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24 December 2003

Reunited German progressive metallers SIEGES EVEN have been confirmed as the second headliners of the Headway Festival 2004, which is scheduled to take place April 3-4 at P60 in Amstelveen, Holland.

The complete lineup for the festival is as follows:
WATCHTOWER (USA)
SIEGES EVEN (GER)
ICE AGE (USA)
DEATH MACHINE (USA)
LABERINTO (NL)
EPHEL DUATH (IT)
MISTER KITE (SWE)
BIOMECHANICAL (UK)
TEXTURES (NL)
ANAND (NL)
KARMA (NL)
XENOBIA (NL)

For more information, visit their website (see LINKS).

24 December 2003

John Perez, guitarist of the long-running Arlington, Texas-based doom metallers SOLITUDE AETURNUS, has issued the following update on the band's current activities:
"Doomed greetings to all! Perez here — I'm over at Robert's secret Coven meeting place finishing the last of the songs to be recorded (now) in February. "We did a song at a friend's house and added vocals to it, so we decided to post this song on [the web] for the die-hard fans to check.
"So — this song is titled 'Waiting for the Light' and we're quite pleased with it. Bear in mind that this is strictly a demo — plenty of mistakes on it, plenty of things to be improved on in the real recording of it — but this demo was done in half a day in order to meet a deadline from Olympic Records. Also we have a working title for the album now — you are the first to hear this (and well deserving for your patience!). So the title of the album will be 'Alone'.
"And lastly — the reissue of 'Into the Depths of Sorrow' will finally be available January 13th on Brainticket Records. It will include the entire album with 3 additional tracks. Demo versions of 'Oqaque Divnity' and 'Mirror of Sorrow' (that in some ways are superior to the album versions) and one totally unreleased song 'City of a Armageddon' (from a rehearsal session).
"And for real lastly one plug for my record label. We'll be releasing also the debut of WELL OF SOULS. True and pure epic doom heavy metal that should please all fans! I produced this monster epic in Sept/Oct and I am very pleased and excited to work this album. 'Nuff said!
"Thanks and we are looking forward to a most doomed out 2004."

24 December 2003

TEXTURES (www.textures.nl) have signed to Listenable Records, according to the label's official website (www.listenable.net).
Having recently released their self produced album "Polars", Textures have already opened for the likes of SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD and THE CROWN.
The group's debut album is being remastered and will be released as a limited edition CD with a bonus video clip on February 23rd, 2004 through Listenable.

24 December 2003

The Sweden Rock festival, scheduled for June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden, has confirmed the latest acts: LOST HORIZON, CARNAL FORGE, HEART, DR. FEELGOOD and SUN CAGED.

The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear include: ABRAMIS BRAMA, APRIL WINE, BRAINSTORM, CAGE, CARNAL FORGE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DR. FEELGOOD, ENTOMBED, EXODUS, HEART, HEAVENLY, HIRAX, JUDAS PRIEST, KINGDOM COME, LAKE OF TEARS, LOST HORIZON, LUMSK, MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS, MEMORY GARDEN, NARNIA, NIGHTWISH, OPETH, PARAGON, PATHOS, PERSUADER, SLADE, SUN CAGED, UFO and WASA EXPRESS

24 December 2003

According to the official Wacken Open Air website (see LINKS), THUNDERSTONE and AFTER FOREVER have both confirmed that they will perform at the 15th Anniversary of the festival, scheduled to take place August 5th - 8th in Wacken, Germany.

The current line-up of acts confirmed to perform now includes: AFTER FOREVER, AMON AMARTH, ANTHRAX, BAL-SAGOTH, BRAINSTORM, BOHSE ONKELZ, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CATHEDRAL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEICIDE, DESTRUCTION, DIO, EKTOMORF, GRAVE DIGGER, HYPOCRISY, MAYHEM, MOTORHEAD, NEVERMORE, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, THUNDERSTONE and ZODIAC MINDWARP.

24 December 2003

THE SCORPIONS are continuing to work on their new album in the Peppermint Park Studio in Hannover throughout the holiday season. In January they will start mixing the album to release it as scheduled in the spring of 2004. More news will be announced soon!

24 December 2003

According to the website for the Waldrock Festival 2004 (see LINKS), TESTAMENT, CRADLE OF FILTH and CANNIBAL CORPSE are the first acts to be confirmed to perform.
The festival is scheduled to take place in Bergum, Holland on June 19th, 2004.
More acts will be announced soon.

24 December 2003

HTP, featuring Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, Deep Purple) will be on the road in support of their recent HTP II album.
Confirmed European dates include:

March
4 - Bikini - Barcelona, Spain
5 - Macumba - Madrid, Spain
6 - Gares - Pamplona, Spain
8 - Motion - Bergamo, Italy
9 - Ohrakel - Ingolstadt, Germany
11 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
12 - Orpheum - Graz, Austria
13 - Planet Music - Wien, Austria
14 - Rockhouse - Salzburg, Austria
16 - Wigwam - Budapest, Hungary
17 - PKO - Nitra, Slovakia
18 - Venue TBA - Liberec, Czech Republic
21 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
26 - Bla - Eskilstuna, Sweden
27 - Stora Teatern - Gothenburg, Sweden
28 - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden
30 - Nosturi - Helsinki, Finland

More shows are yet-to-be-announced for Turkey, Greece, Norway and England

24 December 2003

Roadrunner Records in New York have announced the signing of CRADLE OF FILTH.
Dani Filth, the group's often outspoken vocalist had this to say about the move: "Obviously everybody in the band is very excited about the decision to sign to the label. I believe Roadrunner will definitely give us a much further push and without doubt, better credibility within the extreme metal scene. Bring on 2004, the year destined to be spattered with Filth..."
The band have already written enough material for their first album with Roadrunner (their sixth full length to date) and are due to begin recording in late January with a release date scheduled for early June. The album, tentatively titled Nymphetamine (roughly translated as the druggish beast-like addiction to beautiful, classical women) will feature the following tracks (as of December '03): 'Medusa And Hemlock', 'Nemesis', 'Prey', 'Gilded Cunt', 'Absinthe With Faust', 'Painting Flowers White Never Suited My Palette', 'Coffin Fodder', 'Filthy Little Secret', 'Gabrielle', 'Swansong For A Raven'.
Cradle bassist, David Pubis, describes the new material as an "eclectic mix between the group's Damnation.. and Cruelty... albums with a renewed vigor for melody, songmanship and plain fucking weirdness spat into the smelting bowl. Revolting human worms, you have been warned!"

24 December 2003

Ian Parry, who fronted the Dutch progressive metallers ELEGY over the later half of their eight album career (State Of Mind, Manifestations Of Fear, Forbidden Fruit and Principles Of Pain) released the somber news that the band has decided to call it a day.
"We are trying to get a deal to do a farewell CD and tour," he announced. "Maybe Sanctuary will do it (formerly Noise Records, from Berlin, who worked with Elegy in the past). We are discussing the possibility of the original guitarist (Henk van der Laars) to join us on tour."

24 December 2003

Scarlet Records have announced that they will release the new VISION DIVINE album in Italy. The band is currently dealing for European and American release, Japanese release will be done through King Records.

The new album, titled "Stream Of Consciousness", will feature an important change in the band's lineup. Former singer Fabio Lione will be replaced by Michele Luppi. A new start, a new breath and something very unique for this third album, a 'concept-story' based on one song (60 minutes long) divided in 14 chapters linked together. A journey through the human innerself with one aim: discover the real meaning of life.
The album is expected to be released in April, 2004.

24 December 2003

The 2004 edition of Italy's Gods Of Metal festival, scheduled to take place June 5th/6th at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy, has added ALICE COOPER, TWISTED SISTER, TESTAMENT, MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P., SYMPHONY X and NEVERMORE to their lineup.

As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST will headline on June 5th. STRATOVARIUS have also been confirmed to perform on that date, this to be their only live performance in Italy in 2004. The festival will also include a performance from VICIOUS RUMORS and many other yet-to-be-announced acts.

24 December 2003

Several MOTORHEAD titles have been made available on unique vinyl reissues.
Currently available are a limited edition box set featuring the three records "Overkill" (green vinyl), "Bomber" (blue vinyl) and "Ace Of Spades" (gold vinyl); "No Remorse" (gold vinyl, 250 copies only); "Bomber" (picture disc, 750 copies only) and "No Remorse" (HQ vinyl).
Also available is a 10" vinyl version of Motorhead's split release with GIRLSCHOOL, "St. Valentines Day Massacre".

MOTORHEAD are also confirmed for the Wacken Open Air festival, taking place August 5th - 8th in Wacken, Germany.

24 December 2003

The rumors on this website are finally true!!
ALICE COOPER is the first act confirmed to headline the 2004 Bang Your Head Festival (see LINKS), taking place June 25th - 26th in Balingen, Germany. A second headliner will be announced soon.

Acts presently confirmed to perform at the festival also include: ANTHRAX, QUEENSRYCHE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PRIMAL FEAR, U.F.O., WHITE LION, MAGNUM, BLAZE, ANGEL, CAGE, MAJESTY, GOTTHARD, LILLIAN AXE, OMEN, DEATH ANGEL, KINGDOM COME, SHOK PARIS, RUFFIANS and BALLISTIC.

24 December 2003

The Graspop Metal Meeting 2004 (see LINKS) will take place June 25th - 27th in Dessel, Belgium.
The first acts confirmed to appear at the festival include: JUDAS PRIEST, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, QUEENSRYCHE, ALICE COOPER, MOTORHEAD and MALEVOLENT CREATION.
More acts will be announced soon.

24 December 2003

KREATOR leader Mille Petrozza has posted the following update at the band's website (see LINKS):
"Dear friends, just came back from Romania, very cool show, fantastic audience! This was definitely the last show (in Bucharest) of the Violent Revolution tour and I want to thank all of you for making 2003 another great year in the history of the band! In January we will start the rehearsals for the new record, Andy Sneap and his studio in Nottingham, UK is booked for May. The new stuff sounds like a mix between Violent Revolution and Pleasure to Kill! Up to now, I have written nine songs, some are already arranged and ready to go, others are still fragments. There´ll be a couple of tunes that are longer than seven minutes and have wicked parts an tempo changes, next to four minute songs full of hate and brutality! I am very exited about the new shit and can not wait to record it! After all the touring we´ve done for the last album, the band has grown to a strong unit, where each individual member is ready to give 200% to bring you, what you deserve: the best and most violent Kreator record of all time! A European tour through selected venues is scheduled for the end of 2004, also a return to the US is in the making. We´re working on a huge production for this, with tons of lights and sound and a setlist that will kill! Have a nice New Year's Eve Party and do not let the industry drag you into their commercial Christmas terror!

"Mille Petrozza"

17 December 2003

A EUROPE newsletter:
" Hello everyone ! We are currently writing new songs and it's beginning to sound really good, and we have found a producer we like. The new record will be recorded in the beginning of next year. Cant wait for you to hear it ! We are just about to start booking our concerts, and looking very much forward to seeing you on tour next summer. In the new year we will give you more info. Have a great holliday ! All the best from the band".

17 December 2003

SUN CAGED parts ways with drummer Dennis Leeflang.
Read Dennis' statement below:
"After almost five years, three demo-cd's, one album and 61 shows, I am no longer part of Sun Caged. This was a mutual agreement between myself and the rest of the band. When you realize that you've grown apart as friends, as well as musicians, and you just don't seem to be able to grow back together, the only fair decision to make is to part ways. I've had some great times in Sun Caged, especially doing the awesome live shows I did with the band, for which I'm very grateful. I've learned a lot in these years, musically as well as on a personal level. For now, I'm focusing on my work for the Headway festival, which takes place in April 2004. It promises to become quite a party once again. I will be back with a new band next year, which I've already formed with a couple of friends. This will be something completely different. Keep an eye on www.thesaturnine.com. I would like to thank Lasse Mattson at Lion Music and the fans for their support. I also wish the guys in Sun Caged all the best for the future. Hope to see you all again, sometime, somewhere! Cheers, Dennis Leeflang".

The response of the rest of the band: " We would like to thank Dennis for the past years for all the work he has put into the band, and we wish him the best for the future. More news, which will have the announcement for the new drummer, will be posted soon. Rob, Andre, Joost and Marcel, on behalf of Sun Caged.

17 December 2003

DARK ANGEL have posted the following update on their official website (see LINKS):
"Dark Angel enters the studio December 13th to begin recording some new material. They will also be tracking some songs from the never released "Atrocity Exhibition" record and have plans to procure a deal for a full length DFA album.
They will be entering Dreamcatcher Studios Studiocam.org in Lake Balboa, CA for the rehearsals, tracking and mixing of the project and expect to release the material early next year. The entire project will also be filmed for an upcoming DVD and Enhanced CD. Video footage for the project will be broadcasted live on the internet via a streaming camera. Dark Angel will possibly perform a live concert webcast. More on that later...
Track list will be held in confidence until the release. It Will Be BRUTAL."

17 December 2003

KING DIAMOND is mulling over the idea of releasing a full live CD from several shows that were recorded during the aforementioned outing.
The band are currently in Sweden at guitarist Andy LaRocque's studio outside Gothenburg listening to the tracks and deciding what to use towards this possible live CD.
Drummer Matt Thompson had this to say, "They sound great and a live album should be finished next year.
We will tour Europe in 2004 if all goes as planned."

17 December 2003

HEARSE (www.hearse.se) will release their new album, "Armageddon, Mon Amour", on March 8th, 2004 through Karmageddon Media.
Set for release in regular and digi-pak CD formats, the album will include, among others, the following tracks: 'Play Without Rules', 'Ticket To Devastation', 'Tools', 'In Love And War' and 'Armageddon Mon Amour'. The CD was recorded earlier this summer at Basement Audio System in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Jonas Elder.

17 December 2003

Former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno (see LINKS) now has a new live band called SCREAMING MONKEY, who will be playing all future live shows.
The band's lineup includes: Carlo Micheletti (lead and rhythm guitar), Luca Fortini (lead and rhythm guitar), Matteo Panzavolta (bass) and Gianluca Calanca (drums).

17 December 2003

UFO will release their new album, "You Are Here", through SPV on February 16th, 2004.
Recorded near Hannover, the album is produced by former VICTORY guitarist Tommy Newton and features 11 tracks including the songs 'The Spark That Is Us', 'Slipping Away', 'Mr. Freeze', 'Swallow' and 'Looking For The Wild One'.
Upcoming UFO tour dates, which will also feature guitarist ULI JON ROTH as support, include:

March
2 - La Laiterie - Strasbourg, France
3 – Transtrubadeur Festival - Lyon, France
5 - Aqualung - Madrid, Spain
6 - Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, Spain
7 – Jam - Bergara, Spain
9 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
10 - Alcatraz - Mailand, Italy
11 - Gr. Elserhalle - Munchen, Germany
12 - Capitol - Hannover, Germany
14 - LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
16 - Fabrik - Hamburg, Germany
17 - Hugenottenhalle - Neu Isengurg, Germany
19 - Rockhouse - Salzburg, Austria
20 - E-Werk - Koln, Germany
21 - Lowensaal - Nurnberg, Germany
23 - Capitol - Mannheim, Germany
24 - Columbia Fritz - Berlin, Germany
25 - Ohrakel - Ingolstadt, Germany
27 - Plato - Helmond, Netherlands
28 - Elysee Montmartre - Paris, France

June
5 - Gods Of Metal Festival - Bologna, Italy
11 - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden
12 - Arrow Classic Rock Festival - Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
26 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany

17 December 2003

HTP (former DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and former RAINBOW, Deep Purple vocalist Joe Lynn Turner) have released their new studio album, simply titled "HTP II", in the US through Shrapnel Records , in Europe through MTM Music and in Japan through Pony Canyon.
Special guests on the release include RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' drummer Chad Smith and guitarist STEVE VAI, who appear on the track 'Losing My Head'.
While Glenn and Joe are both in fine form, blending their voices together flawlessly, guitarist JJ Marsh (Glenn Hughes' band) as both a guitarist and writer, also emerges as an underrated talent to be reckoned with. Turner describes HTP II as, "The BEATLES, LED ZEPPELIN and AUDIOSLAVE meet in Deep Purple's dressing room."
HTP plans to tour Japan and Europe in 2004. The new album features the following tracklisting: 'Revelation', 'Alone I Breathe', 'Losing My Head', 'Going My Way', 'Hold On', 'Lost Dreams', 'Time And Time Again', 'Goodbye Friday', 'Burning The Sky', 'Sofia' and 'Let's Talk About It'. .

17 December 2003

In support of their forthcoming album, Sleepy Buildings, due out on January 26th, THE GATHERING have added more dates to their upcoming tour.

Confirmed dates now include:
January
8 - Huize Maas in Groningen, NL (Eurosonic Festival)
30 - De Groene Engel in Oss, NL (seated show)

March
2 - Paradiso in Amsterdam, NL (seated show)
4 - Bosuil in Weert, NL (seated show)
5 - Lux in Nijmegen, NL (seated show)
6 - Lux in Nijmegen, NL (seated show)
7 - Oosterpoort in Groningen, NL (seated show)
8 - Zeche Carl in Essen, Germany
9 - Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany
10 - Passionskirche in Berlin, Germany
11 - Gewerkschaftshaus in Erfurt, Germany

The band are also working on dates in North America from February 12-16th (cities rumored to be New York, Boston and Toronto) and Mexican/South American dates running from February 21st-28th.

17 December 2003

CRYPTOPSY original vocalist Lord Worm has returned to the fold. Lord Worm appeared on the band's first two albums: "Blasphemy Made Flesh" (1994) and "None So Vile" (1996).

17 December 2003

Joining MASTER's Paul Speckmann (b, v) for the recording of the new album "The Spirit Of The West" are Zdenek Pradlovsky (d) and Aleš Nejezchleba (g) both from the band SHAARK

10 December 2003

The first bands confirmed for the Headway Festival 2004 (see LINKS) have been announced.
The festival takes place April 3rd/4th, 2004 at P60 in Amstelveen, NL.
Acts announced so far include:
WATCHTOWER (first headliner)
ICE AGE
DEATH MACHINE
LABERINTO
EPHEL DUATH
MISTER KITE
TEXTURES
ANAND
XENOBIA
.

The second headliner and a couple more bands will be announced soon.

10 December 2003

JUDAS PRIEST have been confirmed as one of the headliners of the Arrow Classic Rock festival (see LINKS), which is scheduled to take place June 12-14, 2004 in Lichtenvoorde, Holland. JUDAS PRIEST will be performing on June 12. Also scheduled to appear at the three-day event are UFO, THE SCORPIONS, YES, QUEENSRŸCHE, and HEART, among others.

JUDAS PRIEST, who will celebrate their 30th anniversary next year, are believed to be on the verge of signing a new major-label deal with Sony Music following their split with the Atlantic label last year. Their forthcoming CD will be the group's first to feature vocalist Rob Halford since 1990's RIAA gold-certified "Painkiller".

10 December 2003

DEEP PURPLE , STATUS QUO, CHEAP TRICK and THUNDER are among the bands rumored to be taking part in next year's edition of Holland's Bospop festival, which is expected to take place on July 9 or 10, 2004. Bospop is staged near Weert, some 50 km above Maastricht. For more information, visit the festival's web site (see LINKS)

10 December 2003

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group AFTER FOREVER have set "Invisible Circles" as the title for their new full-length album, due in late March through Transmission Records. AFTER FOREVER's last full-length effort, "Decipher", was released in 2001.
AFTER FOREVER will be teaming up with AMARAN, DARK MOOR and NIGHTMARE for a European tour beginning in mid-January.

10 December 2003

MALEVOLENT CREATION have titled their forthcoming ninth full length album "Warkult". The album will be recorded in February, with producer Jean Francois Degenais in control once again, in a few undisclosed Florida Recording Studio's. A June 2004 release is expected, to coincide with the band's European summer festival appearances.
Tracks to appear on Warkult include: 'Murder Reigns', 'Dead March', 'Supremacy Through Annihilation', 'Merciless' and 'On Grounds Of Battle'.
At least 10 songs will be recorded for the album, including a few covers from some obscure thrash metal bands. First up is a cover of HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH's 'Crucifixion', from their 1988 debut. Also to be recorded is at least one of the tracks from LEVIATHAN's 1986 4-track demo. Leviathan was fronted by vocalist Chris Barnes (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE), along with guitarist Jeff Juszkiewicz (ex-Malevolent Creation) and were a big influence on Malevolent Creation.

10 December 2003

Former METAL CHURCH frontman David Wayne has reformed REVEREND with guitarists Davey Lee and Nacho Vara (both of BYFIST), drummer Todd Stotz and bassist Jay Wegener.
REVEREND's official web site will be back up shortly.

10 December 2003

Norwegian extreme metal veterans CADAVER (see LINKS) have completed the recording of their new album with Norwegian producer Bjorn Boge (Mayhem, Arcturus, Borknagar, etc).
At the moment, the band (Neddo - guitars, Apollyon - vocals/bass, Agrezor - drums, Balvaz - guitars) are trying to decide what the title of the new album will be (According to Neddo, it's either going to be called "Necroism" or "Necro As Fuck"), and are now pursuing to shop the album around for a stable record deal (as the band and Earache have parted ways).
The tracklisting for the new Cadaver album is as follows: 'Odium', 'Decomposed Metal Skin', 'Awakening', 'Unholy Death', 'Evil Is Done', 'Goat Father', 'Necro As Fuck', 'The Etching Cleanser', and 'Heartoworm'.
The new release sees Cadaver going back to their death metal roots with a much rawer and more primitive offering, but still maintaining that twisted and punishing edge that was evident on 2001's Discipline release.

10 December 2003

Bassist Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA, ex-FLOTSAM & JETSAM, VOIVOD) has left the OZZY OSBOURNE BAND.
Following his departure he has posted the following statement at his label's website, (www.chophouserecords.com):

"Personal Note from Jason,
I would like to thank the Osbournes for including VOIVOD in their tours this year. I am honored to have had the privilege to share the stage with Ozzy, Zakk (Wylde) and Mike (Bordin) through a very successful summer. It was a blast playing old BLACK SABBATH songs with this band! My agreement with the Osbournes was to play bass for the gigs that Ozzy had committed to through December 2003. I wish Ozzy the best as he continues to fly the flag for metal!
I am excited to be back making new music with VOIVOD. The Chophouse studio is fired up and ready for the creation of the next album.
Keep It Heavy!
Jason"

Jason Newsted is replaced by former ROB ZOMBIE bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson.

10 December 2003

Based on the success of "Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)", BEHEMOTH have extended their contract with Olympic Recordings. The group have already commenced the songwriting process for their new album and will enter the studio in early spring with hopes for a late 2004 release.

10 December 2003

Y&T's official website (see LINKS) is now taking orders for the band's UnEarthed Vol. 1 album. The disc features 74 minutes of demos and unreleased material recorded from 1974 - 2003.
The tracklisting: 'Shout It Out', 'Wild If I Wanna', 'Standing In The Fire', 'In The Name Of Love', 'Dirty Love', 'Play By Play', 'Short Arms', 'Fast Track', 'Love Gone Wrong', '16 Tons', 'I Make Believe', 'Hard Times', 'Driver', 'Give Me Rock', 'Shake Down', 'Trigger Happy' and 'Rockazoid Rollaroid'.

10 December 2003

Timo Kotipelto and Jörg Michael are out of STRATOVARIUS. After several emergency meetings, this move finds acceptance within the band. "Due to irrevocable and massive difficulties between the band leader Timo Tolkki and me, it has been agreed that this is the best thing to do to preserve at least some of the integrity the band used to have", says singer Kotipelto."I will now fully concentrate on my solo album and I am convinced that this is the best way for me."
Jörg Michael says that his priorities lie elsewhere at the moment, but that the suddenly escalating trouble in the band is one of the main reasons he doesn't want to play in Stratovarius anymore.
Jens Johansson states that he thinks this situation is very unfortunate, but that he is OK with it nevertheless, given the tension and turmoil of the last couple of months.
Jari Kainulainen was not available for comment.

"I think this is the beginning of new era for Stratovarius and that the future looks bright and promising. I have composed some of my best songs during the last month", Timo Tolkki says from his writing mansion next to the gulf of Finland. He promises that Stratovarius fans will be both surprised and amazed by the next album. Also, according to the booking agent Continental Concerts, the current line-up is "100% certain" to fulfill all its obligations regarding festival dates next year even though there is a lot of simmering hate still, waiting to boil over. According to Tolkki, he is currently talking to a German singer and a Finnish drummer about replacing Kotipelto and Michael, but he stresses that absolutely nothing is confirmed at this point. He adds that he is actively looking for replacements.

10 December 2003

SAVATAGE founding member Jon Oliva has been writing material for a solo album for several years and has now begun the process of bringing that music to life.
Jon has recruited the former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE to perform a series of concerts showcasing his new solo material as well as classic Savatage material. Some of that Sava-material has never been performed live on stage, so this will be a real treat for fans everywhere.
Jon is also toying with the idea of taking this show on the road in the US and possibly overseas. It is likely that the band (Matt Laporte - guitar, Kevin Rothney - bass, Christopher Kinder - drums and John Zahner - keyboards) will return to the studio with Jon to record more tracks for this solo project.

10 December 2003

IMPALED NAZARENE will begin making a promo video for the track 'Armageddon Death Squad' on December 11th. Alsowill they record their first ever live album in April, 2004. The two shows to be recorded will take place in Helsinki, Finland at Nosturi Club. The band is also planning to join forces with THE LEGION for a European tour, to kick off in February, 2004.

10 December 2003

Metal Blade have announced that they will release the new NASTY SAVAGE album in Europe. Entitled "Psycho Psycho", the disc will be released in North America through Crook'd Records.
"Nasty Savage is one of the favourite bands of all members of the Metal Blade staff in Europe", comments a spokesperson of Metal Blade Europe, full of enthusiasm. "But apart from that, we wouldn´t have licensed the album if it would suck like so many other reunions did over the years. "Psycho Psycho" smokes and is totally in the tradition of their classic albums Nasty Savage and Indulgence. We are really psyched to work on such a great album!"

The new album contains everything that furiously fed the Nasty Savage mystique through 20 remarkable years. "Psycho Psycho" features 12 songs in total, including a new version of the demo classic 'Savage Desire'. And there's a little nod to Nasty Ronnie's wrestling connection as well. "We got Chris Jericho to sing on three of the songs on the new album," reveals Ben."On 'Savage Desire' you'll notice there's a different voice there; that's the song he sung the most on. It's funny hearing Chris Jericho saying 'Don't worry mommy, I'll be safe and sound.' How the hell can you get the most bad-ass wrestler saying 'Don't worry mommy'?! (laughs)."
The current Nasty Savage lineup features: Nasty Ronnie (vocals), Ben Meyer (guitars), David Austin (guitars), Richard Bateman (bass) and Curtis Beeson (drums). "Psycho Psycho" will hit the streets in March, 2004.

10 December 2003

MACABRE are working on an acoustic mini-CD. Macabre Minstrels: "Morbid Campfire Songs" will see the light of day on January 26th through Season Of Mist.
The band will embark on a US tour in December with DIABOLIC. Macabre will also tour Europe in January and February with CEPHALIC CARNAGE.

10 December 2003

DARK FUNERAL have signed with Regain Records and will issue their first release for the label on March 29th, 2004. The as-yet-untitled live album will feature material that Dark Funeral recorded during their South American tour in October, 2003.
Tracks to be featured on the release include: 'Intro', 'The Arrival Of Satan's Empire', 'An Apprentice Of Satan', 'The Dawn No More Rises', 'Thy Legions Come', 'Hail Murder', 'Goddess Of Sodomy', 'The Secrets Of The Black Arts', 'Vobiscum Satanas', 'Shadows Over Transylvania', 'Open The Gates', 'Ineffable Kings Of Darkness', 'Thus I Have Spoken', 'My Dark Desires' and 'Armageddon Finally Comes'.

3 December 2003

LEASH LAW frontman Wade Black ( ex- CRIMSON GLORY / ex- SEVEN WITCHES) told Mario's Metal Mania the latest news about their forthcoming album: We are in studio as we speak!! Mr.Christy ( ICED EARTH / ex-DEATH) has completed some of the best and sickest drum playing I have ever been evolved with!! I mean this guy is one of the best period, killer fills great style and great attitude! I am defiantly the lucky one here! Rick Renstrom ( ROB ROCK ) has also completed guitar tracks plus leads for record this kid is also a star ! Wait until you hear this !! Emo Mowery ( ex-NOCTURNUS) and I are doing vocals/rhythm guitar and keys , Final mixes will be done end of Jan . For early 2004 release/tour/festival dates..black-lotus-recs.com Thank you very much for your time it means a lot to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!! METAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Wade Out!

3 December 2003

PRO-PAIN will embark on a 35-40-date European tour during March/April 2004. The trek, which will be promoted by Belgium's Metallysee Booking Agency, will feature several support acts. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

PRO-PAIN's current CD, "Run For Cover" (Spitfire), contains cover songs from artists who have influenced the band, including selections from such groups as SLAYER ("South of Heaven"), MOTÖRHEAD ("Iron Fist"), CELTIC FROST ("Circle of the Tyrants"), DISCHARGE ("Never Again"), NEGATIVE APPROACH ("Nothing"), OPERATION IVY ("The Crowd"), BLACK FLAG ("Damaged II") and AGNOSTIC FRONT ("Your Mistake"). The album also includes a surprise remake from founder/front-man/bassist Gary Meskil's former band CRUMBSUCKERS ("Just Sit There") and a spirited version of LIFE OF AGONY's "Weeds".

3 December 2003

Veteran Dutch death metallers THANATOS have completed work on their fourth full-length album, "Undead. Unholy. Divine", due in late February release through Black Lotus Records.
The follow-up to 2000's "Angelic Encounters", which contains a guest appearance on backing vocals by Ashmedi (MELECHESH) and Ed Warby (STAR ONE, AYREON, ex-GOREFEST), was recorded at Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland and was mastered by Attie Bauw (JUDAS PRIEST). Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are "Lambs To The Slaughter", "The Sign Of Sadako", and "Born To Suffer".
According to the band, "the album has a clear, heavy and very professional sound and everybody involved with the writing, performing, recording and mixing of the album have done a great job. From furious blastbeats to grinding doomparts, all aspects of extreme metal are represented on our fourth and definitely best album so far!

3 December 2003

Dutch black metallers SAURON have signed with Neurotic Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled sophomore full-length album, tentatively due in late 2004. The band have written around seven new tracks so far for the follow-up to their debut, "Universe Of Filth", which saw light of day through Dark Horizon Records.
According to the group, the new album will be "more mature, more diverse and most of all more angry" than its predecessor.
SAURON are tentatively due to embark on a mini-tour with BEHEMOTH and NAGLFAR early next year. For more information, visit the band's official web site ( see LINKS ).

3 December 2003

Progress in the new SLAYER album is being made and according to Lombardo and Arraya things are going great: "Kerry and Dave have six songs written, and Jeff has five done. We're going into the studio after this tour and then we'll start recording. It should be out by spring. So far it's been pretty intense, Kerry's material is definitely balls-out. Once Jeff gets involved in the song-writing, he'll bring in a different angle. I can't wait to work with him so we can blend the two styles, we'll make it a really killer record."

3 December 2003

InsideOut are set to reissue several of the titles from the SYMPHONY X catalogue on December 8th. Each of the reissues will come in a special edition digi-pak and will feature an enhanced track, screen saver and band interview. The titles being re-released include: "Damnation", "Symphony X", "The Divine Wings Of Tragedy" and "Twilight In Olympus".

3 December 2003

DESTRUCTOR are hard at work writing and demoing new material for the follow-up to their "Sonic Bullet" EP, released on Auburn Records (www.auburnrecords.com) earlier this year. New songs include 'Skull Splitter', 'Unleashed', 'Immortal Metal', 'Unearth The Earth', 'We Are Ready', 'Damage Control' and a reworked version of 'Smash Your Skulls With Power'.
More songs are in the development stages and will be completed soon. "We want to put a little old Destructor flavor in on the new session. Most of the songs are upbeat and fast. We want this follow-up to KILL!" says lead singer/guitarist Dave Overkill.
The band will be entering 609 Recording Studio in Cleveland with engineer Don Depew (BREAKER) early next year to begin recording.

3 December 2003

JUDAS PRIEST are confirmed to perform at the 2004 Sweden Rock Festival, scheduled to take place in Solvesborg, Sweden from June 10th - 12th. The festival's website (see LINKS) has posted the currently confirmed list of acts scheduled to perform at the festival.
Taking place on two stages, Sweden Rock 2004 will also include performances from: UFO, NIGHTWISH, APRIL WINE, KINGDOM COME, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ENTOMBED, EXODUS, MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS, SLADE, ABRAMIS BRAMA, OPETH, WASA EXPRESS, BRAINSTORM, CAGE, PERSUADER, LUMSK, NARNIA, HEAVENLY, PARAGON, MEMORY GARDEN, LAKE OF TEARS, PATHOS and HIRAX.

3 December 2003

THE GATHERING have announced the first dates for their forthcoming tour in support of their new live album, "Sleepy Buildings - A Semi Acoustic Evening", due out through Century Media on January 26th, 2004.
This will be The Gatherings first live shows with new bassist Marjolein.

Confirmed dates include:
January
8 - Huize Maas - Groningen, NL (Eurosonic Festival)
30 - De Groene Engel - Oss, NL (seated show)

March
2 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, NL (seated show)
4 - Bosuil - Weert, NL (seated show)
5 - Lux - Nijmegen, NL (seated show)
6 - Lux - Nijmegen, NL (seated show)
7 - Oosterpoort - Groningen, NL (seated show)

More dates will be added soon.

3 December 2003

The side project of VADER vocalist Peter, called PANZER X, start to begin recording in December! VADER's official website (www.vader.pl) has posted the following news:
In December at Olsztyn, Poland's Studio X, Peter's side project, Panzer X, will record three original tracks and a cover of a classic from a popular European band for their upcoming demo CD, entitled "Steel First". Recording of the vocals, as well as mixing and mastering, will be completed in January. The material will be engineered by Szymon Czech and produced by Peter himself.

3 December 2003

LOUDNESS will release a new studio album on January 7th, 2004 through Tokuma Communications. Singer Minoru Niihara told this:
"Yes, we're recording the new Loudness album right now," says Niihara. "It's going to be called "Terror", and we're almost half way through the recording session. We've finished all the rhythm tracks and most of the guitars, including the solo parts, and the vocal parts for six songs. This is very heavy stuff, kind of like early Black Sabbath."

3 December 2003

DESTRUCTION will release their first DVD in February.
The band are seeking video footage (new or old) in good quality for possible inclusion on the DVD. Anyone with material they believe the band may be able to use on the disc can contact the band through their site ( see LINKS ). Those supplying usable material will receive a free copy of the DVD.

3 December 2003

DIO are the latest act to be added to the bill for Wacken: Open Air's 15th Anniversary celebration, to take place August 5 - 8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany.

The complete list of bands confirmed so far for the festival now includes: AMON AMARTH, ANTHRAX, BAL-SAGOTH, BÖHSE ONKELZ, BRAINSTORM, CATHEDRAL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DESTRUCTION, DIO, EKTOMORF, GRAVE DIGGER, HYPOCRISY, MAYHEM, NEVERMORE, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL and ZODIAC MINDWARP.
More acts will be announced soon.

3 December 2003

ARCH ENEMY will return to Europe in 2004 with a long awaited headlining tour. The band will present old classic tunes and new hits from their current "Anthems Of Rebellion" album. The support acts will be announced soon.

Confirmed dates include:
February
17 - Live Music Hall - Cologne, Germany
18 - RockIt - Aalen/Stuttgart, Germany
19 - New Backstage - Munich, Germany
21 - Cesena - Vidia, Italy
22 - Motion - Bergamo, Italy
24 - Razzmatazz II - Barcelona, Spain
25 - Caracol - Madrid, Spain
27 - Elysee Montmartre - Paris, France
28 - Lantaarrn - Hellendoorn, Netherlands
29 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Netherlands

March
2 - Logo - Hamburg, Germany
3 - Works - Osnabruck, Germany
4 - Zeche Carl - Essen, Germany
5 - Hof Ter Loo - Antwerpen, Belgium

25 November 2003

MOTORHEAD's main man Lemmy is working on a solo album and he recently stated that: "I have to do it between Motorhead and there isn't much in between Motorhead. Ha ha. I've got 5 tracks so far. I've done two tracks with The Revered Horton Heat, two tracks with the Damned... all originals except a cover of 'Neat Neat Neat' with the Damned - I'm playing the bass on that as well and it sounds pretty fucking mental. I was talking to Jordan about doing a track with me when I met her in a club in London one night but I never heard from her again. I'd like a really weird mix of people on the album. I'd like to do something with Jeff Beck - see if I can get him into a Yardbirds frame of mind when he was fucking great."

25 November 2003

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site (see LINKS):

"I am in the process of talking seriously with each bandmember about the future of STRATOVARIUS. "There are lots of rumours circling around and this statement is issued to clear some of those. "The band is in a severe crisis at the moment. "Looking back now, it is very clear to me why the situation has catapulted into crisis. "I have my own way to lead STRATOVARIUS and since being in this band since '84 (almost 20 years) I have had a very clear vision about the musical direction of STRATO. To put it short and simple, this is my band. "I decide what STRATOVARIUS sounds like. Stylists might decide how STRATOVARIUS looks like. I don't give a fuck about that though, I love music and we are not some fucking BACKSTREET BOYS. We eat metal and shit chains. "Before some of you start shouting 'dictator', I would like to tell you that we have always shared the income from the band equally. Everyone gets the same from all income. I can tell you many bands when it's not like this.
"Up until very last weeks I though things were fine, there have been arguments, but nothing fancy. At this point I feel that my vision of where to take STRATOVARIUS next is threatened. Along with many other things, which I cannot tell you due to legal reasons. Let me just say this: when the things get so heated that some people in the band enter into fistfight, then something is wrong, wouldn't you agree? "I am talking with [singer Timo] Kotipelto and [bassist Jari] Kainulainen here in Finland at the moment and next week I fly to New York to talk to [keyboardist Jens] Johansson. Then I fly to Germany to talk to [drummer Jörg] Michael. And then I have to think. "So you guys have to wait for some more time for some more news.
"At this point it seems 95% sure that 3 bandmembers have to leave. I really hope I can work things out with them, but if not, then they will have to go. "And to those who say I should leave STRATOVARIUS I say, hmmm well, perhaps it's better that I don't say anything, so I just say, 'Fuck Off!' I am not leaving anywhere, we just signed this new deal and I am going to continue writing new songs and there will be more albums, no matter what the line up will be.
"Stay tuned for more..."

25 November 2003

Holland's Karmageddon Media have announced plans to release the unfinished sophomore album from CONTROL DENIED over the objections of Jane Schuldiner, mother of late CONTROL DENIED/DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner.
Chuck, who passed away in December 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor, began work on the album (tentatively titled "When Machine and Man Collide") in 2001 but never managed to complete the effort before his health quickly deteriorated in the months leading up to his tragic death. The remaining members of the group — bassist Steve DiGiorgio, vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Shannon Hamm, and drummer Richard Christy — subsequently announced their desire to complete the CD and release it in Chuck's memory, but legal hassles between Schuldiner's family and Hammerheart Records (to whom Chuck was signed at the time of his death) put the entire project on hold.

The following is an official press release from Guido Heijnens, Karmageddon Media's co-founder, announcing the company's plans to release the CONTROL DENIED album in its unfinished form:
"As of today we are announcing a release on CD by Chuck Schuldiner's CONTROL DENIED.
"It will feature incomplete, unfinished recordings which were meant for the new album, which unfortunately was never finished, at least up until the moment of this press-statement.
"We have requested to get the master tapes on these recordings, but Chuck's family do not wish to communicate or talk with us anymore, let alone send us the master tapes (which are 75% finished) that should have been with us long ago.
"Probably there will be a lot of talk and discussions appearing, which we can understand obviously, but a fact is that we signed a contract with Chuck that he was very happy about, paid the full advance in 2000, have been asking for a solution during 2002 and 2003, but in all honesty we never really got a reply.
"The only honest and valid reason why the 'real' album by CONTROL DENIED is still not released is very simple: the legal heritors of Chuck (= his family) refuse to do anything concerning this release, if they will claim differently it is time for them to prove us wrong, we have been waiting for 18 months. I think they should stop fooling around with the record-label and the fans, the time to act in honesty is now or never!!! We are not lying, not cheating and in no way disrespectful, if someone disagrees he will need to prove us wrong, it is in the hands of Chuck's family.
"Possible release date is: spring 2004.

Reaction of Chuck's mother Jane Shuldiner:
"Dear fans,
"This is Chuck's mom. The latest threat of Guido (Heynens/Hammerheart Records) is that he will release a demo of Chuck's music on CD if the Schuldiner family does not do what he wants. The courts here in the US will decide the rights to that album and neither GH/HHR nor the Schuldiner family has the right to release any part of it until it is decided by a judge and jury here in the US.
"He is taking advantage of and damaging Chuck's reputation and memory, and is hurting this family and the release of Chuck's album enormously in the process. It is sacrilege. I am asking that none of you buy this CD and that you respect Chuck's memory by waiting for the full album. Just as the people who sell shirts and merchandise are making money off Chuck's memory, if you do not buy it, then it will fail. If GH/HHR does go against Chuck's attorney's advice and releases that music, then the album will not be released. What would be the point?"

To be continued......

25 November 2003

VADER have booked PR Studios in Gdansk for February, 2004 to record their new full length album. The forthcoming release currently has the working title "Spiritual Decease", and will be produced by Piotr Lukaszewski.
This, the band's sixth album is due out in May/June, 2004, completing the bands current deal with Metal Blade Records.

25 November 2003

STEEL PROPHET have finished a three-song demo they are shopping to interested parties. This is their first recording with new vocalist Nadir D'Priest (ex-LONDON, D'PRIEST) and guitarist Pete Skermetta. They join longtime guitarist Steve Kachinsky, bassist Vince Dennis and drummer Karl Rosqvist.
Track listing for the demo is: 'Beware', 'Heavenly' and 'Transfusion Vamp'.

Record companies interested in receiving the demo should contact:
Intromental Management
Kong Georgs Vej 70, 4tv
DK-2000 Frederiksberg
Denmark
Phone/fax: +45-38344833
info@intromental.com

25 November 2003

GRAVE will be releasing a box set featuring six of their albums on heavy 180g picture disc vinyl in gatefold sleeves. The set, which is limited to 2,000 copies will also include a 12 page booklet and 16 bonus tracks.
The albums featured in the set include: Into The Grave (1991), You'll Never See... (1992), Soulless (1994), Hating Life (1996), Extremely Rotten Live (1997) and Back From The Grave (2002).

