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Metal News for April 4, 2003

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Leash Law Formed

Former Crimson Glory and Seven Witches vocalist Wade Black has something new to offer his fans. The singer's latest project, has joined forces with guitarist Rick Renstrom to create an album as the band Leash Law. With the crushing drums of Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth), the pounding bass of Stephen Elder (Rob Rock), the blistering guitars of Rick Renstrom, and the power vocals of Wade Black, Leash Law listeners will experience "true metal unlike ever heard in this century."

Rick Renstrom's solo album "Until the Bitter End" also features Wade, Steve, and Richard in the song "Towers of Babylon." This album will debut through Mascot Records for all of Europe in the weeks ahead.

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Kittie Sue Label

Kittie have taken out a lawsuit against their label, Artemis. The Canadian band, together with their producer Garth Richardson, claim they are owed $900,000 in unpaid royalties and compensation.

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Gamma Ray Skeletons Stay In The Closet

(Press Release) The release date of the Gamma Ray double live album ‘Skeletons In the Closet’ has been put back from the end of May to August 25th.

The mixing of the album is not yet complete due to the late delivery of the unmixed audio masters from the mobile studio in Spain. The initial problems occurred during the live recording process at which, it was later discovered, the two recording machines were not linked for a large part of the show and therefore not synchronized. As well as this some of the audio files were ‘lost’. More...

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Project: Failing Flesh Song Downloads

Two songs from the forthcoming album from Project: Failing Flesh have just been posted on-line here. The songs are from the record that features Eric Forrest (E-Force, ex- Voi Vod), Tim Gutierrez (instruments) and was mixed by Kevin 131 (Garden of Shadows, Dysrhythmia, While Heaven Wept, ex- Aleixa). Pictures of the band in the studio have been posted also. The record will be available April 8th on a limited edition advance release and is expected to be in full release this summer. (ed. I just did and this is some good shit).

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Krisiun Name their Works of Carnage

Brazilian death metallers Krisiun have set "Works of Carnage" as the title for their new album, due in late summer through Century Media Records. The follow-up to "Ageless Venomous" was recorded at Bebop 2 Studios in São Paulo with producer Pierre Rémillard (Cryptopsy, Kataklysm, Gorguts) and is currently being mixed at Rémillard's studio in Quebec, Canada. According to the band's official web site, the album is "coming out great, as the band members said it's their heaviest, tightest, fastest, record to date and it will be much more dynamic and deeper than their previous releases."

Krisiun's upcoming DVD, "Live Armagedon", is due out "soon." It will consist of a show filmed late last year at the studios of Polsat TV in Krakow, Poland as well as extra live footage from Japan, U.S.A. and Brazil, plus backstage shots, and footage from various recording sessions.

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Swedish Metal "Supergroup" Formed

Nightrage, a brand new Swedish melodic death "supergroup" consisting of drummer Per M. Jensen (The Haunted, Invocator), melodic vocalist Tom S. Englund (Evergrey), main vocalist Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates, THE CROWN, guitarist Gus G. (Dream Evil, Firewind), guitarist Marios Iliopoulos (Exhumatoin), and bassist Brice Leclercq, have signed a deal with Century Media Records. The group's debut album, "Sweet Vengeance", was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg. It is due later in the year.

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Marduk Record "weird and bizarre" EP

Sweden's Marduk recently completed work on a new four-song demo containing material that may surface on an upcoming limited-edition EP. The tracks appearing on the CD, which are being described by the group's webmaster as "the most weird and bizarre" Marduk have penned so far, are as follows:

01. Porträtt Av Döda Barn (Portraits Of Dead Children)
02. Din Död Förkunnar Vi (Your Death We Proclaim)
03. Den Eviga Döden (The Eternal Death)
04. Gravskändarmarsch (Gravedesecration March)

Marduk are currently putting the finishing touches to the two promo clips that will be included on the group's upcoming DVD, tentatively due in the fall. The group's latest album, "World Funeral" CD, was released in Europe in late February through the group's own Blooddawn Productions.

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Vehemence Drop Off Deicide Tour

Arizona's Vehemence have regrettably had to pull off of the last few dates of the Deicide/Amon Amarth tour due to sickness. Vocalist Nathan Gearhart caught a very serious sinus infection that affected his throat and made it impossible to continue the final dates. "Vehemence would like to thank all of their friends and fans that came out to these shows early enough to catch their set," reads an official statement from the group's label, Metal Blade Records. "Touring with such a diverse line-up proved to be interesting, and lead to great friendships between all of the bands. The band is very sorry, and will try to make it out to play the Canadian, New York, and New England areas on their next tour. The band is now on their way to concentrate on finishing the last half of their next full-length album

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Amorphis Changing the Face of Metal

Finnish metallers Amorphis have set May 20 as the release date through EMI subsidiary Virgin Records for their sixth studio album, "Far From The Sun". The album's first single, "Day Of Your Beliefs", will surface later this month.

"Far From The Sun" marks the beginning of a new era for the band, who returning to a more band-oriented concept on their first album since their split with Relapse Records.

" 'Far From The Sun' is heavier and more guitar-driven and band-oriented an album than its predecessors," explains guitarist Esa Holopainen. "It is Amorphis 2003."

Having had several guest musicians and outside producers on their albums over the past years the band has this time around trusted only in themselves. The follow-up to 2000's "Am Universum" was self-produced and was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., SENTENCED, MOONSPELL) and mastered in Stockholm, Sweden. Frontman Pasi Koskinen recorded all vocals for the CD at Seawolf studio in Suomenlinna under the guidance of Hannu Leiden (ex-singer of HAVANA BLACKS), who has previously worked with HANOI ROCKS, among others. More...

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The Legion Sign with Listenable Records

Swedish black/death metallers The Legion, featuring Marduk drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have officially signed to France's Listenable Records.

The band will enter Abyss Studios early this summer to record their as-yet-untitled full-length. Expect eight to ten tracks of metal in the vein of "Morbid Angel to Setherial."

More on The Legion as it becomes available. Stay tuned

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Sound of the Beast Released

Wax your horns -- Sound of The Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal is released today!
"Christe might as well drop the 'e' from his name because he has just delivered the gospel of heavy metal..." -- Library Journal


Finally, the book that heavy metal fans have been waiting for forever has arrived. Based on over 100 interviews, Sound of the Beast ignites with the release of the first Black Sabbath album in 1970, and traces the most extreme form of music even known through three decades of triumph and tragedy.

Sound of the Beast is the ultimate heavy metal book for all time - anyone who likes music will be entertained and enlightened to death -- especially metal fanatics. Inside its pages is something for every reader, to help them understand and appreciate the metal phenomenon still happening all around them.

Inside the Beast More...

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Morbid Records Part with Evil Incarnate

Morbid Records leading underground death grind lable from Germany and Kult American death metaller's Evil Incarnate have officially parted ways making both the said label and band free of all contractual agreement's leaving Evil Incarnate to find a new label for the release of soon to be both legendary and classic CD Waiting for His Return. This follow up to the highly successfull debut CD Blackest Hymn's of God's Disgrace cannot be released in Germany under strict laws concerning anti-Jewish propaganda.

The extreme nature of the band's new CD will be a ground breaking release. The words against god's chosen people of Israel and all followers of Christianity is just to graphic under German law, so it is unfortunate that we here at Morbid Records cannot risk lengthly jail terms and losing the entire label we have worked so hard to build over all these years. More...

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