News / Tours - June 2000 - Back
- SLIPKNOT are tentatively planning to launch another tour in Europe
and Australia in early 2001, currently the group is expected to hit
the studio sometime this fall to begin working on their second album
for I AM/Roadrunner with producer Ross Robinson and hope to have it
hit stores around Spring 2001. The only known tentative tracktitle so
"People = Shit"
In other news, band drummer Joey Jordison recently commented on the
longevity of the band saying:
"This band only has about three more albums left in it. Its too fuckin
extreme dude, its too over the top. When things get too big, which they
already sort of are... We'll stop." Pimprockpalace
- DEEP has been ruling the city of Houston for over four years and have
opened for every big hitter that comes through town (HATEBREED, SKINLAB,
TESTAMENT, MERCYFUL FATE, MACHINEHEAD). They even toured the country
with NEVERMORE and Arch Enemy. Now their debut on Pavement Music, "Pieces
of Nothing" and their raw live antics will be introduced to the masses
on tour with KING DIAMOND in July. DEEP's intense style of Metal even
attracted one of the genre best producers, with LOGAN MADER (SOULFLY,
MACHINEHEAD) twisting the knobs. Be prepared for DEEP to take their
spot aside today's heaviest.
- Last Saturday, June 24th, IRON MAIDEN sold out their August 5th concert
at Madison Square Gardens in just two hours! Says vocalist Bruce Dickinson,
"We've sold out The Garden twice before, but never this quick. We are
told that the demand was immense, so we will try to head back to New
York for another concert before the end of the US Tour. New York fans
have always been fantastic for us--the shows last July sold out in days
and the reception was mind-blowing. We have been saying for a while
that Metal is back with a vengeance, and this is just another indication."
Interestingly, ticket sales included a record breaking number and proportion
of sales via the Internet, which probably reflects the massive success
of Maiden's official website, www.ironmaiden.com. Maiden's 'Brave New
World' Tour of North America kicks off on August 1st in Toronto and
runs thru late September. To give the fans a very special concert, Maiden
have invited the majestic Queensryche and ex-Judas Priest frontman Rob
Halford's new band, Halford, to join them on this leg of their World
Tour. As a bonus, this gives the fans a chance to see three of the greatest
rock vocalists ever on one bill: Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford and Geoff
Tate. Metal Maniacs
- According to TotalRock.com, NAPALM DEATH have attacked those in their
past whom they feel took advantage of the band. But they've done it
lyrically, not physically, via their new as yet untitled album. "A lot
of the frustrations that we have felt over the years come out here,"
says Napalm vocalist Barney Greenway. "We've been shafted so often in
the past, and have let it happen because we've been rather lackadaisical.
We tell the story here of what we've been through - it's a violent reaction,
but in words. This is our kickback against certain people who've ripped
us off." The as yet untitled album is currently being mixed by producer
Simon Efemeyand will be released through Dream Catcher in September.
- STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos recently confirmed that the band is working
on a home video which should see a release this fall. Pimprockpalace
- OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Phil Soussan has joined Bob Daisley (b) and
Lee Kerslake (d) in a lawsuit against Ozzy that was initially filed
in January - the former band members claim that they were not properly
credited for their writing contributions on past albums and are suing
for back royalties - Soussan played on 'The Ultimate Sin' and allegedly
penned "Shot In The Dark." Metal
- INDECISION Breaks Up (6.7.00)
Wow. What do I say? After 7 years Indecision is no more. I'm sure everyone
has heard the rumors by now. We were actually trying to keep things
together and work things out but in the end, communication problems
got the best of us. What a fucking shame. I was hoping to do a few last
shows and at least end on a good note but it doesn't look like that
is going to happen. Our last show was in El Paso, Texas. I really never
thought I'd see this day. I guess in my mind somehow I thought the band
was immortal. And in a way IT is but WE'RE not. So thank you to everyone
who has selflessly supported us over the past 7 years. There are so
many people who were and still are important to us and who helped us
just out of friendship. That's what I always found so amazing about
hardcore: the amount of people who are there for you for no reason at
all except because you're friends and you both understood some secret
language. I know every band seems to wind up saying this but truly without
ALL of you we wouldn't have been able to do any of it. There are just
so many people we met all over the world on tours, through letters,
etc. This is really sad and hard for me to do right now. Maybe I'll
give it another shot later on. But for now, thanks to everyone who made
this possible. As for us, Rachel and I are starting a new band, I'm
not sure what Artie is up to musically and I think Pat is pursuing other
options in other bands. Best of luck to everyone and to all our ex-members.
