It looks like LIMP BIZKIT fans will have to wait until the end of 2002, at the earliest, for the follow up to last year's Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog Flavored Water. In an interview with Bilboard.com, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst revealed that the guitarist Wes Borland and bassist Sam Rivers have been composing new music separately for the upcoming CD, but that no new songs have yet been written.
“The new stuff [Wes is] sending me is really heavy. He's definitely thinking about some things that are bothering him because it's a vulgar display of power. I was like, 'Whoa, Wes, this is the heaviest stuff you've ever done.' He's like, 'Man, I'm taking this act beyond [LIMP BIZKIT's debut album] Three Dollar Bill [Y'All].''
'Sam's been sending me a lot of his stuff, and his stuff is really beautiful, I guess,' Durst continued. 'It's very PINK FLOYD-y. So I'm hearing this vulgar power here, and Sam is on this whole PINK FLOYD, melodic bass-line tip, and vocally I won't know 'till I get in there. Vocals come last.'
According to the same article, Durst is hoping to begin work on his film directorial debut Wanna-Be this fall, the shooting schedule for which is making it unlikely that LIMP BIZKIT will get back in the studio until early next year. More information as it becomes available.
Former EXODUS/LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT) vocalist Steve Souza has been asked by TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy to contribute lead vocals to two tracks on the forthcoming TESTAMENT collection of re-workings of early original compositions, entitled First Strike Is Deadly, the recording for which is scheduled to begin today, Monday July 23rd, in San Francisco with producer/engineer Doug Hall. Souza will reportedly appear on the cuts “Reign Of Terror” and “Alone In The Dark”, both of which were originally included on the LEGACY demo that Steve sang on prior to leaving the group to join EXODUS. According to the Thrash Of The Titans event organizer and Chuck Billy's roommate Walter Morgan, current ROB ZOMBIE and former EXODUS/TESTAMENT drummer John Tempesta arrived in San Francisco yesterday, Sunday, July 22nd, and will be tracking his drums all week for the upcoming release, which is tentatively due in October. In related news, the aforementioned Doug Hall, who has spent the last 20 years as the sound engineer for IRON MAIDEN, has been tapped to run sound for the Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for Billy (who was recently diagnosed with cancer), which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 11th at the Maritime Hall in San Francisco.
Veja, the most important weekly magazine in Brazil (the Brazilian equivalent of Time, Newsweek or Focus) has reportedly published a two-page article on the split between SEPULTURA and Roadrunner Records that is negatively slanted towards the band, claiming, among other things, that “SEPULTURA was fired. Their ex-label is now investing in nu-metal.” Here is a rough translation of some of the rest of the story, as authored by Sergio Martins: “The international career dream is over for SEPULTURA. Last week they were thrown away from their label, Roadrunner Records, even with a CD left to be recorded. The reason was the low sales of their records Against and Nation, the last two albums recorded without the singer and guitar player Max Cavalera. The last album, according to Roadrunner, cost the high value of $500,000 dollars [to produce] and didn't get to sell 500,000 copies in the United States. A weak amount of records for a band that already sold eight million copies worldwide. Curiously, SOULFLY, the band Max formed after he left SEPULTURA, will be kept by the record company. He [Max] decided to get into the nu-metal wave, a style that is exploding among teenagers [in the US]. 'Max thinks forward and knows how to absorb the new stuff. SEPULTURA focused too much on the past,', says Santiago Uman, president of Sum Records, which distributes Roadrunner in Brazil.” The rest of the article reportedly goes on to talk about SEPULTURA's past glories and then delves into the subject of nu-metal (implying that SEPULTURA started the movement with Roots and then got devoured by the bands that came after them). The story reportedly ends with the following statement and quote from Ricardo Franzin, editor of Brazil's long-running Rock Brigade magazine. “In Brazil, there's great resistance against nu-metal. 'I prefer listening to samba to [listening to a nu-metal] band,' says Ricardo Franzin, editor-in-chief of Rock Brigade, a magazine dedicated to die-hard metalheads. In some places, SEPULTURA will still have their status.”
