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Metal News for March 25, 2003

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17 news articles posted on this day.

Hell-Born Gets New Drummer

The long distance between places where Bastek (Devilyn) and the rest of the band live was the reason why he's been replaced by other drummer - Mały (ex-Ghost and Grin). Problems concerning constant travels from one place to another made it difficult for Hell-Born to have regular rehearsals and prevented them from being well prepared for the gigs. The band decided to hire a person from Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia cities and they chose Mały. He's made good impression on other members of the band during concerts which presented Hell-Born playing with Ouo Vadis, Lost Soul (Gdańsk) and Krieg (Poznań).

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Immemorial Gets Faster and More Brutal

Immemorial is now working in Selani Studios on their new album, which is temporarily entitled After Deny. It is supposed to consist of 13 songs - faster and more brutal than Monologue. The producer stays the same - it's Szymon Czech. The new album is going to be recorded with participation of two new musicians: Karolina (on vocals) and Frost (a bass player, ex-Behemoth, Hefaystos). The album is due to be released in June. The present members of the band are: Karolina Czertowicz - voc, Paweł Tadrowski - guit., Daniel Orłowski - guit., Rafał "Frost" Brauer - bass, Przemysław Sęk - drums

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Nunslaughter and Centinex to Release 7"

April 10 2003 is a release date for this 7" split between Nunslaughter and Centinex. This seven inch features new studio recorded cover songs and it comes in a limited pressing of only 1000 hand numbered copies (first 200 on green swirled vynil, the rest 800 black). Pre-orders through mailorder Hells Headbangers.

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Moonspell in the Studio

Moonspell are currently in Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland recording their follow up to Darkness And Hope. The studio is booked until April 12th.

Right now the band is searching for a new bass player, as long time member Sergio C. parted ways with the band on good terms. Meanwhile the bass recordings will be done by Niclas Etelavouri from Amorphis. Again the band decided to work with producer Hilli Hiilesmaa.

A studio diary is planned to appear on Moonspell´s homepage http://www.moonspell.com/ in the next few days. A release date for the new record will be announced soon.

In live news, Moonspell are confirmed for the following festivals: With Full Force in Germany - July 4 - 6 and Arvika Festival in Sweden on July 12th.

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Dark Moor Revive, Looking for new Members

Dark Moor have announced some changes in their line-up. Elisa C. Martín (vocals), Albert Maroto (guitar) and Jorge Saez (drums) have founded a new band and Dark Moor will go ahead with new musicians.

Enrik Garcia (guitar) and Anan Kaddouri (bass) are looking for new members with the idea to record a new album this Summer.

Meanwhile, a special edition of the bands Between Light And Darkness album will be released through Arise Records on April 12th.

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Iced Earth Heading South

Jon Schaffer contacted BW&BK with a progress report, on preparations for the SPV debut.

"Things are moving along here (in Indiana). I fly to Tampa next Tuesday (April 1) to start recording drums with Richard (Christy). We will be doing the remainder of the recording in my studio here and then will be mixing in Tampa. I think it's safe to say we'll be mixing in late May, as the master has to be in (to the label) by the first of June."

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The Metal Gods get a Website

An official web site will be launched later this week for the upcoming The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring Halford, co-headliners Testament, Immortal, Carnal Forge, Primal Fear, Painmuseum, and Amon Amarth. Check it out at www.themetalgods.com. The trek, which will mark Rob Halford's first full-length tour of North America in nearly three years, is set to kick off on April 25 at the House Of Blues in Chicago.

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Marduk Put Finishing Touches on DVD

Sweden's Marduk are putting the finishing touches to the two promo clips that will be included on the group's upcoming DVD, tentatively due in the fall. According to a posting on the band's official web site, "the DVD will also include live appearances and other tour footage which will be recorded during the upcoming World Funeral tour."

In related news, when asked recently for their opinion on the war with Iraq, Marduk issued the following response: "We don't give a fuck! It's not our problem. Let the tanks roll..."

Marduk's latest CD, "World Funeral", was released in Europe on Feb. 24 through the group's own Blooddawn Productions. A U.S. release through The End Records is expected later this month.

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Grave Clarify Tour Cancellation

Long-running Swedish death metallers Grave have issued a statement clarifying their decision to cancel their European tour with Defleshed. According to a message posted on the band's official web site, "The European tour that was planned for March and April 2003 has been cancelled due to problems with the bookings and scheduling of the tour. With only three weeks to go before the start of the tour, we had not received what was agreed upon in terms of booked and confirmed shows. We feel that in such a situation we will rather wait until we can go on a full European tour and play for all of [the fans] rather than just a few selected countries and shows. We want [the fans] to know that Grave really wants to and will tour as soon as we get the opportunity to do a successful tour."

