September 28, 2001
CENTINEX have finished the recording, mixing and mastering of their Candlelight Records debut "Diabolical Desolation". The album includes the following tracks: 'Demonic Warlust', 'Forthcoming Terror', 'Spawned To Destroy', 'Soulcrusher', 'Diabolical Desolation', 'On Violent Soil', 'Total Misanthropia', 'The Bloodline', 'A War Symphony' and 'Hellfire Twilight'. The expected release months are January for Europe and February for America. CENTINEX will tour in Europe together with EXTREME NOISE TERROR and CADAVER INC between November 17th and December 3d. Dates and places will be announced soon. For all the latest news please check out the website(s): www.centinex.org or www.candlelightrecords.co.uk
September 25, 2001
DIMMU BORGIR, WITCHERY, NAPALM DEATH have pulled out of the Metallenium tour. SIX FEET UNDER, LAMB OF GOD, GOD FORBID and DARKEST HOUR are still on the bill. Dimmu Borgir confirmed at their website that the tour has been moved to January 2002
SLAYER's God Hates Us All debuted at the #28 position on Billboard selling 52.000 copies
Along with VADER, CRYTOPSY and DYING FETUS, KATAKLYSM completed its European tour in support of Epic: The Poetry Of War. Now back in Canada, the quartet prepares for the North American assault supporting Marduk with guests AMON AMARTH and DIABOLIC which begins on October 5th in Aurora, IL and ends November 4th in Montreal. In related news, watch for a 20 minute live piece from August 4th in Quebec City that is airing on ARTV (channel 31 in Montreal) on Monday, September 24th 2001 at noon and Wednesday, September 26th 2001 at 11pm.
IN FLAMES will replace STATIC-X on the Tattoo The Planet tour. They will join the tour on October 2nd in Stockholm and on October 4th in Helsinki DESTRUCTION will replace PANTERA on all the German Tattoo The Planet dates. Also on the bill are SLAYER, CRADLE OF FILTH, BIOHAZARD and VISION OF DISORDER. The German dates run from September 22nd to October 6th. In addition, Destruction will play a headlining show on October 7th at The Big Island in Dortmund, Germany. In other Destruction news, dates for the band's European tour with SODOM and KREATOR will be announced soon. The band are also planning dates for the U.S.
DEFACED release their debut album, Domination Commence, on September 27th in Japan. This edition include the exclusive bonus track 'When The Levee Breaks', a cover of the LED ZEPPELIN classic.
MISTELTEIN begin their first European tour on October 16th in support of GOD DETHRONED and NIGHT IN GALES. The dates begin on the 16th at Trillians in Newcastle, England and wrap up on November 4th at Indian's Saloon in Milano, Italy
SALEM have a new download link at all.at/salem. The new section features rare and unreleased material from the band as well as songs from previous releases. New material will be added regularly
ARCH ENEMY has rescheduled their Japanese tour. The new dates are as follows: March 9th - Osaka, Japan, 12th - Nagoya, Japan, 13th - Nagano, Japan, 15th/18th - Tokyo, Japan
A message from Metal Blade Records: "Hello! For the European release of the CANNIBAL CORPSE DVD we need the help of the fans. We would like to do an extra link that features only photos taken by the fans. All fans having photos of Cannibal Corpse in good quality should send their pics with 300dpi. Please e-mail the photos to email@example.com and write the name of the photographer in the e-mail plus a short description of the photo."
NASUM will tour Japan for the first time with special guests CANDIRIA and CRYPTOPSY. Dates include: October 9 - Osaka, Japan at Club Quattro, October 10 - Nagoya, Japan at Club Quattro, October 11 - Tokyo, Japan at On Air West
ANCIENT will play some live dates in Europe starting September 28th at the Mephisto Club in Alessandria, Italy through 'til November 24th at the Metallian Festival in Lille, France. The band will then be on a full European tour with STORMLORD and THYRANE in November and December. Dates will follow as they are announced.
HELL-BORN's Damned To Hell European Tour 2001 kicks off on October 18th in Katowice, Poland and wraps on November 3rd in London, England. Support comes from DAMNATION.
BATHORY's forthcoming album, Destroyer Of Worlds, contains the following tracks: 'Lake Of Fire', 'Destroyer Of Worlds', 'Ode', 'Bleeding', 'Pestilence', '109', 'Death From Above', 'Krom', 'Liberty & Justice', 'Kill Kill Kill', 'Sudden Death', 'White Bones' and 'Day Of Wrath'. Watch for the record in October.
