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LATEST MUSIC NEWS
by Richard Karsmakers
The Internet is a wild place where there is an abundance of news
if only you know how and where to find it. Well, basically this
column consists of the worth while stuff that I've read in of
tons and tons of tiny snippets that have been taken from one of
the dozens of music-related Internet groups. I have read
hundreds of Kb of text and taken from it the information that
might just be interesting enough for you to read.
Of course I have also included hot gossip and similar news items
from other sources - such as word of mouth, the metal music
press, and sometimes even heard from band members themselves.
Read on to join the fantastic world of music's future...
The new AC/DC album is due in March, i.e. around the release of
this issue of ST NEWS.
Iron Maiden have found a new vocalist, ex-Wolfsbane singer Blaze
Bayley. They are set to release a new album mid summer or autumn.
Extreme are taking their time with their next studio album. It
won't be in the shops until September. Other rumours say it will
be ready in May though.
On March 21st, Pantera will release their new album "Far Beyond
Driven". The track list is "Strength Beyond Strength",
"Becoming", "Five Minutes Alone", "I'm Broken", "Good Friend and
a Bottle of Pills", "Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks", "Slaughtered",
"Shedding Skin", "25 Years", "Use My Third Arm", "Throes of
Rejection" and "Planet Caravan" (the latter being a Black Sabbath
cover). It's already been released in Japan, though, later
February I believe.
Of course this is just a rumour, but it is said that Zack de la
Rocha, singer of Rage Against the Machine, died of an overdose.
If he didn't, however, they're set to release their second album
within a couple of months.
My musical discovery of recent times is Pan-Thy-Monium. They are
an impressive doom/metal/sympho/death metal outfit from Sweden,
having released two most excellent albums, "Dawn in Dreams" and
"Khaoohs". Their debut CD, "Dawn of Dreams", contains a 20+
minute epos with multiple speed changes and more different riffs
than you can hurl Jeff Waters at. It is my definite musical tip
for all you out there this time. Check out reviews of both their
CDs elsewhere in ST NEWS.
Deep Purple have parted with Ritchie Blackmore. Guitarist Joe
Satriani was hired to wrap of the band's Japanese tour
obligations. EMI have recently released Deep Purple's "Live in
Japan", a most excellent 3CD featuring the three almost complete
concerts off which "Made in Japan" was made.
Around the release of this issue, a new album by Jimi Hendrix
will be released, called "Blues". It will contain material never
before heard or stuff that hasn't been available for a long
while. Later this year, another Hendrix album will come out.
Guitarist Adam Lehan and drummer Mark Wharton have left
Cathedral. On their April and May European tour supporting Black
Sabbath they will be helped out by Pentagram members Victor
Griffin on guitar and Joe Hasselvander on drums.
Some of the old Slayer albums have been re-released with photo
booklets and texts and all. Titles include "Haunting the Chapel"
(mini CD), "Hell Awaits", "Live Undead", "Show no Mercy" and
"Reign in Blood". They are also currently recording a new album.
Rush have signed a new three-record deal with their record
company Atlantic. It includes three albums. The next album will
be a live one, for which they are at the moment recording
selected U.S. gigs on their "Counterparts" tour. It is scheduled
for 1994. Rush will do a "20th anniversary" marathon world tour
starting in January 1995. This tour will have an "evening with
Rush" character, where they'll have no support and act and play
for three hours each night.
Yngwie Malmsteen has finished the tracks for his new album and
is already touring Japan and the U.S. East Coast as this issue
of ST NEWS is released. It will be called "The Seventh Sign".
Official release date for this side of the pond is March 15th,
whereas Japan already had it by the end of February.
Megadeth is currently recording their new album. Marty Friedman,
their lead guitarist, is also doing a solo album with the aid of
Megadeth drummer Nick Menza.
The record company of Alice in Chains is worried about Layne
Staley's (vocals) substance abuse. They may want him to stop
before they spend money on the next album. Their EP "Jar of
Flies", by the way, entered the Billboard Top 200 album charts on
Queensryche is recording their forthcoming album, slated for a
summer or autumn release (rumours vary). According to the band it
will be lots heavier than their previous material, and some of it
"much more ethereal". There are rumours going aorund that it will
be a double album, but this is not confirmed at all.
Dream Theater, who stunned the world with their "Images and
Words" album, will release a new album in the second half of the
year. One of the songs, already played live several times, will
be "To Live Forever".
Shrapnel guitarist Jason Becker, who suffers from the A.L.S. Lou
Gehrig syndrome muscle disease, is composing a new album with aid
of computers. He can't talk, walk or write anymore, let alone
play guitar. The album will have several choral pieces, and
some of the guitar parts will be played by Michael Lee Firkins.
The album will probably be called "Perspective" and is already
mostly finished. For more information about Jason, please read
the "Open Letter from Jason Becker" article, elsewhere in this
The Dutch band Whistler, formerly known as Whistler Courbois
Whistler until their split with bass player Barend Courbois, will
release their forthcoming album, "Words, Communication and
Wisdom" ("WCW", gettit?), on April 17th. The new bass player is
Stefan Lievestro, graduate of the Hilversum Academy of Music and
accomplished bass, contra bass and cello player.
