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Metal News for March 12, 2004

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14 news articles posted on this day.

After Forever Confirmed For Zillo Festival

As previously reported, the Zillo Festival will be held from July 16th - 18th at Loreley Freilichtbühne in St. Goarshausen, Germany.

The latest addition to the festival line-up is the Dutch Atmospheric doom metal act AFTER FOREVER.

The complete list of acts scheduled to appear at the festival now includes: AFTER FOREVER, WITHIN TEMPTATION, DIMMU BORGIR, IN EXTREMO, L'AME IMMORTELLE, LAIBACH, BLUTENGEL, DAS ICH, SCHANDMAUL, LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING, :SITD, ALIEN SEX FIEND, SUICIDE COMMANDO, SEROTONINE, UMBRA ET IMAGO, FAUN, SKINNY PUPPY, LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, GTTERDMMERUNG and DEATHSTARS.

More acts will be announced soon.

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Drummer Lee Morris Leaves Paradise Lost

PARADISE LOST have posted the following statement at their official website:

"Regrettably Paradise Lost have come to the decision to part company with drummer Lee Morris. The band state personal and musical differences as their reason for taking this action.

No replacement has been named as yet, although the new album will continue to be recorded as previously planned.

We are sorry to see Lee go, and wish him all the best for the future."

Lee Morris added:

“I think it was always going to be difficult integrating myself into an already established set-up, and although we have always had a varying degree of opinions, attitude and ethics on things over the last 9 years, we have usually always managed to find a happy medium. However, I think that over the last year the divide has really grown to a point where compromise is no longer really an option for any of us to maintain a healthy working relationship. I have complete respect for the band on this decision at this stage in their career, and I want to wish them every success on the forthcoming album and thank them for the good times. As for me, I’m not sure what the future has in store yet, but I do believe that all things in life happen for a reason and as one door closes another opens, so here’s to new beginnings.”

David has been a member of the band since 1994 after Matthew Archer left and was the only replacement in the band since the very beginning in 1987.

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Fate Turns Grey Recording New Album

Fate Turns Grey is now recording there new album which will include songs previously recorded from the "Solace In Darkness" EP. You can download the entire 4-song EP from Funeral Harvest Records' site.

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Disharmony Sign To Funeral Harvest

Sacramento, California Black/Grind artists Disharmony, have officially signed with Funderal Harvest Records. Disharmony are in the studio recording there untitled new album, set to be released later this year.

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Central Florida Magic Fest Details

This year's Central Florida's Magic Fest (not in Orlando this year) is taking shape. The event will take place on Saturday June 12th and June 13th at Spanky's in West Palm Beach. The lineup currently includes the following bands: More...

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Annihilator Announce New Bassist And Drummer

Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have announced the addition of bassist Sandor de Bretan and drummer Rob Falzano to the group's ranks. Bretan hails from Waters' hometown of Ottawa Canada, while Falzano, a Boston native, came recommended to Water by "All For You" studio drummer Mike Mangini, who was also Falzano's teacher. Mangini will also be "guesting" at some future shows with the band.

ANNIHILATOR are scheduled to release their new album, "All For You", on May 24 through Germany's AFM Records. A five-song EP, entitled "The One", will surface on April 26, and will include two bonus video clips. "All For You" marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June.

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Evergrey Post New Sound Clips

Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY have have posted sound clips for the tracks ‘A Touch Of Blessing’ and ‘The Essence Of Conviction’ at their official website. Both tracks come from the group’s forthcoming album, "The Inner Circle". To hear the clips go to the Audio/Video section on their website

InsideOut will release "The Inner Circle" on April 27th. The album will also be released in a limited edition version featuring three live acoustic tracks.

The album features the following tracklisting:
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Force Of Evil Guitarist Talks About Influences

In an interview with Electricbasement.com, FORCE OF EVIL guitarist HANK SHERMANN downplays his other band's influence on black metal, "I don't see us [MERCYFUL FATE] as being originators in the genre really, other than regarding King's [KING DIAMOND] lyrics and stage presence. Musically we were inspired by other bands such as Judas Priest. I think it's really King Diamond's lyrics and stage presence that has inspired a lot of Black Metal bands, plus our songs have a lot of cool atmospheres that maybe a lot of bands like to imitate."