The reunited EXHORDER, featuring FLOODGATE vocalist Kyle Thomas, will be playing at the Milwaukee Metal Fest on Saturday, August 11th.
Finland's H.I.M. will play their first American gig on August 19th at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia as part of Bam Margera's X Games party, also featuring Bam's own band CKY. Meanwhile, the support band for H.I.M.'s upcoming European tour will be THE MISSION UK. Furthermore, as previously announced, TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS will be in the first support act slot at eight H.I.M. gigs in Germany on the same tour. H.I.M.'s forthcoming third album, entitled Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights, is due to be released n August 27th in Europe, where the group's recent single, “Pretending”, has made a huge splash on the charts. Deep Shadows… is the follow-up to 2000's awesome Razorblade Romance, which shifted over 450,000 copies in Germany alone. In addition to producer John Fryer, with whom H.I.M. collaborated on the last effort, Deep Shadows… features production work from Kevin Shirley (i.e. IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER), Randy Staub (i.e. MOTLEY CRUE, METALLICA), T.T. Oksala and Chris Lord-Alge.
An audio recording of IRON MAIDEN's Rock In Rio performance, taped in January of this year, is now available for purchase in CD form from this Brazilian location. The full track listing for the two-CD set is as follows:
02. The Wicker Man
03. Ghost of the Navigator
04. Brave New World
06. 2 Minutes to Midnight
07. Blood Brothers
08. Sing of the Cross
09. The Mercenary
10. The Trooper
01. Dream of Mirrors
02. The Clansman
03. The Evil That Men Do
04. Fear of the Dark
05. Iron Maiden
06. The Number of the Beast
07. Hallowed Be Thy Name
09. Run to the Hills
MESHUGGAH have parted ways with bassist Gustaf Hielm. The band is currently seeking a replacement.
MOTORHEAD legend Lemmy Kilminster will appear on TotalRock on Thursday, July 26th. He'll co-present the hugely popular Metal Mayhem show with regular host and old pal Krusher. The show broadcasts daily between 3-6 PM (UK time) and can be heard on the Internet via www.totalrock.com.
Sweden's DARKANE recently went into the studio to lay down three cover songs for as-yet-unspecified tribute albums. The tracks in question are as follows:
01. ACCEPT - Restless and Wild
02. IRON MAIDEN - Powerslave
03. SLAYER - War Ensemble
Norway's EINHERJER have been invited to perform at the first A2A Music & Media Conference and Festival, which will be held October 17-20, 2001 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. A2A is a music-driven conference, which sets it apart from other European industry trade fairs, such as MIDEM and PopKomm. The festival will feature 300 live concerts on 25-30 stages, all within walking distance of each other.
The line-up of musicians performing as FORBIDDEN EVIL (pre-FORBIDDEN) at the upcoming Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, will consist of the following:
- Glen Alvelais (ex-FORBIDDEN, LD/50) – guitars
- Russ Anderson (ex-FORBIDDEN, PARKING LOT
PROPHETS) – vocals
- Matt Camacho (ex-FORBIDDEN, ex-MANMADEGOD)
- Jeremy Colson (LD/50) - drums
- Steve Smyth (TESTAMENT) – guitars
Iowa black metallers MASKIM are scheduled to release a seven-song mini-CD entitled Ritual in October, featuring four live tracks ('Cleansed by Fire', 'Sacrifice', “Horde Of Ashur”, and 'Blood On Stone') and three new studio recordings. According to the band, this is “by far the best thing we have ever done, both musically and technically. The sound of the live stuff is incredible, and the studio stuff is a huge leap forward.”