Grave will return to North America in May/June for a tour with Immolation, Goatwhore and December.

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For My Pain Photos Posted Online

A bunch of promotional photos of For My Pain, the new Finnish "goth metal" supergroup featuring Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen (ex-Eternal Tears of Sorrow) on bass, Lauri Tuohimaa (Embraze) on guitar, Olli-Pekka Törrö (ex-Eternal Tears of Sorrow) on guitar, Juha Kylmänen (Reflection) on vocals, and Petri Sankala (ex-Eternal Tears of Sorrow) on drums, have been posted online at this location. For My Pain's debut CD, "Fallen", is slated for release on Mar. 31 through Spinefarm Records.

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Oleander Talks About Move To Sanctuary

Oleander frontman Thomas Flowers had this to say about the bright side of the band's move to a smaller label in Sanctuary: "Yeah, but you know what, they are very smart. They are trying to cut their teeth on current bands that could break them in. I would absolutely love to be the Creed of Sanctuary Records. Wind Up Records was a very independent label until Creed came around and knocked them up and Sanctuary has a lot of really good acts but we are the most current type of band that they have. I would absolutely love to have some success with them."

Read the full article at Electric Basement.

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Event Talk About Mystic Fishook

Event drummer Matt Scurfield recently spoke to Electricbasement.com on their new release Mystic Fishook and the band's new sound, "We always wanted to create songs that were short, concise, almost a pop format, with a progressive twist on top.

As we moved on, we said, 'Well, we want to do things a little funkier, a little bluesier, a little industrial sounding - Faith No More, King's X, etc.' Garbage was a big influence with our new album, too. We're a hard-rock band with some nu metal-type things in there. We also still have some of the old stuff in there. That was always the trick with us: how to present things that musicians would like, but also find things the average listen could hang on to: 'That's a great melody. That song is really strong. There's the chorus.' To have each song stand out with its own personality.

On the last record ... some of it didn't hit with the hooks we wanted. The hooks were a little lacking. People really didn't catch the songs as they do now."

Read the full article at Electric Basement.

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Agresion Dutch Tour Dates

Venezuelan metallers Agresión (currently based in the Netherlands) will support Sepultura at Melkweg in Amsterdam on April 3. Agresión hit the stage at 9:00 p.m.

Agresión's second full-length album, "Cultura 3", came out in June 2002 through 4Tune/Suburban Records.

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Construcdead Negotiating with new Label

Sweden's Construcdead, the band featuring Terror 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, are still seeking a new label deal following their split with Cold Records last year. The band, who were recently joined by Godsic frontman Peter Tuthill, held a meeting with an as-yet-undisclosed record label yesterday (March 24). "Hopefully everything will work out well," the band said in a statement on their official web site. "If it does we looking forward to start record in this summer."

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Cryptopsy Skinman to Perform at Guggenheim

Cryptopsy's drummer Flo Mounier to perform at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

Flo Mounier has been invited by Matthew Barney, an American artist who from his earliest work has explored the transcendence of physical limitations in a multimedia art practice that includes feature-length films, video installations, sculpture, photography, and drawing.

Matthew Barney and the composer Jonathan Bepler are putting together two performances scheduled for Sunday & Monday March 30th and 31st at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Amongst other participants there will be Will Rhamer the vocalist for Mortician and Derek Roddy the drummer for Hate Eternal.

The performances at the Guggenheim will feature the five-cycle film project "The Cremaster Cycle" and you can look out www.cremaster.net for some examples of imagery. More...

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Mastodon to Tour with The Haunted

Fresh off their first European tour and recent U.S. run with the Dillinger Escape Plan, Relapse Records recording artists Mastodon have been invited to return to Europe this coming April with The Haunted.

The scheduled four week, 26-city tour will commence April 1st in Odense, Demark at Rytme Posten and will conclude April 27th in Hengelo, Netherlands at Metropol.

Immediately following the tour with The Haunted, Mastodon will return to the U.S. to headline the recently-announced Relapse Records "North American Contamination Tour 2003" with labelmates Cephalic Carnage, Uphill Battle and Dysrhythmia. The tour will be sponsored by Revolver Magazine and is scheduled to kick off May 2nd at the Hi Tone in Memphis, TN, running through May 23rd in Lansing, MI. and will be joined at select points by Soilent Green (in their first performances in over a year), new Relapse signing The End and Dayton, Ohio's Rune.

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The Gathering Sign North Amer. deal with The End

Utah's The End Records has secured the North American rights for The Gathering's upcoming full-length titled, Souvenirs. The disc is scheduled for a May 6, 2003 release.

Souvenirs official track listing is: More...

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