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Metal News for February 19, 2003

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26 news articles posted on this day.

Life of Agony Sign With SPV

The reformed Life Of Agony have signed a deal with SPV. They are to release a live album recorded last month during two reuninion shows in New York. This is currently being mixed by Biohazard’s Danny Schuler and Billy Graziadei.

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Ozzfest 2003 Details Released

Details on this year's Ozzfest have been announced, and it seems Ozzy will be headlining the tour himself (not Black Sabbath as previously reported). Other main-stage headliners will include Korn, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, and Chevelle. Second stage acts include Cradle of Filth, Trust Company, Shadow’s Fall, Killswitch Engage, Nothingface, Hotwire, Grade 8, Twisted Method, Unloco, and Memento are just a few of the 14 bands that will round out the second stage line-up. (More bands TBA.)

Here's the official press release with tour dates: More...

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Darkest Hour in Love with Sweden

Darkest Hour may never leave Sweden ever again! The guys have been recording their album in Sweden for almost a month now and they are the happiest people in the metal world: 'It has been the most intensely challenging experience of our lives - it is fucking insane!' If you are around, they are also playing 2 shows while they are there - a death metal fest and a show with skid system.

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Dimmu Borgir to Enter Studio in March

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 pre-production 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."

Among the tracks set to appear on the album are the following:

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Ritual to Release Third full length

Sweden's Ritual celebrates ten years with another release. Their third album is named Think Like a Mountain, and is currently scheduled for a March release.

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Acheron Covers to Be Released

Black Lotus Records will be releasing a compilation of cover songs that Acheron has recorded over the last decade entitled Acheron: "Tribute to the Devil's Music". The album will feature cover songs of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Mercyful Fate, Kreator, Death, Venom, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Kiss and a rare version of Acheron's "Ave Satanas." The release date for this will be sometime in early/mid 2003. In related news, Acheron guitarist and former Acheron drummer Richard Christy are presently working on new material for their other band, Burning Inside.

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DeGarno Rejoins Queensryche

Chris DeGarmo has rejoined Queensryche in the studio. The guitarist is currently with the band working on their new album. DeGarmo left the band shortly after the release of their 1997 album 'Hear In The Now Frontier'.

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Matrix: Reloaded With Nu-Metal

System Of A Down, Linkin Park, P.O.D, Deftones and Rob Zombie are all expected to have tracks included on the soundtrack album to accompany the upcoming movie ‘The Matrix: Reloaded’. The soundtrack is to be released in May.

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Darkseed Sign new deal, set release date

German dark metal/electro goths Darkseed have signed with Massacre. Following four successful albums, the ambitious new album, Astral Adventures, is being recorded now. The release date has been set for April 28th.

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Book About Layne Staley

‘Angry Chair’ is the title of a biography on late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley. Written by rock journalist Adriana Rubio, it deals with the singers’ heroin addiction, and includes his last interview. There are also extracts from his personal journals and his own drawings. The book is published by Xanadu, and further information is available via www.insidelayne.com.

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Helheim Sign with Massacre

Bergen, Norway's Helheim have signed with Massacre. The Pagan/Viking metal band already got a discography of four albums and one mini-CD. Their forthcoming fifth album can be expected for release in March/April 2003.

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Earache to Reissue Carcass Discs

Earache Records has finally decided to re-issue first 2 Carcass albums, Reek Of Putrefaction and Symphonies Of Sickness. Both discs will come with the original covers that have not been availabe since 1992. For all pathologists, doctors with big butcher knives and gore lovers... a must!

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Serj Strikes Again

System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian will release the self-titled, debut album from his side project, Serart, in America on April 22. It’s to be made available on his Serjical Strike label. The band also includes Armenian instrumentalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan.

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Limbonic Art Disbands

Daemon and Morfeus are disbanding Limbonic Art... from their official site:

"Limbonic Art has of February 2003 decided to seize our activities.

We feel that we have reached as far as we could in our collaboration, and do not feel as inspired as we should when it comes to produce new quality music, there is no reason to go on making music we would not be comfortable with, and we fulfilled our contracts with NAP. Everything is set for a new beginning for the both of us, and we desire to explore other aspects of our musical interests, so it is time to stop now. The circle is complete, begin another...

