More words of wisdom from METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's upcoming studio album, which is currently being composed at METALLICA's Northern California rehearsal pad:
'Here we are about five hours into our day and coming up with some sick ugly new f.cked-up jams. Me, Kirk, James, Bob Rock (the producer) and all our buds are on day 9 on our new project, and it's going f.ckin' awesome. We've got a sh.tload of sick ideas, and it's really cool to get back to being a band again.'
According to a statement from California's M.I.R.V., one of the support acts on the Jerry Cantrell tour that had to be postponed after the guitarist broke his left hand, all the affected tour dates are tentatively set to be re-scheduled for early July. Cantrell is said to be back home in San Francisco (where he's been living for the past couple of years) recuperating from his injury, and is reportedly looking forward to getting back on the road.
While they're waiting for Jerry's hand to heal, M.I.R.V. will be playing a few local shows, including a two-nighter with the SUPERSUCKERS in San Francisco. The dates are as follows:
June 01 - San Jose, CA @ Cactus Club
June 22 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's (w/SUPERSUCKERS)
June 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's (w/SUPERSUCKERS)
TESTAMENT's official web site has posted the following update on vocalist Chuck Billy's current condition:
'First off, Chuck Billy and his family would like to thank the fans for all their support and get well messages. He wanted me to let you know that he is fine and feeling great. The doctors have determined what Chuck has is a very rare form of cancer called 'Germ Cell Seminoma'. The growth is localized and has not spread (GREAT news), and Chuck will start treatment/therapy next week. I will keep you up to date by posting reports from time to time. Otherwise, rest easy, what I'm telling you is positive — Chuck is one tough mutha, and he's going to beat this. Thanks again, for your support from all of the TESTAMENT family.'
MARILYN MANSON, who was accused by some of having influenced the Columbine, Colorado High School killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, has been asked to cancel the group's Ozzfest appearance at Denver's Mile High Stadium on June 21st by the church-affiliated group Citizens for Peace and Respect, who claim that MANSON 'promotes violence, hate, and drugs, and should not spread his message in Denver'. MARILYN MANSON initially pulled out of the Denver show because of a 'scheduling conflict', but later reversed the move.
SLIPKNOT have confirmed Iowa as the title to their forthcoming CD, which is tentatively scheduled to be released July 17th through Roadrunner Records. Before the release of Iowa, Roadrunner will be dustributing a one-song SLIPKNOT cassette sampler containing the track 'Heretic Song'. More information on how interested parties can obtain a copy will be available soon.
TOOL's upcoming US dates sold out in record-breaking times, with the New York gig having sold out in 60 seconds and people having stood in line since as early as 7 AM. Atlanta reportedly sold out in 3 minutes with people buying tickets from as far away as Alabama. The first single from TOOL's upcoming Lateralus CD, 'Schism', debuted at #5 in Active rock review, #11 in Mainstream Rock and #19 in Modern Rock.
The KING DIAMOND band will enter the studio May 15th to begin pre-production for the group's upcoming CD, which is carrying the working title of Abigail II: The Revenge,  and will reportedly be a continuation of the Abigail story.
Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick will celebrate his graduation from New York's New School on May 23rd with a gig by his jazz group SKOL TRIO at the Wetlands in New York City. Skolnick will also be playing with Adam Holzman and BRAVE NEW WORLD at Metropolitan Cafe tonight, May 8th. They will be performing two sets starting at 10:30 PM.
GRAVITY KILLS guitarist Matt Dudenhoeffer has posted the following update on the status of the group's forthcoming album, which will reportedly (albeit as-yet-unofficially) be the band's first for Sanctuary Records.
'As of now, even we haven't decided the track listing. The record is TENTATIVELY titled Superstarved. We have written and recorded over 30 songs for this record. As you can imagine, it will be quite a task to decide which songs will make the record. Not only will each band member have differing opinions, but the label will have opinions of their own. Also, we'll give serious consideration to the opinions of whoever will be producing/mixing the record. There is a chance that 'Enemy', 'Shake', 'Personal Jesus', and 'Superstarved' may or may NOT appear on the new record. So be sure to download/listen to them now at MP3.com while you can. Also, the versions you're hearing are DEMOS, which might or might not drastically change.'
DREAM THEATER's Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York has entered Billboard's Top Music Video chart at number 5.
REVEILLE have reportedly completed work on their sophomore studio effort, which carries the working title of Bleed The Sky. Produced by Howard Benson (i.e. SEPULTURA, NULLSET, ZEBRAHEAD) and mixed by Mike Plonticoff (FACTORY 81, FEAR FACTORY), Bleed The Sky is tentatively scheduled for an August release through Elektra Records.
Finland's THE BLACK LEAGUE, featuring former SENTENCED frontman Taneli Jarva, have had the release date of their new EP, entitled Doomsday Sun, pushed back to June 18th.
SOUL DOCTOR, featuring former FAIR WARNING frontman Tommy Heart, have been confirmed for the support slot of the only show in Germany of horror master ALICE COOPER on May 11th at Huxley's Neue Welt in Berlin.
RATT featuring STEPHEN PEARCY, VINCE NEIL, SLAUGHTER, VIXEN and BRITNY FOX are reportedly joining forces for a package tour that will last through most of the summer. These are the dates that have been announced so far:
May 26 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Metal Factory
June 02 - Lewiston, ME @ Central Maine Civic Ctr.