25 November 2003

MARDUK have split with vocalist Legion. A reason for the split has not yet been offered.
Marduk have cancelled their upcoming shows, including the "Blackest Of The Black Festival" in London, England and two planned shows in Greece.
A replacement for Legion has already been found and will be presented very soon.
The band will soon release their new DVD, "Funeral Marches And Warsongs", worldwide on January 19th, 2004. The DVD will feature two new promo videos, as well as live material recorded in Paris on the European leg of the World Funeral tour.

25 November 2003

The latest Wacken Open Air update: Another set of acts have been added to the bill for s 15th Anniversary celebration, to take place August 5 - 8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany.
The complete list of bands confirmed so far for the festival now includes: AMON AMARTH, ANTHRAX, BAL-SAGOTH, BÖHSE ONKELZ, BRAINSTORM, CATHEDRAL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DESTRUCTION, EKTOMORF, GRAVE DIGGER, HYPOCRISY, MAYHEM, NEVERMORE, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL and ZODIAC MINDWARP.
More acts will be announced soon.

25 November 2003

MORBID ANGEL have announced dates for their upcoming European spring tour, dubbed "Heretic Tour 2004", at their official website (see LINKS).

Confirmed dates include:
February
20 - Podium - Hardenberg, Netherlands
21 - Nighttown - Rotterdam, Netherlands
22 - 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
23 - La Locomotive - Paris, France
25 - Salle Des Fetes De Ramonville - Toulouse, France
26 - Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, Spain
27 - Republica - Valencia, Spain
28 - Aqualung - Madrid, Spain
29 - Sala Jam - Bergara, Spain

March
1 - Rockstore - Montpellier, France
2 - Transilvania Live - Milan, Italy
3 - Circolo Degli Artisti - Rome Italy
4 - New Age - Treviso, Italy
5 - Transilvania Live - Reggio Emilia, Italy
6 - L'Usine - Geneva, Switzerland
7 - Transbordeur - Lyon, France
9 - Zeche Karl - Essen, Germany
10 - Die Rohre - Stuttgart, Germany
11 - Halford - Berlin, Germany
12 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau, Germany
13 - Spodek - Katowice, Poland (Metal Mania Festival)
14 - Venue TBA - Zlin, Czech Republic (Metal Mania Festival)
15 - E-Klub - Budapest, Hungary
16 - Roxy - Prague, Czech Republic
18 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
19 - La Laiterie - Strasbourg, France
20 - Le Splendid - Lille, France
21 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium
23 - Mean Fiddler - London, England

25 November 2003

SAXON, featuring Biff Byford, have announced the following Christmas tour dates. Support on selected dates comes from DORO and CIRCLE II CIRCLE.

Confirmed dates include:
November
29 - Sala Gamma - Murcia, E (with Circle II Circle)
30 - Sala Jam - Bergara, E (with Circle II Circle)

December
2 - Trasbordeur - Lyon, F (with Circle II Circle)
5 - Winter Sports Palace - Sofia, BUL
6 - Hydrogios Club - Tessaloniki, GR
7 - Gagarin 205 - Athens, GR
10 - Students' Centre - Pauk - Zagreb, CRO
12 - Podium - Hardenberg, NL (with Doro)
13 - Phillipshalle - Dusseldorf, Germany (Doro 20th Anniversary)
14 - Columbiahalle - Berlin, Germany
16 - Alte Fesalle - Tuttlingen, Germany
17 - Z7 - Pratteln, CH
18 - Motion - Bergamo, Italy
19 - Hafen - Innsbruck, Austria
20 - Planet Music - Wien, Austria
21 - Petofi Hall - Budapest, Hungary (with Circle II Circle)
23 - Hof Ter Lo - Antwerpen, Belgium (with Circle II Circle and Doro)

19 November 2003

RESPONSE NEGATIVE (see LINKS), the Florida-based death/thrash metal band featuring former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson, have completed work on their new EP.
The five-song effort was recorded at Studio 13 with producer Jeremy Staska, and was mastered by Mike Fuller.

The complete track listing for the EP is as follows:
01. All Out War
02. Silent Son
03. Etched in Sickness
04. Carnivorous Lust
05. Faithless

A CD review will follow soon on this website!

19 November 2003

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has confirmed the final three vocalists confirmed to appear on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. According to a post on Arjen's official web site, "an odd chain of events brought a premature end to the guessing game, but we are going to give you the final three names of the singers... and they are: Arjen Lucassen, Devin Townsend and Irene Jansen

19 November 2003

NAPALM DEATH guitarist Jesse Pintado is not taking part in the current European tour in to order to spend time with family and recover from a very exhausting year - due to the fact that the tour was already booked the band decided to do the shows as a four piece.

19 November 2003

Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad) has been added to the FEAR FACTORY lineup on bass guitar - a tentative release date for the next album 'Archetype' has been set for April 2004.

19 November 2003

DESTRUCTION will be teaming up with DEW-SCENTED for an European tour beginning in February 2004. The exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

19 November 2003

It seems that the Dynamo Open Air festival will take place again in 2004. Despite earlier reports, it is believed that the city of Nijmegen will host the festival next year at Goffert park. This location was used for various events already, among them Fields Of Rock 2003. Promotor Mojo Concerts comments it will be a 1 day festival for around 20.000 metal heads. Organizer Andre Verhuysen is not too happy with this situation, he still wants DOA to be a 3 day event with campsite. To be continued…..

19 November 2003

The next release of SONATA ARCTICA will be an EP which will be released only in Japan. It is titled "Takatalvi" and features songs that were previously unreleased in Japan. It features three covers (Metallica, Helloween, Scorpions) plus 4 other songs and a video clip for the song "Broken". Meanwhile the guys are working on new material and they plan to enter the studio before the summer to record their Nuclear Blast debut.

19 November 2003

Agonia Records in Poland claims to be releasing a legitimate live album from POSSESSED called "Agony in Paradise". The album contains 50 minutes of material recorded in Parma, Ohio when the Bay Area thrashers were opening up for DARK ANGEL on their Darkness Descends Tour in 1987. The CD includes an introduction by vocalist/bassist Jeff Becerra, plus old pictures of the band, flyers, posters, tickets and other shots.
The tracklisting: 'March To Die', 'Pentagram', 'Beast Of The Apocalypse', 'Holy Hell', 'Swing Of The Axe', 'Burning In Hell', 'Heretic', 'Phantasm', 'Excorcist', 'Fallen Angel', 'Seance', 'Twisted Minds' and 'Death Metal'.

19 November 2003

VOIVOD will spend the remainder of the year in Montreal working on their next album and plan on touring Europe in 2004! Jason Newsted is currently touring Europe with Ozzy on bass, after which he will return to the US to focus on Voivod's next album. Voivod hopes to begin recording early next year."

19 November 2003

SUFFOCATION news; the writing process for the band's first full length album in eight years, entitled "Souls To Deny", has reached the midway point. Tentative plans are to enter the studio in early January to record the new effort for a spring '04 release through Relapse Records.

19 November 2003

The latest addition to the lineup for the Bang Your Head 2004 Festival is ANTHRAX. There are also some serious rumors that ALICE COOPER will be headlining on one of the festival dates. The festival is scheduled to take place June 25/26 at the Messegelande in Balingen, Germany.

The confirmed list of bands scheduled to appear at the festival now includes: WHITE LION, QUEENSRYCHE, MAGNUM, CHILDREN OF BODOM, U.F.O., GOTTHARD, ANTHRAX, PRIMAL FEAR, LILLIAN AXE, DEATH ANGEL, BLAZE, OMEN, KINGDOM COME, ANGEL, SHOK PARIS, BALLISTIC, RUFFIANS, CAGE and MAJESTY.
Three more bands (including headlining acts) will be announced soon

19 November 2003

Guy Speranza, the original voice for RIOT has passed away in a Florida hospital due to pancreatic cancer. Speranza fronted the band from their beginnings in Brooklyn, New York in early 1976. His unmistakable vocal style can be heard on Rock City (1977), Narita (1979) and the unsurpassed gem Fire Down Under (1981). Speranza was 47 years old.
The doctors had told Guy's wife that they thought there was a good chance his cancer was caused by the chemicals Guy had handled for 20 years in his profession as an exterminator. Guy is also survived by two daughters, aged 17 and 20.

10 November 2003

ANVIL will begin recording their new album, "Back To Basics", with producer Pierre Rémillard at his studio in Quebec on November 24th.
Due for release sometime in 2004 through Massacre Records, the album will include the following tracks: 'Bottom Feeder', 'Cruel World' 'Fuel For The Fire', 'Go Away', 'The Chainsaw', 'When My Pants Are Down' and 'You Get What You Pay For'. Some lyrics from 'Fuel For The Fire' were taken from one of Anvil's unreleased tracks, 'Taking Control'.
Christoph Schinzel (aka Stripe) has completed the artwork for the album. It can be seen at the website (see LINKS).

10 November 2003

CHASTAIN have set "In An Outrage" as the title for their first CD since 1997's "In Dementia".
Due in early 2004 through Leviathan Records, the band's eighth release features vocalist Kate French, guitarist David T. Chastain, and original VICIOUS RUMORS members Larry Howe (drums) and Dave Starr (bass).

Among the songtitles set to appear on the effort are the following:
01. New Beginnings
02. Souls The Sun
03. Hamunaptra
04. Bullet From A Gun
05. Tortured Love
06. Malicious Pigs
07. Rule The World
08. Lucky To Be Alive
09. Women Are Wicked
10. In An Outrage


10 November 2003

German metallers WIZARD have replaced PARADOX on the bill for the Keep It True II festival, which is set to be held on April 10, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.

The complete list of bands set to appear at Keep It True II is as follows:
MANILLA ROAD
HALLOWEEN
BLITZKRIEG
CLOVEN HOOF
WIZARD
ELIXIR
MAJESTY
IRONSWORD
HOLY MARTYR


10 November 2003

CRYPTOPSY have officially parted ways with vocalist Martin Lacroix. No reason was given was given for Lacroix's departure. The group are currently seeking a replacement frontman while continuing to write material for their fifth studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records.
The as-yet-untitled effort will be recorded at Wild Studio in St-Zenon, Quebec, Canada with producer Pierre Rémillard (KATAKLYSM, GORGUTS, KRISIUN).

10 November 2003

JUDAS PRIEST are rumoured to be talking to the organisation of the Waldrock Festival about headlining next year's instalment of the Waldrock festival, set to be held June 19th of 2003 in Bergum (The Netherlands). The reunited veterans are currently planning a world tour in 2004. Judas Priest's spokesperson Jayne Andrews: "We are being approached by festivals and promoters from all over the world for shows for next year."

10 November 2003

The next release of DISMEMBER will be a two DVD set. The DVD is titled "Hate/Kill/Live" and is scheduled for a January 26th release through Escapi. The first DVD will feature a live show filmed in Stockholm and the second DVD will feature a documentary, some rare material, some promo videos and more.

10 November 2003

Underground death man Paul Speckmann (MASTER, DEATHSTRIKE, ABOMINATION, KRABATHOR) is currently finishing his autobiography, to be published sometime next year. Master's last album, "Let's Start A War", was released through System Shock in 2002.

10 November 2003

AGENT STEEL have released a 4-track EP entitled "Earth Under Lucifer". The tracks appearing on the release include 'Earth Under Steel', 'Mad Locust Rising' (live), 'Unstoppable Force' (live) and 'Agents Of Steel' (live). The live tracks were all recorded in 2003. 'Earth Under Steel' comes from the bands new album, "Order Of The Illuminati".

As previously reported, Agent Steel recently dropped off the Bonded By Metal Over Europe tour due to disagreements with their booking agents. The band comment, "We thank all the European Metalheads that came out and supported Agent Steel on the Bonded By Metal Over Europe Tour 2003. We made lots of new fans, great new friends and it was a pleasure to see old friends and supporters; for this we are grateful. Unfortunately we did not participate on the second half of the European tour. We plan on returning to Europe in the near future to make up some of the canceled dates. We thank everyone who came out and supported the band; don't forget to pick up the Earth Under Lucifer mini-CD now available thru Scarlet Records."

Singer Bruce Hall wrote to Mario's Metal Mania:
" It is more than a pity about the tour as WE cancelled nothing! That shady **** Johan and his ****** ** agency Metalysee pulled the rug out from under us in Hamburg. After doing the poorest job of promotion they possibly could, they decided the best thing to do was to tell the bands who were being paid that he wouldn't pay them anymore, greedily hoping we'd get our labels to give us cash to stay out, which is really your money in the first place, in essence, getting the band to pay themselves to be on tour. There is no way we will ever pay to play...ever. So, glad we at least made it to Holland. Eindhoven was a really fun show for us.
Bruce

10 November 2003

THRESHOLD reports that production work for the bands forthcoming live DVD and double CD, "Critical Energy", is now complete.
The following feature list has been confirmed for the DVD: Complete concert footage filmed in The Netherlands (18 songs, 118 minutes), Selected ProgPower USA 2002 concert footage ('Light And Space', 'The Latent Gene' and 'The Ravages Of Time'), Critical Moments tour documentary (12 minutes), Photo gallery, Stereo and 5.1 surround sound and Commentary by Karl Groom and Richard West. Critical Energy is due out in January through InsideOut.

10 November 2003

PRIMAL FEAR have announced that they have finished work on their forthcoming album, "Devil's Ground", due out through Nuclear Blast on February 23, 2004.The band have mixed the songs for the album and mastering will begin on November 5th.
Tracks set to appear on Devil's Ground include (not in running order): 'Metal Is Forever', 'Suicide & Mania', 'Visions Of Fate' , 'The Healer', 'Sacred Illusion', 'In Metal', 'Soulchaser', 'Sea Of Flames', 'Wings Of Desire', 'Heart Of A Brave', 'Colony 13' and 'Devil's Ground'.
A surprise cover version of a classic metal track will appear on the limited European version and the Japanese version. The limited European version will include two 5.1 mixes of 'Metal Is Forever' and 'The Healer' in addition. Devil's Ground was produced by Mat Sinner, co-produced by Primal Fear and Achim Köhler at the House of Music in Winterbach, Germany.

10 November 2003

MALEVOLENT CREATION guitarist Phil Fasciana has issued the following band update:
"Hails, It's been a while since we have had a news update so here it is. First off, the rumours concerning drummer Dave Culross rejoining Malevolent Creation are in fact very true!!!! We are very excited about working with Dave again and working on the next album with him.
Other great news is that our next (9th) album will be released on Nuclear Blast Records worldwide. Nuclear Blast released our last album "The Will To Kill" in Europe and did a great job for us and we are happy to continue this relationship with them.
Recording for the untitled 9th full length will take place in February with producer Jean Francois Dagenais producing again with a June 2004 release date.

4 November 2003

Two more bands have just been confirmed for Bang Your Head Festival 2004, taking place at the Messegelände in Balingen, Germany on the 25th and 26th of June, 2004.
The new additions are CHILDREN OF BODOM and QUEENSRYCHE.
Other acts previously announced to perform at the festival include: WHITE LION, U.F.O., GOTTHARD, PRIMAL FEAR, MAGNUM, DEATH ANGEL, LILIAN AXE, ANGEL, BLAZE, OMEN, CAGE, MAJESTY, SHOK PARIS, BALLISTIC and RUFFIANS. Four more bands (including headlining acts) will be announced soon.

4 November 2003

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal act AFTER FOREVER have set November 13 as the release date through Transmission Records for their forthcoming mini-CD, entitled "Exordium". The EP, which contains four originals and two covers, was recorded at Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland with producers Hans Pieters and Dennis Leidelmeijer. In addition, the group — who recently filmed a video for the song "My Choice" off "Exordium" — have completed the bulk of the recordings for their upcoming full-length CD, tentatively due in early 2004. AFTER FOREVER's last full-length effort, "Decipher", was released in 2001.

"Exordium" track listing:
01. Line of Thoughts
02. Beneath
03. My Choice
04. Glorifying Means
05. The Evil That Men Do
06. One Day I'll Fly Away
+ DVD containing:- "My Choice" video, - Making of "My Choice" video, and much more.

4 November 2003

Y&T are putting the finishing touches on their CD of previously unreleased material, titled "Unearthed", tentatively due in late November. The disc will reportedly contain unreleased Y&T cuts from the past — songs that were recorded for a particular record but never made it on vinyl or CD — including a track with unfinished lyrics that the band have re-recorded for this collection.
Y&T mainman Dave Meniketti recently posted the following message to the band's official discussion forum:
"Sorry I haven't had a chance to post in the forum lately, but I've been working solidly on this new CD release. It's about done & we're just putting the finishing touches on the artwork, stories & other tidbits of text within the booklet. When you do everything yourself, it takes a lot more time than you expected at the outset. The CD should be completed within a week & unfortunately will probably not be available until the end of November. We may provide pre-orders for the CD soon on the site & at the shows. Just trying to work out the specifics to make it easiest for everyone.
"It should be an exciting end to the year with the new CD & DVD being finished from the Petaluma shows, along with entering our 30th anniversary year! Can't wait to get out there & play again. Thanks for keeping the fires burning."

4 November 2003

DEATH ANGEL will enter a Northern California studio with producer Brian Dobbs on December 1 to begin recording their first CD since 1990's "Act III", tentatively due in the spring. "We are still looking around for a studio that best suits us, but we do plan to record at home," "We have not decided on an album title as of yet, but we do have an album's worth of material, and we plan to write more. We showcased some of the new songs on the East Coast run we did & they went over real well." Aguilar had the following to say about the group's new material: "It's still Death Angel music. Lots of changes, fast and in your face. We didn't down tune guitars or incorporate death metal vocals. Not that it's a bad thing, but we wanted to stick to the original formula. People who liked Death Angel then will like Death Angel now."

4 November 2003

MACABRE will embark on a US tour in December with DIABOLIC. MACABRE will also tour Europe in January and February with CEPHALIC CARNAGE.

4 November 2003

EVERGREY's recordlabel, InsideOut Music, will reissue the bands first two albums, "The Dark Discovery" and "olitude, Dominance, Tragedy", with bonus material in February or March 2004.
Evergrey have also started pre-production on their next full length album, to be release in spring 2004.

4 November 2003

The official website for the Keep It True II festival (see LINKS) has posted the following message from the organizers:
"After the cancellation of SATAN, we have now good news for you. BLITZKRIEG will fill the place of Satan and have promised to play some Satan tracks at the end of their set. So now, there is only one place left in the billing of Keep It True 2004. As previously reported, Keep It True II will take place on April 10th, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. Artists on the bill include: CLOVEN HOOF, MANILLA ROAD, ELIXIR, PARADOX, HALLOWEEN andMAJESTY.

29 October 2003

METAL CHURCH have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 1999's "Masterpeace", tentatively due in early 2004. The group's current lineup includes original members Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar) and Kirk Arrington (drums) alongside three new members, including vocalist Ronny Munroe , who had most recently spent time in the Seattle metal band ROTTWEILLER . More information about the group's forthcoming CD is expected soon. Munroe's voice is described as a cross between Rob Halford and Ronnie James Dio

29 October 2003

STRATOVARIUS will be leaving their current label Nuclear Blast Records after the release of their next album, "Elements Pt. 2", which is due later this month.
Keyboardist Jens Johansson said the band is considering various options, but the return to their previous label Noise Records is the most likely of them. According to Johansson, STRATOVARIUS never had any serious problems with Noise, and the only reason they changed to Nuclear Blast was money. It was not clear from Johansson's words which label will be releasing the band's live DVD, which is scheduled for spring next year.

29 October 2003

Dave Eleffson (ex-Megadeth), Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Megadeth), Joe Comeau (Liege Lord, ex-Overkill, ex-Annihilator) and Jack Frost (Seven Witches, ex-Savatage) have formed a new band. The new group, currently called NAP ('Not Another Project') has penned fifteen songs and is looking forward to entering the studio. The band has inked a recorddeal with an, at the moment, unnamed label. NAP's debut-album is expected to surface in the Summer of 2004, in time for the festival's. The music is described by guitarist Jack Frost as 'good old heavy metal, a bit like a more modern Megadeth.' The name NAP is only a working title, which will be changed for the release of the band's debut album.

29 October 2003

Former MALEVOLENT CREATION drummer Dave Culross (Suffocation, Incantation) has reportedly rejoined the band. A new album is in the works for an early 2004 release.

29 October 2003

THANATOS will be in the studio to record their fourth full length "Undead.Unholy.Divine". The album will be released by Black Lotus Records in march/april 2004.

29 October 2003

The latest act added to the bill for the 2004 edition of the Bang Your Head festival 2004 (see LINKS) is KINGDOM COME.

The festival, scheduled to take place June 25/26 in Balingen, Germany, will also feature the following confirmed acts: UFO, WHITE LION, PRIMAL FEAR, MAGNUM, GOTTHARD, LILIAN AXE, DEATH ANGEL, ANGEL, OMEN, BLAZE, CAGE, SHOK PARIS, MAJESTY, RUFFIANS and BALLISTIC.
More acts will be added and announced soon.

29 October 2003

THE GATHERING have posted the following message at their official website (see LINKS) regarding the departure of bassist Hugo Prinsen Geerligs:
"Dear people, Big news this time. A new special semi-acoustic live album, "Sleepy Buildings", is coming and a tour next year. A lot is happening and changing, as it always does.
But the biggest change of all is that Hugo, our bass player, is leaving The Gathering. After a period of soul searching, he came to the conclusion he wants to spend his time otherwise, taking on new challenges profession-wise and focus on his private life. He and his wife just had a beautiful baby girl.
This means he will end the year with us and do one last show which will be in 013 in Tilburg, Holland the 16th of November. Of course we wish him all good luck and happiness in the future. We went on a quest to find a suitable replacement for Hugo. Luckily we did not have to search very far. We found a female bass player named Marjolein Kooijman from Oss, Holland, the place where most of us come from and started our Gathering career. She studies at the Dutch 'Rock academy', She's a nice and funny girl and a natural talent indeed. We welcome her to our band.
You will get a chance to meet her when we will tour around Europe after the release of Sleepy Buildings, end of January 2004."

29 October 2003

CRADLE OF FILTH's DVD EP, "Mannequin", is due out on December 2nd via Red Ink/Epic Records.
Featured on the DVD will be the 'Mannequin' video (directed by Thomas Mignone), the 'Babalon A.D.' video (which was deemed too extreme for MTV, and directed by WIZ), a live performance video of 'The Promise Of Fever' (directed by Cradle guitarist Paul Allender), a Serpent Tongue animated featurette (also created by Allender), and a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of 'Mannequin'.
Cradle Of Filth will re-enter the studio in January to begin work on their next full length album.

29 October 2003

Metal veterans RIOT have announced that VIRGIN STEELE drummer Frank Gilchriest has joined the band on drums. Gilchriest will still remain on board with VIRGIN STEELE. RIOT is currently writing the followup to 2002's "Through The Storm" album and they promise live dates soon.

29 October 2003

Although TWISTED SISTER have vowed to say "never say never", the band have made NO plans after their mini-tour. They do not want to record a new album because "it would be pointless" and do not want to tour next summer because of other commitments and their families. The only thing in the pipeline is a live DVD (recorded this summer overseas) that will be out shortly.

29 October 2003

Cult '80s thrash act ATTACKER have completed work on their forthcoming "Soul Taker" album, the follow up to 1988's "The Second Coming". Germany's Iron Glory Records will release the record on January 26th, 2004. The band have now entered the rehearsal studio to begin work on their live shows. The shows will be a career spanning showcase of the bands musical history (which also includes their 1987 Metal Blade debut, Battle At Helms Deep).

24 October 2003

Heavy Metal website "Tales from the Pit" is trying to get FORBIDDEN together. They made a mailing list named the "Bring Back Forbidden" movement. Here's an update:
It has been quite a week. The "Bring Back Forbidden" list TRIPLED in size! I have received responses from people all over the globe who would LOVE to see Forbidden surface again! A lot of you folks are serious die-hards! And I am more than happy to welcome all the newcomers into the fold. In order for this to happen, I need the help of each and every one of you. Any of you who know or work for metal web sites or metal magazines, please get in touch with them and tell them about this movement. TELL them that you want Forbidden back, and this is how it can be done. Give them the e-mail address bringbackforbidden@yahoo.com to write to sign up and for more information. For those who do not have such contacts, you can be just as helpful. Tell/e-mail your metalhead friends and tell them about this movement. Post topics on metal message boards about this. Bump those topics up when they get low. Don't forget to include the address to sign up or for information: bringbackforbidden@yahoo.com! A lot of people still do not know about this, it is up to YOU to make this happen by spreading the word farther! The more people that know about this, the better. This is a 100% grassroots movement. The band has nothing to do with this. There are no sponsors, no budget, no letterhead, and no offices. It is up to ALL OF US to persuade Forbidden into returning. There are a lot of people out there who are saying "this will never happen". These people are not even giving this movement a chance. I know that all of you want Forbidden back in the worst way. Let's all chip in and make it happen. Contact your metal friends and tell them about this TODAY. The more work we all do, the quicker this will happen. I am counting on YOU."When they don't know, tell them."
bringbackforbidden@yahoo.com
www.talesfromthepit.com

24 October 2003

GRIP INC., the band featuring SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo and ex-DESPAIR guitarist/acclaimed producer Waldemar Sorychta, have set "Incorporated" as the title for their fourth full-length album, due in early 2004 through SPV Records in Europe and JVC Records in Japan (the band have yet to secure a North American deal for the CD).
The follow-up to 1999's "Solidify" was once again recorded at Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, Germany and reportedly features "many surprise guest appearances."

24 October 2003

SYSTEM OF A DOWN is currently working on material for a new full-length album. Recordings are scheduled for the spring of 2004, a release is expected in the fall of the same year.

24 October 2003

THE CROWN are re-recording the vocals for "Crowned In Terror". They plan to replace Thomas vocals with Johan's in the new version. Here's a small update: "We are right now in the studio working on the vocals for the "new" Crowned In Terror. And Johan fucking rules, as always!!! We'll be in the studio the whole week, then leave for tour and most likely continue with it in December. No release date set yet

24 October 2003

STRATOVARIUS will NOT be touring in support of their new release, "Elements Part 2", due out through Nuclear Blast on October 27th.
Stratovarius will not do any more touring in 2003 or 2004. The band will however likely do some summer festival dates from June - August, 2004.
Stratovarius' "Elements Part 2" album will also be released in Europe on limited edition (1,000 copies) clear vinyl LP.

24 October 2003

A settlement has finally been reached between the members of the original band SAXON over the usage of the name and logos belonging to the original partnership.

OLIVER DAWSON SAXON, consisting of original Saxon members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, (along with Nigel Durham, Haydn Conway and Wardi) have acknowledged that the band featuring Biff Byford and Paul Quinn will continue to be known as SAXON, and have use of the logo. In return Byford and Quinn acknowledge that OLIVER DAWSON SAXON have a legitimate use of the name in that form. Steve Dawson says, "At last we have been able to put aside the differences and now we can all continue with what's really important - the music."
OLIVER DAWSON SAXON will be appearing on a new album released in October entitled The Second Wave, which features the first new studio recordings from the band.

24 October 2003

AYREON master Arjen Lucassen has revealed through his website (www.arjenlucassen.com) that he is at the moment hard at work in his Electric Castle studio on the follow up to Ayreon's Universal Migrator releases from 2000.
Currently the following six singers have been confirmed to appear on the release: James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Devon Graves (DEAD SOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ), Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY), Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE), Magnus Ekwall (THE QUILL) and Heather Findlay (MOSTLY AUTUMN).
Six more singers will be confirmed over the course of the next few months, as well as the names of instrumentalists, the concept, artwork and sound-samples. A release date has not yet been set.

24 October 2003

SADUS postponed their European December tour! Bassist Steve DiGiorgio has posted the following message at his official website (see LINKS):
"I regret to inform you that we, Sadus, have to postpone the tour for December. The cancellation is the result of a very extremely fragile and urgent family situation.
To be more specific - Jon Allen, our drummer has been dealing with the health of his 11 year old daughter. She has undergone a heart transplant recently. She is still and will be in the hospital for several months - where Jon will have to set up temporary residence with the rest of his family.
Jon has been my best friend for over 20 years and our daughter's are best friends. This horrifying situation is effecting us all immensely and the world seems to be upside down these days. I hope you can understand why we have to pull out of the shows. We realize that a lot of planning has gone into this and lot of work has been done. I am sorry for any inconveniences this far along in the planning. Hopefully when things get back to as close to normal as they can, we wish to start plans to play out again. Steve & Sadus."

24 October 2003

Florida's LEASH LAW, the band featuring Wade Black (ex-CRIMSON GLORY/ex-SEVEN WITCHES), Emo Mowery (ex-NOCTURNUS), Rick Renstrom (ROB ROCK), Stephen Elder (ROB ROCK) and Richard Christy (ex-DEATH/ ICED EARTH) have inked a two-album deal with Greece-based Black Lotus.
Their -yet untitled- debut album will come out in February and "be sure that this one will set new standards on the heavy metal scene worldwide! Exploding, powerful, melodic, dramatic, amazing"!!

24 October 2003

AGENT STEEL will no longer be on the Bonded By Metal Over Europe tour due to disagreements with their booking agents.
States the band, "Agent Steel would like to apologize to the European metal fans who will not be able to witness Agent Steel live on the second half of the Bonded by Metal Over Europe Tour which is going on right now. We performed nine successful, kick-ass shows, and then the booking agency broke the agreement for the remaining live performances, so we had no choice but to leave the tour with dignity and respect. We apologize to the metal fans for our departure from the tour and at the same time we thank all the die-hard metal supporters, and new friends we made (GRAVE, MORTICIAN, GOD DETHRONED, OCCULT, PROSPECT, CALLENISH CIRCLE, EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, etc.). Agent Steel will return to Europe for a headline tour in the near future."

After the departure of AGENT STEEL the trek lost two more bands last week. Both CALLENISH CIRCLE and GOD DETHRONED decided to quit the tour after their gig in Innsbruck, Austria.

24 October 2003

SATAN dropped from Keep It True II Festival lineup! The official website for the Keep It True II festival (see LINKS) has posted the following news regarding SATAN's appearance:
"We have bad news for you. Satan will not play at Keep It True 2004. I want to tell you the causes for this:
After we dealt everything with the band and got their final confirmation, I got an email from SKYCLAD manager Eric Cook. He told me, that Skyclad are planning a tour around this time and that it is impossible for the Satan members Steve Ramsey and Graeme English to play at KIT.
He offered me, that we can put Skyclad on the billing and so the Satan show would have been saved. We thought about it and would have paid the flights for the rest of the Skyclad band, but then big joke came. Skyclad would only play, if they headline the festival and get a certain amount of money for that.
Sorry, but this is blackmail and we won't do anything like this at Keep It True. I tried to save the Satan show and wanted two BLITZKRIEG members to step in for the two Skyclad guys, but Russ Tippins said he really does not want to play without his friends, which I totally respect. At the moment we are trying hard on getting an equal replacement for the band and there are some hopefuls."
As previously reported, Keep It True II will take place on April 10th, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. Artists on the bill include: CLOVEN HOOF, MANILLA ROAD, ELIXIR, PARADOX, HALLOWEEN and MAJESTY

24 October 2003

PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul have named their new band DAMAGEPLAN. The group, whose debut album is due January 26th, also features singer Patrick Lachman (ex-HALFORD).
The album, tentatively titled New Found Power, was recorded at Darrell's home studio and was produced by Darrell and Paul along with Sterling Winfield (Pantera, MERCYFUL FATE). Guests include SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor and ZAKK WYLDE.

14 October 2003

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), will release their self-titled debut in November in Argentina and Brazil. A worldwide release will follow in January 2004.

14 October 2003

WRETCH bass player Dennis Hayes will be joining SEVEN WITCHES on their forthcoming US tour with RAVEN and European tour with OVERKILL. Dennis will be filling in for regular Seven Witches bass player Joey Vera, who is busy working on Metal Blade Records' 20th Anniversary live CD.

14 October 2003

SONATA ARCTICA have inked a long-term record deal with Nuclear Blast. The band are currently working on the followup to this year's "Winterheart's Guild", which will be recorded before next summer.

14 October 2003

ANNIHILATOR drummer Randy Black is no longer working with the band. Despite having guaranteed the band that he would be performing on their up-coming new release, and being scheduled to record drum tracks in five weeks, last-minute "requests" made it impossible to continue a positive working relationship.

However band-leader Jeff Waters always seems to make the best out of a gloomy situation:
Drum "legend" Mike Mangini (STEVE VAI, EXTREME, Annihilator's Set The World On Fire) has just confirmed that he will be be the drummer on the new CD (due March/April 2004 - AFM Records). This will ensure the Annihilator release stays on schedule, as Mangini's "miracle-metal-drumming-work" will begin in a Boston studio in six weeks.
Says Waters, "As most drummers know, Mike is one of the best in the business and it is an honor for me to work with a pro like him. He is going to help set a new standard for Annihilator and metal drumming. A tall order but one Mangini is eager to and able to achieve." With respect to the new CD, Waters states, "Although the last five Annihilator studio CDs have all had some good material on them, I made a promise to myself and the new label that I will deliver something far beyond what I have been doing for the last 10 years. And I will."

14 October 2003

PARADOX have announced through their official website (www.paradox-bangers.de) that they will begin recording a new album in the beginning of 2004.
The new release will feature the same lineup that appeared on the bands Collision Course album. A late 2004 release is expected through AFM. In other Paradox news, the band are scheduled to perform at the Keep It True II festival on April 10th at Tauber-Franken-Halle in Lauda, Germany.

14 October 2003

Nuclear Blast have confirmed rumors that they have signed Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL to a multi-album deal. The bands fourth studio record is scheduled to be released on April 26th, 2004, their first release since 1990's Act III.
Vocalist Mark Osegueda confirmed recently that during their present "downtime in San Francisco, the ultimate goal is to finish writing the upcoming album through December. And in December we go to Europe for about three weeks (with DISBELIEF, MYSTIC PROPHECY, SYMPHORCE, MNEMIC) and then we come back, and then we go back to record the first Death Angel album in 14 years."
For the new album, expect the classic Death Angel sound, with songs like 'Five Steps Of Freedom', 'Prophecy', and 'The Devil Incarnate'.

As well, look for reissues of the band's first two albums (The Ultra-Violence and Frolic Through The Park) through Ryko (Geffen isn't responding to their enquiries about Act III), each with bonus tracks, an entire album of Death Angel rarities, and a DVD, featuring the band's videos. These are slated to be released separately AND as a boxset.
Forthcoming Death Angel tour dates are as follows:

October
24 – Concord, CA at The Cadillac Ranch
25 - Santa Rosa, CA at Last Day Saloon

November (with Disbelief, Mystic Prophecy, Symphorce, Mnemic)
3 – Paris, France at La Locomotive
4 – London, UK at Underworld
6 – Amsterdam, Netherlands at Melkweg
7 – Groningen, Netherlands at Vera
8 – Vosselaar, Belgium at Biebob
9 – Den Bosch, Netherlandsat Willem Ii
11 – Essen, Germany at Zeche Carl
12 – Munster (Breitefeld), Germany at Live Arena
13 – Salzburg, Austria at Rockhouse
14 – Budapest, Hungary at Mega Club
15 – Ljubljana, Slovakia at K4
16 – Milano, Italy at Transilvania
17 – Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
18 – Osnabruck, Germany at Works

8 October 2003

ROB ROCK and his band Rage of Creation have confirmed their appearance on the upcoming 2004 PRIMAL FEAR European tour as special guests alongside BRAINSTORM.
Rob Rock will tour in support of his recently released 2nd solo cd "Eyes of Eternity" which was produced by Roy Z, (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Helloween, Tribe of Gypsies).

8 October 2003

Veteran Dutch thrashers DEAD HEAD will enter Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark in January 2004 with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, ILLDISPOSED, INVOCATOR, HATESPHERE, etc) to begin recording their fourth full-length album for a late spring release through Cold Blood Industries.

8 October 2003

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have finished mixing the live recordings made during the band's Bulgarian appearances in July. Kotzev is hoping to have the video portion edited by mid-November and have the entire product ready for release on DVD before the end of the year.
As previously reported, the band's lineup for the gigs consisted of Kotzev, Joe Lynn Turner (vocals, ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE), Lars Pollack (organ and keys), Tomas Broman (drums), and Wayne Banks (bass).
Nik and his manager are currently working on putting together a European tour in support of the band's latest studio album, "Guilty As Sin". More information will be made available soon.

8 October 2003

HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo has sent us the following update on his current activities:
"Monster Records in San Antonio contacted me a few months ago. They plan to release some old HADES recordings from the early '80s with our original vocalist Paul Smith. There were a bunch of live 2-track plus 16 track songs we recorded before the 'Resisting Success' line-up. They've been working on getting the sound quality up to par and they plan to release it within a few months. It certainly isn't going to get us any new fans, but if you want old school metal, this is about as old as it gets.

8 October 2003

Veteran Montreal metallers VOIVOD have announced that they will NOT be touring Europe with OZZY OSBOURNE. Instead, the band will spend the remainder of the year in Montreal working on their next album and plan on touring Europe in 2004.
Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA) will be touring Europe with Ozzy, after which he will return to the U.S. to focus on VOIVOD's next album. VOIVOD hope to begin recording the follow-up to this year's self-titled effort early next year.

8 October 2003

KROKUS singer Marc Storace has finished laying down vocal tracks on the new WARRIOR album, tentatively due in early 2004.
"I'm finally back home from my two-week studio trip to L.A. and three-week tour of Europe with KROKUS and …. all went amazingly well!" Storace writes in an online post.
"WARRIOR's high level of musicianship and the new WARRIOR songs, just like the last KROKUS studio album, 'Rock the Block', will definitely help satisfy the need in this world today for the return to the personal human touch and soulful craftsmanship."

8 October 2003

J.D. Kimball, the former lead singer of OMEN, passed away on October 3rd, 2003 after a three-year battle with cancer.
Omen guitarist, Kenny Powell, had these words to share about his former bandmate: "He was a great writer, one of the true innovators in the early years of power metal. I am extremely proud of the records that we did together, Battle Cry, Warning Of Danger, Nightmares and The Curse. I hope everyone will remember J.D. for all of his truly great contributions to the world of Heavy Metal. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Sincerely, Kenny Powell".

Kimball's family has set up an email account for fans who would like to express their condolences at:
jd_condolences@lycos.com

8 October 2003

BEHEMOTH have announced that after three years, guitarist Havok has retired from the band. Behemoth are currently looking for a new session guitarist. If you feel like giving a try, send your email to: nergal69@poczta.onet.pl

The band comment, "Havok decided to part his ways with Behemoth. Lately he's been struggling some personal problems. As a result he lost interest in this band, and the whole extreme metal genre, he simply burned out. We spent together absolutely killer time touring all over the world and recording two of Behemoth's best albums. We wish him all the best. American tour and the show in Israel will be the last thing we'll do together. Later we will focus on writing the new stuff and eventually finding a replacement."

8 October 2003

The Bang Your Head Festival 2004 announced that a few more acts have been added to the bill for Bang Your Head 2004, taking place June 25/26 in Balingen, Germany.

Freshly added to the bill are WHITE LION, BALLISTIC, DOOMSWORD and U.F.O.
U.F.O.'s Phil Mogg and Pete Way won't we joined by MICHAEL SCHENKER, yet along with Paul Raymond (keyboards), Vinnie Moore(guitar) and Jason Bonham on drums, their lineup is bursting with excellent musicianship.

As previously announced, other confirmed acts for the festival include:
SHOK PARIS
DEATH ANGEL
RUFFIANS
MAJESTY
CAGE
OMEN
BLAZE
ANGEL
LILLIAN AXE
MAGNUM
PRIMAL FEAR
GOTTHARD


8 October 2003

Jorn Lande's (MASTERPLAN, ex-ARK) sophomore solo effort, "Out To Every Nation", will be released in early 2004.
Tracks set to appear on the album include: 'Young Forever', 'Out To Every Nation', 'Something Real', 'Living With Wolves', 'Vision Eyes', 'One Day We Will Put Out The Sun', 'Behind The Clown', 'Rock Spirit', 'Through Day And Night', 'When Angel Wings Were White'.
The album will also include a video clip for the cut 'Living With Wolves'. Joining Lande on Out To Every Nation are bassist Magnus Rosèn, guitarist Jõrn Viggo Lofstad - and drummer Stian Kristoffersen.

8 October 2003

ICED EARTH's website (see LINKS) has posted dates for the European leg of "The Glorious Burden" tour. Iced Earth release their new album through SPV on January 13th, 2004.

Confirmed dates include:
March
19 - Hof Ter Loo - Antwerpen, B
20 - Podium - Hardenberg, NL
21 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK
22 - Elysee Monmatre - Paris, F
23 - Transbordeur - Lyon, F
25 - Aqualung - Madrid, ES
26 - Sala Jam - Bergara, ES
27 - Razzmatazz - Barcelona, ES
29 - Rolling Stone - Milan, I
30 - Z7 - Pratteln, CH

April
1 - E-Werk - Koln, D
2 - Lowensall - Nurnberg, D
3 - Filharmonie - Filderstadt, D
4 - Planet Music - Wien, A
6 - Docks - Hamburg, G
7 - KB - Malmo, S
8 - Karen - Gothenburg, S
9 - Arenan - Stockholm, S
11 - Nosturi - Helsinki, F


8 October 2003

EUROPE are reuniting for a world tour, new album and DVD!!!
The band; Joey Tempest, John Norum, Mic Michaeli, John Levén and Ian Haugland have long talked about getting back together.
Says Haugland, "After the first band jam in years it felt so right, like we've just been away for a lunch break."
Mic Michaeli adds, "Also, touring has always been a big part for the band and we look forward to some hard work again."
Their manager, Petri H. Lundén, founder/owner of the Gothenburg based artist management Talent Trust says, "The market is absolutely crazy about the idea of Europe getting back together since they decided to split when they were still at the top of their game, which in itself is unique. We and the band made a set-up which made the reunion decision inevitable."
"Ever since we started there has been something magic about this band…", John Norum says. "The new stuff sounds fresh and hard but still with the typical Europe melodies in focus", says Joey Tempest, ".. and extremely organic", Norum finishes.
"With my new project Einstein/Marcello management, co-operation with Revolver film, producing other acts through GEM music in addition to the work with my coming solo album this in itself is too much for me to cope with, let alone an Europe reunion", says Kee Marcello who has however promised to join the band on the forthcoming world tour.
"To finally once again meet our fans throughout the world feels incredibly inspiring, it's them that made us what we are today", says John Levén.
Negotiations are currently in progress with record companies regarding the release of the new CD and DVD, and promoters regarding the world tour.