We would like to hail all the ones who have supported us through the years, Nocturnal Art Productions, Hammerheart Records, Evil Horde Records, Mystic Productions, and many others who deserves our respect. Last but not least, we hail YOU, our loyal and dedicated fans, you know who you are..."

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Candlemass to Play American Date

Just in time for the domestic release of their DVD retrospective, Documents Of Doom, the legendary Candlemass will headline the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend, June 13-14, in Cleveland, OH. The festival appearance marks the first time the Swedes have played here in over twelve years! Since reuniting last year, the doomsters have been the hottest ticket in Europe, thrilling hundreds of thousands at festivals across several countries. After a protracted absence, the mighty Candlemass will once more grace these shores, bringing songs recognized as classics around the globe. Don't miss the opportunity to witness one of the truly great bands from metal's heyday!

Tickets are available from TicketMaster, or through the magazine website BraveWords.com, where each ticket purchased will receive an enamel "BW&BK" logo pin, suitable for your leather jacket. All purchases through the website before March 1 will be entered in a contest to win a year's subscription to Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles magazine (or a renewal if the winner is already a subscriber) and a BW&BK street hockey jersey. The prize pack has a value of $100+ ! Chances of winning are dependent upon the number of entries.

The BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend also features: More...

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Maiden Returns to Donington

According to a statement from, Iron Maiden, they have confirmed they will be headlining the Download Festival at the famous Donington Park on Saturday 31st May, 2003. This will be their only appearance in the UK this summer, as part of their Give Me Ed…'Til I'm Dead World Tour 2003. The two day festival features Iron Maiden headlining the first of the two nights with special guests including Marilyn Manson and the Deftones. This will be the premier UK rock festival of 2003.

Iron Maiden have headlined Donington festivals twice previously, back in 1988 and 1992, the former with record-breaking attendances in excess of 100,000 fans. This year's festival will have over 50 of the best and most cutting edge bands in rock playing across three stages over the two days.

Bruce Dickinson says, "Playing in front of your home crowd is a fantastic way to kick off the Give Me Ed ...'Til I'm Dead Tour. There are some really strong bands on the bill and I think this will be the festival of the summer for sure. We've known for a few weeks that this was all coming together and I've found it very hard to try and not let anything slip out in case we gave the game away."

"To be playing Donington again means a lot to us as it's remembered as being the true home of metal festivals. To be headlining there again after so long is an indication of the resurgence of the music we all love. It's a very special festival for us as it really does feel like home."

The Give Me Ed…'Til I'm Dead Tour 2003 has the band headlining not only their own shows but also just about every major festival throughout Europe this summer, before going to the USA later in the year. The first three shows in Scandinavia (announced just before Christmas) saw all 50,000 tickets sell out in the first week, including Stockholm's 31,000 capacity Stadium, so the band know the Metal hordes are ready! More...

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Sethian Sets Title for Debut Disc

Finland's Sethian, who feature in their ranks current Finntroll frontman Tapio Wilska, have set "Into The Silence" as the title for their debut album, due on April 14. The album, which was recently mixed at Finnvox studios with Mikko Karmila, will contain 12 songs.

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Borknagar Loses Guitarist

Gutarist Jens F. Ryland has left Norway's Borknagar. "[Jens'] decision is based on various personal reasons, but we would like to state that there is no conflict nor bad blood in relations to the break," mainman Oystein G. Brun said in an official statement. "On behalf of Borknagar, I wish him all the best for the future!

"[Ryland's departure] will have no effect on the recording of our new album. We will start recording the album at Toproom Studios in mid-March and we'll record sporadically till the end of July. Expect a late year release!"

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Laiho Jams with Halford

Children of Bodom guitarist Alexi Laiho joined Halford on stage at their show in Sapporo, Japan Wednesday night (Feb. 19) for a triple-axe-attack version of the Judas Priest classic "Living After Midnight". Children of Bodom, whose latest CD, "Hate Crew Deathroll", entered the Finnish charts at #1, were the support act for Halford during their just-completed Japanese tour.