So to everyone who made me realize that "for those I love I will sacrifice"
truly meant something, thank you, we love you and we'll miss you but
we'll see you soon under a different name. Thanks for all the support
during 7 years of raw emotion, hard work, happiness, sadness, insanity
and fun. Its been a wild ride. Rest in pieces... INDECISION October
29, 1993 - June 7, 2000. For those I love I will sacrifice, - Justin
Brannan P.S. - Update, we are going to try to do Hellfest on July 2nd
as our last show. I will let everyone know for sure in a few days. I've
spent most of the morning crying reading emails and messages on our
website. Its really a weird time for me and for all of us I guess. It
is amazing to hear how much the band meant to people though. That really
means a lot and all we can ask for is to be remembered. MIA-Records
- POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider One recently posted an entry in his
tour diary on the bands official website www.5000volt.com
detailing an incident where PANTERA lead singer Phil Anselmo punched
him in the face on their recent European tour giving him a black eye,
here's the direct quote:
"I got punched in the eye by Phil from Pantera one day. I got a black
eye. That was pretty much the big story. It was at a Pantera meet &
greet. Phil's all into boxing...a drinker...a big guy...so he started
throwing a few jabs at me jokingly. I retaliated a little bit, maybe
slipped one in there. I think he heard some bells go off in his head
or something. He ended up getting me a good one in the eye and for about
five days I had a nice black eye. That was good. It brought us together.
Then we were like best friends... "Pimprockpalace
- NECROLOGY the band has signed to Great White North Records - a new
album is expected by Fall. Metal
- IRON MAIDEN / QUEENSRYCHE / ROB HALFORD, the previous report that
Judas Priest was to be part of the bill was incorrect, in fact it is
ex-Priest vocalist Rob Halford. Metal
- PESSIMIST replacements for bassist/frontman Eric Little and drummer
Joe Roffeld are Ralph "Reaper" Runyan (Corrupture) and Dave Breazeal
(Trokkar, Cauldron) respectively. Metal
- SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison recently commented to www.nme.com
speaking out against METALLICA and their current legal situation with
NAPSTER, here's what he had to say:
"Metallica are one of the biggest rock bands in the goddamn world, so
what the hell would they need to sue Napster for? It is retarded. Theyve
got platinum records coming out their assholes; got all the money in
the world; headlined every fucking show for millions of dollars; travel
in their own jet; have million dollar homes and are suing Napster. Why
dont they practice their fucking job and see if they can still
play like they used to, not this new lame crap. Thats what I am
more concerned with."
He also mentioned that the band plans to make their upcoming new album
available for purchase online through a secured site stating:
"What we are doing with our next album is we are giving one site the
exclusive rights to release our album over the Internet so we have control
and get paid for it. What bands need to realise is that it will always
be more fun to go and buy a CD with the booklet and information take
it home to listen to rather than download music onto some shitty arse
disc. The cheapskate assholes who arent that much into music are
going to do that, but I'll buy a CD every time."
The band is currently set to hit the studio sometime this fall to begin
work on their upcoming new album which should see a release in spring
2001 through Roadrunner Records. Pimprockpalace
- The reason for COAL CHAMBER drummer Mikey Cox's current shoulder injury
which has forced the band to cancel their appearances on their most
recent "No Home" tour with Mudvayne, Ultraspank and Mindless Self Indulgence
has apparently been caused due to aggravating an already existing shoulder
injury, rumors have run rampant on exactly just what caused it, but
apparently he had re-injured it performing at a show in Syracuse, NY
this past Thursday, June 15th. The band doesn't expect the injury to
affect their slot on the upcoming Tattoo The Earth Tour this July and
are still confirmed for the tour. Pimprockpalace
- ANATHEMA MAKES FIRST U.S. APPEARANCE AT MILWAUKEE METALFEST
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Metalfest XIV is pleased to announce the addition
of the English band Anathema, in its first ever North American appearance,
to the line-up of this year's show.
Formed a decade ago in Liverpool, Anathema made a name for itself as
a premiere doom metal band from its onset. Now 10 years, five albums,
and two EPs down the road, Anathema has turned itself into an unrivaled
experimental dark metal band, conjuring up images of Pink Floyd morphing
into melancholy metal with beautiful melodies and heartfelt vocals.
