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Metal News for June 18, 2003

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19 news articles posted on this day.

Danzig Gets New Drummer

Former Comes With The Fall drummer Bevan Davies is the new man behind the kit for Danzig. He’ll be involved with their Summer touring plans, and also with the band’s next studio album, due to go into production next month.

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New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Fest Info

Mass Concerts, the promoter of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, has announced plans to launch a similar event in New Jersey this fall. The New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Fest will be held at the Convention Hall in Ashbury Park on Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th. The official lineup won't be announced until next month, but according to the promoter, the event will be on an even larger scale than its New England counterpart.

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Marduk Hard At Work on New Material

Sweden's Marduk will be making their Australian live debut at the Destruction of Oz festival in Melbourne on August 22. Guitarist Morgan Håkansson is currently working on material for the group's next studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through the group's own Blooddawn Productions. 3-4 songs have already been penned and are being described as "the most violent creations the band have ever done," according to MARDUK's official web site. "The next album will be a continuation of the [classic 1999 release] 'Panzer Division Marduk'." More...

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Paradise Lost Forced to Cancel Mexican Gigs

Britain's Paradise Lost have been forced to cancel their previously announced Mexican dates, originally scheduled for June 20-21. "Due to a delay in receiving the flight information, we were unable to process the visas in time," the band write on their official web site. "We have done everything in our power to try and make sure these shows go ahead, but time is not on our side.

"The band would like to apologize to any fans who had bought tickets to see the show, and promise to try and reschedule the dates for the near future. We are all disappointed that they have had to be cancelled and hope to visit Mexico soon."

Upcoming Paradise Lost tour dates: More...

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Darkane Guitarist Ties the Knot

Congratulations are in order for Darkane guitarist Christofer Malmstrom, who married his longtime girlfriend Jennie last Saturday (June 14) in Sweden. Check out pictures from the wedding at this location.

Darkane are set to enter the studio in September to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Criss Oliva to be Honored with memorial concert

Savatage fans are cordially invited to join the band's mastermind Jon Oliva, along with some very special guests (to be announced), on Friday, October 17, 2003 at the Green Parrot Pub in Largo, Florida to remember and celebrate the life and contributions of Jon's brother, late Savatage guitarist Christopher Michael Oliva, at a 10th Anniversary Memorial concert.

Pre-show tickets for the event will go on sale Friday, August 1, 2003 through www.crissoliva.com. Proceeds will be donated in Criss' memory to the CADD/Alcohol Free Kids Organization.

Special-edition, limited merchandise will be available at the show and will include an Avatar DVD with a 25-minute-long memorial of Criss. More...

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Vital Remains to Headline Milwaukee Fest

Vital Remains will be making their first live appearance in over two years at the Milwaukee Metalfest on July 26 at the U.S. Cellular Arena. This will also mark the group's first public performance with their revitalized line-up featuring the legendary Glen Benton (Deicide) on vocals and Tim Yeung (ex-Hate Eternal, Nile) on drums. Benton contributed all lead vocals to "Dechristianize", the latest Vital Remains opus, that continues to garner the band rave reviews. This bludgeoning album, their first full-length release since 1999's "Dawn of The Apocalypse", is already being heralded as the best extreme metal release of 2003. "Dechristianize" is the group's most blasphemous and relentless offering to date, featuring nine tracks of melodic, epic brutality. More...

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Suidakra to Release New Album in July

Long time war metallers Suidakra will be releasing thier fifth album in July. Entitled " Sings for the Fallen", the album will be their second for Century Media, who had this to say about the album's progress at the Label's German website:

Focusing on their strengths, the band looked more into riff-based catchiness and straight forward melodic brutality. The result sometimes reminds you of young prime-time Gothenburg-Style Death Metal with a very original taste to things, and as a result Suidakra have recorded their most pounding and exercised album to date with "Signs For The Fallen". More...

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Six Feet Under Complete Bringer of Blood

Death metallers Six Feet Under are have officially completed work on their fifth full-length studio album, Bringer of Blood, with vocalist Chris Barnes at the production helm.

Barnes checks in from the studio: "Well, well - hello again everyone out there! The new CD, Bringer of Blood is finally fully mastered and complete. I am proud to say everything worked out great from beginning to end. It’s by far our most intense Six Feet Under release to date. I want to thank Chris Carroll once again for his undivided attention on mixing and engineering this CD as well I’d like to thank Brad Vance at Red Mastering for doin a great job on the mastering and taking care of the finishing touches on the production also I’d like to thank Brian Slagel for giving me the chance to produce this CD, it's been a wild ride! Most of all I hope that all of you SFU maniacs who have enjoyed our work in the past will like this CD just as much and I hope that everyone who has disliked our work in the past will continue to do so - that puts a smile on my face more than you know!" More...

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"Deadly" Kristin and Byaxis Part Ways

Vocalist Deadly Kristin (Ancient) and Byaxis have parted ways due to creative and musical differences. Bassist Justin Hoffman will temporarily handle the vocals until a suitable permanent vocalist can be found.

