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Metal News for January 1, 2004

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7 news articles posted on this day.

Murderdolls' Thirteen Dead Kids Web Site Launched

Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 (formerly of North Carolina horror-metal outfit Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13) has launched the web site for his brand-new merchandise line, Thirteen Dead Kids. Check it out here.

As previously reported, Wednesday 13 has announced plans to do a few select solo dates to promote the merchandise line. Backing him on these shows will be Floridian "grave rockers" Death Becomes You.

Confirmed Wednesday 13 solo dates:

Jan. 30 - The Money - Rock Hill, SC
Jan. 31 – Hartley's House of Rock - High Point, NC

Additional Wednesday 13 dates will take place in March.

Murderdolls, whose lineup is completed by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison on guitar, ex-Dope guitarist Acey Slade, bassist Erik Griffin, and drummer Ben Graves, have lined up the following dates in January:

Jan. 15 - Key Club - Hollywood, CA
Jan. 17 - The Showcase Theater - Corona, CA

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Kataklysm's 'The Ambassador of Pain' MP3 Online

Following the completion of their recent album 'Serenity in Fire', which has been sent to the Nuclear Blast offices in Germany, and hits shelves March 8th, 2004, a brand new KATAKLYSM track, entitled 'The Ambassador of Pain' has been posted online at the following location.

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Ex-Abigor / Summoning Singer Joins St. Lucifer

Ex-ABIGOR/SUMMONING singer Silenius has joined ST. LUCIFER as the group's new vocalist. The band are currently working on material for their first demo/promo CD, to be made available sometime in the spring. An official web site will be launched soon as well. No further information is available at this time.

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Godhate Replace Bassist

Swedish death metallers GODHATE (formerly THRONEAEON) have replaced bassist Magnus Wall with long-time friend Clabbe Ramberg. "It feels like a great step forward for us as he has the right attitude and spirit along with his talents that we were looking for," the band write on their web site.

GODHATE recently put the release of their self-titled debut "on hold" while they are exploring all available options for a new record deal. The CD, which was recorded under the band's previous moniker, contains "furious, blasphemous and uncompromising death metal in the vein of SLAYER, DEICIDE and MORBID ANGEL with a touch of the early Swedish style," according to the group. "Very well produced, with a powerful yet unique sound," the album features a guest appearance by drummer Matte Modin of DARK FUNERAL.

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Madball Release MP3 'For My Enemies'

Members Freddy, Hoya, Mitts (Skarhead, Rag Men), and Rigg (ex-Hatebreed, Skarhead) of Madball have released a track off their EP 'N.Y.H.C' entitled 'For My Enemies'. The track can be downloaded here.

Madball's 'N.Y.H.C' 7 incher is out February 17th.

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Sunride Festival And European Tour Appearances

Sunride have announced a few festival appearances as well as a European tour with Good Witch of the South. Here are the festival dates:

Fri 09/01/2004 @ Semifinal, Helsinki, Finland (Rock 'n' punk Festival)
Sat 17/01/2004 @ Lutakko, Jyväskylä, Finland (w/ Disfear)
Thu 05/02/2004 @ Eldorado/Alcazar, Stockholm, Sweden (w/ ???)

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Post Mortem 2003

2003 has been a good year in metal music and for metalunderground.com. Metalunderground.com has increased its readership by more than 250 percent this year, added two new contributors (Slaughtered and ZmetallicA), and I've tweaked the site design and got a lot done on coding new features into the site (band pages, news by bands, commenting on news, and more).

I thank the contributors here on metalunderground.com for such a successful year, as well as all of the readers and those who make themselves heard and make this a more interesting place to hang out. And as always, thanks to the metal bands - known and underground - for keeping the metal spirit alive.

I've always had huge plans for this site (it's just a matter of time), and I plan to work on more cool site features in 2004. Here's hoping 2004 is as good a year in metal as well!

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