Though they've toured extensively in Europe, the UK, and even South
America, the group has never made it to American shores prior to this
"Our first descent into Babylon?" laughs vocalist/guitarist Vinny Cavanaugh.
"About bloody time! Actually, I have some sort of aunt that used to
live in Beverly Hills with Hannibal from The A-Team - she lives in Florida
now. She never invited me over...miserable cow! Anyway, I guess I don't
know how to feel about playing in the U.S. I just want to see how everyone
reacts to our music. No one has a pre-conceived idea about what Anathema
is, and that's good. You're just gonna have to close your eyes and listen."
The KNAC.com-sponsored Metalfest XIV will take place on Friday and Saturday,
July 28 and 28 at the Milwaukee Auditorium. Bands from all sub-genres
of metal will be represented on four stages in the Auditorium. Among
the artists set for the festival are: King Diamond, Opeth, Mayhem, Destruction,
Children of Bodom, Katatonia, Entombed, Babylon Whores, Hate Eternal,
Gorguts, Malevolent Creation, Immolation, Divine Empire, Shadows Fall,
Enslaved, God Forbid, Wolfpac, Opera IX, Cephalic Carnage, Disassociate,
Pissing Razors, Mortician, Deceased, Fleshgrind, Internal Bleeding,
Hate Plow, Catastrophic, Yellow Machinegun, Macabre, Origin, Project
86, Transport League, Kataklysm, Darkest Hour, Coffin Texts, Luddite
Clone, Hellchild, Usurper, Bongzilla, Deep, Jag Panzer, Exhumed, Bloodstorm,
Anal Blast, Impaled, Goatwhore, Burnt By the Sun, Junglerot, Transmetal,
Dying Fetus, Lungbrush, Synecrosys, Skinless, Mortal Decay, Deeds of
Flesh, Disgourge, Disinter, Malignancy, Pyrexia, Resurrected, Novembers
Doom, From the Depths, Burial, Grey Skies Fallen, Sarcophagus, Pessimist,
Regurgitation, Dreaming of Dragons, Pantagoria, Stone Misery, Lividity,
Venificum, Maudalin of the Well, Long Winter Stare, Vesperian Sorrow,
Anguish in Exile, Theatre of the Macabre, Lamb of God, Infamy, Buried
Dreams, Fleshtized, Rain Fell Within, Orgy with Pigs, The Cold Beyond,
Emaciation, Incinerate, Ritual Carnage, Ravenous, Cessation of Life,
Shamus, Scapegoat, Twisted Tower Dire, Path, Overture, Withered Earth,
Reprisal, Waco Jesus, Wykked Wytch, Left, Too Many Gods, Project Grudge,
Arizing, Resound, Number One Common, :SIK:, Zandelle, Mandrake, Enter
Self, Engrave, Psyphera, Grunt, Somnus, Molehill, Corrosive, Crop, October
Thorns, Dominant Factor, Chamber Seven, Promisqes, Fleshless, Red Right
Hand, Chaos Theory, Immortal Cringe, Malintent, Distrust, Hollow Ground,
Jackhammer, Sad Eyed Angel, Affliction, Rwake, So Far Gone, Fleshwreck,
P.S.I., Whiskey High, Divine Rapture, Beyond Repair, Levitation, Belligerent,
Wolfspider, Corpsevomit, Noctuary, Kitchen Knife Conspiracy, Dirtnap,
Filth Porn, 12 Gauge & Nylons, Swamp Gas, Exuviate, Unholy, Disdain,
The Chasm, Carinvean, Cold Storage, Avernus, Lord of all Desires, Incestuos,
Java, Pagan's Day Off, Fall, Mandril, Black Mass, Excathedra, Idiom,
Entranced, Death of Millions, Reinfection, Incineration, Tempered Steele,
and Garden of Shadows.
As usual, fans can take a break and take in the large Vendorville Marketplace,
peruse the contents of the Metalfest XIV grab bag, or watch WWF and
ECW professional wrestling superstars Jerry Lynn, the Blue Meanie, Jasmin
St. Claire, King Kong Bundy, and Doink the Clown battle in the ring
Friday night. (Publications interested in placing copies in the Metalfest
XIV grab bag or on the giveaway table should contact Mazur Public Relations
for more info.)
Updates may be obtained by calling the Metalfest Hotline at (414) 225-9060
or visit www.metalfest.com for
updates, schedules, hotel information, and directions.