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Enchant Complete Latest Album

Enchant have finished working on their new studio album. The album is titled "Tug Of War" and is scheduled for a July 29th release through Inside Out Records.

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Downpour Forced to Change Name

Atlanta outfit Downpour will reportedly change their name to avoid potential legal action. The group has been contacted by another group (of the same name) that owns the "Downpour" trademark. As a result, Downpour has been advisid to change their name prior to the release of their upcoming Deathwish Inc. debut, entitled "Call Me Armageddon." Look for a new name announcement in the near future.

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Immolation Tour Update

Immolation continue to spread their blasphemy throughout the U.S. in support of "Unholy Cult", widely considered the group's most vicious offering in years. With support coming from Grave, Goatwhore and Crematorium they will continue to annihilate extreme metal fans until the end of June.

Immolation recently checked in with the following tour update: More...

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The Gathering Announce European Dates

The Gathering's latest album, "Souvenirs", received an American release in early May through The End Records. "Souvenirs" was released in most of Europe on Feb. 24 through the group's own Psychonaut Records.

Holland's The Gathering have lined up the following gigs during the coming weeks: More...

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Raunchy "very satisfied" with new material

Denmark's Raunchy are continuing to write material for the sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. "The last two weeks we have been rehearsing very intense in our new rehearsal room," the band write on their official web site. "We have done 11 tracks for the yet untitled second album and we are very satisfied with the way the new songs sound even before we hit the studio.

"We're also working on the lyrics and possible song and album titles as well. Check out some pictures from the rehearsal room here! We will enter the studio the 6th of July and be there until we hit the German autobahn to bang some heads at the Wacken Festival, Germany. Concerning the Wacken Festival we are confirmed to play Friday the 1st of August from 11.00 - 11.45 CET. C-YA !!!"

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Soulstorm Frontman Looking for new Members

Soulstorm lead singer/bassist Nick Sagias has relocated to Los Angeles from his native Toronto, Canada and is in the process of assembling a new band for the recording of the group's third full-length CD. "Some new material has been written and is subject to change," reads an official press release. "Musically, the style will be similar to the band's groundbreaking first CD, 'Darkness Visible', with elements of the second CD, 'From Euphoria To Paranoia'. In addition, it will be heavier and in a more minimalist vein similar to Swans' early recordings. There is a possibility of looking for a keyboard player as well. If not, the possibilities are limitless and a whole new band may emerge out of this." For more information, write to: nicksage@hotmail.com.

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Arthemesia Sign Deal with Hammerheart

Finnish black metallers Arthemesia have inked a deal with Holland's Hammerheart Records.

The group, whose style is being described in an official press release as "an extremely powerful hybrid of black metal and death/thrash/heavy metal with a touch of classical and dark ambient music," will record and mix their upcoming album, "ShamaNatahS - II Describe I Mind", in three different studios (Christslayer, Hellhole and Sonic Pump) during August-November before mastering it in December at the world-famous Finnvox Studios with Mika Jussila. Cover artwork for the album will be created by Mike Bohatch (Eyes of Chaos).

For more information on Arthemesia, visit the group's official web site at this location.

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Repulsion To Reunite for Milwaukee Fest

Death metal / grindcore innovators Repulsion have reunited nearly fifteen years after the release of their beyond-classic album Horrified. Repulsion (Scott Carlson (vocals / bass), Aaron Freeman (guitar), Matt Olivo (guitar) and Dave Grave (drums) have announced plans to perform live -- for the first time in over 10 years -- as one of the headlining acts at the 2003 Milwaukee Metalfest, set to take place July 25th and 26th in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Guitarist Matt Olivo commented "It has been nothing short of an honor for us to be receiving such overwhelming recognition after all these years. I'm personally looking forward to kicking ass at the Milwaukee Metalfest and beyond." More...

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Azarak Departs from Lunaris

Norwegian technical metal outfit Lunaris has officially confirmed the depature of guitarist Azarak (aka Steinar Gundersen of Spiral Architect fame).

"Upon the recording of the follow-up to our debut album … the infinite, we have to announce that long-time member Azarak is no longer a part of Lunaris," states keyboardist Ray. "During the process of song-writing for Cyclic, which is to be recorded this summer, it became clear to all parties involved that the last couple of years have seen the band and Azarak evolve into separte musical directions. As a result, it has been decided that the best thing for all was to go our separate ways. Azarak left on friendly terms, and will of course continue his duties as member of Spiral Architect and session-guitarist in Satyricon.

Continues Ray: "While we at the moment are auditioning new members, it is most likely that M will handle all the guitars on Cyclic himself. The material for this album is completed, and we have more than enough songs to choose from. This new material will se Lunaris evolve into even further extremes, making the songs both harder, softer, longer, shorter, more technical & simpler than on … the infinite. "More of everything" would be a suitable title to describe our progressions, as we strive to reach out musical goals." More...

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