Friday March 31st 2000
Project 86 has
confirmed a world wide booking deal with The Agency Group. The Agency Group represents
artists such as the Foo Fighters, Creed, Slipknot, Jewel and Sevendust. Other news from
the Project: Atlantic Records has announced that Project 86 is the #1 most added at Metal
and College Radio. Top 10 debut at #9. The first single taken from Drawing Black Lines
will be One Armed Man, out in the US on April 27th.
As you know there's
a Betrayal interview coming up here on the Art For The Ears pages. Interestingly, the
official website of Betrayal is renewed taking you on a voyage through the past, present
and future of the band, according to band-leader Marcus Colon. There's also an interactive
game through which you can win a free CD. Visit this renewed site at Betrayal.
Ashen Mortality is
doing well, reports guitarist & vocalist Ian Arkley. The British doom/death metal
maniacs are doing plenty of gigs at the moment. Though they have written some new songs
there are no plans to record for a while as they are promoting Your Caress. More info
about the band you can find on their website.
Michael Sweet's demo
version of Truth was the #2 US import in Japan for 1999! Others who placed in the top 50
were Metallica, Aerosmith, and Dream Theater. What makes this event even more special is
that the Truth demo CD didn't have the exposure or advertising that the others had, due to
Mike releasing it by himself! This was reported by Burn Magazine.
Tim Mason is the new
guitarist for No Innocent Victim. He replaces Corey Edelman. You may know Tim from the
Dodgin' Bullets and Cast In Stone. NIV is also working on new material which will come out
on Victory Records by the end of the year.
March 24th 2000
A lot of you will
probable know already about the upcoming Stryper Expo in New Jersey, USA. This will be on
May 21st and the cool thing is that all four Stryper guys will be performing their solo
stuff. And...there will be a Stryper jam! Besides these shows there will be concerts by
Jamie Rowe (formerly of Guardian)& The Frantics & Irene Kelly. More information
you can find on the site of the Stryper
Expo and on the official Stryper
Gryp has started
recording their new album. According to the band this album is taking on a different
sound: Still hard and aggressive but it also has a new style.
Punk rock band
Fanmail recently finished recording their third Tooth & Nail release with Gene Eugene.
The band also has a new website: Fanmail
Ty Tabor from
Kings X will be a special guest on the next edition of The Slagel Show. Tune in to Hard Radio on Tuesday April 4th at
10pm Eastern time. The show also features the world premiere of Smudge from the new Kings
X album Please Come Home....Mr Bulbous.
Upcoming Metal Blade
releases: King's X - Then....,(Video) April 11th 2000; Atomic Opera - Gospel Cola, April
25th 2000; Mortification - 10 Years Live Not Dead (Live-album, US release), May 9th 2000;
King's X - Please Come Home..... Mr. Bulbous, May 23rd 2000; Galactic Cowboys - Let It Go,
June 6th 2000.
As you probably know
the Huntingtons are pretty busy with touring. You can check them out on their
spring/summer tour. They will also come to Europe for a tour with The Buckweeds! You can
expect this the end of August through mid-September.
finished recording their follow-up to More Than Conquerors. Their second Tooth & Nail
album is called Building A Better Me and was produced by Steve Russell who has worked with
POD too. The artwork for the album was illustrated by Chris Bolden from The Simpsons.
Two months to go for
the release of Slick Shoes fourth release entitled Wake Up Screaming. This album is
entitled Wake Up Screaming and was produced by Bill Stevenson (drummer for Black Flag,
Descendents, and All), Stephen Egerton and Jason Livermore. Wake Up Screaming also shows a
new line-up for the band. Longtime guitarist and original member Jackson Mould and second
six stringer Dale Yob have both departed from the band. Greg Togawa has taken lead
on guitar. It is said that he's fitting well into the 'shoes' of his predecessors.
