As exclusively reported here on October 2nd, Roadrunner Records have now officially confirmed the departure of drummer Joe Nunez from SOULFLY and have hinted at the possibility of original drummer Roy Mayorga returning to the fold, a move that was denied by Mayorga in a statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET (as reported here on Tuesday, October 9th). Meanwhile, SOULFLY's recently-completed three-song demo, which was produced by mainman Max Cavalera and engineered by Otto 'Rusty' D'Agnolo at Phoenix's (Brill Street) Chaton Studios, features an appearance by former SACRED REICH drummer Greg Hall and Danny Marianino from the Phoenix band NORTHSIDE KINGS, who added some guitar and bass tracks to the recording. A relative unknown in metal circles, D'Agnolo had previously collaborated with Cavalera on the two NAILBOMB releases (Point Blank and Proud To Commit Commercial Suicide) and SOULFLY's cover of BLACK SABBATH's “Under The Sun” for the Nativity In Black II tribute CD. The three songs on the demo are as follows:
Described by a Roadrunner Records representative as “a future SOULFLY classic with a driving riff on the verse that is reminiscent of 'Eye For An Eye' with a Chaos A.D.-era guitar tuning”.
“A Primitive-style track with a monster hook and some adventurous vocals by Max”.
03. 'I Will Refuse'
“A ferocious cover of the PAILHEAD song. Max played all instruments on this one,” except for the drums (which were tracked by the above-mentioned Hall).
Roadrunner Records have also confirmed that Max will be in the producer's chair for the recording of the group's third full-length effort, the recording for which is tentatively set to begin later this month at the aforementioned (Brill Street) Chaton Studios, with a possibility that Andy Wallace will once again be enlisted to mix the album. Also on the SOULFLY front, it has now been confirmed that the band (presumably with Hall behind the kit) will be appearing live on October 20th at the Navajo Fairgrounds in Tuba City, AZ alongside NORTHSIDE KINGS. A possibility also exists that the group will perform at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City come February, but this has not yet been officially confirmed.
MARILYN MANSON have recorded a version of 'Tainted Love' (originally done by SOFT CELL) that will be released as a single in conjunction with the film Not Another Teen Movie. Look for the single sometime in early November. In other movie news, MANSON's remix of the 'Nobodies' will appear in the Johnny Depp film From Hell as well as on the movie soundtrack. The score music that MANSON composed in the film will not be used because no agreement could be reached. Look for other Manson film projects to be announced soon.
MUDVAYNE have issued a statement regarding the group's cancellation of the remainder of the Pledge Of Allegiance tour and their involvement with the upcoming A Night Of Merry Mayhem trek, which is scheduled to begin at the end of the month. The statement reads as follows: “Dear MUDVAYNE fans, after 18 consecutive months on the road MUDVAYNE has decided to cancel all remaining dates of the Pledge of Allegiance tour. We want to sincerely apologize to our fans for this disappointment, but due to business circumstances that MUDVAYNE had with the tour, a quick decision had to be made. The next 3 weeks will allow the band to re-group and prepare for our most exciting tour yet, Merry Mayhem, with OZZY OSBOURNE and ROB ZOMBIE, starting Halloween night in Tucson, Arizona. Our apologies for any inconvenience or misunderstanding. Gurrg, Kud, Ryknow & sPaG — MUDVAYNE”
Here is a message from the ANTHRAX camp regarding the recent world events that have brought their band name (indirectly) into the spotlight:
“In light of current events, we are changing the name of the band to something more friendly, 'Basket Full Of Puppies'. Actually, just the fact that we are making jokes about our name sucks.
“In the twenty years we've been known as 'ANTHRAX', we never thought the day would come that our name would actually mean what it really means. When I learned about anthrax in my senior year biology class, I thought the name sounded 'metal'. Everyone in my neighborhood had a band with an 'er' name, like 'RIPPER' or 'DECEIVER' or 'KILLERS' and I wanted to be different. 'ANTHRAX' sounded cool, aggressive, and nobody knew what it was. Until a few years ago most people thought we'd made it up. Even our album, Spreading The Disease was just a play on the name. We were spreading our music to the masses.
“Before the tragedy of September 11th, the only thing scary about ANTHRAX was our bad hair in the 80's and the Fistful Of Metal album cover. Most people associated the name ANTHRAX with the band, not the germ. Now in the wake of those events, our name symbolizes fear, paranoia and death. Suddenly our name is not so cool. To be associated with these things we are against is a strange and stressful situation. To us, and to millions of people, it is just a name. We don't want to change the name of the band, not because it would be a pain in the ass, but because we hope that no further negative events will happen and it won't be necessary. We hope and pray that this problem goes away quietly and we all grow old and fat together.
“Be safe, Scott, Charlie, Frank and John AKA
“PS - If an ANTHRAX member gets anthrax, call Alanis Morrisette. That would be ironic. Don't you think?”
For a related article that recently appeared in the Washington Post, click here.
