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Metal News for March 18, 2003

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16 news articles posted on this day.

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Diecast Vocalist Leaving

Diecast vocalist Colin Schleifer will be parting ways with the band due to outside interests unrelated to the music business - Colin will perform with Diecast at the March 28th CBGB show and New England Metal & Hardcore Fest.

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Saxon, Two More Confirmed for Bloodstock 03

Following their sold out show at the Astoria in London earlier this year Saxon and Heavy Metal Thunder triumphantly return to the Bloodstock Festival celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Another confirmation for the festival is FourWayKill from the UK who recently supported Anthrax at the Bristol Bierkeller to a sold out crowd.

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Thoten Become Metal Gods

Thoten will be in one of Europe's many metal festivals this year, the Gods of Metal, which happens in Italy. This is the second time that the band will play for the Italian fans. In August 2001, Thoten co-headlined the Agglutination Festival, in southern Italy. Thoten is just the second Brazilian band to join the Gods of Metal in the Italian festival. The festival is on June 8th, at Brianteo Stadium, in Monza. For more information, go to www.godsofmetal.it.

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Satyricon Drummer Breaks Foot

Satyricon drummer Frost broke his foot before the soundcheck of their concert in Milan. Here's the tour report from the band: "Unholy shit, mother of all... We've had a few very good shows and the spirit is still strong. Paris and Porto (Portugal) being the best ones. Seems like the fans are always happy with our performances and it's always a treat to harvest fruits from years of hard work. This band needs to be on a big stage where we get to use all our lights and pyro. That's when we really shine! Italy was going to be one of the highlights of the tour which it wasn't. We knew the promoter had done a terrible job in promoting the shows and Rome had to be canceled because of some technical problems at the venue where we were performing. There was no other venue available the same day. As if this was enough Frost broke his foot right before soundcheck in Milan. "Luckily" it was on of the smaller bones in his foot and not his leg. He did play the show in Milan and a lot of people came out for the show although it would have been twice as many if they didn't set up the posters two hours before the doors opened!” More...

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Vital Remains Dechristianizes

The new album of Vital Remains will be titled "Dechristianize" and is scheduled for a late April release through Century Media. All vocals in the album were done by Glen Benton at Morrisound studios, where the album was recorded.

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Bloodjinn Tour with This Runs Through

Bloodjinn and This Runs Through will be touring together, mostly on the East Coast, in April. The Judas Cradle will also be supporting for a handful of dates. Here's the schedule: More...

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New Deeds of Flesh Album

Deeds of flesh are almost done with their new album entitled "Reduced To Ashes". It will contain 8 new brutal songs and it will be released on June 24th 2003. The band will also hit the European tour with Dying Fetus, Eternal and Severe Torture, this summer. Check the tour dates on their official site.

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Keep of Kalessin Disband

The great Norwegian black metal act Keep Of Kalessin is no longer running under this moniker. As told by guitarist Obsidian C. (at this time on tour with Satyricon as session guitarist), he disbanded the band because of some personal issues among the band members.

Currently is he involved in Bloodthorn but will continue with the Keep Of Kalessin style under a different name as soon as he finds another members and returns from Satyricon tour. (here's a link for some updates about this "project." If all goes well, we might see their debut before the end of 2003. He's thinking about using Enslaved drummer for the recording session or even Frost or Hellhammer if they will be available and up to this (palms up!). Good luck my friend.

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Skinless Complete New Album

Skinless have finished recording their new album, From Sacrifice To Survival, due out in the US on June 3rd. European and Japanese release dates will be announced soon.

In other news, the band will kick off a World tour on March 19th in Amsterdam. Full tour dates are available at the bands website, www.4skinless.com. While at the site check out some new merchandise in the E-store including a 3/4 sleeve jersey and hooded sweatshirt

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Centinex Announces Decadence

Centinex’s Martin has posted the following update at the bands website, www.centinex.org:
“We have set Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos as the title for our next full length album. The CD will include nine tracks, one being an instrumental piece written and performed by Peter Pettersson from Swedish goth/industrial act Arcana. The album will be recorded and mixed at Black Lounge Studios between June 23rd and July 20th for a October release. Among the titles tentatively set to appear on the CD are the following: ‘Cold Deep Supremacy’, ‘Misanthropic Darkzone’, ‘A Dynasty Of Obedience’ and ‘New World Odyssey’.

