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Metal News for May 12, 2003

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24 news articles posted on this day.

Withering Surface Update

Withering Surface played five succesful gigs in Germany with support bands Iniquity and My Cold Embrace. You can read an indepth tour report and check out some cool photos on their website.

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Darkthrone Working on New Album

With nearly no down time, Darkthrone are already working on their new opus, Sardonic Wrath (working title). It is scheduled to be out in 2004 on Moonfog Productions.

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Insomnium To Enter Studio This Summer

Insomnium have stated that they will being recording their new album sometime this summer. The release is scheduled to hit sometime before the end of the year, but no exact date has been set thus far.

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Witchmaster Sign Deal with Agonia Records

Polish Satanic Black Thrash band Witchmaster signed to Agonia Records for the release of their new, 3rd full length album on CD & LP as well as for the re-release of their 2nd album, Masochistic Devil Worship, on a digipack CD and 12" picture LP. Re-release will take place during summer. The new album is planned for the end of 2003.

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ALOL, Beyond the Sixth Seal Tour Dates

Dates/venues have nearly been finalized for the upcoming A Life Once Lost, Beyond The Sixth Seal, and On Broken Wings tour. Here's what we know: More...

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Atrox Complete New Album

Atrox have completed work for their new album, entitled Orgasm, which will be out in September 2003 on Code666. The band is already working on new video for a title track of the album and they have also launched new homepage.

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"Scaled Down" Metal Gods Tour Dates

Halford manager John Baxter recently posted the following update at Halford.com regarding the “scaled down of the Metal Gods tour.” The confirmed shows are:

Friday, June 6th in Los Angeles at the House Of Blues
Saturday, June 7th in Las Vegas at the House Of Blues
Sunday, June 8th in Anaheim, CA at The Grove Of Anaheim.

The lineup for the above dates: Halford, Testament, Pain Museum, Driven to This.

The following shows were scheduled to take place after TMG. They have now been confirmed: More...

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Deicide Expect a lot of Shit

Deicide are currently in Tampa, FA writing and rehearsing material for their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled Earache debut. According to Deicide drummer Steve Asheim, the new material will be "the heaviest, fastest shit Deicide has ever released. Fans should have a box of Depends ready 'cause they'll all be shitting all over themselves when they hear it." Deicide plans to hit the studio mid-summer.

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Candlemass DVD to Surface in June in N. Amer.

Candlemass’ Documents Of Doom DVD will surface in North America in mid-June. The double DVD (75 minutes/80 minutes) features the following tracklisting: More...

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Deicide, Incantation, Usurper Set for Bestial Fest

Deicide, Incantation, Usurper, Transmetal, Morgion, Cattle Decapitation and Phobia are among the acts confirmed to appear at the Gathering of the Bestial Legion Festival on July 13 at Club Alondra in Bellflower, California.

For more information, visit the festival's official web site at this location.

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Chaosbreed Post Demo Tracks Online

Chaosbreed, the new Finnish death metal supergroup consisting of drummer Nalle Österman (ex-Gandalf), bassist Oppu Laine (ex-Amorphis, Mannhai), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (Moonsorrow), guitarist Esa Holopainen (Amorphis), and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-Sentenced, The Black League), have posted full-length MP3s of the three tracks that compose their recently-competed "Unleashed Carnage" demo.

The three songs available for download are as follows:

01. Wretched Life
02. Rotting Alive
03. FC/DC (Freedom Corps Death Crush) More...

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Invocator Announce Danish Tour

Reunited Danish thrashers Invocator have announced the details of their upcoming winter tour in support of their latest CD, "Through The Flesh To The Soul", due in early October through Italy's Scarlet Records.

The confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Sentenced Announce Festival Dates

Finland's Sentenced will play the following gigs during the coming months:

May 25 - Urheilutalo – Oulu, FIN
Jul. 19 - QStock festival – Oulu, FIN
Jul. 31-Aug. 08 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, GER

As previously reported, Sentenced are planning to enter the studio in the fall/winter to begin recording their next album for a spring 2004 release. Frontman Ville Laihiala and guitarist Miika Tenkula have already written several new songs and the band are going to record some demos with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa at the end of the summer.

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Destruction, Sentenced Contribute to Maiden Trib.

Destruction, Sentenced, Primal Fear and Sebastian Bach are among the artists scheduled to appear on the upcoming Iron Maiden tribute album, "A Tribute To The Beast Vol. 2" (view cover here), due on July 10 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The complete track listing for the two-CD set is as follows: More...

