Friday January 31st 2003
Bride is writing their next CD. There
is no release date set thus far but the band expects to take their time putting this
project together. Bride will write a ballad or two. Even though Bride is a heavy metal
band, they also have a sensitive side. But, the disc won't have no more than two slow
tunes at the most. The band wants to reestablish themselves and bring back memories of
songs like, Rattlesnakes and Would You Die For Me from the Snakes In The Playground CD.
Life In Your Way is working on new
material. They will be recording a full length CD in
April at Zing Studios (Killswitch Engage, Norma Jean, From Autumn To Ashes). Negotiations
have gone underway with some labels about putting that out.
The new album of Immortal Souls, Ice Upon The
Night will be released in February 2003 by Fear Dark. Expect nine songs of melodic wintermetal in the vein of
Children of Bodom and In Flames. Curious how it sounds like? You can download the song
Welcome To North here.
The Flevo Festival announced the first
names of bands appearing on this year's festival. The list contains following rock bands:
All star United, Satelitte7, Prayer Chain, Seventh Avenue and Slechtvalk.
News from the Bob Fest. It's now settled which bands
will play on Friday and which will play on Saturday. The final time schedule is yet to be
determined. Friday: Narnia, Leviticus, Crimson Moonlight, Callisto. Saturday: Slechtvalk,
Ganglion, Soapbox, Azure Skies, Pantokrator.
On Saturday March
29th 2003 the annual Owener
Rocknacht will take place. Artists: Disciple, Kato, Quench, Judy Bailey, Crushead,
Arson, Exakt and more.
Fear Dark is organizing a festival in
Ede, The Netherlands, on March 8th. However, they will also do a Fear Dark Festival in
Germany on Friday March 7th with the same line-up of: Immortal Souls, Slechtvalk,
Brain:FAQ and Lightmare. This event takes place in the ZV Bunker in Chemnitz.
January 24th 2003
If you've been
wondering about Vaakevandring, here's some news. After the departure of guitarist
Alexander Nygaard in spring 2002 the band decided to take a break. However, because of
various reasons the decision was made in late 2002 to end Vaakevandring. Three of the
members are now involved in Antestor. The five former members of Vaakevandring are still
good friends and there is still hope that one day they will be able to record their songs
and release them as a full length. As it comes to Antestor, this Norwegian band is still
working on a new release.
You can now download
the title track from the next Tourniquet
album. Where Moth And Rust Destroy is more than seven minutes long and you can get it here. The
album comes out on March 25th 2003 through Metal Blade Records. The band also hopes to release a DVD soon.
In February the new Armegeddon Holocaust
album will see the light of day. Title: Radioactive Zone 245.
On January 6th Extol entered the Top Room Studio to
record their next album. Title is Idiosyncratic Synergy. Most of it is recorded now and
mixing starts next week. Extol also spent five hours taking about 400 photos. They even
had their own stylist who cut and styled their hair.
Here's an update on
the Stryper best-of album. This
record will contain eighteen tracks, two of them being new. The tracks have been chosen by
the band members. As it comes to the new material, Michael Sweet says: "These songs were two songs that I had
written for a new project of mine to pass around to companies at some point...The deal
with Hollywood went down so fast that there was no time for us to get together to put
something together. These songs were already recorded and ready to be sent out to everyone
to hear. We (Stryper) then re-recorded the tracks and added the vocals. A few effect
guitars were flown over to the new tracks and everything worked together perfectly!"
The two new songs
are entitled Something and For You. Michael: "We tracked drums and bass at Sound
Station 7 on January 4th and 5th. We then tracked guitars and background vocals from the
6th to the 9th. Lead vocals were then tracked and then it was mixed. Everything went so
fast. It seemed like a blur! The sound is very heavy and very modern yet we were able to
stay true to what we do and have always done. There are some guitar harmonies, vocal
harmonies and over all it's a very, very BIG sound!!!" The release is expected to be
in Spring 2003 through Hollywood Records. Photos shot during the recording sessions can be
found on Michael Sweet's website.
Robert Sweet has released the CD of his new band Blissed. Title of the record is Waking The Dead.
Joshua Perahia has added two brand
new videos on the band's website. The videos featured are Let Your Love Shine Down and
Remembering You (acoustic version). Remembering You features in studio appearances by Alex
Ligertwood (Santana vocalist), Jason Scheff (Chicago vocalist), and Keith Olsen (producer
of such bands as the Scorpions, Whitesnake, Santana, and Heart).
