March 17th, 2002


Not Here To Delay

The release date for Korn's upcoming new album "Untouchables" has once again had its release date changed, this time back to its original release date of May 14th through Immortal/Epic. The bumped up date is heavily thought to be a direct result of the bands album recently leaking to the internet in mp3 form. In other news, the albums first single "Here To Stay", has now been posted on their official website,

Good thinking! :)

Casey's Chaos

Amen frontman Casey Chaos recently spoke with Kerrang! magazine regarding the bands current situation and their departure from Virgin Records. It appears as though the bands recently recorded new album was paid for by their now former label and as a result, they label is currently retaining the rights to the effort which cost somewhere over a $200,000 to record. Casey described the situation saying:
"We finished the record and spent three months in limbo, it's been one big disaster. And we're not like Mariah Carey or something; we're just a small-shit punk band so they could probably write it off and say 'Here, take your record'. But it depends on the kind of deal we get if we can get that record back. So we're just at a standstill now and we can't do anything. People go, 'Why don't you fly over to England and do some shows or something', but it's impossible. We don't have any money. It's got to the point where the future of the band is in jeopardy, because people aren't able to survive."

He also went into depths about the bands current financial situation stating:
"Not being able to figure out how you're gonna pay your rent, Worrying if you're gonna have to pack up your shit and put it in storage or sell your car. That's broke. Going to stores and trading your CD's to be able to pay for shit. It's just about survival: Larkin (drummer) is trying to get some session work; Rich (Jones, guitarist) is living with his girlfriend; Sonny (Mayo, guitarist) is getting a day job, but what job's gonna have you when you go on tour for six weeks and come back when you feel like it? Who's gonna hire you? When you're on the road it's not really an issue. You make $20 a day or something and you can eat, but when you're home and you can't pay the bills it starts to get to you. It's disheartening. Larkin has a kid so it isn't even about him, It's about being able to put food on the table for his kid."

When asked about the new record he went on to say:
"Ross Robinson said it was the most intense work he's ever done and it's definitely the most difficult record we've ever done. It was like an exorcism and I lost a lot of close friends because I think I became too fucked-up. This record was definitely my darkest period."

Meanwhile, when questioned whether or not the band would be breaking up, he had this to say:
"Well, I'd rather blow up than just flutter about, we've had an amazing time and in some ways I'd rather leave it as it is. But at the same time I wanna make sure the record comes out. It's just about survival. We're all trying to keep it together. We all believe in the band, but with all this shit going on it just makes it difficult. We could be forced into being a band that presses up 300 CD's and hand-numbers them or we could just go away. Right now I feel like we still have a reason to be a band. We still believe with a passion in what we do, but it's about being able to do that. It's definitely a big blow, but a fatal blow? We'll see."

In the meantime, the band are currently meeting with numerous interested labels in hopes of securing one to release their new album in partnership with I AM Recordings later this year.

Definitely want to hear this album and I hope things work out for the band!

Break The Radio
Staind have lined up the track "Epiphany" as the next single from their latest release, "Break The Cycle". An add date is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Everything You Warped On Ozzfest
Glassjaw are expected to be quite busy on the road this summer. The band have already been tapped for a string of dates with Vex Red in May, followed by shows in June with The Juliana Theory and Piebald. However, the group are now also tentatively slated to do a stint on the Drive-Thru Records stage of the Warped Tour in mid-July, plus a three week jaunt on this years Ozzfest Tour. More details are expected as things become finalized. In the meantime, the bands new album "Worship And Tribute", is currently eyeing an as of yet undecided June release through I AM/Warner.

National Bazooka
More information on the upcoming national Locobazooka tour has surfaced. It appears that the U.S. based trek will last for a month this summer and acts tentatively lined up to appear on it include:
Powerman 5000
More details are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Spider In Chains
Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains fame recently collaborated with Saliva frontman Josey Scott and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger on a new track entitled "Hero". The song is expected to be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming live action film adaptation of the legendary comic book "Spiderman", which is due out in stores on April 23rd through Sony, while the film itself will land in theaters in early May. Other songs tentatively marked for inclusion on the soundtrack are Alien Ant Farm's "Bug Bites", a solo track by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor entitled "Bother" and a new song from the Stone Temple Pilots.

Sid Transforms
Slipknot turntablist Sid Wilson/#0 will be performing under his alter ego of DJ Starscream at the Gatecrasher's Summer Soundsystem in Turweston Park in Oxfordshire on June 22nd. No word yet on when or if he will be releasing his long delayed debut under the moniker anytime soon however.

Sickness K
Disturbed hit the studio with producer Johnny K. (Machine Head, SOiL) today to begin work on their upcoming new album, reportedly titled "Believe". The album is expected out in the fall through Reprise/Warner and will be preceded by the bands upcoming DVD release, due out in early May.

Kingdom Of The Ants
Alien Ant Farm will be releasing a new single for their track "Attitude" in the U.K. on May 13th through New Noize/Dreamworks. The effort will be released in support of the bands following newly announced dates:
May 11th London, England - Astoria
May 13th Nottingham, England - Nottingham Rock City
May 14th Birmingham, England - Birmingham Academy
May 15th Bristol, England - Bristol Academy
May 17th Nurburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring Alternastage
May 18th Nurnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park Alternastage

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Ozzfest 2002 Takes Shape
The official line-up for Ozzfest 2002 is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Acts confirmed for the Main Stage include: Ozzy Osbourne, System Of A Down, Rage/Cornell (official name tba) and Drowning Pool. Artists rumored to be rounding out the Main Stage line-up include: Adema, Black Label Society and on select dates Foo Fighters and Tenacious D.

The second stage is heavily rumored to be headlined by Rob Zombie. Bands who look most likely to appear on the second stage include: Down, Hatebreed, Soil, Flaw, Mushroomhead, Kittie, American Head Charge, Lost Prophets, Ill Nino, The Apex Theory, 3rd Strike, Sw1tched, OTEP, PulseUltra, Neurotica, Darwin's Waiting Room and Earshot.