Friday May 26th 2000
The new Galactic Cowboys album Let It Go
will be out on June 20th.
News from the Peacedog Festival: As you may know this
is a new festival held in Ede, Holland. One of the new bands they booked is Zao. This they
did in cooperation with the DP
Festival in Norway and the Freakstock Festival in Germany. Other bands that will play are: Soapbox, Glorybox, One Truth, The Lionheart
Brothers, Kryptonite Garden, Swirl and
others. Peacedog will be on July 26th.
Glorybox will be touring
intensively this summer. In June they will play on the one and only Roskilde Festival in
Denmark! Other bands performing on Roskilde are: The Cure, Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden and
more. Glorybox will play on the 28th of June.
The guys from Ghoti Hook will release their new
record Two Years To Never on July 18th. It's been three years since their last
studio-record. According to the band you should be ready for some different yet very
rocking sounds. To get a small taste of it you can download a sample of one of the tracks
on their website.
On June 17th you can
check out the Nocturnal Metal Fest which will be held in
Kouvola, Finland. Bands that will appear there will be: Sanctifica, Immortal Souls, Oratorio,
Anchor, God Mode & Catrabbits.
What I gather from
the responses, the first Stryper Expo has been a success. There were shows of Irene Kelly,
Jamie Rowe, SinDizzy and of course Stryper in the old line-up. Stryper
played songs like: Makes Me Wanna Sing, Rock The People, Sing-along-Song, More Than A Man,
Honestly and To Hell With The Devil. If you want to read some stories of people who were
there, go to the SinDizzy
Discussion Zone. For photos you can check out the site of the Stryper Expo and the official Michael Sweet site.
Latest news from the
Tourniquet camp: The new
Tourniquet release Microscopic View Of A Telescopic Realm is currently #1 on the Loud chart.
Drummer Ted Kirkpatrick will also be featured in the August issue of Modern Drummer.
The band also released an updated Video, called Video Biopsy 2000 which
has 30 minutes of new footage. A Tourniquet comic book is made available too and a watch
with the band's logo.
After being the #1
most added at College and Metal Radio, Project
86 has unseated metalband Pantera for the second week in a row for the #1 slot in the
US on Metal Radio. Their single One Armed Man goes to radio stations across the US so you
might request it.
Soon there will be a
Stryper DVD available.
Michael Sweet and others are putting it together. The artwork/layout it finished and the
mastering is planned over the next two to six weeks. This DVD will be presented on the Michael Sweet website. Last week
you could read he re-released To Hell With The Devil by Stryper too. What I forgot to
mention is that it's not only with the Angel cover, but it has an all new interior artwork
layout, all songs have been digitally remastered and it includes a digitally remastered
version of Stryper's version of Winter Wonderland as a bonustrack.
If you wonder about
Michael Sweet's solo career: You can spot the cover of the official release of Truth on
the Michael Sweet site. The release by Restless Records will be this fall, probably.
The line-up for the
Solid State West showcase is here: Zao, Stretch Arm Strong, Third Root, Society's Finest,
Born Blind. It will take place in the weekend of June 3rd in Anaheim, California, USA at
the Chain Reaction.
If you live in
California, don't miss the
co-album release party going on at The Ventura Theater in Ventura with not only Extol but King Diamond
too! This will be on June 17th.
Sad news for the
fans of the Galactic Cowboys.
Their next album Let It Go will be their last in their contract with Metal Blade Records
but it will also be their last as they have decided to disband. Though they remain friends
and haven't closed the door on working together in the future, they will pursue their
Hopes and Bealiah have brought out a split-cassette. The Unevil Hopes part was mixed
by Jeff from Kekal. This tape is available through Turbulence Records.
News from the Stryper camp: Their successful To Hell
With The Devil album is re-released. This re-release has the angel artwork. On Sunday May
21st the band will be at the Stryper
Expo in New Jersey.
Stretch Arm Strong
will be on tour through Europe this Summer: June 23rd, Belgium; June 24th, in
Rennes, France; June 25th, in Zürich, Switzerland; June 26th, in Italy; June 27th, in
Italy; June 28th, in Vienna, Austria; June 29th, in Hungary; June 30th, in Czech; July
1st, in Kassel/Immenhausen, Germany; July 2nd, in Goudvishal, Holland. These dates
you can find at: http://www.stretcharmstrong.net/dates.html
Guardian has decided
to put out one final album. This will be a live record
Rob Rock has finished his new solo album
entitled, Rage of Creation. Currently he's shopping for a deal.
Solid State Records
is now offering MP3's too. Currently, you can find MP3's of Embodyment and Society's
Finest. Find them here.
Blindsided (which is one of the songs on the Ghost In The Machine album) finally made it
to the #1 on MP3.com in the Metal section. This song also reached #1 in the power metal
The title of the new
Dogwood is Building A Better Me. It was recorded at the Blasting Room.
