TYPE O NEGATIVE have reportedly recorded a version of the intro song for the WWF wrestler Kane, entitled “Out Of The Fire”, which is set to be included on an upcoming compilation CD, which may also include LIMP BIZKIT, among others, and is tentatively scheduled for a late October release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. In other TYPE O NEGATIVE news, the Brooklyn-based group are about to start the demoing process for their upcoming studio album, which is tentatively scheduled to be recorded at the end of the year and released in early 2002. The pre-production process will be taking place at the home studio of keyboardist Josh Silver, who is also expected to produce the upcoming effort, a role that he had assumed with all of the group's most recent recordings. No touring activities are planned until after the upcoming album's release, but it is likely that the group will embark on a short East Coast jaunt around Halloween, as has been their annual custom.
SLIPKNOT have enlisted director David Meyers (i.e. LIMP BIZKIT, KID ROCK) to lens the video for their upcoming single, 'Left Behind', which comes off the group's heavily-anticipated Iowa opus, due on August 28th through Roadrunner Records via Island/Def Jam. The shoot will reportedly take place in Los Angeles, CA during the first two days of August, and the finished clip should begin airing late next month.
Despite reports to the contrary, PAPA ROACH have not yet selected an album title for their forthcoming effort, which is due to be released through Dreamworks Records in late 2002. 'Whatever you're gonna read on the Internet is a bunch of horsesh.t and lies,' PAPA ROACH singer Coby Dick told Metal Hammer magazine. 'We have a working title, but even the four of us haven't decided what it's gonna be called yet. We've learnt a lot from TOOL and the Internet will be the last place [for anyone] to find out [the real information].'
DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno has been instructed to see a vocal coach and give up smoking and drinking to prevent further throat problems after being given the “green light” by doctors to resume the band's co-headline tour of North America with GODSMACK. According to reports, the doctors have instructed Moreno to begin seeing a vocal coach to learn how to properly care for his voice, including the correct method to warm it up before shows. He was also advised to abstain from smoking, alcohol, carbonated drinks, and caffeine, and to rest his voice as much as possible immediately following a show.
The set times for the much-anticipated Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, have finally been announced. Due to take place on Saturday, August 11th at the Maritime Hall in San Francisco, Thrash Of The Titans will include performances from the following acts during the stated time slots:
Doors open: 3:00 PM
HEATHEN: 4:00 – 4:35
FLOTSAM & JETSAM: 4:55 – 5:30
SADUS: 5:50 – 6:25
FORBIDDEN EVIL (pre-FORBIDDEN): 6:45 – 7:25
DEATH ANGEL: 7:45 – 8:45
EXODUS: 9:10 – 10:10
S.O.D.: 10:35 – 11:05
ANTHRAX: 11:20 – 11:50
VIO-LENCE: 12:10 AM – 1:10 AM
LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT): 1:30 AM – 2:10 AM
As previously announced, the Thrash Of The Titans event will also be available for viewing and listening via webcast from this location. Along with the aforementioned performances, the nine-hour broadcast will include S.O.D. frontman and Thrash Of The Titans Master Of Ceremonies Billy Milano's “comedy act” as well as Tales From The Pit exclusive footage and interviews about the bands playing. Interested parties will have a choice of ordering a 56K modem link for $11.99, or the 250K modem link for $24.99.
The first few dates for the upcoming DESTRUCTION / KREATOR / SODOM European tour have been announced. Presented by the German magazine Rock Hard, the tour will include the following stops:
Dec. 26 – Ludwigsburg, GER @ Rockfabrik
Dec. 27 – Bochum, GER @ Zeche
Dec. 28 – Tilburg, NETH @ 013
Dec. 29 – Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
Dec. 30 – Halle, GER @ Easy Schorre
Dec. 31 – Osnabrück, GER @ - Hyde Park
According to reports, all three bands will be billed as co-headliners, and they will be alternating their positions on the bill every evening.