Ghoti Hook is
recording their third original record for Tooth & Nail entitled Two Years To Never
(their Songs We Didn't Write contains covers of course!). Sean O'Dwyer, who
engineered Blink 182's Enema Of The State, has joined forces with Ghoti Hook to produce
their new record. Ghoti Hook is on tour now with Stavesacre until April 3rd and then they
will be touring with MxPx and the Hippos starting April 4th to May 8th.
Squad 5-O recently
finished recording their first album for Tooth & Nail Records entitled Bombs Over
Broadway with Duane Baron. Baron has produced albums such as: Motley Crue's Decade Of
Decadence, Poison's Open Up And Say....Ahhh, Quiet Riot's Metal Health, Ozzy
Ozbourne's No More Tears, and Alice Cooper's Last Temptation, to name a few. Bombs
Over Broadway is tentatively scheduled to be out this July.
from Tooth & Nail Records: AP2 - Suspension of Disbelief, April 11th 2000; Shorthanded
- Forever Yours, April 25th 2000; MxPx - The Everpassing Moment, May 23rd 2000; Calibretto
13 - Enter The Danger Brigade, June 6th 2000; Songs From The Penalty Box Volume 4 (various
artists), June 20th 2000; Tooth & Nail Video Volume 6th (various artists, June 20th
2000; Tooth & Nail Videography DVD (various artists), June 20th 2000.
March 21st 2000
Eugene, born Eugene Andrusco, has passed away (March 20th 2000). Most of you will know him
as an all-round music-maker: As musician, producer, engineer, mixer and singer. He was
part of rock-band Adam Again and played and singed in projects like The Lost Dogs and
satire-rockband The Swirling Eddies. He produced the first nine Tooth & Nail projects.
Totally, he worked on 57 albums for Tooth & Nail and their related labels. He was
involved with other hard music activities too like Deliverance, Scaterd Few &
Other news: This
Summer Selfmindead will tour through America. This tour includes stops at the Solid State
Fest East and the Cornerstone Festival. Dates are with Born Blind supporting.
MxPx will be a
headliner at this years Warped Tour. On this tour Tooth & Nail will have a booth where
they will be giving away free promotional stuff. If you're near, don't miss it!
Canada's Cough has
finished their new album entitled Anybody Hear. The release-date is set for March 27th.
The band is now joined by Colin Hanson as guitarist. He was the producer of Cough's last
album.This means the band has now two guitarists.
March 17th 2000
Stavesacre will join
with pop-punkers Ghoti Hook for several weeks of touring across the United States. As you
know Stavesacre released their third album Speakeasy last year. Speakeasy was produced by
Bryan Carlstrom (Offspring, Social Distortion, Alice in Chains) and offers a more
accessible sound than the band's first two albums. "With this release we wanted
to lighten up our sound without losing the harder edge," said vocalist Mark Soloman.
"We wanted to place more emphasis on melody and pop sentiment than we
have with our past two albums. We never wanted to be a band that released the same
album over and over. This release is definitely a departure from our last two releases,
but in a good way." Ghoti Hook made it's name with last years Warped Tour.
Prior to that, Ghoti Hook's light-hearted cover of Walking On Sunshine from the Songs We
Didn't Write album found its way into radio and MTV rotation. "We used to listen to
the bands we covered growing up so we all knew how to play their tunes backward and
forward," said Ghoti Hook singer Christian Ergueta. "The cool part
was adding our own personal touch to each individual song." More information about
this tour: Stavesacre or Ghoti Hook or Davdon
It's going very well
with the four guys of POD. Their Atlantic release The
Fundamental Elements Of Southtown has been certified gold!
For the people who
are eagerly awaiting the new Frodus album there is some sad news to report. Tooth &
Nail Records: "The official statement from sources are that due to The Frodus
Conglomerate International running their employee database systems on Commodore 64, the
y2k virus knocked out the 3 5.25" floppy drives (including the very fast Indus GT)
that housed all of the FCI files. The tape cassette backup system was also knocked down-
so unsuspecting employees: Burke, Nathan; Cinca, Shelby; and Hamacher, Jason; woke up the
next day with no jobs. The FCI disappeared." You may wonder what happens with
the new album And We Washed Our Weapons in the Sea. Originally scheduled for a
November 1999 release the album is now expected this Summer. There are also plans on
re-issuing the whole back-catalogue in double CD-format.