The Milwaukee Metalfest XIV will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, July 28 and
11 a.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Milwaukee Auditorium, located at 500
E. Kilbourn Street. Tickets for Metalfest XIV are $55 for a two-day
pass or $35 for single-day admission, plus applicable charges. Tickets
may be purchased at TicketMaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com,
Charge By Phone (414) 276-4545; Relapse Records (800) 303-0606, www.relapse.com;
Night Fall Records in Minneapolis (612) 724-8166 and Chicago (773) 725-3530;
or by sending a check or money order to payable to "Jack Koshick Presents"
and a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Metalfest XIV, 1626 N. Prospect
Ave., Suite 1801, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
The Milwaukee Metalfest is part of the Metal Mania Series. Bands, vendors,
and labels wishing to take part in any Metal Mania Series event should
contact: Jack Koshick Presents, 1626 N. Prospect Avenue, Suite 1801,
Milwaukee, Wis. 53202 Tel: 414/225-9026 Fax: 414/225-9025 E-mail: [email protected]
or Don Decker at Nightfall Records, P.O. Box 6022, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Tel: 612/724-8166 E-mail: [email protected].
All talent is subject to change.
For more information, please contact:
Michael Mazur or Debbie Sellnow / Mazur Public Relations
Tel: (609) 426-1277 Fax: (609) 426-1217
E-mail: [email protected]
/ [email protected]
Visit www.mazurpr.com for downloadable
For radio inquiries, please contact:
Dave, Marc or Eric / The Music Syndicate
Tel: (201) 864-0900 Fax: (201) 864-3380
E-mail: [email protected]
- ANCIENT's new mini album, God Loves The Dead includes live recordings,
remixes, a new version of 'Trolltaar' and a cover song. Named for a
track previously released on the LP The Halls Of Eternity, the disc
will also include two unreleased videos for PC of the songs 'God Loves
The Dead' and 'Um Sonho Psycodelico'. Over the summer the band will
also do work on the video for 'I Madman'. Since parting with drummer
Krigse due to personal and musical differences, the band have a new
- DARK FUNERAL's legendary 1994 debut mini-CD has been reissued through
Metal Blade. The CD, which has been out of print for the past two years
is now remastered and comes with new packaging, a 12 page booklet, lyric
sheet and rare and unpublished pictures. The set will also include two
bonus tracks, covers of BATHORY's 'Call From The Grave' and 'Equimanthorn'.
The tracklisting: 'Open The Gates', 'Shadows Over Transylvania', 'My
Dark Desires', 'In The Sign Of The Horns', 'Equimanthorn' and 'Call
From The Grave'..
- VICTORY RECORDS has now served NAPSTER with a cease and desist notice
claiming copyright infringement due to the fact albums such as the new
Earth Crisis album "Slither" have been available for download on the
program for quite sometime, and the album only hits stores officially
- THE CROWN will be supporting CANNIBAL CORPSE on their soon-to-be-announced
- ANVIL's next album will be called Plenty Of Power and it will be out
next January. Hard Radio
- The DEFTONES have now set the name for their own Maverick/Warner imprint,
it is called Tone Def and currently the band is working with at least
one act who's name has not yet been revealed, but band frontman Chino
Moreno took the time to comment on them saying:
"One band we are working with sound really epic, Tool-esque. I dont
want to reveal their name just yet but their music just starts at one
place and takes you to outta space, kind of like Star Wars
type music. This is a band we are working with right now but are not
sure exactly when it will come out."
Chino also took time to comment on how the label operates stating:
"A lot of bands know the type of music people want to hear as opposed
to what an A&R guy or 50 year-old sitting in an office behind a
desk thinks. We live around music and are constantly seeing bands play.
