Hard News

January 2000 Edition

The release of PINK FLOYD’S concert album of “The Wall” has been delayed until February 2000 due to problems in restoring the original tapes

The Death Metal Massacre 2000 tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, God Dethroned, Hate Eternal and Diabolic begins February 2000.

ARMORED SAINT’S “Revelation” is complete. Produced by bassist Joey Vera (Engine), it is to be released March 7th 2000.

Metalmeister the DVD is in stores January 11, 2000. Also on the video front, Fates Warning “Live At Dynamo” is available January 25, 2000.

Neal Morse from Spock’s Beard has hooked up with Mike Portnoy Dream Theater’s drum god, Pete Trewavas of UK cult phenoms Marillon and Roine Stolt from Sweden’s Flower Kings to create Second Nature. Entitled ” SMPTe” the album arrives in March.

EIDOLON The Toronto based metal band has been signed by Metal Blade. Look for their release “Nightmare World” to hits the streets sometime in late winter / early spring of 2000

SLASH’S SNAKEPIT According to Rolling Stone, Slash is back with a new Snakepit album. The still-untitled Jack Douglas-produced album, which is set for release on Geffen in February, features an entirely different lineup from the one Slash used for his 1995 Snakepit debut. Gone are singer Eric Dover and Slash’s fellow GN’R vets Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Dizzy Reed; replaced by drummer Matt Laug, bassit Johnny Griparic, rhythm guitarist Ryan Roxie and vocalist Rod Jackson.

DIO Forthcoming album, Magica, is due out on Spifire in early February 2000. Joining the ledgendary singer Ronnie James Dio are returning axeman Craig Goldy, newly returned bassit Jimmy Bain, ex- Dio / ex-AC/DC drummer Simon Wright and long time keyboardist Scott Warren.

DORO PESCH has signed a deal with German label Steamhammer, which will garner better European distribution via SPV than her previous deal did with WEA. A new album is due early next year, and catalog reissues will also follow.

OPERA IX has signed with Avantgarde. The band will record their third full length album in January at Underground Studios in Sweden.

EYEHATEGOD Century Media has assembled a compilation, Southern Discomfort, for New Orieans Eyehategod (R.I.P.) featuring previously hard-to find tracks taken from their various 7″ releases and some unreleased studio recordings omitted from their three prior full-lengths. The album is tentatively scheduled for a Jan / Feb release date.

ESTHETIC PALE Because of an injured finger of bass player Hans Kuhl the release of the new album has to be postponed to spring 2000.

LIZZY BORDEN has resurfaced and signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records. Lizzy’s ” Deal With The Devil ” will be released in early 2000 with a world tour to follow.

MANOWAR has to delay the release of their first home video due to touring commitments in Scandinavia and Russia. The video will be released March 2000.

STRATOVARIUS first album for Nuclear Blast entitled ” IInfinite” will be released on Feb, 28th, 2000.

GORGOROTH will release their new album ” Incipit Satan” on January 17th

Spitfire has signed HAIR OF THE DOG, look for the band’s sophomore effort, ” Rise” in March and their self-titled debut in February.

SECOND NATURE featuring Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard), Pete Trewavas (Marillon) ahd Ronnie Stolt (Flower Kings) debut will be released through Inside Out around March / April 2000.

PLATYPUS featuring Ty Tabor (Kings X), John Myung (Dream Theatre), Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs) and Derek Sherinian (Planet X) will release the follow up to last year’s excellent “When Pus Comes To Shove” in February 2000.

KATAKLYSM 3rd album due out March 2000

SINNER “The End Of Sanctuary” – out the first week of april 2000

DEEP PURPLE will release The Royal Albert Hall 1999 album in North America on Jan 18, 2000 on Spitfire Records. The European label for the album, video & DVD is Eagle Rock Entertainment. Spitfire Records will also release re-mastered versions of “four of Ian Gillan’s best solo works”.

SMASHING PUMPKINS new album will be titled MACHINA / the machines of God, due for release Feb 29th

STEVE VAI has been juggling some of the dates for his forthcoming ” The Ultra Zone ” tour. The new dates are as follow:
3-9-2000 – London, Astoria
3-10-2000 – Manchester, Apollo
3-11-2000- Glasgow, Barrowlands
3-12-2000 Wolverhampton , Civic Hall
3-13-2000 – Dublin, Vicar Street

AC/DC has just about completed work on their forthcoming as- yet- untitled CD at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver. 17 tracks have been recorded and produced by George Young. However, only 12 tracks will make it on the album due out sometime January 99.

FLEURETY (Nor) ? Department of Apocalyptic Affairs?—- Slightly delayed due to designer- related complications with the layout, the anxiously awaited 2nd album from Norway’s most subvertive avantgardists will become available early in 2000. As previously announced, this one, recorded at Jester Studio (ARCTURUS, ULVER) is a highly- collaborative effort within the Norwegian clique, with members of MAYHEM, ULVER, ARTCTURUS, BEYOND DAWN, AURA NOIR, INFERNO, EPHEMERA, and MAGENTA having contributed to the recording. more info on Supernal Music or on any of their upcoming releases including THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL or BENIGHTED LEAMS e-mail : or visit the web site at

BLAZE Former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley has confirmed that his new project, Blaze, will release their debut album in late March. The ten-tracker will be called “Silicon Messiah” and was produced by Andy Sneap.

ASPHYX new album entitled ” On The Wings Of Inferno ” will be on sale March 2000.

CEMETARY 1213 Mathias Lodmalm ( who’s original Cemetary outfit was the prototype for Sundown and released three albums on Black Mark ) has got the guys back together to record an album entitled, ” The Beat Divine “. A spring release looks likely…

FLOWING TEARS have finished recording their 3rd album, “Jade” in Woodhouse with Waldemar Sorychta. Expect the release on Century Media in February of 2000.

SON OF SKAM are refreshing in yer face NYHC with an hip hop attitude from some seasoned veterans (including ex membres of Madball and Sub Zero). Watch out for their “5 Borough Manhunt” EP out in February on Century Media.

ROB HALFORD the former Judas Priest vocalist is rumored to be working with producer/guitartist Roy Z who was instrumental in Bruce Dickinson’s recent solo success.

ORIGIN the Kansas, USA act has been added to the Relapse roster.

SAVATAGE has signed with Nuclear Blast. Watch for a release this spring!

RAISE HELL now recording their 2nd album for Nuclear Blast. The working title is Not Dead Yet to be released the spring of 2000.

STEEL PROPHET will release their new album in the spring of 2000. The band is currently in search of a new drummer.

THERION will release their new album entitled Deggial March 7th 2000 on Nuclear Blast.

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