A European tour featuring ENTHRONED, ANOREXIA NERVOSA and ARKHON INFAUSTUS begins on November 13th at Trillians in Newcastle, England. The dates conclude on November 28th at a to-be-announced venue in Italy.
AMORTIS are looking for a new label to release their Gift Of Tongues album since their departure from Last Episode Records. Tracks on the album include: 'Fear F/X - The Pleasure Mechanism', 'Hyperthalamic Prey' and 'The Human Puzzle'. Anyone interested in the band, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit go.to/amortis
France's AD INFERNA are about to release their debut, L'empire des Sens. The album was produced in Holland's Excess Studio. Vicomte Vampyr Arkames is now a fixed member of the band since leaving SETH. Arkames wrote all the lyrics.
Germany's DIES ATER are writing new material in preparation to enter One Stage Studio next March to record a new album, which will be produced by Andy Claasen. The band plan to release an EP at the same time as the new album. The EP will include a re-recorded demo track and a new song, recorded in German. That same track will appear on the full-length in English.
EISREGEN have finished mixing their new album, Farbenfinsternis. The album includes 12 tracks, and a special digi-pack version will include a bonus track, a cover of the DEATH classic 'Born Dead'. The tracklisting: 'Vorboten', 'Angst wird Fleisch', 'Schatten im Verstand', 'Mein Reich komme', 'Farbenfinsternis', 'Meine tote russische Freundin', 'Im Reich der Fleischlichkeit', '13', 'Deutschland in Flammen', 'Dein Blut' and 'Ein Jahr im Leben des Todes'. Check out the band's website at: www.fleischhaus.de
BLACK ABYSS are writing material for a new album that has the working title, Angels Wear Black. The album will be produced by Dieter Roth (HAGGARD). The band are looking for a new guitarist and in the meantime their live shows will feature ex-GRAVEWORM axe Harald Klenk. The new album will be released next spring, followed by a tour with THE ARMADA.
Russia's ROSSOMAHAAR have recorded their new album, Quaerite Lux In Tenebris (Exploring The Eternal Worlds). Tracks include: 'The Misanthropist', 'Sacred War' and 'Transflamed Visions Of Your Mortal End'. The album was produced at CDM Records-Studio and will be released in late 2001.
BEHEMOTH, KHOLD and CARPATHIAN FOREST will tour Europe together beginning on October 14th in Engelsdorf, NL. The dates wrap up on November 3rd in Patronaat, NL
EMPEROR have just finished shooting a video for the song 'Empty', off their forthcoming album, Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire And Demise.
September 18, 2001
After their strong and powerful album "The Heresy Of An Age Of Reason" (released in 2000) Swedish Black Metallers THY PRIMORDIAL terminated the contract with Singapore's Pulverized Records. A new contract with Blackend Records is already signed by now. Blackend are (hopefully) going to re-release the previous four albums of THY PRIMORDIAL. In the meantime THY PRIMORDIAL have recorded their fifth album that will see the light later this year. At the moment they are waiting for the cover-painting to arrive. Although the forthcoming album was recorded in The Abyss studio you do not need to be afraid to get a faceless production again. Judging the rough-mix it does not sound typically Abyss. Instead the sound will be very powerful, brutal and therefore fitting to the more technical and pretentious song-structures THY PRIMORDIAL come up with on their new album. It is quite obvious that they managed to increase their musical abilities once more. So, be prepared for the next storm coming.
KREATOR performed a free show in their hometown of Essen recently in front of 12,000 people. Meanwhile, the band are working on a video clip for the title track of their new album, Violent Revolution, due out on September 24th. The first pressing will be a strictly limited edition containing bonus tracks and unique packaging. Kreator will co-headline Europe this fall with CANNIBAL CORPSE, DESTRUCTION and SODOM.
SUSPERIA are currently on 11 new songs, 10 will be completed and recorded for the second album that will be recorded at Abyss Studios in late November. Peter Tagtgren and Lars Zsoke are producing the record, due out next May. Some new songtitles include: 'Cage Of Remembrance', 'The Bounty Hunter' and 'Anguished Scream For Vengeance'.