News from Finland:
Bullroser Records reports that their band Jacks Of All Trades is attracting much interest
in the USA. There are plans for a three week tour in the States during the Summer. And
they are working out a distribution deal for the album R U Ready for the US market.
vocalist and guitarist for Finland's Deuteronomium is leaving the band. As you may know he
was part of this deathmetal band from the start. The last show the band will play with him
will be on March 25th in Stockholm at the Bobfest. The band from the Little Rose
Productions roster is looking for replacement. Deuteronomium is also planning some
concerts outside of Finland during this Summer. At least they should be playing at the
Freakstock Festival in Germany in late July and there has also been plans about visiting
More news from
Finland. Here are some upcoming releases from Bullroser Records & Little Rose
Productions: Sanctifica - Spirit Of Purity, March 24th (Black Metal); Dust Eater Dogs -
King Kong Fist, April 5th (single release with two songs and a video-clip); Immortal Souls
- Under The Northern Sky, out in April (some songs on this album are: Frostmind, Icebound,
Northwind). Other releases from Finland to look out for: Finnish Metal Compilation 2 and
the full-length album for black metal maniacs Mordecai.
Ghoti Hook and
Stavesacre are on a several month US Tour. For a portion of this tour they will be
joined by punk rockers Hangnail.
Tooth & Nail are
wrapping up production on the Tooth & Nail DVD Videography. It contains 54
videos from over 30 artists. Every single video they've ever done until now is on
there. It is set to release this summer. For those who prefer the VHR: Tooth &
Nail will release Volume Six of their video-series with new videos from Stretch Arm
Strong, Starflyer 59, FurtherMore, OC Supertones, Huntingtons and more. And if you want a
CD compilation from the Nail, there's a Songs From The Penalty Box Volume Four coming up
this Summer. Other upcoming Tooth & Nail CD's: Slick Shoes (see reviews) & MxPx.
Some studio news:
The Glam rockers from Squad Five-0 are currently in Los Angeles mixing down their Tooth
& Nail debut. Fanmail is currently in the Green Room with Gene Eugene recording their
follow up to The Latest Craze. And Craig's Brother will be recording their follow-up
to Homecoming in mid-April at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver BC, USA.
March 10th 2000
MxPx announced that
they will be releasing a 7" entitled Broken Bones. Release-date for the new album,
The Everpassing Moment: May 16th 2000.
POD will tour with
Korn in Europe. For touring details in Holland, Belgium and Germany go to the concerts
& festivals page. For more info POD. Some facts about POD: #1 Selling New Artist in America; This week
- #98 Billboard Top 200(Rising 35 places in two weeks); Offered Main Stage at OzzFest,
Summer 2000; "Southtown" in full rotation on MTV USA.
The TOM Festival
2000 NW (July 25-30th) will feature many bands again. Some of them are announced (though
this might be subject to change): Jesse & The Rockers, Philmore, Vox Dei, Travail,
Hangnail, Element 101, Ballydowse, Model Engine, Gryp, Point Of Recognition, Warp Factor
Nine, Dogwood, Priesthood, Fatal Blast Whip, Freeto Boat, Stairwell, Anguish Unsaid, East
West, Sick Of Change, Bloodshed, 3rd Root, The W's, Five Iron Frenzy, Slick Shoes, Tragedy
Ann, The Violet Burning, Spoken, Tantrum Of The Muse, Few Left Standing, American Made,
Undecided, The Israelites, Starflyer 59, Joy Electric and more, more, more. The TOM
Festival 2000 NW will take place at the Skamania County Fairgrounds, Stevenson,
Washington, USA. There will be a TOM Festival 2000 CA (August 4th & 5th) too, taking
place at the Stadium Vineyard, Anaheim, California, USA. Information about this TOM Fest
will be published later on. For more info, go to TOM FEST
There are some
re-releases coming up of classic albums: Celestial Messenger, Trytan (which will include
some bonus-tracks from 1983 & 1984 demos); I Shall Conquer, Leviticus; To Germany With
Love, Bloodgood (live-album).