Barend Courbois has thrown himself on session work. He is
currently recording a solo album of ex-Vengeance guitarist Jan
Zomer, which he says is really heavy but with some fusion
elements. Early or mid April will see the release of Tamas
Szekeres' third solo album, which will also have Barend playing
on some tracks, whereas Barend is also currently involved with
the guitarist of Mothers Finest. On April 1st, on top of that, he
will enter the studio with German band Bonfire to lay down the
bass tracks to their forthcoming album.
Funny-glassed Jim Martin, guitarist of Faith No More, left the
Joe Satriani is touring again, although it is not clear where
to. He is joined on this "Time Machine" promotion tour by drummer
Jonathan Mover and bassist Stuart Hamm who also joined him on all
previous tours with exception of the "Extremist" tour. For those
interesting in getting absolutely all his stuff, Sony music
released a Satriani compilation for German Sat 1. It has
absolutely no new stuff on it, and I even forgot the title.
British music publishers Peaceville have sent their release
schedule for most of the year. March will see the release of
Isengard (Darkthrone Fenriz solo project), Tekton Motor
Corporation's "Human Race Ignition" and a Peaceville Collectors
Club 7", My Dying Bride's "Sexuality of Bereavement". May will
see Pentagram's "Show 'Em How" (track list is "Ask No More", "Be
Forewarned", "Bride of Evil", "Death is my Life", "Frustration",
"Live Free and Burn", "Nightmare Gown", "Petrified", "Too Late",
"Vampyre Blood", "Wolf's Blood" and "The World will Love Again"),
in June the Collector's Club Kong 7" "Mixes" and At The Gates'
third, August Vital Remains' "The Last Supper", Drug Free
America's 2nd and Kong's third, September Anathema's "Rise
Pantheon Dreams" and their contribution to the Collectors Club (a
7") as well as Ship of Fools' "Out There Somewhere" (with new
guitarist Occo, First Guitar Lord of the Quella) and Darkthrone's
"Transylvanian Hunger", October G.G.F.H.'s "Halloween", Autopsy's
fourth and Peaceville Punk (compilation) and December G.G.F.H.'s
Collectors Club 7" "Welcome to the Process" and the Darkthrone
"Unholy Black Metal" limited edition box set (3CD). Scheduled for
release somewhere this year, but with no date fixed yet, are the
My Dying Bride EP's CD (all EP's will have been deleted in June
and re-released as a limited edition box set in September), the
Peaceville 'V' Comp and, yes, a Peaceville TV Longform Video. The
latter will feature, among other things, some live recordings of
last year's MTV Special with At The Gates, Anathema and My Dying
It should be noted that the Collector's Club singles are only
available to Collector's Club members!
Peaceville has licensed their material - or at least part of it
- to Polish Loud Out Records. This is a highly successful record
company based in Warsaw, started in 1991. Some of their most
popular bands they market are Acid Drinkers, Incrowd and the
Kr'shna Brothers. Bloodlust (featured in the demo department,
elsewhere), are currently preparing some full-length material to
be released in autumn of this year. Polish ST NEWS readers should
inquire at Loud Out Records, Zielna Str. 45/30, Warsaw, phone
Europe's biggest open air metal happening, the annual Dynamo
Open Air festival at Eindhoven, Netherlands, will this year take
place on May 20th and 21th. There will be a camping site present
where you can camp from the later afternoon of May 19th to the
morning of May 22nd. Probably, around 10-12 bands will perform.
For this year the names of Life of Agony, Skintrade, Tool,
Pantera and Sepultura seem to be certain, with additional
unconfirmed appearances of Paradise Lost, Danzig and, possibly,
Napalm Death. Last year, it saw performances of Anthrax, Suicidal
Tendencies, Mercyful Fate, Annihilator and Gorefest. Last year,
the admission fee for both days together was 10 Dutch guilders,
so it's not likely to be much more this time.
Pink Floyd are set to release their first album in quite a while
(since 1989?). It will be called "The Division Bell" and will be
released in the UK on April 4th.
After Dynamo Open Air, there will be the annual Pinkpop
festival. It will take two days, too, probably May 22nd and 23rd.
It will take place at Landgraaf, Limburg, the Netherlands. There
will be 25 bands on three stages at this 25th occurrence of the
festival, most of which are quite crap but some of the not crap
bands are Gorefest (expected on the pre-Pinkpop party) and Rage
Against the Machine that already took last year's Pinkpop by
storm. Admission fees will probably be something like 50 Dutch
guilders at the least.
Also in the Netherlands, but on June 26th, the Thrash Racism
festival will be held in the Gaasperpark, Amsterdam. Admission
will most probably be for free, and bands appearing will be
Concensus, Excision, Nembrionic Hammerdeath and Donor, among
Monsters of Rock, cancelled in England last year, will take
place this year. Headliner will by Aerosmith, and the event will
take place on June 4th (at Donington?).
There will be another Lollapalooza tour this summer. Bands
billed for this year's show are Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and
Metallica is supposedly doing a few live shows, probably not
world-wide, to support their "Live Shit: Binge & Purge" box set.
It won't be an official tour as they would rather time some time
off. They are said already to be writing new material, and they
are supposed to be in the studio later this year. I doubt this
Cannibal Corpse will release their new album, "The Bleeding", on
April 12th. This is a U.S. release, so Europe may get it earlier.
The forthcoming Obituary album will probably be called "World's
Demise" and is due in the period of April to June.
Gorefest have finished recording their new album. It will be out
on June 7th. They will probably also do a video clip for the
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