SLIPKNOT have been forced to push back the mixing sessions for their upcoming studio effort, rumored to be titled Iowa, by a full week due to producer/mixer Andy Wallace running behind schedule while mixing the debut effort from PUDDLE OF MUDD, one of the first groups signed to Fred Durst's Flaweless Records label. SLIPKNOT will now begin mixing the new album on Monday, April 2nd.
In other SLIPKNOT news, vocalist Corey Taylor recently commented on LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland's criticially-panned BIG DUMB FACE project to Spin magazine by saying that 'I love the fact that everyone hates it. Because that just proves that he's great. I can't wait to listen to it. I think I'm gonna go buy it today. And it'll probably be my favorite album.'
As for the forthcoming SLIPKNOT CD, Taylor was typically vague in his description, saying only that 'It's just building on what we started with the first album, promising kids that we would never f.cking lie to them,' he says. 'Well now I think they're gonna wish we had. This album is so f.cking brutal. It's brutal to the point it's f.cking almost insane. It's ten times darker, ten times crazier. We were saying, 'buy your suit now because we're gonna have to go to court.' It's f.cking amazing.'
According to the official TESTAMENT web site, vocalist Chuck Billy has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, the doctors have caught it in the earliest stages, and Chuck is very healthy and strong, so the prognosis is excellent. At this time, Chuck's family and friends would like to ask for all the fans' support and prayers. The web site goes on to mention that “work on the upcoming projects will still go on as planned,” which presumably means that a new TESTAMENT CD is still expected out before the end of the year. On behalf of everyone reading this, BLABBERMOUTH.NET would like to extend our wishes to Chuck for a smooth and speedy return to form.
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have lined up several European festival appearances in June. The dates are as follows:
June 22 - With Full Force Festival, Leipzig, GER
June 23 - Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, BEL
June 25 – Kulturfabrik, Esh-Alzette, LUX
June 27 - La Cooperative De Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, FRA
June 28 - La Laiterie, Strasbourg, FRA
June 30 - Waldrock Festival, Burgum, NETH
The UK's HECATE ENTHRONED will be back in the studio the weekend of 7th April 2001 to finish the mixing of their new EP with producer Pete 'Pee Wee' Coleman at Elevator Studios in Liverpool. The EP reportedly sees quite a change in the band's sound since the Kings Of Chaos CD while “still capturing the qualities of all of the act's releases so far. According to the group's official web site, “this EP shows complete maturity and proves that the band are not afraid to experiment from melancholic acoustic sections, to trancey keyboards, to heavy groove-laden guitars to soaring clean vocals.” Expect the EP to be released in May through PHD / Blackend Records.
The upcoming EP from Finland's NIGHTWISH will include the following two new songs: 'Tenth Man Down' and 'Away'.
SIX FEET UNDER will enter Criteria / The Hit Factory Studios in Miami on March 28th to record the long awaited follow-up to Maximum Violence. Recording will reportedly run through April 25th, after which the band will move over the mixing stage with Dave Schiffman at the helm (not Andy Sneap, as previously reported).
Australia's LOUD! magazine is proud to announce the release of The Australian Metal Guide, a 120-page, spiral-bound book featuring information on over 200 Australian metal and heavy rock bands. The Guide includes bios, personnel details and discographical information for everyone from AC/DC and THE ANGELS to DAMAGED, BLOOD DUSTER, DESTROYER666, NAZXUL and beyond, and is available by mail order only for just AUS $10. More information is available by writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As expected, MONSTROSITY will now be headlining the Enslaving the Masses tour, previously featuring MALEVOLENT CREATION in the top slot prior to the latter band canceling their appearance (following singer Brett Hoffmann's arrest due to an outstanding warrant from 1995). At the present time, only three venues have dropped off: Reverb in Canada, Flying Machine in Lorain OH, Jaxx in VA. Otherwise the tour schedule remains the same.