DEATH's CD / double LP / DVD / VHS release, Live In L.A. (Death & Raw) debuts on October 16th. Included in the disc will be an order form for another live Death disc recorded in Eindhoven. For each disc sold, $2.50 will go directly to vocalist Chuck Schuldiner to help in his fight with a life threatening, extremely rare form of brain cancer. For more information please visit: www.nuclearblast.de/death
GODGORY's new Studio Fredman recorded album, Way Beyond, will be released on October 2nd through Nuclear Blast
Pre-recording has already begun on SOILWORK's next album. Tracks to appear on the album include: 'The Bringer', 'Blackstar Deceiver', 'As We Speak', 'No More Angels' and 'Follow The Hollow'. Devin Townsend and Fredrik Nordström will begin mixing in early December and the band hope to have the finished disc in time for Christmas, aiming for a March release.
THERION release their new album, Secret Of The Runes, on November 13th through Nuclear Blast.
ESQARIAL will release their new album, Discoveries, on October 15th in Poland through Empire Records. The band will appear at the Thrash 'em All Festival in November along with KRISIUN, VADER, BEHEMOTH and others.
A video clip for GOD DETHRONED's 'Villa Vampiria' is available at: www.metalblade.de/gdvvvideo.html
CARNAL FORGE have scheduled a 25 date European tour in January with headliners MORTICIAN and two other acts.
DARK TRANQUILLITY will perform on October 6th at the Concert Hall in Istanbul, Turkey. There will also be a signing session on October 5th at 1pm in Köstebek Music, located in the Aznavur Pasaj. The band is currently busy in the rehearsal room writing new material and have booked Studio Fredman from February 6th to record their 6th, as yet untitled, full length album.
Hiili Hiilesmaa will again produce the next SENTENCED album, which will be recorded in January at Tico-Tico Studio and Finnvox Studios. Songs on the album will include: 'Guilt And Regret', 'As Hard As I Try', 'At Your Grave', 'You Are The One', 'Neverlasting', 'Aika Multaa Muistot (Everything Is Nothing)', 'Excuse Me While I Kill Myself', 'Losing My Faith', 'Wither', 'Blood & Tears' and 'Man In The Bottle'.
HOUWITSER have completed the recording of their new album, Rage Inside The Womb. Tracks set to appear on the album include: 'Exposed To Poison', 'Vengeance Needs Blood', 'A Bite Of A Deceased Ratt', 'Unleash The Fury' and 'Gutted In The Gutter'. The album will be released through Osmose in October or November. A full tour will follow. Also, the band have released a new 7" through Displeased Records. The green vinyl single includes the POSSESSED cover, 'March To Die' and a track from the band's '98 demo.
INHUME have signed a two album deal with Osmose. The band are writing for a new album that is to be recorded in late 2001/early 2002. A release is expected in April or May of 2002.
BELFEGOR release their second album, The Work Of Destruction, on October 15th through Empire Records in Poland. The album will include a video-clip for 'Loneliness Amidst My Wrath'.
NECROPHOBIC's Bloodhymns will be released next February and will feature 10 new compositions. The album will be recorded at Sunlight Studios with Tomas Skogsberg.
ANTAEUS have inked a deal with Osmose, and are currently writing their new album, De Principii Evangelikum, which will likely be released in early 2002.
FINNTROLL have canceled their European tour with TRISTANIA, ROTTING CHRIST, VINTERSORG and MADDER MORTEM. The band's mother label, Spinefarm, has issued this official statement, "Hell-O!!! It is with great sorrow and grief that we announce the unfortunate fact that Finntroll will not be able to join the planned European tour with Rotting Christ, Tristania, Madder Mortem and Vintersorg because Katla has lost his voice. The doctor very clearly stated that Katla is not allowed to sing at all for two months. It seems that Europe is spared. For now..."
CHAOS THEORY are looking for a new singer to replace Dan, who is leaving to pursue his dream of finishing College. If you are interested in an audition, e-mail the band at: email@example.com or call 609-298-EVIL. Words from the band, "The band are planning on going in a new direction musically, so candidates should have a wide range of both clear and rough vocals, a good ear for melody and a kick ass stage presence. Song and lyric writing is a plus. Heavy touring schedule, industry contacts, national media attention. Are you ready?" Dan's farewell show is on October 27th in Trenton, NJ. The venue will be determined soon.
Viccomte Arkames will leave SETH after the recording of their new album, Divine X. He is now a full time member of AD INFERNA and MORNING RISE.