8 October 2003

IMMOLATION have completed their debut DVD, "Bringing The World Down", out soon through Listenable.
The collection includes a live show filmed in San Francisco (also includes bonus backstage footage), a performance recorded in Amsterdam on the CRADLE OF FILTH tour, a show in Paris, tracks from the Tilburg show on the XMass Festival tour, photo gallery, interviews and more.

8 October 2003

MOTORHEAD's 2CD set, "Live At Brixton Academy", is out through SPV on November 17th. The set contains the complete concert of the band's 25th Anniversary show (up to now the concert had appeared only partially, with the DVD Boneshaker).

The tracklisting:
CD1 - 'We Are Motörhead', 'No Class', 'I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)', 'Over Your Shoulder', 'Civil War', 'Metropolis', 'Overnight Sensation', 'God Save The Queen', 'Born To Raise Hell', 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch', 'Stay Out Of Jail' and 'Dead Men Tell No Tales'.
CD2 - 'You Better Run', 'Sacrifice', 'Orgasmatron', 'Going To Brazil', 'Broken', 'Damage Case', 'Iron Fist', 'Killed By Death', 'Bomber', 'Ace Of Spades' and 'Overkill'.

8 October 2003

Former HELLOWEEN drummer receives clean bill of health! Drummer Mark Cross (ex-HELLOWEEN, METALIUM, NIGHTFALL), who recently battled a debilitating dose of mononucleosis, has posted the following update on his recent activities at his website (www.mcross.com):
"The past 12 months of carrying this heavy load of fear, coping with the pressure of not knowing when to be healthy again, were definitely the most difficult days and months of my life! I'm happy and very grateful that it's finally all over, to get my career and life back together.
I lost a good job and opportunity with Helloween this year, but it's certainly not the end of the world. Now that I found my confidence again and am able to look in ones eyes again... I will kick your ass, hahaha!!! I've missed being on stage and on the road.

8 October 2003

Four years after their last (second) album (2000's "Snakes And Ladders"), HANKER will make its debut recording on Skyscraper Records in the spring of 2004.

8 October 2003

The Dutch "Heavy Metal Maniacs" have put a festival together with the following bands: JAGUAR, WIZARD, FUTURE TENSE and ANGRY ANGELS The festival will take place on the 25th of October at Manifesto, Hoorn, The Netherlands. For more information visit their website


29 September 2003

DEATH ANGEL and SHOK PARIS are the latest bands confirmed for the 2004 edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 25-26 in Balingen, Germany.

The list of acts currently scheduled to perform at the event looks as follows:GOTTHARD,PRIMAL FEAR, MAGNUM, DEATH ANGEL, LILIAN AXE,ANGEL,BLAZE, OMEN, CAGE, MAJESTY, SHOK PARIS and RUFFIANS
For more information, visit their website (see LINKS).

29 September 2003

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring ex-HALFORD guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak, vocalist Tim Clayborne, and former HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek, have set "Metal For Life (Battle Hymns For The New Apocalypse)" as the title for their debut album, tentatively due in early 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label.
The album, which was recorded at Mike Vescera's (LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) Toy Room Studio in Connecticut and mixed by acclaimed producer Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, HELLOWEEEN) at his Mountain View Studio in California, features a guest appearance by TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio. Additional vocals were provided by ex-ANNIHILATOR singer/OVERKILL guitarist Joe Comeau.

29 September 2003

A new band to watch out for: CRESCENT SHIELD, a new "high-energy power/traditional metal" band featuring the talents of vocalist Michael Grant (ONWARD), guitarist Dan Delucie (DESTINY'S END), drummer Craig Anderson (ENGINE), and bassist Melanie Sisneros (SINERGY, THE IRON MAIDENS, NEW EDEN).

29 September 2003

Legendary NWOBHM metallers SATAN will reunite in their original "Court In The Act" lineup (including BLITZKRIEG singer Brian Ross) for a one-off performance at the Keep It True II festival, set to be held on April 10, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. Also confirmed to appear at the event are HALLOWEEN (us), MANILLA ROAD, ELIXIR, PARADOX, and MAJESTY.

For more information, visit the festival's official web site (see LINKS)

29 September 2003

DREAMS OF DAMNATION, the Los Angeles thrash metal act featuring former DARK ANGEL axeman Jim Durkin and ABATTOIR rhythm guitarist Steve Gaines, are in the process of compiling their first-ever DVD, tentatively due early next year. In addition to other material, the as-yet-untitled disc will include footage from their August show at the Whisky A-Go Go in Hollywood, California.
In other news, the band have been keeping busy during the past few months doing a series of gigs, including the Seattle Metal Fest, as well as demoing new material for a forthcoming mini-CD, to be released through Black Cherry Records. Negotiations are also underway for a full-length album, the details of which will be announced at a later date.
DREAMS OF DAMNATION recently underwent a drummer change when "Mayhem" Mendez stepped down and was replaced by Dave Chedrick. Meanwhile, Durkin's and Gaines' other band, PAGAN WAR MACHINE, are temporarily on hiatus until next year after DOD's current commitments have been fulfilled.

29 September 2003

DESTRUCTION 's latest CD, "Metal Discharge", is available in Europe in a double-CD edition featuring several bonus tracks not found on the regular version.

The bonus cuts are as follows:
01. Killers (IRON MAIDEN)
02. Whiplash (METALLICA)
03. Fuck The U.S.A. (THE EXPLOITED)
04. Bestial Invasion (unreleased version 1999)
05. The Butcher Strikes Back (Demo 1999)
06. Nailed to the Cross (Demo 2001)
07. Metal Discharge (Demo 2003)

"Metal Discharge", due in the U.S. on October 21 through Nuclear Blast Records, marks the recording debut with the group of new drummer Marc Reign, who replaced Sven Vormann in 2001.

29 September 2003

The new album of MORTIFICATION is well under way. The guys will enter the studio at the end of the year with a release date scheduled for March 2004. According to Steve Rowe: "I guess somewhat similar to "Post Momentary" but more Brutal."

29 September 2003

The guys from REPULSION announced that they are working on a DVD. Here's a small update: "We are compiling video footage and pictures of the band from the the early days up to the Milwaukee Metalfest for a DVD release. We ask anyone who has video or pictures and would like to contribute, please contact Aaron (aaron@repulsion.net) or Matt (matt@repulsion.net)"

29 September 2003

EXCITER will release an , as-yet-untitled, covers album that they are presently recording at L.S. Studios in Ottawa with producer Manfred Leidecker. Guitarist John Ricci says that 16 rerecorded tracks (ten classic, five current) from all eras of Exciter make up the album, due out through Osmose in January. The band are expected to be in the studio until the end of October.
The band are recording the following tracks: Oblivion II (new track), 'Violence & Force', 'Stand Up And Fight', 'Heavy Metal Maniac', 'Pounding Metal', 'Dark Command', 'Ritual Death', 'Long Live The Loud', 'Victims Of Sacrifice', 'Brutal Warning', 'Rising Of The Dead', 'Black Witch (featuring Ricci's 12-string classical guitar intro), 'Rain Of Terror', 'I Am The Beast', 'Burn At The Stake' and 'Rule With An Iron Fist'.
Ricci says that the record has "better production and is more pleasurable to listen to" than their early records. He says that the "songs have new life."
Ricci is taking care of all the guitar and bass duties. The remaining current lineup includes singer Jacque Belanger and drummer Rick Charron.
Exciter are currently reviewing 2004 festival offers from such overseas events as Wacken Open Air (Wacken, Germany), EuroRock (Neerpelt, Belgium) and Metal Daze (Pratteln, Switzerland).

29 September 2003

OVERKILL & SEVEN WITCHES have confirmed a string of upcoming European tour dates. Upcoming confirmed European tour dates include:
November
7 - Maslak - Istanbul, TK
8 - Hydrogius - Thessaloniki, GR
9 - Rhodon - Athens, GR
10 - Transilvania - Milan, IT
11 - New Age - Treviso, IT
13 - Caracol - Madrid, SP
14 - Gamma - Murcia, SP
15 - Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, SP
16 - C.A.T. - Bordeaux, FR
17 - La Locomotive - Paris, FR
18 - Z7 - Prattelin, CH
19 - Matrix - Bochum, D
20 - De Kade - Zaandam, NL
21 - Alte Spinnerei - Clauchau, D
22 - Schutzenhalle - Bad Wunnernberg, D

Due to the last minute nature of SEVEN WITCHES' addition to the OVER KILL European tour, bassist Joey Vera will be unable to attend. Vera had previously committed to Metal Blade to be in the studio and can not reschedule the time. Witches main man/guitarist, Jack Frost, wishes to stress, "This is only TEMPORARY. Vera is still in the band. He's like my brother. We tried out a couple of people, but we're going to use Dennis Hayes, from WINTERS BANE. He's hungry. He's said, 'I'd do it for free,' but I told him, we split everything four ways. That's how we do things. He didn't believe it."

29 September 2003

VADER have made a tradition out of releasing a MCD after each regular album. Their latest, entitled "Blood", offers two brand new songs plus many others that had been used only as bonus tracks so far. Blood is available now.
In related news, Vader's website (www.vader.pl) report that vocalist/guitarist Peter's side project, PANZER X, will enter Studio X in Poland in November or December to record three promo songs. The band have yet to confirm their lineup but do state that Grzegorz Kupczyk (CETI, TURBO) will take care of all vocal duties.

29 September 2003

THE GATHERING (see LINKS) have been invited to play at the 5th Anniversary party for the 013 club in Tilburg, Netherlands on November 16th. This will most likely be the band's only Dutch gig in the Netherlands for the rest of this year. Entrance is 5 Euro's. For more info see the club's website at: www.013web.nl.
In other news, The Gathering will now be concentrating on preparing their forthcoming semi-acoustic live album, Sleepy Buildings, which will be released in January, 2004.
The band will tour in support of the release and plan to play places they have not previously visited

24 September 2003

The new Y & T CD is just around the corner!
There's a lot going on in the Meniketti/Y&T camp. Phil and Dave are nearly done selecting and finessing the Y&T previously unreleased material and they're very excited about the new "Unearthed" CD. The artwork is being finalized and then the whole project goes to replication. There is no official release date yet. But, keep your eyes on their web site (see LINKS)!

24 September 2003

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED, who feature in their ranks STAR ONE keyboardist Joost van den Broek, have posted a full-length MP3 of the track "Hollow" at this location. "Hollow" comes off the group's self-titled debut album, due on October 22 through Finland's Lion Music.
"Sun Caged" was mixed by AYREON/STAR ONE mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen.

24 September 2003

TIWANAKU, the new band featuring former CRIMSON GLORY/SEVEN WITCHES vocalist Wade Black, ex-NOCTURNUS bassist Emo Mowery, ROB ROCK guitarist Rick Renstrom and ICED EARTH/ex-DEATH drummer Richard Christy, have launched an MP3.com web site featuring downloads of three songs from their recently completed demo. The tracks "Illusions", "Shockwaves", and "What If" can be heard at this location.
TIWANAKU, who are currently unsigned, will be using the demo to procure a record deal with a view toward releasing their debut album in early 2004.

24 September 2003

German thrashers KREATOR will enter the studio in May 2004 to begin recording their new album, tentatively due late next year through SPV Records.
KREATOR's last studio album, "Violent Revolution", was released in 2001.

24 September 2003

TESTAMENT are working on a new studio album. Here's a small update by Steve DiGiorgio:
"We're not touring for the next little part of the year so we can concentrate on new stuff. Eric (Peterson, guitars) gave Chuck (Billy, vocals) a tape with songs on it, so Chuck's writing the lyrics right now. It's in the early stages, but the writing has been off and on for a while. It's in the style of The Gathering, but it's also a progression. It's time for a new Testament album, so we're shooting for an early 2004 release so we can get on some summer tours."

24 September 2003

IN FLAMES are working on a new album. Here's an update from the band: "Daniel Svensson has finished laying down the drums on all tracks. In a couple of weeks the band will enter the studio again to record everything else and finalize the upcoming CD." The guys, who are currently shopping for a deal, should have the album ready for a March or April 2004 release.

24 September 2003

LOUDNESS, the Japanese cult band, plan to enter the studio before the end of the month to start recording their new studio album. If everything goes according to plan then the album will see the light of day before the end of the year.

24 September 2003

DREAM THEATER are putting the finishing touches to their new studio album. The album is titled "Train Of Thought" and is scheduled for a November 11th release. The album is produced by John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy, while it is engineered by Doug Oberkircher and Kevin Shirley will mix it.

24 September 2003

NAPALM DEATH are recording a covers album. The full track listing is: 'Lowlife' (Cryptic Slaughter), 'Face Down In The Dirt' (Offenders), 'Devastation' (Devastation), 'Dope Fiend' (Attitude Adjustment), 'Blind Justice' (Agnostic Front), 'Night Of Pain' (Wehrmacht), 'Game Of The Asshole'/'Victims Of A Bomb Raid' (Anti Cimex), 'Troops Of Doom' (Sepultura), 'Fire Death Fate' (Insanity), 'Hate, Fear Power' (Hirax), 'Bedtime Story' (Dayglo Abortions), 'Messiah' (Hellhammer), 'Riot Of Violence' (Kreator), 'War's No Fairytale' (Discharge), 'Conform' (Siege), 'Clanger Of War' (Massacre), 'Master' (Master) and 'I'm Tired' (Die Kreuzen). More details about the release date will follow soon....

24 September 2003

SAXON have announced dates for their upcoming Christmas Tour 2003.
Featuring special guests DORO, CIRCLE II CIRCLE and others, confirmed dates for the tour include:

December
6 - Ydrogios - Thessaloniki, Greece
7 - Gagarin 205 - Athens, Greece
13 - Phillipshalle - Düsseldorf, Germany (with Doro)
14 - Columbiahalle - Berlin, Germany
16 - Alte Festhalle - Tuttlingen, Germany
17 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
18 - Motion - Bergamo, Italy
19 - Messehalle - Innsbruck, Austria
20 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
21 - Petofi Hall - Budapest, Hungary

24 September 2003

The creative core of progressive supergroup (capes included), Tore Ostby (guitars, dabbling with bass, also of the resurrected Conception) and John Macaluso (drums, ex-TNT) are ensconced in Dynamite Sound studio on Long Island, working out the next ARK record.
According to Macaluso, they have auditioned numerous vocalists, ultimately deciding on a pair, with a Swiss-bred, Boston resident, apparently securing the gig (no names mentioned). "We are trying to make it an American band, so we can rehearse. Of course, we have to persuade Tore (currently residing in the south of France)."
Ostby and Macaluso will co-produce the record. "We know what we want," he guarantees. The band are free of label commitment and look forward to plying their trade to any/all interested parties.
As to former singer, Jorn Lande, now fronting MASTERPLAN, the drummer says, "It's good for him. He always wanted to be metal. When he brought us a song like 'Noose', (Tore and I) were like, 'No, that sounds too much like Dio,' but he was like 'You have to have at least one Dio sounding track on the album.'"

24 September 2003

'80s thrash act TORTURE are currently remixing their 1989 debut, "Storm Alert", with producer Neil Kernon at Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas. It will have two unreleased bonus tracks produced by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, FATES WARNING etc...) and will feature a guest solo by Michael Angelo. The North American debut release for "Storm Alert" is due out through Root Of All Evil Records in 2004.
Tortured Tom remarks about the forthcoming reissue: "I'm just incredibly happy to see that thrash is back and to see so many great bands out there. I especially want to thank the fans for keeping the Torture alive! You will finally hear Storm Alert the way it was meant to be. This is for you."

24 September 2003

ORPHANAGE have written 13 songs for their upcoming new album for Nuclear Blast. The band have finished recording the drums, guitar and bass at Studio Mosku in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Recording drums for Orphanage involved three days of pre-production, to experiment with different recording and editing-techniques, and five days to record the final versions.
Recording guitar was meant to be done digitally, using amplifier-emulation, but at the very last moment plans were changed and a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier head was used as the source for all guitar-sounds, combined with several cabinets and microphones, both modern and very special vintage models.
Both guitarist Guus and bassist Remko played guitar for this new album, as did ex-Orphanage guitarist Lex Vogelaar, who guests on the track 'Ender's Game'.
Recording George's grunt, Rosan female vocals and Lasse's keyboards is next on the schedule. With no unexpected delays, they will be finished this month (September) and Orphanage will be ready to do the mix.

24 September 2003

QUIET RIOT Call It Quits!
QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali stated the following note regarding the band's demise:
"To be honest with you, I am Kevin's (DuBrow - singer) friend and will always be his friend. I don't want to get on the "he said" "you said" roller coaster that is always generated in these types of situations which are all so common with bands. It's pointless, it serves no one. The fact remains that the Quiet Riot which included all original Metal Health-era members, Kevin DuBrow, Rudy Sarzo (bass), Carlos Cavazo (guitar) and myself has ceased to exist. This lineup was the most successful one during the early 80's and during the latter part of the 90's to date and we had a great and lengthy run.

No word on whether or not the band's forthcoming live CD/DVD, Live In The 21st Century: 20 Years Of Metal Health, has been put on hold. They were due for release on October 7th.

24 September 2003

DORO PESCH's 20th Anniversary concert will take place on December 13th in Dusseldorf, Germany at Philipshalle.
Performers at the celebration will include DORO, SAXON and CIRCLE II CIRCLE. Other guests scheduled to appear include MOTORHEAD frontman Lemmy, SAVATAGE's Jon Oliva and Blaze Bayley (BLAZE, ex-IRON MAIDEN).

24 September 2003

STRATOVARIUS will release their new album, "Elements Part 2", on October 27th. As with Part 1, the band are celebrating the release with a traditional Special Edition only available in the Stratoshop (at www.stratovarius.com) and Nuclear Blast shop.
"Elements Part 2" Special Edition features a High Box, the full album, additional photo booklet, mercinlaycard and sticker. It will also contain a second CD with the following songs: 'Alpha & Omega' (Demo), 'Vapaus' (Demo), 'Season Of Faith Protection' (Demo) and five live songs - 'Soul Of A Vagabond' (recorded live in Paris, April 19th, 2003), 'Destiny/Fantasia' (recorded live in San Sebastian April 5th 2003), 'Father Time' (recorded live in Pratteln, April 10th, 2003), 'Hunting High And Low' (recorded live in San Sebastian, April 5th, 2003) and 'Paradise' (recorded live in Barcelona, April 4th, 2003).
In other news, singer TIMO KOTIPELTO has opened his new website at www.kotipelto.com. Kotipelto will be releasing his second solo album in early 2004. Guitarists Michael Romeo (SYMPHONY X) and Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN) are due to reprise their roles from Waiting For The Dawn, Kotipelto's first solo shot, with Arjen Lucassen (AYREON) Janne Warman (CHILDREN OF BODOM) also set to make an appearance.

11 September 2003

MÄGO DE OZ are back with a new studioalbum, "with ramming grooves and sensitive melodies". The titel of the new album is "Gaia" and it will be released bij Locomotive Music. According their record company: "Gaia" convince by musical breeziness, charmful melodies and its own style, which only one Band can create: MÄGO DE OZ!


11 September 2003

ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters has issued a statement refuting rumors of a possible departure from the group of drummer Randy Black. The skinsman, who recently became an official member of PRIMAL FEAR, had previously released a press release of his own confirming his intention to remain involved with the Canadian group.

"A lot of rumors [are] going around concerning the 'status' of ANNIHILATOR drummer Randy Black," Waters said in his statement. "Black is still the ANNIHILATOR skinsman and he has just signed on for the next ANNIHILATOR CD and touring cycle. The new studio CD from ANNIHILATOR is due out in the spring 2004 "

11 September 2003

Prog-metallers SYMPHONY X have announced a host of European headlining gigs in October/November.

Confirmed dates are as follows:
Oct. 18 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK
Oct. 19 - Elysee Montmartre - Paris, FRA
Oct. 20 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, NETH
Oct. 21 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, NETH
Oct. 22 - Biebob - Vosselaar, BEL
Oct. 24 - Z7 - Pratteln, SWI
Oct. 25 - Transilvania - Milan, ITA
Oct. 26 - Transbordeur - Lyon, FRA
Oct. 27 - Montpellier, FRA
Oct. 29 - Republica - Valencia, SPA
Oct. 30 - Ind. Copera - Granada, SPA
Oct. 31 - Aqualung - Madrid, SPA
Nov. 01 - Jam - Bergara, SPA
Nov. 02 - Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, SPA
Nov. 03 - Barbey - Bordeaux, FRA
Nov. 04 - Le Splendid - Lille, FRA

11 September 2003

Reformed speedcore pioneers CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER have officially changed their name to BELOW following the departure of vocalist Bill Treadway (formerly Bill Crooks).
"Initially, we were planning on reforming the band with three of the four original members including myself, [bassist] Rob Nicholson, and Bill," guitarist Les Evans told.
"Brian Lehfeldt (WEHRMACHT) was enlisted to play drums before I had ever even talked to the other guys about doing a reunion. As it turned out, Bill decided that he was not really up for it after all and it just wasn't something that he could fit into his present life. So, with Bill gone I didn't really think we could call the band CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER, although we did still want to pursue it in some form. Rob, who had been playing bass for ROB ZOMBIE's band, suddenly found himself out of a job when Zombie called it quits. So he's working now with Page Hamilton (HELMET). As you can see, things change fast in the music biz. Pressing on, Brian and I decided to get the craziest guy we knew to do vocals, Chris Merrow (VILLAGE IDIOT) and we are working on material now.
"The reason we changed the name is that it really is a new band and we don't want to mislead people. CRYPTIC still has a real core following that dates all the way back to the mid 80's and those fans identify CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER as being Rob, Bill, Scott, and Les, PERIOD. And I love that people are that hardcore and dedicated.

11 September 2003

INVOCATOR have finished recording their forthcoming album, "Through The Flesh To The Soul". The band mixed 11 songs in five days, and the album is now ready to be mastered and edited.
Tracks to be included on the release include: 'Through The Flesh To The Soul', 'On My Knees', 'Flick It On, Flick It Off', 'Under The Skin', 'Sand Between The Teeth', 'The Chemistry Of Restlessness', 'There Is No Savior', 'Infatuated I Am', 'Writhe In Spit', 'A Narrow Scope Of Things' and 'Abstract War' (ASSASSIN cover).

11 September 2003

TESTAMENT/DRAGONLORD guitarist Steve Smyth will be filling out NEVERMORE's sound as second guitarist on the band's upcoming European tour with ARCH ENEMY for "Enemies Of Reality".

11 September 2003

Jane Schuldiner, mother of the late Chuck Schuldiner (DEATH, CONTROL DENIED) has posted the following message at the Empty Words website (www.emptywords.org) regarding comments made by Hammerheart Records' Guido Heijnens:

"Dear fans and friends,
Since there are too many emails to answer personally, I am writing a short message to all the friends and fans of Chuck who have written to me of Guido's comments to Blabbermouth. Since I was attacked by Guido through his attorneys to desist from truthful comments I had made, I am surprised he would make false comments of his own. I refute his statement.

Chuck's sister and I received such a multitude of telephone calls from Guido concerning Chuck's last Control Denied album, that, in self defense, we finally stopped taking them and let our answering machine record those messages. After saying the same thing over and over again to him, our position on Chuck's work is firm and he knows what that position is and why. There is no need for any more contact with Guido, that is why we each have attorneys.

We wanted as much, probably more, than anyone for Chuck's final album to be released as soon as possible, but we have our last promises to Chuck to fulfill. And we will do that to the best of our ability. Chuck deserves that. I will keep you all posted on the emptywords site.

Just remember to please do not react in a negative way to these statements of Guido, and if there are rumors you want to ask me about, you know where to reach me. I have always been truthful with you. Also remember, as Chuck always says, Support Music, Not Rumors. Take care.

Sincerely, Jane Schuldiner."

11 September 2003

Former CRIMSON GLORY singer Wade Black, currently making the rounds with his new band TIWANAKU commented on the rumored CRIMSON GLORY reunion which, if true, would feature original singer Midnight behind the microphone.

"I really don't believe it's going to happen; I just don't," says Black. "I mean, look at what happened before; they offered Midnight all kinds of money to do Astronomica (Black's debut) and he didn't. I understand this thing about keeping a sense of mystery about yourself, but come on. If they do get back together, though, I hope they do it for the fans' sake. Thank God for Astronomica because it got my foot in the door, and I thank the other guys in Crimson Glory for giving me the chance."

11 September 2003

THE CROWN plan to hit the road in support of their new album, "Possessed 13", due out through Metal Blade on October 20th.

Confirmed tour dates, which also feature DARKEST HOUR and MONOLITH DEATHCULT, include:
November
14 - Goudvishal - Arnhem, NL
15 - Baroeg - Rotterdam, NL
16 - TBA - TBA, D
17 - TBA - TBA, D
18 - BPM Club - Zwickau, D
19 - Transilvania - Milan, IT
20 - Circolo Delgi Artisti - Rome, IT
21 - Hafen - Innsbruck, A
22 - Metalkova - Ljubljana, SLO
23 - Arean - Vienna, A
24 - Logo - Hamburg, D
25 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, D
26 - TBA - TBA, F
27 - TBA - TBA, UK
28 - TBA - TBA, B
29 - Atak - Enschede, NL
30 - 013 - Tilburg, NL

11 September 2003

MORBID ANGEL has officially been added to The Blackest Of The Black Tour, with DANZIG, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, DEVILDRIVER, BEHEMOTH and more.
The Blackest Of The Black Tour kicks off in Fall 2003. Stay tuned for tour dates and more info.
It also marks the beginning of Morbid Angel's extensive worldwide tour in support of their new album, "Heretic", out September 23 in the US through Earache. As previously reported, the album will be available on a 2LP set and a limited edition 2CD set.

5 September 2003

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal act AFTER FOREVER have finished filming a video for an as-yet-undisclosed track off their forthcoming mini-CD, tentatively due before the end of October through Transmission Records. The EP, which contains three originals and two covers, was recorded at Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland with producers Hans Pieters and Dennis Leidelmeijer. In addition, the group have completed the bulk of the recordings for their upcoming full-length CD, tentatively due in early 2004. AFTER FOREVER's last full-length effort, "Decipher", was released in 2001.

5 September 2003

Y&T will be releasing a CD of previously unreleased material, titled "Unearthed", before the end of the year. The disc will reportedly contain unreleased Y&T cuts from the past — songs that were recorded for a particular record but never made it on vinyl or CD — including a track with unfinished lyrics that the band have re-recorded for this collection.

5 September 2003

It looks like the second CONTROL DENIED album will never be released after all. Here's the official update from the label: "Unfortunately I have never experienced anything as bizarre and non-productive as this! Hammerheart Records has been trying to even speak with the Schuldiner family ever since Chuck passed away, but we got treated with absolutely no respect and basically got ignored. That album could have been released over a year ago, but the Schuldiner family wishes not to co-operate on anything concerning this release. And obviously all the fans are suffering from this just as much as we do. That's all I want to say about this, believe it or not... no gossip, no rumors, just the truth."

5 September 2003

Legendary U.K. death metallers CANCER have reunited and have announced a show at The Electrowerkz in London on Sunday, November 9. Support acts are yet to be confirmed.
Formed in 1988 by vocalist/guitarist John Walker, drummer Carl Stokes and bassist Ian Buchanan, CANCER are most notable for recruiting the talents of guitarist James Murphy (DEATH, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT) for their second album, "Death Shall Rise" (1991). The band released two more albums following Murphy's departure, including their major label debut, "Black Faith" (EastWest), which failed to light up the sales charts and ultimately led to the group's break-up in 1996. Stokes later joined ASSERT before founding REMISSION with Walker.

5 September 2003

PROSPECT from Lithuania have been added to the bill for the upcoming Bonded By Metal Over Europe tour.
The complete lineup for the tour now includes: EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, AGENT STEEL, GOD DETHRONED, GRAVE, MORTICIAN, Callenish Circle, OCCULT and PROSPECT.

Confirmed dates for the tour include:
October
8 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
9 - Camden Palace - London, UK
10 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, NL
11- Hof ter Loo - Antwerpen, B
12 - La Locomotive - Paris, FRA
13 - Zeche Carl - Essen, D
14 - Colombia Halle Fritz - Berlin, D
15 - Markthalle - Hamburg, D
16 - Live Arena - Munster / Breitefeld, D
17 - Hangar- Bischofswerda, D
18 - Backstage - Munchen, D
19 - Babylon - Brno, CZ
20 - Hafen - Innsbruck, AT
21 - Z 7 Konzerfabrik - Pratteln, CH
22 - Alcatraz - Milano, ITA
24 - La Capsa - Barcelona, SP
25 - Aqualung - Madrid, SP
26 - Hard Club - Porto, PT

5 September 2003

The release of ICED EARTH's forthcoming album, "The Glorious Burden", and new single, "The Reckoning", have been pushed back in order to have a proper set up for the releases.
'The Reckoning' single will now be released in North America on October 21st (October 27th in Europe), and "The Glorious Burden" album will now come out on January 13th, 2004 (January 12th in Europe) through SPV.
Iced Earth's current lineup includes guitarist Jon Schaffer, singer Tim Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST/WINTERS BANE), drummer Richard Christy, bassist James MacDonough and guitarist Ralph Santolla.

5 September 2003

The SCORPIONS are confirmed to headline the first annual Roesel Rock Festival 2003 on 6 December, at Roeselare, Belgium.
Eight "big name" bands will be on the bill and tickets are 28 EU/32 EU.
More info can be found at www.roeselrock.be.

5 September 2003

According to a posting on his website (see LINKS), singer GLENN HUGHES (ex-BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE) has broken his foot. The frontman says: "I will be fine in time for the tour in Spain as I have been recuperating for a few weeks now and the bone is healing nicely. So don't worry, I will be there.

3 September 2003

The release date for the forthcoming KING DIAMOND CD "The Puppet Master" is set for October 21st for both Europe and the USA. The CD will also contain a bonus disc of King telling the story of The Puppet Master.

3 September 2003

New Jersey's Necroharmonic Records have announced plans to release a live album from long-defunct death/gore metal pioneers AUTOPSY, entitled "Dead As Fuck". Also coming soon from the label is an ABSCESS compilation CD, entitled "Thirst for Blood... Hunger for Flesh". ABSCESS feature in their ranks Chris Reifert (drums/vocals, ex-DEATH/AUTOPSY), Clint Bower (guitar/vocals, ex-HEXX), Danny Coralles (guitar, ex-AUTOPSY), and Joe Allen (bass, ex-VON).

3 September 2003

SLAYER's long-awaited four-disc box set "The Soundtrack To The Apocalypse" will finally surface on November 11. The set will include album tracks, live material and soundtrack contributions.
"We still have to sit down and talk about how to set up the discs," according to bassist/vocalist Tom Araya. "We have soundtrack songs that haven't been on SLAYER albums, and those will probably go on one disc. There's quite a few videos that people haven't seen and we're going to try and compile those."
One thing "Apocalypse" won't feature are pre-production recordings and demos which typically end up on box sets. "We never did demos," said Araya. "We did our own recordings in a rehearsal space with a boombox that had a record button. You could get a decent sound, depending on where you put the box. If we weren't happy with a song, then we didn't record it. What you hear on the albums is what we did."
SLAYER have written seven songs for a new album they hope to have out early next year. The follow-up to 2001's "God Hates Us All" will mark the group's first studio release since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss" to feature original drummer Dave Lombardo, who rejoined the group two years ago.

3 September 2003

Belgian metal band DOUBLE DIAMOND will start to record their new album - for the Mausoleum label - at 02 september 2003 in the Midas studio. Tony De Block will produce the album which is called untill now "Ride The Wind".
Some songtitels: 'Ride The Wind', 'Father Of Time', 'Warriors Of Steel', 'Flash In The Sky', 'Dreams', 'Break The Chains'.

3 September 2003

As already reported, ex-Judas Priest singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has sung the new ICED EARTH-album „The Glorious Burden", after recently the singer for many years Matthew Barlow had left the band. Now Tim Owen is, as ICED EARTH-Mastermind Jon Schaffer just announced, the official singer of the band. Here the statement of Schaffer:
"Well everyone, it is official. Tim Owens is the new frontman and lead vocalist of Iced Earth and I couldn't be happier! There is no doubt that fate has played a big part in our lives in these last few months and I truly believe that this is the way it was meant to be. Everything happens for a reason!! Tim did an outstanding job on this record. In 5 very relaxed days he nailed the parts, and I mean NAILED them, and I don't think I've ever laughed as much and had as much fun in the studio before. He is definitely bringing new life into the band and the future looks very bright for us as a team.
One of the greatest things about all of it is that The Glorious Burden is a new beginning. I'm very, very excited to see what Tim and I can do together as a writing team.
Look for Iced Earth on our "Glorious World Tour" starting in early 2004. I'm so psyched I can hardly wait!!"

The new album "The Glorious Burden" appears on October 27, the Single "The Reckoning" will be available starting October 6.

3 September 2003

Swedish melodic metallers NOCTURNAL RITES will enter the studio in November to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "Shadowland", tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records.
The group's bassist Nils Eriksson has previously described the new material as "pretty much like we've always done...[but] maybe just a tad better."

3 September 2003

Florida death metallers DEICIDE have finished recording their new album, "Scars Of The Crucifix", at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida with producer Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE) and will head down to Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas during September to mix the effort.

The tracks recorded for "Scars Of The Crucifix" are as follows: "Scars Of The Crucifix", "Mad At God", "Conquered By Sodom", "When Heaven Burns", "Fuck Your God", "Darkness Come", "Enchanted Nightmare", "Go Now Your Lord Is Dead", "The Pentecostal".
"Scars Of The Crucifix" is scheduled for a February 2004 release through Earache Records.

3 September 2003

Texas metalheads BYFIST , who feature in their ranks former REVEREND members Davey Lee and Nacho Vara, will release their new CD, "Preserving The Past", in September through Metalage Records.

3 September 2003

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), Glenn Hughes's collaboration with ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, will hit the road again in early 2004, beginning in Japan and followed by Europe in the spring. The band will be touring in support of their sophomore album, "II", due on September 29 through MTM Music.

3 September 2003

The new album of AC/DC is well under way. The guys are currently in England writing new material for their 14th studio album. The plan is to enter the studio sometime next year to start recording the album. In other news the band's deal with Electra has expired and the veteran rockers inked a new one with Epic.

3 September 2003

Germany's Bang Your Head Festival has confirmed the following three more acts for the 2004 edition of the festival: GOTTHARD, MAGNUM and RUFFIANS. As previously reported, Bang Your Head! 2004 will take place at the Messegelande in Balinge, Germany on June 25 - 26. 22 bands will appear at the festival with the following names having been confirmed so far: PRIMAL FEAR, BLAZE, OMEN, CAGE, MAJESTY, ANGEL and LILLIAN AXE.

3 September 2003

SUN CAGED's self titled debut album will be release through Lion Music on October 22nd.
The album was mixed by Arjen Lucassen (STAR ONE, AYREON) and features the following tracklisting: 'Seduction', 'Sun Caged Home', 'Soil', 'Hollow', 'Closing In', 'The Eighth Day', 'Secrets Of Flight' and 'Unchanging'.
The band's lineup includes Andre Vuurboom (vocals), Joost Van Der Broek (keyboards), Marcel Coenen (guitar), Dennis Leefland (drums) and Rob Van Del Loo (bass).

3 September 2003

The Wacken Open Air Festival will celebrate their 15th Anniversary with W:O:A - 15 Years: Louder Than Hell, set to take place August 5th - 7th, 2004.
Acts already confirmed to perform at the festival include ONKELZ, SAXON, NEVERMORE, AMON AMARTH, BRAINSTORM and GRAVE DIGGER. More acts will be announced soon.

3 September 2003

NUCLEAR ASSAULT is planning another atomic attack in the form of its first new studio album in 10 years. The band is currently recording in Manchester, NH, at the studios of Timothy Koukos, head of Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Screaming Ferret will release Nuclear Assault's new, as-yet-untitled studio opus in 2004.
Vocalist/guitarist John Connelly, guitarist Erik Burke, bass guitarist Danny Lilker and drummer Glenn Evans are putting the finishing touches on their latest songs. Some are brand new while others were written by Connelly after the band first broke up in the early 1990's.
Connelly, Lilker, Evans and guitarist Anthony Bramante resurrected Nuclear Assault in 2002 at the urging of mutual friends. Their first show was at the Metal Meltdown in New Jersey in April 2002. Nuclear Assault then went on to play select shows in the US, Europe and South America, including CBGB's in New York City and the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. During this time Bramante left and was replaced by Burke. Further touring commenced in 2003.
Nuclear Assault's reunion tour led to the live album Alive Again, issued earlier this year on Screaming Ferret. It was the band's first release in nine years. They will undertake another intense touring schedule upon the new album's release in 2004

3 September 2003

Nuclear Blast have announced that EXODUS have signed a worldwide deal with the label.
Their upcoming new album, "Temple Of The Damned", was recorded by Andy Sneap and will be released on February 2nd, 2004 as a tribute to Paul Baloff (February 2nd is the two year anniversary of his passing).
In other news, as previously reported, Exodus are headlining the Bonded By Metal Over Europe tour beginning in October. A new limited edition single for 'War Is My Sheppard' will be available exclusively on the tour and through Nuclear Blast mail order.

27 August 2003

MOTÖRHEAD will be inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame on September 1 at 2:00 p.m. The Rock Walk is located at 7425 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California.

27 August 2003

LISA THE WOLF, the Florida-based band featuring Mike Browning (ex-MORBID ANGEL, NOCTURNUS, ACHERON) on drums/vocals, have completed a two-song demo with engineer/producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL) at Erik's Mana Recording in Tampa. The two cuts — "From The Graves" and "I Am The Wolf" — have been made available for download at this location.
LISA THE WOLF was originally formed in 1986 in Boston Massachusetts by singer/songwriter Lisa Lombardo. The group's current lineup is completed by bassist/vocalist Tom Swain.

27 August 2003

Drummer Sean Reinert (CYNIC, DEATH, GORDIAN KNOT) rejoined AGHORA and will record the long announced "Formless" album in Los Angeles this Autumn! The band will feature also a new female Singer called Susie Green, having 2 different vocalist in the album, Danishta Rivero will sing a few tracks and Susie will sing the rest along with back. The new album is expected to be released worldwide on Code666 during the first half of 2004.

27 August 2003

BEHEMOTH will be releasing a new EP called "Conjuration" on September 14th. In Poland it will be out through their long time partners Mystic Productions, while in Europe this will be the first release on Regain Records from Sweden. Behemoth has just signed a two album deal with Regain and guitarist/vocalist Nergal says that "Conjuration" will be a little warm up before we hit with another record next year. Shortly after European release this mini album will be out through Century Media in US.
"Conjuration" is a strictly limited EP including unreleased studio and live material. The European edition is limited to amount of 5000 CDs, 500 picture discs and 500 regular vinyl LPs. The American version (limit to 2000) will have a different cover and slightly different track list.
We want to keep "Conjuration" as a real collector item. No money making here really. That's why we limit both editions, present only unreleased and premier material, and sell it on very low prices. It's a fan thing, for all those who wait for our next studio album which come out not earlier then autumn 2004."
Behemoth recently dropped off the upcoming Bonded By Metal Over Europe 2003 tour and are rumored to be joining the forthcoming Blackest Of The Black Tour.

27 August 2003

Reunited death metal legends SUFFOCATION have officially signed a deal with Relapse Records and are set to record their long-awaited follow-up to their "Despise The Sun" EP later on in the year for an early 2004 release date.
In other Suffocation news, Roadrunner Records will be reissuing the band's milestone debut album, "Effigy Of The Forgotten" and "Pierced From Within" as a two-disc package. At the moment, there are no details if said reissues will feature new artwork or any other extras.

27 August 2003

GRIP INC. is currently working on their new studio album, tentatively entitled "Incorporated". Some song titles: 'Man With No Inside', 'Skintrade', 'The Gift', and '(Built) To Resist'.
APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen, a long time friend of drummer Dave Lombardo (you may recall that the SLAYER drummer appeared on the Finnish cellists last album, Reflections), will contribute cello parts to some of the tracks. No street date for the album has been set, but label SPV is looking at an early 2004 release.

27 August 2003

According to a post by bassist Henka T. Blacksmith on CHILDREN OF BODOM's official website (see LINKS), SINERGY guitarist Roope Latvala has stepped in to replace Alexander Kuoppala, who recently quit the band for personal reasons. Latvala is not a full time member (as yet); he has simply agreed to fill in until the end of the Hate Crew Deathroll tour, which winds up at the end of the year.

27 August 2003

SEVEN WITCHES founder/guitarist Jack Frost has issued the final tracklisting for "Raise Your Fist To Metal", his first solo effort.
The album includes guest appearances by the likes of Joe Comeau (ex-ANNIHILATOR), Rob Rock and former Witches' singer Bobby Lucas, as well as members of BRITNY FOX, W.A.S.P., SYMPHONY X, HAREM SCAREM and ARMORED SAINT, amongst others. Frost even handles vocals on a couple of tracks.
"Raise Your Fist To Metal" features the following tracklisting: 'Stay' (Hess, Duda, Gonzo), 'The Chase' (Comeau, Dee, Childs), 'Brotherhood Of Lies' (Lucas, LePond, Dee), 'Whats Left' (Braun, Gonzo, Duda), 'The Man I Am' (Frost, Childs. Dee), 'Nippin At Your Ear' (Frost), 'What I Say' (Hess, Duda, Gonzo), 'Fight Fire With Fire' (Braun, Vera, Gonzo), 'Slow Burn' (Rock, LePond, Dee) and 'Lack Of Communication' (Emrick, Gonzo, Duda and The Brothers Of Metal Choir).

20 August 2003

Finland's SINERGY will enter the studio on February 1 for at least six weeks to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in June 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.
"Me and [guitarist] Alexi [Laiho, also in CHILDREN OF BODOM] spent the first two days I was back in Finland [after a recent two-month trip to the States] showing each other new riffs we had, and then we started rehearsing with the band a few days ago," SINERGY singer Kimberly Goss wrote in a recent online posting. "Let me tell you, I'm soooooooo pleased with what we have so far! I can't wait for everyone to hear it!
"The lyrics I've written so far on this next album are not as dark as they were on [last year's] 'Suicide By My Side', but there won't be any lyrics about flowers and rainbows either. [laughs] And definitely no lyrics about elves, kings, swords, battles, thunder or steel. [more laughs]
We're gonna try some cool new things that we've never done before, like for instance putting a bass solo somewhere in at least one song (or maybe even two or three, who knows?). So it would be two guitar leads and a bass lead all back to back. It should sound killer since our new bassist can do with a bass what Alexi and Roope [Latvala, also in CHILDREN OF BODOM] can do with a guitar!
So basically we'll be writing and rehearsing new material whenever [CHILDREN OF BODOM] is having breaks from the rest of their tours this year. Then in January we'll do some non-stop rehearsing just before entering the studio. Speaking of studio, we haven't decided where we'll record yet, but we've been exploring many options and we'll make a decision by the end of this month [August]."

