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Metal News for April 24, 2003

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16 news articles posted on this day.

Monster Magnet Fire Bass & Drummer

Monster Magnet have fired bassist Joe Calandra and drummer Jeff Kleiman. So far there no news on any replacements. The band are currently on hold as mainman Dave Wyndorf works on the music for new movie ‘Torque’, starring Ice Cube.

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Black Majesty Sign 5 Album Deal With LMP

Melbourne, Australian melodic power metallers Black Majesty have signed a five album deal with German label LMP. The band has been overwelmed with the interest they have had worldwide, and after interest from a number of record labels, Black Majesty have decided on LMP who are renowned as 'the' power metal label. The debut album is called 'sands of time' and will be released in September 2003.

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Disarray Seeks New Drummer

In a statement by Vance Wright, he spoke on behalf of himself and Chuck, "as of April 10th, Disarray has parted ways with drummer David "Dave-O" Peridore, who will be pursuing other interests. The split is amicable among all parties concerned. Dave-O has been a valued member of Disarray for over two years, and while we respect and accept the necessity for the departure, he remains our friend, and we wish him luck and happiness in his future endeavors." The band is currently accepting demo packages from interested musicians. Drummers who think they've got what it takes are encouraged to send materials to DISARRAY, PO BOX 975, DICKSON, TN 37056 and should also send an email to band@disarrayonline.com regarding interest.

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HavocHate Open For Anthrax & Motorhead

New York metal band HAVOCHATE has secured the opening slot on the upcoming ANTHRAX/MOTORHEAD North American tour. “To share the stage with metal veterans such as Anthrax and Motorhead is a great honor for me both personally and professionally,” said vocalist Jon Mallek. “By being part of this tour, I believe we have positioned ourselves perfectly to achieve our goals.”

The enterprising young band embodies the DIY ethic, recording its debut, “This Violent Earth,” on its own and keeping a steady of trail self-booked tour dates. Proving that hard work does indeed pay off, last year the still-unsigned band was included on the “Gods of War Tour” with Manowar, Immmortal, and Catastrophic. “After all the hard work and dedication, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to share the stage with such bands as Motorhead and Anthrax,” said bassist Dave Luwig. “This Violent Earth” will be officially released this summer.

Motorhead/Anthrax/Erase The Grey/HavocHate tour dates: More...

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Various Hook n Mouth Bits

  • Dragonspoon's Frank Aresti will join Fates Warning for the upcoming Queensryche / Dream Theater / Fates Warning tour.
  • Hook n Mouth Records are now being distributed by Century Media, you can now find our products at www.centurymedia.com and in their catalog.
  • Slumlord has relesed their debut EP, and it is now available at www.hooknmouthrecords.com and other leading online retailers like Amazon, CDNow, and CDStreet.

Here are some upcoming shows by Hook n Mouth artists as well: More...

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Throcult Complete New Album

The new album of Throcult is finished. The title of the album is "Soldiers Of A Blackened War" and it was recorded at Hellion Studios. They have recently inked a three album deal with Crash Music, and they will release "Soldiers Of A Blackened War" on June 10th.

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Throneaeon Change Name to Godhate

Throneaeon changed their name into Godhate. They also recorded their new album and there's a competition going on, so be sure to check their official site and play the game.
Good luck guys!

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Danny Cavanagh to play Acoustic show in Dublin

Many of Danny Cavanagh's European solo shows were cancelled, but the Ireland gig is still on! He will be playing a special acoustic show in Dublin, Ireland at The Sugar Club on May 17. The tickets are £9 and there will be no advance sales. Danny will reportedly play Anathema classics and a few covers.

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Testament to Use Three Drummers for tours

Testament have issued the following message through their website :

“Testament would like to thank Asgeir Mickelson for all his help on the No Mercy tour in Europe. Asgeir did a wonderful job and the guys enjoyed playing with him. Jon Allen will be playing the first two Metal Gods shows at the House of Blues - Chicago, IL on April 25th, and at The Agora - Cleveland, OH on April 26th. Starting on May 2nd, at B.B. King's - New York, NY, Johnny Tempesta will take over on drum duties.”

