Metal News for March 5, 2003
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19 news articles posted on this day.
Metal Reviews has ten new reviews this week:
- Amaran - A World Depraved
- Behemoth - Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)
- Greyswan - Promo 2001
- Septic Flesh - Sumerian Daemons
- Seven Witches - Passage to the Other Side
- Skyfire - Mind Revolution
- Sonata Arctica - Winterhearts Guild
- Special Experiment - Fortune Memories
- Spiritual Beggars - On Fire
- Strapping Young Lad - SYL
Long-running Italian act Necrodeath are currently in the studio recording their fifth album for a September release through Scarlet Records. Among the tracks set to appear on the as-yet-untitled effort is a remake of the classic "The Flag Of The Inverted Cross", which was originally included on the group's 1987 debut, "Into The Macabre."
Mnemic just signed with Nuclear Blast Records and finally hit the „AntFarm Studios” to record their yet untitled debut album! Mnemic has been around for four years now, their unique sound can be described as a fusion of many existing genres, but Mnemic has always been reluctant in defining their music. People have described it as Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal, but Mnemic are just calling it "Fusion Future Metal."
Slovakian brutal gore masters Sanatorium have unleashed another dose of brutality, "Goresoaked Reincarnation." The album was released through Sevared Records from NY and it includes incredible Sinister cover, Bastard Saints.
Sanatorium will play a few dates across Slovakia in March with Lunatic Gods, Orkrist, and Goreopsy. They will also appear together with Internal Suffering and many other support acts in Portugal, Germany and Sweden from May-June.
Saxon frontman Biff Byford posted the following update at the band’s website (www.saxon747.com): “You may have noticed that the band are getting a lot of front pages and articles lately, all the hard work we have been doing over the last few years is paying off, and in June we will be doing the double again this year! Gods of Metal in Italy on the 8th and the Rock Hard festival the same day!! How is this possible you may say? Well we have chartered a private jet as we are on stage at 5pm in Italy, then drive to the airport and fly to Dortmund to headline Rock Hard at 10pm - it will be tight but we will do it!
We're gonna film it as well. We did a TV show for BBC (UK) on the 25th Feb in Cardiff for cable. The Welsh fans will know the show its a late night chat show with Steve Cable - it was great we played 747! More...
Krisiun have begun recording their new as-yet-untitled album at Bebop 2 Studios in São Paulo with producer Pierre Rémillard (Cryptopsy, Kataklysm, Gorguts). The new songs will include two instrumentals and possibly a cover version of Venom’s ‘In League With Satan’.
About the new album, guitarist Moysès Kolesne shares: "After 12 years of touring and recording, we keep progressing and learning. Krisiun lives only for the most aggressive death metal, fuck the fake cheesy shit bands which claim to be the best, fuck gothic, fuck melodic, fuck trendy weak new metal. Death metal is war and vengeance... The new album's gonna be just Krisiun with full aggression, power, and originality delivering the real death metal..." More...
Finland's Amorphis finished mastering their as-yet-untitled new album today (March 4) at Helsinki's Finnvox studios for a tentative late spring release. The sextet, who are currently unsigned following a lengthy stint with Relapse Records, are negotiating with several record companies and are expected to make an announcement regarding a new label home in the next couple of weeks.
Amorphis tracked 15 songs during the sessions for the new album, with 10 tentatively scheduled to appear on the follow-up to 2000's "Am Universum". Frontman Pasi Koskinen recorded all vocals for the CD at Seawolf studio in Suomenlinna under the guidance of Hannu Leiden (ex-singer of Havana Blacks), who had previously worked with Hanoi Rocks, among others. Says guitarist Esa Holopainen: "I think our new material is a mixture of both new and old elements."
There has been some activity lately at Ozzfest HQ. First, Voivod, the legendary proto-thrash band from Montreal, has been added to the Second Stage bill, playing every show before headliner Cradle of Filth. They have a new record out on Chophouse Records. Second, TRUSTcompany will now open the Main Stage. The bill is now: Ozzy, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, Chevelle, and TRUSTcompany on the Main Stage, and Cradle of Filth (headliner), Voivod, Memento, Hotwire, Shadow's Fall, Grade 8, Twisted Method, Nothingface, Killswitch Engage, Unloco, Depswa, Motograter, and Sworn Enemy. Last, some shows' on-sale dates have changed; please make sure you look over the itinerary below to find out your market's on-sale date!