Unconfirmed rumors suggest that HALFORD may be issuing a DVD before the end of the year. In related news, German metal magazine Heavy Oder Was? are planning to release a DVD commemorating this year's Bang Your Head festival, which took place in Germany and was headlined by JUDAS PRIEST.
GUNS N' ROSES' representatives have issued strong denials that the band have pulled out of their upcoming European tour, contrary to rumors that were evidently started by a posting on the web site of the UK's Metal Hammer magazine.
German melodic metallers EDGUY have entered the German Media Control Album charts at position #19 with their latest effort, entitled Mandrake. The album also debuted at position #18 in the Swedish charts and #47 in the French charts.
Finland's SINERGY (featuring American vocalist Kimberly Goss and CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Alexi Laiho) have replaced drummer Tommi Lillman (who left the group in order to concentrate on his work with TO/DIE/FOR) with Swedish skinsman Mats Karlsson. According to an official statement from the band, “Mats is what we'd call 'fresh blood' (not having played in any serious bands prior to SINERGY). He was a student at Musicians Institute (or 'M.I.') in L.A. for 9 months and has studied at various other schools of music. He will be relocating to Helsinki to join the band on upcoming tours and albums.” In other news, SINERGY have unveiled the final track listing for their third full-length effort, entitled Suicide By My Side, which is due to be issued through Nuclear Blast Records during January. It is as follows:
01. I Spit On Your Grave
02. The Sin Trade
04. Me, Myself, My Enemy
05. Written In Stone
06. Nowhere For No One
07. Passage To The Fourth World
08. Shadow Island
09. Suicide By My Side
Swedish neo-classical metallers NARNIA have amicably parted ways with bassist Jakob Persson and are currently seeking a replacement. In other news, NARNIA's previously-scheduled tour with ROYAL HUNT has now been cancelled due to unspecified “technical problems” with the release of ROYAL HUNT's new record, which have caused the latter band's touring plans to be postponed.
Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach will be issuing the debut album from THE LAST HARD MEN, his 1995 collaboration with Jimmy Chamberlin (SMASHING PUMPKINS - drums), Kelley Deal (BREEDERS - bass), and Jimmy Flemion (THE FROGS – guitar), through Spitfire Records on November 6th. According to the singer, the album “has now been MASTERED & sounds totally incredible. After I put it out through sebastianbach.com, Spitfire Records offered to release it worldwide with kick-ass all-new artwork & we have also completely mastered the sounds to make it totally & utterly ripping in every way. The CD was mastered by Eric Conn & myself in Nashville, Tennessee in August 2001 & it is awesome to hear it so clear, clean, & loud finally after all these years of listening to the unmastered version. So trip down to your local record store on November 6 & GET HARD!!!!!”
THE REJECTS, a long-running project featuring vocalist Dizzy Reject, SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, and STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, have made available for download a live recording of the track “Mommyz In Rehab” at this location.
Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick will be making thee following live appearances during the coming weeks:
Oct. 18 - The Triad, New York , NYC
Nov. 02 - The Baggot Inn, New York, NY
Nov. 08 - The Triad, New York, NY
Nov. 10 - The Garage, New York, NY
JOE DENINZON AND STRATOSPHEERIUS
Oct. 26 - The Izzy Bar, New York, NY
Oct. 27 - The Triad, New York, NY
In other news, look for Skolnick on tour during November/December with the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. Exact dates will be announced shortly.
THE CULT have confirmed that they'll be joining legendary rockers AEROSMITH on the latter band's upcoming tour of the U.S. and Canada. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 13 – Edmonton, AB @ Skyreach Centre
Oct. 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
Oct. 17 - Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
Oct. 19 – Ames, IA Hilton @ Coliseum
Oct. 20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom
Oct. 21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
Oct. 23 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Oct. 25 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Oct. 26 – Toledo, OH @ Hard Hat Hall
Oct. 27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
Oct. 29 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Oct. 30 – Kitchener, BC @ Lyric Theater
Oct. 31 – Montreal, QC @ Molson Center
Nov. 02 – Dayton, OH @ Nutter Center
Nov. 04 – Boston, MA @ Fleet Center
Nov. 05 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Nov. 06 – Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center
Nov. 07 – Baltimore, MD @ Hammerjacks
Nov. 08 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Center
Nov. 10 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
Nov. 12 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Nov. 14 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Nov. 15 - E. Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
Nov. 16 – Boston, MA @ Avalon
Nov. 17 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
Nov. 19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Casino
Nov. 20 – Plainview, NY @ The Vanderbilt (headlining)
Nov. 21 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Nov. 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Earthlink Live
Nov. 24 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
Nov. 25 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 26 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues LBV
Nov. 27 – Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace
Nov. 29 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ National Car Rental Center
Dec. 01 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena
Dec. 03 – Champaign, IL @ Enormo Dome
Dec. 05 – Dallas, TX @ Reunion Arena
Dec. 07 - North Little Rock, AR @ Alltel Arena
Dec. 09 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Myriad Convention Center
Dec. 11 - St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
Dec. 13 - Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena
Dec. 15 – Moline, IL @ Mark of the Quad Cities
Dec. 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
Dec. 18 – Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargo
Dec. 19 – Chicago IL @ House of Blues
Now that former RATT bassist Juan Croucier has finished work on his own album (LIQUID SUNDAY), his recording studio is once again available for any band to use for their own productions. For more info, contact: The Cellar at (310) 832-6192 or e-mail Juan at CDECOY@aol.com. Photos of the studio can be viewed at: www.juancroucier.com.