W.A.S.P. will follow up their performance at the Wacken Open Air Festival on August 2nd with a gig in Switzerland on Saturday, August 4th at the club Z-7 in Pratteln. This is an indoor and outdoor festival, and W.A.S.P. will be headlining and closing the indoor stage. In other news, W.A.S.P. have announced the dates for their forthcoming US tour, which will feature MUSHROOMHEAD and DOG FASHION DISCO in the opening slots. The confirmed shows so far are as follows:
Aug. 22 - Boyton Beach, FL @ Orbit
Aug. 23 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
Aug. 24 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
Aug. 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Earthlink Live
Aug. 29 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Aug. 31 - Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill
Sep. 01 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Sep. 08 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Sep. 12 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
After a long silence following the group's split with Roadrunner Records (a short-lived collaboration that produced no official releases from the group), New York's THE TOILET BOYS are due to issue their first full-length debut in early September through their own label, Masterplan Entertainment. The as-yet-untitled album will reportedly contain 13 tracks. In other news, the band's track “Another Day In The Life” will allegedly appear in this summer's movie American Pie 2—in a scene where the characters are driving in a car, and the song comes on the radio. Although the song did not make it onto the film's soundtrack due to its late addition, the band are still planning on going ahead and shooting a video clip for it, reportedly at their own expense.
According to the guitarist's official web site, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and his manager Mike Spitzer will be meeting with a promoter in Miami in early August to discuss a three-week War To End All Wars tour in South America, which is tentatively due to take place in September.
The European version of V.O.D.'s From Bliss To Devastation CD, which comes out on August 20th, will include two bonus tracks: a new version of 'In The Room' and a track entitled 'Blacktoned Child'.
Due to a “family crisis”, former RAINBOW/MSG frontman Graham Bonnet (currently in IMPELLITERRI) was not able to make a guest appearance with ULI ROTH at the Gwyl Ystalyfera Festival, which took place yesterday, July 22nd.
The UK's EARTHTONE 9 have parted ways with drummer Simon. In an official posting on their web site, the band attributed the split to “nothing heavy… it was just time to move on.” EARTHTONE 9 will be heading over to Turin, Italy on July 24th to play an Open Air show with LINEA 77, at which they will be accompanied by ex-SUNNA drummer Richie Mills. The group's last UK show for a couple of months will take place on Saturday, August 11th, when the band is scheduled to headline the Cityjam Festival at Nottingham's Rock City. EARTHTONE 9 are still composing material for their forthcoming studio album, which they hope to have fully written by October.
Following last week's announcement that ex-CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson was leaving SECTOR 9 to concentrate on his solo career, it now appears that ex-CG touring drummer Jesse “Martillo” Rojas and bassist Chris Baylor have also departed from the group. However, vocalist and founding member Wade Black (formerly of CRIMSON GLORY) has vowed to carry on with the band, and has already enlisted a new guitarist, a local Tampa “shredder” by the name of Mark Rinaldi. Black is currently finalizing the rest of the line-up before resuming work on the group's material, which will reportedly be “stronger, heavier and louder than ever.”
Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has recorded a KISS cover for a tribute album completely made by fans. The tribute CD, Kisseros, was produced by the Argentinean magazine Kissfever, and the song in question is 'I Stole Your Love'. Bruce Kulick was joined on the track by fellow UNION bandmate Brent Fitz on drums, percussion, keyboards and vocals, Ariel Belont on lead vocals and rhythm guitar (from the Argentinean band SUITE 19), and Marc Jazz on bass (Argentinean Kissfever correspondent in Los Angeles).
Philadelphia's SEASON OF MOURNING will be releasing their brand new album, entitled Fall, on August 25th.
SW1TCHED have replaced bassist Shawn May with Jason French.
German metallers STORMHAMMER will be releasing their new album, entitled Cold Desert Moon, on September 3rd through Century Media Records. Recorded in March with Rudy Kronenberger at Crownhill Studios in Dusseldorf, the album features the following track listing:
01. Sinners Soul
02. The Law
03. Breach Of Faith
04. Yells Of Rage
05. Misty Hills
06. Children Of The Dawn
08. Cold Desert Moon
09. A Dragons Tears
10. Nobody's Child
11. Masquerade Of Life
12. Strength Of Wisdom