20 August 2003

Legendary splatter rockers THE ACCUSED have reformed and are currently setting up shows in the Seattle area. So far, one gig has been scheduled: Saturday, November 8 at Studio 7 (110 West Horton) in Seattle. More details will follow a.s.a.p.

20 August 2003

Swedish melodic metallers NOCTURNAL RITES are continuing to write material for the follow-up to 2002's "Shadowland", tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. "We're getting more and more songs done and finally hearing the new record take shape," bassist Nils Eriksson writes on the band's web site. "In my ears it sounds pretty much like we've always done...maybe just a tad better :) Melodic simplicity in strange chaos and confusion.
In other words, the NOCTURNAL RITES grand design. We hope to be in the studio putting this on tape late this fall. Should be fun — if everything goes well."

20 August 2003

BRAZEN ABBOT are back home after a successful tour of Bulgaria. Most dates on the tour were filmed and there are plans to release a DVD documentary detailing the trek. The band hope to release the DVD this fall.
In related news, the Japanese edition of the band's "Guilty As Sin" album will be released with different album art and a bonus track, an acoustic version of 'Love Is On Our Side'. Also, this fall SPV will reissue the band's first three albums, "Live And Learn", "Eye Of The Storm" and "Bad Religion", all with bonus tracks (possibly live recordings of songs from the Bulgarian tour).
And finally, guitarist Nikolo Kotzev will be traveling to Germany in September to work on the next studio album from MESSIAH'S KISS.

20 August 2003

CARNAL FORGE and BEHEMOTH have dropped off the upcoming Bonded By Metal Over Europe 2003 tour. Their replacements on the tour are GOD DETHRONED and another band that will soon be confirmed. Other acts performing include EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, AGENT STEEL, GRAVE, MORTICIAN, CALLENISH CIRCLE and OCCULT.

More dates have been added to the tour.
The updated schedule of confirmed dates includes:

October
7 Antipode Rennes, FR
8 Corporation Scheffield, UK
9 Camden Palace London, UK
10 Effenaar Eindhoven, NL
11 Hof Ter Loo Antwerpen, BL
12 La Locomotive Paris, FR
13 Zeche Carl Essen, GER
14 Columbia Halle Fritz Berlin, GER
15 Markthalle Hamburg, GER
16 Live Arena Munster (Breitefeld), GER
17 Hangar Bischofswerda, GER
18 Backstage Munchen, GER
19 Babylon Brno, CZ
20 Haffen Innsbruck, A
21 Z7 Pratteln, CH
22 Alcatraz Milano, I
23 TBA TBA
24 La Capsa Barcelona, SP
25 Aqualing Madrid, SP
26 Hard Club Porto, P

20 August 2003

SINISTER reports that the band have undergone some lineup changes.
A message at their website (see LINKS) reads: "Hello Sinister fans, Aad and Rachel here. Pascal and Alex are no longer members of Sinister. Ron v/d Polder is now our new permanent guitar player, he wrote 'Cross The Styx', and also the latest album, Savage Or Grace. We already are working on the next album for Sinister called Heaven Termination."
In related news, Ron, Aad and Rachel have been working on their other project, INFINITED HATE. They have recorded the following tracks to be included on their upcoming debut album (a release date and label have not been decided upon): 'Haunting Noises', 'Bound By Hate', 'Arrival Of Doom', 'Dreadful Gore', 'Built For The Kill', 'Primitive Butchery', 'Tribute To The Dead' and 'Terminal Conclusion'.

20 August 2003

MOTORHEAD NEWS: "Stone Deaf Forever!" is a five-CD, 99-song career-spanning overview set for release on Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records on October 7, 2003. It's the first fully comprehensive box set containing recordings made for multiple record companies during the period 1975-2002. And it's also the first one ever released with full band approval. The track listing was compiled with input from Motorhead and its fan club. Among the classic hits and rarities are 19 previously unreleased tracks.

The 60-page booklet includes rare and unpublished photos and memorabilia from the Motorhead archives in addition to an in-depth essay by Mick Wall, the noted heavy metal journalist and editor of Classic Rock magazine. Another special treat is the cover artwork, which incorporates a newly commissioned painting by longtime Motorhead artist Joe Petagno.

The complete track listing for Stone Deaf Forever!, with cited sources and an asterisk (*) denoting previously unreleased tracks, is as follows:
Disc One: 1975-1980
01. 'Motörhead' (HAWKWIND B-side)
02. 'Lost Johnny' (On Parole)
03. 'Leavin' Here' (Stiff single)
04. 'White Line Fever' (Stiff single)
05. 'The Watcher' (Motörhead)
06. 'City Kids' (Motörhead)
07. 'I'm Your Witchdoctor' (Motörhead)
08. 'Motörhead' (Motörhead)
09. 'L'ouie Louie'* (Peel Session '78)
10. 'Keep Us On The Road'* (Peel Session '78)
11. 'Tear Ya Down'* (Peel Session '78)
12. 'I'll Be Your Sister'* (Peel Session '78)
13. 'Overkill' (Overkill)
14. 'Stay Clean' (Overkill)
15. 'Capricorn' (Overkill)
16. 'Limb From Limb' (Overkill)
17. 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' (Bomber)
18. 'Stone Cold Forever' (Bomber)
19. 'Step Down' (Bomber)
20. 'Bomber' (Bomber)
21. 'Over The Top' (Motordam)
22. 'Shoot You In The Back' (Ace Of Spades)

Disc Two: 1980-1986
01. 'Ace Of Spades (Ace Of Spades)
02. 'Bite The Bullet' (Ace Of Spades)
03. 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch' (Ace Of Spades)
04. 'Live To Win'* (BBC Session '80)
05. 'Like A Nightmare'* (BBC Session '80)
06. 'Please Don't Touch' (Ace Of Spades)
07. 'Iron Fist' (Iron Fist)
08. 'Heart Of Stone' (Iron Fist)
09. 'Don't Need Religion' (Iron Fist)
10. 'Shine' (Another Perfect Day)
11. 'One Track Mind' (Another Perfect Day)
12. 'I Got Mine' (Another Perfect Day)
13. 'Snaggletooth' (No Remorse)
14. 'Under The Knife' (Slow Version) (No Remorse)
15. 'Ain't My Crime' (Orgasmatron)
16. 'Nothing Up My Sleeve' (Orgasmatron)
17. 'Killed By Death'* (BBC Session '86)
18. 'Deaf Forever'* (BBC Session '86)
19. 'Orgasmatron' (Spoken Word)* (BBC Session '86)
20. 'Orgasmatron'* (BBC Session '86)
21. 'Dr Rock'* (BBC Session '86)

Disc Three: 1987-1996
01. 'Rock 'N' Roll' (Rock 'n' Roll)
02. 'Eat The Rich' (Rock 'n' Roll)
03. 'Just Cos You Got The Power' (Rock 'n' Roll)
04. 'Black Leather Jacket'* (Channel 4 TV)
05. 'No Voices In The Sky' (1916)
06. 'Going To Brazil' (1916)
07. 'Love Me Forever' (1916)
08. 'You Better Run' (March Or Die)
09. 'I Ain't No Nice Guy' (March Or Die)
10. 'Hell On Earth' (Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth original soundtrack)
11. 'Burner' (Bastards)
12. 'I Am The Sword' (Bastards)
13. 'Bad Woman' (Bastards)
14. 'Devils' (Bastards)
15. 'Sacrifice' (Sacrifice)
16. 'Sex And Death' (Sacrifice)
17. 'Over Your Shoulder' (Sacrifice)
18. 'Out Of The Sun' (Sacrifice)
19. 'I Don't Believe A Word' (Overnight Sensation)

Disc Four: 1996-2002
01. 'Overnight Sensation' (Overnight Sensation)
02. 'Broken' (Overnight Sensation)
03. 'Listen To Your Heart' (Overnight Sensation)
04. 'Love For Sale' (Snakebite Love)
05. 'Snakebite Lov'e (Snakebite Love)
06. 'Take The Blame' (Snakebite Love)
07. 'Joy Of Labour' (Snakebite Love)
08. 'Orgasmatron 2000'* (Internet download)
09. 'Stay Out Of Jail' (We Are Motörhead)
10. 'One More Fucking Time' (We Are Motörhead)
11. 'We Are Motörhead' (We Are Motörhead)
12. 'Shoot 'Em Down' (TWISTED SISTER tribute)
13. 'Walk A Crooked Mile' (Hammered)
14. 'Brave New World' (Hammered)
15. 'Mine All Mine' (Hammered)
16. 'Voices From The War' (Hammered)

Disc Five: Live: 1975-2002
01. 'On Parole' (What's Words Worth)
02. 'Train Kept A Rollin'' (What's Words Worth)
03. 'Too Late Too Late'* (BBC In Concert)
04.' (I Won't) Pay Your Price'* (BBC In Concert)
05. 'Iron Horse' (No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith)
06. 'We Are The Roadcrew' (No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith)
07. 'Nadine'* (Beware The Dog - bootleg)
08. 'Steal Your Face'* (BBC In Concert)
09. 'Mean Machine' (The Birthday Party)
10. 'No Class' (The Birthday Party)
11. 'Stone Deaf In The USA' (Live At Brixton)
12. 'Dogs' (Live at Brixton)
13. 'Traitor' (No Sleep At All)
14. 'Built For Speed' (No Sleep At All)
15. 'Acropolis' (Metropolis)* (Greek 45)
16. 'Angel City' (Everything Louder)
17. 'R.A.M.O.N.E.S.' (Everything Louder)
18. 'Silver Machine'* (Bootleg version)
19. 'On Your Feet Or On Your Knees' (Everything Louder)
20. 'I'm So Bad, Baby I Don't Care' (Everything Louder)
21. 'Born To Raise Hell' (Everything Louder)

20 August 2003

SEVEN WITCHES will return to the studio in September to begin recording the follow-up to "Passage To The Other Side". Touring should begin in early 2004.
Founder Jack Frost has been hard at work on a solo effort, for Noise Records, prior to commencing on the next Witches platter, slated to begin recording later this year. For this initial solo foray, Frost has aligned himself with an interesting group of coconspirators, in and outside the metal realm. The material on the still untitled disc is said to be a departure from his previous output, as a look at the roster would indicate. Frost handles all the guitars, and a few vocals.

20 August 2003

The Bang Your Head Festival 2004 will take place at the Messegelände in Balingen, Germany on June 25 - 26, 2004. Another 4 bands are already confirmed. In total 22 bands will appear at the festival and the following names have been confirmed so far: PRIMAL FEAR, BLAZE, OMEN, CAGE, MAJESTY, ANGEL and LILIAN AXE.

20 August 2003

Dutch thrashers DEAD HEAD have reunited with former singer / bassist Tom van Dijk. They are planning on entering the studio in October to record their fourth album, "Haatland". An early 2004 release through Cold Blood Industries is expected.

20 August 2003

ATTACKER vocalist Bob Mitchell (VYNDYKATOR, ALCHEMY X) has reunited with the legendary speed metal act that gave him his start – material is being crafted for a new album called 'Soul Taker' which will be released worldwide in January 2004 and followed by a live CD/DVD.

14 August 2003

Seattle's HEIR APPARENT have acquired yet another new singer, ex-INNER RESONANCE vocalist Peter Orullian. The group's last frontman, former ETHERIA singer Mike Blair, joined the band in February as a replacement for Bryan Hagan. At the time, the group praised Blair's contributions, saying that they were "very enthusiastic about [their] new potential with Mike at the helm." No reason was given for Blair's departure from the band.

HEIR APPARENT will embark on a European mini-tour in late October.
Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Oct. 23 – Grenoble, FRA @ TBA
Oct. 24 – Milan, ITA @ TBA
Oct. 25 – Cologne, GER @ TBA
Oct. 26 – Thessaloniki, GRE @ TBA
Oct. 27 – Athens, GRE @ TBA

14 August 2003

This years Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany is just finished but they already announced 3 acts for the 2004 edition: PRIMAL FEAR, MAJESTY and CAGE

14 August 2003

After four and a half years ARCHETYPE has "officially" parted ways with their singer Greg Wagner. "It was a very tough decision, but over the last year or so both the band and Greg were headed in different directions and it was just time for a change for all of us. We part ways with no ill will and we realize it will be a tough task to replace him. We would like to express our thanks for the time and effort that Greg has put into ARCHETYPE, helping us get off the ground with our "Hands Of Time" EP followed by our first full length CD "Dawning". We're confident he won't have any problem finding a quality band and we wish him the best in all his future endeavors.

Reading Mario's Metal Mania Guestbook, then there is a very different story!! Greg wrote to the guestbook: "THE ARCHETYPE PROJECT HAS TAKEN AN UNEXPECTED TURN AS I HAVE NOT BEEN TOLD BUT I CHECKED INTROMENTAL MANAGEMENTS' SITE AND IT SAYS THEY ARE SEARCHING FOR A NEW SINGER. I WON'T COMMENT ON THE SITUATION YET BUT I THINK IT IS UNPROFESSIONAL TO NOT TELL A PERSON HE IS OUT OF THE BAND".

14 August 2003

VIXEN, the early '80s Hawaiian heavy metal group that featured in its ranks former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman (not to be confused with the all-girl Los Angeles-based band of the same name), will have their "Made In Hawaii" EP (1983) re-released, along with several previously unavailable demo tracks, under the title "Vixen: Complete Works". It will be distributed worldwide by Planet Enigma Records in conjunction with Pyram-Axis Records.

The track listing for "Vixen: Complete Works" is as follows:
01. Angels From the Dust
02. New Age Rock-n-Roller (prev. unreleased)
03. Living In Sin
04. Escape the Night
05. Beg for Mercy
06. House of the Rising Sun (prev. unreleased)
07. Secret of the Stars (prev. unreleased)
08. Give it All You Got (prev. unreleased)
09. Rocking Me Hard
10. The Young and the Reckless
11. Lady Savage (prev. unreleased)
12. Angels From the Dust (original version, prev. unreleased)
13. Living In Sin (original version, prev. unreleased)

14 August 2003

LEASH LAW, the new Florida-based group featuring former CRIMSON GLORY/SEVEN WITCHES vocalist Wade Black, ROB ROCK guitarist Rick Renstrom, ICED EARTH/ex-DEATH drummer Richard Christy, and ROB ROCK bassist Stephen Elder, have announced the addition of guitarist Emo Mowery (TIWANAKU, ex-NOCTURNUS) to the group's ranks. Emo's "monster seven-string rhythms add even more to this modern classic," reads a post on the band's web site. The group, whose musical style is being described in an official press release as "true metal unlike ever heard in this century," have posted two demo cuts — titled "Fight" and "Martial Law" — for listening in Real Audio format. LEASH LAW will be going back into the studio in late September to record more material. For more information, visit the band's official web site (see LINKS)

14 August 2003

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens contributed vocals to the upcoming ICED EARTH album, "The Glorious Burden", as a guest singer only and has not yet made up his mind as to whether he will join the band permanently.

Mainman Jon Schaffer clarified Owens' status in the group:
"Tim was hired to do the vocals for the record only," he said. "Two days after we finished, he lost his gig with PRIEST. Obviously this changes things and maybe he will be the new guy someday in the future, but right now he needs some time to figure out what he's going to do."
"There will come a time when I will decide to look for a permanent singer in the near future, if Tim can't commit. I hired Tim to do this record knowing that he had the ability to do the parts that I'd written and that was the extent of it. I would love to have Tim as the new frontman in ICED EARTH, but he's got to want it or it's no good for anyone involved. He's going through a big change in his life and I will give him some time to figure out what he wants for his future career, but obviously we can't wait forever."
"Either way, ICED EARTH will carry on in the same tradition as always. I feel great and am very, very optimistic for the band's future, no matter who ends up in the vocal position. I will find the right guy and maybe it is Tim. Time will tell. This record has brought about a new beginning for the band and fate will take its course!"
ICED EARTH's "The Glorious Burden", with Tim Owens on vocals, is scheduled to be released through SPV Records in the fall.

14 August 2003

DAMNATION (featuring members of BEHEMOTH) will soon release an album that will feature several rare, unreleased and cover songs. The album is titled "Ressurection Of Azarath" and it will feature Rebel Souls (1996), Coronation (1998), Promo '98 (unreleased), plus two cover songs (King Diamond, Morbid Angel).

14 August 2003

THE CROWN's forthcoming album, "Possessed 13" will be released as a double-LP in gatefold sleeve in Europe. As previously reported, the album, recorded at Studio Fredman in Sweden, will also be available in two different versions; a regular jewel case edition and a European Deluxe 2CD digi-pak version with different (but related) artwork.
The regular edition of "Possessed 13" features the following tracklisting: 'No Tomorrow', 'Face Of Destruction/Deep Hit Of Death', 'Deliverance', 'Cold Is The Grave', 'Dream Bloody Hell' (instrumental), 'Morningstar Rising', 'Are You Morbid?', 'Bow To None', 'Kill Ém All', 'Natashead Overdrive', 'Zombiefied', 'Dawn Of Emptiness' and 'In Memoriam' (instrumental).
The Deluxe edition's bonus CD includes the following tracklisting: 'Last Rite' (the band's first professional recording), Forever Heaven Gone Demo '93 featuring 'Seventh Gate', 'Deadspawn','Diachronic Damnation', 'The Lord Of The Rings', 'Beyond Where Darkness Dwells' and 'Forever Heaven Gone'; Forget The Light Demo '94 featuring 'Soulicide Demon-Might', 'Godless', 'Neverending Dream' and 'Candles'; 'Burnin' Leather (BATHORY cover) and 'Rebel Angel' (demo).

"Possessed 13" is due out on October 20th in Europe and the 21st in North America.

14 August 2003

KATAKLYSM has confirmed that they will be part of the European No Mercy Festivals 2004 that is scheduled to begin in late March. The tour also features headliner CANNIBAL CORPSE and HYPOCRISY, CARPATHIAN FOREST, VOMITORY, EXHUMED and more acts tro be announced. Exact dates/cities will follow soon.

14 August 2003

FORCE OF EVIL is the new 5-piece band formed by the legendary twin guitarists of MERCYFUL FATE: Michael Denner and Hank Shermann.
They have joined forces with Hal Patino, Bjarne Holm, and Martin Steene; all known for their performances with KING DIAMOND, Mercyful Fate and IRONFIRE.
The band's style of music is classic, guitar-driven heavy metal, which encompasses raw riffing, piercing guitar solos, climax and emotion all topped with sinister and screaming vocals. All of which is delivered explosively on stage.
Denner and Shermann are the original twin guitarists from the classic MERCYFUL FATE recordings "Melissa", "Don't Break The Oath" and others. They have played more than 400 concerts all over the world with Mercyful Fate. They can also be described as giants in the metal community as their style and substance have inspired countless new metal musicians for more than 20 years now.
Hal Patino (bass) has been recording with the KING DIAMOND solo band on "Them", "Conspiracy", "The Eye" and "Abigail II" and toured heavily as well.
Bjarne T. Holm joined MERCYFUL FATE in 1995 and has been recording with the band since then and playing drums on several US, South American and European tours.
Martin Steene is the vocalist in the band IRONFIRE. They have released two albums: "Thunderstorm" and "On The Edge", and have a big following in Europe.

FORCE OF EVIL was formed in September 2002. They soon started recording on their first album on March 24th, 2003 and the CD was released on June 13th, 2003 through Diamond Records (www.diamondrecords.com). For more on the band check out their website (see LINKS).

14 August 2003

PAINMUSEUM recruited bassist Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, DEATH, ICED EARTH) to lay down bass tracks for their debut album which is currently being mixed by Roy Z – the lineup is rounded out by guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD), drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT) and vocalist Tim Clayborne

7 August 2003

Former HELSTAR/DESTINY'S END frontman James Rivera has teamed up with ex-DESTINY'S END guitarist Eric Halpern (who played a "major role" in the recent HELSTAR reunion shows, according to Rivera) and SYMPHONY X bassist Mike Lepond in a new band called DISTANT THUNDER. The primarily Houston, Texas-based group are "what I would say is the real James Rivera kind of stuff," the singer says. "I felt there would still be quite a bit of the European fan base who will enjoy what I am best known for." The band have finished demoing two songs thus far and have posted them online for fans to download.
"We already have interest from certain labels and it will just be a matter of time before we get picked up and have a full CD recorded," says Rivera. "Another song will be finished this week for the demo to make it a complete three-song demo and soon after I will have physical CDs to send out [to interested parties]."

7 August 2003

KROKUS vocalist Marc Storace has been recruited to sing on the next WARRIOR album, tentatively due before the end of the year.
"I have been working on lyrics and vocals in between a bunch of very, very exciting kick-ass KROKUS gigs over the past couple of months," Storace writes in on online posting. "[Fans shouldn't] worry, [because] this is gonna be a very challenging studio album with very talented American studio musicians, and I have KROKUS' 'blessing' to venture into some yet-unexplored zones of my vocal fantasies!!!!
"There are no tours planned [with WARRIOR] but I assure you this song material is merciless and will be a must for your collection…"
Originally formed in 1983 by guitarist Joe Floyd and vocalist Perry McCarty, WARRIOR didn't survive long after the album's release and disbanded, with Floyd moving into the production role for some time. After almost a decade, Floyd re-united with McCarty and, armed with a new lineup, released "Ancient Future" (1998) through Metal Blade Records. A third album, "The Code Of Life", featuring ex-IMPELLITTERI vocalist Rob Rock, was released through Nuclear Blast Records three years later.

7 August 2003

THE HIDDEN HAND, the new band featuring hard rock guitar legend Wino (ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN), will release their debut album, "Divine Propaganda", on September 9 through MeteorCity Records. MeteorCity will handle radio and marketing in-house, with domestic distribution via Caroline and Revolver USA.

In May of 2002, Wino disbanded his group SPIRIT CARAVAN. Following the announcement in July of the same year that he would be joining Victor Griffin's (PENTAGRAM, DEATH ROW) band PLACE OF SKULLS as second guitarist, Wino also began jamming in August with two local musicians, Bruce Falkinburg and Dave Hennesy, as THE HIDDEN HAND. The name was chosen to openly voice the band's political agenda, and to stimulate listeners to consider social freedom in all forms — choice, will, action. THE HIDDEN HAND suggests the existence of unseen powers within and beyond the government that have worked for centuries to gain control over every aspect of society and civilized life. Wino talks of "the underground patriots movement" and clearly states that "this band is definitely a political thing."
"Divine Propaganda" was recorded at Phase Studios (CLUTCH, IRON BOSS, CARRION, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN) in College Park, Maryland from December 2002 through April 2003, and was produced by Bruce Falkinburg and THE HIDDEN HAND. The songs on the record explore various political and social themes, including "Damyata", which deals with environmental issues: "I hear the trees crying, I hear the world dying… I hear the sky cracking, I feel the ice melting, I feel the mountains falling." Even more direct are lyrics in "Tranquility Base", including "… must be real if it's on TV, words and ideas of the powers that be… elections decided by the news…" And the political message is driven firmly home on the title track: "… we didn't elect you, god didn't select you, we will reject you…"

7 August 2003

HEART are planning to record a new studio album for release next year. It's expected that both former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, both of whom are part of the current touring line-up, will be on the album. Recording should start in the Autumn

7 August 2003

IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain was arrested on an assault charge after allegedly hitting a car park attendant with his car just prior to the band's appearance in the area. Apparently, the drummer got angry with the unnamed attendant refused to allow him to park in the VIP area, because he didn't have the right credentials; McBrain is said to have deliberately driven his car at the 30-year-old worker. He now faces a court appearance on September 16

7 August 2003

RHAPSODY will enter the studio early August to start recording their new studio album. Here's an update from the band: "Rhapsody is proud to announce that on August 2, 2003 they will be riding triumphantly into the studio to begin the production of the new album. Alex Holzwarth is ready to kick the mighty skins as strong and powerful as possible. So you may expect the most majestic and powerful drums you have ever heard! For the first time these recording sessions will be filmed to bring you the most interesting moments with the band in the studio. Rhapsody is also very proud to announce that their infinite passion and true love for their music and fans will bring about a production that will surpass all previous by adding a full orchestra and choir, to let the epic Rhapsody Hollywood metal be more beautiful and brilliant than ever."

7 August 2003

It looks like there's a strong possibility that CRIMSON GLORY will reunite with their original line up. Their former guitarist Ben Jackson posted the following to the band's official message board: Hello everyone, I am involved in my solo group very much but to make it clear I have always wanted and hoped for Crimson Glory to re-emerge with all original members on board. I can definitely make time for both projects. We have been waiting for the right time and for a sign from [vocalist] Midnight that he really wants this. It looks to me like the signs are there and there may be a storm brewing on the horizon. Fly on Crimson Glory! Who wants this? Share with us. Ben Jackson"

7 August 2003

SLAYER have started working on a new studio album. Here's an update from Jeff Hanneman: "It's hella fast. I've got five songs that are written, musically. Kerry has at least that many. We're going to go into the studio hopefully in September, and it should be out at the beginning of next year. My songs are mean-as-hell. When Kerry heard mine, he decided to re-write his just because mine were so fast. Oh yeah, Dave's with us. He's indefinitely our drummer. He wants to stay with us, and we want him to stay in the band. We're trying to get the box-set out by the end of the year. We just need to gather more stuff for it. The box-set is going to be two CDs of music: rare stuff and songs we've put on soundtracks. Then we're going to have one CD of weird audio interviews we've done. And then there'll be a DVD, with tapes of old shows we have around."

7 August 2003

Canada's legendary 80s metal band HELIX have reformed and they are preparing their new studio album. The album will be titled "Rocking In My Outer Space" but no release date has been announced yet.

7 August 2003

WINTER'S BANE are hard at work preparing material for their forthcoming studio album. Their new vocalist is Alexander Koch (Spiral Tower, Powergod) and they have already finished a 4 songs demo which they are currently shopping at various record labels.

7 August 2003

SOLITUDE AETURNUS' John Perez has posted the following at the Mirror Of Sorrow mailing list:
"I've been silent for so long that I thought I'd give a little update. Things are finally looking good for SA! We have actually made a 13 song demo of our new stuff in a home studio and it sounds heavy as fuck. Right now we're working on vocal arrangements, lead work and just general nitpicking. Regardless I'm certain that we'll be ready to record the material in September.
The demo is in very rough form, but we might just take one or two songs and finish it up proper and post it on the Brainticket site just so everyone knows that I'm not bullshitting when I say we have 13 finished songs. I don't like making demos available for the simple reason that the listener (including ourselves) gets used to the demo recording (for better or worse) and when the actual album version comes out it's never the same for the listener (usually in a negative way). But it's been so freakin long that the supporters (you) deserve some proof eh?

I think there was a rumor that Robert was no longer singing. Not true - he is the vocalist for SA and will be for this next album. SA is not SA without Robert.

As for the usual ultra delays on our part, basically we're only able to coordinate our schedules so that we get together once a week so consider that's only 4 times a month. We'd all like to step it up a bit but it just hasn't worked out as SA is not #1 priority in any of our lives at this time. It's still very important, believe me (or I wouldn't' be typing this out) but other things just take priority for now. I have been severely stressed out of my mind trying to keep Brainticket Records going (times are beyond tough right now in terms of selling quality heavy music) and honestly my brain has been overloaded for well over a year now with stress. If SA paid my bills or even gave me beer money I'd be inclined to do an album every year and tour but it hasn't, doesn't and never will I'm afraid. So I'm happy to make music when I (we) can and are willing.
And lastly I'm finally working on the first re-issue from SA with Into The Depths Of Sorrow. I'm putting it together now and will have it ready to print by months end. Demo versions of 'Opaque' and 'Mirror Of Sorrow' will be on the re-issue that I always thought were superior to the album versions. Anyone that wants to give me $4613.13 for my manufacturing/mastering/artlayout/advertising expenses for this project I'd be more than willing to take it.
Ok - thanks for everyones' patience. I know it sux when a band doesn't get shit out as quick as you want (I'm still waiting for the new Sabbath album with Ozzy!!!!) and I'm just as anxious to get this next album out as anyone so hang in there! - John Perez/Solitude Aeturnus/Brainticket Records."

7 August 2003

MOTORHEAD's official website, (see LINKS), has posted the following band update:
"We have been swamped with requests for info on the new Motorhead track being used for Wrestling's RAW. It seems that Triple H has formed a new wrestling group in an effort to solidfy his new "evil" character profile.
Triple H has aligned himself with "the dirtiest players in the game," Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista. Together, they call themselves Evolution.
Triple H once again called on Lemmy and Motorhead to record the theme music for their new group, Evolution. The band managed to record a version of the song in Germany recently. They then returned to the USA and rerecorded the final version. Look for more details on the release of the song in this space."

7 August 2003

FORCE OF EVIL's website (see LINKS), report that the band have begun writing new songs that will be recorded in mid-August. The band describe the material as being "very mean and raw." The band are also working on video shoots for a possible future DVD release.
As previously reported, the release of the band's forthcoming self titled debut album is being postponed until the band have negotiated the last distribution contracts into place. You can still buy the album from www.forceofevil.net, via PayPal - just go to the "buy now" section.

7 August 2003

HATE ETERNAL frontman Jared Anderson has posted the following message at the band's official website, www.hateeternal.com:
"Due to a continuous ongoing drug problem for the last couple of years, I've committed myself to rehabilitation. I will be leaving Hate Eternal due to the time and dedication it's taking to get myself back on the right track. It's a very unfortunate situation which must be dealt with, and out of total respect for my bandmates, it's the right thing to do for I cannot be responsible for holding the band back. Hate Eternal has been one of the greatest things in my life for 5 years and now it must end due to my personal issues. I want to apologize to all the fans and my bandmates as well. But I can simply say that I will get well and I will be back somewhere in this scene. I wish the band all the luck in the world and thank you for the great 5 years. Blessed be and may the hatred be eternal!"

Hate Eternal issued the following statement:
"Jared, being our bandmate as well as one of our best friends, we wish him the best with his recovery and his health and he will always be a part of what Hate Eternal was and is, we will miss him!"
Randy Piro (who has been filling in for Jared for the last 5 months) will be taking over on bass/backing vocals.

7 August 2003

As reported by their website (see LINKS), ICED EARTH have confirmed that former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has completed the vocals on the band's forthcoming album, "The Glorious Burden", due out this fall through SPV. A single will be released in October.

FRONTMAN Jon Schaffer posted the following statement:
"Hey People,
Well the album is done, and it's not just done, it rules!! I have never been more pleased in all my years of recording. It came out the way it was supposed to be! And now for the big news, it's Tim Owens on vocals and he did an amazing job! I know there were a lot of people hoping that this would be the case, and it is. I've asked Neil to put a sample of tjree of the songs for you guys to check out. SPV agreed to letting me do this as long as I did not put the whole song up. I hope you enjoy them, I know I do. I'll be in touch soon with more news and details of the release dates for the single which will be called 'The Reckoning' and the full length CD The Glorious Burden. I can honestly tell you I've never felt better and am truly looking to the future with more optimism than ever before.

7 August 2003

GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME, featuring vocalist Shmoulik Avigal (PICTURE, THE RODS, HORIZON), guitarist Jack Starr (VIRGIN STEELE, BURNING STARR), bassist Ned Meloni, and drummer Joe Hasselvender (RAVEN, PENTAGRAM), will have "Under A Savage Sky" released in the US by Crash Music on September 9th.
The album has been out in Europe on Cult Metal Classics for a few months. The tracklisting: 'The Flame That Never Dies', 'Conspiratos Sanctos', 'Cry For Dawn', 'Anthem For The Nations', 'Sharon Of The Woods', 'Under A Savage Sky', 'I Stand Alone', 'Personal Demons Dethroned', 'Masters Of Fate' and 'Return From The Ashes'.

29 July 2003

PRO-PAIN are set to return to action on August 26 with the release of their ninth studio album, "Run For Cover" (Spitfire). The album's unusual concept, containing cover songs from artists who have influenced the band, makes "Run For Cover" a special recording — adding to the band's already respected decade-plus career.
Forgoing the predictable, PRO-PAIN has aligned an impressive and wide array of songs from artists ranging from metal stalwarts SLAYER ("South of Heaven"), MOTÖRHEAD ("Iron Fist") and CELTIC FROST ("Circle of the Tyrants") to punk/hardcore trailblazers DISCHARGE ("Never Again"), NEGATIVE APPROACH ("Nothing"), OPERATION IVY ("The Crowd"), BLACK FLAG ("Damaged II") and AGNOSTIC FRONT ("Your Mistake"). The album also includes a surprise remake from founder/front-man/bassist Gary Meskil's former band CRUMBSUCKERS ("Just Sit There") and a spirited version of LIFE OF AGONY's "Weeds".

"PRO-PAIN has never been known for being much of a 'cover band,' and as a matter of fact we have never even done any cover songs until now," notes Meskil. "So, this 'lack of' has provided us with the perfect opportunity and platform to pay tribute to some of our favorite bands who have influenced us musically, spiritually, and intellectually over the years."

29 July 2003

Reunited doom legends TROUBLE, who recently replaced longtime bassist Ron Holzner with Chuck Robinson (formerly of THIS TORTURED SOUL), are set to enter the studio in October with producer Vincent Wojno (MACHINE HEAD, KREATOR, KONKHRA) to record their long-awaited new album, titled "Seven".
According to frontman Eric Wagner, 15 songs have been written so far for the album, including "After The Rain", "Seven", "A Bad Situation", "Goin' Home", "Doombox" and "A New Generation". "It's still heavy, it's still TROUBLE, maybe a little more modern," says Eric. "It's still us. It's our seventh album and it was going to be seven years since our last album, but now it's going to be a little more."
Before commencing work on the upcoming full-length album, TROUBLE will record a seven-track acoustic compilation of classic TROUBLE material. The as-yet-untitled EP, which will also include a brand-new song written by Wagner and Robinson, will only be available on the band's web site, www.newtrouble.com.

29 July 2003

PAIN OF SALVATION are working on a new studio album. Here's an update: "The "BE" project will also be Pain of Salvation's next album. It will be a studio album and will be released spring 2004, which means that the fans who really wants to experience "BE" before that can come to any of the shows in August/September. It might be the only time "BE" is ever performed in original scale, and the POS event of a lifetime. On the 12th of May this year, we did a very special and much appreciated unplugged show in Eskilstuna - with a lot of rearranged stuff; some old songs were really dressed to kill for the occasion. This show was recorded for the radio, and for a coming album! The release is scheduled for the fall of 2003, which means that you won't have to wait for next year for the next POS release! And for those of you who think this is yet another unplugged album - think again; none of the songs was left untouched.

29 July 2003

BYFIST /REVEREND guitarist Davey Lee has announced that former METAL CHURCH singer David Wayne has disbanded Reverend. David Wayne will be fulfilling vocal duties for the upcoming BASTARDSUN album. The band already features the talents of Stuart Anstis (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH guitarist) who was a songwriter on the Vempire, Cruelty And The Beast and the Dusk And Her Embrace material. Watch for the record through Sentinel Records early next year.

29 July 2003

ProgPower Europe Festival have announced the final two bands that will be added to this year's bill: ELEGY from The Netherlands and AT VANCE from Germany. The remaining bill includes: EVERGREY, VANDEN PLAS, NIGHTINGALE, GREEN CARNATION, PAGAN'S MIND, NOVEMBRE, CHROME SHIFT, ANDROMEDA, SYMMETRY, XYSTUS. The event is scheduled for October 4th/5th in Baarlo, Netherlands (close to the German border near Dusseldorf and Oberhausen). Advance tickets are on sale now for €40 for the weekend. Head to www.progpower.com (see LINKS) for more info.

29 July 2003

Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti's website, (SEE LINKS), has posted the following news:
All four original Y&T members jammed last week, with Joey Alves dropping by and playing with the current line-up of the band for the first time in 15 years. Apparently Joey has agreed to play a few songs during their upcoming November shows as a "guest". The shows will be filmed for a DVD.
Dave Meniketti had this to say about the event: "Well it happened tonight at rehearsal. Joey played about 8 songs with us... We got some pictures with him at the studio & he sounded great playing with us. He agreed that he'd love to come on stage with us in November and play a few tunes as a guest appearance. That would make it real cool and an extra special thing to be filming for a DVD. I'll post pictures a little later tonight or tomorrow."
Dave made it clear that no one is thinking about a "long haul" thing at this point, but he said it'll be fun to see where it goes.

29 July 2003

MORBID ANGEL are currently working on a video for the track 'Enshrined by Grace'. The track is pulled from their forthcoming album, "Heretic", due out in Europe on September 22nd and the 23rd in North America. The band have also confirmed that they'll be hitting the road in early 2004 in both Europe and North America.
"Heretic" was co-produced by the band and engineer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez at D.O.W. (Diet Of Worms) Studios in Seffner, Florida.

29 July 2003

According to current WHITESNAKE guitarists Reb Beach and Doug Aldrich: Whitesnake have taped "some 80 shows" and plan on releasing a live album before getting to work on a brand new studio album.
In related news, in the six or seven months they'll have off after the tour, Reb plans on recording a new solo album that he's already began writing/working on. Doug said he'll either do a solo album or session work. They said that Dave has a three to five year plan for Whitesnake that includes nonstop touring, the live record, maybe a (live) DVD and new studio albums.

29 July 2003

Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL did announce their demise. In a stunning turn-around, the band's former label, Nuclear Blast, have now posted something of a retraction to their hastily worded denial and have posted the original message from the trio, on the Nuclear Blast website (www.nuclearblast.de).

"Well, sad news.. Although stated differently earlier as it seemed as if the band only wanted to take a long break, here's the 100% official news, directly from the band and management:
"After 13 years and 7 albums we have decided to stop working with IMMORTAL due to personal reasons. A great thanks to all our fans worldwide who helped us making IMMORTAL superb through all this time.
Abbath, Demonaz, Horgh"

22 July 2003

Speedcore pioneers CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER have released "Convicted", the first of two reissues due from Relapse Records. The second, "Money Talks", will hit on July 29. Both have been re-mastered and re-packaged with extensive photos, lyrics and artwork and feature exclusive bonus tracks taken from early demos and legendary live performances.

22 July 2003

Guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore is strongly rumored to have joined UFO as the replacement for Michael Schenker. Moore will reportedly join the rest of the group — vocalist Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way, keyboardist Paul Raymond and drummer Jason Bonham — at an undisclosed studio before the end of the year to begin work on the band's next album, tentatively due next summer.
UFO were previously in talks with former EUROPE/DOKKEN guitarist John Norum to replace Schenker, but eventually decided to look elsewhere while John Norum continued work on his upcoming solo album.

22 July 2003

JAG PANZER have set "Decade of the Nail Spiked Bat" as the title for their forthcoming 2-CD set, due in the fall through Century Media Records. "Decade of the Nail Spiked Bat" features the best tracks from the group's pre-Century Media releases ("Tyrants" EP, "Ample Destruction", "Dissident Alliance" and the "Chain Of Command" bootleg) re-recorded "as if they were new songs," according to guitarist Mark Briody.

The complete track listing for "Decade of the Nail Spiked Bat" is as follows:
Disc 1:

01. Reign of the Tyrants
02. Eyes of the Night
03. The Church
04. Metal Melts the Ice
05. Forsaken
06. Fallen Angel
07. Battle Zones
08. Warfare
09. Tower of Darkness
10. Licensed to Kill

Disc 2:

01. Generally Hostile
02. The Watching
03. She Waits
04. Edge of Blindness
05. Spirit Suicide
06. Iron Shadows
07. Black Sunday
08. Symphony of Terror
09. Death Row
10. The Crucifix

JAG PANZER made the decision to re-record their early classics after they were unable to reach an agreement with ex-guitarist Joey Tafolla to allow them to re-release the hard-to-find recordings through the Century Media label. "This means no remixes, everything [was] recorded new from scratch," said Briody. "I realize that this has been done often (ICED EARTH, GAMMA RAY). However we are in the unique (and unfortunate) situation of not having the rights to any of this back catalog."

Some other JAG PANZER news:
Congratulations go out to JAG PANZER drummer Rikard, his wife Barbra, and his son Gunnar, who welcomed Sophia Karin Siri Stjernquist into their family three months ago.

22 July 2003

IRON MAIDEN have announced the details of the first leg of their world tour in support of their new studio album, "Dance Of Death", due on September 9 through Columbia Records
The European leg of the tour will kick off in Prague on October 22 and will conclude in the U.K. just before Christmas. Details of the U.K. dates will be announced shortly and the rest of the European schedule is as follows:

Oct. 22 - Prague, CZE @ T-Mobile Arena
Oct. 24 - Munich, GER @ Olympiahalle
Oct. 25 - Stuttgart, GER @ Schleyerhalle
Oct. 27 - Milan, ITA @ Filaforum
Oct. 28 - Firenze, ITA @ Palasport
Oct. 30 - Zurich, SWI @ Hallenstadion
Nov. 01 - Barcelona, SPA @ Pavello Olympic Badolona
Nov. 02 - Madrid, SPA @ Palacio Vistalegre
Nov. 04 - Frankfurt, GER @ Jahrhunderthalle
Nov. 05 - Rotterdam, NETH @ Ahoy
Nov. 07 - Katowice, POL @ Spodek Mystic Festival
Nov. 10 - Helsinki, FIN @ Hartwall Arena
Nov. 12 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Valby Hallen
Nov. 14 - Stockholm, SWE @ Globen
Nov. 15 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Scandinavium
Nov. 17 - Hannover, GER @ Eilenriedehalle
Nov. 18 - Berlin, GER @ Arena Treptow
Nov. 20 - Leuven, BEL @ Brabanthal
Nov. 22 - Paris, FRA @ Palais Omnisports de Bercy

22 July 2003

INFERNAL MAJESTY (see LINKS) have completed their new album, "One Who Points To Death". Clocking in at 47 minutes, the "old school thrash" album is due out this fall.
The tracklisting: 'Death Of Heaven', 'Pestilential Eternity', 'Honey Tongue Of Satan', 'Cathedral Of Hate', 'Hysterion Proteron', 'Angels And Acid', 'Virgin Blood Tastes Purest At Night' and 'One Who Points To Death'.
Also, Infernal Majesty have signed a deal with MGM, which will see their track 'Death Of Heaven' used in an upcoming episode of Stargate SG-1.