January 17th 2003
Bruce Fitzhugh has
decided to leave Living Sacrifice.
With Lance Garvin he was one of the original members of the band. As it comes out, the
band has been deliberating their future since coming home from touring to support The
Hammering Process. They chose to record their final record Conceived In Fire. Bruce
decided to depart from the band while Lance will continue the band. Guitarist Rocky Gray
is still in Living Sacrifice as well but he's currently also playing drums for Evanescence
(from Wind-Up Records). The final
chance to see Bruce live is on the Cornerstone Festival.
Balance Of Power announced this
week they have parted company with vocalist Lance King. The band has since engaged a new,
internationally known lead singer. Soon this will be made official. Balance Of Power is
also working on the follow up of Perfect Balance. Working title is Heathen Machine. This
disc will be produced by drummer Lionel Hicks.
Last week you could
read in this column that the Stryper
Gallery had posted photos of Stryper in the studio. However, they've been asked to
remove them temporarily. The photos will be posted again in the near future.
The re-recording of
All Else Failed by Zao will be out
late February. While the original recording featured vocalist Shawn Jonas (now in Symphony
In Peril), the new release features vocalist Dan Weyandt. You may also expect completely
different recording and arrangements.
In March the next EP
from Calibretto 13 will come out
through Standard Recording
Company. Title of this disc is Dead By Dawn and it contains seven new songs.
The organization of
the Bob Fest have added Soapbox to
their line-up. This band will also release a new disc on the festival and so will Crimson
Moonlight and Pantokrator.
The Peacedog Summer Festival will take
place on Friday July 11th and Saturday July12th. Yes, it'll be a two day festival!
January 10th 2003
URGENT MESSAGE: Radio 90FM, the radiostation in The
Netherlands airing the Art For The Ears Radioshow, is altering the frequency. Instead of
FM 90MHz, the frequency will be FM 91.7 per January 15th!! People who are listening to the
show via cable don't need to worry as these frequencies stay the same. Only the frequency
through which Radio 90FM airs will change.
Disciple has decided to release
their next album independently. Title of the CD is Back Again and will be out in February.
A final date isn't confirmed yet.
News from the guys
in Dust Eater Dogs. They are
currently recording demos of the third full length album. While Oil was a theme album with
strong elements of roots music, the new album will be very heavy. Rapcore elements aren't
present on the new album which will probably be out during this year. Watch our for songs
like Gecko Grip and Robot Bomb!
Further news from
the Dogs: Some weeks ago Fullsteam Records, a new sub-label of Sitruunamaailma, released
Motoroil. This is an album featuring the songs from both previous albums (Motor and Oil)
plus a couple of bonus tracks (including a demo version of Gecko Grip).
The new Dutch band The Hope That Lies Within
has opened its website. They are a hardcore band from Groningen featuring members of the
now defunct rapcore act Dr. Bigfoot and emocore band Jet Set Ready.
On the Stryper Gallery you can now
view a slideshow featuring photos from Strypers recording sessions last week in Rhode
Island. This was the first time that Stryper has been in the studio to record new material
in 11 years! They recorded two new songs that are scheduled to be released by Hollywood
Records on a Greatest Hits CD this spring. The photos were submitted directly to us by
Steve Murphy (also known as "Crash"), Michael Sweet's guitar tech.
Minus SF has been signed to Fullsteam
Records. They intended on recording a demo for the album this week but due to renovation
of the studio this had to be postponed.
The Finnish band Deep Insight will release a
promotional single in February. And in April they will record an album to be released by
Fullsteam Records in May/June.
Callisto, formerly known as Pulse,
released a new EP called Ordeal Of The Century.
Silence The Foe hope to do an
album this year. However, they are still looking for a record deal.
POD is nominated for two Grammy
Awards! They are nominated for the best hard rock performance with Youth Of The Nation and
for best metal performance with Portrait. In addition to this, POD have also been
nominated for the Echo Award for best hard/alternative group of the year. Sonny and Wuv
will be flying to Berlin in Germany to attend this years ceremony on February 15th.
Side Walk Slam are in the process
of writing their third album. They will be heading back to the Blasting Room studio from
April 18th through 28th. No release date is set yet.