Damon Bloodstorm is leaving ABOMINATOR, citing a permanent break from the hectic schedule of band life. The band is down to a two piece again and is currently looking for a bass player and possibly a second guitarist to continue their live assault. They have just completed their second album, Subversives For Lucifer, and are now writing material for their third album, which will be called Cascading Carnage.
IMPIETY will record their new assault at Stage One Studios in Germany with producer Andy Classen. Recording is scheduled to take place from October 17th to November 2nd. The album will include two bonus covers of tracks by BLASPHEMY and SEXTRASH, as well as seven originals.
BEWITCHED have a second guitarist, Hellfire. He was originally hired for the band's Mexican tour, but is now a full-time member. The band will soon record a new album, Rise Of The Antichrist.
SADISTIK EXEKUTION have begun working on new material.
ANOREXIA NERVOSA's new album, New Obscurantis Order, is out on October 29th.
DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz says that the Metallenium Tour is still a go.
ANCIENT CEREMONY and MYSTERIUM, along with local support bands, kick off the Devilish DECADEnce Tour 2001 on October 31st in Esch-Alzette, LUX. The dates conclude on November 10th in Leipzig.
After a short run with the band, VITAL REMAINS bassist Kelly Conlon (DEATH, MONSTROSITY) has left to pursue other musical interests. Lead guitarist Ron Greene has taken over on bass for the time being.
THORNSPAWN has inked a deal with Osmose. Watch for their next album, Wrath of War, soon.
ZYKLON have enlisted Secthdamon (MYRKSKOG), to handle both vocal and bass duties for the forthcoming tour with MORBID ANGEL.
IMPALED NAZARENE's Absence Of War Does Not Mean Peace, will be out through Spinefarm on October 1st in Finland. Osmose will release in other territories on November 5th.
September 05, 2001
DISMEMBER are currently rehearsing new material, although they had an unfortunate set back when they lost their long time rehearsal space. It's most likely that Fred Estby will again produce the album at Das Boot studios. Early signs indicate more of a return to the old school sound of the Death Metal album.
IN FLAMES will support SLIPKNOT on their UK tour starting on November 2nd. The dates care as follows: 11/2/2001 - International Arena in Cardiff, 11/4/2001 - Centre in Brighton, 11/6/2001 - SECC Hall 2 in Glasgow, 11/8/2001 - Arena in Manchester, 11/9/2001 - NEC in Birmingham, 11/10/2001 - Docklands Arena in London
The reformed EXODUS plan to write new material for an album to be released late in 2002 through Century Media.
Net sources say that reuited thrash legends EXODUS, VIO-LENCE and FORBIDDEN are considering a tour package dubbed the Bay Area Invasion. Blabbermouth says that the bill is presently being put together by Walter Morgan's Deadly Embrace Productions (the people behind the Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy. According to Morgan, several US and Japanese dates are being planned during the coming months, with the possibility that additional European gigs will take place at a later time.
Tracks set to appear on CANNIBAL CORPSE's upcoming studio release include: 'Hatchet To The Head', 'Pit Of Zombies' and 'Worm Infested'.
SLAYER will participate in an autograph session on September 10th at midnight at Wherehouse Music at 617 North Main Street in Corona, CA
MONSTROSITY will enter the studio this fall to record their next album, expected to be released in February.
MASTER have released a new mini-CD, Follow Your Master, through Last Exit.
HIRAX have a new eight song EP, Barrage Of Noise, available on CD and 10" red vinyl. For more info go to: www.hirax.org/barrageofnoise.htm
According to Blabbermouth, Nuclear Blast will be releasing another live CD from DEATH, Live In Eindhoven, on October 29th. The disc will only be available through Nuclear Blast mail order. The album was recorded at the group's Dynamo Festival appearance in '98. The CD will sell for $7, and $2.50 of each CD will go directly to the Chuck Schuldiner Medical Fund. There will also be a DVD for $12 of the same show. Both the CD and DVD will only be available in slip-sleeves (no jewel cases).
HYPNOSIA's Cab made the following statement on the band's upcoming album: "We are working on new material and hope to record the second full-length album in December of this year. We don't have a title for the album yet, but some songs on the album are: 'Defaced', 'Less Than Zero', 'Men Behind The Sun', 'Living Misery', 'Twisted Avocation', 'Embrionic Waste' and 'Rise Of Severity'.
IMPALED are working on their next album, to be recorded at Sweden's Sunlight studios later this year for a 2002 release.
