Brazil's KRISIUN won awards for the 'Best National Band' and 'Best Brazilian Live Performance' in the annual Rock Brigade magazine Readers' Poll.
The new POUNDHOUND record, featuring KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick, will be released on June 5th through Metal Blade Records. KING'S X are currently working on material for their forthcoming studio album, due later in the year.
KORN have been holed up in Phoenix writing material for the follow-up to 1999's Issues and expect to hit an L.A. studio with producer Michael Beinhorn in April, with the as-yet-untitled effort tentatively scheduled for a late summer release. Meanwhile, bassist Fieldy's much-talked-about solo effort, FIELDY'S DREAMS, is nearing completion, with hip-hop singer Kelis joining Tre from the PHARCYDE and Snoop Dogg's cousin/Dr. Dre associate RBX on the list of performers making an appearance on the album. Described by Fieldy as 'straight-up hip-hop and real musical.' FIELDY'S DREAMS is expected to surface before the new KORN album comes out, though no release date has yet been set by the group's record label, Epic Records.
In other KORN-related news, singer Jonathan Davis has written and recorded a few songs with former OINGO BOINGO keyboardist Richard Gibbs for the film adaptation of Anne Rice's vampire novel Queen of the Damned, and he is also contributing to the film's score.
SEPULTURA have announced one-off UK date at the Astoria in London on May 9th. The band plan to return to Europe for a full tour in the autumn.
ILL NINO will be appearing on the upcoming Faust soundtrack, due out through Roadrunner Records later this year, with their song 'Nothing's Clear'. The band have also confirmed the following dates with SOULFLY and INSOLENCE:
April 05 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
April 06 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
April 07 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
April 08 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's
April 09 - Sauget, IL - Pop's Annex
April 10 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
April 12 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
DANZIG have almost completed work on their brand new album, tentatively titled Danzig 7. Working song titles for the effort include:
01. Angel Blake
02. Soul Eater
03. Dead Inside
04. Halo Goddess Bone
05. Black Mass
06. God of Light
07. Malefical Bride of Hell
08. Wicked Pussy Cat
NILE have parted ways with bassist/vocalist Chief Spires due to 'creative differences'. NILE will soon announce a replacement along with their upcoming summer tour plans.
RAVEN will be performing at the Jaxx club in Springfield, Virginia on May 12th. Support will come from HADES. There is also talk of a possible New York City show on May 11th, but nothing has yet been confirmed.
California's THE CORPORATE AVENGER are going to be releasing their new CD on July 4th 2001. A tour is set to begin on April 21st with the KOTTONMOUTH KINGS and TWIZTID.
BLIND GUARDIAN have completed recording most of the analog drums and have started the classical percussion recordings for their upcoming studio album, which is still untitled. About half of the rhythm guitar tracks have been finished as well. According to vocalist Hansi Kursch, the band should be done with most of the basic tracks by the end of March, after which they expect to begin recording vocals. BLIND GUARDIAN's forthcoming album is scheduled for release in the fall.
Classic Texan power metal act HELSTAR will reunite for a special show this year at the Bang Your Head Festival in Germany on June 29th and June 30th. They will also play two warm-up gigs in Texas, which have yet to be officially confirmed. In related news, DESTINY'S END, who feature in their ranks HELSTAR vocalist James Rivera, have lined up the following dates:
April 13 - The 19th Hole, The Woodlands, TX
April 14 - The Sanctuary, Dallas
June 15 - 17 Classic Metal Festival, Kalamazoo MI (w/ANVIL, LIEGE LORD and others)
MOTLEY CRUE's Vince Neil is embarking on a solo tour beginning in mid-April. Here are the dates confirmed so far:
April 19 - Wichita, KS - Rita's
April 20 - Columbia, MO - The Biggest Bar
April 21 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
April 30 - Louisville, KY - Belvedere Park