In what has to be one of the more bizarre pairings we have heard about in quite some time, Sweden's ENTOMBED have apparently agreed to put on a string of performances at the Royal Opera Hall in Stockholm as part of a show called Unreal Estate, with the band doing a 45-minute set of brand new, specially-composed original material while surrounded by 30 ballet dancers and a 10-year-old kid. ENTOMBED's set will reportedly be the third and final set of the overall show, and it will call for two choreographers, Bogdan Szyber and Carina Reich, to get the ballet dancers performing around the band. If everything goes according to plan, seven or eight of these shows will take place in February 2002.
CANNIBAL CORPSE have added a New York City date to their upcoming itinerary. They will now be playing the Limelight on May 7th.
UNION / ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick will be performing with GRAND FUNK RAILROAD this Thursday, March 22nd at The Palace of Auburn Hills (outside Detroit)
Germany's BRAINSTORM will be supporting KING DIAMOND at the following three shows:
April 27 - Offenbach @ Hafenbahn
April 28 - Zwickau @ Alarm
April 29 - Essen @ Zeche Carl
Boston's DR. BEWKENHEIMER, featuring former GEEZER vocalist Clark Brown, have added two guitarists to their line-up, Dave Capalle (ex-7HP / MOHED) and Chris Borbone (ex-SPECIAL 79).
Former FLOODGATE / EXHORDER vocalist Kyle Thomas, CROWBAR / DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein, and ex-CROWBAR drummer Craig Nunenmacher reportedly got up on stage at Pat's Pub in Fat City, Lousiana on Saturday, March 17th and jammed on a bunch of old metal covers. A good time was evidently had by all. As previously reported, EXHORDER are scheduled to perform two "comeback" gigs at Metairie, Louisiana's Zeppelin's on March 23rd and 24th.
GARY MOORE's previously-taped VH-1 studio session will reportedly be aired (in Europe only) for the first time today, Monday, March 19th. The show will also be rebroadcast on March 23rd, April 5th and 9th, April 27th, April 28th, and April 29th.
More details have emerged about the forthcoming THE CULT studio album. Due out on June 5th, the as-yet-untitled, Bob Rock-produced effort will be preceded by a single release on May 1st. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the album are: "The Saint", "True Believers", "Shape the Sky", and "War". Meanwhile, the band will reportedly be issuing a DVD later in the year called EarthMofo4U.
A Press Release from Record Heaven regarding the forthcoming DEMON reissues:
"DEMON's new CD Spaced Out Monkey that was bound for release April 26th will be delayed due to circumstances out of our control. New release date will be confirmed later. We will release re-mastered versions of the three first albums Night Of The Demon, The Unexpected Guest & The Plague before the summer. The first 3,000 copies of The Plague will contain a bonus CD with the whole album in a different first mix. The other two albums will have bonus tracks as well."
FLOTSAM & JETSAM are offering an "exclusive" MP3 download of the hidden track from their forthcoming album, My God, via the group's official web site (www.flotsam-and-jetsam.com). The song in question is an acoustic version of “Trash”. The album is scheduled for release on April 22nd.
WURDULAK is the name of a brand new project featuring IMMORTAL bassist Iscariah, MAYHEM vocalist Maniac and NECROPHAGIA / RAVENOUS vocalist Killjoy. WURDULAK's debut CD will be recorded in Trondheim, Norway at the end of March.
The UK's PSYCHO SQUAD, featuring guitarist Todd Campbell (son of MOTORHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell), have been nominated for MP3 of the week at www.clickmusic.co.uk.
MR. BIG is currently in pre-production in Studio City, Calfornia for a brand new studio album, which they're planning on recording in the next few weeks. The as-yet-untitled CD will be produced by Richie Zito (CHEAP TRICK, THE CULT, SISTER HAZEL), and it is scheduled for a summer release.
POISON have announced the first few dates of their forthcoming Glam Slam Metal Jam 2001 tour, also featuring WARRANT, QUIET RIOT and ENUFF Z'NUFF:
May 26 - San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 27 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 28 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Amphitheatre
May 30 - Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
May 31 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
LIMP BIZKIT's Fred Durst will be participating in a Yahoo! Music chat tonight at 8 pm PST.
Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD have finished recording the basic tracks for their upcoming studio album at TSO Records Tonstudio and have moved over to Steinfels Studios in Düdingen to record all vocals, backing vocals, acoustic and lead guitars. The as-yet-untitled effort is expected to be released during the summer.
Legendary NWOBHM act HOLOCAUST have replaced longtime bassist Graham Hall with Bryan Bartley. The group's revamped line-up will make its US debut at the Metal Meltdown festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey on April 7th, to be followed up by a second NJ show at Obsessions in Randolph on April 10th. HOLOCAUST are expected to be be playing classic material from the early '80s as well as brand new stuff from the group's forthcoming CD.
Sweden's DARK FUNERAL have completed work on their third full-length album for No Fashion Records, entitled Diabolis Interium. The group spent five weeks in the studio with producer Peter Tagtgren recording eight new songs that are said to be “both technically and musically a huge improvement over their previous musical works”. No release date has yet been set.
WOLFEN SOCIETY, the new project featuring DARK FUNERAL's Lord Ahriman, ACHERON's Vincent Crowley, INCANTANTION's Kyle Severn and THE ELECTRIC HELLFIRE CLUB's Thomas Thorn & Ricktor Ravensbruck, re-entered Thornapple Studios in early March to re-record their long-awaited debut CD, Conquer Divine. Produced by Tommy Tagtgren and mixed at The Abyss Studio, Conquer Divine is due to be released in late spring through House of Death Records in the US and No Fashion Records in Europe.
Pennsylvania's LIFER, best known for having won the MTV “cover band” contest under their previous moniker STRANGERS WITH CANDY, have completed work their upcoming Republic / Universal Records debut album with producer Alex Lifeson (yes, the RUSH guitarist!). The album was recorded at the infamous Longview Farms Studio, and it is tentatively scheduled for an August 14th release. The album's first single, "Boring", is set to hit radio stations on July 10th.