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Metal News for April 18, 2002

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9 news articles posted on this day.

The Gathering's Black Light District

The Gathering's drummer, Hans Rutten, had this to say on the band's official website:
"Just returned from an exhausting 2 weeks session at the 'E-sound' studio, Weesp, but it was worth the trip! I can officially announce we will release a new album (mid priced, clocking around half an hour) on Psychonaut records.
The first couple of months this release will only be available on internet!
This album will contain the epic titletrack 'Black Light District', a song which will last a mere 16 minutes. It's a highly emotional piece of music, containing a lot of freedom and some great heavy melodies. This song didn't fit on the oktober release, which is still on the role.
A prospos the oktober album; This will be quite heavy. Defenitly the most dark, moody but also groovy album we ever made
". - Hans

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Dark Tranquillity hope to have album by summer

Sweden's Dark Tranquillity have expressed hope in getting their new album, Damage Done, out before the Summer.

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Dismember Writing New Songs

Dismember is currently writing new material for their first album on Hammerheart Records. The band plans to enter the studio in summer-time in order to record the songs.

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Infernal Head to Studio

Infernal will enter the studio to record a mini CD titled Summon Forth The Beast in one month from now. The mini CD will feature an album track, an exclusive non-album track and the covers "Bleed For The Devil" (Morbid Angel) and "Of Doom" (Bathory). Besides there are plans to record Von's "Devil Pig" but that's not 100% confirmed yet. In autumn the band will enter the Dug Out Studio to record the full-length album with producer Daniel Bergstrand.

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MCA Acquires Part of Victory Records

According to Billboard/VNU eMedia, MCA Records has acquired a non-controlling 25% interest in Chicago's Victory Records from label founder Tony Brummel, who owns the remaining interest. Victory reportedly had close to $8 million in revenue last year. According to the report, Columbia was also attempting to acquire the label. Here's a quote from Brummel:

"This deal is not about selling out; it is about selling in. I have found a partner that only wants to help the company and its artists flourish. MCA wants us to do what we do on our own terms but with better resources -- the added support and muscle of the MCA marketing, promotions, systems, and legal staff. They will not be involved in our day-to-day business, leaving control entirely in my hands."

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Manson's Posthuman Records Closes

Marilyn Manson's Posthuman Records has closed its doors, according to Australia's Metalshop. Godhead, whose 2000 Years Of Human Error was released through the label in January 2001, are now apparently seeking a new label.

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Halford Sets U.S. Release Date

Halford's as-yet-untitled sophomore studio album is due to be released on June 25th through Sanctuary/Metal-Is Records.

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Lithium Complete Work on Debut CD

Sweden's Lithium, featuring former Tiamat bassist Johnny Hagel, have completed work on their as-yet-untitled debut album. A late 2002 release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected.

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Swano drops Memory Garden

"I just didn't think clearly when I accepted this mission and after many months of nothingness and a few days of intense soul searching, I found the only solution...to let them carry on without me," Swanö said recently. "The songs we did together could have turned out great, but I always felt that we could do better. Every time I returned to the material after a little break, there were many details I wanted to improve...but working together with a band is always harder than to be a solo artist. I just don't have the time!"

Read the full article at Digitalmetal.

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