The album will be the hardest Centinex release ever, but it will also mark a new direction for the band. The new tracks are still good old Swedish death metal but with a modern touch. I'm not talking about industrial influences or things like that - even if the song titles might indicate something towards those dimensions - no, basically the material is just death metal for the new millennium. Lyrically we have moved away from the WW II era, the whole lyrical concept is actually based upon the forthcoming downfall of mankind. So the lyrics are still brutal, as it should be in this kind of music. No vampires nor other cheesy romantic rubbish. - Martin.”

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Quo Vadis to Play Live Shows

Quo Vadis will support Anonymus at their album release parties on March 21st at Metropolis in Montreal and March 22nd at Kashmir in Quebec City. Guitarist Alex Auburn of Cryptopsy has been enlisted to help out for the two shows.

As for their new album, the band say it's about half done. They have been in and out of Wild Studio since September recording various sessions. All drums are complete, guitars are 80% done. The band is currently working on vocals and the last details for guitars and bass. The album release is scheduled for late Summer/early Fall.

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More Bonded By Metal Dates Added

A few more dates for the upcoming "The Bonded By Metal Over Europe Tour 2003" have been announced. The trek — which will include appearances by Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Agent Steel, Behemoth, Mortician, Carnal Forge, Occult and Callenish Circle — will hit the following cities during October: More...

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Deicide Forced to Cancel Tour Dates

Deicide have been forced to cancel several dates on their current The Coalition For Musikal Armageddon Tour 2003, also featuring Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Revenge and Vehemence.

The following is Deicide frontman Glen Benton's official statement on the matter:

"Hello this is Glen Benton of Deicide. There have been many rumors and speculation about the tour we are on at this time. We have encountered a small obstacle concerning our crew and problems with the equipment truck, upon returning to Florida. We will be playing the following up coming dates... More...

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Opeth Added to Blackest of the Black Tour

Sweden's Opeth are the latest group to have been confirmed for the Danzig-headlined "Blackest of The Black" festival mini-tour, set to take place in early May.

Other groups are expected to be announced soon.

If these shows are successful, a full-length "Blackest of The Black" U.S. tour will take place in November, featuring a completely new lineup of bands (with Danzig as the headliner).

For more information on "Blackest of The Black", visit the tour's official web site at this location. More...

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Nevermore Studio Update

Nevermore frontman Warrel Dane has posted the following update to the "Studio Report" section of the band's official web site (www.nevermore.tv).:

"I got main vocals done tonight for 2 more songs… 'Create The Infinite' and 'I, Voyager'... I think you will all find some of the lyrics to these songs a bit fucked up and twisted, but do you expect less? I know you've all heard so many different song titles but I always change lyrics right up until the actual recording of the vocals if needed... I'm going to try in the coming week to give you more info.. but with work schedules it's hard to do the updates as much as I would like to...one thing I would like to say is that we should all go to http://www.bobdylan.com and read the lyrics to the song 'Masters of War'."

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The Crown Set Album Title

Swedish death metallers The Crown, featuring the return of original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have set Possessed 13 as the title of their forthcoming album for Metal Blade Records.

"We're done with the pre-productions now. And that means simply that we have recorded a demo version of the whole album," reveals The Crown in a recent band announcement. "As it seems now we'll have 13 tracks on the album, two of them will be instrumental. As it looks now, the new album will be a bad motherfucker. Less melodies and as Magnus stated before, more power! And for the lyrics I must say that Magnus has definitely wrote his best stuff ever! The whole album has a very strong feel of original death metal spirit. This is fucking death metal culture!!! . . . We also have started working on the cover artwork together with the excellent Locust Construction. And it will be looking just awesome."

Says guitarist Marko Tervonen: "We are all so fucking exited to share this album with the world. The songs kill, Johan is back in the family, the artwork looks superdeadly, everything just feels so fucking right about this album. We are listening a lot to the pre-productions we did a week ago. Already some improvement ideas... We'll polish this deadly diamond until we start the real recordings at Studio Fredman the 5th of May. Can't fucking wait!!! But first we'll do a European tour starting now on Friday the 21st in Holland. Come and share the insanity!!!"

The track list for Possessed 13 is: More...

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