February in MetalTaken from Ultimate-Guitar.com
Tim 'Ripper' Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth, Beyond Fear) has swapped one control-freak (Jon Schaffer) for another, that person being none other than Swedish virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. Tim, who has previously collaborated with Yngwie on a cover of the Ozzy Osbourne classic “Mr Crowley”, will reportedly sing on the new Yngwie album, but won't write anything (surprising). He also expects to tour in support for the record, but notes that it's essentially a one-off. The album is tentatively due in June 2008.
Pain-members were assaulted in Germany last weekend, when on tour in support of Nightwish. Several members, including famous producer/writer/musician Peter Tagtgren, were beaten up by a gang who assaulted them outside their tour bus. The gig in Leipzig the day after had to be cancelled, as drummer David Wallin suffered several stitches and a concussion. However, the guys picked themselves up quickly and resumed the tour only a few days afterwards. There is no word on arrests for the culprits.
According to drummer Tommy Lee, Motley Crue will embark on a world tour starting July 4, in support of their new album. Around the same time an album based on the book “The Dirt” is rumored to hit the shelves, and a single will be on radio in early May.
A list of songs supposedly used by American troops in Iraq while interrogating POWs has been revealed. Somewhat unexpectedly, yet maybe not, Deicide is featured on top of this list, with the song “F--k Your God”, from their 2004 album “Scars Of The Crucifix”. Deicide drummer Steve Asheim commented: "It's cool. If we're upto military standards of audio abuse, it makes me feel like Decide's doing our part for the troops." Other artists featured on the playlist were Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Eminem, Prince... and the themesong to Barney the Dinosaur.
Well, that's all for this month. Next month we'll be looking at releases from Meshuggah, the new In Flames EP, and more...