I guess a lot of you
will already now: POD is confirmed to be playing this year's Dynamo Festival in Nijmegen,
The Netherlands. This will be alongside bands such as Korn, Iron Maiden, Slipknot,
Testament and Sevendust. This year's Dynamo Open Air Festival will take place on June 3rd. Location:
Goffertpark in Nijmegen. The band is scheduled to play Stage 2 in between Engine and
Sentenced. Time: 13:15-13:55
If you read the
interview with the British melodic metal band Stairway and wondered why they don't have a
website, here's what you're looking for: Stairway. This is also the place where you can hear some of their
The song Nostalgia
of the British progressive rockband Fire
Fly will be on the New Musiq Volume 2. This will be a Plastiq Musiq release which will
be available through Tooth & Nail Mail-order. Release-date is not yet known to me.
Fire Fly is now featured on the American music site Beatmart too. This site has a weekly
chart based on visitors votes so if you want to help support Fire
Fly follow the link below and put in your vote! Beatmart.
The Atlanta guys in
Luti-Kriss just finished playing some shows around the south and are gearing up for a
summer tour with a few other bands that will be announced soon. The band should
start recording their debut record on Solid State in September.
Bride is excited to
announce that a recording date of June the 1st has been confirmed. The style is modern
metal with an urban street mix. Check out live versions of the new songs at Bride. Bride performed live April 19th at GMA at the Absolute
Showcase. The set list included two past favorites, Would You Die For Me & If I Live
For You, as well as five new songs.
April 28th 2000
Here's some news
from Indonesia's black metal band Kekal:
"We will enter the studio again to record & remix some songs. Those material
will be used for the re-release version of our classic out-of-print '95/'96
demo Contra Spiritualia Nequitiae. Our label in Indonesia THT Productions
will release it on both CD & cassette format later this year. It will have
at least 7 bonus tracks (brand-new tracks + remixed versions) alongside the
original demo version." The release of the whole new album Embrace The Dead is
delayed however. If you want to hear MP3's of Kekal's music you can go here.
Zao will be going
back in the studio in August to record
their fourth full length album for Solid State Records.
If you'd like to
hearing some MP3 tracks of current & upcoming Tooth & Nail releases go to: Tooth & Nail MP3
Craig's Brother is
currently recording their second T&N release at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver, BC
with Darren Grahn (Metallica, Motley Crue). Their release is scheduled to be out
sometime this fall.
Blenderhead will be
recording a demo version of a brand new song called The Twinkie Insanity Verdict for Songs
From The Penalty Box Volume Four which is due out in June. This song will also be on their
album, but this will be a different version and recording of the song. Their tentative
release date is November 21, 2000. J. Robbins is still doing the record and they will be
recording in Seattle.
Bombs Over Broadway,
Squad Five-O's new album features eleven brand new songs produced by Duane Baron, who has
worked on albums by Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, and even Alice Cooper himself. It was
tracked in Atlanta, GA, and mixed in Buellton, CA at the Ranch. According to the
record-company no one will be disappointed by what these Glam-slamming young guns of
garage rock have come up with. "The only thing it has in common with our previous
work is the name Squad Five-0," guitarist Adam explains. Their new album is
tentatively slated for release this August.
Forever is scheduled to head into the studio this August with none other than J Robbins
(Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Braid, Roadside Monument, Jets To Brazil). Needless to
say, they are very excited!
News from the Paramęcium camp: "Well, we
have begun recording, you'll all be pleased to hear. The guitar sound is enormous and I
think many of you will be really happy with that. We're looking at a release in the next
few months. I'll know more about a release date later." Thus reports Andrew Tompkins
on the Paramęcium website. "I expect that the new album will be longer than the last
one, and may feature some different instruments. Piano may make a come back and I'm
thinking about exploring some percussive options such as tympani and xylophone. Flute and
strings will definitely feature as usual. On the recording front, the guitars are going
well and we're still recording and arranging the songs madly. It's an exciting
April 21st 2000
It has been
confirmed that P.O.D. will be co-headlining this years MTV Tour with Staind. The tour
dates have not been announced. POD also climbed to a #51 position in the Billboard Top 200
chart this week!
Fanmail has started
mixing the follow-up of their Here Comes Fanmail album. Believe it or not, it will contain
a cover of the Backstreet Boys hit: I Want It That Way!
Punkpop band Element
101 will return to the studio to record a new release in May. This album is tentatively
titled Stereo Girl.
