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According to unconfirmed reports, yesterday's (July 5) first day of Athens Open Air festival in Athens, Greece was a near-disaster, as only four out of the six scheduled bands performed (there was no official word on what happened to DIMMU BORGIR, one of the two acts that failed to play at the event). In addition, there was a three-hour delay and tons of sand and remarkably "poor" stage lights and sound at the festival site (Aloimos beach). The second day of the festival, which was supposed to take place today (with scheduled performers including IN FLAMES, ANTHRAX, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PAIN OF SALVATION, KATATONIA and BATTLEROAR), is unofficially said to have been cancelled. No further information is currently available.
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site (as part of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail"):
"Comrades, I've been returning emails at a feverish pace the last few days and so many of them are from Perth and New Zealand. We're coming all the way to Australia and we're not coming to Perth and we're not gonna drop down and pay a visit to Middle Earth? Why?
"Ask your local promoters. We wanted to go to Perth and New Zealand. To come all the way down to Australia and not play Perth and New Zealand is stupid. We couldn't get one offer that would at least enable us to break even. We would've gone to Auckland and maybe even Wellington if we could have at least broken even. We couldn't even pay for flights from Australia with what we were being offered. The promoters don't seem to think we would’ve sold enough tickets to warrant paying us enough to get there. That sucks. Everyone loses. Even the promoters because our Australia shows are doing great. I'm sure a show in Perth would’ve sold out as well and NZ would’ve followed suit. It blows man, I know. All I can say is let the powers that be in your area know that you want ANTHRAX to come play. Maybe next time we’ll be able to. If you can, come see us in Sydney or Melbourne or Brisbane or Adelaide. The shows are going to be great.
"Next major topic of your emails is bass auditions. Thank you for all the offers. Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement and the goodwill. Seriously, from my heart it means so much to get so many letters from you, the people that matter, the people that buy the tickets and CDs and DVDs etc. etc, thank you. For now, we've got no plans to hold auditions. If we do, you'll be the first to know.More...
downset. is geared up to unleash their 4th album, "Universal", April 20 th on Seattle-based Hawino Records. The band just completed 11 blistering new songs, and has been performing sporadically as they return to the top of the amalgamated world they created over a decade ago. Tracks like "Forever", "All Crews", "Black Glock", and "Jumpin' Off", showcase the uncompromising anger and gritty reality downset. fans have learned to expect.
downset. will unleash at the Whisky-A-Go-Go Thursday, April 8th in a one-night-only limited edition show with Anthrax. The band is expected to preview their new album live at the show.
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and guitarist Scott Ian have issued separate statements confirming the departure of bassist Frank Bello.
Charlie Benante commented:
"Hey everyone in Anthraxland, I know things are getting out of control and I wanted to speak to our friends about this situation. The story is true — we have parted ways with Frankie. This was a difficult decision to make. We didn't want things to turn out this way, but they have. I can't get into "why" this happened, all I'll say is Anthrax were going one way and Frankie was going another.More...
ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and Australia." More information will be made available soon.
As previously reported, ANTHRAX will be joined by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and SOILWORK on their upcoming headlining tour of Japan and Australia. The dates are as follows: More...
Bassist Frank Bello has quit ANTHRAX and is relocating to Los Angeles to join the reformed HELMET, according to "informed sources". The surprising move reportedly came the day after ANTHRAX finished taping the additional video footage for their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", due on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Replacing Bello in ANTHRAX on a temporary basis is veteran bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING). An official announcement on the matter is expected soon.
CRADLE OF FILTH will enter the studio on Friday, February 13 to begin recording their Roadrunner Records debut, tentatively titled "Nymphetamine".
The follow-up to last year's "Damnation and a Day" will be produced by Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano, who has worked with the group during the mixing stage for their last lp.
"Nymphetamine" (roughly translated as the druggish beast-like addiction to beautiful, classical women) is tentatively set for an early June release and will feature the following tracks:
ANTHRAX have announced the list of winning tracks to be recorded for the group's collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs sung by current vocalist John Bush, dubbed "Metallum Maximum Aeturnum". The songs, which were selected by the fans via the band's official homepage as part of ANTHRAX's 20th Anniversary Celebration, are as follows: More...
QUEENSRŸCHE, GAMMA RAY, ANTHRAX, U.D.O. and PRETTY MAIDS have been officially added to this year's Metal Mania festival, a 3-day event set to take place June 25-27 in Villarobledo (Albacete), Spain. The event is being headlined by a reunited JUDAS PRIEST. More info at www.metalmaniafestival.com.
ANTHRAX are looking for all the Southern California metal maniacs to come be a part of the zombie-filled mayhem as the band shoots the video for the song "What Doesn't Die" (the first track off their latest CD, "We've Come For You All") this Monday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m.
The location of the shoot is the infamous Ambassador Hotel, which is located at 3400 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, CA 90010.
As reported earlier, the video was written and conceived by comic/writer Brian Posehn, know best for his work on "Mr. Show", "Just Shoot Me" and his own stand up routine. Posehn will co-direct the clip with Michael Sarna who has previously worked on videos for 50 CENT, SMASHMOUTH, and COUNTING CROWS.
A management spokesperson describes the concept of the video as "the most kick- ass, zombie-filled video of all time."
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Electricbasement.com, ex- ANTHRAX frontman JOEY BELLADONNA explained the the chances of a reunion with his former band, "I'll never say 'never' to anything, but I'm sure it would be hard rather than easy." As far as why the previous attempt a couple years back didn't produce results, "The negotiating process just never panned out." Meanwhile, he is hard at work promoting his new band BELLADONNA and their new album 03.
Read the full article at Electric Basement.
ANTHRAX have set "Metallum Maximus Aeternus" as the title for their upcoming collection of Belladonna/Turbin-era songs sung by current vocalist John Bush, according to the group's official German web site, www.anthraxband.de.
The album will be recorded early next year and the exact track listing for the effort will be voted on by the group's fans. A late spring release through Nuclear Blast is expected.
I'm less interested in hearing Bush sing these songs than in the prospect of getting altogether remade songs with modern production capabilities.