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Metal News for March 3, 2003

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22 news articles posted on this day.

Mourning Beloveth Looking into "visual" release

Mourning Beloveth has just returned from a successful European Tour, and with 40 hours of videofootage in the luggage, they are currently checking the possibilities for a more visual release of some kind...

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A Re-signed Fleshgrind

Illinois-based death metallers Fleshgrind have re-signed with Olympic Recordings/Century Media and will entering the studio in May to record their third full-length album, entitled Murder Without End. An August release is expected.

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Architect in Arcturus

Spiral Architect singer Øyvind Hægeland has joined Norway's Arcturus as a replacement for Kristoffer Rygg (a.k.a. Garm, a.k.a. Trickster G.).

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Nevermore Studio Update

The new Nevermore album is under way. Here's an update from Warrell Dane:

"Sorry it took so long to get started with the studio report but this time we are all still working our regular jobs and recording so things are a bit hectic. All the drum tracks are done. All the bass tracks as well as the main guitar tracks are done. Jeff is doing solos as we speak. I have three main vocals done and things are going very good. Kelly is really easy to work with...so put your fears to rest!! Some really good news for you guys....the release date at this point is June 17th ...yes June 17th in the US and I believe June 24th in Europe, so the wait won't be much longer....be patient...the enemy awaits"

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A Death for Every Sin Calls it Quits

After more than three years of existence, including two U.S. tours and a full-length on Alveran Records, Montreal's A Death For Every Sin has apparently broken up. Here's a statement from vocalist Nick:
"Due to numerous reasons, we decided that it was time for us to put this band to rest. We have been together since the summer of 1999 and things just haven't worked out the way we wanted them to. Sadly, this means that we won`t be doing our upcoming European tour. We were looking forward to that but we can`t make it financially. We sincerily apologize to everyone who booked us or wanted to see us. We will, however, be playing one last show but we haven`t decided when. Some of us plan on focusing on another project so keep your eyes open for that in the near future."

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BTBAM Parting Ways with Drummer

Between The Buried And Me has parted ways with drummer Michael Reig, who only joined the band in October, for unspecified reasons. Consequently, they have quickly lined up a replacement in former Bury Your Dead drummer Mark Castillo. In related news, BTBAM will be taking some time off from touring to record their Victory Records debut, which will tentatively see a release in September.

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Unholy Ghost Update

After Aantar was booted from Diabolic, he started a new band, Unholy Ghost. At the moment, Unholy Ghost cosist of
Aantar Coates- drums (ex Diabolic, ex Horror Of Horrors, ex Exmortis), Paul Quellete- vocala/bass (ex Diabolic), Jerry Mortellaro- guitar (ex Diabolic) and Kelly McLauchlin- guitar (Pessimist, ex Resistance).

They have already recorded a 3-song demo (check for MP3's on their site) and are in pre-production for their debut, due out this summer.

Diabolic, in the meanwhile, are still auditioning a new drummer with a current line-up: Brian Malone, Robert Cardenas and Eric Hersemann. If all goes well, they plan to release new album this Fall for Olympic Recordings/Century Media.

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Hellhammer Leaving The Kovenant

According to an Official Press Release released today by Nuclear Blast Germany, drummer Hellhammer will be leaving The Kovenant.

The release stated: “So another chapter in the bands history has come to and end. It has mutually been decided that Von Blomberg (aka Hellhammer), will be leaving the band. And a new replacement drummer will be taking his place. New members for the band are also being auditioned, and will be revealed shortly. With the imminent release of the 4th album, Seti, things are looking very good for the future of The Kovenant. And being more dedicated and headstrong than ever. I can only predict greater things in store for us. We would like to thank Von Blomberg for the years of mischief and friendship, and wish him well on his future escapades. Wherever that may be. And that he will always remember that together we have made history more than once... Lex Icon, Psy Coma & Angel”

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Borknagar's Lars Nedland Speaks to BW&BK

Currently on the promotion trail to push his new Solefald album In Harmonia Universali - open minded black metal fans would be wise to check it out - Borknagar keyboardist Lars "Lazare" Nedland gave BW&BK some insight as to what is in store for the fans.

"Yeah, the new one is going to be a reggae album," Nedland laughs. "Actually, it's going to be a continuation of Empiricism, but I think there will be more of the traditional acoustic passages. And, there will be an even bigger focus on the vocal melodies this time, now that we have the time to sit down and really work things out. We've got about twelve or thirteen songs written and we're picking out the ones we like best for the album. We're entering the studio in the middle of March, and I figure we'll be finished by the middle of the summer, which means an autumn release."

Although guitarist Oystein is the creative force behind Borknagar, Nedland reveals that he and the other members of the band contribute fully to the songwriting. For Nedland this means a welcome dose of structure in his compositions. More...

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Testament Recruit Mickelson for No Mercy

Guitarist Eric Peterson posted, in the Eric’s Lair portion of the band’s website, the following update: “Latest news regarding the European No Mercy Festival we are about to embark on in April. Due to Jon Allen's personal family issues, he will not be able to participate in the tour at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Filling in on this tour and possibly more will be Asgeir Mickelson from the bands Borknagar, Spiral Architect and Vintersorg. Asgeir is a long time Testament fan and is ready to tear some shit up with us! Hails to Asgeir!

In other news... we are in heavy writing mode and are demoing up songs, so far about seven have been born! All I can say that it's in "The Gathering" and old school thrash vein! We will finish up early summer, and record hopefully in early fall. In between all of this, we will be on the road here and there, once again to get our vibe back. More later! See ya on tour!”

