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Metal News for June 2, 2003

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18 news articles posted on this day.

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Daily Reviews

Metal Reviews has 13 new reviews this week:

  • At Vance - The Evil In You
  • Blind Guardian - Live
  • Coherent Liquid Form - New Existence
  • Galloglass - Legends From Now And Nevermore
  • Guardians of the Flame - Under A Savage Sky
  • Judas Priest - Ram It Down
  • Kaledon - Legend Of The Forgotten Reign Chapter 1 - The Destruction
  • Kataklysm - Shadows & Dust
  • King's X - Black Like Sunday
  • Lynch Pilson - Wicked Underground
  • Mysterium - Soulwards
  • Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
  • Void - Posthuman

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Fireball Ministry Finish Tracking New Album

Fireball Ministry are finishing up tracking of the new album, "The Second Great Awakening" and have posted some photos of the tracking session done over at Grandmaster Studios in Hollywood here.

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Darkwell Hire New Vocalist

Darkwell has split with their (now former) vocalist, Alexandra P. and has hired Stephanie. "Because of musical and personal differences the way of Alexandra and Darkwell has to split. We hope to stay still friends in the future. With Stephanie M. we already found her successor. Stephanie excellently catches the spirit of the older Darkwell songs, but also allows us to explore our ways in the future. Stephanie will already be a part of the band at our show at the Wave Gotik Meeting in Leipzig."

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Hatesphere Part with Drummer

Hatesphere and their drummer, Toft Hansen, have parted ways. Hansen chose to leave Hatesphere because he wanted more time to concentrate on his other project, Raunchy.

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Vicious Signs Deal with Sound Riot Records

Sweden's Vicious has inked a deal with Sound Riot Records. The band features the vocalist of Skyfire in the line up. The band will enter the Studio Underground (Ebony Tears, Sins of Omission, Carnal Forge) from June 2nd to June 15th.

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Vesperian Sorrow Wants You

Texas based dark metal band Vesperian Sorrow is looking for a guitar player to complete it's line up. If you feel you're up to the task contact them at vesperwarrior@hotmail.com.

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Misery Signals and Bury Your Dead Tour

Misery Signals and Bury Your Dead will be touring together extensively in June and July. A good portion of the dates have yet to be confirmed, so send an email here if you can help out. Here's the schedule: More...

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Elenium Full length debut to hit in late 2003

Finnish progressive death metal act Elenium have set "For Giving - For Getting" as the tentative title for their upcoming full-length debut, due in late 2003 through England's Rage Of Achilles Records. The band has released three demos since it's formation in 1995, including "Them Used Gods" (2002), which resulted in the two-album contract with Rage Of Achilles

The CD, which is scheduled to be recorded in July at Sonic Pump studios, will contain the following tracks:. More...

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Leather Throne to Release first Album

Slovenia's newest metal label, Leather Throne, will shortly release the first disc from the label. It will be Perun's The Wolflegion. Perun is also the side project of a Magus Noctum member. For a promo package contact Leather Throne

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Pain Update from Peter Tagtgren

Peter Tagtgren has issued the following PAIN update through the bands official website (www.pain.cd):

“Hey there, it's about time for an update, don't you think? I'm currently in the studio finishing up the new album, all that's left is recording the singing. Actually, I've already recorded the singing for five of the 13 tracks.

Some of the titles on the new album are: ‘Tear It Up’, ‘Don’t Count Me Out’, ‘The Table Has Turned’ and ‘Stay Away’. This new album will be "harder" than the previous one and more guitars. To sum it up: a groovier album!

I hope there will be a single/video released around August/September this year (2003), and the album like 4-6 weeks later. More...

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Black Dahlia Murder Live Dates

Detroit’s Black Dahlia Murder release their debut album, Unhallowed, on June 17th through Metal Blade. Meanwhile, the band have lined up the following tour dates in support of Set Ablaze: More...

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Pyrexia tour with Mortal Decay/Internal Bleeding

Reunited Long Island, New York-based death metallers Pyrexia will be embarking on a 15-date tour with Mortal Decay and Internal Bleeding in July. The band are currently in the pre-production phase of recording for their new full-length album, which they expect to begin tracking in late summer following the completion of the tour.

Upcoming Pyrexia tour dates: More...

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Diabolic Name New CD

Florida death metallers Diabolic have set "Infinity Through Purification" as the title for their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in October through Century Media/Olympic Records.

The album, which is being described by the band as "the most evolved and interesting Diabolic record yet, with complex song structures and tempos among the most brutal in the world," will be recorded during the first half of July with the Grammy award-winning producer Neil Kernon at the Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas.

