Italy's ADDICTION will finally be releasing their long-completed debut album, Doubt The Dosage, through Silly Productions (via distribution from Self) on April 24th. Doubt The Dosage includes a guest appearance by SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera on the track 'Inside'. The bulk of the album was recorded and mixed in Italy with engineer Marco Dal Lago, while Igor Cavalera's drum parts were laid down at Ion Studio in Sao Paulo during the demo recording sessions for SEPULTURA's current Nation release. ADDICTION feature in their ranks guitarist/vocalist Alex Guadagnoli, who auditioned for the Derrick Green's slot in SEPULTURA in 1997 by submitting a recording of his vocals over an instrumental demo version of 'Choke' (off SEPULTURA's Against release). ADDICTION is currently looking for a label to release Doubt The Dosage in territories outside Italy.
The full track listing for the album is as follows:
01. Doubt The Dosage
06. Dust In The Tunnel
07. Such A Shame
08. Inside (feat. SEPULTURA's Igor Cavalera on drums)
10. Dead Weight
12. Today (RSU remix)
GODFLESH recently demoed almost an album's worth of new material at their own Avalanche Studios and are presently looking to sign a new record deal following their split with Earache Records shortly after the release of 1999's Us And Them effort (a parting-of-the-ways that was reportedly due to the band's belief that their recordings were not being promoted properly). GODFLESH are hoping to enter a studio in Wales, UK in the next few weeks to record the new CD, the first time since 1992's Pure that the group will use a commercial recording studio to record an album. Among the tracks set to be included on the upcoming effort are:
01. Beyond Good & Evil
06. For Life
CENTINEX's gig in Stockholm, Sweden on March 18th has been cancelled due to a 'broken leg', according to the band's official web site. No further information is available at this time.
BROWN, the new group founded by (former?) C.O.C. drummer Reed Mullin (who plays guitar and sings lead in the new band) and producer John Custer (i.e. C.O.C., DAG, CRY OF LOVE), were recently selected as the 'Featured Alternative Artist' on FarmClub.com, where three of the band's songs, 'Jenifer', 'Remember Me' and 'Satellite', are currently available for download. The band is asking all their fans to help them out and get them on the Farmclub TV show (on the USA network) by voting for them via the Farmclub.com web site. Interested parties can do so by clicking here. It should, however, be noted that BROWN's musical direction is more akin to a poppier FOO FIGHTERS than the guitar-edged sounds of Mullin's 'other' outfit, so hardcore C.O.C. fans beware!
Holland's BLO.TORCH have postponed the recording sessions for their second album until June.
DARKMOON will be taking a short break from the recording of their third full-length album to play the 3rd Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusets on April 13th and April 14th. The group are promising to play a set that will include mostly new material from the upcoming album, so it will be a good chance for everyone to get a taste of what they can expect to hear on the forthcoming release.
Although as yet unconfirmed, reliable sources indicate that former TWISTED SISTER vocalist DEE SNIDER may be playing a solo set at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 9th. More details soon.
CRADLE OF FILTH's show at Nottingham's Rock City on Saturday, April 14th will be available via a webcast and will also be released on DVD later in the year. According to the band, fans can expect to see 'the usual completely over-the-top COF show!' CRADLE OF FILTH have also formed their own label imprint—AbraCadaver Records—and the first release on this label will be a studio project entitled Bitter Suites To Succubi, which will feature four brand new tracks. This will be released on May 29th, just after the band's appearance at the legendary Dynamo Festival in Holland, where they will be headlining the Saturday night (Friday night's headliner is SLIPKNOT). CRADLE OF FILTH will also be appearing at the following European festivals:
June 08 - Mind Over Matter - Wiesen, Austria
June 09 - Gods Of Metal - Milan, Italy
June 22 - With Full Force - Dresden, Germany
June 23 - Graspop - Dessel, Belgium
July 03 - Quart - Norway
Meanwhile, CRADLE OF FILTH have had to move the American tour back again due to other commitments. The US dates will now take place in the first three weeks of July.
GRAVITY KILLS took a trip to New York in early March to meet with a major record label who are interested in inking a deal with the group for the release of the band's forthcoming third album, tentatively titled Superstarved. According to guitarist Matt Dudenhoeffer, approximately 30 songs were written for the upcoming record, of which 12 will likely make it to the finished CD. Although many of the songs will reportedly feature a 'heavier' direction than anything the band had done in the past, the album as a whole will be 'more diverse than that,' stated Dudenhoeffer. 'Not every single track will be 'heavy' '. Among the songs that are tentatively scheduled to appear on Superstarved are:
03. Forget Your Name
05. Wide Awake
06. Beg & Borrow
07. Personal Jesus
09. Break Down
11. Monsters & Astronauts
13. One Thing
In other GRAVITY KILLS news, there is talk of the band embarking on small tour in April that will include a few college dates.
ICED EARTH's long-awaited new studio album, Horror Show, has finally been completed and is tentatively scheduled for a late May/early June release. The following ten tracks will appear on the finished CD:
04. Ghost of Freedom
06. Jeckyl & Hyde
10. The Opera Ghost
According to a statement on the band's official web site, 'the music [on the album] echoes the lyrical themes, and has elements that are dark, epic, and haunting, as well as those that are fast and furious.' A special limited-edition two-CD version of the album will also be released, with the second disc containing an hour-long interview as well as a cover version of IRON MAIDEN's 'Transylvania'. The band is also planning a special show in Chicago for the record-release party. More details will be announced shortly.
In related news, DEMONS & WIZARDS (featuring ICED EARTH guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer and BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kursch) has been nominated for an Echo Award (the German Grammy). The award winners will be announced on March 15th.