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LATEST MUSIC NEWS
by Richard Karsmakers
If you want to find some really hot (and not) news about the
rather heavy side of the music biz', this might be the column to
find what you needed to know.
Actually, it probably serves no purpose other than supplying
information to people who have the almost exact same musical
taste as I, for I never include info on bands that I find
So just check it out for yourself. Some of the news is
guarenteed to be so hot it's not even known by the regular music
press. Some other items are probably boring and old, included
only for those who don't have any subscriptions to real music
magazines at all, and who never buy separate issues or read them
at the news stands.
Holy Records will release some more stuff in the very near
future. Titles include Elend's "Les Ténèbres du Dehors" (in the
winter) and Orphaned Land's "El Nor Ra Alili" (spring 1996).
Good news about Jason Becker, apparently. A loose acquaintance
(very loose by any standards actually, he's just a guy who
contributes to an internet mailing list I also happen to read)
received a letter by Marty Friedman from which I'd like to quote
"I do keep in touch with [Jason], and he will recover from his
terrible disease if you join me in praying for him. Also he has a
new solo LP coming out (I don't know when, but it's done) that
will blow your mind."
Still, it would be very nice if all of you would get together to
send "get well" cards to him. The address to write to is Jason
Becker, P.O. Box 5109, Richmond, CA 94805, United States of
Fates Warning will release their next album in May 1996. This
won't be with guitarist Frank Aresti, who left the band after the
tour with Dream Theater. A new album of these latter progressive
dudes is due in July 1996. Dream Theater will also release a
video in December, featuring the complete Ronnie Scott's
"Uncovered" gig. Apart from the stuff found on the "A Change of
Seasons" EP, they also played Metallica's "Damaged Justice", Tori
Amos' "Winter" and Rush' "Tears" there, as well as songs of Yes,
Marillion, UK, U2 and others. Guest apparitions on the tape
should be Steve Howe, Steve Hogarth, Bruce Dickinson and Barney
Ex-Obituary guitarist Allen West is doing a project with
Cannibal Corpse member Chris Barnes, called Six Feet Under. On
the contrary to some rumours, Obituary have not split.
Destruction seems to be alive and kicking again. They have
released a self-published EP called "Destruction", and a second
EP will follow soon. Line-up is Oliver "Olly" Kaiser (drums),
Mike Sifring (guitar), Christian Engler (bass), Michael Piranio
(guitar) and Thomas Rosenmerkel (vocals).
At the Gates first EP, "Gardens of Grief", is now released on CD
by a small record company.
Fellow Swedish band Entombed should have a new album out fairly
soon, too. It'll be called "DCXLBI".
Another Swede, though not famous for living there, Yngwie
Malmsteen, recently bought his own studio equipment. He intends
to output some more stuff now, which includes an album that will
include cover songs of all the bands he's really into. We're
talking Deep Purple, UFO, Hendrix, that kind of thing here. He'll
do all the vocals and instruments (though probably not the drums)
himself. Jens Johansson mentioned that he'll probably do the
Iron Maiden CDs from "Iron Maiden" up to and including "Fear of
the Dark" are being re-released in limited edition 2CD packages.
I don't know if they're remastered or anything, but I do know
that they are full-price, all of them, and that the bonus CDs
contain the tracks that were featured on the singles to be
released from the respective albums.
I've been told that the new album, with Blaze Bayley, sucks. I
saw one track on MTV and the vocal style is so different that I
don't think I'll ever buy the "X-Factor" CD.
King Diamond and Mercyful Fate are set to release new albums in
the spring of 1996.
Napalm Death will release their new album, "Diatribes", early
1996. It is claimed to be a crunching directness mixed with new
found adrenalin, to stun those who thought the band were past
their sell-by date. An EP with 6 all new tracks will be released
Kevin Ferguson has released his debut CD, "Strad to Strat",
featuring a collection of neoclassical songs (virtuoso classical
- baroque through romantic - violin music transcribed for
electric guitar and synthesized orchestra). It includes
compositions by Paganini ("Concerto No. 1", "Caprice No. 5",
"Perpetual Motion"), Bach ("Concerto No. 1", "Prelude to the
Sixth Sonata"), Vivaldi ("Summer Concerto", "Presto Movement"),
Sarasate ("Zigeurnerweisen"), Wieniawksi ("Caprice in A Minor")
and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble-Bee".
Sound samples can be found at the following WWW URL:
To order, call 1-800-269-6344 or (in case the 800 number gives
you trouble) 1-(503)-227-5000. If you want to order via regular
mail, send US$15 (including shipping and handling) to "Locals
Only", 61 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204-3519. For more
info, write to DeBone Music, P.O. Box 1646, Beaverton, OR 97005,
Please refer to the regular CD review section for a review of
this amazing CD!
Barend Courbois, without a doubt the Netherlands' finest bass
player who was formerly in Whistler Courbois Whistler and doing
lots of session work afterwards (e.g. Tamas Szekeres), will do a
high-budget solo album in January, due for release by April 1996.
He plans to have guest appearances of Stuart Hamm, Eddie Van
Halen, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and Steve Lukather. All these
musicians are on his wish list, but no final agreements have been
Neat Records have recently released albums by Blitzkrieg, Cheer
Accident, Cronos and Savage. In 1996, Cronos' third solo album
will be released, called "Triumvirate". There will also be a
Cronos video by the name of "Access all Areas". It will be (a
mere) 45 minutes long, and might in fact not be a fitness video
(actually it's a live thing shot at the London Marquee).
The Cronos CD released recently featured a variety of tracks
from the previous two Cronos solo albums, some "Triumvirate"
teasers and a few Venom covers thrown in.
There's a magazine called "Nether Words". It's a fanzine
covering progressive, speed, and thrash metal. Reviews, small and
major released, short and to the point. If you want it, send an
American stamp or 2 IRCs to
c/o Dan DeLucie
615 South Marguerita Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91801
More info about this kind of thing in the next issue of ST NEWS!
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