver's Independent Records on Monday, July 9th between 8-10 PM. GODHEAD will be performing tracks from their new album and afterwards they'll be signing and taking pictures. A custom GODHEAD skatedeck will be raffled off at the event.
Former RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE vocalist JOE LYNN TURNER is in the process of recording the follow-up to last year's Holy Man solo album, which he describes as "heavier... darker… [than its predecessor], from subject matter to tonalities… and only one ballad!" According the the singer's official web site, the music on the upcoming effort is very RAINBOW-esque, similar to the heavier tracks like "Fire Dance" or "Death Alley Driver" off Bent Out of Shape and Straight Between The Eyes, respectively. The line-up of musicians featured on the effort includes guitarist Akira Kajiyama (with whom Joe co-wrote most of the tracks, just as he did on Holy Man), drummer Kenny Kramme, bassist Eric Czar, and keyboardist Paul Morris (ex-RAINBOW). The sessions are taking place at Unique Recording Studios in New York City, with Turner's longtime friend and sometime writing partner Bob Held co-producing the album. Among the titles set to appear on the as-yet-untitled effort are: “Slam”, “Face of a Stranger”, and “Heart of the Night”.
Swiss rockers KROKUS will be supporting AC/DC on Friday, July 6th at St. Jacob-Park in Basel, Switzerland. The band will also be perfoming atop an open flatliner truck at the Utoquai near the Bellevue Platz in Zurich, Switzerland on Sunday, July 8th.
RORSCHACH TEST, NEVERMORE, BILE, FLOATER, SLUDGEPLOW, THE BRAINDEAD, and CHIEF will perform at the Abrasive Rockfest 2001 at the Capitol Theater in Olympia, Washington on Saturday, July 28. For more info on the event, visit abrasiverock.com.
Nuclear Blast Records will release the upcoming EP/single (digipack) and the new album of LACRIMOSA worldwide (except for Germany, Poland, Brazil, Japan and Korea). The single will be released on August 6th.
AGATHODAIMON is currently at the Kohlekeller Studio in Germany with producer Kristian Kohlmannslehner working on their upcoming album, which is scheduled to be issued through Nuclear Blast Records later in the year.
Upcoming DIMMU BORGIR live dates:
Aug. 03 – Wacken, GER @ WOA 2001
Aug. 05 - Eurorock - Open Air
Aug. 09 – Tokyo, JAP @ Club Quattro
Aug. 11 – Osaka, JAP @ Club Quattro
Aug. 19 – Santiago, CH @ TBA
Aug. 21 – Bogota, COL @ TBA
Aug. 24 – Guadalajara, MEX @ TBA
Aug. 25 - Mexico City, MEX @ Salon 21
Aug. 26 – Monterrey, MEX @ Escena
The support band in Mexico will most likely be TO/DIE/FOR.
MR. BIG's brand new Richie Zito-produced album, Actual Size, is set for a Japanese release on August 8th. The first single off the album, “Shine”, will be out on July 25th.
H.I.M.'s upcoming Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights CD, which is due to be issued through G.U.N./Supersonic Records on August 27th, will contain the following tracks, among others:
02. Please Don't Let It Go
04. In Joy And Sorrow