Regarding his own influences, he had high praise for MICHAEL SCHENKER's "timing and tone", but was disappointed when seeing him live, "...I did have the privilege of seeing him with Uli Roth and [Joe] Satriani on the G3 tour. I believe it was in Copenhagen. For me it was seeing Uli Roth as he was very professional, a serious performer, Schenker was in pretty bad shape, and he couldn't even perform. He had to sit down, it was a load of crap. I know {Mercyful Fate, Force of Evil guitarist] Michael Denner saw him in 1975 in UFO around the time of Force It . He thought it was amazing."

Read the full article at Electric Basement.

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In Aeternum To Support Deicide On Euro Tour

In Aeternum has been confirmed as one of the support bands for Deicides European tour. At the end of April will be released brand new mini CD of In Aeternum entitled No Salvation . In summer the band will enter Abyss Studio again to record their new full lenght album for Agonia Records.

DEICIDE tour dates with AKERCOCKE, MYSTIC CIRCLE, IN AETERNUM: More...

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Life Sentence Records signs xDeathstarx

Southern California's xDeathstarx has officially signed with Life Sentence Records. The group will enter the studio late this month to record their debut full-length, which should be out this summer. The band will support the album's release with a full U.S. tour. In the interim, you can download a track from the group's demo.

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Nientara Call It Quits, New Band Formed

Connecticut hardcore band Nientara has called it quits after three years together. However, members Nathan Adajian, Jason Leardi, and Joshua Jablonski have formed a new group called The Moor with George Richer (ex-A Thousand Falling Skies), Tom O'Hare (Invocation of Nehek) and Mike Despasqua.

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Lamented Souls Release 'The Origins of Misery'

After many delays the first full length album of LAMENTED SOULS, entitled 'The Origins of Misery' has finally been released! For those not familiar with this band, it features members from both BEYOND DAWN and DIMMU BORGIR/ Arcturus/ Borknagar (last 3 bands due to the presence of Simen Hestnaes, ICS Vortex). The album has been released on Duplicate Records and promises to be one of the best Doom releases of this year!

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Bethlehem Working On Their 6th Studio Album

German Dark metallers Bethlehem are currently working on their 6th Studio Album called 'Kavrassje Vrae'. The album will contain 10 new songs and is a mixture of all Bethlehem albums. The instruments still are recorded, vocals will follow soon by new vocalist Kemna and Bartsch himself. Album release will be sometime in the end of 2004.

Also a special 2 CD edition of 'Dictius te necare' containing RMXes, Videos, strange stuff, the soldout 'Reflektionen aufs Sterben' Mcd, never seen photos etc. is planned for the next months.

And a 7" called 'Alles tot' with special artwork, containing the "not albums" songs 'Schuld unsres knoechrigen Faltpferds' & 'Wo Adlers wagen' will be released thru Amortout records in April/May 2004.

Last but not least Bartsch & Kehren (Deinonychus) started working on a strange perverted electronic project which combines sick & bizarre moods with violent electronic beats, heavy guitars, bass and brutal vocals. Albums are planned for the future.

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Final Chapter Records Releases Neuthrone

The newly founded Belgian label Final Chapter Records has just released their first LP, which is none less than the 10-year-old unreleased recordings from NEUTHRONE (pre-Thee Plague Of Gentlemen). The LP which has been completely remastered, is available on a limited pressing of 300. This Belgian 'cult' sludge doom band were the predecessors of the genre in Europe. Influenced by old Celtic Frost, Dream Death, Penance, Prong, Voivod, Melvins and Amebix...

In September the label will also be releasing the new album from Germany's Doompride MIRROR OF DECEPTION, more news on that soon.

Final Chapter Records are also currently looking for distributors for this release, as well as doing trades and/or buyers of the items at wholesale prices. More info and contact can be found on www.finalchapter.net

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