June 22 - Aztec, NM @ McGee Park
June 23 - Santa Fe, NM @ Camel Rock Casino
July 06 - Akron, OH @ Rib & Music Festival
July 07 - Traverse City, MI @ National Cherry Festival
July 13 - Beloit, WI @ Beloit Riverfest
July 14 - Seymour, WI @ Outagamie County Fair
July 28 - Evansville, IN @ Mesker Amphitheatre
Aug. 06 - Sturgis, SD @ Legendary Buffalo Chip
Aug. 11 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Aug. 15 - Sedalia, MO @ Missouri State Fair
Aug. 17 - Escanaba, MI @ Upper Peninsula State Fair
Aug. 19 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 30 - Pueblo, CO @ Colorado State Fair
Former FEMME FATALE frontwoman Lorraine Lewis will play a solo acoustic set tonight, May 8th at The Rainbow in W. Hollywood. Showtime is 9 PM.
Former POISON guitarist Blues Saraceno and his band TRANSMISSION OK will be performing on the Extreme Moto Music Madness tour, which combines the excitement of freestyle motocross with cutting-edge live music. The tour will stop at a minimum of 40 racetracks and motor speedways throughout America, making it the largest tour of its kind. Fox Sports will be broadcasting at least five of these shows.
The dates are as follows:
May 24 - Rocky Mountain Raceway, Salt Lake City, UT
May 27 - Tucson Raceway Park, Tucson, AZ
May 30 - Sandia Motorsports Park, Albuquerque, NM
June 05 - Sweetwater Speedway, Rock Springs, WY
June 07 - Magic Valley Speedway, Twin Falls, ID
June 08 - Meridian Motor Speedway, Meridian, ID
June 10 - Skagit Speedway, WA
June 13 - Spokane Raceway Park, Spokane, WA
June 14 - Yakima Speedway, Yakima, WA
June 19 - Southern Oregon Speedway, Medford, OR
June 20 - Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, CA
June 23 - Altamont Raceway Park, Tracy, CA
June 24 - Placerville Speedway, Placerville, CA
June 26 - Kings Speedway, Hanford, CA
June 27 - Madera Speedway, Madera, CA
July 03 - Lacrosse Fairgrounds Speedway, West Salem, WI
July 04 - Ceder Lake Speedway, Somerset, WI
July 06 - Elko Speedway, Elko, MN
July 08 - Kansas Coliseum, Wichita, KS
July 09 - TBA, Topeka, KS
July 11 - Rockford Speedway, Loves Park, IL
July 13 - Lasalle Speedway, Lasalle, IL
July 14 - Farley Speedway, Farley, IA
July 15 - Auto Tire & Parts Race Park, Benton, MO
July 18 - Sandusky Speedway, Sandusky, OH
July 19 - Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY
July 21 - Beans Bike Park, Akron, OH
July 22 - Lancaster Motorsportspark, Buffalo, NY
July 24 - Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, ME
July 26 - Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT
July 31 - Langley Speedway, Hampton, VA
Aug. 01 - New River Valley Speedway, Radford, VA
Aug. 03 - TBA, NC
Aug. 07 - TBA, GA
Aug. 08 - Oglethorpe Speedway Park, Savannah, GA
Aug. 10 - Mesa Park, Fellsmere, FL
Aug. 15 - New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ
Century Media Records US has licensed the sophomore effort from Finland's H.I.M. soundalikes ENTWINE, entitled Gone, and plans on issuing the album domestically on July 24th. Gone was recorded at Astia A-Studio with producer Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM, SINERGY, etc.) and reportedly reached position #18 in the Finnish Album Charts, while the single 'New Dawn' got as high as #10 in the Finnish Single Charts.
Sweden's SKINFECTED are in the studio laying down the following six tracks for their brand new demo/CD:
01. The Frame
02. Illusions Of Truth
03. Only Vindictivness Remains
04. Addicted To Hate
05. Sublevels Within
06. Master Of All Lies
Greece's NIGHTFALL have parted ways with France's Holy Records. The group's final Holy Records release will be a double album entitled Metal Days & Gothic Nights, a collection of previously-issued recordings spanning the band's entire career.
Australia's CRYOGENIC has just been confirmed for Melbourne's High Voltage Festival alongside ALCHEMIST, BLOODDUSTER, EARTH, FRANKENBOK, PSi.KORE and many more. The event will take place on June 2nd, and is being presented by Utopia Records. Australia's Channel V will reportedly cover the event. CRYOGENIC will hit the main stage at 10:30 PM.
PRIMER 55 have been joined by former CUT.LOVE.KILL bassist Chris Sprinkle. The group's sophomore effort, The New Release, is currently being mixed in Los Angeles and is expected to be issued  this summer through Island/Def Jam Records.
ONE LINE DRAWING, featuring ex-FAR vocalist Jonah Matranga, have lined up a bunch of live shows throughout the month of May. The dates are as follows:
May 08 - Allston, MA @ Iodine HQ
May 09 - Syracuse, NY @ Armory High
May 10 - Albany, NY @ Mother Earth Café
May 11 - NYC, NY @ TBA
May 12 - Harrisonburg, VA @ TBA
May 13 - Hershey, PA @ TBA
May 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Rotunda
May 15 - Sanford, NC @ Art Center Auditorium
May 16 - Richmond, VA @ TBA