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Metal News for February 17, 2003

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Deicide Still Rehearsing New Material

According to Earache Records, Deicide are presently in the practice room working on new material for its first album for its new Label. Pictures of Deicide hard at work in the practice studio can be found here.

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The Haunted's Special Edition

Earache is preparing to unleash the magnificent new album "One Kill Wonder" from The Haunted, and numerous Special editions will be available, sadly in UK and Europe only, on its release next week. Collectors everywhere should snap up the limited edition (10,000) 'Casebox' edition which contains the CD wrapped in 'Police Line' tape, as well as 6 'suspect cards' featuring the members of the band, all housed in a box set.

In other news, The Haunted Claim chart topping DVD in Sweden. The Haunted's debut DVD "Caught on Tape" has entered the Swedish DVD midweek sales charts at Number 1 on its first week in stores. The Band and Earache want to thank all their loyal fans for rushing out to purchase the DVD in such numbers. Retailers in Sweden are warned to stand by for another stampede on Monday Feb 10th when the new CD album is released,which includes a bonus track "Creed" only for Swedish fans.

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Goretrade Sign Deal with From Beyond Prod

From Beyond productions will release the first full length of Colombian hyper-blasters Goretrade. Containing members from the Internal Suffering clan, Goretrade is said to be even more grinding than IS. The disc is to be recorded in the USA in late February 2003 and will see a release date in late May of 2003.

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Enthral Recording new Material

The Norwegians of Enthral are working on their debut full length for Displeased records. The disc is slated to be recorded in February and released sometime in June of this year. You can expect some innovative black metal, with hints of (recent) Satyricon and Thorns. Guest vocals by Martin Walkyier (Sabbat, Skyclad)!

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This Day Forward Finish Debut

This Day Forward have now completed work on their debut album for Equal Vision Records. Here's a quote from the band regarding the experience: "The overall experience of writing and recording this record has been amazing for all of us. As a band we pushed ourselves beyond what we ever thought we could do as artists and believe this to be by far our best work to date." The record, entitled "In Response," was recorded at Big Blue Meenie Studios and should hit stores this Spring. The following tracks (in no particular order) will appear on the effort: More...

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Most Precious Blood Replace Vocalist

You've probably heard the rumors. Most Precious Blood has indeed parted ways with vocalist Tom Sheehan as he goes back to work as a forensic psychologist. The group has lined up a replacement in none other than Rob Fusco, of One King Down noteriety. MPB will most likely be recording their next full-length this Spring, with a late-Summer release via Trustkill Records tentatively planned. Otherwise, they have upcoming shows with Hatebreed, Biohazard, and Sworn Enemy, and ultimately, a planned Summer tour with Shai Hulud, Terror, and Bleeding Through in the works.

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The Crown, God Dethroned Play Slovenian Dates

The Crown, God Dethroned, Ingraved and Adimirion will perform two shows in Slovenian club Pri rdeci ostrigi (Skofja Loka), the first one on 22nd and the second on 23rd February. Originally there was one date planned, but after the first date sold out, the organisers and bands decided two gigs would be needed.

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Blood of Christ Commence Recording

Blood of Christ have begun preproduction recordings for the follow up to their 2002 release, As The Rain Gently Falls. The album will be recorded officially later in the spring and released under the moniker BoC - Breed of Chaos, on Skyscraper Music during Autumn 2003. Recordings of BoC's third album will be produced by the band and engineered by Dan Hulse. Mixing and further production will be assisted by Jean-François Dagenais.

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Demon to Play First North American Gig

Demon will perform their first US concert on March 8th at the New Jersey Metal Festival in Irvington, New Jersey.

Vocalist Dave Hill comments: "We are looking forward to playing at the Metal Fest. Our albums are now being made available on domestic release through Dead Ringer, who have been instrumental in getting Demon to America. We are looking to reach a bigger audience and hopefully this is the start of many visits to the USA."

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Marduk Post New Song Online

Marduk have posted the following at their website: “We here bring you another mp3 from the upcoming album. [The track ‘Night Of The Long Knives’ is available at www.marduk.nu]. No more tour dates will be added to the European part of the World Funeral 2003, with the exception of 1 or 2 more festival shows! This will be the last Marduk European tour for a long time since the band plans to tour other parts of the world and then concentrate on new material.”

The band's new album, World Funeral, is out through Blooddawn Productions on February 24th.

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Suffocation, Skinless confirmed for MD Death Fest

Suffocation, Pyrexia, Skinless and Aborted are among the acts confirmed for Maryland Death Fest 2003, a three-day death metal festival scheduled to take place May 23-25 at The Thunderdome in Baltimore, Maryland.

The complete lineup for the event (in alphabetical order) is as follows: More...

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Sethian Finish Mixing new Material

Finland's Sethian, who feature in their ranks current Finntroll frontman Tapio Wilska, have finished mixing their debut CD at Finnvox studios with Mikko Karmila.

The album, which was previously scheduled for release on March 31, has now been delayed "due to busy schedules," according to the group's official web site. A new release date will be announced shortly.