On December 10th the
extreme metal band Inversion played its first show. They hope to play regularly over the
next months. They also have T-shirts and stickers available.
Endtime Productions finally
revealed one of their upcoming releases: The debut EP by Vardoger. This disc
will feature five tracks of black metal blended with neo folk influences. Two other
releases are also coming up on Endtime.
features some interesting videos. You can find Bullet To Binary from Me
Without You and August
Winterman from Dead Poetics among others.
Former Klank members Pat and John return with a
new project. This project goes under the moniker of 54. Their sound
has many layers of influence from the beats of underground hip-hop to the introspection of
indie rock, from the heaviness of Black Sabbath to the gentleness of John Coltrane. The
band is named to re-live the vibe of
the famous dance club, Studio 54. The guys have written about 15 songs, and cite everyone
from Pedro The Lion to Filter as influences.
January 3rd 2003
First of all I want
to wish everybody a great 2003! Hopefully this year will present us some of the best art
for the ears there is!
Jacobs Dream is still
searching for a new vocalist to replace David Taylor. In September it seemed they had
finally found a new singer. Tragically, this person died in a car accident not long after
that. David Taylor has showed interest in recording the new album with the band although
he will probably not be available for touring afterwards. Jacobs Dream hopes to record the
album sometime early this year.
The German metal
band Ancient Prophecy also
hopes to release a new CD later this year. They plan to start recording next month.
December 27th 2002
Bad news comes from
the band Dr. Bigfoot. After seven
years they've decided to quit. Reason for this decision is that regardless of their
musical changes, the band was often identified by the music they started playing
originally. Three of the members of Dr. Bigfoot have started a new band with two members
of emocore band Jet Set Ready. Name of the new formation is The Hope That Lies Within.
The Belgian black
metal band Natan has
changed its line-up. After the departure of singer Jonatan, the band got some new members
while Ezra switched from drums to vocals and Daniel from bass to guitars. New to the
line-up are Steven on drums and Laura on bass. Therefore, the only two persons who are
still doing what they've been doing before are Dries (on guitar) and Claudia (on
keyboards/vocals). They hope to release their first EP Akeldama in a few months. And in
late Spring Natan hopes to be able to play live again.
The Brazilian band Shaphal has launched its
website. This is the band of former South Diesel drummer Arnon Mello. The band offers some
samples of songs from their upcoming EP.
December 20th 2002
In March and April Stretch Arm Strong will return
to the studio to record their third album. They are currently in the process of writing
new material. It will be recorded at the Big Blue Meenie. Look for an early summer release
Finally Beloved is going into the studio. In
January they will join producer Garth Richardson. Their CD should be out in early summer
2003 as well.
The Agony Scene, another band from
Solid State Records, will
be in studio in January too. They will enter the Zing Studios to record with Adam D.
Expect a release date in late spring.
The Dutch metal band
Morphia is asking for your help. They
want you to vote for them for a Waldrock Festival poll. This might help them get on this
Dutch metal festival. If you want to help, go here and vote for
them. Interestingly, you can vote for more than one band, with a maximum of ten bands. You
can only vote once though. So, pick out ten of them (including Morphia!) and vote (by
clicking the button with the word "Stem" on it)! Other bands you might vote for,
are: POD, Blindside, Extol, Slechtvalk, Tourniquet and many others.
Comeback Kid have
finished recording their debut album Turn It Around. This album will be out on March 4th
through Facedown Records.
In February Nodes Of
Ranvier will enter a studio in Sioux Falls. They hope to record ten songs with metal core.
another band from Facedown Records, is currently recording their new album Dead End at
Studio 13. This album will be out in April.
Rob Rock is a name added to the line-up
of next year's Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany. This festival is from the
27th to the 28th of June.
December 13th 2002
Here's an update
from Veni Domine, long overdue. A
few years back you could read in this column about the band recording their fourth album.
This new project was delayed when singer Fredrik Ohlsson was hit by an infection in the
throat. Well, finally, this summer the band finished mixing the fourth effort. Veni Domine
is still in the process of getting a release date.
The new Tourniquet album is called Where Moth
And Rust Destroy. This new record will be out on March 23rd through Metal Blade Records. Now the band has
finished recording, they have begun searching for a new guitarist. They prefer someone
from the Chicago area. If you are interested and qualified, please send a video of
yourself playing guitar to three or four Tourniquet songs and a bio to: Tourniquet, P.O.
