BLACK SABBATH previewed the brand new track 'Scary Dreams' in front of 2,600 fans at a charity homecoming gig at Birmingham Academy on Tuesday night, May 22nd. Described as a haunting, threatening-sounding cut with a hypnotic chorus not dissimilar to that of 'Electric Funeral', 'Scary Dreams' is reportedly a much superior offering to the pair of tracks SABBATH penned and recorded for 1998's Reunion live CD and bodes well for the band's forthcoming studio album, which is not due until mid-2002.
Here is BLACK SABBATH's full set list from the group's show at Birmingham Academy on May 22nd:
03. Under The Sun
04. Fairies Wear Boots
06. Scary Dreams
07. War Pigs
08. Iron Man
09. Into The Void
10. Black Sabbath
11. Supernaut / Paranoid
12. Children Of The Grave
METALLICA's Lars Ulrich has been busy promoting his record label, The Music Company's latest signing, SYSTEMATIC, with more radio appearances, including those on KIOZ 105.3 The Rock in San Diego and on KEGL 97.1 The Eagle, where Ulrich reportedly revealed that METALLICA has not yet written or demoed any complete songs, but are apparently starting fresh in the studio working on each idea before returning to it later on for more tweaking.
STAIND's Break The Cycle CD looks set to pass the 600,000 mark in sales during its first week of release, surpassing TOOL's 555,000 first-week achievement a week earlier with their Lateralus effort. There are already reportedly more than 2 million retail re-orders for the STAIND disc, an amazing accomplishment for a band whose major label debut had shifted roughly a million copies since its release back in April 1999.
Brazil's revamped ANGRA have selected producer Dennis Ward (i.e. PINK CREAM 69) to collaborate with on their forthcoming studio effort, the first without frontman Andre Matos (now in SHAMAN), which is tentatively scheduled to be released during October. All the recordings will take place in Germany during June and July.
EMPEROR's much-anticipated new album, Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise, is scheduled for release on October 8th.
SLIPKNOT's self-titled Roadrunner Records debut has sold more than 1.24 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Multi-talented Canadian whiz-kid Devin Townsend will be supporting THE WILDHEARTS on the latter band's UK tour next month prior to embarking on a tour of continental European that will include several festival appearances. Here are the confirmed dates so far:
June 13 - University - Liverpool, UK (w/THE WILDHEARTS)
June 15 - Garage - Glasgow, UK (w/THE WILDHEARTS)
June 16 - Univ. - Newcastle, UK (w/THE WILDHEARTS)
June 17 - JB's - Dudley, UK (w/THE WILDHEARTS)
June 18 - Junction - Cambridge, UK (w/THE WILDHEARTS)
June 19 - Rock City - Notting., UK (w/THE WILDHEARTS)
June 20 - Forum - London, UK (w/THE WILDHEARTS)
June 22 - Graspop - Dessel, BEL
June 23 - Full Force - Leipzig, GER
June 24 - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER
June 25 - Zeche - Bochum, GER
June 27 - Cafe de la Danse - Paris, FRA
June 28 - Underground - Cologne, GER
June 29 - Backstage - Munich, GER
June 30 - Waldrock Festival - NETH
July 01 - The Garage - London, UK
Newly reformed Brit metal heroes THE WILDHEARTS, featuring the classic line-up of Ginger, Danny, CJ and Stidi, are currently working on a brand new material for an upcoming mini-album. The six track affair, to be called The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed, will be released via the Infernal label in June.
SUPERFIX, the Los Angeles-based band featuring former DRAIN STH drummer Martina Axen (who handles lead vocals in the new group) and bassist Anna Kjellberg, are reportedly tracking three new songs during the current pre-production session, which are rumored to be helmed by producer/programmer Rhys Fulber (i.e. FEAR FACTORY).
FU MANCHU are continuing to track their as-yet-untitled new studio album with producer Matt Hyde (i.e. SLAYER, MONSTER MAGNET), and according to guitarist/vocalist Scott Hill, the new songs are turning out much different and better than their pre-production versions. FU MANCHU are reportedly still considering the possibility of laying down a cover of PANTERA's 'I'm Broken' during the current recording sessions, and if they do, a possibility exists that PANTERA's Phil Anselmo (who is said to be a FU fan) will contribute lead vocals to the track. According to Hill, the song title may also get changed to 'I'm Smokin'' for the occasion. In other news, FU MANCHU is lining up a three-week Canadian tour with CLUTCH and FINGER ELEVEN. More details as they become available.
METALLICA and KISS fans who missed Lars Ulrich and Gene Simmons' appearance on Who Wants to be a Millionaire will get a chance to see the rock star episodes again on May 27th and May 29th when ABC is planning on re-running the shows.
TUFF lead vocalist Stevie Rachelle confirmed to Metal Edge Online that TUFF axe-slinger Darrell Roberts was offered the W.A.S.P. guitarist gig (a slot left vacant after Chris Holmes' rumored departure from the group), but that the offer was later rescinded. 'He was even actively pursued by them,' says Stevie Rachelle. 'However after the fact, Blackie [Lawless] has been getting some serious backlash about Chris Holmes not being in the band and why the guy from TUFF? Now after a few weeks, rehearsals, passports, plane tickets, etc., he has been told, 'Sorry dude, it aint gonna work out.''
AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler's rendition of the National Anthem at the Indy 500 this Sunday, May 27th will be televised on ABC - WorldWide Sports at approximately 10:30 AM - 10:40 AM.
San Francisco Bay Area's TECHNOCRACY, featuring former VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel, have lined up a record release show on August 10th (one day before the planned Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy) at The Pound in San Francisco. Also performing at the gig will be SIFT and the new band of former EXODUS/LEGACY vocalist Zetro Souza called F-BOMB. TECHNOCRACY have just completed work on their debut self-titled CD, to be released through their own Mighty Spec label.
CRADLE OF FILTH and NILE will be embarking on a US tour this July. Here are the confirmed dates so far:
July 08 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
July 09 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
July 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Palace
July 13 - Arlington, TX @ Dreamworld
July 20 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
July 21 - Montreal, PQ @ Spectrum
July 22 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
July 27 - Columbus, OH @ Newport
July 28 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
July 29 - Chicago , IL @ House Of Blues
Norway's IMMORTAL are reportedly in intensive rehearsals for the recording of their upcoming studio album, which is tentatively scheduled to be tracked during October/November.
Former NASHVILLE PUSSY bassist Corey Parks, who was in talks recently with Courtney Love about joining Love's BASTARD project, will be touring the UK as part of the punk rock outfit THE MASONS. The dates are as follows:
May 31 - Brighton, UK @ The Freebutt
June 01 - Hartlepool, UK @ The Studio
June 02 - Oldham, UK @ The Castle
June 03 - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK @ Trillians
June 04 - Dundee, UK @ Droothy Neebors
June 06 - London, UK @ The Garage
June 07 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
June 08 - Birmingham, UK @ The Foundry
ANTHRAX/SEBASTIAN BACH guitarist Paul Crook is said to be 'in the middle of reviewing some additional label offers that have come to him since he began discussions with Shrapnel Records' about the release of the axeman's upcoming solo effort, which is tentatively scheduled for release at the end of the year. Crook hopes to make an announcement shortly regarding the identity of the label that will issue the CD.
The revamped SKID ROW, now featuring former SOLINGER vocalist Johnny Solinger, have added more shows to their current itinerary. Here are all the upcoming dates:
June 14 - Burgettstown, PA @ Pepsi Cola Roadhouse
June 15 - Mt. Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theatre
June 21 - Flint, MI @ Razzmatazz
June 22 - Valparaiso, IN @ Silver Bullet
June 26 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
June 27 - Milmont Park, PA @ Tom & Jerry's
June 29 - Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill Nite Club
June 30 - Deerfield, OH @ Midwest Fireworks
July 20 - Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
Aug. 16 - Medina, MN @ Medina Entertainment Center
Aug. 17 - Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Aug. 18 - Beulah, ND @ Party in the Pasture
THE CULT will be signing CDs at Tower Records in Los Angeles on June 5th to coincide with the release of their brand new studio album, Beyond Good And Evil, which comes out that day. If you're one of the first 200 there, you will get an exclusive invite to a CULT concert at the Whiskey club in West Hollywood.
The following dates have been announced for the upcoming V.O.D. / NOTHINGFACE / DOG FASHION DISCO tour:
July 02 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
July 06 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
July 07 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
July 12 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
July 14 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
July 16 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
July 18 - Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theater
More dates will be announced shortly.
CODESEVEN are about halfway done with the songwriting for their upcoming studio album, which will reportedly be 'more mellow and more experimental' than the group's previous efforts. CODESEVEN will soon be setting a date to record and they hope to have the album out in late summer or early fall.
Sweden's THE QUILL are now officially signed to SPV/Steamhammer Records for the whole world except Southeast Asia where JVC/Victor Records is their new home. The group's first release for the label will be a new full-length studio effort (THE QUILL's third), which is tentatively scheduled to be issued at the end of the year.
A message from the band formerly known as AGENT STEEL:
'Due to harassment of ourselves and our business associates, we are temporarily abandoning the name AGENT STEEL until legal matters are resolved. We are sure the fans know the contentious asshole with whom we are dealing and we intend to see him prove his case in court but we will no longer put our careers on hold over a band name. There is no reason to postpone our lives or answer to threats when we can perform and record music now as ORDER OF THE ILLUMINATI. Suffice it to say, some people have nothing better to do with their lives than fight over a band name. ORDER OF THE ILLUMINATI has records to make and shows to play and no time for this sort of foolishness. We hope everyone who liked AGENT STEEL in the past will support ORDER OF THE ILLUMINATI in the future. The only thing that's changed is the name. We will be performing live at the Classic Metal Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, June 16th, 2001 for more updates visit www.agentsteelonline.com'
For Immediate Priority Release May 23, 2001
ON BEHALF OF CHUCK SCHULDINER
Two years ago this month, on his 31st birthday, Chuck Schuldiner, founder of DEATH & CONTROL DENIED and forefather to an entire movement in Heavy Metal, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. For the past two years, Chuck has fought for his life, family and passion for music. Fans worldwide voiced their concern and support and when possible tried to send donations to the Schuldiner medical fund to assist in the payment of Chuck's care. Hammerheart and the entire Schuldiner family are greatly appreciative for the continued generosity and enthusiasm. However, at this time we have additional news to share with the musical community.