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Hypocrisy Explain X-Mass Festival Withdrawal

Sweden's Hypocrisy, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and Pain frontman Peter Tägtgren, have issued a statement explaining their decision to withdraw from the the upcoming X-Mass Festivals European tour, set to kick off on Dec. 7 in London, U.K.

The band's statement reads as follows:

"We sincerely apologize for the cancellation of the X-Mass Fest. The reason being Dimmu Borgir have offered us to tour with them worldwide. This means we'll be touring Europe from 30th September 'till 29 October and the U.S. from 7th November 'till 14th December. We hope to see you out there this fall or this winter! Tour dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed."

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SYL, Suffocation, Skinless to Play Milwaukee Fest

Body Count (featuring Ice-T), Strapping Young Lad, Suffocation, Lullacry, Mentors, and Skinless are among the artists confirmed to appear at Milwaukee Metalfest XVII, a two-day festival set to take place July 25-26 at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The following is a list of the artists currently scheduled to perform at the event (in alphabetical order): More...

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Abigor Call it a Day

Austrian black metal outfit Abigor have officially split up, according to mainman Peter Kubik. "There are different reasons for my decision, mainly because I am pissed by the entire Black-Metal genre," Kubik explained in a statement announcing the group's decision to disband. "I simply can't identify myself, nor Abigor with today's Black-Metal genre anymore — it simply limits my creativity in so many ways, and I guess too many people and fans won't be able to understand the new material, because it's by far too untypical, technical and complex. Too many are addicted to old values, and our previous releases, while I hate stagnation and I am not willed to compose a copy of any previous record just to satisfy the need of the people, and our distributions!

"Abigor was deeply rooted within Black-Metal, within its true values — not addicted to sale-rates, not addicted to the opinion & reviews of magazines, and fucking not addicted, nor interested in the views & opinions of x-hundred fans, that tried to tell us how we should create music that they like it. Abigor stud for individuality! We never set us any limits, it was the union of quite different and insane individuals that tried to realize their visions through music — self-realization — as I called it throughout the years — all on a very personal level. To sum it up, ABIGOR was the expression of extreme mental attitudes through extreme music, based on a satanic, blasphemic & misanthropic background. However, I won't discuss about decisions anymore, just accept it — Abigor is dead & gone! More...

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Matt Barlow Leaves Iced Earth

Vocalist Matt Barlow has announced his departure from Iced Earth in order to pursue a career doing administrative work for the Department of Homeland Security.

The following is Barlow's official statement on the matter:

"In December of last year, prior to Iced Earth signing a new record deal, [Iced Earth mainman] Jon [Schaffer] and I had a sit-down concerning what I felt was best for my future and the future of Iced Earth. I told him that my heart was no longer into performing music and I intended to stand down from my position in the band in pursuit of what I felt would be a more satisfying career and consequently a more fulfilled life. Jon was very adamant that I should not leave the band, and asked me not to do something that I might live to regret. I was compelled to stay with it, but as it turns out my course had remained altered.

"For you to understand my position on this matter, I feel I must explain myself. As for many people, in and outside of the United States, the events of September 11, 2001 had a profound impact. For me personally, it shined a new light on life. It forced me to realize how precious and how short life is. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of something that has affected so many throughout the world, but I believe that what I am striving for will also reflect positively on those I come in contact with.

"I am presently going to school in order to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. When I have received my degree, I intend to follow with a career in law enforcement administration.

"I realize that it may be difficult for some of you to understand the decision that has been made, but please believe that it has been made to preserve the integrity of Iced Earth. I know that there will be people who bad-mouth the band and me for this and that there will never be a good enough explanation. For those people, I feel pity that they must live through others and I hope that someday they will find themselves in another place. I have been on a great ride with all of you and I have not a single regret. There are great things to come from Iced Earth and we will all be there to witness them.

I wish Jon and the guys well and I thank you in advance for your support and understanding.
"Best wishes,
"Matt"

Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer followed up Matt's statement with this posting to the band's official web site: More...

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Cannibal Corpse to Release Box Set

Cannibal Corpse set to release box set with loads of extras!!! Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse will be releasing a remarkable box set in November 2003. This box set, sorry no title yet, will contain 3 CD's and 1 DVD. One of the CD's will be Cannibal Corpse's original demo that the band made before signing to Metal Blade Records in 1990. The rest of the CD's will contain three new cover songs, Created To Kill which is the Vile studio sessions with Chris Barnes original vocals, and will contain a "best of" collection that Brian Slagel and the band will pick out that will span the length of their illustrious career.

The DVD will have the frequently bootlegged Moscow concert originally recorded on May 25, 1993, the band's first show ever opening for Dark Angel, and their entire set at the Metal Blade Records 20th Anniversary Party excluding two songs which will go on Metal Blade's 20th Anniversary DVD. More...

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