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Metal News for May 15, 2003

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16 news articles posted on this day.

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  • Cradle Of Filth - Heavy Left Handed And Candid (black metal, 2001)
  • Dark Fortress - Profane Genocidal Creations (black metal, 2003)
  • Dark Moor - Between Light And Darkness (power metal, 2003)
  • Deicide - Once Upon The Cross (death metal, 1995)
  • DGM - Hidden Place (progressive metal, 2003)
  • Dominion III - Life Has Ended Here (dark ambient, 2002)
  • Flesh Made Sin - Masterwork In Blood (thrash metal, 2002)
  • Furia - Un Lac De Larmes Et De Sang (death metal, 2003)
  • Hour Of Penance - Disturbance (death metal, 2003)
  • Judas Priest - Painkiller (heavy metal, 1990)
  • Mastodon - Remission (death metal, 2002)
  • Mithotyn - King Of The Distant Forest (viking metal, 1998)
  • Myrkskog - Deathmachine (death metal, 2000)
  • Mystic Prophecy - Regressus (heavy metal, 2003)
  • Paganizer - Murder Death Kill (death metal, 2003)
  • Red Wine - Sueños y Locura (power metal, 2003)
  • Rotting Christ - Khronos (death metal, 2000)
  • Temple Of Baal - Servants Of The Beast (black metal, 2003)
  • Unscared - Hell Is Now (thrash metal, 2003)
  • Wongraven - Fjelltronen (atmospheric ambient, 1995)

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Cattle Decapitation Eat Their Drummer

Cattle Decapitation have parted ways with their drummer. Here's the official announcement: "We have "parted ways" with drummer David Astor due to inability to live up to the obligations of touring and regular necessities of the band... so we ate him. He has been replaced by drum wizard Michael Laughlin. You may know of him from the band Creation Is Crucifixion. The band is currently writing vigorously and rehearsing the old songs as well as new ones for the upcoming onslaught of tours that are already in the works."

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Necrodeath Complete Fifth Album

Italian Black-Thrash band Necrodeath has just finished the recording sessions for their 5th album, Last Ton(e)s Of Hate. Recorded in Italy at the top-metal studio in Rome, Outer Sounds, with producer Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) and mixed at Mastering Room/Sweden, this new album will display more complex and experimental edges, while still bleeding the extreme razorblade approach of the last two albums, Mater Of All Evil and Black As Pitch. Release date for Last Ton(e)s Of Hate is scheduled for September 2003.

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Noise Records Celebrates 20 with Compilation!

Noise Records celebrates their 20th Anniversary with the release of a compilation album, 20 Years Of Noise, a 40 track collection spread out over two CDs. Samples from all 40 songs are available now at the labels website: http://www.noiserecords.com/20years/defaulttracks.html.

The set includes the following tracklisting: More...

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Nightsky Studios - Specializing in Black/Death

Aurora Borealis’ Ron Vento has just opened a new professional recording facility in Maryland comprising of a 1500 sq ft industrial building.

Nightsky Studios specializes in death and black metal and offers 124 tracks of all digital fully automated Pro Tools recording. The building boasts 12 foot tracking ceilings as well as two isolation booths and amplifier room all on floating floors.

Please visit www.nightskystudios.org for more information.

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Daemonicide Rises from ashes of Enter Self

Daemonicide Guitarist Tym Walker (ex-Enter Self) contacted BW&BK with news of his new band, Daemonicide.

As well as Tym the band lineup also includes Mark Davis (bass, ex-Enter Self), Jeremy Gregg (drums, ex-Enter Self) and James Lee (Origin) on vocals.

Tym comments: “We have recorded a 3 song demo that is nothing but the purest death metal!!! Traditional and textured but also brutal and hate filled. We are currently shopping it to a few selected labels and will continue from there. We are hoping to unleashed this new fury upon the masses this summer.”

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NEMHF Update

At this weekend’s 5th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival (May 16 -17) at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the recently returned Headbanger’s Ball will film one of its first episodes with Rob Zombie as VJ.

Also on site will be MuchMusic USA’s Uranium program with host Juliya. The festival will also be filmed by Trustkill for an upcoming DVD release.

Bands performing at the festival include, among others, Opeth, Shadows Fall, Nevermore, Superjoint Ritual, Meshuggah and The Haunted.

