Head Bangers Delight
News Letter #28

What you will find in this News Letter:
Feature Story: Ozzfest '98
News: Black Sabbath, Slayer, and more
Concert Tour Info: Soulfly, Pro Pain, Morbid Angel, and Saxon
Trivia: New Question


The schedule for this years hottest metal festival is starting to take shape. Last year's festival was one of the highest grossing tours and held the highest per show grossing average of the year, Ozzfest '98 will be no exception. With some of the biggest names in metal including Ozzy himself, this year's festival is looking very promising.

The European part of the tour is set for its one and only date on June 20 at Milton Keynes Bowl outside of London. The lineup for the show will feature last year's headliners Black Sabbath, Ozzy, and Pantera along with Korn, who just signed on to play the date, Slayer, Fear Factory, Soulfly, and the Foo Fighters on the main stage. The second stage will feature Coal Chamber, Life Of Agony, Limp Bizkit, Neurosis, Human Waste Project, and Entombed.

Ozzfest '98 will kick off its US itinerary at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey on July 3 and run through the beginning of August. The main stage will feature headliners Tool, Megadeth, and Ozzy as well as Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber, Sevendust, and Soulfly. We have heard the lineup for the headliners will be Ozzy to play first, then Tool, and Megadeth to close, however this is unconfirmed. The second stage will feature Incubus, Two, Melvins, Snot, Ultraspank, Kilgore, Life Of Agony, System of a Down, and Monster Voodoo Machine. At each show, one of the second stage bands will rotate into the opening slot on the main stage.

For the July 18 date Ozzfest will combine with the Vans Warped Tour for one giant rock
extravaganza. Deftones are one of the headliners of the Vans Warped Tour.

Ozzfest '98 Tour Dates

 Date                     City                                   State                               Venue
7/03/98                Holmdel                                  NJ                         PNC Arts Center
7/05/98                Holmdel                                  NJ                         PNC Arts Center
7/06/98                Wantagh                                 NY                       Jones Beach Amph.
7/07/98                 Boston                                   MA                          Great Woods
7/09/98                Hershey                                  PA                         Hershey Stadium
7/11/98                Camden                                  NJ                      Entertainment Center
7/12/98               Pittsburgh                                 PA                    Starlake Amphitheater
7/14/98                  Akron                                  OH                           Rubber Bowl
7/16/98              Indianapolis                               IN                            Deer Creek
7/18/98              Minneapolis                              MN                       Sommerset Park
7/19/98               East Troy                                 WI                          Alpine Valley
7/23/98                 Detroit                                   MI                             Pine Knob
7/25/98               St. Louis                                  MO                  Riverport Amphitheater
7/26/98             Kansas City                               MO                           Sandstone
7/28/98              Columbus                                 OH                      Polaris Amphitheater
7/30/98                Atlanta                                    GA                   Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/01/98                Raleigh                                    NC                    Walnut Creek Amph.
8/02/98                Bristow                                   VA                         Nissan Pavilion
*All Dates Are Subject To Change


Black Sabbath: The forthcoming live album has been pushed back to October 31. The album will feature songs from their two live shows in England on Dec. 4 and 5 last year and will also include a couple of bonus tracks that the band has just finished recording.

Slayer's new album will be entitled "Diabolus In Musica," and is scheduled for a release date on May 26. The band will be joining Clutch and System Of A Down for a tour that begins in May. Track Listing:  "Bitter Peace," "Stain Of Mind,"  "Love To Hate,"  "Death's Head," "Screaming From The Sky," "Overt Enemy," "Scrum," "In The Name Of God," "Perversions Of Pain," "Desire," "Point"

Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton will be unveiling yet another side project, currently called Diabolik, which includes Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), Buzz Osbourne (Melvins) and Dave Lombardo (Grip Inc.). The band will debut in San Francisco this July.

AC/DC: Thunderbolt: A Tribute To AC/DC is scheduled for release on April 7. Anthrax, Quiet Riot, and members of Ratt, Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Dokken and Motorhead are among the groups who turn up on the album. The first single from the tribute will be a version of "Walk All Over You"  performed by Anthrax's Charlie Banante, Frank Bello and Scott Ian with Dee Snider on vocals. The single will arrive on March 30.

Megadeth's Cryptic Writings album has been re-packaged in Japan with the bonus CD called Live Trax II, featuring live versions of "Almost Honest", "A Tout Le Monde", "Sweating Bullets",  "Symphony Of Destruction", "Anarchy In The U.K." and the Environmal Science Mix and Supercharger Mix of "Almost Honest."

