Welcome to the 20th edition of the 2006 HR/HM Update.
I'm starting off this week's update with a programming note for next week. I'm headed to Vermont to spread my father's ashes. If you don't see next week's HR/HM Update by Thursday night of next week, you won't see it until at least next Sunday night.
Now that we have that announcement out of the way, let's get on with the news.
COMINGS & GOINGS
Starting off our version of the transactions notes is the news that guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh has left Sum 41 to form metal band called Brown Brigade. Reportedly the band will have a "classic metal sound."
While he's been missing shows as of late, Opeth drummer Martin Lopez is now officially out of the band. News Link
Drummer Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly) is now a full member of Stone Sour. He's been their temporary drummer recently, but has now been promoted.
Buckcherry has signed a deal with Atlantic Records. Full details
Singer Jorn Lande has quit Masterplan. The Story
Snake River Conspiracy has split with singer Martina Axen and rehired Tobey Torres. There's been a bunch of reasons why the split came about flying back and forth between SRC's Jason Slater (who produced Queensryche's Operation:mindcrime II) and Axen. Oh, and here's a pic of Torres.
Here's an update about Iced Earth from guitarist Jon Schaffer. The Link
Exciter vocalist Jacques Belanger has quit the band...again. News Story
Winger has reunited! Kip Winger, Reb Beach, and Rod Morgenstein (keyboardist Paul Taylor is absent) are back together and will release a brand new studio album via Frontiers Records in October. The album will feature cover art from comic artist Ethan Van Sciver.
METAL HEALTH NEWS
Symphony X bassist has been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Here's the story
ROCK & ROLL INTERVIEWS OF THE WEEK
Here's a couple of 5 question interviews from Rock Is Life.com (Not conducted by me)
Children of Bodom
Rock Is Life.com Interview of the Week - Eric Mantell
Sepultura vocalist Derrick Green
Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin
Shadowman vocalist Steve Overland
Mind's Eye drummer Daniel Flores
Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan
INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK - This Glenn Hughes Coast To Coast MP3 Podcast link contains an interview with Glenn Hughes talking about each track on his upcoming new album Music For The Divine. (Check out the audio samples section for more on the album.) Podcast Link
From Rock Is Life.com (not written by me)
Hydrogyn - Bombshell
Rebel Meets Rebel - Rebel Meets Rebel
Vernon Reid & Masque - Other True Self
AUDIO & VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Believe it or not, I've actually got a bunch of stuff for you to check out this week.
You can check out four new songs from Pretty Boy Floyd via their Myspace page.
Check out this MP3 sample of the new Panzerchrist album Battalion Beast. "The Lean Black Cruisers"
You can the new Cloudscape song "Shape Shifter" via the band's Myspace page.
Here's a video clip link for the Lacuna Coil performance on Jimmy Kimmel. Video Link
CD Showcases from Melodicrock.com
Glenn Hughes - Music For The Divine
Pride Of Lions - Live In Belgium
John West - Long Time...No Sing
Cloudscape - Crimson Skies
Baltimoore - Kaleidoscope
CD & DVD NEWS OF THE WEEK
Frontiers Records will release the new Shooting Star album Circles in Europe on July 7th.
The track listing below contains audio samples!
02. Without Love
03. Trouble In Paradise
04. George's Song
05. Borrowed Time
06. Everybody's Crazy
08. I'm A Survivor (Full Length Clip!)
09. We're Not Alone
10. What Love Is
Here's the cover art:
The new Eighteen Visions album will be self-titled. It's due out July 18th on Trustkill Records. Album details
Trouble's new CD Simple Mind Condition is due out August 22nd.
The Arch Enemy DVD Live Apocalypse will be released by Century Media Records on August 8th.
Firebird will have their new album Hot Wings out in Japan on May 31st via Victor Entertainment and in early July in Europe via Rise Above Records. There's no word on a North American release date.
The track listing is:
02. Good Times
03. Misty Morning
04. Play The Fool
05. Horse Drawn Man
07. Bow Bells
08. Flying Blind
09. I Wish You Well
10. Needle In The Groove
11. Last Days Of August (Japanese Bonus Track)
Stone Sour will release Come What(ever) May through Roadrunner Records on August 22nd.
Rhino Records will reissue the Queensryche album Q2K August 29th. The album will reportedly have 3 or 4 bonus tracks. The limited edition versions will feature autographed copies and Q2K caps.
The Best Of Candlebox will be out May 23rd on Rhino Records. The track listing is:
04. Simple Lessons
05. Best Friends
07. Happy Pills
08. Far Behind
11. Cover Me
12. It's Alright
14. 10,000 Horses
15. Glowing Soul
The Anathema DVD A Moment In Time is now due June 19th through Metal Mind Productions. News Link
Here's news on the reissue of Opeth's early catalog. Story Link
Crash Kelly's album Electric Satisfaction will be out via Liquor and Poker Music on July 25th. The album was produced by ex-Guns & Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. You can hear the song "Ride The Wire" through their Myspace page.
The Halloween CD Horror Fire is due out on Motor City Metal June 6th. More details
The Amon Amarth DVD has been delayed again. News article
Animal (the band featuring ex-W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper) will release their new album Violent New Breed in the UK on May 15th.
Here's the album art for the new Deicide album The Stench Of Redemption