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Cradle of Filth Video Available Online

Cradle of Filth's video for the track "Babalon AD (So Glad For The Madness)" has been posted online at this location. "Babalon AD (So Glad For The Madness)" comes off the group's much-anticipated "Damnation And A Day" CD, which is slated for release on March 10 via Sony Music. A DVD single containing the "Babalon AD (So Glad For The Madness)" video, a "Serpent Tongue" two-minute snippet with animation by the band, a photo gallery (10 shots), a merchandise details screen, and a band biography is due on March 3. "Damnation And A Day" was recorded in part at Parkgate Studio in Hastings, England, and was co-produced by Doug Cook and mixed by Scrap 60 Productions The vidso 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.

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Gardenian Announce New Line Up

Sweden's Gardenian have resurfaced after a lengthy, self-imposed hiatus and have announced details of a new lineup and album. Joining guitarist Niklas Engelin and drummer Thim Blom in the group's latest incarnation are Time Requiem singer Apollo Papathanasio and former Gooseflesh bassist Robert Hakemo. Kriss Albertsson, who previously played bass in the group, remains a member of the band, but only as a touring/session guitarist. Meanwhile, longtime guitarist/vocalist Jim Kjell, who played on the group's three full-length albums to date — 1997's "Two Feet Stand" (Listenable), 1999's "Soulburner" (Nuclear Blast), and 2000's "Sindustries" (Nuclear Blast) — has since left the band, having found "the day job he was searching for," according to a statement on the group's new official web site, www.gardenian.net.

Gardenian, who split with Nuclear Blast Records in 2001, are presently recording the follow-up to "Sindustries" at Studio Fredman and will be using the finished CD to procure a new record deal. If all goes well, the as-yet-untitled effort will be out in late spring/early summer.

With regards to the group's current musical direction, the band write, "We know that it may sound like a cliché, but [these are] the best songs we have done/recorded so far in our career it feels like all the pieces [have] finally [fallen into place] just perfect [as it relates] to [realizing] our vision." More...

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Murder Squad Set Spring Release Date

Sweden's Murder Squad, featuring Dismember bassist Rickard Cabeza, Dismember vocalist Matti Kärki, Entombed guitarist Uffe Cederlund and Entombed drummer Peter Stjärnwind, will issue their sophomore album, "Ravenous, Murderous", in the spring through Threeman Recordings (Entombed's own label). "We are still working for releases in North & South America and Asia and we will keep you updated with more info about that soon," the band said in an official press release. "The release of the album will be followed by shows and bloodshed across Europe. One festival is booked so far: Fuck the Commerce in May..."

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Cannibal Corpse Add Two Greek Shows

Cannibal Corpse have added two Greek shows to their upcoming European tour.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Damnation and a Day set for March 25th

Cradle of Filth have set a March 25 American release date for their new album, "Damnation And A Day". A headlining U.S. tour will follow the release.

"Damnation And A Day" was recorded in part at Parkgate Studio in Hastings, England, and was co-produced by Doug Cook and mixed by Scrap 60 Productions.

In other news, Cradle of Filth have announced a European tour throughout March and April.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Soilwork Complete Figure Number Five

Sweden's Soilwork have officially completed work on their new album, Figure Number Five, for Nuclear Blast Records.

Recorded at Queenstreet Recording (The Defaced) in Soilwork’s hometown of Helsingborg with Fredrik Nordström (The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity) and Dug-Out Studio (Meshuggah, In Flames) with Daniel Bergstrand (Strapping Young Lad, Darkane) in Uppsala, Soilwork's new album is said to be a stronger effort compared to 2001's excellent, Natural Born Chaos.

Nuclear Blast has set an April 21 release date in Europe and a May 6 release date in North America for Figure Number Five.

Figure Number Five's official track listing: More...

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Incubus Guitarist Joins Orchestra

Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger has formed a side project called the Time-Lapse Consortium. This features an 11-piece orchestra. The band played a show in Los Angeles last month, and Einziger is planning to upload the entire gig onto the internet.

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Metallica Documentary Filmed

A documentary is currently being completed on the making of the new Metallica album ‘St. Anger’. It’s being put together by filmmakers Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger. Right now, it’s not known whether this will end up on video or in theaters.

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Withering Surface Drummer Leaves

Withering Surface drummer Nikolaj Borg has left the band. Currently the Danish metallers are rehearsing with a session drummer for their Spring tour of Europe. Borg is to continue working with WS guitarist Jacob Krogholt on their bluesy punk side project the Bondage Corps.

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Deconstruct From Heathen and Die Krupps

Darren Minter, drummer of Ex-Roadrunner artists HEATHEN and German industrial sensation Die Krupps has formed a new band stateside entitled DECONSTRUCT. The new band line-up features Joe Fraulob on guitars, Skitz on vocals, Venessa on bass. The band is currently shopping their 3-song demo "Sign Of Things To Come" and planning their U.S. tour for Spring/Summer 2003.

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