A new King's X is
expected entitled Please Come Home....Mr. Bulbous.
metal-band Ultimatum is quite far with the new album. Interestingly, the band will
put a cover on it of Vengeance Rising's Burn. Title of the new Ultimatum: The Mechanics Of
As you may know,
producer John Elefante brought out two hard rock CD's in the early nineties. He did this
with his brother Dino in the band Mastedon. In recent years he has been active in pop
music industry as a producer as well as a solo-artist. However, it seems that there's
gonna be a new Mastedon album later this year.
March 3rd 2000
The first Annual
Solid State East Festival will be held in August 19, 2000 at the Tremont Music Hall in
Charlotte, NC, USA. Confirmed bands so far are: Zao, Society's Finest, Spitfire,
Selfmindead, Stretch Arm Strong, Luti-Kriss, Embodyment. There's also a Solid State
Showcase West coming. Info yet to be announced.
The new Embodyment entitled The Narrow Scope Of Things will be released on April 25th.
This is their second release for Solid State Records. The band has now a new
vocalist: Sean Corbray. Besides this upcoming CD Embodyment is planning major touring
around their new album.
Spitfire is looking
to return to the studio to record their second album for Solid State. Further
Spitfire news: They will be doing a split 7" with the band Burn It Down and this will
be released on Ferret Records. Release date yet unknown. Spitfire will also be
playing James Madison University's Macrock along with other bands such as Dillinger Escape
Plan, Isis, Cave In, Zao, and others. For the latest info you can check out their website:
Blindside is still going strong looking for college radio airplay. Here is their
radio success so far: FMQB: #2 most added / debuted at #28 / went from #28 to #25 with a
Album Network: #2 most added / 74 spins from 16 reports, no debut / 64 spins from 14
reporters, still no debut
CMJ loud - #3 most added / #30 on the CMJ loud charts!
Extol has just finished their new full length album tentatively titled Undeceived. Release
date May 23rd 2000 on Solid State Records.
Zao, The Juliana Theory, and Stretch Arm Strong have been asked to play on the Punk Rock
Pot Luck Tour. Other bands include: Hatebreed, Sense Field, One King Down and many more.
In Solid State news,
here are some upcoming releases: 3rd Root - Spirit of Life EP, early April (internet only
release); Lengsel - Solace, April 11th 2000;
Embodyment - The Narrow Scope Of Things, April 25th 2000; Society's Finest - The
Journey...So Far, May 23rd 2000. Born Blind - One for All, June 6th 2000.
The guys of MxPx
have released a video with the title It Came From Bremerton. This video contains a history
of the band, rare videos of their first live-shows and interviews with the members.
February 25th 2000
Rackets & Drapes
have finished recording the new album. Release-date late June.
The Juliana Theory
is working on the new CD. They are doing this with producer Barry Poynter and Jason
Magnussen. Release date is not set yet but the title is: Emotion Is Dead.
in Sweden will bring out a compilation CD with Scandinavia Extreme Metal. This album is
entitled The Shadow Of Death and will feature tracks of bands like Anaemia, Extol,
Lengsel, Schaliach, Absurd, Vaakevandring, Vardöger and Crimson Moonlight. There will be
much exclusive material on this CD.
has announced the signing of Norway's Lengsel. They will release a progressive black metal
album entitled Solace on April 14th 2000. At the same date Black Sun Records (known for
working with bands such as At The Gates, Diabolique & The Crown) will release this
Lengsel album. Lengsel is the band of Tor Magne who is now part (as bass-player) of Extol
too. He joined the band for their US Tour but is now a permanent member of the band.
Speaking of Extol....They finished the recordings of their second full-length album.
limited 7" which was announced on the Endtime Productions' site, sold out
directly. This 7" will feature a brand new track and a B-side. Just 400 people
were lucky enough to sign in for it first.
