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Metal News for June 23, 2004

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16 news articles posted on this day.

My Chemical Romance Photos Posted

Mike (aka CorrosiveMind) took some pictures the other night when he interviewed My Chemical Romance, and we're just now getting a chance to post them. Take a look at them over at our new, up-and-coming Galleries page.

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Anorexia Nervosa Reveal New Album Tracklisting

French Black metallers ANOREXIA NERVOSA are currently finishing the recording of their upcoming album, "Redemption Process", at Drudenhaus Studios in France. The album will be mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden.

Tracks set to appear on the release include (in no particular order): ‘Antinferno’, ‘The Worship Manifesto’, ‘Sister September’, ‘Codex-Veritas’, ‘Mass Absolution’, ‘The Shining’ and ‘An Amen’.

"Redemption Process" is scheduled for and early October release via Listenable Records.

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God Dethroned To Enter The Studio

Dutch Death metallers GOD DETHRONED will enter Berno Studios in Malmö, Sweden on July 14th to begin recording the follow-up to 2003's "Into the Lungs of Hell".

Nine new songs are ready to be laid down for the as-yet-untitled effort, which is tentatively due in late 2004/early 2005.

In other news, God Dethroned, who recently replaced bassist Beef with a musician named Henk, have been confirmed for the Occult Fest 2004, a two-day event set to take place September 3rd - 4th in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival include PLEURISY, MORTUARY IOD, KATAFALK, MAKILADORAS, ASIT BURNS and MORNING.

More info at occultfest.nl.

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Mayhem Track To Be Featured On Season Of Mist Comp

MAYHEM have posted the following update on their official website:

“On the 24th of September, Season Of Mist will be releasing a 2 disc compilation of bands from the label. A special track is planned for Mayhem. The track is entitled ‘Anno Vampir’. This was the first track written by the present line up and is, obviously, unreleased as of yet.

The band is negotiating with Phillip Burtem to make a video clip for the Chimera track ‘My Death’. Current plans are for the clip to be recorded in August and to be released in September.

Mayhem are scheduled to play at the With Full Force and Wacken festivals.”

Upcoming Mayhem live gigs include: More...

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Southern Lord Records inks Lair Of The Minotaur

Chicago metal/doom band Lair of the Minotaur recently signed with Southern Lord Records. Formed in 2003, the group features Steven Rathbone (ex-7000 Dying Rats), Donald James Barraca (ex-7000 Dying Rats), and Larry Herweg (Pelican). The group will release an album, entitled "Carnage," on September 21st.

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Therion Announce World Tour

Swedish Operatic metallers THERION have announced a number of dates around the world in support of their current double album, Sirius B and Lemuria. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Michigan Deathfest Postponed

Organizers of the upcoming Michigan Deathfest 2004 have posted the following update at the official festival website:

“Due to the unexpected closing of The Labyrinth the fest has been postponed to August 6th & 7th and will now be at The Token Lounge. All tickets previously sold will still be honored and are still available at all Ticketmaster outlets.”

Among the acts confirmed to perform at the festival are: More...

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Worship Lineup Changes

The legendary French doom act WORSHIP has undergone some lineup changes. There are three members - two new musicians joined The Doommonger.

After the suicide of the Fukked-up Mad Max, Worship remained led by a single member, The Doommonger. Before the recording session which started on 19th June in Worldsend Studio (the same place where 'Last CD Before Doomsday' was remastered) two musicians joined the band. These are: Satachrist (Beyond The Void, Darkness Within) and Kuolema (Unpure to Christ). So, the new full line up is as follows:

The Doommonger - lead guitar, vocals
Satachrist - rhythm guitars
Kuolema - bass guitar, drums

The band is recording two new songs for future releases - more info about them will be known soon.

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Amon Amarth Finish Recording New Album

The Swedish Viking/Death metallers AMON AMARTH have now completed the recording of their next album, "Fate of Norns". A total of eight tracks was successfully recorded.

"Fate of Norns" (referring to the three Norns - or "godesses of fate" - Urd, Skuld and Verdandi who in Scandinavian mythology sits at the root of Yggdrasil - the world tree - weaving the fate of every man) was recorded at Berno studio in Malmö.

Sweden. Some songtitles that will appear on the new album are: "An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm", "The Fate of Norns", "Arson", "Sealed In Blood" and "The Valkyries Ride".

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Kreator Confirmed For Hole In The Sky Festival

German thrashers KREATOR are the latest band to be confirmed for the Hole in the Sky festival, a four-day event set to be held August 25-28 at three different venues in Bergen, Norway.

We've already told you it's the dawn of the legends. Needless to say, we're happy as pigs in shit to announce German thrash legends, Kreator, as a part of our increasingly stunning line-up.

The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Aura Noir To Release New Album In August

Norwegian thrashers AURA NOIR will release their long-awaited new album, "Merciless", in late August on Tyrant Syndicate Records. Tyrant Syndicate Records is a new label started by Nocturno Culto of DARKTHRONE, and it is a division of Peaceville/Snapper Records.

The AURA NOIR album will be the first of several albums to be released under the Tyrant Syndicate Records banner, which will also handle all upcoming DARKTHRONE releases. Fenriz of DARKTHRONE and Nattefrost of CARPATHIAN FOREST will reportedly make guest appearances on the CD. Songtitles set to appear on "Merciless" include "Condor", "Hell's Fire" and "Black Metal Jaw".