22 July 2003

On December 13th DORO PESCH will celebrate 20 years in the music biz with a concert in her home town of Dusseldorf, Germany, at the Phillipshalle. The show will feature songs spanning her entire career, and SAXON, Lemmy of MOTORHEAD fame and Jon Oliva from SAVATAGE are due to make guest appearances.

22 July 2003

NEVERMORE's forthcoming album, "Enemies Of Reality", will be released as a limited edition box set. The box will contain 2 CDs - the actual album and a DVD which will feature the 3 Nevermore video's ('What Tomorrow Knows', 'Next In Line', 'Believe In Nothing')plus 2 live videos ('Engines Of Hate', 'Beyond Within'). The live footage was released previously on Century Media's 10th anniversary DVD that was filmed in September 2001 at the Roxy in Hollywood, CA.

As previously reported, NEVERMORE will join ARCH ENEMY for a European tour in September and will return to North American in November for the highly-anticipated jaunt with DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM and HYPOCRISY.

22 July 2003

Vocalist Tom Mallicoat (ex-LETHAL) is looking for established, experienced musicians to form a new band with and collaborate in writing songs, recording, and touring.

Tom does not wish to relive the past, but move forward into the present with open-minded, easy going musicians who like being around each other and creating music that will be remembered for the ages. Tom is also open to working with a signed band looking for a vocalist and songwriter.
Tom co-wrote and recorded three albums with Lethal, including the classic "Programmed", as well as the "Your Favorite God" EP, and the critically acclaimed "Poison Seed".

Interested parties please contact DCA Entertainment for further information at:
egc@dcarecordings.com.
Or send any material to:
Tom Mallicoat
800 Arbor Drive, Apt. # 843
Dry Ridge, KY 41035 USA.

22 July 2003

HEATHEN have announced their reformation and plans for two albums in the coming months! Drummer Darren Minter, who is doing double duty, in the current edition of ANGELWITCH, posted the following:
"Lee Altus (guitar), and I just got back from Europe with Angel Witch. We are going to be putting the finishing touches on the Recovered album in L.A with our producer Rob Beaton who also worked on the "Victims (Of Deception)" album with us. This album is going to have 4 or 5 covers, 1 original, and demo stuff from the Victims era that we realize crushes. We are finalizing a deal and should have it out by the end of the year. We also have 7 or 8 new songs in the can, for an all new studio release next year. Now that we're back, we will keep everybody posted on what's up with us."

22 July 2003

GAMMA RAY guitarist/singer Kai Hansen revealed that he and ANNIHILATOR founder Jeff Waters have discussed the possibility to doing a project together in 2004.
"There's absolutely nothing definite about it at the moment, but we've discussed it," says Hansen. "I don't know when it will happen because Jeff is working on the next Annihilator record, but if things work out it would happen some time in 2004, before the next Gamma Ray studio album."

22 July 2003

According to their website (www.projectfailingflesh.com) E-FORCE (featuring former VOIVOD bassist-vocalist Eric Forrest) have confirmed an October 20th release date through Season Of Mist for their debut album, "Evil Forces". The record was produced by Pierre at Wild Studio in St-Zenon, Quebec and features the following tracks: 'Evil Forces', 'Satanic Rituals', 'Mayhem', 'Forest Of The Impaled', 'Germ Warfare', 'Belief', 'Purgatory', 'Crypto Spuridium', 'Disorder', 'Scarring', 'Global Warning' and 'Psychopath'

22 July 2003

KATAKLYSM (see LINKS) recently finished writing their new album, "Serenity In Fire". The band will enter Studio Victor in Montreal, PQ in November for tracking and will mix the album at Wildsound Studio in St-Zenon, PQ with guitarist/producer J-F Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX).
The Hyperblasters are also happy to announce that they have renewed their contract with Nuclear Blast Records for 3 more albums, following the release of Serenity in Fire.
Guitarist J-F Dagenais comments, "Nuclear Blast discovered Kataklysm. They built this band, they also believed in us when it mattered the most. The last 5 years with them have been great and we look forward to a bright future ahead. In my opinion, they are the best label out there at the moment. They've given us a great new deal and we're very happy to stay home!"
Kataklysm have also landed the job of recording the theme song for a feature horror film, Female Flesh Eaters, by SVBI Films in conjunction with Texas FX (Snake Eyes, The Living Dead II, The Arrival). Plans for a video for the track are in talks.

22 July 2003

DIAMOND HEAD have posted the following message regarding their appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival at their website, (www.diamond-head.net):
"As previously mentioned Diamond Head were penciled in to play the Wacken Festival this summer. However, due to scheduling conflicts, Diamond Head will not be able to perform at Wacken this year. However, members from Diamond Head and TYGERS OF PAN TANG will perform a 1 hour set of songs from both the Diamond Head and Tygers of Pan Tang repertoire, and hopefully this will make up for anyone who has bought tickets specifically to see Diamond Head."

The line up is expected to consist of Brian Tatler (guitar), Karl Wilcox (drums), Eddie Chaos (bass), Floyd Brennan (guitar) and Jess Cox (vocals).

15 July 2003

Rhythm guitarist Alexander "Aku" Kuoppala has left CHILDREN OF BODOM following the band's appearance at last weekend's Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland. Alexander's departure was mutually agreed upon by all parties, and the remaining members wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors. No appearances are being cancelled or rescheduled as a result of Aku's departure.

15 July 2003

Canada's EIDOLON have finished the mixing process of their new record, Apostles Of Defiance, due out through Metal Blade/Skyscraper on October 6. Drummer, Shawn Drover gives BW&BK the latest update: "As of right now, we are finished mixing the new record and will ship the product to Andy LaRocque in Sweden so that he can proceed in the mastering process. I can say in all honestly that this new record will melt your face! This is easily the heaviest yet most diverse record we have made thus far as Eidolon - for me personally, this is the 1st record where I love every song! It's hard to hit as home-run with every song you create, but this record is the closest we have come to batting %100. As with the music, vocally, its all over the map as well - there is more death-metal screams, with the usual melodic and now more aggressive vocals as well. I don't hear many bands taking this approach, so hopefully with this new record, we will stand out even more than we already do. This is totally 100% genuine. There is no conforming to anything else that may be more popular or whatever. We could not care less about mimicking other types of music. This is the ultimate musical statement that Eidolon can make for 2003 and we cannot wait for the metal community to hear what we have been putting out heart and souls into for the last 7 months!"

15 July 2003

Bay area thrashers VIO-LENCE's "Oppressing The Masses" album and "Torture Tactics" EP will be reissued together on October 7th through Megaforce Records.
"Oppressing The Masses" was the band's follow-up to the legendary 1988 debut "Eternal Nightmare". It was originally released in 1990. "Torture Tactics" followed a year later.

15 July 2003

TARAXACUM (see LINKS) have finished mixing their new album, "Rainmaker", due for release on August 25th.
MP 3 clips from the album are currently available at the band's website in the multimedia section.
"Rainmaker" features the following tracklisting: 'Disfunctional', 'Prayer In Unison', 'Rainmaker', 'Never To Return', 'Make It Happen', 'Wake Up', 'If I Had Known', 'Game Over', 'Dark Sunglasses', 'The Red Pill', 'In The End' and 'Lo Que Faltó'.

15 July 2003

Crook'd Records report that an enthusiastic crowd witnessed NASTY SAVAGE's return to the stage at Classic Metal Fest 3 in Chicago. As Nasty Ronnie broke several TVs with his chest, the band featured material from their recent Wage Of Mayhem EP and debuted one new track from their forthcoming CD.
The original line-up reunited for one song as original bassist Fred Dregischan joined the band for 'Savage Desire'. Meanwhile, the band has laid down 12 new tracks for their forthcoming CD. The disc will feature a guest vocal appearance by FOZZY's Chris Jericho.

15 July 2003

TIWANAKU are selling some of their NOCTURNUS / CRIMSON GLORY stuff on Ebay. Wade Black and Emo Mowery have put up 8 different authentic CRIMSON GLORY items on ebay. They have also put up Trey Azagthoth and Mike Davis' old Custom Yellow Neck-Through Jackson Warrior. All of the proceeds are going towards the TIWANAKU band fund.

Here they are:
THE NOCTURNUS GUITAR
AUTHENTIC MASK WORN BY BEN JACKSON
AUTHENTIC UNCUT MASK
SIGNED PROMO PICTURE
SIGNED PROMO CD ASTRONOMICA
SIGNED DOUBLE CD ASTRONOMICA
AUTHENTIC TAPESTRY FROM GREECE
ASTRONOMICA PROMO TOUR BOOK
ASTRONOMICA 2000 METAL MILLENIUM TOUR ITENERARY BOOK


15 July 2003

EVERGREY will headline ProgPower Europe 2003 (see LINKS) on Sunday October 5, 2003. The first 2 years this band also played the festival and surprised a lot of people in a very pleasent way, so they really wanted them back as the main act this year. It will be an exclusive show which means that the band will not do any other show around 4 and 5 October in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Other bands that are already booked: ANDROMEDA (Sweden) - CHROME SHIFT (Denmark) - GREEN CARNATION (Norway) - NIGHTINGALE (Sweden) - NOVEMBRE (Italy) - PAGAN'S MIND (Norway) - SYMMETRY (The Netherlands) - VANDENPLAS (Germany) - XYSTUS (The Netherlands)

15 July 2003

JUDAS PRIEST will reteam with estranged lead singer Rob Halford for a new album and tour in 2004, marking the veteran British heavy metal band's 30th anniversary. It's been more than a dozen years since Halford performed with longtime guitarists Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill, as well as drummer Scott Travis, who joined the band in 1990.

"We all agreed that we feel the time is right," Tipton tells Billboard.com. "Everything just seems to have locked into place, and we just felt like we wanted to do it now, and maybe if we don't do it now, we never will."
The last Judas Priest album with Halford fronting the band was 1990's "Painkiller" (Columbia). After leaving the fold, he formed the thrash band FIGHT, which released three albums through Epic. Halford followed with the industrial-leaning act TWO, which issued one album through Trent Reznor's nothing label, and then the short-lived metal quintet HALFORD.

Rumors of a reunion have circulated for the last several years, but Tipton insists that the band made the decision only last week. "We've been bonding our friendship again with Rob over the last two years or so, and we've had a lot of offers to reunite, but we've all been doing our own things," he says. "We've only just come to a point where we felt everything's right.
"Obviously when we split there was a lot of animosity and we didn't speak for a number of years," Tipton continues. "I saw [Halford] for the first time in years about two years ago, and it was very emotional. Anything that was said or done was all forgotten. We've been together for 30 years and we've been through a lot together in this band. It just needed time really. We all did our own thing, and it ran its course. It's all about timing."

In returning, Halford will be in the position of replacing his replacement in the band, Tim "Ripper" Owens. The former singer of the Judas Priest tribute band British Steel has been the singer in Judas Priest since 1996. The rock fan's dream-come-true story was the inspiration for the 2001 film "Rock Star," which starred Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.
"There is no one who could have stepped into Rob's shoes except Ripper," Tipton enthuses. "He's been fantastic. We told him last week, and basically, he said, 'Look, I've got to agree with you.' He's a big Priest fan. And he's been a real gentleman about it." The band released two studio albums with Owens, 1997's "Jugulator" (CMC) and 2001's "Demolition" (Atlantic), plus the concert set "98 Live Meltdown" (CMC).

The reunited Judas Priest expects to begin work on new material in September. "Rob is a great lyricist," Tipton says. "And it's the old team back together, it's the three of us [Halford, Tipton and Downing] writing and it's exciting because that is the team that's written Priest classics for the last 30 years. There's just some magic about it and we shall just proceed and start where we left off, really. I'm sure the floodgates will open. It's been a long time and we're quite eager to get going, so that's when you usually write your best material."
A world tour will follow. "And we'll stay out for a long time," Tipton guarantees.
Also in the offing is a Judas Priest box set, described by Tipton as "a retro-album, right from the old record days right through to the Ripper years. There are lots of things in the pipeline and lots of things we'll be working on." Just follow your heart, don't listen to the crowd The wisdom, the voice is calling from inside The time long forgotten will soon come again Prepare for the meeting, the gods of metal reign!!!

15 July 2003

DOUBLE DIAMOND (see LINKS) will be recording a new true heavy metal album for Mausoleum Records in the Midas studio. Tony De Block will produce the new stuff and will try to make it heavy as hell! The recordings will be done somewhere later this year – read all about it at their website. More details will follow!

9 July 2003

BALLISTIC, the new band featuring former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis, along with JAG PANZER members Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), have set a September 8 European release through Metal Blade Records for their debut album.
"We wrapped up mixing just in time for the [group's gig] at [Germany's] Bang Your Head 2003 [festival]," said Gattis. "This is a VERY heavy thrash album that doesn't let off the accelerator AT ALL throughout the entire CD, and I am very proud of all we have accomplished and overcome.
BALLISTIC's debut will be released in the U.S. through New York-based AR Records.

9 July 2003

Dutch thrashers OCCULT have set "Elegy For The Weak" as the title for their fifth studio album, due in September through Painkiller Records.
The follow-up to 2001's "Rage To Revenge" was produced by Andy Classen at Stage One studios in Bühne, Germany and contains the following track listing:
01. Disturbing The Dead
02. Nuclear Torment
03. Nocturnal Predator
04. Feel The Blade
05. Expire
06. Warbeast
07. Obsessed By The Grav
08. Slaughtering The Pigs
09. Reapers Call
10. Slut Of Sodom
11. Until The Battle (digipack bonus track)

In other news, plans exist for an OCCULT DVD to be released in October through Lowlifemedia Productions, covering the complete band-story from 1990 until 2003.

9 July 2003

Australia's PEGAZUS are set to begin pre-production for their new album in October/November, with the full studio album sessions tentatively planned to start by the end of this year, according to the band's official web site. "If all goes well with times and schedules, we hope to have a new album out and released worldwide sometime in the early part of 2004."

9 July 2003

Germany's CRYPTIC WINTERMOON are the final act to be confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany.

The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear the event is as follows:
ANCIENT RITES
ANNIHILATOR
ASSASSIN
CARPATHIAN FOREST
CIRCLE II CIRCLE
CRYPTIC WINTERMOON
DARK AGE
DARKANE
DARK ANGEL
DARK FUNERAL
DEW-SCENTED
DIAMOND HEAD
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DISMEMBER
EIDOLON
EXTREME NOISE TERROR
FREEDOM CALL
GAMMA RAY
HEAVENSHALLBURN
IN FLAMES
KATAKLYSM
LORDI
LOTTO KING KARL
MALEVOLENT CREATION
MASTERPLAN
METALIUM
NILE
ONKEL TOM
PRIMAL FEAR
RAGE
RAUNCHY
ROTTING CHRIST
RUNNING WILD
SENTENCED
SEVENTH ONE
SINISTER
SINNER
SLAYER
SOILWORK
SONATA ARCTICA
STRATOVARIUS
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TESTAMENT
THE ALMIGHTY PUNCHDRUNK
THE CROWN
THYRFING
TWISTED SISTER
TWISTED TOWER DIRE
VADER
VICTORY


9 July 2003

SAXON, DORO, SONATA ARCTICA and CIRCLE II CIRCLE will team up for a European tour in November/December. Exact cities and dates are expected to be announced soon.

9 July 2003

THE GATHERING will perform two shows that will be recorded for a "best of" live album that will be released towards the end of 2003. The two exclusive gigs will take place at the LUX movie theatre and venue in Nijmegen, Holland on August 21st and 22nd.
At the gigs the band will play a selection of six albums; from the debut Always, via the hit record Mandylion to the triprock of If_Then_Else, molded into modern and intimate versions.

9 July 2003

IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson is making it clear that he doesn't share the same view regarding illegal music downloading as METALLICA. During Iron Maiden's July 2nd show at Norway's Oslo Spectrum venue, Bruce struck a deal with the crowd before launching into the track 'Wildest Dreams', due to appear on the band's forthcoming Dance Of Death album (due out September 9th).
"The album is not out yet, but please pull out our small digital recorders, MP3 players, cell phones or whatever you have. Put it on the Internet, spread it all over the world. But on one condition: When you hear the new album, if you like it, pay the equivalent of three beers to buy the record in the store. That is what keeps us alive. If you don't like the album, just forget it," said Dickinson. "We are not like Metallica," he added.

9 July 2003

According to a posting at the BEHEMOTH website , session bassist Orion has temporarily replaced Novy (who jumped ship to VADER recently) in BEHEMOTH. Guitarist/vocalist Nergal commented on the situation:
"After 3 years of live contribution we parted our ways with Novy. He simply got a better offer from our country mates Vader, to join as a permanent member. In Behemoth ha was just a session one so I perfectly understand his decision. Though I've had this feeling that it would happen anyway sooner or later as he started losing interest and motivation to move on. Behemoth is very demanding and challenging band therefore we simply couldn't continue under such circumstances. Lately we did two shows in France with a company of a new bassist named Orion, and it worked out pretty great. I dare to say that this band has never sounded that thick and solid. I can't tell more at this moment but I'm very optimistic and the whole band seems to be motivated more than ever. Nowadays we are concentrating on upcoming shows. I've also already started working pretty hard on new riffs and songs. The work title for the upcoming album is Nephilim Rising. In upcoming weeks we will reveal labels that will release our next two albums. In the meantime you will have a chance to get brand new MCD called Conjuration including new songs and unreleased stuff only. This material will be strictly limited and should be out this summer. Thank you for all the attention and interest. Horns Up!"

9 July 2003

MASTERPLAN, featuring former HELLOWEEN members Roland Grapow (guitar), Uli Kusch (drums) and singer Jorn Lande, will commence work on the followup to their successful self-titled debut after their European Festival appearances this summer. Expect the record in mid-2004.

As previously reported, Lande has inked a solo deal with AFM and his upcoming album will be mixed at the end of July at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark. The instrumental recordings are finished and vocals will follow soon. Expect the record in early 2004.

9 July 2003

Guitarist GARY MOORE's website (see LINKS) has posted the following message regarding the cancellation of the remaining festival dates on his European tour. The posting reads:
"Due to Gary's hand/tendon injury not responding to further extended, detailed treatment the remaining summer festival shows, are all canceled. Unfortunately Gary's hand injury, which he sustained towards the end of the Monsters Of Rock tour is not improving and rather than try to rehearse for the summer shows, and aggravate the injury, he has been told to rest for the remainder of the summer, if not longer! All current plans for the band, rehearsal/recording time are on hold, indefinitely.

Gary would like to thank everyone who has sent in get well messages, and he is particularly upset that the injury has stopped the band in it's current tracks, especially as the Monsters Of Rock shows were going down so well, with a return to the older "rock" tunes. And that the injury has denied him the opportunity to play in Dublin along with Whitesnake, where he is well aware of the loyal support he receives. Plans for a replacement show in Dublin and, or even a series of Irish shows, were being worked on, but now these are on hold, along with everything else, until the injury improves."
The following was also posted at the site: "Just to confirm the various rumours, the Sheffield Monsters Of Rock show was filmed and recorded for a possible 5.1 surround DVD release, but no date has been set, at this time for the project completion

9 July 2003

SLAYER's website (see LINKS) reports that the band's hotly anticipated new DVD, "War At The Warfield", will finally hit stores on July 29th.
The disc includes the uncensored video for 'Bloodline', plus a 50 minute "Fans Rule" documentary and comes in 5.1 surround sound and stereo.

War At The Warfield has the following tracklisting: 'Disciple', 'War Ensemble', 'Stain Of Mind', 'New Faith', 'Postmortem', 'Raining Blood', 'Hell Awaits', 'Here Comes The Pain', 'Die By The Sword', 'Dittohead', 'Bloodline', 'God Send Death', 'Dead Skin Mask', 'Seasons In The Abyss','Captor Of Sin', 'Mandatory Suicide', 'Chemical Warfare', 'South Of Heaven' and 'Angel Of Death'. Bonus material: 'Bloodline' (video) and "Fans Rule" documentary.

In live news, Slayer have confirmed the following upcoming tour dates:
July 5 - Venue TBA - Belfort, France
July 6 - Full Force Festival - Leipzig, Germany
July 8/9 - Astoria - London, UK
July 11 - Metal Mania Festival - Villarrobledo, Spain
August 2 - Wacken Open Air Festival - Wacken, Germany
August 3 - Z7 - Pratteln, CH
August 4 - Sxiget Fest - Budapest, Hungary

30 June 2003

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current MASTERPLAN singer Jorn Lande has signed a solo deal with Germany's AFM Records. Drums have reportedly already been recorded for Lande's upcoming effort, which is on track to be mixed by the end of July at Jailhouse studios in Denmark. Among the songtitles set to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD are "Vision Eyes", "One Day We Will Put Out The Sun" and "Watcher". A late 2003 release is expected.

30 June 2003

Due to frontman Matt Barlow's recent departure from ICED EARTH , the band have been forced to pull out of this year's Wacken Open Air. According to theWacken Open Air website (see LINKS), ICED EARTH's replacement is none other than TWISTED SISTER. The festival is scheduled for July 31st to August 2nd in Wacken, Germany.

30 June 2003

ProgPower Europe 2003 has announced that VANDEN PLAS, GREEN CARNATION, ANDROMEDA, SYMMETRY and XYSTUS have been added to this year's bill. France's MANIGANCE have pulled out of the event scheduled for October 4th/5th in Baarlo, Netherlands (close to the German border near Dusseldorf and Oberhausen). This year's bill also features CHROME SHIFT, NIGHTINGALE, NOVEMBRE, PAGAN'S MIND, with three more confirmations to be announced shortly.

Advance ticket sales on Thursday, July 3 - €40 for the weekend. Head to their website (see LINKS) for more info.

30 June 2003

ARCH ENEMY will support NEVERMORE on their European tour in September and October.

Tour dates include:
September 19 - (SE) Gothenburg - tba.
September 20 - (N) Oslo - Rockefeller
September 21 - (SE) Stockholm - Klubben
September 22 - (SE) Malmö - KB
September 24 - (D) Hamburg - Markthalle
September 25 - (D) Frankfurt - Batschkapp
September 26 - (NL) Hardenberg - Podium
September 27 - (B) Antwerpen - Hof Ter Loo
September 29 - (UK) London - The Scala
September 30 - (NL) Tilburg - 013 The Choice
October 1 - (D) Bochum - Zeche
October 2 - (D) Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
October 3 - (D) Salzburg - Rockhaus
October 4 - (D) Wien - Planet Music
October 5 - (HU) Budapest - E-Werk
October 7 - (I) Milan - Alcatraz
October 8 - (CH) Pratteln - Z7

As previously reported, ARCH ENEMY release their new album, "Anthems Of Rebellion", on August 26th through Century Media. NEVERMORE release their new album,"Enemies Of Reality", is out through the label on July 29th.

30 June 2003

VADER have reported that they have parted ways with bassist Simon due to some personal differences. Novy (BEHEMOTH, DEVILYN) has joined the band as his replacement.
As previously reported, VADER's forthcoming EP for Metal Blade, entitled "Blood", will feature seven songs, among them the title track, which is one of two new tracks on the release. Recording begins on July 10th for one week, then the set will be mastered by Grzegorz Pizkowski. Blood will be released this fall.

30 June 2003

INVOCATOR's new album, "Through The Flesh To The Soul", has been recorded. The band mixed 11 songs in five days, and the album is now ready to be mastered and edited. The cover for the album was done by Chad Michael Ward (DARKANE, HATESPHERE, GRIEF OF EMERALD).

In other news, Invocator was recently offered The Bonded By Metal Over Europe 2003 tour (which begins in October and features EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, AGENT STEEL, BEHEMOTH, MORTICIAN, GRAVE, CARNAL FORGE, CALLENISH CIRCLE, OCCULT) but decided to turn down the offer.

In a stament the band explained: "We would really like to tour Europe, but the timing just didn't seem right. We were afraid that the upcoming Invocator release, "Through The Flesh To The Soul", wouldn't be released on time, and so we would have to tour Europe in front of a crowd that hadn't heard the new material, plus we wouldn't be able to sell our CD's or any other merchandise at any of the concerts. Furthermore we were afraid that we didn't have the time necessary to rehearse enough for such a big tour. We would much rather wait until we have sufficient time to rehearse and then tour Europe in the Spring 2004.So for now we have to turn down our European fans, but hopefully we'll be able to play in front you guys in the beginning of the new year instead". INVOCATOR and HATESPHERE will hit the road this fall.

30 June 2003

TESTAMENT has announced the following European tour dates:

07/22 - Sheffield Corporation, UK
07/23 - London Electric Ballroom, UK
07/24 - TBA Paris, FR
07/25 - Speyer Halle 101, GER
07/26 - Hirschaid Open Air, GER
07/27 - Vosselaar, Biebob, BEL
08/01 - Wacken Open Air, GER
08/02 - Pratteln Open Air, CH
08/03 - TBA Munich
08/04 - Budapest Sziget, HUN
08/05 - Warsaw Proxima, POL
08/06 - Prague Futurum, CZ
08/07 - Essen Zeche Carl, GER
08/08 - Bonn Fun/Crust, GER

30 June 2003

This year's Bonded By Metal Over Europe 2003 tour, features EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, AGENT STEEL, BEHEMOTH, MORTICIAN, GRAVE, CALLENISH CIRCLE, CARNAL FORGE and OCCULT.

Confirmed dates on the tour include:
October
7 Anipode Rennes, France
8 Corporation Sheffield, UK
9 Camden Place London, UK
10 Effenaar Eindhoven, NL
11 Hof ter Loo Antwerpen, B
12 La Locomotive Paris, France
13 Zeche Carl Essen, Germany
14 Colombiahallefritz Berlin, Germany
15 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany
16 Live Arena Munster (Breitenfeld), Germany
17 East Club Bischopswerda, Germany
18 Proxima Warszawa, Poland
19 Babylon Brno, CZ
20 Hafen Innsbruck, Austia
21 Z7 Pratteln, CH
22 Alcatraz Milano, Italy
23 TBA
24 La Capsa Barcelona, Spain
25 Aqualing Madrid, Spain
26 Hard Club (TBC) Porto, Portugal

23 June 2003

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), the collaboration between former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "II", due on September 29 through MTM Music.

The follow-up to the group's self-titled debut will feature the following songs:
01. Revelation
02. Alone I Breathe
03. Losing My Head
04. Going My Way
05. Hold On
06. Lost Dreams
07. Time And Time Again
08. Goodbye Friday
09. Burning The Sky
10. Sofia
11. Let's Talk About It

A European tour will take place in the fall of 2003.

23 June 2003

AGENT STEEL have finished recording three live tracks of older material to be included as bonus tracks on their upcoming 12" limited picture disc.
"The performances to the live songs were totally brutal and metal with surgical precision!" the band said in an official statement.
The single, which will also be available on CD, will include the songs "Insurrection" and "Earth Under Lucifer" from the group's current release, "Order Of The Illuminati" (due in the U.S. in July through Artillery Music). A September release is expected.

23 June 2003

Death metal/grindcore innovators REPULSION have reunited nearly fifteen years after the release of their classic album "Horrified". REPULSION — Scott Carlson (vocals/bass), Aaron Freeman (guitar), Matt Olivo (guitar) and Dave Grave (drums) — have announced plans to perform live — for the first time in over 10 years — as one of the headlining acts at the 2003 Milwaukee Metalfest, set to take place July 25 and 26 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In addition, REPULSION's "Horrified" album has been reissued in a deluxe 2xCD format by Relapse Records. Originally released in Europe during 1989 by members of CARCASS on their Necrosis Records label, "Horrified" is a genre-pioneering masterpiece that has influenced almost every band playing death metal, most notably NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, ENTOMBED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc. The reissued and remastered "Horrified" includes the band's classic LP, the "Excruciation" 7", and the elusive REPULSION demos, plus a bonus disc replete with extremely rare demo material and a live radio broadcast from GENOCIDE (REPULSION pre-1987). The recently reissued "Horrified" received an unprecedented 11/10 (!) rating in Terrorizer magazine — the first such score in the history of the publication — with the noted metal tome calling the band "Visionaries, legends, pioneers" and "the yardstick by which all other grind bands are measured". To this day "Horrified" still stands as one of the fastest and heaviest records ever unleashed on the world, setting the bar for all extreme metal acts that followed.
Guitarist Matt Olivo commented "It has been nothing short of an honor for us to be receiving such overwhelming recognition after all these years. I'm personally looking forward to kicking ass at the Milwaukee Metalfest and beyond."

23 June 2003

"MORBID ANGEL are putting the final stuff on the record now (titled "H2K3")," the band reported from their Tampa-based studio. "Trey (Azagthoth) was in last night doing rhythm guitars on the Marshalls and the devastation that is this record unfolded. (Steve) Tucker comes in today to finish up bass and vocals. If everything stays on track we will be in mix in 5 days. That is if these lightning/thunderstorms don't keep us from working."
"H2K3" is due out in the fall through Earache.

23 June 2003

NUCLEAR ASSAULT's reunion live album, "Alive Again", is slated for a July 1st release through SPV/Screaming Ferret. The tracklisting: 'Rise From The Ashes', 'Betrayal', 'Brainwashed', 'Radiation Sickness', 'F#', 'Game Over', 'New Song', 'Butt F**k', 'Critical Mass', 'Trail Of Tears', 'Sin' and 'Hang The Pope'.

Bassist Danny Lilker comments on the release: "We will soon be releasing our new live album, so people can see for themselves that we still have it! I know a lot of thrash bands seem to be reuniting and some people are wondering 'Can these guys in their late 30's still hack it?' The answer is undoubtedly yes!"


23 June 2003

KING DIAMOND's forthcoming album, "The Puppet Master", will include the following tracks: 'Midnight', 'The Puppet Master', 'Magic', 'Emerencia', 'Blue Eyes', 'The Ritual', 'No More Me', 'Blood To Walk', 'Darkness', 'So Sad', 'Christmas' and 'Living Dead'.

According to King, 10 of 12 songs are mixed now and the other two will be mixed soon. The last two songs will be co-mixed by King and a guy called J.T. who was also responsible for engineering the drum sound and co-producing the vocals.

23 June 2003

Guitarist John Norum (ex- EUROPE, DOKKEN ) has reported through his website (see LINKS) that he will NOT be joining UFO as a replacement for Michael Schenker.

Norum is currently recording his new album, due to be released this fall.

16 June 2003

HADES drummer Ron Lipnicki underwent a 10-hour operation Thursday (June 12) to remove a cancerous tumor. According to HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo, the doctors were very happy with how everything went during the operation, which followed three months of chemotherapy.
"Last Sunday (June 8) Jimmy Schulman (former HADES bassist), myself and Ron jammed on old KISS songs just for fun and Ron played and hit as hard as ever," Dan said. "This from a man who just a month ago was still undergoing chemotherapy.
"Before the operation, the doctors were worried they might have to remove one of Ron's kidneys, but thank God that wasn't necessary," he continued. "Ron will be recovering in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital [in New Brunswick, New Jersey] for the next 10 days."
Lipnicki joined HADES in August 2000, prior to the recording of the group's last studio effort, 2001's "DamNation". HADES' debut CD, "Resisting Success", came out in 1987.

16 June 2003

NWOBHM veterans JAGUAR have lined up the following Dutch dates in October:
Oct. 24 - Groningen, NETH @ The Simplon.
Oct. 25 - Hoorn, NETH @ Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival, The Manifesto

JAGUAR's new studio album, "Run Ragged", is due on July 14 through Angel Air Records.

16 June 2003

King Diamond and Andy LaRocque are in the process of mixing the new KING DIAMOND album, "The Puppet Master", for a fall release through Metal Blade Records. "After the mixing is done we will have someone out to videotape me telling the story of 'The Puppet Master' for bonus material on the second disc," King said. "We will also approach our band pictures a little different this time around and I think people are really going to love it. It will definitely be different and twisted! As far as the music goes, everything has been going very well and it all sounds killer! It just has such an awesome sound and it is everything I expected and then some. The few people that have heard it so far, and are also very familiar with all the past albums, think it's some of the best material to date. You're really gonna love this stuff!!!"

16 June 2003

BLUE MURDER, the band formed by guitarist John Sykes after he left Whitesnake, are back together for some European shows in September. This will feature Sykes (who also handles vocals) and drummer Carmine Appice.

16 June 2003

IMMOLATION are working on their upcoming DVD due to be out in November, It'll display shows recorded in Holland during their 2 recent tours in various places like Amsterdam, Tilburg, Antwerpen (Belgium) but also Paris and L.A.. The DVD will also contain bonuses and multi angle views.

16 June 2003

On May 19th CIRRHA NIVA's lovely bass woman Liselotte Hegt got married to bassplayer Kristoffer Gildenlow from Swedish progressive metal band PAIN OF SALVATION. After almost four years of flying up and down between Sweden and Holland the musical lovebirds started a life together. The wedding was just like a fairytale with Liselotte wearing a beautiful wedding dress designed by costume designer Inge Steenhorst.

16 June 2003

DESTRUCTION will release their new album, "Metal Discharge", on September 22nd. A limited edition version will be available with a bonus disc including demo material, cover tracks and an unreleased version of 'Bestial Invasion'.
The tracklisting: 'The Ravenous Beast', 'Metal Discharge', 'Rippin´ The Flesh Apart', 'Fear Of The Moment', 'Mortal Remains', 'Desecrators Of The New Age', 'Historical Force Feed', 'Savage Symphony Of Terror', 'Made To Be Broken' and 'Vendetta'.

16 June 2003

ANGEL DUST vocalist Dirk Thurisch releases a new album from his other project, MERCURY TIDE, entitled "Why?", through Century Media on August 25th in Europe.
The band also features Dennis Riehle (keyboards), Anders Iwers (bass - TIAMAT) and Stefan Gemballa (drums - FLOWING TEARS, RED AIM).
Says Dirk, "The musicians and I are a perfect match – from a personal and musical standpoint. The cooperation with such great musicians was very enjoyable."
"Why?" was recorded and produced by Siggi Bemm in Woodhouse Studios with help from Dennis Koehle. Asked about the influences for the music Dirk explains: "They came from completely different angles: Rock, Metal, Grunge, Gothic and even Pop. The songs were mainly written at night. Many of them are based around everyday stories and are written from the gut. Therefore, this album means a lot to me and I am fully behind it."

16 June 2003

SOILWORK have announced that their new drummer is Richard Evensand. He replaces Henry Ranta, who left the band for personal reasons.


16 June 2003

CANNIBAL CORPSE frontman George 'Corpsegrinder' Fischer has teamed up with former MORBID ANGEL guitarist Richard Brunelle in a band called PATHS OF POSSESSION.
The project's first release will be a split album with DARK FAITH, due out in late June via Splattergod Records.

16 June 2003

According to their website (see LINKS), veteran metallers PANTERA , who have been the subject of breakup rumors for the past couple of years, will be issuing a Best Of-style CD in September through Rhino Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group.
The tentative track listing for the album is as follows: 'Cowboys From Hell', 'Cemetery Gates', 'Walk', 'Mouth For War', 'This Love', 'I'm Broken', 'Becoming', '5 Minutes Alone', 'Planet Caravan', 'Drag The Waters', 'Where You Come From', 'Cat Scratch Fever', 'I'll Cast A Shadow', 'Goddamn Electric', 'Revolution Is My Name' and 'Hole In The Sky'.

7 June 2003

MARDUK will start working on their new DVD, titled "Funeral Marches And Warsongs", which is scheduled for a mid November release, after the end of their current tour. The band will also work on new material for their new studio album. The DVD will feature live material filmed in Paris and two new promo videos.

7 June 2003

FORCE OF EVIL's website (See LINKS) reports that the band's forthcoming self titled album, due out on June 13th, has been mixed and the mastering has begun.
As previously reported, Force Of Evil, which features Michael Denner (guitar, ex-MERCYFUL FATE), Hank Sherman (guitar, Mercyful Fate), Hal Patino (bass, KING DIAMOND), Bjarne Holm (drums, Mercyful Fate) and Martin Steene (vocals, IRONFIRE) will make their live debut at the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend, which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio from June 13th - 14th.
In other news, clips from the bands forthcoming album can be heard at the KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE website (see LINKS). The tracks featured are 'Hell On Earth' and 'Eye Of The Storm'.

7 June 2003

Bassist Paul Champagne has left legendary Ottawa-based thrashers EXCITER: "After much thought, I have decided to leave Exciter due to musical and personal differences. The expectations of the band were causing me to compromise my musical integrity in terms of playing style and personality to a point that I was no longer comfortable. It was in mutual agreement with the rest of the band that it would be in everyone's best interest that I no longer continue with the line-up. I hope that the band will find a suitable replacement on bass and I wish them all the best in the future."
Exciter's current lineup now includes vocalist Jacque Belanger, guitarist John Ricci and drummer Rick Charron.
As previously reported in BW&BK, Exciter will be rerecording some of their early material for their next album. The band plan to pull material off the following records: Heavy Metal Maniac (1983), Violence & Force (1984), Long Live the Loud (1985), Kill After Kill (1992), Dark Command (1998) and Blood Of Tyrants (2001).

7 June 2003

The forthcoming JAG PANZER album, where the Colorado based outfit re-recorded many of their oldest tunes (including a healthy sampling of "Ample Destruction" material), will be a double CD, tentatively scheduled for a September release. Also, the band are tapped to open for the long overdue North American return of German legend, HELLOWEEN.

In the meantime, JAG PANZER will perform at the inaugural BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend, June 13-14, in Cleveland, OH. Their appearance will be marked by a rare, one-night only set of vintage material (lifted from the aforementioned platter, as well as the "Tyrants" Ep and the oft bootlegged, but NEVER officially issued sophomore full-length, "Chain Of Command".

7 June 2003

OVERKILL have announced the following European dates in support of their latest release, "Killbox 13":
6/27 in Vizovice, CZ - Festival
6/28 in Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head
6/29 in Obergunzberg Germany - Rockclub
6/30 in Andermach, Germany - Juz Live
7/01 in Munster, Germany - Live Arena
7/02 in Bochum, Germany - Matrix
7/03 in Eindhoven, Netherlands - Altstadt
7/04 in Dessel, Belgium - Graspop
7/05 in Roltzschjora, Germany - With Full Force
7/11 in Aviles, Spain - Festival

7 June 2003

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have completed the recordings for their new album, "Possessed 13", and are taking a three-week break before returning to Gothenburg's Studio Fredman in mid-June to mix the effort for a tentative September/October release.

The tentative track listing for "Possessed 13" is as follows: 'No Tomorrow', 'Deliverance', 'Face Of Destruction / Deep Hit Of Death', 'Are You Morbid?', 'Dream Bloody Hell (instrumental)', 'Cold Is The Grave', 'Kill 'Em All', 'Morningstar Rising', 'Natashead Overdrive', 'Bow To None', 'Zombiefied!', 'Dawn Of Emptiness' and 'The Endless Gate (instrumental)'.

3 June 2003

This year's Bang Your Head Festival (see LINKS) takes place June 27th/28th in Balingen, Germany. Acts confirmed to perform at the festival in running order:

Friday - June 27:
DESTRUCTOR
BITCH
ROB ROCK
AMON AMARTH
AXXIS
T.N.T.
ANNIHILATOR
DOKKEN
SODOM
HAMMERFALL
DIO


Saturday - June 28:
HIRAX
ANGEL WITCH
MASTERPLAN
BRAINSTORM
PINK CREAM 69
HYPOCRISY
Y&T
OVERKILL
U.D.O.
THIN LIZZY
TWISTED SISTER


3 June 2003

NWOBHM veterans JAGUAR have set a July 14 release date through Angel Air Records for their new album, "Run Ragged".

The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Run Ragged
02. Feng Shui
03. As The Crow Flies
04. No Change Given
05. Living Hell
06. Gulf War Syndrome
07. Nailed
08. Stray
09. This Is Your Life
10. Eighties
11. My Weakness

JAGUAR are tentatively planning on traveling to Holland for two gigs over the weekend of October 24-25. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

3 June 2003

Legendary hardcore band PRO PAIN is working on a new studio album and they have almost finished it. The new album is titled "Run For Cover" and is scheduled for an August release through Spitfire.

3 June 2003

ICED EARTH vocalist Matthew Barlow posted the following message at the bands website (see LINKS):
"In December of last year, prior to Iced Earth signing a new record deal, Jon and I had a sit-down concerning what I felt was best for my future and the future of Iced Earth. I told him that my heart was no longer into performing music and I intended to stand down from my position in the band in pursuit of what I felt would be a more satisfying career and consequently a more fulfilled life.
Jon was very adamant that I should not leave the band, and asked me not to do something that I might live to regret. I was compelled to stay with it, but as it turns out my course had remained altered.
For you to understand my position on this matter, I feel I must explain myself. As for many people, in and outside of the United States, the events of September 11, 2001 had a profound impact. For me personally, it shined a new light on life. It forced me to realize how precious and how short life is. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of something that has affected so many throughout the world, but I believe that what I am striving for will also reflect positively on those I come in contact with.
I am presently going to school in order to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. When I have received my degree, I intend to follow with a career in law enforcement administration. I realize that it may be difficult for some of you to understand the decision that has been made, but please believe that it has been made to preserve the integrity of Iced Earth. I know that there will be people who bad-mouth the band and me for this and that there will never be a good enough explanation. For those people, I feel pity that they must live through others and I hope that someday they will find themselves in another place. I have been on a great ride with all of you and I have not a single regret. There are great things to come from Iced Earth and we will all be there to witness them.
I wish Jon and the guys well and I thank you in advance for your support and understanding.
Best wishes, Matt. "

3 June 2003

The long awaited forthcoming album from IRON MAIDEN is officially called "Dance Of Death" according to a posting at their website (see LINKS). The site added that frontman Bruce Dickinson took the band's headlining performance at the Download festival at Donington Park in England this weekend as an opportunity to announce the long-awaited details of their new album due out September 9th in North America. a day earlier overseas. The album was produced by Kevin Shirley with bassist Steve Harris at Sarm Studios in West London during the spring.

About the 6-piece that also features drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarist Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers, Shirley commented: "The band are so in sync with each other – it's incredible. There is very little friction in the studio, and the sessions couldn't have been any more fun and productive, and they rock so fucking hard too! It all augers well for the finished product, and whatever period in Maiden's history is your favorite, I doubt whether they've all played as together as this before.