Some have started
wondering about the current state of Training For Utopia. The fact is, they are taking a
bit of a break and exploring their musical options right now. Don and Ryan are real busy
with other musical projects, and there are plans to release something this year, whether
it be with Training With Utopia or not. So, the band has not officially broken up (yet),
they've only retired from touring
April 14th 2000
Here's some news
from our friends in Finland: Little
Rose Productions. As reported earlier, they will bring out a full-length of the
Finnish band Immortal Souls. The CD is recorded and mixed with eleven songs but the
release is delayed. It probably comes out in June. The first 500 copies will come out as a
limited edition release, packed in a special carton box. Little Rose Productions also
reports the release of the Sanctifica CD Spirit Of Purity with eight black metal songs.
The cover-picture was shot by Jaakko Lehtinen, a younger brother of label-owner Manu, who
died in January. For people living in Scandinavia it's interesting to know that Little
Rose Productions will have their releases distributed into the secular market by the
Swedish House Of Kicks Distribution. This means you can ask for the releases at the normal
The Little Rose
Productions related label Bullroser Records informs us that the Dust Eater Dogs single
King Kong Fist will be out in late April. This single contains two new songs plus a video!
returning to the studio in August to record their second album for Solid State Records.
They also will be doing a split 7" with Burn It Down to be released on Ferret
If you are old
enough you might remember a melodic hard rock/metal band called Taker. This band rocked about
a decade ago. Taker is now reformed with the original line-up. There's also a new CD in
the works called Yesterday, Today And Forever which will be revised versions of old songs
plus one or two new ones. The recording is being engineered and mixed by Rusty Timberlake,
who also engineered and mixed the upcoming release by .rod laver. Taker guitarist PJ
Bussey also reports that he's working on the follow-up of his instrumental album Wind And
Steel. The title will be My Own Gate Beautiful.
You might wonder
whether Lightmare will come with a new album as they
were planning a new release for last year. The truth is that they changed the line-up.
There's a new bass-player, Stefan Fleischer, and they are currently working hard on the
new album. Release-date yet unknown.
Thrash Metal band Mortal Immunity is currently in
the studio working on the follow-up of Life Machine. The title of the new disc will be
Tribe Of Ignorance and the release will be in July.
Tooth & Nail
Records finalized the schedule for Tooth & Nail
Day at the Cornerstone Festival. There might be some changes still but right now they
have over 30 bands scheduled to play. The sets will run back to back staggered 15 minutes
so that if two bands you like are playing at the same time you can at least see half of
each set. There will be some cool free stuff that will be given away like
Living Sacrifice is still in the
process of working on a new release they expect to go into the studio with Barry Poynter
on June 8th. Solid
State Records reports they are blown away after hearing rough mixes for two songs.
Expect a much heavier Living Sacrifice. Heavier than Reborn? Wait and see....
April 7th 2000
It's going very well
with the new Project 86, Drawing Black Lines. This week Project 86 jumped a remarkable 50
spaces to #64 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Here is their radio success in the US so
far: FMQB: This week from #13 to #4. CMJ: This week from #24 to #9.
Narcissus will release a
full-length release through Takehold Records in June. The title will be
New***Wave***Techno***Homicide. This will be the follow-up of the EP And Forthwith Came
Out Blood And
The first vinyl
pressing have come in at Endtime Productions of Antestor's Martyrium. As you may now,
Martyrium is their 1994 recording that wasn't released so far (only bootlegs). This LP
edition is a limited edition of only 300 clear green vinyl. It has some art of the
Necrolord, AKA Kristian Wåhlin who also worked for Extol, At The Gates, King Diamond and
others. Expect a CD digipak version of Martyrium later this year. More info Endtime Productions
long-time drummer for the band Mortification has left the band. According to Rowe
Productions, their label, Keith has accepted a job that would not allow him to continue as
the band's drummer. Mortification has a new drummer already: Adam Zaffarese. Adam is only
15 and is the son of Johno Zaffarese, drummer with 80's Hard Rock band Rosanna's Raiders.
The new line-up is currently rehearsing and will be touring soon.
Norway's Black Metal
band Drottnar have released their new CD entitled Spiritual Battle. For info check out: Drottnar
BEC Recordings has
set up a permanent memorial for Gene Eugene who died on Monday March 20th. You can visit
this memorial site at Gene
Other BEC news: Ace
Troubleshooter finished it's pop-punk debut for the label. The band recorded it with Bill
Stevenson, Stephen Egerton and Jason Livermore at the Blasting Room, in Fort Collins,
The release of
Embodyment's The Narrow Scope Of Things and the Solid State release of Extol's Undeceived
are both delayed. Expect both albums out on June 18th 2000 (tentative :-) ). Tooth &
Nail band Shorthanded will have their album out on the same day (they say).
Tooth & Nail is
finally embracing MP3's. In coming weeks they will post full songs from upcoming releases.
Expect to see some changes on the MP3-links page of the Art For The Ears site too!