Machine Head's Logan Mader has quit the band. This was due to his desire to work on side projects for some extra income. In a posting on the bands official site they had this to say, "Machine Head is a full time commitment. The majority of the income generated is turned around and reinvested into the maintenance of running the band. Not a path chosen by all bands, however it is how Machine Head has always worked. As everyone should know, the path to success isn't always paved with quick money and to get there takes work, dedication and pride. The depth of this work ethic has been hard on us all, but we deeply believe in what Machine Head is doing and in the
people who have supported us----unfortunately Logan didn't.
        The fact that Logan quit the band has left us devastated, we honestly feel betrayed and are deeply disappointed. We wanted him to stay but it was not to be. Machine Head will continue to create new material, and are preparing to audition guitarists. Machine Head's focus is clearer than ever, as you know we have always faced our problems head on and we're not about to stop now. We would like to thank you for your continued support. Stay strong."

Crowbar has entered Ultrasound Studios in New Orleans to record a new album. Keith Falgout (Acid Bath, Crisis) will be producing the record with Crowbar. Sammy Piere Duet, from Acid Bath and more recently Goatwhore, has now joined the band on guitar. More details to come...

Testament: Dave Lombardo is playing on the next album. He is currently writing songs with Testament and will continue with Grip Inc. The new songs are reportedly going to be similar in  style to Demonic, with blast-beat Lombardo drums. Lyrically it will be a mix of death growls and the more melodic vocals of the classic Testament.

Metallica postponed the first few dates of their Australian tour due to the death of drummer, Lars Ulrich's mother. The band was due to kick off their road trip last Friday in New Zealand  and continue on to Australia. The show scheduled for Friday in Wellington, NZ, is now set for Friday, April 17th. Saturday's show in Aukland will take place April 18th. The Brisbane, Australia  show, originally Tuesday, March 31, is now April 20.

Metallica has also issued a Cease And Desist Order over the Bay Area Thrashers live album. The tape is from a 1982 demo featuring an earlier incarnation of Metallica that included Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield and past members Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney. The tape is not actually a live recording but a demo with background noises to make it appear live.

Pro-Pain: Upon returning to the U.S. at the end of this month, the band will immediately go back on the road in support of their fourth and self-titled release. Once again audiences will find themselves under the relentless attack of Meskil and company for 70 straight days. Also, the band in conjunction with Mayhem Records will release The Best Of Pro-Pain on April 7. This digitally remastered collection combines tracks from the band's previous three releases as well as the unreleased "Take It Back."

Win Free Tickets to see Pro-Pain live! and have dinner with them when they come to your
hometown! All you have to do is send an email to kmb5870@aol.com with the answers to the following questions:

1. What month is it in Pro-Pain's song, "Time"?

2. What U.S. State does Gary make it to the top of in Pro-Pain's song, "Don't Kill Yourself To Live"?

3. (Bonus Question): Somewhere on this web site find the date that Pro-Pain was confirmed on the Dynamo Festival. http://www.mayhemfierce.com/

Please use the subject line, "Pro-Pain Contest Entry" and don't forget to include your name, mailing address, email address and phone number in your message.

Grand Prize Winner: Dinner with the band, tickets to the show, backstage passes, t-shirt,
autographed picture and poster.

1st Prize Winner: 10 minute phone call from the band member of the winner's choice, autographed picture and poster.

10 runners up will receive and autographed picture and poster.

Marilyn Manson guitarist Twiggy Ramirez and his partial namesake, the 60s fashion model Twiggy, have recorded a song for the upcoming "Dead Man On Campus" soundtrack. Korn will also appear on the soundtrack.

Jerry Cantrell and his record label, Columbia Records, have launched an official site at
www.jerrycantrell.com where fans can find sound files from his solo album, "Boggy Depot," as well as QuickTime video of his new clip, "Cut You In."

Skid Row is coming back with a new lead singer, Shawn McCabe, a new sound, and a new name. They also plan to release a Best Of Skid Row album later this year.

Saxon: Chat with Saxon live on A.O.L. Friday April 3rd from 8pm - 10pm EST keyword is "Nightclub."

Mental Home has also completed the production of their new album to be entitled "Black Art." Release date is April 27

Sculptured's debut release, “The Spear of the Lily is Aureoled” from Mad Lion Records was released on March 31.

UNION has released an extremely limited edition vinyl picture disc comprised of an interview and the band's first single, 'Old Man Wise'. As well, their self-titled debut has been released on limited edition vinyl. Union also plans to begin touring in late April.