3 June 2003

Guitarist Rick Renstrom (ROB ROCK) has announced via his website (www.rickrenstrom.com) that he will be recording guitar solos for the forthcoming album from TIWANAKU, the band featuring Emo Mowery (NOCTURNUS) and Wade Black (CRIMSON GLORY).
Says Rick, "The music is extremely heavy and also has Richard Christy (ICED EARTH) on the drums."
The site also reveals that Rick's new solo album, "Until The Bitter End", is due out in Europe on June 9th via Mascot.
As previously reported, Black, Renstrom, Christy, and ROB ROCK bassist Stephen Elder recently joined forces in a new band called LEASH LAW (see LINKS). The group, whose musical style is being described in an official press release as "true metal unlike ever heard in this century," have posted two demo cuts for listening in Real Audio format at their website. The songs available for preview are "Fight" and "Martial Law".

3 June 2003

MORBID ANGEL have entered D.O.W. (Diet Of Worms) Studios in Seffner, Florida to record their next album. In the studio are guitarist Trey Azagthoth, drummer Pete Sandoval and bassist/ vocalist Steve Tucker, along with co-producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez who has worked as Morbid Angel's live front-of-house sound engineer for the past eight years.

Tentatively titled "H2K3", the album is as-yet-untitled but is rumored to begin with the letter H, keeping with the alphabetical order of all the bands preceding albums - beginning with their debut, Altars Of Madness, and continuing through their last release, Gateways To Annihilation.
The new album is scheduled for a worldwide release in September through Earache.

28 May 2003

DEICIDE have been confirmed as the headliners of the forthcoming X-Mass Festivals European tour 2003, set to kick off on Dec.7 in London, U.K.

The full line-up for the festival is as follows:
DEICIDE
DESTRUCTION
AMON AMARTH
NILE
GRAVEWORM
DEW-SCENTED
MISERY INDEX
DISBELIEF

Confirmed X-Mass Festivals tour dates:
Dec. 07 – London, UK - Camden Palace
Dec. 08 – Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
Dec. 09 – Essen, GER - Zeche Carl
Dec. 10 – Osnabruck, GER - Hyde Park
Dec. 11 – Berlin, GER - Columbia Halle Fritz
Dec. 12 – Engelsdorf, GER - Hellraiser
Dec. 13 – Wels, AUT - Schlachthof
Dec. 14 – Vienna, AUT - Arena
Dec. 15 – Milano, ITA - Alcatraz
Dec. 16 – Pratteln, SWI - Z7
Dec. 17 – Ludwigsburg, GER - Rockfabrik
Dec. 18 – Munchen, GER - Elser Halle
Dec. 19 – Strasbourg, FRA - La Laiterie
Dec. 20 – Antwerpen, BEL - Hof Ter Loo*
Dec. 21 – Tilburg, NETH – 013*

*with: FINNTROLL, SADUS, NASTY SAVAGE + special guest

28 May 2003

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED, who feature in their ranks STAR ONE keyboardist Joost van den Broek, have pushed back the projected released date for their debut album to October 22. "Just when the CD was about to be manufactured, [Finland's] Lion Music was able to agree on a licensing deal with Japanese Maquee/Avalon Records," states a posting on the band's official web site. "This means the album will be released in Japan, with a bonus track. The band will soon record this bonus track. Marquee insists that the regular (European/US) version of the album won't be released before the Japanese version, so the global release date has been pushed forward to October 22nd 2003."
SUN CAGED's debut CD was mixed by AYREON/STAR ONE mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen. An U.S. release date has yet to be announced.

28 May 2003

In support of his new CD, "Songs In The Key Of Rock", GLENN HUGHES has announced a number of live dates. "Songs In The Key Of Rock" is out in Japan (with the bonus track 'Change') and will be out in Europe on June 9th as a limited edition digi-pak with the bonus track 'Secret Life' added.

28 May 2003

HALFORD have left the Sanctuary label after releasing two studio albums and one live effort. The band are already said to have a lot of interest from other companies, but may well choose to record the next album on their own, before signing any new deal.

28 May 2003

Dave Mustaine has been added to ESP Guitar Company's roster - the guitarist has brought his unique vision and focus to a new line of ESP & LTD Signature Series guitars in the form of the Dave Mustaine "DV8" Signature model -having disbanded MEGADETH. Mustaine is working on a solo album to be released by Sanctuary Records in 2004.

28 May 2003

DIO's website (see LINKS) has reported that former guitarist Craig Goldy will rejoin the band this summer on the road. The statement read as follows: "New is old and old is new. Our long time guitarist, Craig Goldy, will rejoin the band for summer European festival shows and for a six week tour with IRON MAIDEN, DIO, MOTORHEAD in July and August.
When guitarist Doug Aldrich left to join WHITESNAKE, RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini was announced as his replacement. No word yet about DeMartini's departure.

Dio's first show this summer will be on June 27 at the Bang Your Head Festival in Germany. The North American tour with Iron Maiden and Motorhead begins on July 21 in Worcester, MA and runs until August 30th in Sacramento, CA.
Meanwhile, Stand Up And Shout: The Dio Anthology will be out through Rhino on May 27th and the Dio DVD, Evil Or Divine, will be out through Eagle Vision. Dio's first DVD was recorded at New York's legendary Roseland Ballroom on December 13th, 2002.

24 May 2003

ANNIHILATOR has split with vocalist Joe Comeau (OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD) – according to Jeff Waters: "Joe and I had a difference of opinion on an issue (not of a musical nature) that just couldn't be resolved mutually." – Comeau's replacement is named Dave Padden.

24 May 2003

The dutch Bospop Festival , which is set to take place on July 11-12 in Weert, has almost completed their line-up. Already confirmed bands were MOTORHEAD & ZZ TOP (see LINKS).
New to the line up are: GARY MOORE, ACTION IN DC, SAXON and DIO.

24 May 2003

Due to unspecified "production issues, SLAYER's much-anticipated live DVD, titled "War At The Warfield", has once again been pushed back, this time to a June 17 release through UMVD (Universal Music & Video Distribution). As previously reported, "War At The Warfield" was recorded at San Francisco's The Warfield on Dec. 7, 2001 during the band's "God Hates The World" tour and marks one of the last live appearances with the group of drummer Paul Bostaph, who announced his departure from the band shortly before Christmas 2001 due to a "chronic elbow injury." Bostaph has since joined San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC, who issued their sophomore album, titled "Pleasure To Burn", last month through Elektra Records.

24 May 2003

VADER are preparing a new album which will feature the EP "Reign Forever World" plus a new EP. Release is scheduled for early fall 2003.

24 May 2003

DARK ANGEL has been forced to postpone their "Darkness Returns" summer tour plans due to an unfortunate injury sustained by Ron Rinehart – the vocalist suffered critical damage to the cervical spine, which, if left untreated, may lead to loss of autonomic nervous activity.
Rinehart is currently undergoing treatment including aggressive Trigger Point Injections (TPI) to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) and Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI) to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production of substances that cause the inflammation.

24 May 2003

Bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker has rejoined MORBID ANGEL and will record their upcoming full-length album, scheduled to be released by Earache by year's end. Tucker left the band on November 21st, 2001 after spending four years with the band. He appeared on Formulas Fatal To The Flesh (Earache 1998) and Gateways To Annihilation (Earache 2000). At the time, "personal and family problems" were the reasons for his departure.

20 May 2003

IRON MAIDEN's forthcoming DVD set, "Visions Of The Beast", will now be released on July 15th via Sanctuary/Columbia.
The DVD is being released in conjunction with their upcoming globe-trotting marathon - the Give Me 'Ed... Til I'm Dead World Tour. Of the trek, lead singer Bruce Dickinson states, "This tour is all about having fun as the name suggests. We love summer and we love playing big shows. We are going to be playing a lot of our favorite Maiden songs and many people know we've got a new album in the pipeline for later this year so perhaps we'll be playing a new song or two, but basically it will be full on Maiden! The band is firing on all cylinders and the show will be as spectacular as always."

20 May 2003

VADER will be releasing an EP in early to late Fall 2003 that will contain the import EP Reign Forever World and a new EP with new material.
The EP, which will contain a full albums worth of material will have a special low list price. More information will be available in the coming months.

20 May 2003

VENOM's Best Of Collection, "Witching Hour", is due out on in Europe on May 15th through Delta Deluxe and on June 30th elsewhere.

The 2CD set contains over 90 minutes of music including rare 12" mixes of 'Manitou' and 'Lady Lust'. All tracks are original recordings, mainly released on Neat Records between 1981 - 1986. The album also includes the full 20 minute mix of 'At War With Satan', from the album of the same name, released in 1984.

20 May 2003

Veteran German hard rockers THE SCORPIONS will perform during St. Petersburg's 300th Anniversary Celebrations on Saturday, May 31 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Other artists scheduled to appear during the ten-day celebration are Whitney Houston and Luciano Pavarotti.

15 May 2003

Canadian band HEAVEN'S CRY is very busy writing new songs for their third album. The band plans to record the album at the end of this year to release it in spring 2004, followed by a European tour in Autumn 2004. In the meantime DVS will re-release the hard to get debut CD "Food For Thought Substitute", scheduled to be released October 2003.

15 May 2003

PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul has cast more doubt on the future of the band. "There is no future for Pantera right now," he told Revolver recently. There is no commitment from Philip or Rex to Pantera and our great fans."
Vinnie Paul and his guitarist brother Dimebag Darrell are currently working on their NEWFOUND POWER side-project in Dallas (with former HALFORD guitarist pat Lachman on vocals), and plan to play some shows this summer.

Vocalist Phil Anselmo has stated that he's chosen to stick with SUPERJOINT RITUAL and he's "not doing anything else", referring to working with PANTERA and DOWN in the immediate future.
The frontman told: "There was a lot of business with Warner Bros. and this and that Down and Pantera and this and that, and etc. etc.... Whatever. Pretty much what I'm doing here is I'm sticking with Superjoint, and I'm not doing f--kin' anything else. This is where I'm most comfortable and this it the type of music that I wanna do, you know?"
Anselmo added that he is proud of what Pantera achieved and proud that they pulled the plug rather than faded away. "If you think about it, Pantera never went away until we personally said f--k it."
Asked if he sees patching up differences and rejoining Down or Pantera, Anselmo remarked: "Never say never....not right now."

15 May 2003

Former PHANTOM BLUE and VIXEN touring bassist Rana Ross passed away on May 3 due to liver failure. Rana was only 34 years old.

15 May 2003

Brazilian thrashers PANZER have called it a day. Here's the update from Edson Graceffo: "Yes, after 10 years working together , we had many serious problems between the band members, and the work band is over. I started a new thrash band, called REVIOLENCE, and you ''ll receive the first news and website address very soon. I wanna thanks every people who gave us support , and gave value for Panzer's work in all these years."

15 May 2003

Guitarist Mike Wead ( MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND) has teamed up with longtime friends Snowy Shaw ( KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL, NOTRE DAME), Sharlee D'Angelo ( MERCYFUL FATE, ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY) and Simon Johansson ( MEMORY GARDEN, ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA) in a brand new band called FIREGOD. A singer for the project has yet to be announced.

"I'm more than thrilled to be joined by some of the guys I consider to be the most creative and talented in Scandinavia," Wead said in an official statement. "Me and Simon [have] been working really hard for almost two years writing and demoing something like 40-45 tracks... These tracks will be the perfect frame for what I'm sure will become a concept album that will stand out among the rest! People [who are] into our older bands as well as our current ones WILL NOT be disappointed!" FIREGOD expect to record a full-length album later in the year for a tentative early 2004 release

12 May 2003

Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of GWAR) has laid down a "hellish" vocal spot on a track called "The Dissection" for the forthcoming self-titled debut album from BALLISTIC, due in July through New York-based AR Records in the U.S. and Metal Blade Records in Europe. BALLISTIC, who feature in their ranks former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis, along with JAG PANZER members Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), are recording the album at a Phoenix studio with longtime co-producer John Herrera. "This CD is going to be heavy and violent as hell!" Gattis promised in a posting to the band's official web site. "In an age of anti-war sentiment this may be out of step with the masses, but we are a metal band. For a more passive sound, I recommend ABBA or THE SPIN DOCTORS."

12 May 2003

KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy LaRocque (a.k.a. Anders Allhage) has laid down two solos for the forthcoming EIDOLON album, "Apostles of Defiance". "We have known this for a while, but we really didn't want to release this info until it was a done deal," EIDOLON drummer Shawn Drover said in an official statement. "Now, I 'm happy to say that Andy LaRocque has laid down two guitar solos for our new record — which for me personally, is a tad surreal, being such a huge KING DIAMOND and especially a fan of Andy's guitar playing since their very first record ('Fatal Portrait') and now having him play on some tunes that myself and Glen has written, is beyond cool, really!!! It's one thing that I of course know him well from the Glen/KING DIAMOND thing, but for him to lend his talents for some killer Andy/Glen trade off solos — that is just too killer, man!!!! As well, Andy will again master the record in July for an October release through Metal Blade/Skyscraper."

12 May 2003

Former SKUNK ANANSIE guitarist Ace will issue his long-awaited solo album, "Still Hungry", on June 23 through West 46th Records/Snapper Music. Among the guest musicians appearing on the CD are MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister, ONE MINUTE SILENCE's Brian "Yap" Barry and SKINDRED's Benji.

12 May 2003

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have posted samples of all the tracks from forthcoming CD, entitled "Guilty As Sin", at this location. The album, due in late May through SPV/Steamhammer Records, will feature 12 tracks, and will have a total running time of 62 minutes. Among the guests set to appear on the CD are such world-class musicians as Joe Lynn Turner (vocals, ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Göran Edman (vocals, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MADISON, JOHN NORUM), Jørn Lande (vocals, MASTERPLAN, ex-ARK, YNGWIE MALMSTEN), Mic Michaeli (keyboards, ex-EUROPE), John Levén (bass, ex-EUROPE), Ian Haugland (drummer, ex-EUROPE).

12 May 2003

According to drummer Craig Nielsen, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have a live CD/DVD in the works. Right now they are working out the legal details of obtaining legal rights from former record labels to include those songs on the album. The band's website (see LINKS) also states that "they are in the process of booking the shows to record for the CD/DVD. Right now, it looks like the front runner location for the shows will be Phoenix, AZ. Also, according to Craig, singer Eric A.K. Knutson is looking forward to it as well.

12 May 2003

NEVERMORE's bassist Jim Sheppard has confirmed that JAG PANZER guitarist Chris Broderick will join NEVERMORE onstage at the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend, alongside Jeff Loomis. Having finished Enemies Of Reality this week, the Seattle outfit's attention turns to live performances, including the New England Hardcore & Metal fest, May 25 and the BW&BK show, June 13-14. Broderick will be part of NEVERMORE's headlining set, on Friday and JAG PANZER's special, one-night only set on Saturday, where the Coloradoans will exclusively air music from Ample Destruction, the Tyrants Ep and the oft bootlegged, but never officially released, Chain Of Command album. The band is currently re-recording many of the tunes from those discs, utilizing Broderick for the first time, for a release later this year.

12 May 2003

CELTIC FROST's new "best of" album, "Are You Morbid?", is out in Europe on May 15th, and elsewhere on June 30th through Delta Deluxe. The album consists of all the bands recording that were originally released on Noise Records. The 70+ minute album bares the same title as lead singer Thomas Gabriel Fischer's recent autobiography.
In other news, Celtic Frost are currently in the studio in Switzerland recording a new album. Also, Sanctuary Records are now preparing the bands complete catalogue for reissue later this year and in early 2004.

12 May 2003

According to a posting at SADUS' website (see LINKS), the band have been writing for a new album they expect to release later this year or early in 2004.
The posting reads: "Holy crap, a new Sadus album! Yes, we're not casting Illusions or any Visions of Anger on you. We've got about half the songs we need for a new one, so given the time to get the other half done, combined with the fact that we've been getting out on the road and playing a few shows these days….well just be patient for a wee bit longer and we'll be back In Your Face!"
In other Sadus news, Hammerheart Records has made the bands first demo, D.T.P., available. Originally recorded in 1986, the new version includes two tracks from the bands 1987 demo Certain Death and cover art from band friend Travis Smith.

12 May 2003

Decomposed Records have entered an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Season Of Mist Records for a MACABRE trilogy of terror this Fall.
On September 23rd the band will release their new full length, "Murder Metal", worldwide. The album was recorded by Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, QUEENSRYCHE, JUDAS PRIEST). Tracks on the release, among others, include 'Acid Bath Vampire', 'Werewolf Of Bedburg', 'Jack The Ripper' and a new Fritz Haarman song sung entirely in German.
Following "Murder Metal" will be the highly anticipated re-release of the long out of print classic Grim Reality, which will include a newly remixed version of the entire release and the original 1986 recordings plus other surprises.
The debut retail release of the Macabre Minstrels will also follow. These recordings are a truly innovative and twisted collection of songs.
In other news, Macabre are currently looking to put together diverse tour packages for Europe, North America and the world to support their new release.

12 May 2003

EXCITER will be rerecording some of their early material with returned vocalist Jacque Belanger, for their next album according to guitarist John Ricci.
The band plan to pull material off the following records: Heavy Metal Maniac (1983), Violence & Force (1984), Long Live the Loud (1985), Kill After Kill (1992), Dark Command (1998) and Blood Of Tyrants (2001). In other news, Exciter will be performing two dates in Maryland and New Hampshire on June 20/21. More details will be revealed soon.

12 May 2003

On May 2nd MOTORHEAD received some tragic news. Guitarist Philip Campbell's mother passed away. Embroiled in the middle of a US tour, Motorhead suddenly found themselves without Philip's talents for two shows.
In an effort to make sure that the fans are not disappointed with show cancellations, Motorhead contacted Todd Schofield. Todd has played guitar with DANZIG in the past and has been a friend of the band for some time. Thrilled at the prospect of joining Motorhead on stage, Todd immediately agreed to fill in while Philip returns to England to take care of family matters.
It is very sad that this tragedy happened and I am very happy that I could be there to step in and help the band that has meant so much to me." Todd will play guitar for Motorhead at the following shows: May 7 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva and May 9 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium. Philip Campbell will be back in the saddle for the rest of the tour starting with the May 10th show in Ashbury Park, NJ at The Stone Pony.

6 May 2003

DEEP PURPLE, THIN LIZZY, MOTÖRHEAD, GIRLSCHOOL and ACTION IN DC are among the artists confirmed for Schwung 2003 festival, set to take place May 29 in Roeselare, Belgium (located around 40 km from Brugge). For more information, visit their website (see LINKS).

6 May 2003

PAIN OF SALVATION vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw will be contributing lead vocals to one track on the long-awaited SPASTIC INK sophomore release, "Ink Compatible", tentatively due before the end of the year. "Daniel is easily one of the most dramatic singers out there," said SPASTIC INK mastermind Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER) of his decision to collaborate with the Swede.

The lineup of musicians set to appear on "Ink Compatible" is as follows:
Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER) - vocals
Daniel Gildenlöw (PAIN OF SALVATION) - vocals
Ron Jarzombek - guitars
Pete Perez (RIOT) – bass
Michael Manring – bass
Doug Keyser (WATCHTOWER) – bass
Ray Riendeau (ex-HALFORD) - bass
Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT) – drums
David Penna – drums
Jeff Eber (DYSRHYTHMIA) - drums
Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – keyboards
Jimmy Pitts (SCHOLOMANCE) – keyboards
David Bagsby – keyboards

The full track listing for "Ink Compatible" is as follows:
01. Just A Little Bit
02. AquaNet
03. Words For Nerds
04. Melissa's Friend
05. Multi-Masking
06. Read Me
07. In Memory Of...
08. A Chaotic Realization Of Nothing Yet Misunderstood
09. The Cereal Mouse

6 May 2003

VICIOUS RUMORS have set "Immortal" as the title of their forthcoming studio album, tentatively due in late 2003. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are "Poveglia", "Broken Wings", "Fight" and "Broken Wings".
VICIOUS RUMORS have written over a dozen new songs and are planning to enter the studio in July and September to record the follow-up to 2001's "Sadistic Symphony". The band, who recorded a CD and DVD of their entire Wacken Open Air 2002 performance, are tentatively scheduled to embark on a European tour in August. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

6 May 2003

FATES WARNING have enlisted SPOCK'S BEARD drummer Nick D'Virgilio to join them on their upcoming summer tour with DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRŸCHE after regular FATES drummer Mark Zonder was forced to bow out of the trek due to "personal commitments," according to FW guitarist Jim Matheos. "Ray, Joey, Frank, and I are excited to be working with Nick and we're all looking forward to the tour," Matheos said.
As previously reported, FATES WARNING will be rejoined during the upcoming dates by former guitarist Frank Aresti. Aresti had most recently been playing with the Connecticut-based "industrial" act DRAGONSPOON, who issued their debut full-length CD last year through Hook N Mouth Records.

6 May 2003

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have line up the following dates during the coming weeks:
May 10 - Largo, FL @ Green Parrot
May 16 - Tampa, FL @ Liar's Club Jun. 07 – Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 14 - Largo, FL @ Green Parrot
Jul. 31 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air
Aug. 01 – Zaandam, NETH @ De Kade
Aug. 02 – Pratteln, SWI @ Metal Dayz
Aug. 03 – Budapest, HUN @ Sziget Festival
Sep. 05-06 - Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower Festival

CIRCLE II CIRCLE's debut album, "Watching In Silence", has just been released in Europe through Germany's AFM Records. All compositions on the CD were written by Stevens and SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, with four exceptions, which were penned by Stevens and SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery. In addition, the album features a duet between Zachary and Jon on a song called "Forgiven".

6 May 2003

DIO have brought in RATT guitarist Warren De Martini to replace the recently departed Doug Aldrich. The band will spend much of the Summer touring America with IRON MAIDEN and MOTORHEAD, and are also expected to play some shows in Europe.

6 May 2003

REBELS WITHOUT APPLAUSE, the Chicago-based act featuring guitarist/vocalist Greg Fulton (ex-ZNOWHITE, CYCLONE TEMPLE), have announced the addition to the group's ranks of bassist Steve Reichelt. "It has been well worth the wait!" Fulton writes on the band's official web site. "For all the fans, let us just say we have definitely taken a set-up with the addition of Steve. Right now we are in the process of working Steve up to speed with all the old material, as well as hammering out some new material (Yes, we've been keeping busy!) We will be ready to PUNISH with the new line-up in June."

6 May 2003

DEATH ANGEL have commenced the songwriting process for their new album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label.
"Right now the songs we're working on are very fast and powerful, there are a lot of changes in them," frontman Mark Osegueda told Russia's Darkside in a recent interview. "We're working on more powerful songs because we want people to know that we're back for real, but by the time we actually record an album, I'm sure that we're gonna have acoustic stuff and everything we want. One thing we're always very proud of is how we can add to songs as much as we possibly could. We always wanna be able to do our own thing and express ourselves the way we want to." The band, who were previously signed to Geffen and Enigma labels, are seeking a record company to release their next album. However, as Osegueda points out, they're not necessarily looking to align themselves with the biggest company or accept the largest advance for their much-anticipated comeback effort. "We're still in the early negotiations stage, labels are now approaching us and stuff, we're taking our time right now and writing songs, and we're gonna take our time to see who's got the best deal offered," Mark explained. "It's not necessarily the biggest deal, but we want to get a label that will be the most into us, that will pay attention to us and really wanna be behind us."

6 May 2003

Mascot Records has signed the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP. The release of the new album entitled "Arachnophobiac" is scheduled to hit the shops in mid-June. "Arachnophobiac" is an uncompromising, true to form, heavy metal tour de force featuring Schenker's imitable guitar signature that has made him a household name with guitarists throughout the world.
Schenker is joined by Chris Logan, drummer Jeremy Colson (Marty Friedman, Steve Vai) and bassman Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai).

6 May 2003

BEHEMOTH new 5CD box set, "Historica", is shipping next week. The exclusive set includes newly remastered and repackaged versions of the albums And the Forests Dream Eternally, Sventevith, Grom, Pandemonic Incantations and Live In Kraków.
Limited to 3,000 numbered copies, the set also includes a collector's 32-page full-color booklet packed with lyrics, biography and rare and vintage photos.
Also featured is the bonus track 'With Spell Of Inferno', which was previously only available in Poland.

6 May 2003

OMEN have signed a European agreement with Mausoleum Records, and a North American agreement with Crash Music. The bands recently completed album, Eternal Black Dawn, will see a release this Fall through both labels.
In tour news, Omen will headline the Keep It True Festival in Germany on July 19th, and a few additional European dates should be announced shortly. Plans for some US dates are forthcoming.
Omen's lineup now features original guitarist/songwriter Kenny Powell, vocalist Kevin Goocher, drummer Rick Murray and bassist Andy Haas.

6 May 2003

According to a recent posting at the QUEENSRYCHE website : "due to scheduling conflicts, (guitarist) Chris DeGarmo will not be able to go on the European tour as originally planned. The show must go on and it will be a great one! We have a great new record (Tribe - out July 1st) and a full scale tour planned and hope to continue to work with Chris in the future. We hope to see all of you on tour this year."

29 April 2003

TARAXACUM, the group featuring former STEEL PROPHET vocalist Rick Mythiasin, EDGUY bassist Tobias Exxel, drummer Franky Wolf, ex-HAGGARD guitarist Danny Klupp and ROUGH SILK/AXEL RUDI PELL keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, are continuing work on their sophomore album, "Rainmaker", due in the fall through MTM-Metal Records.
"Eggi and I are back in the studio hard at work on my vocals, and I must inform you it's brutal!" Rick writes on the band's official web site ( see LINKS ). "My pipes are getting the workout of my life! These new songs will have many layered vocal harmonies and hooks that will be infectious! I don't want to sound like I'm boasting, but I am amazed at what I am producing with my voice. This is what I have always wanted to do, but was never given the opportunity to do. It's a lot of work and sometimes frustration, but thank God for Eggi and Norman's patience with me. I'm going to be here in Germany another extra 3 weeks to ensure that this will be the best vocal performance of my career!"

29 April 2003

EXODUS have set "Tempo Of The Damned" as the title for their upcoming CD, tentatively due to be recorded during May/June at Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas.
The follow-up to 1992's "Force Of Habit", which is scheduled to be produced by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, STUCK MOJO, SKINLAB) and mixed at Sneap's Backstage Studios in Ripley, England, will contain 10 songs and will include freshly-recorded versions of early EXODUS classics "Death Row" and "Impaler", neither one of which had ever appeared on a studio album before. ["Death Row" was originally tracked — but never fully completed — during the sessions for the band's legendary "Bonded By Blood" debut, while a live version of "Impaler" surfaced on the group's comeback 1997 release, "Another Lesson In Violence"]. Other songs set to appear on the CD include an as-yet-untitled number dedicated to late EXODUS frontman Paul Baloff — who passed away in February 2002 after suffering a massive stroke — and reworked versions of two songs originally written for and demoed by WARDANCE, the ill-fated mid-'90s act formed by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and drummer Tom Hunting.
The band, who were most recently signed to Century Media Records, will issue the next album through CCC Records (which stands for "Contra Costa County"), a new label entity formed by former EXODUS manager Toni Isabella and one-time Capitol Records A&R executive Rachel Matthews (who signed EXODUS and RIGOR MORTIS to the label back in the late '80s). A fall release is expected.

29 April 2003

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), have finished tracking their debut album and are scheduled to being mixing the effort next week for a tentative June 15 release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. As previously reported, the as-yet-untitled CD will feature 11 songs and will be "loaded with evil-riffing and lots of guitar solos," according to Denner and Shermann.

29 April 2003

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal act AFTER FOREVER have just entered Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland to record a new mini-CD, due later this summer through Transmission Records. AFTER FOREVER's last full-length effort, "Decipher", was released in 2001.

29 April 2003

MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister has released a statement via the group's official web site thanking the two fans who tracked down a black hat stolen from him last May, and returned the article to its rightful owner.

Lemmy's statement reads as follows:
"I would like to thank from the bottom of my black heart two people who brought the hat I had stolen a year ago. They brought it from Portland to Seattle to give it back to me. I will not publish their names here in case of reprisals from the assholes who stole it. But they and I both know who they are. Thanks to you both."

29 April 2003

Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY have parted ways with Patrick Carlsson and have replaced with a new skinsman presently known only as "Jonas".

The following is a message from Patrick explaining his departure from the group:
"After being the drummer of EVERGREY for ten years, I have now decided to leave the band. These ten years have been a lot of fun, with many great experiences and a lot of hard work. The reason for leaving the band is strictly personal, I don't feel like I have enough time for the band anymore.
"To conclude I want to thank everyone that has been involved with the band. I also want to thank my sponsors, for helping me throughout the years. A special thank you to all the fans, who have supported EVERGREY all these years.
"Thank you, Tom, Michael, Henrik and Rikard for a wonderful time!
"With these words I entrust the drummer position to my successor, Jonas. He is a very talented drummer and I am sure that he will do an excellent job in EVERGREY."

29 April 2003

ARCH ENEMY vocalist Angela Gossow and guitar player Michael Amott are confirming the rumors that they are together and Angela commented that at some point in the near future they intend to get married.

26 April 2003

After a long search STEEL PROPHET have finally announced that their new singer is Nadir D'Priest, who already made himself a name throughout the late eighties and the nineties with his involvement in LA's popular rock scene and the bands LONDON and D'PRIEST. Nadir's vocal power fits right in with the Steel Prophet sound, and his delivery of the older material is without a doubt up to par with what fans expect from Steel Prophet.
Also new on board is guitarist Pete Skermetta, who steps into the band after Jim Williams left in late 2002. With the 2 new guys on board - a management deal with Danish based Intromental Management - and having fulfilled their contract to Nuclear Blast, thus being free to sign with any other good record company - there are definitely good things in store for Steel Prophet.
The band are currently demo'ing new songs for the upcoming disc.

26 April 2003

Italian power metallers LABYRINTH have inked a deal with Century Media Records. The group will issue their fourth full-length album, simply titled "Labyrinth", on June 30.
"Labyrinth", which features artwork by Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, JAG PANZER, etc.), was recorded by Giovanni Spinotti and William Novati at Noise Factory Studio in Milano, Italy and mastered by Jürgen Lusky at House of Audio studio in Germany. According to an official press release, the album "offers 10 flawlessly executed new tracks of aggressively melodic metal in its purest form and should leave none of the band's loyal fans unimpressed."

The complete track listing for "Labyrinth" is as follows:
01. The Prophet
02. Livin' In A Maze
03. This World
04. Just Soldier [Stay Down]
05. Neverending Rest
06. Terzinato
07. Slave To The Night
08. Synthetic Paradise
09. Hand In Hand
10. When I Will Fly Far

26 April 2003

Seattle's HEIR APPARENT have posted a brand new demo track, titled "Synthetic Lies/Savior", at this location.. The song, which features the group's new singer Mike Blair (ex-ETHERIA), was apparently written and recorded during a two-day period on April 18-19.

26 April 2003

NWOBHM veterans JAGUAR have inked a deal with Angel Air Records for the release of their new album, "Run Ragged".

The album, which is expected to surface in July, will contain the following track listing:
01. Run Ragged
02. Feng Shui
03. As The Crow Flies
04. No Change Given
05. Living Hell
06. Gulf War Syndrome
07. Nailed
08. Stray
09. This Is Your Life
10. Eighties
11. My Weakness

In other news, JAGUAR are tentatively planning on traveling to Holland for two gigs over the weekend of October 24-25. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

26 April 2003

Despite previous reports to the contrary UFO have yet to officially enlist former EUROPE/DOKKEN guitarist John Norum as a replacement for Michael Schenker, according to Norum's web site (see LINKS). John is currently working on a new solo album in California, tentatively due before the end of the year.

26 April 2003

VICIOUS RUMORS has written over a dozen songs for their new CD. The band plan to enter the studio and record the new album from July - September. They are also planning European dates for August.
Meanwhile the band have been asked to return to Italy for an Italian tour this May.The groups Geoff Thorpe comments: "We have so many friends and have had great times in Italy! I can't wait to bring the full power of the band back to the incredible fans this year!"
In other news, at last year's Wacken Open Air Festival VR recorded a CD and DVD of the entire show. A release date for these will be announced soon.

24 April 2003

Former SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph has finally broken his silence regarding the real reason he left the group in December 2001 (he has since been replaced by his predecessor in the band, original SLAYER skinsman Dave Lombardo). An official press release issued by the SLAYER camp had listed a chronic elbow injury as the reason for Bostaph's departure while a number of people had speculated that he left the band in order to join SYSTEMATIC. According to Paul, however, his reasons for leaving were purely musical.

"I didn't leave SLAYER because of an arm problem, and I certainly didn't leave SLAYER to join SYSTEMATIC. "I was ready to go. It was nothing personal towards anybody in the band, it was just my time to leave. Musically, I wanted to do something else. And in terms of the problem I had with my arm, I re-aggravated an old softball injury by lifting up a laptop at the airport. That happened right at the beginning of the tour, and it never had time to heal. But even at that point, I was considering moving on from the band. SLAYER's a great band, and I had a lot of fun playing with them, but I have to feel like I'm taking chances musically. The first time I left SLAYER, I did [a project called] THE TRUTH ABOUT SEAFOOD — sure, it never got signed, but I enjoyed it a lot. SLAYER took my drumming to a new level, but there are also other levels of drumming that I haven't even touched yet. I want to become a more eclectic drummer."

SYSTEMATIC's sophomore CD, "Pleasure To Burn", was released April 15 through Elektra Records. The album — the group's first to feature Bostaph and former ECHO 3/MAXIMUM PENALTY bassist John Mark Bechtel (a.k.a. Johnny Chow) — was produced by Howard Benson, who has previously worked with P.O.D., MOTÖRHEAD, SEPULTURA and CRAZY TOWN, among others.

24 April 2003

STRATOVARIUS cancelled some dates in Asia due to the S.A.R.S virus.
Here's the official announcement: "To all our fans in Taiwan and South East Asia, We are very sorry that we had to make the decision to cancel all our shows after the tour in Japan. This is due to the spreading of the S.A.R.S. virus. This decision was done after checking with the Finnish Foreign Ministry who gave the advice not to travel to certain areas as well as hearing about the threat of some airlines to cancel certain flights and not to transport people with the smallest symptoms. Needless to say that we all feel very sorry about this situation, but "safety first". For sure we will reschedule the shows and are already discussing with our partners possible time periods. Watch out for new dates!

24 April 2003

Wiley Arnett, former lead guitarist of SACRED REICH, has teamed up with singer/lyricist Patrick Flannery (frontman for ST. MADNESS) in a project called THE HUMAN CONDITION.
The band are joined by bassist Scott Twitty (BLUDGEON) and new to the scene, drummer Brian Webb.

19 April 2003

Dutch progressive metalband SUN CAGED have recently signed with the Finnish Lion Music.
Lion Music will be releasing the band's debut album which is scheduled for the first week of June for now. The album will be released worldwide and should be easily available in stores, as well as online. For info about promo cd's etc., please contact info@lionmusic.com.
Sun Caged will be accompanying their Swedish friends of EVERGREY on their upcoming mid-European tour.

The band will be the support act at the following concerts:
09 May - Biebob, Vosselaar, BELGIUM
11 May - De Kade, Zaandam, NETHERLANDS
14 May - Markthalle, Hamburg, GERMANY

19 April 2003

IMPALED NAZARENE will enter the studio to record their follow-up to the highly acclaimed "Absence Of War Does Not Mean Peace" album on July 1st. "All That You Fear" will be Impaled Nazarene's 8th studio album and will be recorded by Anssi Kippo (C.O.B.) at Astia Studio and will be mixed by Mikko Karmila (Nightwish, Stratovarius) at Finnvox studios. "All That You Fear" will feature the bands new lead guitarist Tuomo Louhio (ex Antidote). Says vocalist Luttinen: "I can't wait to record this new stuff, we have really killer songs ready and more are coming. More variety, more power, more everything." Of the new lead guitarist Tuomo, Luttinen says: "Well, this guy just kills! . We had only one rehearsal with him and he got the job right away. That should tell you enough." "All That You Fear" will be out on Osmose Productions late October 2003."

17 April 2003

An update about the new STELLAR SEED album (featuring ex-AGENT STEEL frontman John Cyriis):

STELLAR SEED have been hard at work in the studio recording various projections for the forthcoming initial studio CD titled ''Trilogy of The Stellar Cult'': (Vehicle 1) Xerpion Particle Storm. However, we regret to inform those who await this CD--that--due to the various complexities pertaining to both the intricacy and the production of the music--the release of this initial working must be pushed back.. However, we are working 24/7 to fulfill a late summer/fall release. We apologize to those who might have been anxiously awating a sample of this initial heavy musical working.. We will keep you updated as the recordings progress and its completion draws near. We greatly appreciate those who have supported us by announcing the CD's initial attempted spring 2003 release. We appreciate all who have displayed ongoing patience and intuitive support of the band; we assure--you will not be disappointed. The guitar haunt of Shuichi and Cyriis is promised to be legendary--a mere opening of the "outer gateways"--that to project a mere initial evokation of what is to come.....

We suggest all those interested in what is "a rare and futuristic spell of extreme-heavy--and--progressive metal music" check the official band web-site ( see LINKS ) for up-dates regarding the developments and completion of the XERPION PARTICLE STORM CD.
STAY HEAVY (and be prepared for what is to come)
STELLAR SEED band

17 April 2003

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine issued the following update recently: "Droogies, Well it has been a year since the official breakup of Megadeth or what some other people are calling (or hoping was) the temporary suspension of the band's proceedings. I wanted to tell you that over the last year there has been a lot of contact between all the band members of Megadeth from the past and, excluding Gar, everyone is still alive and well, whether it was me contacting them, or the others talking amongst themselves. We have all stayed in contact somehow with someone Megadeth, and even though there may not be any reunion on the immediate horizon, just know that we've talked. Also, as we approach our 20th anniversary, one thing that we all still remember is 'how' we got to the top. It was because of you. Stay tuned. Mustaine sez."

17 April 2003

Former SKUNK ANANSIE frontwoman Skin's new single, "Trashed", can be heard in streaming Real Audio at this location.
"Trashed" comes off Skin's debut solo album, "Fleshwounds", due on June 9 through EMI Records.
"Fleshwounds" was recorded in two bursts — first in 2001, in Belgium, with producer David Kosten, and then a year later with COLDPLAY collaborator Ken Nelson. Skin wrote the record with her longtime writing partner Len Arran, with the exception of "Lost Without You", which was co-penned by Robbie Williams' former musical partner, Guy Chambers. Musicians appearing on the CD include Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie's guitarist), Cass (former SKUNK ANANSIE bassist), and Ben Christophers on piano, while the trumpet on "You've Made Your Bed" comes courtesy of film director Mike Figgis.

Upcoming Skin tour dates:
May 06 - Scala – London, UK
May 07 - Scala – London, UK
May 20 - Alcatraz – Milan, ITA
Jun. 07 - Pinkpop - Landgraaf – Limburg, NETH
Jun. 20-23 - Hurricane Festival – Scheeßel, GER
Jun. 21-23 - Southside Festival - Neuhausen ob Eck, GER


17 April 2003

MOTÖRHEAD and ZZ TOP are among the artists confirmed to appear at this year's Bospop Festival, which is set to take place on July 11-12 in Weert, Holland. Other acts scheduled to perform at the event include SUBWAY TO SALLY, DANKO JONES and ANOUK. For more information, visit the official festival web site ( see LINKS ).

17 April 2003

NEVERMORE have pushed back the tentative release date of their new album, "Enemies Of Reality", to July 28 through Century Media Records. The group have spent the few weeks recording the effort at a Seattle studio with producer Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE, SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM, DOKKEN) and expect to be done mixing sometime next month.

The follow-up to 2000's "Dead Heart in a Dead World" marks the final album under NEVERMORE's present contract with Century Media Records. The band, who feature in their ranks former members of the popular '80s power metal act SANCTUARY, are believed to be entertaining offers from several other record companies, including Nuclear Blast Records, who are said to have the inside track to sign the group following the expiration of their current agreement.

17 April 2003

According to a recent press release, the basic tracks for KING DIAMOND 's upcoming album, "The Puppet Master", are complete.
"So far all the basic tracks have been recorded including the rhythm guitars, bass guitars, drums, and keyboards. We will start working on vocals and lead guitars next and then we will begin to mix everything together starting around June 2003. After the mixing is done we will have someone out to videotape me telling the story of The Puppet Master for bonus material on the second disc. We will also approach our band pictures a little different this time around and I think people are really going to love it. It will definitely be different and twisted! As far as the music goes, everything has been going very well and it all sounds killer! It just has such an awesome sound and it is everything I expected and then some. The few people that have heard it so far, and are also very familiar with all the past albums, think it's some of the best material to date. You're really gonna love this stuff!!!"
The Puppet Master is tentatively scheduled for a late October release through Metal Blade.

17 April 2003

GRIP INC. , the long-running band featuring SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo and ex-DESPAIR guitarist Waldemar Sorychta, will enter Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, Germany this summer to record the follow-up to 1999's "Solidify", due in early 2004 through SPV/Steamhammer Records in Europe, JVC Records in Japan and an as-yet-undetermined label in North America.

14 April 2003

AGHORA will soon release their first DVD. At this moment, the DVD is under the working title of "Aghora Official Bootleg" and (subject to releases from all concerned) will include:
1. Footage shot on camcorder of the recording of the DEBUT CD
2. Candid shots of the band including interview footage
3. Either ALL of the gigs that were filmed last year in ENTIRETY, or....
4. A cross section of all gigs bringing a full set list comprising tracks from various performances.
5. New interview footage. This content is subject to change, but that's the way that they're HOPING to put it out!!

The package will be released as a DOUBLE DVD SET in a double case and will ONLY be available through their officiel website (see LINKS) site and DoblesProd. TWO different artworks will be available - set 1 will comprise of different DVD cover art, labels and menu screens and will be limited to only 1000 INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED COPIES. Once this 1000 is sold, the other DVDs to follow will have completely different artwork throughout.

14 April 2003

Former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson has resurfaced in a new South Florida-based band called RESPONSE NEGATIVE. A self-proclaimed power/death metal group, RESPONSE NEGATIVE have apparently yet to record any material with Gustafson, who, along with drummer Jim McCourt, is a recent addition to the band. Form more information on RESPONSE NEGATIVE, visit the group's official web site at this location. .

14 April 2003

Reunited hard rockers LEATHERWOLF have made available for download a track called "Tension" via their official web site (see LINKS). The song features LEATHERWOLF guitarist Geoff Gayer "releasing his tension," according to a message on the site.
LEATHERWOLF are currently working on the material for their first studio album since 1989's "Street Ready", tentatively due before the end of the year through an as-yet-undetermined label

14 April 2003

Speedcore pioneers CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER will have their first two albums — "Convicted" (1986) and "Money Talks" (1987) — reissued by Relapse Records on June 17. Both re-issues will include bonus tracks.
CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER had previously announced plans to reunite and begin work on material for a proposed fifth album. However, it is not presently clear if those plans are still underway.

