RAMMSTEIN's long-awaited new album, Mutter, is being released this week on CD, MC, as a limited edition and on vinyl. The limited edition is a digipack with an extra poster included. The vinyl will be available only in select German record stores.
RAMMSTEIN will be embarking on a European tour in mid-May. Here are the dates that have been confirmed so far:
May 13 - Nürnberg, GER @ Arena
May 14 - Bielefeld, GER @ Seidenstickerhalle
May 15 - Hamburg, GER @ Sporthalle
May 16 - Hamburg, GER @ Sporthalle
May 18 - Berlin, GER @ Velodrom
May 19 - Berlin, GER @ Velodrom
May 20 - München, GER @ Olympiahalle
May 22 - Wien, AUS @ Stadthalle
May 24 - Zürich, SWIT @ Hallenstadion
May 26 - Riesa, GER @ Sachsenarena
May 27 - Erfurt, GER @ Messehalle
May 28 - Stuttgart, GER @ Schleyerhalle
May 29 - Frankfurt, GER @ Festhalle
May 31 - Dortmund, GER @ Westfalenhalle
June 01 - Hannover, GER @ Preussag Arena
June 06 - Prague, GER @  Strahov Stadium (w/AC/DC)
June 10 - London, UK @ Astoria
MEGADETH, who will be appearing at the Milton Keynes Bowl show with AC/DC, THE OFFSPRING and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE on June 8th, have announced three extra UK shows. The dates are as follows:
June 08 - Milton Keynes, UK @ National Bowl
July 05 - Manchester, UK @ University
July 06 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall
July 08 - London, UK @ Astoria
SLIPKNOT have set July 24th as the release date for their second Roadrunner Records album, rumored to be titled Iowa. The follow-up to the group's 1999 eponymously-titled debut was recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles with producer Ross Robinson and will be mixed starting next week in New York City with veteran producer Andy Wallace.
According to various people who have heard parts of the album's rough mixes, a good portion of the material that is set to be included on the CD will be of the over-the-top, ultra-manic nature, with plenty of hyper-fast, “blast” beats and “MORBID ANGEL-like” death metal-style riffing. However, there will also be several musical pieces that cover a similar musical ground to the catchier, hookier songs off the last album, such as “Wait And Bleed” and “Spit It Out”, while the rest is said to follow a more “experimental” direction, albeit done in the usual SLIPKNOT uncompromising style. In particular, the song “People=Shit” is said to be an absolute monster of a track, with its title being repeated over and over again in many different ways, over a variety of riffs, in what is certain to become one of the album's musical highlights.
These are the only known song titles so far:
“The Heretic Song”
As previously announced SLIPKNOT will be appearing on the main stage at this year's Ozzfest Festival, which is scheduled to begin on June 8th. A club/theater tour featuring SLIPKNOT, PAPA ROACH, CRAZY TOWN and LINKIN PARK—all Ozzfest main-stage attractions—is in the planning stages for possible gigs during Ozzfest off days.
Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM will be following up their forthcoming appearances in the Far East with a couple of shows on their home turf. Here are the confirmed dates so far:
April 04 - Seoul, South Korea
April 06 - Osaka, Japan @ Heat Beat*
April 08 - Nagoya, Japan @ Bottom Line*
April 09 - Tokyo, Japan @ On Air East*
April 10 - Tokyo, Japan @ On Air East*
April 30 - Kauhajoki Kasino, FIN
June 22 - Kouvola, FIN @ Midnight Partyplanet
June 23 - Nummijärvi, FIN @ Nummi-rock
*appearing with DARK TRANQUILLITY
METALLICA will be re-releasing the 1991 “Black Album” in DVD-Audio format on April 10th. Using a DVD-Audio player, the listener can enjoy the album with six-channel advanced resolution surround sound technology with advanced resolution stereo. If you do not own a DVD-Audio player, you can listen to the album in Dolby Digital Surround Mix that can be played on a regular DVD player. The album, which has already sold over 12 million copies in the US alone, will also feature a sneak preview of the band's Classic Albums special, which will be airing on VH1 later this year.
In other METALLICA-related tidbits, the unofficial NICK CAVE web site The Angel In Devil's Boots has reported a James Hetfield sighting at the NICK CAVE solo show on Monday, March 27th at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. According to the site's webmaster, '...the first musician to arrive was James Hetfield from METALLICA. He went in and headed for a good backstage seat for himself and his date. I asked for a picture, but he just looked at me like he was angry for me asking and walked in.' (source: Inter Sandman)
Atlanta's SICK SPEED, featuring STUCK MOJO's Rich Ward on vocals/guitar, Mike 'Happy' Schneider on guitar/vocals, STUCK MOJO's Dan Dryden on bass/vocals, and STUCK MOJO's Bud Fontsere on drums, are still working on material that will be included on an upcoming EP (see news from March 03, 2001 for more information), to be made available at the group's live performances. As of right now, the previously-announced European deal with Century Media Records has yet to be signed, but if all goes well, everything should be ready to go by the end of April. In the meantime, this is where the band will be performing over the course of the coming month:
April 13 – Orlando, FL @ FBI Club
April 14 - New Port Richey, FL @ Bourbon St.
April 20 – Tampa, FL @ Frankie's Patio
Finland's LULLACRY have completed work on their second album, entitled Be My God. Recorded at Lappeenranta's Astia Studios, the CD is tentatively scheduled for a May 14th release.
Cleveland's SW1TCHED have switched (ahem!) the title of their upcoming Immortal / Virgin Records debut from My Own Religion to Subject to Change. According to the band, “We feel [the new title] is a little more appropriate considering all the changes that have been going down in the last year”. Subject to Change is due to be released in late July/early August.