Colorado's JAG PANZER are due to release their newest studio effort, Mechanized Warfare, through Century Media Records during the summer. The group have once again worked with producer Jim Morris. Tentative song titles include: 'The Tarmac' and 'Froze In Fear'.
DIO will be joining forces with RATT and ALICE COOPER for a European tour.
KITTIE has reportedly written about six or seven songs for the group's sophomore effort, with singer/guitarist Morgan Lander describing the direction of the new material 'balls-out metal,' according to a recent MTV News feature. 'If they were included on (the band's debut album) Spit, they would have been the most aggressive tracks,' Lander was quoted as saying. KITTIE will likely enter the studio in early summer with producer GGGarth (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, MUDVAYNE, SPINESHANK, L7) to record the as-yet-untitled album, which is tentatively scheduled for an October release through Artemis Records. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are 'Pain' and 'A Mouthful Of Poison'.
An official statement from the UK's KILL II THIS regarding the departure of bassist Caroline Campbell:
Original KILL II THIS bassist Pete Stone, who played and toured on the band's debut album Another Cross II Bare, has returned to the fold for the band's upcoming FEAR FACTORY support slot, following the departure of Caroline Campbell.
KILL II THIS vocalist Matt Pollock has made the following statement: 'Caroline's departure from KILL II THIS has been on the cards for quite awhile, and has come as no surprise to the band. It is actually the second time she has left the band, after reconsidering her decision the first time. The reasons are due to personal, professional and musical differences between Caroline and the rest of the band that eventually became irreconcilable. The band are well aware that a lot of people will think that this split is due to KILL II THIS being a one-man band with a hire-'em / fire-'em policy from Mark, who is the band's original member. For the record, anyone thinking this is mistaken—this is simply not the case..... If it were, I would not have remained the vocalist of KILL II THIS for 3 years. For the past seven months, myself, Mark and the band's drummer Steve have been writing material for the band's next album. We were constantly trying to involve Caroline in this writing process, but it soon became obvious that for one reason or another, she was not interested in doing so. Inevitably, this lead to a sense of distance between ourselves and Caroline. The only thing left to say is that we sincerely wish her all the best.'
No decision has been reached at present, whether or not Pete, who initially split from the band due to financial commitments, will be Caroline's permanent replacement. As soon as a decision has been made regarding this, we will make an announcement.
BROWN, the North Carolina band featuring (former?) C.O.C. drummer Reed Mullin on guitar/vocals and producer John Custer (i.e. C.O.C., DAG, CRY OF LOVE) on guitar, are making their debut EP, Satellite, available for purchase via the Internet. To obtain your copy, go here.
Norway's BLOOD RED THRONE, featuring former EMPEROR / SATYRICON / EINHERJER bassist-turned-guitarist Tchort, have acquired a vocalist by the name of Mr. Hustler, and are preparing to enter DUB Studios during April to begin recording their debut album, Monument Of Death, for Hammerheart / The Plague Records. Mixing and mastering will be done by Henrik Larsson at Berno Studio in Sweden (THE HAUNTED, VOMITORY). A self-proclaimed 'technical death metal band in the vein of SLAYER, old GORGUTS, DEICIDE and CANNIBAL CORPSE', BLOOD RED THRONE's first full-length effort will include the following track listing:
01. Ravenous War Machine
02. The Children Shall Endure
03. Mary Whispers of Death
04. Dream Contolled Murder
05. Portrait Of a Killer
06. Souls Of Damnation
07. Path Of Flesh
08. Monument of Death
France's self-proclaimed 'orchestral dark metal' band AD INFERNA have signed with Germany's Last Episode Records and will enter Excess Studios in Holland on August 1st to record their second full-length CD, Blind Depths of the Muse, for a late 2001 / early 2002 release date.
ANTHRAX reportedly completed 'eight pieces of music' for the upcoming John Carpenter movie Ghosts Of Mars. According to guitarist Scott Ian, 'there's never been anything this heavy in a movie before. Perfect for the scenes. Music to decapitate by.' Ghosts Of Mars stars Ice Cube and Natasha Henstridge and is due out on August 24th.
BAL SAGOTH's fifth album Atlantis Ascendant will be getting an official domestic release in Japan through the Soundholic label via a licensing arrangement with Nuclear Blast Records.