14 April 2003

IRON MAIDEN have set a May 26 release date for their new double-disc DVD, "Visions Of The Beast", With a running time of over 240 minutes, the DVD documents the phenomenal career of a band which had over 30 hit singles and sold over 50 million albums. For the first time, this collection features a complete video - history of every IRON MAIDEN clip from 1980 up to their headliner performance at Rock in Rio 2001. In addition, this two-DVD set offers over 40 minutes bonus material and hidden features, including never-before-seen animated versions of six legendary tracks, interactive menus and a discography.
IRON MAIDEN have just completed work on the follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World" and are scheduled to embark on the European leg of their "Give Me Ed… 'Til I'm Dead World Tour" in late May.

14 April 2003

KREATOR have set June 23rd as the release date for "Live Kreation - Revisioned Glory", their Double CD/DVD. The sets will be out in North America on July 1st. A video clip for the song 'Phobia' will be taken from the DVD for promotional use.

14 April 2003

According to a recent studio update, guitarist Andy La Rocque has just returned home to Sweden after completing recording his tracks for the new KING DIAMOND album "The Puppet Master". The album is slotted for release in late October and will have a bonus DVD or CDR of King Diamond telling the story of The Puppet Master. As King describes it: "The rules of censorship are being thrown out the window...this is going to be the rawest story/album we have ever done. If you are into horror; you're definitely going to get it with this album!"

14 April 2003

AGENT STEEL have completed work on their new album, "Order Of The Illuminati". The follow-up to "Omega Conspiracy" is due in Japan in late May through King Records and in Europe in June via Italy's Scarlet Records. A July U.S. release through Artillery Music is tentatively planned.

The complete track listing for the album is as follows:
01. Avenger
02. Ten Fists Of Nations
03. Earth Under Lucifer
04. Enslaved
05. Insurrection
06. Apocalypse
07. Forever Black
08. Dance Of St. Vitus (bass solo)
09. Dead Eyes
10. Kontrol (instrumental)
11. Human Bullet Brainwashed* (Japan bonus track only)

AGENT STEEL are one of the bands confirmed for the upcoming "The Bonded By Metal Over Europe Tour 2003", which is set to kick off on Oct. 8 in Sheffield, U.K. Other groups set to appear on the tour are EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, BEHEMOTH, MORTICIAN, CARNAL FORGE, OCCULT and CALLENISH CIRCLE.

14 April 2003

HALFORD have officially parted ways with bassist Ray Riendeau and have replaced him with former LIZZY BORDEN four-stringer Mike Davis.
Davis, 38, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and had reportedly played in OZZY OSBOURNE's band for a week until he "got booted due to politics and other miscellaneous issues." Mike had also spent time playing with DOGMA, the former band of ex-OZZY guitarist Joe Holmes.

Riendeau was absent from HALFORD's most recent West Coast dates due to "prior commitments" and was temporarily replaced by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward.

7 April 2003

Former CRIMSON GLORY/SEVEN WITCHES vocalist Wade Black has joined forces with ROB ROCK guitarist Rick Renstrom, ICED EARTH/ex-DEATH drummer Richard Christy, and ROB ROCK bassist Stephen Elder in a new band called LEASH LAW. The group, whose musical style is being described in an official press release as "true metal unlike ever heard in this century," have posted two demo cuts for listening in Real Audio format at this location. The songs available for preview are "Fight" and "Martial Law".
Rick Renstrom's solo album, "Until the Bitter End", also features Wade, Steve, and Richard in the song "Towers of Babylon". "Until the Bitter End" will receive a European release through Mascot Records in the coming weeks.
For more information on LEASH LAW, visit the group's official web site (see LINKS).

7 April 2003

SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo has finished recording the drum tracks for two FANTOMAS records, according to his official web site. The two albums, which will be released separately, will surface later in the year through Ipecac Records. In related news, Lombardo's early-'90s project GRIP INC. will possibly begin recording on their fourth album later this year. Vocalist Gus Chambers and guitarist Waldemar Sorychta have been working on new material for the follow-up to 1999's "Solidify" in Germany and are in the process of submitting ideas to Dave for evaluation.
SLAYER have begun writing material for the follow-up to 2001's "God Hates Us All" (which featured Paul Bostaph on drums), due in early 2004.

7 April 2003

Eric Forrest (ex-VOIVOD) has a new band called E-FORCE and they have recently inked a deal with Season Of Mist Records. They are scheduled to begin recording the debut record in June with Pierre Remillard.

Another band of Eric Forrest is called: PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, featuring: bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, Kevin 131 (GARDEN OF SHADOWS, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, BRAVE, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT) and Tim Gutierrez. There will soon be a debut album called "A Beautiful Sickness", due on April 8 in a limited-edition advance release. A full CD release is expected this summer.

4 April 2003

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release a new live album, titled "Loudness Live 2002", on May 21.
Recorded in Tokyo, Japan on December 31, 2002, the CD features 18 tracks, including "Crazy Night", "In The Mirror", "Slaughter House", "Crazy Doctor", and "S.D.I."

4 April 2003

UFO bassist Pete Way has issued the following statement regarding former EUROPE guitarist John Norum's addition to the group:
"John is a very good friend of Phil Mogg and myself, a guitar player we both admire, and we have talked about playing with him for a long time. I can't tell anything exact about UFO at the moment because it is still being put together. It is difficult to be specific about things at this time, because everything is still in the earliest stages. We can't be more specific because we can't risk endangering our people on the ground. (laughs)"

4 April 2003

VANDERHOOF vocalist Drew Hart has apparently moved on to greener pastures pursuing a full-time career in massage therapy. He went home to Indiana before the holidays and declined to return in order to rehearse and gear up for live performances, touring and recording.
After conducting an extensive national search, they are happy to announce that they have found an extraordinary new singer, John DiBernardo. John has an extensive musical background, notably singing and playing guitar in the popular Northwest-based group JAUGERNAUT.

4 April 2003

Guitarist Perry Grayson (ARTISAN, DESTINY'S END) recently began working on a '70's style heavy rock project called FALCON.
"I've been talkin' about this for years, even before I left Destiny's End," says Perry. "I'm a huge fan of bands like Pentagram, Buffalo (Australia), Trapeze, Dust, Captain Beyond, Budgie, Bang, Thin Lizzy, Mountain, BOC, etc., and I've had these song ideas floating around my head for a very long time. It's a breath of fresh air to be able to slow down and play stuff that isn't goin' a million miles an hour." Falcon also features multi-instrumentalist Greg Lindstrom (ex-CIRITH UNGOL) who will primarily play bass in the band. He'll also play some keyboards and guitar. Drum duties will be handled by Darin McCloskey (PALE DIVINE).
"Falcon is part of the power trio tradition... like Trapeze, Budgie, Dust, Bang and Rush," Perry explains. "I had to keep things down-to-earth and involve only as many people as necessary. Greg is a real pleasure to jam with. He's one of my biggest music heroes, and I couldn't have asked for a better person to help make Falcon a reality. And, of course, that goes without sayin' that I love Darin's work with Pale Divine — and he was the obvious choice, despite the huge distance between us. We'll be doing a lot of my original Falcon tunes, along with some of Greg's old Cirith Ungol songs that never got a proper studio recording. Those tracks of Greg's deserve to be heard!". "I'm really happy that Perry pulled me out of musical retirement, 'cause I'm having a blast playing with these guys," enthuses Greg.
"I started off by demoing a coupla tracks with a drum machine, doing all the vocals myself," Perry continues. "It was the first time I'd ever tackled lead vox, but I've really been workin' towards improving as a singer. It's been a long journey since I bailed from Destiny's End, but it was well worth it. In Falcon I'm playing the kind of heavy ass rock that made me pick up a guitar in the first place. This is stuff I can really put my heart into and stand behind. No frills, no cookie monster growling, no bullshit. My guitar tone for Falcon is very earthy—and loud—not overfuzzed. Darin just came out to L.A. for the weekend for about 9-1/2 hours of Falcon jams with me and Greg. We recorded 4 of the tunes live. Once a few overdubs are flown in, we'll be using this recording to see if any labels are interested in a full-length.

31 March 2003

Los Angeles based thrash metal legends ABATTOIR have completed work on their third studio album, "Evil Incarnate", tentatively due in late 2003 through an as-yet-undetermined label.
ABATTOIR's fourth album overall (following last year's successful comeback CD, "Live! No Sleep 'Til Kalamazoo"), "Evil Incarnate" features 14 new songs, and is being described as "the best music ABATTOIR has ever done… slightly ahead of 1985's classic 'Vicious Attack' … exactly what you would expect from ABATTOIR."
In other news, ABATTOIR have been confirmed as a featured headliner at the Classic Metal Festival 3, which takes place the weekend of June 27-28 at Oasis One-Sixty in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Other groups set to appear at the event include METALUCIFER, NASTY SAVAGE, MELIAH RAGE, SKULLVIEW, ZANDELLE, PREMONITION, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, VYNDYKATOR, TWELFTH GATE, OCTOBER 31, RIVAL, DAMIEN THORNE, IRON CROSS, CATCH 22 and WOJO BRAGG.

31 March 2003

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have announced the addition of drummer Martin Maurais to the group's ranks. Maurais replaces longtime sticksman Max Duhamel, who left the band in January and has since retired from the music business.
"We just finished jamming with Martin and all we can say is, 'Holy shit… Human machine?? Fuck yeah!!" commented KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono. "Martin will be introducing his own version of the northern hyperblast to the masses on the next album. Fans of (former) KATAKLYSM drummer Nick Miller ('Temple Of Knowledge') and Max Duhamel, watch out!"
KATAKLYSM are continuing to write material for their next album, "Serenity In Fire", due out in Feb. 2004.

28 March 2003

FATES WARNING have been officially confirmed as the "special guest" on the forthcoming QUEENSRŸCHE/DREAM THEATER co-headlining tour of North America beginning in June. No dates have been officially announced, but it is believed that the tour will be making a stop in the Los Angeles area on July 24 at the 6,000-capacity Universal Amphitheatre. The complete itinerary is expected to be released shortly.

28 March 2003

GARY MOORE is set to reissue remastered versions of 12 albums from his back catalogue. To be released in two phases of six titles each, the dates/titles are:
*April 28th - Corridors Of Power, Victims Of The Future, We Want Moore!, Run For Cover, Rockin' Every Night, Live In Japan and Wild Frontier.
*May 12th - After The War, Still Got The Blues, After Hours, Blues For Greeny, Dark Days In Paradise and the BBM release Around The Next Dream.

GARY MOORE will also tour the UK on the Monsters Of Rock tour, also featuring WHITESNAKE and Y&T. Dates run from May 12th at the Brighton Centre in Brighton through May 23rd at the Newcastle Arena in Newcastle, England.

28 March 2003

ICED EARTH Update: Next week they begin recording drum tracks and the next album is fully underway. They will be doing everything but the drums in my studio. The drums and the mix will be done in Tampa at Morrisound. Jim Morris and John Schaffer will be flying to Prague to record the symphony in mid May as it stands right now.
Another bit of news is that Larry Tarnowski will no longer be performing in ICED EARTH. He will continue his studies and ICED EARTH wish him all the best for his future endeavors. There will be a few different guest appearances on the record for the solo's and they will be deciding on a touring replacement in the near future. They'll be making that decision after the recording and will let you know who it will be in the next few months.
Iced Earth's forthcoming album has the working title "Glorious Burden", and is due out in late Summer through SPV.

28 March 2003

DESTRUCTION have set a Sept. 29 European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their upcoming CD, the group's first since the departure of drummer Sven Vormann (he has since been replaced by Marc Reign). The band will hit Little Creek Studio in Switzerland next week for the final phase of the pre-production for the follow-up to 2001's "The Antichrist". In other news, DESTRUCTION's first-ever DVD is planned for release before the end of the year. No further details are available at this time.

26 March 2003

Ron Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT) has released an instrumental progressive metal album, "Solitary Speaking", through JFK Records.

26 March 2003

ROB HALFORD recently addressed the ongoing rumor of a JUDAS PRIEST Reunion. "Briefly, I want to apologize to my audience for the numerous rumors being spearheaded by my former manager of approx. two years, Rod Smallwood and his firm Sanctuary Music Management - whose Companies have an interest in the three bands involved in the gossip. The visible intent in creating the multiple rumors; clearly is meant to disturb and confuse my audience, the North American concert promoters, and others. I find the behavior appalling, for throughout my 30 year career I have prided myself in being forthright with my audience. You can trust the legal eagles from both sides will end the juvenile action immediately. What I will affirm to each of you again is; I am not a member of Judas Priest, and I have no plans to reunite. What I'm sure all of you will be pleased to know is; I have been periodically working on my relationships with Ken, Glenn & Ian since 1999, but we are certainly not at the stage where we see ourselves working together any time soon. The 1992 break-up took a lot out of us, and we are taking our time in mending our personal friendships. Finally, for the avoidance of doubt, I removed my activity from Rod & Sanctuary last year; due to artistic, business and philosophical differences. Providing a perfect example, their recent action falls within the latter of the just-noted. Thank you for allowing me to express my thoughts. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour. All the best, Rob Halford"

26 March 2003

SOILWORK's "Figure Number Five" album will come with a bonus demo CD when it's released in Europe on March 31st.
The bonus disc includes the following tracks: 'Bound To Illusions', 'My Need', 'In A Close Encounter', 'Skin After Skin', 'Wake Up Call' and 'Steel Bath Suicice'.

23 March 2003

UFO have officially recruited former EUROPE/DOKKEN guitarist John Norum as a replacement for Michael Schenker. Norum was last rumored to be possibly joining the band back in 1996 when the "Walk On Water" tour went belly-up, but now after a recent stint with DOKKEN, he finally joins the band officially.

23 March 2003

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have set "Possessed 13" as the title for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in early September through Metal Blade Records. Says THE CROWN guitarist Marko Tervonen: "We are all so fucking exited to share this album with the world. The songs kill, Johan is back in the family, the artwork looks superdeadly, everything just feels so fucking right about this album. We are listening a lot to the pre-productions we did a week ago. Already some improvement ideas... We'll polish this deadly diamond until we start the real recordings at Studio Fredman the 5th of May. Can't fucking wait!!!

23 March 2003

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting has pulled out of the planned ANGEL WITCH reunion project in order to focus all his time on upcoming touring and recording commitments with his main band. In his place, ANGEL WITCH mainman Kevin Heybourne, bassist Jon Torres (WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT) and Lee Altus (HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS) have recruited former HEATHEN and current DECONSTRUCT drummer Darren Minter.

23 March 2003

Los Angeles-based thrashers DREAMS OF DAMNATION , featuring former DARK ANGEL axeman Jim Durkin, have announced the addition of rhythm guitarist Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR, PAGAN WAR MACHINE) into the band. The new, five-piece lineup debuted at the Metal For Cancer benefit on March 1.

Steve Gaines shared his thoughts on joining D.O.D.:
"I am honored and thrilled to be a part of this band. I spent so much time around them that I learned their songs on guitar, and as a goof, I sat in with them at a rehearsal, and it went from there. From their first show in 2000 (when ABATTOIR shared a bill with them), I have had the good fortune of watching them grow from an incredible power trio into a world-class band with the addition of vocalist Loana. I have probably been their biggest fan, and have been their head roadie, and would've continued to do so if not for the fact that they asked me to join — as a guitar player, no less! I can give DREAMS OF DAMNATION 100% of my attention and honor my commitments to ABATTOIR and PAGAN WAR MACHINE. Charlie, Mayhem, Loana and Jimmy are great people, good friends, and the kind of people you would go into battle with and for. I love their work ethic, and above all, their fearlessness. I cannot wait for what comes next..."

States D.O.D. founding member/lead guitarist Jim Durkin:
"Steve Gaines is a gifted musician and one of the hardest-working people I know. Having him in the band has been an incredible asset. When we were just a 3-piece band playing small clubs, Steve was always one of the guys in the front row and has helped us out with our equipment more times than I can count. I'd considered adding a second guitarist since the first days of the band, but no one ever seemed to fit. This is just one of those situations where the choice was obvious... He was under our nose the entire time [laughs]! It's easy to work with kindred spirits, and if ever I had a brother in music, Steve's it. D.O.D. has evolved into exactly what I wanted it to be. When our fans see us play live again, they'll know exactly what I mean."

23 March 2003

NEVERMORE are nearly done tracking their new CD, "Enemies Of Reality", at a Seattle studio with producer Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE, SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM, DOKKEN). According to drummer Van Williams, "drums, bass, guitars are finished except Warrel Dane has to finish up vocals. So far It's turning out great, I don't think it will disappoint!" A June 17 release through Century Media Records is expected.
The follow-up to 2000's "Dead Heart in a Dead World", "Enemies Of Reality" marks the final album under NEVERMORE's present contract with Century Media Records. The band, who feature in their ranks former members of the popular '80s power metal act SANCTUARY, are believed to be entertaining offers from several other record companies, including Nuclear Blast Records, who are said to have the inside track to sign the group following the expiration of their current agreement.

23 March 2003

Recording of GLENN HUGHES forthcoming album, "Songs In The Key Of Rock", is complete. The tracklisting for the Frontiers Records release includes: 'In My Blood', 'Lost In The Zone', 'Gasoline', 'Higher Places (Song For Bonzo)', 'Get You Stoned', 'Written All Over Your Face', 'Standing On The Rock', 'Courageous', 'Secret Life', 'The Truth' and 'Wherever You Go'.
Glenn co-produced the album with guitarist Jeff Kollman. A June 23rd release date has been set.

23 March 2003

HEART have announced their touring band for 2003. The full line-up is: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Mike Inez (bass - ALICE IN CHAINS, OZZY OSBOURNE), Ben Smith (drums), Gilby Clarke (guitar - G&R) and Darien Sahanaja (keyboards - BRIAN WILSON, THE LEMONHEADS).

23 March 2003

IRON MAIDEN finished the recordings of their new studio album with Kevin Shirley producing. The band will start mixing the album in April and they are looking for a late summer release.

23 March 2003

DARK ANGEL are compiling a live DVD consisting of footage recorded during the band's heyday in the late '80s. The band, who haven't found a replacement for departed guitarist Jim Durkin (DREAMS OF DAMNATION, PAGAN WAR MACHINE), are confirmed to appear at Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany in early August.

23 March 2003

SUFFOCATION have officially reformed and have a new website up (see LINKS).
A posting at the new site reads: "The rumors are true. Suffocation has reformed and consists of the four founding members; Frank Mullen (vocals), Terrance Hobbs (guitar), Mike Smith (drums) and Josh Barohn (bass). Longtime friend Guy Marchais, formerly of Pyrexia and Internal Bleeding, will replace Doug Cerrito as 2nd Guitarist. The band is currently in the studio creating and producing their long-awaited sixth release, and first in five years since their departure from the scene.
States drummer Mike Smith: 'The much needed vacation Suffocation has taken over the years individually and as a whole only refueled the intensity we've grown to call our own. I truly feel for any who doubt our intentions'."

23 March 2003

NUCLEAR ASSAULT's forthcoming live album, "Alive Again", is being released by Steamhammer/SPV in Germany. The band's line-up, consisting of original vocalist/guitarist John Connelly, bassist Danny Lilker, guitarist Anthony Bramante, and drummer Glenn Evans were active in 2002 on select performances and festival dates around the world in an effort to 'test the waters'.
"Alive Again" is the band's first release in over nine years. Lilker explains: "We will soon be releasing our new live album, so people can see for themselves that we still have it! I know a lot of thrash bands seem to be reuniting and some people are wondering 'Can these guys in their late 30's still hack it?' The answer is undoubtedly yes!"
Nuclear Assault is also planning a new studio record for the near future. Lilker offers: "We are in the process of writing new material, and I can tell you that it's definitely in the style of the old stuff."
Alive Again features the following tracklisting: 'Rise From The Ashes', 'Brainwashed', 'F#', 'New Song', 'Critical Mass', 'SIN', 'Betrayal', 'Radiation Sickness', 'Game Over', 'Butt Fuck', 'Trail Of Tears' and 'Hang The Pope'.
There will also be a computer enhanced part of the CD that will include a short interview with Danny Lilker and Glenn Evans and live footage of Brainwashed from the 2002 New Jersey Metal Meltdown (USA).

23 March 2003

"Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta (born 19.5.1977); the guitar player of both FINNTROLL and IMPALED NAZARENE, died in Helsinki on Sunday the 16th of March in an alcohol-related falling accident. Finntroll and Impaled Nazarene are very devastated for this loss: "Not only did we lose a great guitar player, but we also lost a very good friend"

23 March 2003

Former EXCITER vocalist/frontman Jacques Belanger has rejoined the band, after a 1 1/2 year absence. This is the second time he rejoins EXCITER. As a result, Rob Degroot, who joined the band in the Fall of 2002 is no longer Exciter's vocalist, due to the fact that the band felt he was not progressing and adapting to their signature style. The group are now writing new material and look foward to playing shows this year in Europe and the US.

23 March 2003

BYFIST have announced their new member Rob Steele, former vocalist for BITTER HARVEST. The bands Davey Lee comments: "Rob brings to us the traditional NWOBHM sound that we have been looking for and I'm sure all Byfist fans all over the world will not be disappointed."
The band are currently planning a European tour for this Summer through Holland's Blackrose Foundation.
Also, Byfist's new album, Preserving The Past, is due out this April through Metalage Records. A review will follow soon on this website!

23 March 2003

An update on Canada's legendary thrashers RAZOR. Guitarist Dave Carlo reported the following: "We're working out our line-up for the future. Jon Armstrong (who played bass on Open Hostility and Decibels) is not going to continue with us. As a result, we had a unique opportunity presented to us. Adam (my brother) is returning. This reunites the classic Shotgun Justice line up (along with singer Bob Reid and drummer Rob Mills) and also restores the rhythm section from the Violent Restitution album. I truly believe that this was by far the most potent version of Razor. So I'm very pleased about this."

Carlo also reported on an eyesight problem he is currently dealing with: "I have a condition known as Stargardt's Disease. It is a slow but progressive form of macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a form of blindness that can eventually result in the complete loss of vision in the central part of your eye. This leaves only the peripheral vision. Without central vision it is impossible to see detail. I currently have lost about 80% of the central vision in my right eye, but at this point only about 20% in my left. This leaves me in a position where I am able to perform all normal functions in my life, but I struggle at times. I have a hard time reading (but I can - it just takes longer because it is harder to recognize the words quickly). I also struggle with people. I have to look at someone for an extended period of time before I can identify who they are. This has not affected my ability to work and it has not affected my ability to play a guitar. I don't know if I will lose all of my vision at some point. The doctors I see in Toronto have told me that they cannot predict how severe it will get. I've been dealing with this since 1996, so it's not new. But is has been getting worse in the last year. None of this will ever affect Razor. I can play the guitar without my central vision. And I can write music without it too."

15 March 2003

FORCE OF EVIL is the name of a new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE).
The group are scheduled to enter the studio on March 24 to record their debut album, due on June 15 through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "This CD will be loaded with evil-riffing and lots of guitar solos," Denner and Shermann said in a joint statement. "11 songs are finished and we are now ready to nail them down." .

15 March 2003

Former SKUNK ANANSIE frontwoman SKIN will release her first solo album, "Flesh Wounds", on May 26 through EMI Records. A single, titled "Trashed", will precede the album in late April/early May. According to the singer, the music on the upcoming CD "is sounding pretty fantastic." When pressed to describe the musical direction on the album, she offered simply that "the flavors are extreme. Bit of this, bit of that."

SKIN has lined up the following festival appearances during the summer:
Jun. 07 - Pinkpop - Landgraaf – Limburg, NETH
Jun. 20-23 - Hurricane Festival - Scheeßel - GER
Jun. 21-23 - Southside Festival - Neuhausen ob Eck, GER

15 March 2003

THIN LIZZY has confirmed their new lineup as follows: John Sykes (guitar/vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), drummer Michael Lee (ROBERT PLANT, THE CULT, LITTLE ANGELS) and bassist Guy Pratt.

15 March 2003

NASTY SAVAGE, SADUS and FINNTROLL have been added to Antwerpen, Belgium (Dec. 20) and Tilburg, Holland (Dec. 21) stops of the upcoming X-Mass Festivals European tour. The trek, which will feature appearances by HYPOCRISY, DESTRUCTION, NILE, VADER, DEW SCENTED, DISBELIEF and MISERY INDEX, will kick off on Dec. 7 in London and will conclude in Tilburg.

15 March 2003

CRIMSON GLORY now have a new official website at http://www.crimson-glory.com.
Downloads currently available include a live version of 'Dragon Lady' and demos of 'Azrael' and 'Astronomica', promo video clips for 'Lonely' and 'The Chant', and a live video clip of 'Lost Reflection'.
News bits at the site include mention of a new album from bassist Jeff Lords, called G-LOCK, due this year, and guitarist Jon Drenning's new gig as the booking agent at the clubs Rockerfellas and Heat in Bradenton, FL.

15 March 2003

HATE ETERNAL were involved in a van accident on Saturday afternoon, March 8th. in Wisconsin en route to a show. Hate Eternal's van slid on a patch of black ice on the highway and hit a tree, causing their trailer to swing around and impact the van. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, though there were other accidents on the same stretch of road that day.
The accident totalled Hate Eternal's van. Frontman Erik Rutan sustained injuries, including whiplash and a cracked vertebrae. The other members of the band and the tour manager walked away without injuries. Rutan has been released from the hospital and will be returning home to Florida to recover.
Rutan made this statement: "All the shows on this tour were great. We apologize to the fans and the promoters and we will be back as soon as possible to make up for this."

12 March 2003

SOLITUDE AETURNUS mastermind John Perez recently spoke about the musical direction of the band's upcoming album, tentatively due at the end of the year.
"All of the songs are written," Perez revealed. "Now it's time to arrange them and scrutinize them. This is the painstaking process of re-writing and being honest with ourselves as to whether or not what we've done is any good or not. It'll take a little while but it's always worth it to be critical of your own work. The songs on this album will include some more traditional 'metal' elements more so than before. And more or less metal like later period BLACK SABBATH or something of that sort. Of course we have the traditional SOLITUDE AETURNUS doom songs and some strange things as well. All in all it's going to be another record that I can personally listen to at home and enjoy the hell out of it."

12 March 2003

Dutch thrashers FLESH MADE SIN have been confirmed as the support act for DISMEMBER and CALLENISH CIRCLE on their upcoming Benelux tour in May.

Confirmed dates are as follows:
May 15 – Sneek, NETH @ Het Bolwerk
May 16 - Deventer, NETH @ Burgerweeshuis
May 17 – Zottegem, BEL @ Club Mundo
May 18 - Rotterdam, NETH @ Baroeg

12 March 2003

Upon returning home from they're recently completed US Tour MALEVOLENT CREATION has decided to replace touring drummer Ariel Alvarado for various reasons. His replacement for the upcoming European and South American tours is good friend and Nile drummer Tony Laureano. Tony is no stranger to Malevolent Creation as he has toured the US and Europe with the band for they're "In Cold Blood" tour in 1997.Tony is prepared to sit in on the drums until a permanent drummer is found as long as it does not interfere with Nile's schedule. Interested drummers can submit promo material or contact the band at Ualldie@aol.com. Drummers must be prepared to relocate and have an open schedule for a lot of touring. Of course they must be extremely talented as well. No pussy's or rock star's please!!!!! On April 5th and 6th Malevolent Creation is finally filming and recording shows for they're first live DVD release at the Metal Mania Festivals in Poland and Czech for a release in July just before there appearance at Wacken Open Air Festival and Party Sans Open Air Festivals in Germany.

8 March 2003

Due to personal family issues, TESTAMENT drummer Jon Allen will not be able to participate in the upcoming European tour - filling in will be Asgeir Mickelson ( BORKNAGAR, SPIRAL ARCHITECT, VINTERSORG) – the band is currently writing and demoing material for the next album.

8 March 2003

The first 3 bands for this year's ProgPower Europe (The Netherlands), are confirmed:
CHROME SHIFT (denmark)
MANIGANCE (france)
PAGAN'S MIND (norway).

The event will be held the first weekend of October again in JC SJIWA, Baarlo, The Netherlands, just like last year. Expect some more bands to be announced during the next few weeks, the organisation is talking to a major band right now. It will be the 5th edition so they try to make something special out of it.
More news about tickets, ect. will be added to the website (sse LINKS) the nex few weeks, so keep an eye on it.

8 March 2003

Waldrock is set for Juny 21 at Burgum, The Netherlands.
The following bands are currently scheduled to perform at this event:

IRON MAIDEN
HIM
MURDERDOLLS
MADBALL
PETER PAN SPEEDROCK
CLAWFINGER
TYPE O NEGATIVE
STRATOVARIUS


8 March 2003

A few more dates for the upcoming "The Bonded By Metal Over Europe Tour 2003" have been announced. The trek — which will include appearances by EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, AGENT STEEL, BEHEMOTH, MORTICIAN, CARNAL FORGE, OCCULT and CALLENISH CIRCLE — will hit the following cities during October:

Oct. 10 – Eindhoven, NETH @ Effenaar
Oct. 11 – Antwerpen, BEL @ Hof Ter Loo
Oct. 12 – Paris, FRA @ La Locomotive
Oct. 13 – Essen, GER @ Zeche Carl
Oct. 14 – Berlin, GER @ Columbia Halle Fritz
Oct. 16 – Praha, CZ @ Lucerna Music Club
Oct. 17 – Bischofswerda, GER @ Hanger

More dates will be announced soon.

8 March 2003

Graspop Metal Meeting: set for July 4-5 at Boeretang in Dessel, Belgium. The following bands are currently scheduled to perform at the event:
Saturday, July 4:
IRON MAIDEN
WITHIN TEMPTATION
MURDERDOLLS
LACUNA COIL
SIX FEET UNDER
HATEBREED
SICK OF IT ALL

Friday, July 5:
TYPE O NEGATIVE
STRATOVARIUS
SEPULTURA
OVERKILL


8 March 2003

DISSECTION mainman Jon Nodtveidt - currently in prison in Sweden - has revealed that the band will re-form in 2004, and that Faust (ex-EMPEROR) will be a part of the Satanic festivities: "A new line-up is being put together right now. I'm therefore proud to announce Bard Faust (ex-Emperor) as the new official drummer in Dissection. We've know each other since the early '90s and throughout the years in prison we kept in touch. This resulted in that I asked him to join Dissection at his parole, which he did.
I'm totally convinced that Faust will become the ultimate Dissection drummer. He's an incredibly powerful and talented drummer as well as a great friend. We have both learned things the hard way, and grown many times stronger as a result. Both Faust and I share the same relentless hunger and will to power and vengeance, which we will direct towards the forthcoming studio album and the grand return of Dissection next year."

8 March 2003

ARCH ENEMY are still working on their new studio album. The title of the album will be either "DehumaniZation" either "Anthems of Aggression". The album is produced by Andy Sneap and is scheduled for a summer release.

6 March 2003

According to MORBID ANGEL's official web site (see LINKS), guitarist/songwriter Trey Azagthoth "is writing the new material, the band is gearing up for recording the new album soon and release should be around September of 2003 on Earache Records. All of the details related to that will be let out gradually over the course of the next 6 months or so." An official announcement regarding the identity of the group's bassist/vocalist and second guitarist (following the departures of Jared Anderson and Erik Rutan, respectively) is expected "very soon." MORBID ANGEL's last studio album, "Gateways To Annihilation", came out in 2000.

6 March 2003

KREATOR's upcoming double DVD, "Live Kreation (Revisioned Glory)", has finally been completed. Band mainman Mille Petrozza spent three full months editing and mixing the material, which is scheduled to surface in the summer.

The complete track listing for the DVD is as follows:
01. The Patriarch
02. Violent Revolution
03. Reconquering The Throne
04. Extreme Aggression
05. People Of The Lie
06. Lost
07. Coma Of Souls
08. All Of The Same Blood (Unity)
09. Phobia
10. Black Sunrise
11. Pleasure To Kill
12. Renewal
13. Servant In Heaven - King In Hel
14. Terrible Certainty
15. Riot Of Violence
16. Terrorzone
17. Betrayer
18. Flag Of Hate
19. Tormentor

The DVD, which was mixed in 5.1 Sound, will also include "tons of behind-the-scenes material from the 'Violent Revolution' tour, plus a detailed history part that contains all the official video clips from 1987 to 2001," according to the group's official web site.

The CD version of "Live Kreation (Revisioned Glory)" , which set to be released on the same date, will contain all the DVD songs, plus the following tracks:

01. Second Awakening
02. Under The Guillotine
03. Golden Age
04. Awakening Of The Gods
05. Leave This World Behind

The Deluxe Edition containing the DVD and the CD Version will come as a four-CD/DVD Box. For the vinyl lovers, there will be a limited four-LP Box, containing a large-size-format version of the 32-page booklet.

6 March 2003

The line-up has been confirmed for the upcoming BONDED BY METAL OVER EUROPE TOUR 2003 . Acts secured for the bill include: EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, AGENT STEEL, BEHEMOTH, MORTICIAN, CARNAL FORGE, OCCULT and CALLENISH CIRCLE. The tour is scheduled to commence in October. A full itinerary of dates will be announced soon.

6 March 2003

TESTAMENT 's frontman,Chuck Billy, posted the following health update at the band's website (see LINKS): "What's up everyone? Just wanted to let you know that on Valentine's Day I had my FINAL two operations to remove a port from my chest and both surgeries were a complete success. Yesterday I had seen my surgeon Dr. Sweezer, the coolest cat out there, and he said "Get out there and enjoy life, YOUR DONE!" We said "Thanks and hope we never have to see you again." He laughed and said "Only at your concerts." So we are in full swing ahead. Practicing for our show in March in S.F. and our European tour in April. There are great offers out there for touring and we are in the process of working out schedules, so hang tight and we'll see you in the next coming months. Thanks for hanging in there with me and see ya soon. And remember "METAL FOREVER!"

6 March 2003

The DutchWALDROCK festival has confirmed the first names for this years edition, which will happen the 21st of June in Bergum, Holland. Those bands are IRON MAIDEN, PETER PAN SPEEDROCK, TYPE O NEGATIVE, STRATOVARIUS, MADBALL, CLAWFINGER. Ticketsales already have started. See LINKS.

6 March 2003

HEAVENS CRY is remixing their debut CD for the re-release later this year and are writing new songs for a new album to be out in Spring 2004, probably followed by another short European tour.

6 March 2003

On the eve of SEVEN WITCHES first string of North American dates, which will take them from coast to coast, as well as into Canada, the new lead singer (James Rivera) tells about his other activities.
"It seems like they haven't had a power metal singer (living) in (Tampa, FL) for a long time. All these guys want to get something going. I've got two songs demoed with Pat (O'Brien, guitar) and Jack (Owen, guitar), from CANNIBAL CORPSE. I just got a disc with 8 more from Jack. He really wants to get going on this. The band is called PATH OF MAN. It's not death metal. It's kind of '70s hard rock, SABBATH mixed with TRAPEZE or BUDGIE. He's really into that stuff. I've also got two cover bands going: Sabbath Judas Sabbath and Iron Priest. Ben Meyer, from NASTY SAVAGE wants to get something going, as does Pete Sandavol, from MORBID ANGEL and some of the guys in DIABOLIC. This is how it was back in the old days, playing with all different people and the next thing you know, you've got HELSTAR!"
In addition all studio recordings, cover gigs and SEVEN WITCHES, the 'Mexican Dio' adds, "I've still got (the band) DISTANT THUNDER back in Texas, but all this stuff takes most of my time now."

6 March 2003

DIMMU BORGIR are scheduled to enter Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden on March 3 to begin tracking the drum parts for their forthcoming CD, due later in the year. According to guitarist Silenoz, "All the new material is ready and we have also mastered our own preproduction and it sounds awesome in our ears. We rehearse like we are possessed every day and will continue to do so until we go into studio. There haven't been decided any album title, but we are working on it. As you may have heard before we are having a huge orchestra in studio with us and at the moment we are negotiating with two big east European orchestras, nothing is decided yet."

6 March 2003

Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti's other project, MENIKETTI, are set to release a new live album, Live In Japan, on March 26th. The set was recorded on January 31st, 2003 on the groups Japanese tour.
Live In Japan includes the following tracks: 'No Lies', 'Angel On My Shoulder', 'Storm', 'Take It Like A Man', 'All In This Together', 'Say Goodbye', 'Lay Me Down', 'Tough Luck Avenue', 'Tell Me (Why I Should Wait)', 'Mister Blister' and 'Until The Next Time'.
And speaking of Y&T, Dave told lately that what he does with the Meniketti band is more "creatively fulfilling" than what he does with Y&T.
Says Dave: "I enjoy both, but I think I have more emotional outpouring with my solo material. This is because in my solo band, we play the material very open and allow ourselves to jam and extend solos, etc., depending on how we feel at that moment. Every night is a different performance. In Y&T, we basically play each song just like the record, which doesn't give you as much room to open up as a musician for improvisation & spontaneity."

Y&T have been added to the upcoming Monsters Of Rock UK tour. They join headliners WHITESNAKE and GARY MOORE. The full list of dates is: Brighton Centre - May 12, Bournemouth BIC - 13, Manchester Arena - 15, Birmingham NEC - 16, London Wembley Arena - 17, Cardiff International Arena - 19, Sheffield Arena - 21, Glasgow SECC - 22, Newcastle Arena - 23.

28 February 2003

The legal battle over the SAXON band name between the group's current vocalist Biff Byford and fellow original members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson appears to be over.
The following is a statement issued by Byford earlier today:
"Today in London at the High Court in the Strand, in a landmark decision for the music industry, Mr Justice Laddie found in favour of Biff Byford the lead singer of heavy metal band SAXON, in a case involving previous band members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, who registered the name SAXON for themselves in 1997 without the knowledge of Mr Byford. "Mr Justice Laddie ruled that Oliver-Dawson had registered the name in bad faith.
"SAXON's decisive victory over former members Oliver-Dawson is well timed as it coincides with the bands 25th anniversary celebrations."

28 February 2003

EXODUS, AGENT STEEL and BEHEMOTH will team up for a European festival tour in October. More bands will be confirmed soon. Exact dates and venues are expected to be announced during the coming weeks.

28 February 2003

VOIVOD is OFFICIALLY confirmed for the Ozzfest 2003. They will be on the second stage. Tour dates begin on June 28th in San Antonio at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and run through August 28th at the West Palm Beach Coral Sky Amphitheatre. Voivod's forthcoming album, Voivod, is due out through Chophouse Records on March 4th.

25 February 2003

Seattle's HEIR APPARENT have parted ways with vocalist Bryan Hagan and have replaced him with singer Mike Blair (ex-ETHERIA). "We are very enthusiastic about our new potential with Mike at the helm," reads a message on the band's official web site (see LINKS). In other news, HEIR APPARENT are currently seeking a drummer. All applicants must be able to obtain a passport and live in the Seattle area. Interested players should contact the band via e-mail: webmaster@heirapparent.com.

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25 February 2003

METALLICA have announced that the OFFICIAL replacement for Jason Newsted is former OZZY OSBOURNE/SUICIDAL TENDENCIES bassist Rob Trujillo. The following statement appeared at the METALLICA website today!

"We've all known, and have been huge fans of Rob since the early '90s when he was a part of the legendary Hardcore/Metal band Suicidal Tendencies. We got to know Rob when we played together with Suicidal in Europe 1993, during the Nowhere Else To Roam tour. We were impressed by Rob's roaring bass style and his very cool, unique vibe onstage, things we got to see again during the '94' Summer Shit tour when Suicidal joined forces with us.
"My visions of Rob are when we did Summer Shit 94 Tour with Suicidal, and DANZIG. I remember being blown away by the fierceness and seeing Rob, as this monster on bass. He brings an awesome new strength to the band, and makes us step up," describes frontman James Hetfield.
Rob was also one of the masterminds behind the 90' cult band INFECTIOUS GROOVES. He started Infectious together with Mike Muir, the lead singer of Suicidal. Infectious delivered classic album titles like Plague That Makes Your Booty Move. He then he joined the Godfather of Metal, Ozzy Osbourne in '96.
A pumped up Rob Trujillo stated: "I must say Ozzy, Sharon, Zakk, Mike Bordin, all the team and family members mean the world to me. Love and respect, my family 100 percent. I am very stoked, excited and look forward to my new journey with my Metallica brothers. STEP UP!"
"We've taken a long time to find the right bass player for us," said guitarist Kirk Hammett. "Obviously being a good bass player is important (!!) but it was also very important that whoever we found would fit in as a family member, a brother with a huge vibe. We wanted a fourth band member, not just a new bass player. I am very excited for Rob to be in the band and it feels like we are a new band, yet again. When Rob came to San Francisco the first time and jammed with us, we all felt this incredible magic between the four of us. It was just something that we could not describe, we all just knew it. Bob Rock told us right after the jam, that it sounded like a fucking 747 taking off!!"
"I am soo fucking excited to be a full unit again," says Lars. "The last two years of just being the 3 of us have taught me soo much about myself, about James and Kirk and about Metallica. And to welcome Rob into Metallica in 2003 after all the growth and soul searching we've been through for the last two years, feels so fucking awesome. Being at full strength again is at this moment indescribable. We're fuckin' bristling with new energy, new respect, new vibes and a huge fucking appetite for everything Metallica is. Having Rob here, and him choosing to become a part of our family, will enable us to get to yet another level. So welcome Rob!

24 February 2003

Doom legends ST. VITUS are set to perform a one-off reunion gig at Germany's With Full Force 2003 festival, which is set to take place July 4-6 at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig. Former THE OBSESSED/SPIRIT CARAVAN frontman Wino will be handing the vocal duties at the show, which will mark the reunited band's only European appearance this summer. Other artists set to appear at With Full Force 2003 include SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, SIX FEET UNDER, DESTRUCTION, MESSIAH, RYKER'S, NAPALM DEATH, MOONSPELL, OVERKILL and SAMAEL.

24 February 2003

GREAT WHITE guitarist Ty Longley has been officially identified as one of the 96 people that lost their lives last Thursday night when The Station club in West Warwick, Rhode Island burned down at the beginning of the group's performance at the venue.
"We have learned that Ty Longley has been identified as one of the people that passed away in West Warwick," reads a message on the official web site of GREAT WHITE singer, Jack Russell
Upon his return to Los Angeles next month, the 31-year-old guitarist was planning to move in with his 29-year-old pregnant girlfriend, Heidi, who now lives in Chicago, his friends told L.A. Daily News.