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Enslaved Forced to Cancel London Show

Norway's Enslaved were forced to cancel their appearance at the Garage in London tonight (April 24) due to a fault of the promoter, according to Live4Metal, the official sponsors of the event. "Only about 65 advance tickets were sold and the promoters could not afford to pay the deposit to bring Enslaved over from Norway and have pulled the gig," reads a message on the site. "Live4Metal were happy to be official sponsors of the event, but we have not even had any official notice from them and are as mystified as the support bands, anybody who bought a ticket and no doubt Enslaved themselves. All I can say is that there is a lesson to be learnt here and budding promoters should most definitely learn to walk before they try to run. Being as we are fair, we are willing to listen to the promoters' side of the story... but we are yet to hear from them."

Enslaved's latest CD, "Below The Lights", is set for a May 20 North American release through The End Records. "Below The Lights" is the follow-up to 2001's "Monumension" and is the group's first release since the departure of guitarist R. Kronheim.

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Kalmah Post New Cover Art Online

Finland's Kalmah have posted the cover artwork to their forthcoming third full-length album, "Swampsong", at this location. "Swampsong" is due in Finland on May 25 through Spikefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "They Will Return" was once again produced by Ahti Kortelainen (Sentenced, Nightfall, Impaled Nazarene) at Tico Tico studios in Kemi, Finland and was mastered at Finnvox studios in Helsinki.

The complete track listing for "Swampsong" is as follows (in no particular order): More...

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Susperia To Tour Mexico in June

Norway's Susperia have lined up a three-date Mexican tour during June 20-22. The band, who split with Nuclear Blast Records late last year, have "been busy dealing contracts and polishing the new album due out sometime this year!" according to their official web site. "And we have been working in several studios on the pre-production material. When all is done this site will have frequent updates on what's going down as there will be a lot more activity when things are worked out, finally. We are soon back were we belong, in your stereo systems and on stage!!! HORNS!!!!"

Susperia's forthcoming third full-length album, tentatively titled "Unlimited", may reportedly end up being produced by Street Legal mastermind Björn Boge, who had served as the "vocal coach/producer" during the recording sessions for last year's "Vindication" CD.

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Bal-Sagoth Writing "Very Dark" New Album

Bal-Sagoth are entering the "most intensive phase" of the songwriting process for their sixth album, according to an update posted on the web site of the band's record company, Nuclear Blast Records. "The band plan to complete the writing by mid to late summer, and then the preliminary recording process will begin once everything is 100% finalized. In keeping with the dark and sinister subject matter of the new album, the musical compositions are shaping up to be very dark indeed, reflecting the malevolent thematic nature of the new stories perfectly. A definite release date has not yet been finalized, but Bal-Sagoth plan to embark upon a European tour when the opus is released later this year, returning to the European mainland for the first time since 2001."

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Carnal Forge Extend Century Media Contract

Swedish thrashers Carnal Forge have renewed their recording agreement with Century Media Records for two more albums.

Carnal Forge will kick off The 2003 Metal Gods North American tour Friday night (April 25) at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. Also appearing on the bill will be Halford, Testament, Immortal, Primal Fear and Behemoth.

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"Deadly" Kristin Joins Byaxis

Ancient vocalist Deadly Kristin has joined a technical Seattle-based progressive death metal band called Byaxis.

All members of Byaxis are said to be acclaimed musicians and have been known as some of the best musicians in the state of Washington. The band have penned seven songs so far and are presently working on more music. A promotional CD will soon be recorded and sent to labels with a view toward procuring a record contract. The official web site of Byaxis (www.byaxis.com) will soon be online with more information on the group.

For more information, get in contact with Kristin at: bloodsucker9@hotmail.com.

The band's current lineup is as follows: More...

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Havochate Sign With Root of All Evil

New York metal band Havochate have signed a deal with Root Of All Evil Records. The group's debut album, "This Violent Earth", will be released this summer.

As previously reported, Havochate have secured the opening slot on the upcoming Motorhead/Anthrax North American tour beginning on May 7 in Norfolk, Virginia.

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