Other news from
Endtime Productions: "Anaemia's The Second Incarnation has been met with great
reviews so far all over Scandinavia," Endtime reports. As a direct result of this,
GNW Records (known for Evergrey and the Tribute To Yngwie Malmsteen) will release it for
Germany in May.
Test Of Faith will
be taking some time off from playing and will be in the studio tracking and recording for
their upcoming full- length CD to be released in the Spring of this year.
Music from the San
Diego USA based Krush will be featured on the upcoming "short" film
Forgiven. The project, produced by Cliff Bustria and directed by Ted Melfi ( Golden Light
Films) is one of several that has been entered in the Parable Film Festival in Los
Angeles.Other musical artists appearing on the soundtrack include music legend Van
Morrison. The film was shot in and around Los Angeles. Entries in the Parable Film
Festival will be judged by Chuck Norris and others. The winners will be announced at a
"Oscars" style awards ceremony to be held at the Directors Guild of America in
Los Angeles on March 20, 2000.
February 18th 2000
There's now a comic
book called Soldier Of God which is based on Stryper's drummer Robert Sweet. If you're
interested, visit Soldier
BEC Recordings now
confirms that they licensed Project 86's new album Drawing Black Lines to major-label
Atlantic Records. This means that they will co-release the new CD to the world on March
21st. Andrew Schwab, vocalist for Project 86, explains: "The Atlantic deal is not a
licensing deal, they have full control of everything except the Christian market. We
are signed to Atlantic as well as BEC."
Other Project 86
news. BEC Recordings reports: "We are excited to announce that Music
Promotions company, StreetWise Concepts & Culture has been hired to organize a
MASSIVE street team effort for
Project 86. StreetWise has also recently organized street team efforts
for bands like, Slipknot, Static-X, System Of A Down and Rage Against The
metalband Narnia is supposed to enter the studio on February 28th. The new album might
turn out to be a concept-album. Narnia's singer Christian is also involved in Christian's
Powertime, his solo-effort. An album is in the works that has the working-title The Lost
February 11th 2000
Blindside is doing well. According to their US label
Solid State Records, their second full-length, A Thought Crushed My Mind, has already
received rave reviews for their 'Captivating, melodic hardcore punk for the soul'.
In Europe, you can find them in magazines such Close-Up, Terrorizer, Metal Hammer
and others. Furthermore, their video for King Of The Closet is in rotation with MTV Europe
and ZTV (the largest music TV show in Sweden). Their CD is currently being worked to US
college radio by The Syndicate.
New bands to join the Solid State Family: San Diego's 3rd
Root & Atlanta based Luti-Kriss & Norway's Lengsel. Of hardcore band 3rd Root
Solid State will be releasing an internet only EP...on CD, for sale exclusively through
T&N Mail Order. The band will trek to Canada in March to join Andre Wahl (known for
his studio work with GGGarth Richardson) to record their first Solid State full-length.
Luti-Kriss will be recording their debut album with Barry Poynter. Lengsel's
Solid State debut will be Solace. Release-date around the Spring.
Born Blind will be in the studio March 25th with Steve
Russell. Russell will produce and engineer Born Blind's first Solid State album
entitled All For One.
Society's Finest recently finished recording their full length with Barry Poynter in
Little Rock, AR at Poynter Recordings. It will be released on Solid State this
spring. Album-title: The Journey... So Far.
Training For Utopia is one of the Self Analysis features in the March 2000 Issue of
Alternative Press (page 92). Throwing A Wrench Into The American Music Machine received a
4 out of 5 rating, which in the Alternate Press world means 'outstanding'....they even
beat out the new Oasis album!
February 4th 2000
Classic hard rock band Barnabas has re-released their first
two albums on one CD. The albums Hear The Light & Find Your Heart A Home by
Barnabas were released in the early eighties (if I'm right Hear The Light was released in
1980!). Interestingly, this CD has a never before released track. This is also the first
disc of a five CD boxed set they're planning on releasing over the next year.