At this very moment it is necessary for Chuck to have a very specific and immediate surgical treatment which is being denied to him based on a lack of funds. Chuck needs immediate surgery in fact he is at home in Florida awaiting the opportunity for a very delicate operation that his doctors adamantly insist is crucial for his recovery. After having exhausted every possible avenue, Chuck's family and friends are reaching out to ask for your assistance.
Did you know that unless you already have one foot inside death's door that many US government assistance programs are not available to you? Did you know that in certain states a pre-existing medical condition can keep you from obtaining any medical insurance whatsoever, leaving all medical expenses in the lap of the sick and their families? Do you know how many people die of cancer every year because there is not enough help or awareness provided to them?
Chuck Schuldiner is no faceless stranger to any us. He has inspired more bands than anyone could ever count. He has afforded a lot of us with the opportunity to do what we love for a living. He has changed the face of metal and effected so many lives forever. Chuck Schuldiner is one of our own and we need to help him now, more than ever.
In order to make this treatment possible, Hammerheart America, in conjunction with labels, magazines, radio stations and bands worldwide, is organizing an online auction of rare collectibles, autographed musical keepsakes and custom-made instruments, straight out of the artist's hands, amongst them one of Chuck's very own guitars and a Steve DiGiorgio custom bass. Every penny raised goes into the medical fund set up by Chuck's family. In addition, anything donated as a gift to this fund is tax deductible. Anyone able to spare even a few dollars would be helping us conquer a very serious obstacle.
Artists willing to donate something to this auction can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office directly at (412) 390-4088. Information on the auction can be found on the Hammerheart America webpage at this location.
Anyone wishing to verify any information herein or obtain additional information may contact Hammerheart America directly. If we all pull together we CAN make a difference for not just one life but for millions.
Information on the 'Charles Schuldiner Medical Fund' is as follows:
Washington Mutual Bank
500 East Alta Drive
Altamonte Springs, FL. 32701
Bank routing number: 321180748
Account number: 3513564696
Hammerheart America, PO Box 42323, Pittsburgh PA 15203 (412) 390-4088
DUST TO DUST's self-titled album will be released through Sanctuary Records on July 24th. The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Mr. Doe
02. New Low
03. If I Was God
07. Dead Inside
09. Then You Die
10. Hate Love
11. No Surprise
12. Blackened Dove
DUST TO DUST will be playing at The Cove in Roselle, NJ on June 1st.
Former HANOI ROCKS vocalist Michael Monroe will be issuing a Japan-only EP shortly entitled For Japan Only, which will contain two studio tracks and four live ones. The frontman is currently hard at work on a new studio album, to be issued worldwide, with his brand new band, which includes CRYSTAL EXTASY guitarist Mickey Crane.
SCORPIONS fans in Germany and Switzreland can catch the band at the following acoustic shows in support of the band's just-released Acoustica live unplugged CD:
May 31 - Hannover, GER @ Expo Plaza
June 09 - Meersburg/Bodensee, GER @ Open Air
June 12 - München, GER @ Philharmonie
June 22 - Aachen, GER @ Katschhof
June 29 - Travemünde, GER @ TBA
Aug. 17 - Lüthisburg, SWI @ TBA
Aug. 25 - Künzelsau, GER @ Schlosspark
Aug. 31 - Gelsenkirchen, GER @ TBA
Sept. 01 - Lingen, GER @ Emslandhalle
Century Media Records US has acquired the rights to release EDGUY vocalist Tobias Sammet's solo project AVANTASIA in North America. The much-acclaimed The Metal Opera will hit store shelves on July 10th. The all-star project features the following line-up of musicians: Henjo Richter (GAMMA RAY) on guitars, Jens Ludwig (EDGUY) on guitars, Markus Grosskopf (HELLOWEEN) on bass, and Alex Holzwarth (RHAPSODY) on drums, plus vocalists Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY), Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS), David Defeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Rob Rock (WARRIOR), Andre Matos (SHAMAN/ex-ANGRA) and Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION).
Former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan will be joining NEW ORDER as their new live guitarist for the band's appearance at Japan's Fuji Festival in July, as well as when they tour with MOBY across the US in August. Corgan appears on the track 'Turn My Way' on NEW ORDER's forthcoming album, entitled Get Ready, which is beng released in Europe on August 27th.
Seattle's SECOND COMING, whose claim-to-fame included early songwriting collaborations with ALICE IN CHAINS lead singer Layne Staley, have been dropped by Capitol Records and have replaced guitarist Dudley Taft with Eric Snyder. The band is currently recording their second album with producer Kelly Gray (who is also QUEENSRYCHE's guitarist) and they hope to finish it by the beginning of summer for a late 2001 release through an as-yet-undetermined label.