A brand new ENTOMBED track, entitled “Chief Rebel Angel”, which comes off the group's upcoming Morning Star CD, is available for download via this location. You can also check out the forthcoming album's cover artwork here.
Former ANTHRAX frontman Neil Turbin has resurfaced after a long silence and has launched an official web site at this location. According to the postings on the site, the vocalist has been writing songs with several different recording artists for an upcoming release and has been jamming around the Los Angeles area with SILENT RAGE and with Michael Warren, among others. MACHINE HEAD fans may also want to pay particular attention to the “Kodak Moments” section of Neil's web site, where an early TURBIN band photo features a rather “young”-looking Dave McClain (MACHINE HEAD drummer) in a pose that the skinsman had deemed embarrassing enough to have asked us not to publish several months ago when the existence of it was first brought to the drummer's attention (much to the amusement of MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn). The hilarious photo can be viewed at this location.
MTV Brazil has reported that GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Buckethead has left the band. No official comment on the matter has yet been made.
Here is the official statement from Swedish melodic deathsters GARDENIAN regarding the recently published false rumors of the group's split (as reported here over the course of the last few days):
“To all our fans and the whole 'Sindustries'.
“All rumors about the GARDENIAN split is a totally wrong and false information, we are still kicking it and are working our asses of to make the new killer songs, find a new label and come out on tour to kick some ass.
“GARDENIAN has always worked as a team when it comes to the music and important decisions. If one of us feel that he wants to put all his efforts into his own project we wish him the best of luck, but we don't accept if false rumors are created to benefit his own purposes on GARDENIAN's cost.
“We can only apologize for the inconvenience and confusion it may have caused anyone in anyway.
“So stand assured there will be a another one coming your way, and this will only make us stronger!
“To find out the latest news about GARDENIAN feel free to visit our website at http://sindustries.cjb.net”
Although there is only a thinly-veiled reference to it in the above message, it is believed that the rumors of GARDENIAN's split were fueled in large part by the statements of former drummer Thim Blom, who is said to have parted ways with the group under acrimonious circumstances. GARDENIAN recently left Nuclear Blast Records, citing promotional, tour and support problems as reasons for the amicable split. According to the group, “GARDENIAN was NOT kicked [off] Nuclear Blast. Period. GARDENIAN did not feel that Nuclear Blast and themselves were reaching for the same goals, The guys had no promotion, no tours, no support from Nuclear Blast... So they decided to find another label who believes in GARDENIAN and [the band] was, after a short discussion, released from their contract with Nuclear Blast. GARDENIAN and Nuclear Blast 'divorced' under quiet and friendly forms, so the bullsh.t about a big fight between NB and GARDENIAN is a big lie.”
The much-rumored Catacombs “greatest hits” package from IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson—which is set to include two brand new tracks penned with guitarist Roy Z—is reportedly scheduled for release through Sanctuary Records on September 25th.
FANTÔMAS, featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, MR. BUNGLE bassist Trevor Dunn, MELVINS guitarist Buzz Osbourne and GRIP INC. / ex-SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, will be doing a couple of weeks' worth of North American dates on the West Coast and through the Midwest with CHICKS ON SPEED between September 4th and September 21st, and will then open for TOOL on the East Coast to the South from September 22nd until October 7th. Meanwhile, Patton's much-anticipated PEEPING TOM project is due to release its Reprise Records debut during the second half of 2002. In other Patton news, TOMAHAWK, the 'all star' band featuring Mike, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, will be releasing its debut CD on October 31st, to be followed by a North American tour in November and visits to Europe and Australia in early 2002. Described as “a real rock record”, TOMAHAWK's debut will reportedly please fans of FAITH NO MORE who “can't digest FANTÔMAS”. Patton was also confirmed by his record label, Ipecac Records, to be in talks about a possible guest appearance on DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno's upcoming TEAM SLEEP side project, which may also include appearances by DEADSY singer P. Exeter Blue (aka Elijah Blue Allman) and former HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur. The label also confirmed via its official web site that Mike has been contemplating the possibility of recording an EP with the DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, but due to scheduling issues, neither collaboration has yet been officially announced.
