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Metal News for April 7, 2003

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26 news articles posted on this day.

Halford Denies Judas Priest Rumors

Here's ex-Judas Priest throat Rob Halford on the incessant reunion rumors,

“Briefly, I want to apologize to my audience for the numerous rumors being spearheaded by my former manager of approx. two years, Rod Smallwood and his firm Sanctuary Music Management - whose Companies have an interest in the 3 bands involved in the gossip.

“The visible intent in creating the multiple rumors; clearly is meant to disturb and confuse my audience, the North American concert promoters, and others.

“I find the behavior appalling, for throughout my 30 year career I have prided myself in being forthright with my audience. You can trust the legal eagles from both sides will end the juvenile action immediately.

“What I will affirm to each of you again is; I am not a member of Judas Priest, and I have no plans to reunite.

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Daily Reviews

Metal Reviews has 11 new ones this week:

  • 40 Grit - Nothing To Remember
  • Blaze - As Live as it Gets
  • Callenish Circle - My Passion Your Pain
  • Dawn Of Relic - Lovecraftian Dark
  • Dracma - Perfect Creation
  • Into Eternity - Dead or Dreaming
  • Rawhead Rexx - Diary In Black
  • Skyfire - Haunted by Shadows MCD
  • The Meat Shits - Sniper At The Fag Parade
  • Various Artists - A Tribute To The Creatures Of The Night
  • X-Hells - Subterranean Stories

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First Date of Project Revolution Cancelled

The first of the Projekt Revolution dates on 4/8 in Rochester, NY has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Projekt Revolution tour features Linkin Park, Mudvaybe, Xizbit and Blindside.

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Two Salem Videos For Download

Two new videos are available for download at Salem's site: Act of War and Broken Yet United Taken from "Collective Demise".

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MuziCafe Opens, Special Offers

Muzi Cafe is just in the process of opening up, and they are there get indie music out there in a big way. In addition to their high traffic from music fans, they actively recruit retailers, record labels, promoters, and radio stations to view our artists, buy and play their music.

Muzi Cafe allows you to set up a web page to sell CDs, including streaming clips of songs. Includes bio information, tour dates, band photos, CD cover photos, fan mail link, booking link, link to band's web page. The setup fee is being waived for the first 200 artists. (Yes, i checked and this site is BRAND new and should not have nearly 200 artists at the time of writing this...Looks like a good opportunity to promote your stuff online)

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Mork Gryning Change Album Title

Mörk Gryning has changed the title for its new album. "Pieces Of Primal Expressionism" is now the offical title for the work. The prior name, "Pieces of an Expressionistic Avantgardism," was thrown out. The release date is on the 6th of June.

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Caliban's Last Minute Terror

Caliban and Terror will be playing a last minute gig on April 24th at the "Tor 3 Osnabrück / Georgsmarienhütte!" The cover charge for the night is 6 €. If you want more information, check out BurningStage.

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Turbonegro MP3s Posted Online

Turbonegro have posted two MP3s on its website from their new album, Scandinavian Leather. The tracks are for those who cannot wait for the band's comeback album, and these tracks, ("Turbonegro Must Be Destroyed and "F.T.W.") will satisfy their appetite.

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Nocte Obducta (a)live again

Finally, after a two years absence concerning live performances, the band has confirmed gig dates ! Besides the band will enter the studio the next days to record the MCD Stille - Das nagende Schweigen.

Tourdates: More...

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Destruction Album to Hit on Sept. 29th.

Destruction’s website has revealed that the band's new album will be out through Nuclear Blast on September 29th, with a DVD to follow before the end of 2003. Band members Mike, Marc and Schmier will enter Little Creek Studio in Switzerland in early April for the final production on the new album.

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Gorgoroth Complete Twilight of Idols

The Norwegian Black Metallers Gorgoroth recently completed the recordings of their upcoming album “Twilight Of Idols (In Conspiracy With Satan)”, which was recorded at Polar Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. The album will be released sometime in May.

Their bass player, King Of Hell told Tombstone: “It will contain eight dark songs, which will convince both old and new fans of Gorgoroth!”

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Bal-Sagoth Writing Intensively for Sixth Album

The writing of the sixth Bal Sagoth album has now commenced fully and is entering its most intensive phase. The new material is following a strict and very sinister thematic directive, and fans of all five previous albums will find something on the new opus to thrill and excite them.

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Agathodaimon Pick up New Bassist

As stated hear earlier, Agathodaimon's bass player, Marko, left some time ago. The band meanwhile found a replacement in Darin "Eddie" Smith, who has already joined them for some gigs in the past few weeks. There’s also a new keyboardist in their ranks who’ll probably join the band in the near future.

In other news, the work on the successor to Chapter III has begun. The current working title is Darkened Days. The pre-production will again take place at the Kohlekeller Studio, where the band recorded their last album. A release is scheduled for the 15th of October.

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The Red Chord's Black Market Activities

In case you missed this little tidbit in one of our previous news items, The Red Chord's Guy Kozowyk and Adam Wentworth have formed a new record label called Black Market Activities. According to Guy, "Black Market Activities was started a couple years ago as a witty name to slap on projects that we had been involved with. Those activities included design work, the staging of live events and a traveling CD distro. Recently, things have been headed in a much more serious and structured direction, and our little 'pseudonym' has now evolved into a record label." The label currently has three releases in the works: a CD of rare/unreleased material called "Bare As Bones" by Backstabbers Inc., the debut EP from Deadwater Drowning, and the debut EP from Found Dead Hanging. All three releases should be out this Summer and will be available via Lumberjack Distribution. Additionally, Black Market will be handling the layouts for upcoming releases by Black Dahlia Murder and On Broken Wings. Look for their website (Blackmarketactivities.com) to be available soon.