We are basically our own A&R people but we are doing it for our
own label, and hopefully once we start releasing music people will benefit
Heavy rumors have come up of the band considering signing Sacramento's
own Will Haven to the label as their contract with Revelation Records
is up after the bands upcoming next album is released, but as of yet
nothing has been finalized. Pimprockpalace
- TOOL/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan recently made
some disheartening comments on the status of his band Tool, who have
seemingly not been to serious about getting new material ready for the
bands new album, here's what he had to say:
"At this point, not to be insulting but.. I think Tool will become the
Currently Tool is tentatively set to enter the studio with producer
David Bottrill (Ultraspank, Kid Rock) in September through till November
with hopes for the album to be released in March 2001. Pimprockpalace
- COAL CHAMBER canceled their show that was set to take place on June
16th in Poughkeepsie, NY, the reason given for their cancellation was
that band drummer Mike Cox broke his shoulder, the group is now expected
to cancel the rest of their upcoming dates and this could also place
their upcoming stint on the Tattoo The Earth tour in jeopardy. Although
an official reason has not yet been given as to what exactly caused
the injury, rumors of some of the bandmembers being involved in a physical
altercation at a bar the night before, have arisen. Pimprockpalace
- SEPULTURA have now officially confirmed for this years TATTOO THE
EARTH tour and will be playing all dates from July 15th through till
August 20th. The band was originally hesitant to take on the tour as
they had planned to hit the studio in July in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
with producer Steve Evetts but have instead now shifted those plans
to instead record in September with hopes of releasing their brand new
album tentatively titled "Nation" in January/February 2001 through Roadrunner
- Some light has been shed on the tracklisting of the upcoming DEFTONES
album "White Pony", the version that was leaked to the internet early
in mp3 format featured an untitled track that was seemingly a more softer
version of the track "Pink Maggit", now on the final version of the
album that song is in fact titled as "Pink Maggit" and the song that
was in its place with a rapcore structure is not included. The limited
edition versions of the album, both red and black also feature a new
track entitled "The Boy's Republic", which is a bit of a departure from
the normal Deftones sound and even features a didgeridoo. The CD's which
also feature an enhanced portion will hit stores in all three flavors
on June 20th through Maverick/Warner, with the following final tracklisting:
01 - "Feiticeira"
02 - "Digital Bath"
03 - "Elite"
04 - "Rx Queen"
05 - "Street Carp"
06 - "Teenager"
07 - "Knife Party"
08 - "Korea"
09 - "Passenger"
10 - "Change (In The House Of Flies)"
11 - "Pink Maggit"
12 - "The Boy's Republic" (Limited Editions Only) Pimprockpalace
- TATTOO THE EARTH organizers have now officially confirmed that METALLICA
will join the tour on July 20th in East Rutherford, NJ at the Giants
Stadium for one show only. Pimprockpalace
- HASTE are currently working on material for their upcoming new album
which they intend to begin recording in the next 2 months and expect
to release in early 2001 through Century Media, followed by extensive
- EARTH CRISIS and IN FLAMES are set to launch a co-headlining U.S.
tour this August with SKINLAB and BURIED ALIVE opening, dates are expected
to be announced soon.
- SYSTEM OF A DOWN have currently finished off nine or ten songs with
another 10-15 to be written for their upcoming new album which the band
hopes to begin recording later this summer and release late this year,
current tentative titles so far are "Chick N Stew" and "KITT", the track
"KITT" actually deals with Knight Rider/Baywatch star David Hasselhoff
according to bassist Shavo Odadjian, here's his recent comments to MTV.com
on the track:
"He's this huge pop star in Germany, and then he comes home and all
he is is David Hasselhoff"
On a related note, the name KITT was actually the name of the talking
car in the Knight Rider series. The band will take a break from writing
the new material in Los Angeles to head out on the Summer Sanitarium
tour with RZA and possibly a few other members of the Wu-Tang Clan in
tow, and although not confirmed the pair are expected to perform their
cover of Wu-Tang Clan's "Shame On A Nigga" on stage together, as they
recently recorded a version of the track set to be included on the upcoming
"Loud Rocks" album set to be released on September 5th. Shavo also addressed
the rumors of the band being on this years Family Values Tour stating
no offer has been made to the band to be on the tour as of yet. Pimprockpalace
- MORBID ANGEL are at work on their new album, scheduled to be released
on September 25th. No title for the CD has been revealed and the album
has been temporarily dubbed G. Steve Tucker promises the album will
be a 'killer progression' from Formulas, "We are very excited about
the new album. We feel that this is something very new and very brutal,
but with a higher standard. I think this album has a very dark feel
to it." The band will tour towards the end of the year, starting with
an exclusive airing of the new songs at the Wacken Festival in Germany
on August 5th. Hard Radio
- MEGADETH are in the studio working on their new release for EMI/Capitol.
Funnily enough the title of the album will be Capitol Punishment and
is said to be the FINAL record with the label... Hard
- Guitarist Joe Comeau has left OVERKILL, to join ANNIHILATOR, as vocalist.