The mixing process for DREAM THEATER's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled studio album will begin on September 11th and will be overseen by producer Kevin Shirley, who has most recently worked with H.I.M., SOIL and NEUROTICA, among others.
Florida's NEUROTICA, featuring former ATHEIST frontman Kelly Shaefer, will be issuing its third, self-titled release through Smackdown/Koch Records on October 2nd.
COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara recently commented on his and CC guitarist Meegs' collaboration with MOTLEY CRUE bassist Nikki Sixx on the track 'Who Is God?', which was originally co-written and recorded by Fafara and Meegs for the English artist OVERSEER (a recording that was produced by Sixx). “[COAL CHAMBER's] version [of 'Who Is God?'] won't be released on [CC's forthcoming Dark Days CD]. However, it's a great song and there will be something done with it in the future. It was incredible working with Nikki. He's very down to earth...and between working with him and OZZY, that's a dream [come true].'
SPYS4DARWIN, the new project consisting of the ALICE IN CHAINS rhythm section of Sean Kinney (drums) and Mike Inez (bass), ex-SPONGE vocalist Vin Dombroski, and ex-QUEENSRYCHE guitarist Chris DeGarmo, is in intensive rehearsals for their upcoming debut concert appearance at Seattle station KNDD 107.7 The End's Endfest 10, which will be held on August 4th at Kitsap County Fairgrounds. SPYS4DARWIN will reportedly take the second stage at 2:30 PM and will perform a 30-minute set that will include “a glimpse of new gems from the [group's] forthcoming full-length album”, which is due at the end of the year. Groups will begin alternating between the two stages starting at 1:00 PM, with SPYS4DARWIN the fourth act into the festival.
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, featuring former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his “companion” Candice Night, are currently at position #21 in the German Media Control charts with their latest release, Fires At Midnight, which was issued three weeks ago.
SAVATAGE have confirmed the dates for their forthcoming South American tour. They are as follows:
Aug. 14 - Porto Alegre, BRA @ Bar Opinião
Aug. 16 – Piracicaba, BRA @ TBA
Aug. 17 – Curitiba, BRA @Studio 1250
Aug. 18 - São Paulo, BRA @ Via Funchal
Aug. 19 - Rio de Janeiro, BRA @ ATL Hall
The “legendary” Kerrang! British Metal Awards will have its eighth installment televized for the first time this year. Channel 5 will air the awards in September, while the awards themselves will be held on August 28th in London.
Serial killer metallers MACABRE are scheduled to play the End Of Days Fest in Indianapolis on September 22nd.
Producer James 'Jimbo' Barton is reportedly mixing and producing a recording of the June 1st performance of the GEOFF TATE BAND (featuring QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate), which was held at Seattle's Catwalk. It is not yet clear if this recording will be made available to the public.
TRIBE OF GYPSIES/BRUCE DICKINSON guitarist and HALFORD/HELLOWEEN producer Roy Z will make an appearance with the Atomic Chaser and The Rocker on their Internet radio show at www.rocknrollstation.com Friday, August 3rd, starting at about 10.30 PM PST.
THESTART, featuring former HUMAN WASTE PROJECT frontwoman Aimee Echo, have changed the URL of their official web site to: http://www.thestart.org
GOATWHORE are currently working on new material for the second CD on Rotten Records, which is tentatively scheduled to be recorded this winter for an early 2002 release. In other news, GOATWHORE will be entering the studio in late August to record an as-yet-unspecified CELTIC FROST cover that will appear on a split 7' with EPOCH OF UNLIGHT and released through Bloated Goat Records.
STABBING WESTWARD will be performing live on the Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn tonight, Friday, July 27th. The band will reportedly perform songs from their latest, self-titled record, which was recently issued through the Koch label. The second single from the aforementioned CD, “Angel”, will hit radio on August 14th.