24 February 2003

NEVERMORE's forthcoming album, "Enemies Of Reality" is well underway. Frontman Warrel Dane added: "sorry it took so long to get started with the studio report but this time we are all still working our regular jobs and recording so things are a bit hectic. All the drum tracks are done. All the bass tracks as well as the main guitar tracks are done. Jeff is doing solos as we speak. I have three main vocals done and things are going very good. Kelly is really easy to work with...so put your fears to rest!! Some really good news for you guys....the release date at this point is June 17th ...yes June 17th in the US and I believe June 24th in Europe, so the wait won't be much longer....be patient...the enemy awaits."

24 February 2003

IRON MAIDEN will be hitting the European festival circuit this summer prior to the release of the next album on what is being dubbed the "Give Me Ed. . .'Til I'm Dead Tour"

24 February 2003

SPOCK'S BEARD drummer Nick D'Virgilio will step from behind his kit and become the group's new lead vocalist in the wake of Neal Morse's departure. He will play drums on studio albums and occasionally live, but primarily a touring drummer will be used for all future concert dates.

24 February 2003

Founding QUEENSRYCHE guitarist Chris DeGarmo has rejoined his former bandmates at an undisclosed studio in the Seattle area - while it cannot be confirmed at this time whether Chris has officially rejoined the band, the group is writing as a complete unit for the first time in seven years.

21 February 2003

MOTÖRHEAD will embark on a U.K. tour in October.
Confirmed dates are as follows:

Oct. 05 – Norwich, UK @ Uea
Oct. 06 - Folkstone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
Oct. 08 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Oct. 09 - Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
Oct. 10 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Oct. 12 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
Oct. 13 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo
Oct. 14 - Leeds, UK @ University
Oct. 16 - Bristol, UK @ Colsten Hall
Oct. 17 - Portsmouth, UK @ Guildhall
Oct. 18 - Hammersmith, UK @ Apollo

21 February 2003

Former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno is in the studio recording the first all-acoustic album of MAIDEN classics, due later in the year. As a way to get the fans excited about the upcoming collection, Di'Anno and his band, dubbed KILLERS, recently recorded acoustic versions of "Wrathchild" and "Remember Tomorrow" at XFM Radio's London studio.

21 February 2003

HELLOWEEN bass player Markus Grosskopf has a new band called KICKHUNTER. They play classic hard rock and their debut album, titled "Hearts & Bones", was produced by Grosskopf and guitarist Stefan Aurel. It is released through Remedy Records.

21 February 2003

BALLISTIC , the new band featuring former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis, along with JAG PANZER members Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), are on the verge of inking a North American deal with the New York-based AR Records.
The group, who recently signed with Metal Blade Records for the European territory, are aiming for a July release date for their self-titled debut album. The band formerly known as AFTERBURN will begin work on their debut full-length CD at a Phoenix studio in March with longtime co-producer John Herrera before traveling to Germany to mix the effort with Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, SILENT FORCE, PEGAZUS). According to the group, the upcoming CD will be "much heavier and faster" than the band's 2002 "Gone Ballistic" three-song demo.

15 February 2003

AGENT STEEL inked a deal with Scarlet Records from Italy. Here's the official announcement: "Agent Steel is proud to announce they have signed contracts and has serious support from metal's home in Italy, Scarlet Records. After much debate, Scarlet wins this war and Agent Steel is back with more metal, more message, and the will to educate and energize the earth in the coming battle for our planet. The forthcoming release, 'Order Of The Illuminati' will be available throughout Europe (May/June 2003), and Agent Steel will take the stage to deliver their message of human conquest over the Untied Slave State across all of Europe this summer! Prepare for the only metallic onslaught of stratospheric dimension: Agent Steel".

15 February 2003

EXODUS vocalist Steve 'Zetro' Souza is back with the band and plans are underway for the band to hit the studio with Andy Sneap to record their first album in 11 years. Band manager Steve Warner comments: "Zetro and the rest of the band had some great talks over the course of the last few days, and we all want the same thing. Zet and everybody else have worked out an arrangement that everyone will be able to live with for this year in regards to promoting the new album."
The new album, to be released through CCC Records, will include, among others, the following tracks: 'War Is My Shepherd', 'Crime Of The Century', 'AnGary', 'Throwing Down', 'Death Row' (re-recording), 'Impaler' (re-recording), 'Tempo Of The Damned', 'The Way It Never Was' and 'Culling The Herd'.

13 February 2003

NASTY SAVAGE are recording a brandnew album. After the release of the „Wage Of Mayhem" EP in February, which includes besides two new tracks the re-recordings of the songs from their first demo, Nasty Ronnie and his guys will enter the studio in April in order to work on an official comeback longplayer. Seven songs are already fully completed.

13 February 2003

HELLOWEEN have officially replaced drummer Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM) with ex-RUNNING WILD/ACCEPT skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann. Cross was struck with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) late last year and his drum tracks on the forthcoming Helloween record were laid down by MOTÖRHEAD's Mikkey Dee. The not-yet-titled record is currently being mixed at Mi Sueno studio in Tenerife, Spain with producer Charlie Bauerfeind. It is due out on May 5 in Europe through Nuclear Blast.

13 February 2003

Long-running Arlington, Texas-based doom metallers SOLITUDE AETURNUS are still together and are planning to record a new album for a tentative late 2003 release through Massacre Records in Europe and Olympic/Century Media Records in North America. The following is an official newsletter from SOLITUDE AETURNUS mainman/guitarist John Perez outlining the group's recent and future activities:
"Heaviest metal greetings to one and all. Our apologies for the impersonal form newsletter here but for some reason we've (I've!) been getting swamped with requests for information on SOLITUDE AETURNUS over the last few months. Well, here's some news for all you heavy maniacs out there!
"SOLITUDE AETURNUS is still together. A question I'm often asked and there is the answer. It is true that we haven't done anything at all for well over a year now. But we have good excuses you know? Kidding aside, everyone in the band has been quite busy with their own personal lives and especially myself. Main problem being that we were kicked out of our longtime rehearsal spot (had been there for 7 years) since last May and since then have not been able to secure a new one. Mostly due to all of us being completely strapped for cash and since the average price of a rehearsal space is $300 we simply haven't been able to afford one since then.
"So, songwriting has taken some time to finish for our next, as of yet untitled album. At this time we've nearly completed 13 new songs but still have some work before we're satisfied with the results. So far the songs are sounding more classic than ever with the usual twists and turns that makes SA what it is. We've incorporated some more 'traditional metal' elements to a greater degree than before as well as keeping the slow motion evil doom intact. All told I feel this will be another album that will satisfy both ourselves and our long standing fans of the band. Quality control is always of utmost importance to us and we promise to deliver music to you that we feel is worthy of your time and attention. That's the way it's always been and always will. This is just a guestimate but we're planning on being in the studio by late spring. That's the plan and we're doing everything possible to stay on track for it. Massacre is still the label overseas and Olympic/Century Media for the United States.
"Live shows are planned for later this year, most notably in Greece, where we have been invited to play two shows. A possible short European tour as well and who knows — maybe a U.S. tour again? At least some U.S. dates are being planned after the albums release although nothing definite yet. Unfortunately touring the States is rather difficult to do at this time. Time off work (yes – all of us work 'real' jobs), money to travel, food, lodging etc… make it almost impossible to do without spending tons of money in the process.
"A re-release of our first and second album is planned on my label Brainticket Records. 'Into the Depths of Sorrow' and 'Beyond the Crimson Horizon' have now been out of print for several years and the demand is high, so we'll get them out in the late spring as well. We'll include some bonus trax (demo versions of songs, plus one or two unreleased) and some new liner notes as well.
"Many thanks for all of your support over the years. This literally has kept us going for so long. It's a tough business and really all we care about is the music so it's gratifying to see so many people connecting with what we do."

13 February 2003

This year's X-MASS METALFEST 2003 European tour runs from December 7th at London's Mean Fiddler through December 21st at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands. Acts on the bill include HYPOCRISY, DESTRUCTION, VADER, NILE, DEW-SCENTED, MISERY INDEX, DISBELIEF and another as-yet-unnamed act.

11 February 2003

ABATTOIR , NASTY SAVAGE and MELIAH RAGE are among the artists confirmed to appear at Classic Metal Fest 3 , set to take place June 27-28 at Oasis One-Sixty in Chicago Heights Illinois.

The complete list of acts currently set to perform at the event is as follows: METALUCIFER
ABATTOIR
NASTY SAVAGE
MELIAH RAGE
OCTOBER 31
K-OCTAVE
SKULLVIEW
TWELFTH GATE
KATAGORY V
ZANDELLE
DAMIEN THORNE
PREMONITION
TWISTED TOWER DIRE
VYNDYKATOR
BURNING SHADOWS
DESECRATOR
TWILIGHT ODYSSEY
IRON CROSS


11 February 2003

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford introduced the new HALFORD guitarist, Chad Tarrington, at the meet-and-greet prior to the group's show in Anaheim, California. Rob chose yesterday to introduce Chad because he wanted the fans to be the first to take photos of the new HALFORD line-up: Rob, Chad, Mike Chlasciak (guitar), Ray Riendeau (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).
Producer Roy Z, who filled in on second guitar at last night's show, was unable to attend the meet-and-greet because he was dealing with a bad flu. Roy will also fill in on second guitar during the band's upcoming tour of Japan, which is slated to kick off on Feb. 11 at Tokyo's Shibuya Kokaido.
Chad (from Ontario, Canada) will travel with the band to Japan and learn all the material from Roy and Mike.

8 February 2003

SEVEN WITCHES , the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost, ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, have set an April 9 American release date through Sanctuary Records for their fourth album, "Passage To The Other Side". The CD will surface in Europe on March 25.

The complete track listing for "Passage To The Other Side" is as follows:
01. Dance With The Dead
02. Mental Messiah
03. Johnny
04. Apocalyptic Dreams
05. Fever In The City
06. Betrayed
07. Last Horizon
08. Natures Wrath
09. Wasted (DEF LEPPARD Cover)
10. Passage To The Other Side

8 February 2003

MOTÖRHEAD legend Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister and members of L7 and the NYMPHS are featured in the movie "Down and Out With the Dolls", an independent film written and directed by Kurt Voss about the trials and tribulations of a female alt-rock band. It opens in Los Angeles on March 11 and hits screens across the rest of the country in April. The movie soundtrack comes out Feb. 25.

8 February 2003

MENIKETTI recently did some shows in Japan. The band's Japanese label, Avex, recorded the concerts in Tokyo and Kawasaki for a live album, and taped the show for Japanese television. The band's Dave and Myron heard the live album tracks after the shows and they are very excited about this becoming a really cool live recording. Dave says it is really unlike anything he's ever recorded before and he thinks the fans are going to love it. The recording is being mixed in Japan and the CD is scheduled to be released in Japan on March 31st.

8 February 2003

VENOM's new collection, Seven Gates Of Hell: Singles 1980-1985, is out now through Castle. The release comes in deluxe packaging and includes the band's singles, rare b-sides, 12" tracks and the Hell At Hammersmith EP.

8 February 2003

AGENT STEEL have signed to Scarlet Records in Italy for their forthcoming release, "Order Of The Illuminati", which is currently being mixed by their guitarist Bernie Versailles.

8 February 2003

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have booked studio time at Gotheburg's Studio Fredman for the recording and mixing of their forthcoming album, tentatively due in early September through Metal Blade Records. The band will enter the studio on May 5 and should be "all done" by June 15. According to bassist Magnus Olsfelt, "This time we are heading for the ultimate and so far it sounds very promising. The new material is pretty diverse but in general the songs have more POWER. Hard-hitting and straight forward, with more natural flow. So that the energy and force comes straight back to you."

5 February 2003

Reunited California thrashers HIRAX are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's installment of Bang Your Head Festival 2003, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany.
HIRAX will be performing twice at the event — the "warm-up show" on Thursday, June 26 and on the main stage of the festival.

The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your Head 2003 looks like this:
TWISTED SISTER
DIO
THIN LIZZY
HAMMERFALL
U.D.O.
SODOM
OVERKILL
HYPOCRISY
Y&T
DOKKEN
TNT
ANNIHILATOR
BRAINSTORM
AMON AMARTH
AXXIS
MASTERPLAN
PINK CREAM 69
ROB ROCK
BITCH
ANGEL WITCH
DESTRUCTOR
HIRAX


5 February 2003

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer GLENN HUGHES has started mixing his latest solo album, "Songs In The Key Of Rock", for a tentative May release in Japan and early June in Europe.
"I have just finished singing the album," Hughes said in a posting on his official web site. "We are in mixing mode this week. I'm extremely excited the way the songs have turned out. I was going for a specific sound and I want to thank Jeff Kollman, my co-producer, for helping me to achieve that goal. For me, this is the most prolific CD I've made since my life changed. The vocals range from intense, raw, emotional and soulful. If you have been a fan of mine from TRAPEZE to PURPLE to HUGHES/THRALL and BLACK SABBATH's '7th Star' album, you are going to love this. I can't wait for you to hear it."

5 February 2003

Agonia Records, in collaboration with former POSSESSED frontman Jeff Becerra, will release a strictly limited-edition 10" MLP containing the band's legendary "Death Metal" demo tape, plus previously unreleased recordings of "Pentagram", "Swing Of The Axe", "Twisted Minds", and "Fallen Angel". Also included will be one brand new studio track from Becerra's new band SIDE EFFECT, recorded in November 2002 with lineup of Becerra, Ken Bertoncini, Ed Varni, and Rick Durocher. The regular 10" MLP will be limited to 500 copies while the picture 10" MLP will be limited to 100 copies.

5 February 2003

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are still seeking a permanent replacement for Steve "Zetro" Souza following several promising jam sessions with John Miller, a local Bay Area singer who had previously spent time with EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and drummer Tom Hunting in the mid-'90s metal demo act WARDANCE.
"We are still searching for a singer," EXODUS manager Steve Warner confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "The guy John Miller that we were working with is not our guy. He has a lot of 'issues' that we are unable to take on. We really can't afford to inherit any new problems. Musically, he was more than we could have asked for. It was his job to lose, I told him, and well, it only took him less than two weeks to lose it."

Singers interested in auditioning for EXODUS are encouraged to send their CDs/demos to the following address:
EXODUS
10026 San Pablo
El Cerrito, CA 94530
USA

3 February 2003

PAIN OF SALVATION, FREAK KITCHEN, ZERO HOUR and PROTOTYPE are among the artists confirmed for this year's Headway Festival, set to be held April 4-5 at P60 in Amstelveen, The Netherlands.

The complete list of acts currently scheduled to make an appearance at the event is as follows:
PAIN OF SALVATION
FREAK KITCHEN
ZERO HOUR
PROTOTYPE
SUN CAGED
BUMBLEFOOT
SAHARA DUST
LOCH VOSTOK
ATMOSFEAR
CARTHAGO
DAY SIX


For more information, visit the festival's official web site at this location.

31 January 2003

FORTE are working on their first album since they left Massacre Records. Their ex-bass player Rev. Jones will rejoin the band for the new album, which will be released through Infinite Records.

31 January 2003

BALLISTIC, the new band featuring former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis and JAG PANZER drummer Rikard Stjernquist, have parted ways with guitarist Peter Petev and have replaced him with JAG PANZER axeman Chris Broderick.

The group, who were previously known as AFTERBURN, are set to begin work on their debut full-length CD at a Phoenix studio in March with longtime co-producer John Herrera before traveling to Germany to mix the effort with Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, SILENT FORCE, PEGAZUS).
The self-titled album, which will reportedly be "much heavier and faster" than he group's "Gone Ballistic" three-song demo, is tentatively due in June through Metal Blade Records.

Among the cuts set to appear on "Ballistic" are the following:

01. Collision Course
02. Watch Me Do It
03. Corpse Stacked High
04. Threshold Of Pain
05. Undefeated
06. The Dissection/Into The Sever Chamber
07. Gone Ballistic
08. Bloodbath
09. Call To Armageddon
10. Silent Killer
11. Call Me Evil
12. Loud Is God

31 January 2003

Texan thrashers RIGOR MORTIS have been forced to postpone their reunion bid after guitarist Mike Scaccia decided to accept a lucrative offer to rejoin MINISTRY for their upcoming tour. As a result of this, "plans for RIGOR MORTIS are, for the time being, uncertain," reads an official statement from the group. "Mike has made it clear that he is not quitting the band and we hope to work on new material between legs of the MINISTRY tour. Although this is a big disappointment for the rest of the band, we understand Mike's reasons for taking MINISTRY's offer, and can only hope that this may work to our benefit in the long run. Meanwhile the rest of us will keep busy with other projects. Bassist/vocalist Casey Orr will be playing some February shows with THE BURDEN BROTHERS and drummer Harden Harrison's band SPEEDEALER are discussing another album project, possibly with Casey on bass. New singer Dave Woodard has plans to record an album with PORNLAB for Metal Blade Records. On a brighter note, the long-awaited re-release of RIGOR MORTIS' debut CD is on schedule and should be available by the first of March."

31 January 2003

Looks like the new SLAYER album, featuring Dave Lombardo again will not emerge any time soon. Here's an update from Kerry King: "We haven't done a fucking thing. We'll see what we can get done. No promises, but we definitely want to stay on our wave of popularity. We want to get back out; we don't want people to forget." They do have finished working on their live DVD, titled "War At The Warfield" which is stated for a February 11th release. The album was recorded at the Warfield in San Francisco on December 7th of 2001.

31 January 2003

Former CRIMSON GLORY/SEVEN WITCHES singer Wade Black is still working on his new project called TIWANAKU. Black has teamed up with ex-NOCTURNUS bassist/vocalist Emo Mowery to record a four song demo, the drums to be provided by ICED EARTH drummer Richard Christy so long as his schedule permits.
"It's really dark, aggressive music," says Black, "with very different vocal arrangements. It's very creepy stuff, and I'm loving it."
Black will also be making an appearance on guitarist RICK BENSTROM's upcoming solo album, which is due out on April 14th through Mascot Records. Black shares vocal leads with Rob Rock on the shredder 'Towers Of Babylon'.

31 January 2003

KING DIAMOND are about to commence the recording of their forthcoming album, "The Puppet Master". The update read as follows: "King wrote nine songs this time and finished writing the music for those songs about two weeks ago. Andy (LaRocque - guitarist) contributed three songs. So most likely there will be 12 songs on the album. However there is a slight possibility a short instrumental song might make it on the album. That is not confirmed at the moment. This time there will be no typical intro but an intro song which will be around two minutes and is entitled 'The Sailor' which ends with the words 'Let The Show Begin'. The new songs sound very aggressive but still have a lot of theatrical elements in it. Expect a lot of double kicks in the songs I wrote."

31 January 2003

VOIVOD shot their parts for the 'We Carry On' video in the San Francisco Bay Area recently, and have handed the footage over to the workers at George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for editing and post-production. Jasonic commented: "(They) are gonna spin their little trickery and that's gonna be some kind of sick, five-minute freak visual for the first Voivod song. They can do anything, man. Anything you could come up with in your head they can put on the screen, so it's gonna be pretty amazing."
ILM are said to be longtime Voivod fans who have also worked on special effects for films such as Spider-Man, Blade and the upcoming The Hulk.

28 January 2003

US Thrash legends DESTRUCTOR are the latest act to be added to the bill for this Summer's Bang Your Head Festival, taking place in Balingen, Germany on June 27th/28th. DESTRUCTOR will be performing twice at the event — the "warm-up show" on Thursday, June 26 and on the main stage on Friday, June 27.
They share the stage with, among others, TWISTED SISTER, DIO, THIN LIZZY, HAMMERFALL, Y&T, DOKKEN and ANNIHILATOR. For further details on the festival visit their website ( see LINKS )

28 January 2003

The new album of MORBID ANGEL is well under way. The band will soon announce the names of their new bass player / vocalist and second guitarist and if everything turns out as expected the new album will see the light of day in fall through Earache.

28 January 2003

TARAXACUM are working on their new studio album. The album is titled "Rainmaker" and will see the light of day in fall if everything turns out well.

28 January 2003

In a rather tersely worded statement on his Internet bulletin board, Michael Schenker's manager/girlfriend/confident, Bela Piper posts: "Michael Schenker quits UFO. He gives back his 50%, so they can tour (without Michael Schenker).

27 January 2003

ARCH ENEMY are scheduled to enter the studio in early February to begin recording the follow-up to 2001's "Wages Of Sin".
"Producer Andy Sneap is coming over to Sweden on the 4th of February for the pre-production," guitarist Michael Amott wrote on the band's official web site. "This process involves a final analysis of the material and various preparations for the recording session – basically eliminating any weak points! We are rehearsing like mad now...getting ready for Andy's arrival (we are getting very self critical at this point, ha-ha!). We're also doing a week of dates here in Sweden and Norway before he arrives! On the 10th of February we fly to the UK and start recording drums…then it's guitars, bass and vocals + extra shit. We'll be spending 1 month in Andy's Backstage studio facilities.
"We are confident that Andy Sneap is the man to capture the whole vibe we've got going on right now...it's fresh and insanely heavy - it feels so good being in this band right now!
"What can I tell you about the new songs? Lots of HEAVY riffs and COOL parts, the melodies and hooks are the strongest we've come up with so far in our career I believe. Lyrically it's heavier too…raw and real. And yes, there's some ultra-sick guitar shit going on too... otherwise it wouldn't be ARCH ENEMY, right? For us, It's a matter of picking up were we left off with 'Wages Of Sin' and just pushing ourselves to be 100% better!!! (Not that easy, we raised the bar pretty damn high on the 'W.O.S.' album!)."

27 January 2003

The new album of OVERKILL is finished and is scheduled for a March 25th release through Spitfire Records. The title of the album is "Kill Box 13".

24 January 2003

DIO, Y&T and TNT are the latest acts to have been confirmed for the next installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to appear at BANG YOUR HEAD FESTIVAL 2003 looks like this:

TWISTED SISTER
DIO
THIN LIZZY
HAMMERFALL
U.D.O.
SODOM
OVERKILL
HYPOCRISY
Y&T
DOKKEN
TNT
ANNIHILATOR
BRAINSTORM
AMON AMARTH
AXXIS
MASTERPLAN
PINK CREAM 69
ROB ROCK
BITCH
ANGEL WITCH


24 January 2003

JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis has publicly admitted that the group's Ripper Owens era is, for all intents and purposes, over. "We hope [former singer] Rob Halford rejoins the band so we can go out this summer, but part of the ball's in his court, so he's going to have to make a decision," he told Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. It remains unclear if a reunited PRIEST would go it alone or pair up with another act, such as TWISTED SISTER or Sanctuary Artist Management stable-mates IRON MAIDEN.

23 January 2003

EXODUS are looking for a replacement for the recently ousted frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza. Those interested can send their demos to the following address: EXODUS, 10026 San Pablo, El Cerrito, CA 94530, USA.

23 January 2003

Montreal metallers VOIVOD have scrapped "The Multiverse" as the title for their forthcoming studio effort and have now opted to make the CD a self-titled affair, according to a spokesperson for the band's label, Chophouse Records. The group, who feature in their ranks former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, are set to film a video for the track "We Carry On" this weekend. A previous attempt to shoot the clip — on Jan 9-10 — was foiled after the band were refused entry into the U.S. by the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) due to a "missing working permit." VOIVOD's self-titled thirteenth album, which was recorded at Sausalito, California's The Plant studio, is set for release on March 4 through Chophouse (in association with Surfdog Records).

23 January 2003

Reunited Texan thrashers RIGOR MORTIS have announced the addition of vocalist Dave Woodard to the group's ranks. "Dave is a good friend we've known since the old days, who fits in with us perfectly," bassist/vocalist Casey Orr said in an official statement. "He used to sing for such great punk and metal bands as THE AGITATORS, REO SPEEDEALER, BILLYCLUB, THE HELLIONS [also featuring Orr], and more recently, PORN LAB. He's got a great set of lungs, great stage presence, and he's a blast to hang out with. He's also a body piercer by trade, so if anyone happens to be in Dallas and needs a new hole, stop by 'Skin and Bones' and ask for Dave! RIGOR MORTIS is rehearsing like madmen and hope to announce the first show since 1991 real soon!"

23 January 2003

ODIN, the LA metallers who rose to a sort of fame after their rather embarrassing appearance in the movie 'The Decline Of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years', have reformed. They originally split up in 1988.

23 January 2003

KATAKLYSM have parted ways with long time drummer Max Duhamel, immediately after the European tour was completed. Max announced to the band that he will be retiring but accepted none the less to do the upcoming North American tour in Feb./March 2003 with Hate Eternal, Dying Fetus & Into Eternity... But to the band's surprise, Max has decided to pull out of that engagement a few days ago, leaving the band stranded to find a drummer, whom the band have now found and hope to be ready for the tour.
Band leader Maurizio Iacono has this to say: "Well what can I say... Basically that we're pretty much in shock, especially after the tour we've just done and the upper level Kataklysm has reached with the last record, we weren't expecting this at all. We all knew that Max was starting to get tired of doing this shit but we didn't expect him to quit so suddenly and also to go back on his word about doing the tour in Feb./March, which is something he is not known to do at all!! We've struggled to find a last minute replacement and we found someone who is willing to help us out and make this tour happen, which we are very grateful (although he will not join the band permanently). J-F Richard (Blastfame/Eon Dissonance) is practicing intensively at the moment with guitarist J-F Dagenais and bassist Stephane Barbe in hopes of getting everything done in time for a 35 min. set.
I've asked Max for a statement but I haven't received one, if anything I will post it on our website. We will find the right replacement and move on. The song writing will not be affected as Max was never really part of the writing process. We wish Max all the best for the future. We refuse to let down our fans in the States and our touring buddies, therefore we're doing everything possible to be there for the tour."

23 January 2003

PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul have teamed up with DIESEL MACHINE/ex-HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman (on vocals!) and ex-JERRY-CANTRELL guitarist Shawn Matthews (on bass) in a brand new band called NEW FOUND POWER. The group are said to be in the process of writing material for their debut album, tentatively due later in the year.
When asking Dimebag about the current status of PANTERA, Dimebag responded in a prepared statement, "It's really weird, but this is the clear-headed, honest truth: [PANTERA/DOWN vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown] up and left us hangin' and won't let us know their intentions or future plans. For the last 20 years, my brother Vinnie and I have put our heart and soul into PANTERA and we never thought this situation would ever happen to us. By now I thought for sure we would've done another record, but they don't seem to care how it affects Vinnie and I, or the road crew or, most of all, all the PANTERA fans that have been so fuckin' awesomely great to us for so long. We've made several attempts to talk to those guys and they keep putting us off. This is not a situation we've created — it's a situation we've been forced into.
"Bottom line, for Vinnie and me it's all about the music, kickin' ass and havin' a good time. So we've got together with some of our close buds and formed a new band called NEW FOUND POWER. The record is almost done and will be out soon. We've put 110 percent into it, just like we always do, so I guarantee you won't be let down."

23 January 2003

NEVERMORE's website, reveals that the band will soon enter a Seattle studio to begin work on their new album with producer Kelly Gray (DOKKEN, QUEENSRYCHE). Tentatively titled "Enemies Of Reality".
Tracks set to appear on the release include 'The Story Of Our End', 'Who Decides', 'The Song Of The Solemn One', 'Enemies Of Reality', 'Psychotic Intellectual Narcotic', 'Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday' and 'Abomination'. The album will be released by Century Media later this year.



21 January 2003

ARCHETYPE's CD "Dawning" has been officially released in Europe through Lucretia Records. The CD has new artwork, a new layout and format (digibook) and has been remastered. "Dawning" is available in the US through Nightmare Records and Distibution at this location. and can also be purchased from one of the many distributors/stores linked to their website at this location.. ARCHETYPE has been invited to play at the prestigious "Gods of Metal" festival in Milan, Italy in June. They are very close to confirming this and will post a notice on their site with any news. They are also attempting to organize a small tour in Europe following the festival so keep checking their (or this) site for details. They are currently in the process of recording the new CD which they hope to have completed by late spring/early summer. The new material promises to be better than ever and they are extremely anxious to get it done!

Singer Greg Wagner has also released the debut album of his other band; BUZZKILLER. It's different from ARCHETYPE, but nevertheless a great METAL album!! A review of this album will follow soon on this website!! The name of this album is: "Hateful Intentions". Beside Greg Wagner (Vocals, rythm,lead & bass guitar), there are Craig Schwartz (Acoustic, bass rythm & lead guitars) and Mike Harris (Drums) playing on the album.
If you want to order this CD: send 10.00$ plus 5.00$ postage to Greg Wagner, 312 East High Rear apt.# 8, New Philadelphia,Ohio 44663, USA.

20 January 2003

HADES drummer Ron Lipnicki is battling testicular cancer which has spread to his lymph nodes. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment to fight the disease. Stated HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo: "Ron is only 31 years old and a REALLY nice guy. Unlike me, I've never heard him say a bad word about anyone. Out of 50 musicians I've jammed with in my life, nobody ever came close to Ron for sheer talent. I'm not saying this now because he has cancer. Spoke with Ron last night after his fourth straight day of chemo and he sounded great."

20 January 2003

Contrary to previously published reports, AC/DC's next studio effort will not surface in March 2003.
The band, who last album, "Stiff Upper Lip", was released in 2000, will meet in New York in March for the first time since the end of the "Stiff Upper Lip" tour to talk about the upcoming CD, vocalist Brian Johnson confirmed during an appearance last week on "The Mancow Show".
Guitarists Angus Young and brother Malcolm will then hook up with Johnson in London to rehearse the new songs.
Although no official release date has yet been given for the new CD, it is highly unlikely that the as-yet-untitled effort will surface before the end of the year.

20 January 2003

Original SACRIFICE members Rob Urbinati, Gus Pynn and Scott Watts reformed briefly for a jam session in Toronto (at RAZOR drummer Rob Mills' home studio) and there is rumor that the band will reform to play a couple of final shows sometime this year. Urbinati told Germany's Voices From The Darkside that: "It was fun, even though we all had trouble remembering the stuff."
Sacrifice recently regained the rights of their first three records: Torment In Fire (Fringe 1985), Forward To Termination (Fringe 1987) and Soldiers Of Misfortune (Metal Blade 1991). The band are looking to reissue the titles in 2003, but have yet to strike a deal with a label. Also, there are rumors abound that threesome are considering working on new material as well.
In the meantime, Pynn and Mills have a new band called THREETARDS and have written 10 songs.

17 January 2003

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have parted ways with frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza.
The group, who were most recently in the process of completing the songwriting sessions for their first studio album since 1992's "Force The Habit", are said to have split with Souza over the singer's lack of commitment to the band and his unwillingness to tour for more than a couple of weeks at a time. A replacement vocalist is currently being sought with a view towards recording a new album this spring for a late summer/early fall release.
Souza originally joined EXODUS in 1986 as a replacement for Paul Baloff, who was dismissed from the group following the release of their classic "Bonded By Blood" LP. The former LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT) singer made his recording debut with the band on 1987's "Pleasures Of The Flesh" and remained in the group until they broke up in the early '90s. A lengthy self-imposed hiatus from the metal scene ended early last year when Souza agreed to return to the reformed band following the sudden passing of Baloff due to a stroke.

17 January 2003

The songwriting process for the next MORBID ANGEL album is "moving along great" and the band are planning a September 2003 release through Earache Records for the effort.
A world tour in support of the album will commence a short time later. An official announcement regarding the identity of the group's bassist/vocalist and second guitarist (following the departures of Jared Anderson and Erik Rutan, respectively) is expected "very soon."

17 January 2003

CRADLE OF FILTH have set 10 March for the European release date through Sony Music for their new album, "Damnation And A Day".
The album, which was co-produced by Doug Cook and mixed by Scrap 60 Productions (ANTHRAX, 36 CRAZYFISTS, DRY KILL LOGIC) features a 40-piece orchestra and a 32-piece choir from Budapest. Hungary. The first single off the album, "Babalon AD (So Glad For The Madness)", is scheduled for release on Feb. 24. The video for "Babalon AD (So Glad For The Madness)" was directed by Wiz (MARILYN MANSON) and filmed in a derelict Jesuit seminary. Images within the video pay homage to "120 Days of Sodom" by the infamous Marquis De Sade, and much of the original footage has been cut to allow the video to be shown in the U.K.
CRADLE OF FILTH are set to hit the road in Europe beginning March 23 in Lyon, France and running through April 23 in Norwich, England. North American dates will follow.

17 January 2003

The new album of SOILWORK is well under way. Here's an update: "Hello guys! Sorry for not writing something sooner, but we have been very busy. Henry Ranta messaged me an hour ago telling me that he was finished with the recording of the drums, and he was very satisfied with his achievements. We have also been nailing down some very cool keyboard melodies, samples and a massive wall of guitars. This album will be a great one, and I doubt you guys will be disappointed. There will be both a "blast beats ong" and a very soft song on the album, so this album should please most of you! That's all for now, but take care and we will be back with some news and pictures of the drum recording."

17 January 2003

Vocalist ROB ROCK is working on his new solo album and he recently posted an update: "The new songs are faster, heavier and little more European sounding to me. We have one song over 10 minutes long and it will be our epic tune for the album. The album is a bit more focused this time and I'm confident it will be a worthy follow up to Rage Of Creation."

17 January 2003

NEIL TURBIN (ex-ANTHRAX) is set to release his debut solo album, Threatcon Delta, in March through Metal Mayhem.
The label's website, www.metalmayhem.com, has posted a track from the forthcoming release. 'Keep The Fire' was written by Turbin and Vernon Anderson.

17 January 2003

ICED EARTH have inked a deal with SPV/Steamhammer. The band, Jon Schaffer (guitar), Matthew Barlow (vocals), Larry Tarnowski (guitar) and Richard Christy (drums), are recording their new album which will be released this year worldwide through the label.
In regard to his signing a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer, ICED EARTH founder/guitarist, Jon Schaffer says: "My only concern is the States, but they are committed to making a name for themselves here and with us in their roster it can only help. They did a great job on the Demons & Wizards album, treating Hansi (Kursch, D&W vocalist/Blind Guardian) and I like gold. I'm really looking forward to this. The future looks good."

17 January 2003

Long-running Canadian thrashers INFERNAL MAJESTY have almost completed work on their newest album, "One Who Points to Death". The final phases of the recording are being done at Profile Studios in Vancouver and the final mixes should be done by the end of this month. The CD will contain eight new original tunes as well as a video version of "Death of Heaven". The album clocks in at 49 minutes. Look for a spring European tour to follow the release.
The band, who replaced bassist Kiel Wilson with Eric Dubreuil last October, have been working with Trident Films in Vancouver and are hoping to shoot the video for "Death of Heaven" in February. In order to get consideration for video airplay, INFERNAL MAJESTY had to record a new version for "Death of Heaven" and cut it down in length from its original 6:30 minutes to 3:30 minutes.

15 January 2003

Legendary Swiss thrash pioneers MESSIAH will reunite for a couple of special live appearances in June/July 2003.
The group, who have NO plans to record a new album or embark on a full-fledged tour, will perform at Volkshaus in Zürich, Switzerland in June and at the With Full Force festival at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig, Germany, on Jul. 4-6.

15 January 2003

TARAXACUM , the group featuring former STEEL PROPHET vocalist Rick Mythiasin, EDGUY bassist Tobias Exxel, drummer Franky Wolf, ex-HAGGARD guitarist Danny Klupp and ROUGH SILK/AXEL RUDI PELL keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, have set "Rainmaker" as the title for their sophomore album, due in the fall through MTM-Metal Records. In the meantime, several live appearances are planned for February/March. Exact dates and venues will be announced shortly.

15 January 2003

According to a lot of rumors and speculation on the Internet it seems that DYNAMO OPEN AIR is not going to happen this year, and the story goes that Mojo (the responsible booking agency) already pulled the plug from this years edition, though a specific reason isn't known. Right now we are waiting for an official statement from Mojo about the matter. More news when it comes available.

15 January 2003

The once mighty David Wayne, formally of METAL CHURCH and current REVEREND frontman was involved in a 3 car pile up in Tacoma Washington. Wayne was rearended by a car that was following much to close. This triggered a 3 car pileup in which Wayne suffered trauma in his neck and back and had to be rushed to a local hospital to treat his injuries. Wayne was treated and released but under Doctor's orders will need Therapy and Medications to meet his Rehabilitations requirements. All others involved in this accident were treated and released. David Wayne was unavailble for comment, however Davey Lee guitarist for Reverend/Byfist said he was in touch with Wayne and that he was shook up but progressing nicely and in good spirits.

15 January 2003

Self-proclaimed metal gods MANOWAR recently gave their German fans the finger during an appearance on Top Of The Pops. The ballad 'I Believe', a B-side on the single for 'The Dawn Of Battle', became a runaway hit and earned the band a spot on the German version of the famed UK production. Joey Dimaio and Co. hit the stage in full regalia, then proceeded to perform in PLAYBACK mode. "True metal will never die" indeed. Stand aside Britney Spears...

15 January 2003

Back in 1985 Paul Speckmann-MASTER were signed by US label Combat, and recorded a to-be debut album the same year. Due to insuperable differences the contract got torn up and Paul went on with his new band DEATHSTRIKE. After the reunion, Master were signed to Nuclear Blast and recorded many albums in the '90's. Now, almost 20 years later, the original 1985 album recordings have surfaced and will be released on CD and LP. The release will come with early 1990's demo tracks as a bonus. Expect a May release.

12 January 2003

Y&T mainman Dave Meniketti and his solo band, MENIKETTI, will be recording a live CD during their Japanese tour at the end of the month. "Should be a good one & hopefully it will really get the emotion & energy across in a raw & 'real' way," the guitarist wrote on his official web site. "It will only be a Japanese release, but I'm sure it will be available elsewhere."

12 January 2003

CHILDREN OF BODOM have recorded two covers for inclusion in their new studio album "Hate Crew Deathroll". The songs are "Somebody Put Something In My Drink" from Ramones and "Silent Scream" from Slayer.

12 January 2003

D.R.I. have reissued their classic "The Dirty Rotten LP" in CD-enhanced form through Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Beer City Records. According to the group's official web site, the new version "contains 44 audio tracks and five videos from the '82-'84 era.
All the tracks from the original 'Dirty Rotten LP' and 'Violent Pacification' records, songs from the compilations, songs from the bedroom demos, songs from the 'Vats' demo, live songs from our second show ever, and our first 2 radio interviews. There's also 5 live videos from CBGB's back in '84. We couldn't fit anymore on this disc."

For more information on how to order a copy of the CD, visit the band's official web site (see LINKS).

12 January 2003

Guitarist Marty Friedman is confirmed as an official member of TOURNIQUET. The band's forthcoming album, "Where Moth And Rust Destroy", will be out on March 25th through Metal Blade Records.

9 January 2003

Vancouver's TENET , featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have launched their official web site (still under construction) at this location. The group are tentatively scheduled to record their debut album in the spring with producer/SYL mainman Devin Townsend. A late summer/early fall release is expected.

8 January 2003

Former AGENT STEEL vocalist (John Cyriis) new band, STELLAR SEED, will release their first full length CD in 2003 titled "Trilogy Of The Stellar Cult (Vehicle 1) - Xerpion Particle Storm".

The track listing:
'Soliloquy Of The Stellar Cult'
'The Space Seed Manifests'
'Fury's From The Dark Aeon'
'Plethora Of Epoch's Curses'
'Endarkened NucleoSynthesis'
'Xerpion Particle Storm'
'Dream Detective'
'Trance = 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000'
'Brethren Of Crippled Souls'
'Eclipse Of The Godz... To Be Continued'.

Three sound clips from the new CD will be avaliable soon (Jan/Feb-2003) on the official band website. (see LINKS)

8 January 2003

Ex-MORBID ANGEL guitar player Richard Brunelle will finally unleash his latest band, PATHS OF POSSESSION with their debut release, "Legacy In Ashes", to be released in February through Still Dead Productions. Sources say that it will not be in the Morbid Angel vein but more or less will tread the more melodic death metal path.

7 January 2003

IRON MAIDEN will commence the recording process for their new studio album later this month, producer Kevin Shirley has confirmed. IRON MAIDEN's as-yet-untitled new effort is not expected to surface until the summer, at the earliest. In the meantime, the group have announced a host of European dates beginning in late June, including several festival appearances alongside METALLICA.

7 January 2003

Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER have announced the addition of bassist Paul Champagne to the group's lineup.
The band — Champagne, recently-acquired vocalist Rob Degroot, guitarist John Ricci and drummer Rik Charron — are "currently writing new material, heavy and aggressive, in the EXCITER tradition," according to the group's official web site. "Intense rehearsals have started for live shows due to the fact the band have received invites to play shows in USA and Europe. The band is preparing to enter the studio to record the next album very soon."

7 January 2003

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward was set to fill in for HALFORD's Ray Riendeau during the group's West Coast mini-tour this week after Riendeau's family suffered a tragic loss that prevented the bassist from appearing at the dates (which have since been cancelled). It is not presently clear if Ward will join HALFORD during the rescheduled trek in late January or if Ray will return to the band in time to appear at the group's first North American concerts in support of last year's "Crucible" CD.

3 January 2003

Dallas, Texas-based thrashers RIGOR MORTIS have reformed and have begun rehearsing together for the first time in 13 years. Casey Orr (bass, vocals), Harden Harrison (drums, vocals), and Mike Scaccia (guitar) plan to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary by re-releasing their hard-to-find, Capitol Records self-titled debut (originally issued in 1988) with lots of extra material. The group also plan to record new music and do some touring during the coming months. "It's going great and we're really excited about this new year," Orr said in an official press release. More info will be posted at www.rigormortis.com as it becomes available.

3 January 2003

Guitarist/vocalist Rob Urbinati got together a couple of days ago with his former SACRIFICE bandmates Gus Pynn (drums) and Scott Watts (bass) and jammed some old SACRIFICE stuff. "It was fun, even though we all had trouble remembering the stuff," Urbinati commented. Rob is currently preparing to enter the studio with TENET, his side project with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, and ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers. The group, who are signed to Hamburg, Germany's Virusworx Records, are working on their debut album with producer/SYL mainman Devin Townsend for a May 2003 release. ar.

3 January 2003

VOIVOD, the Montreal-based metallers that feature in their ranks former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Multiverse", due out on Mar. 4, 2003 through Newsted's Chophouse Records (in association with Surfdog).

The track listing is as follows:
01. Gasmask Revival
02. Facing Up
03. Blame Us
04. Real Again
05. Rebel Robot
06. The Multiverse
07. I Don't Wanna Wake Up
08. Les Cigares Volants
09. Divine Sun
10. Reactor
11. Invisible Planet
12. Strange And Ironic
13. We Carry On

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