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Metal News for March 14, 2003

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Daily Interviews

Heavy Metal Universe has two new interviews with the following bands:

  • Masterplan interview with Roland Grapow (fr/uk)
  • Deeds interview with Tony Newton (fr/uk)

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Finntroll Withdraw from Motala Fest

Finntroll have withdrawn from the lineup of this year's Motala Metal Fest due to scheduling conflicts caused by their recently-announced European tour with Katatonia.

Motala Metal Fest, which is set to take place on April 19 at Folkets Park in Motala, Sweden, will now feature performances from the following acts: More...

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Ministry Confirmed for With Full Force Fest

Ministry, Anthrax, Murderdolls and Raging Speedhorn are the latest acts to have been confirmed for Germany's With Full Force 2003 festival, which is set to take place July 4-6 at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig.

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

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Hatesphere Re-sign with Scarlet Records

Danish death-thrashers Hatesphere, featuring Raunchy drummer Morten Toft Hansen, have re-signed with Italy's Scarlet Records for one more CD. "We received a lot of nice contract offers from a lot of big record companies, but in the end, we decided to stay on Scarlet for one more record," the group said in an official statement. "Scarlet have proven to work very hard for Hatesphere and they have achieved big things, so we are happy to stay!" Hatespehere who recently replaced guitarist Ziggy with Koldborn axeman Henrik B. Jacobsen, will embark on a European tour with The Haunted and Mastodon in early April.

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Freternia Announce New Guitarist

Sweden's Freternia have announced the addition of former Conviction/Zonata guitarist Niclas Karlsson to the group's ranks.

Freternia's latest album, "A Nightmare Story", was released last October through Spain's Arise Records.

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Beyond the Embrace Added to Opeth Tour

New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sextet Beyond the Embrace have been added to the last half of the Opeth/Lacuna COil North American tour kicking off the beginning of May 2003. The band will join the tour on May 14 at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and play until the end of the tour. This tour will also be hitting the New England Hardcore and Metal Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 16.

Beyond the Embrace's debut CD, "Against The Elements", was released in May 2002 through Metal Blade Records.

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Vader Posts Unreleased Recording

Polish death metal veterans Vader have posted a previously-unreleased version of the track "Chaos" at this location. According to the band's official web site, "Vader first recorded their debut album 'The Ultimate Incantation' at famous Sunlight Studios, but neither the band nor Earache's boss Dig Pearson weren't satisfied with the results achieved in Sweden. So, they made a decision to record the album once again, this time at English Rhythm Studio with Paul Johnson behind the knobs." The version of "Chaos" available for download was recorded during the Sunlight sessions and was never before made available to the public.

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2003 Metal Gods Tour

NEW YORK - Rob Halford will headline the spring's heaviest U.S. tour, The 2003 Metal Gods Tour. The exclusively Metal tour will be a multi-band package featuring Rob's blazing quintet Halford, co-headliners Testament, Immortal, Symphony X, Dark Tranquility, Amon Amarth, Carnal Forge and more.

The 2003 Metal Gods Tour is set to kick off April 25 in Chicago, and will wrap up on the west coast by mid-June. This will be Rob's first full-length tour of North America in nearly three years. "The tour is quite remarkable," Halford said. "Over the last decade, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal have fragmented into all these unique sub-genres, so we felt it would be ideal to put some of the best Metal bands from the various genres together on the road. Today's Gods of Metal, if you will."

The Metal Gods Tour will feature U.S. Bay Area Thrash Metal kings Testament. Also, New York-based Progressive Metal act Symphony X. Rob Halford has often professed his affinity for bands of a darker nature, so the inclusion of Black and Death Metal bands were an obvious way to round out a lineup. More...

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