Box 373, Hartland, WI 53029, USA.
In April the guys
from Side Walk Slam will hit
the studio to record their next album for Tooth & Nail Records. The studio will be The Blasting Room and the
CD will be produced by Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton. But if you can't wait, there's
also a Christmas EP from the band containing three songs. And, they can't get enough of
it, in January they'll be in studio to record three songs for a split EP with The Buffy's
that will be out through Rally Records.
Last week you could
read in this column about Stryper
reuniting in the studio to record two new songs, written by Michael Sweet. Bassist Tim Gaines: "I just received
my demo copy to learn the music, and it sounds like the new tunes will be winners. This is
NOT a Stryper reunion, but it is a start of something that could turn out really good for
all of us... fans and band members alike. Of course, my hope is to one day release a new
Stryper album, with all new songs written by the whole band. This could lead to that if
the response is positive. Keep us in your prayers over the next few months that God would
lead in our lives."
Ken Tamplin will release a new album
in February. It will be entitled Wake The Nations and features a whole bunch of guest
appearances: Marty Friedman, Doug Aldridge, Kee Marcello, Jeff Scott Soto, Scott Van Zen,
Reb Beach, Glen Sobel and many more.
December 6th 2002
Big news comes from
the Stryper camp this week. Though
there's no official reunion, the band will be entering a studio in Massachusetts to record
two new songs. These songs will be for an upcoming best of album Hollywood Records will
release in the spring of 2003. The new songs are described as being heavy and modern.
Pre-production will start on January 3rd. On January 5th the four original members of the
band will enter the studio. The songs will be produced by Michael Sweet and co-produced by
In further Stryper
news, Stryper T-shirts might appear in a scene in the upcoming Charlie's Angels: Full
Throttle movie coming to theaters in the summer of 2003. There will be a flashback scene
with Drew Barrymore, and the shirts should be very visible!
You might also
wonder about the status of the hymn CD Michael Sweet is supposed to be working on. Well, he plans to finish
the CD over the next few months. It's still in the can!
Massacre Records has signed Seventh Avenue. They are going to
release the new album Between The Worlds on January 27th 2003.
Immortal Souls finished
recording their new album. Title is Ice Upon The Night. The CD contains nine songs. Timo
Tolkki from Stratovarius visited the studio during the recordings. Expect the release in
The next single from
Blindside is Sleepwalking.
Joshua Perahia fell ill over the
Thanksgiving Holiday and had to be rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. Part of
Joshua's large intestine was removed and he remains in hospital in fair condition. His
diagnosis and prognosis have not been made public yet. His family and bandmates
ask for your prayers and best wishes for his speedy recovery.
Here's an update
from Jacks Of All
Trades. The band recorded twelve new songs in September. These are demo recordings in
preparation to the next album. They hope to put the new album out next year and release
some singles before the summer.
The Bloodgood re-release of Alive In
America and Shakin' The World on DVD is coming soon. The band hopes to have it out
sometime this month.
Former soundman for
Bloodgood and Barren Cross, Paul Doty, has recently released a CD-ROM called Rubber
Meets The Road. The CD-ROM is a re-release of his 1994 book of the same name which gives a
first hand account of happenings while touring with Bloodgood and Barren Cross. The CD-ROM
contains over 500 photos, over nine hours of audio, and exclusive interviews.
Another blast from
the past comes from One Bad Pig.
They have released their first album on CD. A Christian Banned was originally released on
vinyl in 1986. You can enjoy this classic in all of it's unremixed and unremastered glory!
You may have noticed
on the concerts & festivals page that Stavesacre was coming to The Netherlands on December 14th. However,
the band has decided to cancel their show in Ede. The band's replaced by Me Without You.
Satellite 7 won the
Grote Prijs in The Netherlands. This is a national band contest.
The organization of
the Bob Fest added two bands to their
line-up: Callisto, a metalcore band from Finland, and Azure Skies, an industrial outfit
featuring members of Mental Destruction and Sanctum.
In other festival
news, the Brainwave Festival 2003 is
And Fear Dark announced the four names of
bands playing on their Fear Dark Festival: Brain:FAQ, Lightmare, Immortal Souls and
Slechtvalk. See concerts page for details.