Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On Judas Priest, Chris Jericho, 'Hellboy,' Cannibal Corpse, Anthrax, Dimmu Borgir & More

Greetings all, and welcome once again to the realm of all things hard, heavy and metal. This week we have word on Judas Priest's first show with Rob Halford in more than a decade, the "Hellboy" soundtrack, and a member of Cannibal Corpse getting a new gig. Enjoy:

The recently reunited Judas Priest will join UFO, Children of Bodom, April Wine, Exodus, Opeth, Slade, Entombed and a host of others for the three-day Sweden Rock Festival 2004 in June. The gig, whose motto is "Fill your head with rock," marks the first announced date of Priest's upcoming reunion tour. ... Cannibal Corpse guitarist Jack Owen has teamed up with drummer Kevin Astl (Epitaph, Resurrection) to form Adrift. The group also includes singer Mark Elm, guitarist Analia Pizzaro and bassist Michael Campuano. ... Two songs from Norwegian black metal powerhouse Dimmu Borgir are featured in a new trailer for the forthcoming film "Hellboy," based on the popular comic book of the same name. ...

Archetype, Fear Factory's first album since the 2002 departure of guitarist Dino Cazares, is due in April. The disc is being mixed in Vancouver by guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers and was recorded at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with engineer Ken Marshall. The 11 tracks include "Cyberwaste," "Act of God," "Corporate Cloning" and "Bite the Hand That Bleeds." ... Wrestler and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho will sing three songs on the reunion album by Nasty Savage, titled Psycho, Psycho. The band was one of the staples of the Florida thrash scene in the '80s and released four albums before breaking up in 1989. The new disc, due in March, will feature 12 songs, including a new version of "Savage Desire," which previously only appeared on a demo. ... Fleshcrawl recently wrapped sessions for Made of Flesh at Sweden's Underground Studio. The album is due March 9. ...

Swedish death metal vets Hypocrisy will release The Arrival on February 17. The disc was recorded at frontman Peter Tagtgren's Abyss Studios and includes the tracks "Born Dead Buried Alive," "Slave to the Parasites," "Stillborn" and "Dead Sky Dawning." ... Early next year, Anthrax will enter the studio to re-record songs from their first five albums for a new best-of disc called Metallum Maximus Aeternus. Singer John Bush, hired in 1992 for the following year's Sound of White Noise, will sing on the tracks, which will be selected online by fans. A live CD and DVD will also be released, culled from shows happening this weekend. The package is due in late spring. ... Godhead have parted ways with drummer Ken Jay because of an undisclosed ailment that rendered him unable to play. Original drummer James O'Connor, who has been out of the group for two years, has rejoined. ...

Monster Magnet have hired drummer Bob Pantella (ex-Raging Slab) to replace Michael Wildwood. The band recently finished Monolithic Babies with producer Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie, Andrew W.K.). The disc features new bassist Jim Baglino and will include the songs "Slut Machine Mach 2," "Ultimate Everything" and "Master of Light." ... Although March will see the European release of In Flames' Soundtrack to Your Escape, the follow-up to 2002's Reroute to Remain currently has no U.S. release date. "F(r)iend," "The Quiet Place," "Discover Me Like Emptiness" and "Evil in a Closet" are among the album's 13 tracks. ... On a similar note, Machine Head are still trying to secure a North American record deal for Through the Ashes of Empires, which is already out overseas. The San Francisco Bay Area band will remain on tour in Europe until late December. ...

Eighteen Visions have chosen Obsession as the tentative title for the follow-up to 2002's Vanity, which the band is currently recording with producer Mudrock (Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold). The album is due April 20. ... The soon-to-disband Shai Hulud are combing through their archives in hopes of compiling a lengthy rarities collection to be called A Comprehensive Retrospective Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Release Bad and Useless Recordings, according to the band's Web site. The band also plans to mount a final tour featuring former singer Chad Gilbert, who has spent his post-Hulud days playing guitar in New Found Glory and Hazen Street. ...

Ken Susi of Unearth has signed on to produce the upcoming effort from Massachusetts' Beyond the Embrace. The band hopes to have Insect Song wrapped up by mid-January. ... Stoner-rock purveyors Orange Goblin have set a February 24 release date for their upcoming Thieving From the House of God. The band also has a DVD and covers album in the works. ... Premonitions of War have parted ways with bassist Nick Hale. The Ohio-based metalcore band, who are planning a West Coast tour in January with Curl and Die and Bury Your Dead, has yet to name a replacement. ...

— compiled by Ryan J. Downey, Robert Mancini and Jon Wiederhorn