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Mercyful Fate, Arch Enemy Members Start Firegod

Guitarist Mike Wead (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond) has teamed up with longtime friends Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Dream Evil, Notre Dame), Sharlee D'Angelo (Mercyful Fate, Arch Enemy, Witchery) and Simon Johansson (Memory Garden, Abstrakt Algebra) in a brand new band called Firegod. A singer for the project has yet to be announced.

"I'm more than thrilled to be joined by some of the guys I consider to be the most creative and talented in Scandinavia," Wead said in an official statement. "Me and Simon [have] been working really hard for almost two years writing and demoing something like 40-45 tracks... These tracks will be the perfect frame for what I'm sure will become a concept album that will stand out among the rest! People [who are] into our older bands as well as our current ones WILL NOT be disappointed!"

Firegod expect to record a full-length album later in the year for a tentative early 2004 release.

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More Soilwork, In Flames, Chimaira Dates

More dates have been released for the forthcoming North American tour featuring In Flames, Soilwork, Chimaira and Unearth.

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

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Dew-Scented Hard at Work

German thrashers Dew-Scented have entered Stage One studios in Bühne, Germany with producer Andy Classen to record the follow-up to 2002's "Inwards", due in September through Nuclear Blast Records.

"We would prefer not to reveal any song-titles or album title ideas at this stage because we still have quite some weeks ahead into finalizing the record, so things could still change drastically," the band write on their official web site. "Then again, I can already tell you that we have nailed down a total of 15 songs onto tape for this new (still untitled album). 12-13 songs of those ones will be on the regular album and the rest will be used as bonus tracks. Among those 15 tracks (aaargh - a full hour of blood, sweat and thrash!), we have two cover versions (one metal classic and a 'punk' song) as well as a re-recorded version of the track 'Skybound' which originally appeared on our '99 album 'Ill-Natured'."

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Moonspell Announce The Antidote

Portuguese gothic metallers Moonspell reveal The Antidote, the follow-up to 2001's Darkness And Hope effort, and their first release with temporary bassist Niclas Etelävuori (Amorphis).

In a band-issued statement, Moonspell state: "To cut a long story short, the name of our next album, as well as its complete tracklist, was fully revealed during the past week, due to an information leak from the U.S. office of Century Media, which we could not, by any means, prevent or remediate."

"So to speak, we have been keeping the most of it to ourselves simply because the album is still not scheduled to a defined date, and also because some other important projects are gravitating around the record and its concept, depending on a discreet attitude regarding them." More...

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Daily Reviews

Metal Reviews has 14 new reviews and a new editorial (The Glory of Metal):

  • Altaria - Invitation
  • Bathory - Nordland II
  • Chinchilla - Madtropolis
  • Entera - Believe, Fight or Die
  • Finntroll - Visor Om Slutet
  • Gamma Ray - Insanity & Genius
  • Heavenblast - Heavenblast
  • Hellion - Will Not Go Quietly
  • Katatonia - Viva Emptiness
  • Mahavatar - Mind Hypnotic Vision Towards Revolution
  • Mike Byrne - Stygian Apothegm
  • Primal Dawn - The Euthanasia Programme
  • The Devin Townsend Band - Accelerated Evolution
  • To/Die/For - Jaded

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Lamb Of God Reach The UK

Lamb Of God have signed a UK deal with Roadrunner Records. The band’s latest album, ‘As The Palaces Burn’, is to be released soon, with its predecessor, ‘New American Gospel’, also set for be issued in the UK for the first time at a later date.

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Headline News

Ozzy Leaves Epic Records

Ozzy Osbourne has left Epic Records, ending an association of 23 years. So far, there’s no sign of the Prince Of Darkness getting a new deal.

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House of 2000 Corpses

Rob Zombie is aiming to have his second movie in the can by the end of the year. Although there are no further details, it will be a sequel to ‘House Of 1000 Corpses’, which he both wrote and directed. The new movie, as yet untitled, is to open in America during April 2004. So far, ‘House…’ has taken more than $11 million at the box office.

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Megadeth Guitarist Joins Aikawa Nanase

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman is to join Japanese pop star Aikawa Nanase for a tour of Japan in June and July. Nanase has sold more than 12 million copies of her albums to date.

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Poison The Well MP3s, News

The highly anticipated Poison The Well album "You Come Before You" hits stores July 1 (on Velvet Hammer/Atlantic), and Trustkill Records are giving away two free songs off the album:

Look out for an exclusive limited edition vinyl version of this album (in various colors). Poison The Well will also be on the Warped Tour (with AFI, Rancid, The Used, etc) all summer, all tour dates are here.

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