Boiler's debut album entitled "New Professionals" was recorded in the band's hometown and is scheduled for release on April 21.

Twisted Sister's 1982 debut, Under The Blade, has been released in Japan on CD for the
first time.

W.A.S.P. reissue for Crimson Idol has been pushed back until June.

Izzy Stradlin's 117 Degress album is released in Japan with two previously unreleased bonus tracks, live covers of 'Crackin' Up' and 'Pressure Drop', recorded at the Trivoli Theater in Dublin,  Ireland on December 17th, 1992

Axekiller Records in France is reissuing Assassin's Interstellar Experience, Destruction's Eternal Devastation and Anvil's Forged In Fire.

Nokturnal Mortum: "Goat Horns" was released March 31. N.M has completed the recordings of their new album, expected to come out Summer of 1998.  The album is entitled "To The Gates Of The Blasphemous Fire."
Odes Of Ecstasy has finished the recordings of the debut album entitled "Embossed Dream In Four Acts." It will be released in April.

Steven Adler, former Guns N' Roses drummer is working on an autobiography

Tracks from Rage Against The Machine and Puff Daddy with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page will be  included in the soundtrack to the upcoming summer blockbuster "Godzilla."

Concert Tour Info

Date                        City                      State                          Venue
04/16/98                 Tempe                     AZ                           Gibson`s  (Diabetes Benefit)
04/23/98               Houston                    TX                              Abyss
04/24/98                 Dallas                      TX                         Deep Ellum Live
04/25/98              Memphis                    TN                       New Daisy Theatre
04/26/98               Atlanta                      GA                           Masquerade
04/27/98             Cincinnati                    OH                              Bogart's
04/28/98             Cleveland                   OH                          Agora Theatre
04/29/98             Columbus                   OH                      Newport Music Hall
04/30/98              Chicago                      IL                             Vic Theatre
05/01/98              St. Louis                    MO                       Mississippi Nights
05/03/98               Denver                      CO                         Ogden Theatre
05/04/98          Salt Lake City                UT                                Brick's
05/06/98          San Francisco                CA                           Maritime Hall
05/07/98             Hollywood                  CA                               Palace

Pro Pain
Date                    City                             State                        Venue
03/31/98          Fort Myers                        FL                     Orbit Nightclub
04/01/98             Tampa                            FL                         Brass Mug
04/02/98             Atlanta                           GA                        Masquerade
04/03/98         Spartanburg                        SC                       Ground Zero
04/04/98            Raleigh                            NC                          Brewery
04/05/98       Winston-Salem                     NC                           Ziggy's
04/07/98          Baltimore                          MD                          Daytona's
04/08/98          Springfield                         VA                             Jaxx
04/09/98          Philadelphia                       PA                           Trocadero
04/10/98         Poughkeepsie                    NY                             Chance
04/11/98            Albany                            NY                             Bogie's
04/12/98         Springfield                         MA                             Infinity
04/13/98         New York                         NY                     Coney Island High
04/14/98         Providence                         RI                             Met Cafe
04/15/98           Danbury                          CT                        Tuxedo Junction
04/16/98         Old Bridge                         NJ                      Birch Hill Nite Club
04/17/98         Mt. Vernon                       NY                            Lowdown
4/18/98          New London                      CT                          El-N-Gee Club
04/19/98         Worcester                         MA                          Espresso Bar
04/21/98            Ithaca                             NY                                Haunt
04/22/98         Rochester                          NY                          Penny Arcade
04/23/98             Erie                               PA                              Sherlock's
04/24/98        Cleveland                          OH                     Peabody's Down Under
04/25/98        Columbus                          OH                           Al Rosa Villa
04/28/98         Pittsburgh                          PA                       To Be Announced
04/29/98          Moosic                            PA                               Sea-Sea's
05/01/98       Schaumburg                        IL                              Jackhammer's
05/02/98          Detroit                             MI                                 Palladium
05/03/98         Bay City                           MI                             Caliber Club
05/04/98     Grand Rapids                       MI                               Intersection
05/05/98        Milwaukee                        WI                                   Rave
05/06/98         St. Louis                          MO                                 Galaxy
05/07/98         Clinton                             IA                                   Pig Pen
05/08/98         Topeka                            KS                                  Gator's
05/09/98         Wichita                            KS                             Station Square
05/10/98         Denver                            CO                          To Be Announced
05/11/98     Salt Lake City                     UT                           To Be Announced
05/12/98          Boise                              ID                           To Be Announced
05/13/98          Seattle                           WA                          To Be Announced
05/14/98        Portland                           OR                           To Be Announced
05/15/98    San Francisco                      CA                           To Be Announced
05/16/98   West Hollywood                   CA                                  Whisky
05/17/98        Corona                            CA                           Showcase Theater
05/18/98        Phoenix                            AZ                                Mason Jar
05/19/98         Tucson                            AZ                          To Be Announced
05/22/98      San Antonio                       TX                             White Rabbit
05/23/98        Houston                           TX                                   Abyss