Shows that go on sale this weekend:
FRIDAY, MARCH 7
Somerset, Wis. @ 4pm local time
Pittsburgh @ 5pm local time
New York @ 9am local time
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
St. Louis @ 10am local time
Atlanta @ 10am local time
Ozzfest 2003 tour dates (subject to change): More...
Sweden's Thyrfing have replaced Amon Amarth on the bill of the upcoming 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to be held on May 17, 2003 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). No reason was given for Amon Amarth's withdrawal from the event. 2000 Decibel will feature over a dozen bands on two different stages as part of an annual event that is being billed as "the only festival that is totally dedicated to Swedish hard rock and metal."
The complete list of artists currently set to appear at the event is as follows: More...
Swedish death/black metallers Naglfar have postponed their touring plans until later in the year. According to the group's official web site, "the band is very frustrated about this but hopes that something else will show up in a not too distant future." More...
Skyclad, Adorned Brood and Night in Gales have been officially confirmed for this year's Dong-Open-Air.
The festival, which is scheduled to take place on July 18-19 in Neukirchen-Vluyn, near Duisburg, Germany, will include performances from the following artists, among others: More...
Sweden's Entombed have set Inferno as the title for their forthcoming CD, due on May 13 through Music For Nations Records. According to the band's official web site, the CD title "suits how the general feeling of the album came out."
Inferno was produced by Pelle Gunnerfeldt (Fireside) at Gröndal and Atlantis studios in Stockholm. Entombed will perform a few select European dates during March and April before embarking on a short tour of South Africa in early May.
The complete track listing for Inferno is as follows: More...
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) made their live debut at The Garage, in Hollywood on Saturday, March 1. The band shared the bill with Asesino, Nokturne, Scarred and Dreams of Damnation as part of the benefit concert Metal for Cancer, organized by Indian Head Entertainment. A few pictures of the Pagan War Machine performance can be seen at their official web site.
Finland's Finntroll have finalized the track listing for their upcoming "acoustic/experimental" CD, titled "Visor Om Slutet". The group's first with new singer Tapio Wilska, "Visor Om Slutet" is slated for release this spring. Finntroll will enter the studio later in the year to record their next full-length album, due in late 2003.
The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: More...
German female-fronted dark/goth metal act Bloodflowerz have entered Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, Germany with producers Siggi Bemm and Dan Diamond to record their sophomore effort, "7 Benedictions / 7 Maledictions". The CD, a concept album about the seven sins and the seven virtues, is slated for release on May 26 through Silverdust Records.
The complete track listing for the album (in no particular order) is as follows: More...
Superjoint Ritual, Meshuggah, The Haunted, Suffocation and lamb of God are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year's New England Metal And Hardcore Festival, set to take place on May 16-17 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The compete lineup for the fesatival is as follows: More...
The current lineup of Necrophagia — Killjoy (vocals), Titta Tani (drums), Iscariah (ex-Immortal, bass), Frediablo (Gorelord/Wurdulak, guitars), Fug (Wurdulak, guitars), and Mirai Kawashima (Sigh, keyboards) — will embark on the European leg of their Necrotorture Tour 2003 during April/May. Support at all shows will come from Danish death metallers Exmortem.
Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Biomechanical, Mercury Rain, Fulc and Bates Motel are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are Nightwish, Paradise Lost, Hammerfall, Masterplan, Blaze, Dragonforce, Power Quest, and Waylander. A total of 18 bands will perform at Bloodstock, the official lineup for which will be announced during the coming weeks.
Norway's Aeternus have pushed back the release date of their new album, "A Darker Monument", to May 5 through Nocturnal Art Productions. "A Darker Monument" was recorded at Greighallen Studios with producer Pytten and is the follow-up to 2000's "Ascension of Terror".