For more information go to: www.metalandhardcorefestival.com.

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Former Godflesh Frontman Breaks Silence

A recent interview with former Godflesh frontman Justin Broadrick has been posted online in MP3 format at this location (file size: 5.7 MB). The interview covers both the demise of Godflesh and the formation of Broadrick's new Jesu project.

Jesu, who also feature in their ranks former Godflesh vets Ted Parsons and Paul Neville, are set to issue a split CD with Agoraphobic Nosebleed in early 2004 through Relapse Records. Jesu's contribution to the effort will reportedly consist of "10-minute songs that are very meditative, depressing suicidal experiences..." No further information is available at this time.

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High on Fire Announce US Tour

Relapse Records recording artists High on Fire have announced a full U.S. tour, their third in support of their critically acclaimed album, "Surrounded By Thieves". The tour will kick off June 12 in Los Angeles, California, running through late July.

Support on the High on Fire tour will come from a plethora of up and coming acts including Drunk Horse, Chinese Stars (ex-Arab On Radar), Hidden Hand (ex-Spirit Caravan), Floor, The Whip (ex-Melvins/Karp), and Camarosmith (ex-Zeke).

HIGH ON FIRE tour dates: More...

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Construcdead To Begin Recording This Week

Sweden's Construcdead, the band featuring Terror 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, will be entering the studio in Helsingborg this weekend to start recording the drums for the new album, due at the end of the year through Sound Pollution Records.

The group, who were recently joined by Godsic frontman Peter Tuthill, issued their debut album, "Repent", through Helsingborg, Sweden-based label Cold Records last spring.

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SYL, Immolation, Skinless set to Obey the Flame

Strapping Young Lad, Immolation, Skinless and E-Force (featuring former Voivod bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest) are among the artists scheduled to appear at the Obey The Flame festival on May 24-25 at Foufounes Electriques in Montreal, Quebec.

The complete list of bands currently set to perform at the event is as follows: More...

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More Confirmations for Wacken Open Air

Freedom Call, Sonata Arctica, Darkane, Dark Age and Twisted Tower Dire are the latest acts to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival.

The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists, among others: More...

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More Rescheduled Halford/Metal Gods Dates

More dates have been confirmed for the "scaled-down" version of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour, to be headlined by Halford and scheduled to kick off in early June. As previously reported, the original multi-band package featuring Halford, co-headliners Testament, Immortal, Carnal FOrge, Primal Fear, Painmuseum, and Amon Amarth was called off earlier in the month due to "contractual difficulties."

The newly-confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Intense Hammer Rage Plead Guilty

The three members of Tasmanian grindcore band Intense Hammer Rage have pleaded guilty and been fined for importing a prohibited product, their latest CD, into Australia, according to ABC Online.

The three pleaded guilty to importing a prohibited product into Australia in April 2001. Customs officers seized 207 copies of their CD "Avagoyamugs", believing it contained offensive lyrics that would be considered revolting and against common standards.

The CD had been produced in the U.S. by record company Razorback Records.

Defense counsel Tamara Jago told magistrate Tim Hill that the CD can be bought over the counter in the U.S., where censorship laws are not as restrictive as those in Australia. Jago said that because customs has held the CDs, none of the men have profited from the importation. The magistrate ordered the CDs be forfeited and the three men were fined AUS $500 each.

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Vader to Release New EP

Polish death metal veterans Vader will be releasing an EP in the fall that will contain the import EP "Reign Forever World" and an EP's worth of new material. The CD will have a special low list price of $9.98 and will be available through Metal Blade Records.

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Blind Guardian Fine Replacement Drummer

Blind Guardian will once again be utilizing the services of Rhapsody drummer Alex Holzwarth for their upcoming tour due to a tendon infection suffered by regular BG skinsman Thomas Stauch.

"Unfortunately Thomen seems to have got the same problems with the nerves in his hand like he had before our South American tour last year," Blind Guardian guitarist Marcus Siepen writes on the band's official web site. "He can't put any pressure on it without incurring big pains and therefore he is not able to play live with us in the moment. He is in medical treatment and we hope he will be back in business as soon as possible. In the meantime Alex Holzwarth will help us out so all the scheduled gigs will definitely be played!" More...

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