Morbid Angel
Date                     City                         State                            Venue
04/01/98           Hamburg                       GER                           Markthalle
04/02/98         Gunzendorf                     GER                             Saalbau
04/03/98           Fraureuth                       GER                          Ratskeller
04/04/98            Cottbus                        GER                         Glad House
04/05/98             Prague                         CZE                             Roxy
04/07/98              Kranj                          SLO                        Primskovo
04/08/98           Budapest                       HUN                          E-Club
04/09/98              Graz                           AUT                            Teatro
04/10/98             Vienna                         AUT                            Arena
04/11/98            Salzburg                       AUT                   Rockhaus Salzburg
04/13/98             Milan                            ITA                          Rainbow
04/14/98           Toulouse                         FR                            Le Bikini
04/15/98           Barcelona                      SPA                            Garage
04/16/98           Bergara                         SPA                              Jam
04/17/98             Madrid                        SPA                           Kathedral
04/18/98            Oporto                         POR                          Hard Club
04/19/98             Lisbon                         POR                     Paradise Garage
04/21/98          Montpellier                     FRA                           Vicoire 2
04/22/98            Lausanne                      SWI                           Dolce Vita
04/23/98             Pratteln                       SWI                                 Z7
04/24/98         Luxembourg                    LUX                          Den Atelier
04/25/98           Offenbach                     GER                           Hafenbahn
04/26/98               Paris                         FRA                        La Boule Noire
04/28/98              Aarhus                       DEN                          Musikhuset
04/29/98         Copenhagen                    DEN                       Pumpehuset Club
04/30/98           Linkoping                      SWE                             Skylten
05/01/98            Uppsala                       SWE                           Fredmans
05/02/98               Oslo                         NOR                               Mars
05/03/98             Malmo                       SWE                           Kulturbolaget
05/05/98        West Midlands                 UK                                  J.B.'s
05/06/98            Glasgow                       UK                              Cathouse
05/07/98           Sheffield                        UK                             Corporation
05/08/98           London                         UK                          London Astoria II
05/09/98            Esneux                         BEL                          Riverside Festival
05/10/98          Waregem                       BEL                                Steeple
05/30/98         Mexico City                   MEX                      Lopez Mateos Arena
06/05/98             Osaka                        JPN                            Cokestep Hall
06/06/98           Nagoya                        JPN                             Bottom Line
06/07/98            Tokyo                         JPN                               Club Citta

Date                           City                           State                        Venue
04/01/98                  Chicago                            IL                    House of Blues
04/02/98                  Lansing                             IL                       J.J.Kelly's
04/03/98                 Cincinnati                         OH                        Annies
04/04/98                   Detroit                            MI                       Harpo's
04/06/98                 Cleveland                         OH                     Peabody's
04/08/98                Manchester                       NH                     Chantilly's
04/09/98                 Rochester                         NY                  Penny Arcade
04/10/98                 Old Bridge                        NJ                     Birch Hill
04/11/98               Staten Island                       NY                     The Cave
All Dates Are Subject To Change

You can check out dates for Megadeth, Metallica, Coal Chamber, Overkill, Sevendust, Deftones, Pantera, and Limp Bizkit at this address, more to come soon.


Congratulations to Mike Stowe! The winner of our last trivia question.  Mike won AC/DC's Powerage from Australia on CD.

Question: AC/DC is one of heavy metal's most successful bands. Which country did they form in and what year was it?

Answer: AC/DC started in Sydney, Australia in 1973. Their 1st gig was at a club called Chequers.


Slayer first started in 1981. They got noticed at local clubs in L.A. by playing songs by Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and others. What record company saw them and signed them?

Prize: Your Choice of one of these Slayer albums:
Divine Intervention, Haunting The Chapel [EP],  Hell Awaits, Live Undead,  Reign In Blood, Seasons In The Abyss, Show No Mercy, South Of Heaven, Undisputed Attitude

Email us with answer. (Place Trivia in subject line).

Our next newsletter will feature the band Wicked Angel. We are currently doing an interview with the band and will have a review of their new album "Heads Will Roll."

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