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Metal News for May 14, 2003

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Beatallica - Check Them Out!

I was recently pointed to a site for Beatallica and I just had to pass it on! As the site says, the band plays "Beatles tunes, done Metallica style". I was not only surprised at the quality of the production (not great, but not bad), but also of the creativeness in the songs themselves. They have a total of 7 songs online to download in mp3 format. The songs on their site are:

  • Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band TAB
  • A Garage Dayz Nite
  • For Horsemen
  • No Remorseful Reply
  • The Thing That Should Not Let It Be
  • Everybody's Got A Ticket To Ride Except For Me And My Lightning
  • ...And Justice For All My Loving

If I were to review these songs, they'd get a higher rating than the last couple Metallica albums! You better go download these tracks while they're available (before the lawyers are sicked on them)...

UPDATE: The main site linked above is bogged down for downloading, so try the mirror - it's not up to date on the news, but much faster for downloading the mp3s.

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Daily Reviews

Walls of Fire has many new reviews this week - English and German. Here are the ones in English:

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Ill Nino Change Lineup

Ill Nino have parted with both guitarist Marc Rizzo and percussionist Roger Vasquez. The band are still working on their new album with producer Bob Marlette.

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Astarte Sign Deal with Avantgarde

Mistress Tristessa and her brand new companions in darkness Hybris and Katharsis have finally signed a contract with Avantgarde Music.

The new album will be titled "Sirens" and will be based on the concept of these ruthless mythological figures. It will be recorded in Greece and Germany and a splendid Artwork will be made by worldwide known artist Graal( Behemoth, Vader,Rotting Christ etc.). Expect a release in September or October.

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Nattas to Enter the Studio at End of May

In the not to distant future Nattas, melting both black and thrash metal influences together, will threaten the music market with their debut release “At Ease With The Beast.” Due to not doing things by halves, the Swedish enter Thomas Skogsberg’s respected and beloved Sunlight Studio to record the album in May and June.

After parting from long term drummer Helvetet, the band enters with a new line-up and equally important, under the banner of the record label Agonia Records.

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Silent Edge will release their debut in July

Dutch band Silent Edge will release it's debut album at the end of the July. The album is titled "The Eyes Of The Shadow" and will be released through DVS Records.

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Dark Vision to Enter the Studio in October

Greece's Dark Vision will start recording their new studio album in October. Tristessa from Astarte will do some guest vocals on the album, which promises to be extreme as hell.

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Vinnie - "No future for Pantera right now"

After Phil's comments, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul has cast more doubt on the future of the band. "There is no future for Pantera right now,” he told Revolver recently. There is no commitment from Philip or Rex to Pantera and our great fans."

Vinnie Paul and his guitarist brother Dimebag Darrell are currently working on their Newfound Power side-project in Dallas (with former Halford guitarist pat Lachman on vocals), and plan to play some shows this summer.

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Dismember and Merciless to Play Swedish Gig

Dismember and Merciless will team up for a special gig at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden on May 27. 650 tickets are available for the show, which will be recorded for an upcoming DVD. Tickets are priced at 60 SEK (approx. $7.50). More...

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Gardenian Begin Mixing New Album

Sweden's Gardenian have completed the recording sessions for their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Sindustries" and are currently mixing the effort at Gothenburg's Studio Fredman for a tentative late 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. "When the mixing is done Gardenian will start shopping for a new record deal," the band write on their official web site, www.gardenian.net.

Gardenian, who split with Nuclear Blast Records in 2001, have incorporated a more melodic vocal approach into their sound, a development that has received some criticism from the group's die-hard fans looking for the band to continue on a more aggressive musical path. "For you who wonder about growls..." the group write on the site, "[Gardenian's] characteristic mixture of growls & clean vocals wont be missed by anyone."

Among the 12 working titles tentatively set to appear on the album are the following: More...

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Dimmu Borgir Set September Release Date

Dimmu Borgir have set a tentative September 8 European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their new album, titled "Death Cult Armageddon".

The CD, which is currently being mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, will contain the following tracks (in no particular order): More...

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Anselmo Done with Pantera?

Vocalist Phil Anselmo says that he is done with Pantera and he intends to focus all his time and energy on Superjoint Ritual. "There was a lot of business with Warner Bros. and this and that Down and Pantera and this and that, and etc. etc." Anselmo was quoted as saying by MetalIndex.com. "Whatever. Pretty much what I'm doing here is I'm sticking with Superjoint, and I'm not doing fuckin' anything else. This is where I'm most comfortable and this it the type of music that I wanna do, you know?"

Anselmo says that he is proud of what Pantera achieved and is also proud that they pulled the plug rather than faded away. "If you think about it, Pantera never went away until we personally said, 'Fuck it'."

Asked if he sees patching up differences and rejoining Down or Pantera, Anselmo said, "Never say never... [but] not right now." More...

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Dream Evil to Release Mini EP

Sweden's Dream Evil, the band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström and drummer Snowy Shaw, have announced plans to release a mini-CD containing previously unreleased songs and a video clip of "Children Of The Night". No further details are currently available.

Dream Evil's sophomore effort, "Evilized", recently entered the national Japanese Album chart at position #70. "Evilized" was recorded in late 2002 at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and was issued on the European continent in January.

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Kalmah Post Clips of New Songs

Finland's Kalmah have posted several MP3 clips from their forthcoming third full-length album, "Swampsong", at this location. "Swampsong" is due in Finland on May 25 through Spikefarm Records and in North America on July 29 through Century Media Records.

The follow-up to last year's "They Will Return" was once again produced by Ahti Kortelainen (Sentenced, Nightfall, Impaled Nazarene) at Tico Tico studios in Kemi, Finland and was mastered at Finnvox studios in Helsinki.

The complete track listing for "Swampsong" is as follows (in no particular order): More...

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Lullacry to Perform US Debut at Milwaukee Fest

to this year's Milwaukee Metalfest line-up. This will mark the group's first appearance in the U.S.

Guitarist Sami Vauhkonen had the following to say regarding the band's live performance:

"Lullacry is about the sweat and action! There must be something to look at on the stage. Also, you have to work hard with the band. You have to know what you want to sound like. It's bullshit if artist say that only amateurs rehearse! I think you must have guts to put your songs out on the stage with the different arrangement if needed. Now we've been touring in Finland. In the summer we'll do festivals basically in Finland, including a one-off festival gig in Milwaukee. In the autumn we've planned to do an European tour. I hope that we can do a tour someday in North America. It would great." More...

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