No stranger to the frontman position, having served in the capacity
with Liege Lord, during the '80s, Comeau exits just weeks before Overkill
are scheduled to Enter Carriage House and begin a new album. Experienced
with all the previous line-up changes, Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth remains
philosophical about the Kill's timetable for recording, recruitment
and touring, including several European festivals.
"There's no reason to panic," claims the unflappable Blitz. "We're making
an Overkill record, like we always have. We don't highlight any particular
individual." Initially, Joe wanted to have the best of both worlds,
retaining his Overkill gig, as well as singing with Annihilator, but
Ellsworth would have none of that. "Come on now," laughs the singer,
"I told him we don't need a garbage man; someone who picks up everything."
If need be, studio wizardry can augment the sound to twin guitars.
"Hell," deadpans Blitz, "I've been doing this long enough, I can hum
the guitar parts."
Onstage, however, Overkill have no desire to return to a four-piece,
nor will they travel the well-beaten reunion path.
"Actually, we contacted Merritt (Gant, former guitarist) first. He was
happy to do it, but he's got a six week old baby. It's not just the
record, or Wacken, but like a month of European shows after that. It
was a bit too much for him to leave. We'll probably get someone who
owes us money," jokes Ellsworth, "so we can keep an eye on him."
Switching gears, he put the ball squarely in the court of newcomer Dave
"Dave's got a well of guys he's played with. He can do a whole bunch
of stuff. He's well-rounded. If we go with what he finds, the guitars
are going to be more locked in, which is better for us."
As for the record, Ellsworth remains somewhat tight-lipped, uncertain
what the near future holds.
"We've got someone lined up to produce, but I don't want to say who,
in case it doesn't happen, or we're delayed or something. The music's
all written and about 70% of the lyrics. There are several working titles,
but I'll give you some song titles: 'Thunderhead,' 'Bleed Me' and 'When
I'm Missing.' Those are definite. Musically, it's a strange vibe for
us. It doesn't stop the direction we were headed in, but it's a blend
of From The Underground meets Horrorscope. The vocals are not the head-shaking
side-to-side variety, but up and down, more melodic metal vocals, still
If all goes well, the album is scheduled for a September release.
- SLAYER who? Aww, you outta be ashamed of yourself. The mighty and
eternal SLAYER are currently writing for their forthcoming full-length,
due in early '01. According to bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, "We've got
six or seven songs waiting for words right now." Slayer plans on writing
five or six more songs before starting work on the new record. In the
meantime, the band is said to have been toying around with the idea
of changing producers for the release, with Ross Robinson being mentioned
as a potential candidate. (Don't go getting all up in arms just yet...remember
the unfounded and blown-out-of-proportion Emperor/Robinson rumors???)
New songtitles include: "Our Lady Of Pain," Kill The Messenger," and
"Scarstruck." Metal Manaics
- Unbelievably, the most unlikely reunion is upon us! The following
comes from an official press release:
"This is the official press release announcing the reformation of 1985's
original HIRAX lineup, featuring Katon W DePena (vocals), Gary Monardo
(bass), John Tabares (drums), and last but not least, Scott Owen (guitars).
After years of silence the band members have been reunited and after
a hell of a lot of phone calls we've decided to play music again. YES,
HIRAX IS BACK TOGETHER! To all the fans and all the new fans worldwide:
Over the years we have received tons of mail from all over the world.
People have constantly asked the question, "When is Hirax getting back
together?" The decision wasn't so hard when we thought about how many
people still cared about the band, and we are honored that we have fans,
and that--along with wanting to play again--has made all the difference
in our decision to come back. So this is our schedule: We are writing
all new songs and we will be recording in September 2000. Following
that, we will announce where we will be playing our live concerts!
Whether it be in the US or Europe, we will definitely come back to
play. One last thing: a big part of our motivation in writing heavy
and fast music will be because we have nothing to lose. We know not
to worry about radio play. What we mean is that we don't think Hirax
will get played on the radio, but this is our chance to play the real
stuff again, from the heart. Music right now is in a very bad state,
there's a lot of shitty bands running around we've got to do something
about it. This is our way of getting revenge. We thank everybody for
their support! We promise not to let you down. When you say 'HIRAX,'
you'll be proud. Wait 'til you hear the new stuff! Hirax t-shirts
are available now. For information regarding Hirax and merchandise
(CDs and t shirts) contact Black Devil Records: Black Devil Records,
PO Box 1474, Cypress, CA 90630." Metal
- Doom gods CATHEDRAL are currently writing and planning their forthcoming
as-yet-untitled full-length, their sixth. It seems Cathedral will never
totally give up the doom metal that was the signature of their sound
in the band's early years. In fact, according to drummer Brian Dixon,
"the direction on the next album will be much heavier and more doom.
