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Metal News for March 24, 2003

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18 news articles posted on this day.

System of a Download Video

System Of A Down have posted up the video for the song ‘Boom!’ on their official website,
www.systemofadown.com. This was directed by Michael Moore.

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Rob Halford Denies Priest Reunion

Rob Halford has strongly denied rumours that he’s about to rejoin Judas Priest. In yet another twist, Halford blames his former management company Sanctuary for spreading the stories and he has now split with the company.

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Williams' Folks Get House Through DVD

The parents of late Drowning Pool singer Dave Wlliams have their dream home. Williams had always promised to buy his mother and father a new house with his royalties, and the rest of the band vowed to honour his dream after Williams died on August 14 last year. Now they’ve given Jo and Charlie Williams all the proceeds from their recently released DVD, ‘Sinema’, to make this happen. The amount of money involved is said to be $250,000.

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Type O Change Album Title

Type O Negative have changed the title of their upcoming album from ‘The Dream Is Dead’ to ‘Life Is Killing Me’. This should be released in June by Roadrunner. The band are to play the following UK dates: Manchester Academy June 19, London Astoria 20.

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Voivod Replace TRUSTCompany At Ozzfest

Voivod are to replace TRUSTCompany on the second stage for this year’s US Ozzfest tour. This means that bassist Jason Newsted will be doing double duty, as he’s also a member of Ozzy’s band.

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Deeds of Flesh Complete Album

Long-running Southern California death metallers Deeds of Flesh have set June 24 as the release date through Unique Leader Records for their latest CD, "Reduced to Ashes". The follow-up to 2001's "Mark Of The Legion" will contain eight new "brutal" songs with a running time of just over 40 minutes. Deeds of Flesh have been confirmed for a European tour with Hate Eternal and Dying Fetus in late summer 2003.

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Cruachan Set Pagan as New Title

Ireland's Cruachan have set "Pagan" as the title for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore" will be recorded and mixed at Sonic studios in Dublin between March 29 and May 11

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Withering Surface Announce new Drummer; EP

Denmark's Withering Surface have enlisted the services of Sacrificial drummer Lukas Meier for the group's upcoming live dates and recording sessions for the band's next studio album, due in early 2004 through Copro Records.
In other news, the band have compiled a MCD with previously unreleased tracks from the "Walking On Phantom Ice" sessions along with the tracks from the "Forever Fragile" EP and a live track taken from their gig at the Roskilde Festival.

Titled "Ichor", the CD will contain the following track listing: More...

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Suffocation Return

Death metal legends Suffocation are apparently back for good. After their brief reunion tour, they decided to enter the studio and are currently working on their long-awaited sixth release. The members working on the new release are: Frank Mullen (vocals), Terrance Hobbs (guitar), Mike Smith (drums), Josh Barohn (bass) and Guy Marchais (guitar, ex-Pyrexia and Internal Bleeding). Suffocation also has a new offical website up at www.suffocation.us.

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Exhumed Prepare to Enter Studio

Bay Area gore-grinders Exhumed are preparing to enter the studio with Neil Kernon to record their long awaited follow-up to 2000's Slaughtercult for Relapse Records. Singer/guitarist Matt Harvey had this to say: "We're recording the new record, Anatomy Is Destiny, starting April 12th. It should be out late June/early July. Everybody says this, but I truly think that this new album is going to totally destroy the first two!"

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Deceased Leave Relapse

After quite the run with their longtime label, Relapse Records, Deceased have officially parted ways with the label that helped launch their career.

Vocalist King Fowley gives BW&BK this exclusive, "We left the label because both Relapse and us were just traveling 'different paths' these days. We respect and thank them sincerely for all the belief and things they have done for us for so many years. We are just 'us' and we as a band felt it was just time to move on, time to move elsewhere and expand our horizons as a band and as a musical family! I wish everyone on both parts continued good times, and let's all keep the metal fury on a zillion!" - King Fowley and Deceased.

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Re-crucifixion of Christ Festival Update

Dark Funeral, Destroyer 666, Thus Defiled, Adorior, Asmodeus and Hatred are among the bands set to appear at The Re-crucifixion Of Christ Festival at The Sanctuary in Milton Keynes, England on October 25, according to Live4Metal. Negotiations are reportedly underway to add Satyricon, Marduk and Mayhem to the bill. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. through 'till 4:00 a.m. More information will be made available soon.

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Thyrane Announce Hypnotic Release

Finland's Thyrane have set May 19 as the European release date through Century Media Records for their third full-length effort, "Hypnotic". The album, which is due in Finland on May 5 through Spikefarm Records, was mixed in November/December at SundiCoop Studios and mastered at Finnvox Studios.

The complete track listing for "Hypnotic" is as follows: More...

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Akerfeldt and Wilson to Collaborate

Opeth mastermind Mikael Akerfeldt and Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson will reportedly collaborate on a Linda Perhacs cover for a tribute CD to the early '70s U.S. singer/songwriter, due later in the year.

Opeth's new album, "Damnation", will be released in a limited-edition digipak version (around 20,000 copies) as well as a standard jewel-case edition. Music For Nations Records will also press up 1,000 copies of vinyl/gatefold-sleeved LPs. There are currently no plans for the group's last album, "Deliverance", to be released on vinyl, although Relapse Records are said to have shown great interest in putting it out, as have some smaller labels. More...

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The Kovenant Announce Session Musicians

Norway's The Kovenant will be joined by two session musicians during their upcoming world tour in support of their long-awaited new album, "S.E.T.I." (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence), due in Europe on Mar. 31 through Nuclear Blast Records. Ram-Zet drummer Küth and Apoptygma Berzerk keyboardist Geir Bratland have reportedly signed on to tour with the group, which is scheduled to headline the Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway on April 17-19.

"S.E.T.I." was produced by Dan Diamond at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany and marks the final recorded appearance with the group of drummer Von Blomberg (a.k.a. Hellhammer), who announced his departure from the band last month.

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Kreator Replace Amon Amarth at Rock Hard

Kreator have replaced Amon Amarth on the bill for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. No reason was given for Amon Amaarths withdrawal from the event. A total of 16 bands will appear at the Rock Hard magazine-sponsored festival, the official lineup for which will be announced during the coming weeks.

The list of bands currently confirmed for Rock Hard Festival 2003 is as follows: More...

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Pagan War Machine to Support Seven Witches

Pagan War Machine, the new Los Angeles-based thrash project featuring Jim Durkin (former Dark Angel guitarist), Steve Gaines (Abattoir frontman), Marcelo Lima (guitar) and "Meyhem" Mendez (drums), will be performing with Seven Witches and Cage at The Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana, California on April 16.

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Amaran Name Second Album

Sweden's Amaran, the band featuring former members of Mourning Sign, have set "Pristine In Bondage" as the title for their second album, due late summer through Listenable Records.

"Pristine In Bondage" will be recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden between Apr. 7 and Apr. 27. 13 new songs have been completed for the CD and are being described by the band as "much heavier than the material on 'A World Depraved'."

Among the songs set to appear on the upcoming CD are the following: More...

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