System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has completed recording two forthcoming side project albums, both of which are set for release on his own Serjical Strike Records next year. One album, tentatively titled, "Serart", is a collaboration with Armenian multi-instrumentalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan, who also guested on the bands latest release "Toxicity". Serj recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the projects and described the "Serart" album by saying:
"It's really crazy world, jazz and experimental, with some rock and hip-hop, beats, dance beats, electronic beats. Arto plays the Coke bottle, water droplets, an ancient flute, percussion of all sorts, little toys and shakers. And he doesn't use any words. It's all scatting. I sing a little in English, but only on two tracks."
System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian is also expected to show up on 2 of the albums 15 tracks in a djing capacity. Meanwhile, Serj has also collaborated with Scottish vocalist Petra Jolly on a new electronica tinged album called Bad Girls. He describes the sound of Bad Girls as "very Massive Attack-ish.... trip-hop with really, kinda poppy vocals."
Both albums were recorded during the various periods of downtime System Of A Down has had during the past few years, though they are not fully completed as of yet, with some mixing still required at present. In the meantime, Serj has been meeting with various major labels in hopes to score a joint label venture to help with the distribution for the various releases on Serjical Strike.
Vision Of Moose Cock
Vision Of Disorder guitarist Matt Baumbach recently lashed out at the bands label TVT in a recent interview, located here. Here's what he had to say:
"Things are going horribly with TVT. At first they seemed to really dig the band, but now their sucking pretty hard on some moose cock. Its funny normally getting a label to spend money is the problem, but they gave us shitloads and then when they had to do the easy part, and just put the record on shelves, they couldn�t do it. They fucked up the shipping, marketing, tour support, radio play, and video play of the record, not to mention countless opportunities to tour with really good bands. Lazy is not the right word as inane is."
At present, the band are said to be spending some downtime at home as a result of lacking tour support.
Touring In Winter
Kittie are expected to launch a new U.S. headlining tour beginning in mid-December, dates and opening acts are planned to be announced shortly.
Incubus Attacks Leno Tomorrow
Incubus will be performing on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" tomorrow, Thursday, November 29th. The groups forthcoming full-length DVD/VHS release, "When Incubus Attacks, Vol. 2", will hit stores on December 11th through Immortal/Epic.
The Way You Park
Adema's forthcoming new video for their current single, "The Way You Like It", was recently shot with director Gregory Dark (Linkin Park, Drowning Pool) and features cameos from Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and DJ Joesph Hahn. The clip is expected to begin airing on MTV early next month. In other news, the group have confirmed their plans to join Linkin Park as part of the Projekt Revolution tour in January. The bill is also tentatively expected to feature Cypress Hill and The Crystal Method, with dates set to be announced shortly. In the meantime, Adema will be featured on FOX's "Under The Helmet" this coming Saturday, December 01st and will also be playing the following radio shows:
November 28th Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
December 01st West Palm Beach - Mars Music Amphitheatre
December 02nd Clearwater, FL - Coachman Park
December 06th Indianapolis, IN - Pepsi Coliseum
December 14th Cleveland, OH - CSU Convocation Center
December 15th Detroit, MI - Cobo Arena
The Grosse Filter
Filter are nearing the completion of the production end of their forthcoming new album, "The Amalgamut", and plan to begin mixing it with Ben Grosse (Sevendust, Fuel) early next month at Abyssinian Sons Studios, and finish it up at The Mixroom in Los Angeles, CA in January. A spring release through Warner Bros. is being eyed, while tentative track titles include:
"Don't Give an Inch"
"You Walk Away"
"The American Clich�"
"I Like The World Today"
"My Long Walk To Jail"
"It Can Never Be The Same"
"So I Quit"
Manson de Sade
Marilyn Manson has completed the music for around 10 new tracks for his forthcoming new outing and is currently working on writing the lyrics for them. The effort is being co-produced by Manson and Tim Skold of KMFDM fame and is said to be inspired by groups like Ministry, Big Black, Nitzer Ebb and French writer Marquis de Sade. The album is expected to feature a guest appearance from Peaches as well as Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison. Manson recently commented to MTV on working with Jordison stating:
"He did a remix for us of 'Fight Song' a while back. I liked it so much that he and I started talking about doing other music together. He came by, and he worked on a track with me. I'm not sure if it's gonna end up on the album or not, but he played guitar. Strangely, he didn't want to be involved in the drum tracks. He and I have been very close since Ozzfest and plan to do a lot of things together in the future."
At present, the album is eyeing a mid to late 2002 release date through nothing/Interscope.
Tits On A Sacrifice?
Sevendust are heavily rumored to support Creed on their forthcoming U.S. tour which will kick off in January. No official info is available as of yet.
King Of Movies
Alien Ant Farm will be releasing a CD single for their current single, "Movies", in the U.K. on February 04th. In other news, the band have added two more dates to their current touring schedule, they are as follows:
December 20th Albuquerque, NM - El Rey Theatre
December 21st Scottsdale, AZ - Cajun House
Amen have found a new guitarist to replace the slot recently vacated by Paul Fig, he is Rich Jones formerly of the Black Halos and his official statement on joining the group can be found at http://www.blackhalos.com . In other news, Amen have found an additional 200 copies of their 1995 outing "Slave" and are selling them on a first come, first served basis through their official website http://www.comaamerica.com .
I saw the Black Halos in concert at Snow Jam 2001 and i must say they were very good. Amen rocks so i think this could be a pretty wicked deal. The only thing that sucks about the Black Halos guitarist joining Amen is that because of it the Black Halos have decided to split ways and are no longer a band. You gain some you lose some.
Its too bad.
Sepultura are heavily rumored to be in the final stages of signing a recording contract with Sanctuary, an official announcement is expected shortly.
Tip Your Jaw
Glassjaw recently debuted a new track titled "Tip Your Bartender" at their recent live show in New Jersey this past weekend. At present, the band are still said to be involved in a stand off with their record company Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam regarding their forthcoming new album, which they plan to record sometime in the coming months with producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot). In the meantime, the band have also written a wealth of other new songs for the impending effort, known tentative track titles include:
"Ape Dos Mil"
"Cosmopolitan Blood Loss" "Neo Tokyon"
"Must Have Run All Day"
Godsmack are hoping to wrap up work on the forthcoming video for their latest single "Bad Magick" sometime in the near future. The group had originally began shooting for the video in Portland, ME with director Troy Smith on September 10th, but put the clip on hold indefinitely as a result of the terrorist attacks which took place the following day.
Powerman 5000 frontman Spider One recently made a post on the bands official message board regarding prospective replacements for the groups vacated bassist and drummer slots along with some insight to their forthcoming new album, which is due out around spring / summer next year through Dreamworks. You can check it all out here.