Friday, June 15, 2007 @ 5:16 AM
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Texas Hellfest (www.myspace.com/texashellfest) is scheduled for July 22nd at The Rockyard in Ft. Worth, Texas. Bands confirmed so far for the festival include Prong and Omen.
Down guitarist Pepper Keenan has issued the following progress report: "Holy shit it's been a long trip but this Down record is almost done. Phil (Anselmo) and I are in Hollywood mixing this beautiful beast and it friggin slams in every sense of the word. In the coming weeks we will be slipping info out through mine and Down's site straight to y'all, circumnavigating everything. It will be from the horse's mouth, stay tuned... here we go, see you on the horizon. Pepper"
After just one album, 2006's Shot To Hell, Black Label Society have parted ways with Roadrunner Records. Says the band: "As we always want to keep you informed, we will let you in on the exciting announcement coming in the near future." BLS are currently on a European tour with Ozzy Osbourne.
Dokken leader Don Dokken is "currently laying down the vocals for the ninth song on their new album, Lightning Strikes, and there are two more songs to go." Dokken told Bravewords.com he expects to have the album finished and delivered to the record label by July 15th for a September release.
Extreme metal unit Job For Cowboy was named "Best Underground Band" at the 2007 Metal Hammer "Golden Gods Awards". Job For Cowboy joins a nice list of former award recipients, including Satyricon, Meshuggah, Mastodon and In Flames. The band was present at the June 11 award ceremony in London to accept the award onstage.
Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick has entered the studio to begin recording his next solo CD, which for now is titled BK3.
According to Ticketmaster, a number of upcoming W.A.S.P. live shows in the US and Canada have been cancelled with no reason given. Alabama Thunderpussy is also on the bill with dates set to begin in mid-July. the cancellations have lead to specualtion that the entire tour is about to be called off.
Update: W.A.S.P.'s North American Tour has official been cancelled. For details, click here.
Dream Theater's new album, Systematic Chaos, has hit the Top 20 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. At press time (June 15th) they were sitting the #19. This is the band's highest chart position ever. Their 1994 album, Awake, peaked on Billboard at #32.
KOCH Records has signed Within Chaos, a hardcore metal act based in Ft. Worth, TX for a worldwide, four-album deal. The band’s first album under this deal is as yet untitled album and will be released this Fall. Within Chaos has previously released the album, What Doesn’t Kill You, in 2006, and has toured throughout Texas and the Midwest with the likes of Unearth, Walls of Jericho, God Forbid and Trivium. The band is confirmed as one of the headliners for the upcoming Dallas/Ft. Worth Metal Massacre at th Ridglea Theater on June 30th.
The annual Download festival took place on June 8th, 9th and 10th at Donington Park, England and featured an unprecedented roster of Roadrunner Records acts. Performing as part of the gargantuan festival, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison accompanied Korn on drums. This record-breaking performance was Jordison’s fifth Download appearance since its inception in 2002, and marks him as the only artist to play the festival multiple times in 4 different high-profile bands. Past Download performances include: Murderdolls (main stage 2002), Slipknot (main stage 2004 & 2005), and a guest appearance with Metallica (main stage 2004). Jordison has been performing with Korn since the departure of drummer David Silveria and states, "when I first heard Korn they blew me away and I have been a fan ever since…I’m looking forward to playing drums with these guys for the next five months!" Adding to his extensive list of musical accomplishments, Jordison has also been taking on producing duties, most recently working on the forthcoming 3 Inches of Blood release, Fire Up The Blades.