Portugal's MOONSPELL and Italy's LACUNA COIL will team up for a North American tour between December 1st and December 18th. Exact dates will be announced shortly.
According to Germany's PRIMAL FEAR, “the songwriting for [our] new album Black Sun is nearly finished. We will start with the pre production after the shows in Greece and the studio is booked for December. More news later!”
HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has revealed that the group will no longer be performing in their stage outfits following the recent completion of the Renegade world tour. According to Dronjak, “time marches on, and now we must look ahead towards the future. I am very anxious to begin working on the new album, which is (very) tentatively scheduled to be released in September or October 2002.” In other news, the group will soon be issuing a DVD containing footage filmed over the course of the last three years as a follow-up to The First Crusade video, which received great acclaim. Says the guitarist: “The response to The First Crusade was overwhelming, so we have begun putting together a sequel in the same spirit chronicling the more important events from September 1998 to the fall of 2001 with a (hopefully) tongue-in-cheek atmosphere. The good thing is that we have had video cameras present almost constantly since October 1998, so there is much to choose from. Therein lies the problem, too we simply have too much footage! A severe axing of the less interesting parts will have to take place, ensuring that the remaining material is entertaining for the viewer and not just for ourselves. That's why we have hired the assistance of a video production company to help put together the release from an outsider's point of view. Originally, we wanted to put the VHS/DVD in the stores before Christmas, but the deeper we got into the project, we realized that this goal would be nearly impossible to achieve without compromising the quality of the release. And that is something we just will not do! The same goes for the albums: if it's not ready to be recorded or released, it won't be. It's as simple as that: if we're not satisfied with the result, it won't see the light of day. So, be on the lookout for a brand new, up-to-date home video release sometime in the first months of next year.”
CONTROL DENIED have denied reports (posted via other Internet sources) that vocalist Tim Aymar's no longer in the band. As previously reported, CONTROL DENIED's partly-recorded sophomore effort, entitled When Machine and Man Collide, has been postponed indefinitely due to mainman Chuck Schuldiner's ongoing battle with a malignant brain tumor.
Here is a letter written by COAL CHAMBER bassist Rayna Foss-Rose and her husband Morgan Rose (SEVENDUST drummer) regarding a special friend of theirs: “We are writing this letter to talk about a very special friend of ours. His name is Cameron Gallion, he's fourteen years old, an aspiring drummer and bass player, and he is the strongest person we've ever met. He has been in the hospital since last November receiving chemo treatments and his body can't take it any more. His family has decided to turn him over to the hands of God and nature. Morgan and I are praying everyday for Cameron and we would like to ask all of the people that we reach with our music to do the same. God bless you., Rayna and Morgan... Please write or help Cameron and his family:
P.O. Box 990
Fernandina Beach, Florida. 32035-0990
or e-mail email@example.com”
For more letters and responses, check out the forum on the COAL CHAMBER website at www.coalchamber.com.
Germany's FLOWING TEARS have completed work on their fifth CD, tentatively entitled The Serpent People, with producer Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC. guitarist) at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany. Described as “much more heavy and raw” than last year's Jade CD, the new album will contain 11 or 12 songs, including the following:
01. Starfish Ride (For A Million Dollar Handshake)
03. Children Of The Sun
04. Portsall (Departure Song)
An early 2002 release through Century Media Records is expected.
New York's AMONG THIEVES, featuring former LIFE OF AGONY bassist Alan Robert and ex-AGNOSTIC FRONT drummer Will Shepler, are currently in the studio recording new songs for interested record companies in order to secure a major label deal. Among the new song titles currently being tracked are 'Elevate', 'Consequence' and 'Seize the Day”, the last of which can be downloaded via the group's official web site at this location.
E-FORCE, featuring former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, have made their entire 2001 demo available for download via this location. For a BLABBERMOUTH.NET review, click here.
TheSTART, featuring former HUMAN WASTE PROJECT frontwoman Aimee Echo, will be supporting INCUBUS at the following dates:
Oct. 11 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Gardens
Oct. 13 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
Oct. 14 - St Louis, MO @ the Pageant
Oct. 15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian
Oct. 17 - Toronto, ON @ Arrow Hall
Oct. 18 - Columbus, OH @ Promowest
Oct. 20 - Dayton, OH @ Hara Arena
Oct. 21 - Cleveland, OH @ Kent State
Oct. 02 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater
Oct. 03 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
Oct. 04 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
Oct. 06 - Des Moines @ Val Air Ballroom
Oct. 08 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Oct. 09 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Air Pavillion
DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse will be embarking on a US tour with his pre-PURPLE group DIXIE DREGS during November/December. Only one dates has been leaked thus far: November 28th at Ram's Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD. More dates will be announced soon.