MACHINE HEAD have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming Supercharger CD, which is due to be mixed shortly for a late summer release. Produced by Johnny K and recorded at Los Angeles Mad Dog and Indigo Ranch studios, Supercharger will contain the following songs (in no particular order):
02. White Knuckle Blackout
03. All In Your Head
04. Kick You When You're Down
06. American High
07. Deafening Silence
08. Trephination (formerly 'Enemy')
09. Only The Name (working title formerly 'Egypt')
10. Ten Fold
11. Crashing Around You
12. Blank Generation (formerly 'Nuclear Religion' and
Two additional cuts have been recorded, those being 'Rat Race' and 'Finger Tap' (working title), but it is unclear if those tracks will surface on the digipack version of the album or if they will be put aside for future use as B-sides.
MACHINE HEAD are currently looking for a mixer for Supercharger and are hoping to have the CD fully completed by the end of the month.
Congratulations are in order for SKINLAB mainman Steev Esquivel and his wife Alison, whose second son, Elijah Rey Esquivel, was born at 10:39 yesterday morning. 'Two more and I'll have a new side project called THE ESQUIVELS,' Steev joked after the birth.
In other SKINLAB news, the band are still looking for a guitarist and have reportedly tried out a bunch a different people, but 'still haven't found that 'one' guy yet,' according to the frontman. 'We are being totally picky as to what we want. We're looking for someone with killer stage presence, killer gear, positive attitude, and [someone that is] tour- ready. We have a lot of people showing interest now, and it's time for SKINLAB to step the f.ck up!'
SKINLAB are due to enter Hyde Street Studios (where they recorded their Bound, Gagged & Blindfolded debut) in San Francisco on June 7th with producer Steve Evetts to begin recording their third full-length effort, entitled The Revolting Room, for a fall release through Century Media Records.
FEAR FACTORY's Digimortal sold 38,000 in its debut week in the US, placing it at number 32 on next week's Billboard Top 200 Pop Album chart. Other FF chart positions from around the world are as follows:
Canada: #17 (Top 200)
#1 (Top 50 Hard Albums)
Germany: #11 (Top 100)
The Netherlands: #69 (Mega Top 100 Album Charts)
UK: #24 (National Album Charts)
There are talks of a possible QUEENSRYCHE Japanese tour this summer/fall. More information should be available shortly.
SKID ROW have lined up producer Steven Haigler (i.e. FUEL, CLUTCH, PIXIES, OLEANDER, QUICKSAND) to man the boards for their upcoming effort (the group's first with new vocalist Johnny Solinger), which is currently being recorded at a New Jersey studio for a summer release.
A possible DOG EAT DOG / PUBLIC ENEMY collaboration is reportedly being discussed for DED's upcoming album, for which the group recently completed a batch of new demos. Working song titles include the following:
02. My Frustration
03. Let's Party
04. Endless Self Believer
JUDAS PRIEST have filmed a video statement about their current work on the upcoming Demolition album, which can be viewed exclusively via the SPV/Steamhammer Records web site from this location.
Former MISFITS vocalist Michale Graves will appear as a 'special guest' on the group's ongoing 25th Anniversary Tour, performing cuts from American Psycho and Famous Monsters on all dates currently booked through the end of May. Due to circumstances beyond his control, Michale could not appear in Chicago for the group's House Of Blues show on April 29th, but he is due to join the band again starting on May 5th at The Palace in Hollywood, California.
The recording of C.O.C.'s upcoming live album and the filming for the forthcoming DVD in Detroit on April 20th 'went off great', according to guitarist Woody Weatherman, who proceeded to say that 'Detroit was out in force and a few people made the trek from other parts of the world to join us in all the hoopla. I know I had a blast playing the gig and hanging out with all the folks that came down. Not sure of an official release date for the record, but I imagine it'll be late summer or so.'
C.O.C. are presently preparing for their upcoming New Zealand/Australian tour with PANTERA, after which they will return to the US for another batch of shows with KARMA TO BURN and SPEEDEALER. The dates for the American portion of the trek are as follows:
May 25 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 26 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave 2
May 27 - Somerset, WI @ KXXR Summer Fest
May 29 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 30 - St. Louis, MO @ Galaxy
May 31 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Cantina
June 01 - Biloxi, MS @ WCPI Coast Cost Coliseum
June 02 - Birmingham, AL @ 5 Points Music Hall
June 04 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
June 06 - Tulsa, OK @ The Other Side
June 07 - Austin, TX @ Backroom
June 08 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
June 09 - Corpus Cristi, TX @ KNCN Concrete St. Amp
June 10 - Shreveport, LA @ Austin Place
June 12 - Asheville, NC @ Stella Blue
PUBLIC ENEMY rapper Chuck D reportedly slammed METALLICA's Lars Ulrich as 'greedy and egocentric' yesterday for taking out the recent injunction to stop fans downloading METALLICA tracks from Napster.
Speaking at the internet conference Netsounds in London on the future of music on the web, Chuck D, who now runs his own online rap station, www.rapstation.com and his own record company Slam Jam Records, said the METALLICA drummer was just exploiting his fans. 'METALLICA fans have already bought the concert tickets, the T-shirts and the album so how much money does he want from them? Does he want their money all the time?'