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Black Metal Elite To Pay Tribute To Quorthon

A number of well-respected Norwegian black metal musicians will gather to perform a selection of classic BATHORY songs during Norway's Hole In The Sky Festival as a tribute to the group's mastermind Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg, who passed away earlier this month. So far, the following musicians have been confirmed to take part in this special performance (in alphabetical order):

Abbath (ex-IMMORTAL)
Apollyon (AURA NOIR)
Faust (ex-EMPEROR)
Gaahl (GORGOROTH)
Grutle
Ivar (ENSLAVED)
Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE)
Samoth (ZYKLON, ex-EMPEROR)
Satyr (SATYRICON)

The Hole in the Sky organizers have "the utmost respect for all the musicians lending their valuable time to make this a memorable event in the memory of Quorthon and his work of brilliance," according to an official press release. A portion of the profits from the festival — which is scheduled to be held August 25-28, 2004 at three different venues in Bergen, Norway — will be donated to Black Mark Records, the label owned by Quorthon's father, Börje Forsberg.

Commented Samoth: "Needless to say, Quorthon and his mighty BATHORY had a huge impact on me as a musician and definitely sparked my fascination for black metal in the early days. It was sad to hear of his early death. Quorthon was already a legend for years, and left behind an epic testimony blood, fire and death! May he rule among the gods of Valhalla!"

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Velvet Revolver Explain Slash's Missing Hat

VH1.com has an article that talks about Slash's missing signature tophat and some more about Velvet Revolver's debut album, Contraband, and frontman Scott Weiland's decision not to talk to the press. Here's a taste:

Like Metallica cutting their hair and Enrique Iglesias removing his mole, Slash losing his signature top hat in the Velvet Revolver publicity shots has hardly gone unnoticed.

The legendary guitarist and his bandmates would like to make it clear, however, that journalists who have noted a total absence are not entirely accurate.

"It makes occasional appearances," drummer Matt Sorum said backstage at the KROQ Weenie Roast.

"Sometimes it's just on the stage in the corner by itself, sometimes it's on me," guitarist Dave Kushner added.

"I just need it," Slash declared with a smile, hiding behind his long locks of hair, which have not changed. "I need it close by for security, in case I get overly shy, so I can pull it over my head."

The hat is traveling with Velvet Revolver on tour, but it's made few appearances, perhaps a sign of how comfortable the guitarist is onstage with his new band. And now that the group's debut album, Contraband, is in stores, Slash only expects to have more fun playing live.

Read the full article at Vh1.com.

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Bile To Release New Cd & Tour Plans In The Works

BILE are set to "come out" with a new CD at the end of the Summer, the release is also expected to coincide with a tour from the band. More information as we get it.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Drummer Leaves, Updates

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER have issued the following update on their official site:

"First of all, we in THE BLACK DAHLIA camp want to apologize for the lack of updates. From now on, the updates will be handled by Dave and myself, so you can expect to finally know what is going on with the band.

The ETID and VITAL REMAINS tours were a complete success. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us, put us up, etc. We greatly appreciate your kindness.

We also played Download Fest in the UK a few weekends ago. Although we played at the same time as MACHINE HEAD AND HATEBREED, the set was a success. We also drank free Aftershock and saw BURST. So fuck you. Props to the guys in Johnny Truant for taking care of us.

The “A Cold-Blooded Epitaph” rerelease is nearing completion, and should be available in the next couple of months. The artwork is again being handled by Black Market Activities own Adam Wentworth.

This brings us up to our most recent BDM news: drummer Cory Grady has been asked to leave the band due to personal and professional conflicts. Cory has been in the band since its inception, and it was not an easy decision on our part. In the good news, we are honored to welcome Zach Gibson to the throne, and can assure you that you will be seeing us on our summer tour with the mighty CANNIBAL CORPSE. We will spend four weeks as direct support for CANNIBAL CORPSE and SEVERED SAVIOR opening; following will be a two week headlining stint with CATTLE DECAPITATION and GOATWHORE

Eat pussy and freak out"

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Apocalyptica Confirmed As Headliner For Metal Camp

Tolmin, Slovenia's Metal Camp festival on August 20th and 21st have confirmed Apocalyptica as the headliner for the first day.

Confirmed bands for August 20th are:

APOCALYPTICA, HYPOCRISY, SENTENCED, BRAINSTORM, DEADSOUL TRIBE, MNEMIC, NOCTIFERIA, ANCIENT, INTERCEPTOR, SUPREMACY, DARKENDOME, MADOG, NEGLIGENCE, SWEET SORROW, OPHIDIAN, THIRD MOON, ROOT A BALLOTA, LORDS OF DECADENCE, POSSESSION, UNHOLY INQUISITION, CREMATION, BRAINSICK.

Confirmed bands for August 21st are:

DANZIG, DESTRUCTION, PRIMAL FEAR, KATATONIA, DARK FUNERAL, DEW-SCENTED, EKTOMORF, VINTERSORG, FLESHCRAWL, PROSPECT, BELPHEGOR, UNDERTOW, METAL STEEL, DICKLESS TRACY, VANITAS, SCAFFOLD, OBIDIL, SARCASM, GORTHAURS WRATH, ENEMY INSIDE, MIDGARD, BAREHANDED, EXPULSION, EVOCATION, TESSTIMONY, MEM GROME, GROUND ZERO, BLOODFEAST, PROFOUND.

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