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Metal News for April 8, 2003

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Unholy Ghost Live Debut

Unholy Ghost make their live debut with Malevolent Creation in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Unholy Ghost will also begin shooting their first video for Under Existence in Tampa, FL later this month.

You can find a recent interview with Holy Ghost's Aantar "Blastmaster" Coates in Voices From the Darkside (Germany). The interview will also appear in the German print zine Ancient Spirit Terror.

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Summary/Misc

Daily Reviews

Tartarean Desire has new reviews for this week:

  • Celesty - Reign Of Elements (power metal, 2002)
  • Cradle Of Filth - Damnation And A Day (black metal, 2003)
  • Desecration - Gore And PerVersion (death metal, 2003)
  • Edge Of Sanity - Purgatory Afterglow (death metal, 1994)
  • Gurd - Encounter (neo-thrash metal, 2003)
  • Iron Maiden - No Prayer For The Dying (heavy metal, 1990)
  • Immersed In Blood - Killing Season (death metal, 2003)
  • Marduk - World Funeral (black metal, 2003)
  • Maze Of Torment - The Unmarked Graves (death metal, 2003)
  • Parricide - Ill-Treat (death metal, 2003)
  • Steel Attack - Predator Of The Empire (power metal, 2003)
  • Tourniquet - Where Moth And Rust Destroy (thrash metal, 2003)
  • Windir - Likferd (viking metal, 2003)

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Carling Weekend Festival Confirms Metallica

Some top names have just been confirmed for the Carling Weekend Festival, which happens from August 22-24. So far announced are:

Linkin Park, Blink-182 (their only live appearance in UK/Europe this year) - Reading site on August 22 and Leeds site on August 23.

Blur, White Stripes - Reading site on August 23 and Leeds site on August 24

Metallica, System Of A Down (SOAD's only live show anywhere in the world this year) - Reading site on August 24 and the Leeds site on August 22.

Other acts confirmed, although not allocated a specific day as yet, are AFI, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Placebo, Hundred Reasons, The Datsuns, Cooper Temple Clause and The Music. And the real surprise is that Courtney Love will also be on the bill.

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Linkin Park Debut At #1 in 18 Countries

Only tangentially metal-related, containing elements of modern nu-metal and rock-rap, Meteora, Linkin Park's new album just released last week is at #1 in 18 countries - the United States, Spain, Slovenia, the UK, Japan, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Austria, Chile, Indonesia, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, the Czech Republic and Hong Kong.

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Wolverine Finish New CD

Wolverine has finally finished their debut for Elitist entitled "Cold Light Of Monday." Cold Light Of Monday is a fairly radical departure from the band's previous material, and it will probably be released in June.

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Farmakon Complete Debut Album

Finland's Farmakon have just completed the mastering of their debut album, entitled "A Warm Glimpse." They play a highly skillful and technical brand of Scandinavian style melodic death metal, entwined with an overall quirkiness and some totally original styling.

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Soulfly, Clawfinger Added to With Full Force 2003

Soulfly and Clawfinger are the latest acts to have been confirmed for Germany's With Full Force 2003 festival, which is set to take place July 4-6 at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig.

With Full Force 2003 will mark their first time Sepultura and Soulfly have shared the stage (albeit on different days) since Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera left his former group in early 1997.

The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: More...

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Hypocrisy to Begin Work on New Album

Long-running Swedish metal act Hypocrisy, led by acclaimed producer/Pain frontman Peter Tägtgren, have set "The Arrival" as the title for their next studio album, tentatively due at the end of the year through Nuclear Blast Records.

"[We had a] band meeting today, it went well and we have a plan for the next release," Peter wrote on the band's official web site Monday (April 7). "We're going to get together and practice for the recording for the first time in 9 years! Starting mid-may, so everybody will start writing new material a.s.a.p. so we will have [something] to practice... The new album will go with the 'Abducted' [1996] sound (production), [while] the music will go in the sign of 'Abducted' and the 'Hypocrisy' (self-titled album, 1999)."

Hypocrisy's last album, "Catch-22", was released in 2002.

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Ministry and COB confirmed for Tuska Festival

Ministry and Childrem of Bodom are among the latest artists confirmed to appear at Finland's Tuska 2003 festival, set to take place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki.

Over the course of three days more than 30 bands will be performing on three stages at Tuska 2003. In addition, more than a dozen bands will appear in the evening clubs, thereby ensuring that no shortage of heavy music will be experienced. Official live clubs this year will be Tavastia, Semifinaali and Stella Star Club.

Tickets will go on sale on May 5 through Tiketti and Lippupalvelu as well as selected record stores. A ticket for the entire weekend (3 days) will cost €62 and single-day tickets will cost €28. For more information, visit the festival's official web site at this location. The complete list of groups currently scheduled to perform at the event is as follows: More...

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Sportlov Prepare to Release New CD

Swedish metallers Sportlov, who feature in their ranks members of Defleshed, F.K.U., and Diskonto, will release their new CD, "Offerblod i Vallabod", on April 28 through Head Mechanic Records. The follow-up to last year's debut MCD, "Snöbollskrieg", will include guest appearances from members of Entombed, Insision and Centinex.

For more information, visit www.headmechanic.nu.

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The Haunted Announce US Tour Dates

Swedish high-energy thrashers The Haunted will be teaming up with Shai Hulud and Skinless for a U.S. tour. Also joining the tour for select dates are Darkest Hour and Bleeding Through.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Cruachan To Support The Gathering in Ireland

Ireland's Cruachan are scheduled to support The Gathering on June 27 at The Village in Dublin. They will also perform at the Vikedal Roots Music Festival in Norway in early July.

Cruachan are currently hard at work on their new album, "Pagan", tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore" is being recorded and mixed at Sonic studios in Dublin and is set to be completed by May 11.

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Peaceville Announces Digipack for MDB, Anathema

London: Peaceville Records announces the US release of special digipak pressings of label classic recordings - My Dying Bride's The Angel And the Dark River, Paradise Lost's Gothic, and Anathema's The Silent Enigma. In stores May 20, each has been remastered, with two featuring additional bonus material. More...

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Nail Within Part Ways with Vocalist

Israeli thrashers Nail Within have officially parted ways with vocalist Yishai Swearts (ex-Betrayer), just mere weeks after the group issued their self-titled debut album.

"I left Nail Within two weeks ago, one day after our release date show of the debut album," stated Swearts in an email statement. "We started the band around two years ago and during that two years I made a massive promotional campaign worldwide which led to recording our debut in Germany by Harris Johns with the help of metal legends as Mille Petrozza, Tomas Lindberg and Robert Gonella and Zeev Tananboim.

Continued the vocalist: "I led the band to record deal with French Listenable Records which released the debut album a month ago. Being in metal bands for 12 years and being a part of the scene for 14 years I learned and got tons of knowledge regarding promotion and how things really work in this buisness." More...

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Interview With Rob Truljillo

Encyclopeida Metallica has a new interview from the fans with Rob Trujillo. Not quite the best quality interview, but a few interesting bits.

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