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Metal News for May 22, 2003

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Weiland Charged With Drug Possession

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has been formally charged with possession of heroin and cocaine, following his arrest a few days ago. Weiland was stopped by police in Los Angeles for driving without lights. A subsequent search of the vehicle apparently turned up the drugs. The passenger in the car, Jennifer Lynn Sires, has been charged with heroin possession.

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Vehemence Well Under Way

The new album of Vehemence is well under way. The album is titled "Helping The World To See" and is scheduled for an early 2004 release. In other band news their bass player, Mark Kozuback, will become a father in August

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Wolverine Hit a few Problems

Wolverine have run into a few problems with the re-mixing of their debut album for Elitist, "Cold Light Of Monday". The band took the master tapes to the renowned Space Lab studios in Germany only to find that the original recordings were too badly engineered to be able to fix in a way the band would like. The band have taken the decision to re-record everything besides the drums and keyboards back at Space Lab in July, meaning we will have to push the expected release date for this album to later in 2003.

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Disinter to Break Up

Chicago´s Death Metal battleship Disinter have to give in to private obligations, which lets them stay together in the current line-up only till the end of this year. A few shows and maybe even an European tour as well as a double CD set entitled „Designed by the Devil, Powered by the Dead “ are being prepared.

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Panzerchrist in the studio

The Danish death metal tornado Panzerchrist have just entered the Antfarm Studio (Exmortem, Mnemic, Raunchy etc.) with producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Konkhra etc.) to record the follow-up album to 2000's succesful "Soul Collector".

Panzerchrist is recording 11 songs, including a blasting version of Metal Church's self titled classic and the band guarantees to deliver some of the fastest and most violent death metal ever! The lineup speaks for itself:

The title of the new album is "Room Service" and the cover artwork will be delivered by Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Hatesphere etc.). "Room Service" is expected to be released on Mighty Music in the late Autumn of 2003.

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Ravager Complete Sophomore CD

Mexico's Ravager is ready to take on the death metal scene. After changing their name from Domain (due to a German band with the same name) and playing a few live dates, the guys recorded their debut last August. They've recently completed the follow up album, Naxzgul Rising, and it will be released through Osmose Productions later this year.

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Nevermore Finalize Tracklist

Nevermore have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Enemies Of Reality", due on July 29 through Century Media Records.

The follow-up to 2000's "Dead Heart in a Dead World" was recorded at a Seattle studio with producer Kelly Gray and was mastered last week.

The complete track listing for "Enemies Of Reality" is as follows: More...

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Fragments of Unbecoming sign to Metal Blade

Germany's self-proclaimed "Swedish-styled death metal" band Fragments of Unbecoming have signed a deal with Metal Blade Records.

The group, who consist of guitarist/vocalist Stefan Weimar, guitarist Sascha Ehrich, drummer Ingo Maier, and bassist Wolfram Schellenberg, will issue their full-length debut, "Skywards", later in the year. Fragments of Unbecoming had previously issued a self-financed EP, titled "Bloodred Tales".

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Kreator, Nile, Vader, Amon Amarth to Tour

Kreator, Nile, Vader, Amon Amarth and Goatwhore are set to team up for a North American tour beginning in late September. More details will be made available soon.

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Slayer to Headline Jagermeister Music Tour

Slayer have been tapped to headline the Fall 2003 edition of the Jagermeister Music Tour, scheduled to kick off in October. More details, including the names of the bands that will make up the rest of the bill, will be announced soon. More...

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National Napalm Syndicate Finish Promo

Reunited Finnish speed/thrash metal masters National Napalm Syndicate have completed work on a new four-track promo CD at the new Tonebox studio in Oulu. The band, who are currently unsigned, feature in their ranks the original guitar duo — Markku Jokikokko and Jukka Kyrö (Burning Point) — who were responsible for composing all of the group's early material, plus former Eternal Tears of Sorrow/current For My Pain vocalist Altti Veteläinen, Catamenia/Dorotha bassist Tero Nevala and Burning Point drummer Jari Kaiponen.

The tracks featured on the new CD are as follows: More...

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Pain to get harder and groovier

Sweden's Pain, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and Hypocrisy frontman Peter Tägtgren, have finished recording all the music for their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in the fall through Stockholm Records. An as-yet-undetermined single will surface in August/September.

Of the new material, Tägtgren said: "This new album will be 'harder' than the previous one and more guitars. To sum it up: a groovier album! . . . It's more meaty, and more 'nu-metal' [than the previous albums] — like Korn when they are at their absolutely heaviest. It will still sound like Pain, [but it will be] heavier and more brutal with an updated sound, [featuring] drum loops and the type of synthesizer sounds that are bordering on hip hop. But don't worry — I won't start rapping."

Pain's next gig will take place on July 5 at the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden. Among the tracks set to appear on the follow-up to last year's "Nothing Remains The Same" are the following: More...

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Details on new Vader EP

More information has surfaced about the upcoming Vader EP that is tentatively set to be issued in the fall. According to the group's official web site, "Traditionally, like on previously released MCDs ('Sothis', 'Kingdom' and 'Reign Forever World'), also this time Vader will release some bonus tracks from their latest studio session. So, this new MCD will include a few cuts from 'Revelations' recordings: 'As The Fallen Rise' (taken from Japanese version of 'Revelations'), 'Angel Of Death' (Japanese version of the album and EP released in Poland exclusively), 'When Darkness Calls' (Polish EP version), 'Son Of Fire' (European digi-pack version), 'Traveler' (Polish digi-pack version). The MCD will contain also two new songs that Vader is going to record this summer, at Red Studio with Piotr Lukaszewski as a engineer ('Reign Forever World', 'Revelations'). U.S. version of the MCD will be released as a split with 'Reign Forever World' album."

As previously reported, the U.S. version of the CD will have a special low list price of $9.98 and will be available through Metal Blade Records.

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Aeternus to Play Album Release Party

Norway's Aeternus will perform at a release party for their latest CD, "A Darker Monument", on June 28 at Garage in Bergen.

The follow-up to 2000's "Ascension of Terror", "A Darker Monument" was recorded at Greighallen Studios with producer Pytten (Enslaved, Mörk Gryning) and is the group's first CD for Nocturnal Art Productions.

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