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Candlemass, Pain set for 2000 Decibel Fest

Candlemass, Clawfinger, Pain, Nightingale, and Falconer are the latest acts to have been confirmed for the fourth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to be held on May 17, 2003 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). Fifteen bands will play on two different stages as part of an annual event that is being billed as "the only festival that is totally dedicated to Swedish hard rock and metal."

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

The complete list of artists set to appear at the event is as follows: More...

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CoF Back Out of New England Fest

Cradle of Filth have officially cancelled their participation in this year's New England Metal And Hardcore Festival, set to take place on May 16-17 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. The British black metal giants will no longer be performing "due to their commitment to headline the second stage of the Ozzfest tour," according to the festival's official web site.

Although the final lineup for New England Metal And Hardcore Festival has yet to be officially confirmed, the following bands have all signed on to appear at the event: More...

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Necrophobic Announce Hometown Gig

Swedish death metallers Necrophobic have announced a headlining show at Riddarkällaren in Stockholm on March 23. Support at the gig will come from Unpure and Celestial Pain.

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HIM and Moonspell Confirmed for Arvika

Finland's H.I.M. have been confirmed for this year's edition of Arvika Festival (Arvikafestivalen), set to take place July 10-12 in Arvika, Sweden. Other artists scheduled to appear at the event include Moonspell, BjÖrk, Front 242, and Chicks on Speed.

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

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Shadows Fall to Play on Ozzfest

Massachusetts based Shadows Fall have been confirmed to perform on the second stage of this year's installment of the rock and roll summer camp known as Ozzfest. The jaunt is tentatively scheduled to kick off June 28th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in San Antonio, TX and will run through the end of August.

Comments frontman Brian Fair, "We are honored to tour with one our favorite artists of all time, Ozzy Osbourne. To be sharing the side stage with some of the best up and coming heavy acts out there is beyond exciting. This is going to be one of the best years the Ozzfest has ever seen. Expect us to pull out all the stops."

On the eve of headline tours in Japan and the UK, the band have also just announced another North American leg to their worldwide tour in support of their critically acclaimed new release, The Art Of Balance. All dates include support from Shai Hulud and Unearth (who join the tour March 15th in Austin, TX) with rotating support from Blood Has Been Shed and Cephalic Carnage. The tour will last for 4 weeks and includes a stop in Austin, TX during the South By Southwest Music Festival, as part of Strhessfest a celebration of music and art, presented by cult artist Derek Hess. A European tour with Soilwork and Children Of Bodom will follow in April. More...

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Diabolical Drummer Leaves to join Seethings

Sweden's Diabolical have lost drummer Lars Soderberg to Seethings, featuring ex-Darkane and Andromeda vocalist Lawrence Mackrory.

"Yep, I´ve quit the band due to various problems and I am now playing bass," confirms Soderberg.

Diabolical have yet to annouce a replacement for the drummer, but they're already writing material for the follow-up to last year's A Thousand Deaths. In fact, Diabolical are writing a mini album first and a full-length for 2003.

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Trickster G Interviewed at Metal Reference

Ulver's Trickster G. recently talked to the Metal Reference website and commented on a myriad of upcoming projects he's working on, including the follow-up to 2001's excellent Perdition City.

About the film Svidd Neger (Burnt Negro), controversial title and music that he's creating for it: “It's entitled that way to cause a stir, and they certainly succeeded in doing that. The producers have been reported to the human rights department at the UN. It´s going to be a backwards dogma-movie. It's a 1.5 million USD budgeter hitting the big screen spring 2003.” Svidd Neger is an "anti-dogma" film.

On a lighter note, Ulver's new album, Utopian Enterprises, is nearing completion: “It´s a return to the format composed of songs; our first 'real' album since Perdition City. It´s a collection of songs with texts, percussion, and instrumentation. There are contextual songs that allow us to promote the album on a bigger scale, and maybe shoot a video. The concept of the music and the basic tracks are written, but nothing is finished."

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