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Usurper Searching for New Drummer

According to their website Usurper are currently seeking a new drummer. Interested parties can contact usurper@usurper.us or mgmt@usurper.us. Guitarist Rick Scythe has posted the following message:

"After five years of dedicated service which included recording three albums and various US/Euro tours, we have decided to part ways with Dave Hellstorm. There are no hard feelings. Dave was, and is still is our metal brother, it was just time for us to get some fresh blood in the band. Dave informed us that he was unsure he wanted to continue with Usurper after the mini tour we did with Manowar back in March 2002. He said he wanted this to be his last tour so he could concentrate on his own life and work on his own drum project, but he said he would help us out until we found a replacement. We then talked to a few people (including the original Usurper drummer Joe "Apocalyptic" Warlord), but then we had the fire at our rehearsal building which set us back nearly 2 months without rehearsing. More...

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Satyricon Nominated for Award, Post Update

According to their website, Satyricon’s Volcano was nominated for Osloprisen, two Alarm Awards and the Norwegian Grammy and they won them all. The band stated: “We must have done something right with Volcano as everyone seems to like it regardless of their background.”

The band also posted the following road update: “We're in Rennes, France and it's a sunny day. Quite a change from the pale grey UK that we've just finished. Before the UK we did our opening show in Essen, Germany which went well and then we did one of the best Satyricon shows in a long time in Vosselaar, Belgium much to our satisfaction. Four shows in Holland which also went down well and then off to the United Kingdom which we finished with mixed emotions. More...

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Thyrane Set Hypnotic as Album Title

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

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

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Dark Funeral Find New Guitarist, plan new disc

Dark Funeral's Lord Ahriman has posted the following update at www.darkfuneral.se:

"Ave! Guess it's about time to give you all some update on what's currently going on within the Dark Funeral hell camp. I know we've kept ourselves perhaps a bit too silent lately, but there are some reasons for that, reasons that I won't dig into right now.

"Anyway, as you already might know we have for the past couple of months been holding auditions in order to find a replacement for Dominion who left the band some time ago. It looks like we finally have found the 'right' guy for the job. But there's really no hurry to reveal his name as of yet, but we will give you all a full presentation on him shortly.

"While Matte is out touring with Defleshed, I will practice till death with this new demonic guy. So he is ready to play live with us when Matte eventually returns. More...

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Blood Red Throne Added to Generation Armageddon

Norway's Blood Red Throne have replaced Sweden's Soulreaper on the bill of the upcoming 12-date European festival tour, dubbed "Generation Armageddon Festivals". Other bands set to appear are Ancient Rites, Thyrfing, Septic Flesh, Primordial, and Skyfire.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Morg Gryning Name New Album

Swedish black metallers Mörg Gryning have set "Pieces Of An Expressionistic Avantgardism" as the tentative title for their forthcoming fourth full-length album, due on June 6 through No Fashion Records.

According to the group, "The new material is heavier, more progressive and very varied, both lighter and darker and also more psychadelic." Mörg Gryning's last album, "Maelstrom Chaos", was released in 2001.

The album, which is currently being recorded at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Stuck Mojo, Strapping Young Lad), will include the following tracks, among others: More...

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More Coalition for Musikal Armageddon Dates

More dates have been announced for the forthcoming The Coalition For Musikal Armageddon Tour 2003, featuring Deicide, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Revenge and Vehemence.

Confirmed dates so far are as follows: More...

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Immolation, Goatwhore, Grave Set for US Tour

IMMOLATION, GRAVE, GOATWHORE and DECEMBER will team up for a U.S. tour during May/June.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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My Dying Bride Announce July Dates

My Dying Bride have lined up the following tour dates during July:

Jul. 06 – Leipzig, GER @ With Full Force
Jul. 19 – Seixal, POR @ Headbangers Festival

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Iced Earth to hit Studio in April

Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following update to the band's official web site, www.icedearth.com:

"We will begin recording around the first week of April. I am very happy with the way things are going. I've never felt so good and excited about a record before, this will really be a special one.

"A while back I was working on a song called 'Gettysburg' and it was a nice piece of music but it really wasn't giving me what I felt I needed to tell the story of what went on there 140 years ago. It's nearly impossible in 5-6 minutes of music. So around Super Bowl weekend I scrapped the original idea and started writing what I hope will be the biggest and best epic I've ever written. It has, without a doubt, been the most challenging subject matter and emotionally taxing undertaking that I've ever tackled. It will be just about 30 minutes long and told in 3 parts, one for each day of the battle. It will be called 'Gettysburg (1863)' but will consist of 3 songs entitled 'The Devil to Pay', 'Hold at all Costs', and 'High Water Mark'. I will be hiring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to perform on it, as well as a few parts on a couple of other songs. I am working on string sections and the other symphony parts now and finishing up lyrics on it and on some of the other tunes. More...

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Scott Ian Posts Anthrax Update

The following is a re-posting of the latest installment of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian's regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail", as it appears on the group's official web site at www.anthrax.com:

"Comrades, Like Charlie said the other day, rehearsal has been fun. Lots of stuff we haven't done in forever and.........

"NO MEDLEY'S!!! (that's for you Rich)

"Full songs with leads! Today is the last day. We'll put the set list together. It's going to change quite a bit throughout the tour because we know about 35 songs with Rob now. More...

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COB to Play SXSW Festival

Finland's Childrem of Bodom have been confirmed to appear at the 17th annual South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW), set to be held Mar. 12-16 in various venues in Austin, Texas. Children of Bodom will perform on Friday, March 14 at Back Room (2015 E Riverside). Showtime is set for 12:00 a.m. (midnight). It is presently unclear if the band will perform any additional U.S. dates as part of the jaunt.

For more information on the 2003 South by Southwest Music Festival, visit the event's official web site at this location. More...

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