In a recent issue of the UK's Kerrang! magazine, SLAYER talked about the lyrical direction of the group's forthcoming God Hates Us All CD, which is due for release on July 3rd through American / Columbia Records. According to guitarist Kerry King, '[the new song entitled] 'Threshold' is just about the breaking point, when you're ready to leap off the deep end and meet your threshold. 'Seven Faces' is about the seven deadly sins. 'Scar Struck' I made up pretty much based on the Strangeland movie.It's about living the pierced, tattooed lifestyle. 'Addict' is abut being addicted to the fear of a victim when you are the stalker.'
CRAZY TOWN frontman Shifty Shellshock has responded to LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland's less-than-complimentary remarks about his band with the following statement published in the UK's Kerrang! magazine:
'He's just intimidated by the fact that we write better lyrics than his singer. Our music is more groundbreaking. And even though I think Wes Borland is an incredible guitar player, I don't see why he would be taking cheap shots at a band who's just starting to get recognition. So it does hurt our feelings to hear Wes is saying anything bad about us. If you asked me what I like about LIMP BIZKIT, I'd say Wes Borland. So our replay to what Wes said is — we're big fans. And thanks for the compliment. I'm glad we were important enough to make him wanna lose one of his eyes.' (responding to Wes' statement that CRAZY TOWN and LINKIN PARK made him want to stab his eyeball out with a screwdriver).
AGNOSTIC FRONT guitarist Vinnie Stigma will be joining the punk rock New York City band ZOMBIE VANDALS at several upcoming shows on the east coast in the coming weeks. No further information is available at this time.
Germany's Massacre Records are reportedly getting ready to issue a KING DIAMOND picture disc box entitled Decade Of Horror, which will contain four PDs: The Spider's Lullabye, The Graveyard, Voodoo and House Of God.
We've Come For Your Children is the name of a BBC documentary hosted by IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson which attempts to answer the question of whether rock music can really incite violence. All aspects of the controversy are tackled, including a talk with the parents of a murder victim who claim the act was inspired by the music of SLAYER, as well as a look into the band's belief that that neither they nor their music can in any way be held responsible. Also included is a look back into the black metal-related church burnings and murders in Norway a decade ago, and how those responsible now view their past actions.
We've Come From Your Children can be heard in its entirety in Real Audio format from this location.
KITTIE are set to enter a Vancouver, B.C. studio on July 21st to begin recording their sophomore release, tentatively entitled Oracle. Due to be produced by GGGarth Richardson (who worked with the band on their Spit debut), Oracle is due to be released in late September / early October through Artemis Records. Working song titles include 'Pain' and 'A Mouthful Of Poison'.
Holland's GOD DETHRONED will be auditioning drummers next week after THE CROWN skinsman Janne Saarenpaa returned to his full-time gig following the completion of the recent No Mercy Festivals.
SEVENDUST frontman Lajon Witherspoon joined DISTURBED for a rendition of the SEVENDUST track 'Black' at DISTURBED's headlining performance in Orlando on April 30th.
Contrary to what we reported here yesterday, Chile's CRIMINAL have not in fact split up but have been put 'on hold' while mainman Anton Reissenegger moves to Europe shortly to try his luck over there for at least a couple years. CRIMINAL are said to be working on a home video containing live footage, various promo clips the band had made over the years, plus a possible inclusion of CRIMINAL's live version of the PENTAGRAM classic 'Demonic Possession', featuring NAPALM DEATH's Mitch Harris on guitar. CRIMINAL's latest studio effort, Cancer, will be issued through Metal Blade Records in Europe in the coming weeks, but will NOT receive a US release through the label.
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson's sore throat forced the band to cancel their Wednesday, May 2nd date at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. It's the second cancellation of a sold-out AC/DC show in two days. Fans had already begun gathering outside the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin, early Tuesday evening when word arrived that the show was off. Both shows will be rescheduled, though no new dates have been set.
NEUROTICA, featuring former ATHEIST frontman Kelly Shaefer, will be playing at the Club 20/20 in Pt. Charlotte, Florida on May 12th.
OPETH guitarist Peter Lindgren will be appearing live on the air as a guest DJ at www.electriceyeradio.com this Friday, May 4th between 5:30pm - 6:30pm Eastern US Time.
In other OPETH news, here is a list of the band's upcoming European festival appearances:
June 14-16 - Hultsfred, SWE @ Hultsfred Festival
June 30 - NETH @ Waldrock Festival
July 05 - NOR @ Quart Festival
Aug. 04 - GER @ Wacken Open Air Festival
Aug. 05 - BEL @ Eurorock Festival
TRIBE OF JUDAH, featuring former VAN HALEN/EXTREME frontman Gary Cherone and former EXTREME/ANNIHILATOR drummer Mike Mangini, have released a 'limited edition' four-song CD sampler available at their 'live' gigs.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Left for Dead
02. In My Dreams
03. East of Paradise
04. My Utopia
STEEL PROPHET have wrapped up recording a song for an upcoming SAXON tribute CD, and are planning a release party at the end of May or early June for their Book Of The Dead CD, which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records in the US on May 15th.