Maybe more serious and intense but still with an emphasis on good, memorable
songs. The production will play a vital part, of course. I think it
will be less polished and more guitar-heavy this time." Some new song
titles include "Tombstone Earth," "Bearer Of The Scythe," "Liquid God,"
"3 Dark Decades," and "Alchemist Of Sorrows." Keep in mind that these
are current working titles and are subject to change... Metal
- HardRadio reports that ANNIHILATOR's new vocalist is ex-OverKill guitarist
Joe Comeau - the band is currently working on the next album. Metal
- KILLJOY, among other things. the famed Necrophagia frontman will be
working on his first film titled 'Harvest Ritual' in Norway with Fred
Pyrtz, filming is scheduled to begin in September, Necrophagia may contribute
new music to this project - he will also be working on a project with
Casey Chaos from Amen which will most likely inlvolve producer Ross Robinson
- finally, Killjoy, Phil Anselmo and Mirai from Sigh will be working
on a horror project in the vein of Goblin that will go under the name
Enoch. Metal Update
- Rumors are circulating that GUNS N ROSES, DIO, TESTAMENT will join
forces for a US tour starting in July - believe it when you see it.
- SLAYER and SEPULTURA have both been added to the TATTOO THE EARTH
tour - show dates are still not available. Metal
- MOTLEY CRUE former drummer Tommy Lee reportedly spent last weekend
in jail for violating his parole by drinking alcohol, his parole term
has been extended an additional two years - Vince Neil was married to
actress/playmate Heidi Mark last Sunday. Metal
- EINHERJER has just been confirmed for the UNDER THE BLACK SUN OPEN
AIR in Germany 7. - 8. July. The band will also enter Los Angered Recording
in Gothenburg / Sweden again sometime this autumn to record a mini album.
Tracks included will be a new one (title TBA), When the World Lights
Dim (originally recorded for Norwegian Native Art), cover of Root's
Casildas Song & one more coversong - www.einherjer.com.
Release scheduled for November/December 2000
- ANGELGRINDER - A new extreme Black/Death Metal band, formed by members
of EINHERJER has just signed with Native North Records. Their upcoming
album "The Heretic" is scheduled for release in November/December 2000.
"The Heretic" is a lesson in pure sinister aggression. Extreme, dark
& furious. Release scheduled for November/December 2000
- The Norwegian viking metal band ULVHEDIN has just signed with Native
North Records and they're about to enter Grieghallen Studio in September
to record their forthcoming album. ULVHEDINs debut-album will most certainly
fit the ranks of Native North perfectly. Viking metal with a vengance.
A fantastic blend of metal and medieval strength. Check out their official
website - www.ulvhedin.com. Release
scheduled for November/December 2000
- WITCHERY - Jensen and company are hard at work writing new material.
More news as it develops but a new album before the end of the year
- In April 2000, a new musical project of hate was created. The new
extreme Metal group would be called WOLFEN SOCIETY. There will be "NO"
Political Correct bullshit in this Cult of Misanthropic elitists. Presently,
the band is working on getting ready to record an EP, which will feature
a couple new songs and a cover of CARNIVORE's song "Race War". After
that, the band plans to market their work to larger Record Labels, so
that they may record their up-coming album "Misanthropic Race". the
band consists of ex-members/members of ACHERON, VITAL REMAINS, INCANTATION,
WIND OF THE BLACK MOUNTAIN and THE ELECTRIC HELLFIRE CLUB. Keep an eye
out for these preachers of total war and chaos. Feed the fire, burn
this world down to the ground!!!!! HAIL VICTORY!
WOLFEN SOCIETY is:
VINCENT CROWLEY - Bass/Vocals
JEFF GRUSLIN - Lead Vocals
KYLE SEVERN - Drums
JEFF ELROD - Rhythm Guitar
REICHSFUHRER RICKTOR - Lead Guitar
THOMAS THORN - Keyboards and Samples
- UNLEASHED POWER has a new new drummer. Mike "Fabes" Faivre is
from Oakland, CA former Des Mortz/Never. His first assignment will be
to ready himself for shows and the next album. If you wanna know more
about him go to U.P. site and also check out the members profiles page
that are now on!