When the WWF (World Wrestling Federation) was looking for the right guitar player to collaborate and record the high energy guitar tracks for the new XFL (WWF-owned and -founded football league), they apparently called upon LIEGE LORD guitarist Paul Nelson. The results of this unusual collaboration can be heard via Paul's official web site: www.paulnelsonguitar.com
HATEPLOW, featuring MALEVOLENT CREATION guitarists Phil Fasciana and Rob Barrett, are currently writing the music to their follow up to last year's The Only Law Is Survival CD, and the new material is said to be “even faster and leaning towards a more grindcore sound” than their previous output. The upcoming CD, which is still untitled and tentatively scheduled for release before the end of the year, will mark the recording debut with the group of new bassist Julian Hollowell (aka Xaphan of black metal band KULT OV AZAZEL).
According to the tour section of the official REEL BIG FISH website, MARILYN MANSON is scheduled to share the stage with REEL BIG FISH at the Chiba Marine Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on August, 18th, 2001.
The official NINE INCH NAILS website confirmed on Friday evening the Fragility live CD/DVD/VHS is finally nearing completion. With the audio and video finished, Trent Reznor is now working with David Carson on concepts for the look of the artwork and packaging. Both features and additional content are also being finalized. There is no official title or release date yet.
'Produced by Trent Reznor and directed by Rob Sheridan, the entire project has been created in-house, resulting in the most accurate representation of the Fragility performance possible, complete with high-fidelity digital surround sound,' stated the official site.
The site also hinted the CD will contain enhanced features with more details to be announced.
NINE INCH NAILS keyboardist Charlie Clouser recently spoke out on the subject of his various studio projects, including a collaboration with ex-HELMET mainman Page Hamilton on Hamilton's upcoming solo project. According to Clouser, 'I just finished six more weeks of working with Page Hamilton on his new stuff... We finished writing and semi-producing five songs that we wrote together, and I mixed two songs of his that he had recorded in NYC with the guys he's got in his new band. So now he's armed with half-decent versions of those six songs and a couple of others that we had done a while back, and he's got to figure out what label he's going to go with.... with any luck, I can be involved in the production/mixing of his record. I'd love to record it with Dave 'Rave' Ogilvie at the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, which has a fantastic live room and a great Neve console. So we shall see...”
NAPALM DEATH have announced their upcoming touring plans via their official web site. Here is how the schedule is shaping up so far:
March 26 – Osaka, JAP @ Club Quatro
March 27 – Nagoya, JAP @ Club Quatro
March 28 – Tokyo, JAP @ Club Quatro
April 01 - Kuala Lumpar, MALASYA
April 07 – Asbury Park, NJ, USA @ Metal Fest
April 17 – Newport, UK @ TJ's
April 18 – Sheffield, UK @ The Casbah
April 19 - Edinburgh, UK @ The Liquid Room
April 20 - Glasgow, UK @ King Tut's
April 21 - Manchester, UK @ Hop & Grape
April 23 - Leicester, UK @ Charlotte
April 24 - Bristol, UK @ Fleece & FIrkin
April 25 - Exeter, UK @ The Cavern
April 26 - Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
April 27 - Colchester, UK @ The Attic
April 28 - Oxford, UK @ Zodiac
May 25–27 – Lichtenvoorde, NETH @ Dynamo Open Air
Plans also exist for NAPALM DEATH to return to America for a 3-4 week headlining tour beginning on the 29th of May. More details as they arrive.
According to Beneath The Green, VISION OF DISORDER have bumped up the release date of their upcoming TVT Records debut From Bliss To Devastation to June 19th (instead of June 26th). V.O.D. will begin touring in support of the album next month, with several shows with SLIPKNOT a distinct possibility, as is an appearance at this year's Tattoo The Earth festival tour.
New Orleans' EXHORDER, cited by many as the originators of the riff-heavy power-groove approach popularized by PANTERA, performed the first of two reunion gigs at Zeppelin's in Metairie, Louisiana Friday night and by all accounts were in top form, running through all the EXHORDER classics, a couple of covers and even a new song or two. It is unclear at this time as to whether these shows will lead to a full-blown reunion and a possible studio album.
DIVINE SILENCE will be appearing at Castle Heights in Queens, NY on Saturday, April 21st at 9:30pm with OCTOBER THORNS. The group's already-completed new CD, titled Promise You, has not yet been given a release date.