"I am just going to treat this problem like my mattress and
sleep on it."
Mike, "The Young Ones"
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.
Interesting news items taken from the Internet regarding guitar
virtuoso Jason Becker:
"Jason's current condition finds him physically unable to write
so although he reads everyone's letters, he is unable to made
individual replies. Answers to the most frequently asked
Jason can still speak, but swallowing and breathing is
becoming increasingly difficult. He needs help with every
aspect of daily living. Obviously, he can no longer play
guitar, but he's working on setting up the computer system
so it'd be easier to him to write music.
Jason had excellent results sporadically with the chelation
treatments. However, none of the improvements were lasting.
I still get treatments occassionally because there is still
some mercury lingering in his system and this treatment is
supposed to remove the mercury from his body. There may be a
connection between mental toxicity and ALS (Lou Gehrig's
disease, which is the cause of Jason's illness for the past
Jason's long-awaited album "Perspective" was released in
Japan in Sep 1995. He is planning to release it in Europe
this year and in the U.S. in January. Since record labels
are unwilling to distribute "Perspective" (due to his
inability to tour and promote the album) Jason is releasing
it on his own label. Below is the detailed order
'Perspective' (CD only) $15.00
'Perspective' video sampler $15.00
(10 minutes - VHS only) (and probably NTSC)
Jason Becker t-shirt $15.00
California residents add 7.25% sales tax
8.25% in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties)
Shipping & handling $5.00 plus $1.00 for each extra item.
Make check or money order payable to Jason Becker Music.
Send order to Jason Becker Music, P.O. Box 5109, Richmond,
CA 94805. Orders take 4-6 weeks to arrive.
Make sure to add $5.00 if you order from outside the USA.
If you are ordering by credit card, the following info is
required: Card used (Master Card or Visa), Card #,
Expiration date, and Signature.
Due to the limited distribution "Perspective" will get, I
encourage fans of good music to order a copy and send him words
of encouragement. When Jason was diagnosed with ALS in 1989,
doctors said he had no more than five years to live. It is now
1996 and Jason's passion for his music has helped him sustain his
life. I think he is a very good example of a dedicated musician
and if you haven't heard his music, you owe yourself to check him
A review of this album is included in this issue of ST NEWS.
Anathema and My Dying Bride are both in the studio again,
recording. They will be releasing their new albums in September
and November, though I am not sure which band will release an
album in which of the two months <embarrassed grin>. The My Dying
Bride album will be called "Like Gods of the Sun", and the track
listing is as follows: "Like Gods of the Sun", "The Dark Caress",
"Grace Unhearing", "A Kiss to Remember", "All Swept Away", "For
You", "It will Come", "Here in the Throat" and "For My Fallen
Angel". There will be a digipak version with bonus track, as well
as a Japanese edition with another bonus track. The Anathema
album will be called "Eternal".
Venom are back together again, at least as long as it lasts.
They will be recording a new album, which will be released
"definitely before the end of the year".
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
The forthcoming Rush album will be called "Test for Echo". The
release date is August 20th, and song titles include "Test for
Echos", "Virtually", "Time & Motion", "Half the World", "Dog
Years", "The Colour of Right", "Driven", "Totem", "Carve away the
Stone", "Driven", "Limbo" and "Resist". The album will be
produced by Peter Collins and mixed by Andy Wallace. They release
date is September 3rd.
Now albums are forthcoming of King Diamond ("The Graveyard") and
Mercyful Fate ("Into the Unknown"). Expect them any day now.
Gwar are currently doing two new videos, new comics, a new
album, a new show for autumn 1996, and a CD ROM game (which will
probably be hard to find...). They will tour Europe again in
spring of 1997.
The new Dream Theater might just be a double CD! It is scheduled
for release - tentatively - in January 1997. One of the songs on
the album will be "Metropolis Part II".
Rumours persist that Van Halen, due to fights involving new
tracks on a "best of" album that would feature departed singer
David Lee Roth, has split with singer Sammy Hagar. And, indeed,
David Lee Roth seems to be back with the band.
Relatively unknown guitar hero Rob Johnson, who debuted some
time ago with a self-titled album, recently released the
powerful follow-up, "Peripheral" (review elsewhere in this issue
of ST NEWS). For those interested, either product costs US$12
(CD) or US$8 (musicassette), postpaid (add US$ 4 for foreign
orders). Send the money order or check in U.S. dollars payable to
"Rob Johnson" and send it off to Screemin' Guitar Records, 809
Cherrydale Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43207-4911, USA.
There's interesting news from Holy Records. For starters they
will soon release the new Orphaned Land album, "El Norra Alila"
(August 17th) and a 100% non-album track sampler CD called "The
Holy Bible" (September 2nd). Promo reviews can be found elsewhere
in this issue of ST NEWS.
September will also see the release of the new Serenity album,
called "Breathing Demons"; October/November will see the release
of Tristitia's second album, "Signs of Judgement". In December,
albums will be released by Septic Flesh ("Ophedean Wheel") and
Yearning (Holy's latest signing). In spring of 1997, albums by On
Thorns I Lay and Misanthrope may be expected.
The Holy Records contact address, by the way, has changed. It is
now BP 59, F-77260, La Ferté Sous Jouarre, France.
Dutch groovy doom metal band Orphanage, who recorded one of last
year's most exciting albums, "Oblivion", is currently in the
studio for their second effort.
Look out for a continuation of certain sections of ST NEWS,
probably including this one, on the World Wide Web (hopefully).
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.