OVERDRIVE — the Swedish '80s metal band which reunited in 2003 — is currently in the studio with producer Johan Blomström (BLINDED COLONY, KAPTAIN SUN) recording its new album, "Let The Metal Do The Talking" — the group's first since 1984! The CD will be released by Lion Music in the fall.
OVERDRIVE's current lineup features original members Janne Stark on guitar, Kjell Jacobsson on guitar, Kenth Ericsson on bass and Kenta Svensson on drums, alongside singer Per Karlsson (ex-UNCHAINED). "Let The Metal Do The Talking" will feature reworked versions of tracks — "Gravy Train", "Let The Metal Do The Talking", "Reincarnation Part 1-5", "Trapped Under Ice" and "Sinister Warfare" — written way back in 1985 for what was to be the third OVERDRIVE album. The new songs, such as "Chasing Highways", follow in the same vein. "Kenth has written an as-yet-untitled number that will make fans of heavy tracks like 'Burn In Hell' drool," says the band.
AXEL RUDI PELL ANNOUNCING TITLE FOR "COVERS" ALBUM
AXEL RUDI PELL has set "Diamonds Unlocked" as the title of his upcoming "covers" album, due in September/October via SPV Records. Recording sessions for the effort will begin on April 2.
Commented Pell: "We will record 11 songs, ten cover versions and one self-written intro. I saw a few song suggestions from the fans here in the guestbook. But this will be a record containing songs which haven't been covered much. Also it is not my intention to record songs from other 'real' metal bands (with one or two exceptions), because the songs are already 'metal.' We wanna show how songs from other music genres could sound when a hard rock or classic rock band is covering 'em. That doesn't mean that the record will be strange sounding....no way! It will be typically AXEL RUDI PELL-ish and you'll not be disappointed, believe me!"
Upcoming AXEL RUDI PELL shows:
May 26 - Helmond, Netherlands @ Plato (with MAD MAX)
May 27 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Rock Hard Festival
June 07 - Sölvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
June 08 - Flensburg, Germany @ Roxy
DAVE MUSTAINE "THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THE U.N. IS GOING TO FAIL"
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to Revolver magazine about the band's upcoming CD, "United Abominations". The album title is a play on "United Nations" (the self-described "global associations of governments") and the album cover features the United Nations building being destroyed.
"The whole premise of the U.N. was to prevent war," he railed, "but they're totally ineffective. What just happened with Israel and Lebanon, and why did it take that long to stop? Look what happend with Saddam Husein — 17 resolutions, and he just kept spitting in their face. And now the "blue helmets" are raping women and little girls in these African countries? Come on! How long is the public going to be blind to this?
"I know I'm not making any friends at the U.N. with this album," Mustaine continued with a harsh laugh. But, frankly, he's not worried. Like many born-again Christians, Mustaine favors the interpetation of the Book of Revelations that views the founding of the United Nations — and its eventual demise — as part of the prophesied events that will inevitably lead to the Second Coming. "I got saved a few years ago, and I believe the Bible says that the U.N. is going to fail. In order for the predictions in the Book of Revelations to take place, it's gotta fail. I don't ever expect to go there, except to look where the building used to be, you know? I hope that someones going to pull the chain, and that's where the butthole of the United States is, and it just disappears!"