- Holed up in famed producer, Michael Wagner's Wired World studio, just
oustide Nashville, TN and located on the grounds of ACCEPT guitarist
Wolf Hoffmann's 10 acre farm, HAMMERFALL let BW&BK be the first
people in the world to hear the recordings for Renegade, the Swedish
metallers' third album. Talk of a 'more commercial sound' could not
be further from the truth, as the ten originals (surprise, no covers!)
pack quite a punch. While the tracks have yet to be finalized into a
specific running order, they are 'Templars Of Steel,' 'Living In Victory,'
'A Legend Reborn,' 'Keep The Flame Burning,' 'The Way Of The Warrior,'
'Destined For Glory,' 'Renegade,' 'Always Will Be' and as yet untitled
instrumental. Although HammerFall have disbanded the practice of putting
other people's music on their discs, the band has recorded a version
of TWISTED SISTER's 'We're Gonna Make It,' for an upcoming tribute.
Watch for a full studio report and interview in BWBK #43! Hard
- The second METALIUM record, State Of Triumph, is a grittier concept
album with more guitar riffs than their debut. The track listing is:
'Elements', 'Steel Avenger', 'Years Of Darion', 'Breakout', 'Erania',
'Stygian Flames', 'Prophecy', 'Eye Of The Storm', 'Inner Sight', 'State
Of Triumph' and 'Music'... Hard
- VIRGIN STEELE's Magick Fire Music EP is out on June 19th. The six
tracks are comprised of three inclusions from the upcoming House Of
Atreus, Part II: 'Wings Of Vengeance', 'Flames Of Thy Power (From Blood
They Rise)' and 'Agamemnon's Last Hour (Silver Sided Death),' as well
as different versions of material off the first part of David DeFeis'
ancient Greek rock opera... Hard
- VICIOUS RUMORS new CD, Sadistic Symphony, contains the following tracklisting:
'Break', 'Sadistic Symphony', 'Born Again Hard', 'Black Light', 'Puritan
Demons', 'March Of The Damned', 'Neodymium Man', 'Cerebral Sea', 'Liquefy'
and 'Elevator To Hell'. The band line-up for the album is guitarist
Geoff Thorpe, vocalist Morgan Thorn, bassist Cornbread, drummer Atma
Anur and guitarist Ira Black... Hard
- CHIMAIRA's upcoming full length debut entitled "Pass Out Of Existence"
is set to be produced by Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares, the band
expects to hit the studio in the fall to begin recording with a release
set for early next year. Tentative songtitles for the album include:
"Pass Out Of Existence," "Asiatic Cholera," "Without Moral Restraint,"
"Dead Inside," and "Taste My..." Heavy rumors suggest the band might
possibly sign with Roadrunner Records in the near future, but as of
yet nothing is final. Pimp
- ANGEL CORPSE, the band has split up - 'The Inexorable' will be reissued
as a digipack with two cover songs, one from Morbid Angel and one from
Sarcofago - Gene (g) and Tony (d) are said to be forming a new band.
- ARCTIC MUSIC GROUP has signed Malevolent Creation and Hateplow - releases
will be distributed worldwide through Pavement Music - the label has
plans to reissue the first three Malevolent Creation albums with bonus
tracks. Metal Update
- FALCONER, recently signed by Metal Blade, this band features Stefan
Weinerhall formerly of Mithotyn - the style is described as Viking influenced
power metal. Metal Update
- BENUMB guitarist Dave Hogarth has left the band - they will continue
on as a four piece. Metal
- FIREBIRD, this new Rise Above Records signing features Leo Smee (Cathedral),
Ludwig Wiu (Spiritual Beggars) and Bill Steer (Carcass) - look for an
album by late this year. Metal
- PRIMER 55 is looking for a drummer - auditions start June 7, then
it's off to Ozzfest - send demos with picture/info and/or video tapes
PO Box 197565
Louisville, KY 40259-7565 Metal
- In July ROLF MUNKES BAND is mixing and mastering their first CD in
the studio of Nikolo Kotzev (Brazen Abbot) in Finland. You will find
on the CD a little guest drum-solo of Anders Johansson (Hammerfall/ex-Malmsteen)
and other really good specials.