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One Dying Wish Mapping Out Extensive Tour

Colorado's One Dying Wish is currently booking dates for an extensive spring/summer tour. If you can help with a show, email the band here. The tentative itinerary is as follows:

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Deeds of Flesh Set June Release Date

Deeds Of Flesh plan to release their latest CD, Reduced to Ashes, on June 24 through Unique Leader Records. The follow-up to 2001's Mark Of The Legion will contain eight new "brutal" songs with a running time of just over 40 minutes.

Deeds Of Flesh have been confirmed for a European tour with Hate Eternal and Dying Fetus in late summer 2003. Exact dates and venues will be announced soon.

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Kataklysm Still Writing for New Album

Kataklysm are still writing the material for their next album, Serenity In Fire, due out in Feb. 2004. Among the titles tentatively set to appear on the CD are the following: "The Ambassador of Pain", "Slithering Down The Spine", "Blood On The Swans", "It's Back (Infested), "Resurrected" and "Serenity In Fire".

The band have confirmed their appearance at the New England Hardcore And Metal Festival on May 17 and will shortly announce more dates, set to take place immediately before and after the festival.

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In Aeternum's Nuclear Armageddon Hits

In Aeternum will release their new album, Nuclear Armageddon, later this month through Sweden's Monochrome Music and Poland's Agonia Records. In May they will embark on European tour with Gospel Of Thorns and Razor Of Occam.

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Tidfall Issue Words from the Studio

Tidfall have been in the studio for the last couple of weeks recording their third full length album. Studio Reports are published daily at www.tidfall.net, and the band have invited all listeners to send in questions which will be answered directly by the band in their official forum. Most of the song titles have also been released. More...

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Goatwhore Warding off the "Burners"

Goatwhore's soon to be released Funeral Dirge For The Rotting Sun is scheduled for an early May release on Rotten Records. According to www.rottenrecords.com, “it has been pushed back numerous times. We are waiting for a new version of a copy protection guard to ward off burners and any devices that may be able to burn and transfer the CD.” You can head to the aforementioned site to download the MP3 ‘Blood Guilt Eucharist’.

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Amorphis to Play Special Show on 4/20

Amorphis will play a special, one-off gig at Senssi club in Tampere, Finland on Sunday, April 20. The band will premier some of the brand new material which is set to surface on the upcoming "Far From The Sun" album and will perform a number of their old classics from their previous recorded efforts. Also set to appear are Viikate, a Finnish group who reportedly play simple melancholic metal/hard rock with Finnish lyrics.

"Far From The Sun", Amorphis' sixth studio album, is due in Finland on May 20 through EMI subsidiary Virgin Records. The album's first single, "Day Of Your Beliefs", will surface later this month. A U.S. release date for the album has yet to be announced.

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Chaosbreed Photos Posted Online

Chaosbreed, the new Finnish death metal supergroup consisting of drummer Nalle Österman (ex-Gandalf), bassist Oppu Laine (ex-Amorphis, Mannhai), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (Moonsorrow), guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-Sentenced, The Black League), have posted the first two band photos online. Check them out: photo#1, photo#2.

Chasobreed are currently rehearsing material for a full-length album, to be recorded in August at Sunlight Studio in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Tomas Skogsberg. A demo will be recorded at the end of this month (April) and will be distributed through the Internet with a view toward procuring a suitable record deal for the group. The group's first live show will take place on Friday, July 11 at the Stella Star Club in Helsinki, Finland during the Tuska Festival weekend. More...

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Finntroll to Continue Touring Despite Death

Finntroll have announced plans to go ahead with their previously announced European tour with Katatonia despite the recent passing of guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta.

"We are doing the tour as previously agreed," the band said in an official statement. "We do this with heavy hearts, as the sudden loss of Teemu 'Somnium' Raimoranta, a close friend and one of the leading forces behind this band, gave us a blow from which the recovery will take a long time. We feel that dropping everything now, canceling the tour and all the plans we together agreed for this band, would be an insult on Teemu's memory. Going back on the road was also the particular wish of his family and close ones. We feel that this is the best way to honor our friends' memory, taking the music out to the fans. On the following gigs the second guitar will be played by a long-time friend for all of us, Mikael Karlbom [The Seventh Planet], who has played as a stand-in guitarist for us several times in the past. More...

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Rock Hard Festival Lineup Completed

The complete lineup and running order has been announced for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It is as follows: More...

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Napalm Death Frontman Speaks Out on War

Napalm Death's notoriously-outspoken frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway has slammed U.S. President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair for their decision to invade Iraq, saying that "two wrongs don't make a right" and predicting that things are "going to get worse" as a result of their actions.

"People have kind have said to me, 'Look, I told you it was going to be alright' now that the Western troops have moved right into Baghdad," Greenway told Blabbermouth.net in a written statement. "But I think that it's going to get even worse from now on, if that's possible. As if the footage of US troops with 'Kill 'em all' daubed on their helmets, whooping as they decimated Iraqis equipped with popguns (comparatively speaking) wasn't depressing enough, even British troops have been heard remarking on the 'bloodlust of their fellow liberators.'

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Katatonia Postpone Brave Yesterdays

Sweden's Katatonia have suspended the release of Brave Yesterdays for an unspecified period of time.

"It would have been pretty much stupid and suicidal in the yet over-saturated market to release simultaneously a best-of together with a new album," states label Avantgarde Music. "This doesn't mean that the enthusiasm on the project has turned down: in the contrary, time will now be used to get rid of much more material from the past of the band."

The delays, however, will help the group re-think Brave Yesterdays, making it not just a release but a "definitive" release for Katatonia fans. So far, the group has promised lots of old pictures and rarities. Avantgarde Music says that the project may, in fact, be released as a double album. More...

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