IN AETERNUM have parted ways with drummer Jocke Olofsson and guitarist Paul Johansen. The split was amicable. Alongside founding member David Larsson (guitar/vocals), they now have Andreas Vaple on bass and Peter Andersson on drums.
DARK TRANQUILLITY will enter Studio Fredman on February 6th, 2002 to begin recording their next album
World War III has acquired exclusive rights to distribute the newly formed Mercenary Musik label for North American Distribution. With this agreement Mercenary Musik, owned by Jerry Battle, will see it's entire catalog distributed and marketed by World War III. The first releases from this young label street on September 25th 2001, with titles from: HEADHUNTER, DEATH CULT, NEPHASTH, ABORYM, DIABOLICAL, ENTER MY SILENCE, CARPATHIAN FOREST, MYSTIC CIRCLE, ASTRAL, BELPHEGOR and KEEP OF KALESSIN.
IMMOLATION and Metal Blade have parted company
BLACK DAWN's forthcoming album, Blood For Satan, has the following tracklisting: 'Pitbound (The 4th Trial Of Acolyte)', 'A Hymn To Grand Darkness - The Creed Of Hoath', 'Of Blackest Witchcraft', 'Enemy Of The Day', 'Graverape Ritual - The Hoath Manifesto', 'A Horned Moon Rising', 'Blood For Satan', 'To Haunt And To Feed', 'When The Shadows Become Flesh' and 'Within Ye Woods, Before Ye Throne'.
MARDUK and AMON AMARTH have added DIABOLIC as openers on their forthcoming tour that is set to begin on on October 4th in St. Louis and run through early November.
MISTELTEIN recorded their new album, Divine. Desecrate. Complete., in studio Berno. The album will be released on October 8th. The band will then kick off their tour with GOD DETHRONED and NIGHT IN GALES on October 16th at Trillias in Newcastle, England. The dates wrap up on November 4th at Indian¹s Saloon in Milano, Italy.
NOKTURNAL MORTUM have been dropped by The End Records.
EXMORTEM will play about nine shows in Austria, Holland and Germany in October. All shows will be with labelmates MANGLED and two or three shows will be in support for GOD DETHRONED. A Scandinavian tour in November with BLOOD RED THRONE and
THRONEAEON is currently being planned. It will cover Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
AETURNUS have a new website address: www.aeternus.ch. Go there for a sample of the forthcoming album, Ascention of Terror. V'gandr (HELHEIM) is now the session bassist but he will remain with his current band full-time. The tracklisting for Ascention of Terror: 'Possessed By The Serpents Vengeance', 'Slaying The Lambs', 'Ascension Of Terror', 'The Essence Of The Elder', 'Warlust', 'Wrath Of The WarLord', 'Burning The Shroud', 'Denial Of Salvation' and 'The Lair Of Anubis'.
The release of BLOOD RED THRONE's Monument Of Death album has been postponed due to problems with the extremely brutal artwork. The CD will now come inside a specially designed slipcase. Everything, including the poster design, is being re-tooled after having been rejected by several outlets overseas. A Scandanavian tour for the fall is being discussed that would include label-mates EXMORTEM and THRONEAEON.
THANATOS drummer Aad has left the band. He couldn't commit to the band because of his work with SINISTER and HOUWITSER. He will be replaced by Yuri Rinkel (also in LIAR OF GOLGOTHA). The band will start writing new material for their upcoming fourth album which they plan to record around the end of 2001.
The UK's THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL release their new album, The Excommunication Of Christ, on October 1st through Supernal Music. The band are described as Black Metal with Mediaeval and Middle Eastern influences. Guests on the album include A.C. Wild (BULLDOZER), Huw Lloyd Langton (ex-HAWKWIND), Kobold (OLD FOREST) and HISTORY OF GUNS. The tracklisting: 'The Excommunication Of Christ', 'Angelwhore', 'The Watchers Of Catal Huyuk', 'Agrat Bat Malab', 'Weeping Tears Of Angel Light', 'Bene Ha Elohim', 'Assault And Battery', 'Jezebel And The Philistines', 'Pale Bread Hunger', 'Rise In Godless Hell', 'Disembodied Voices Of Melchizedek' and 'Falling With Lightning Rays Beamed Through The Blazing Firmament Towards The Untended Burial Ground Of Bharsag'. The first edition of 1000 units includes the bonus track 'Calling All Monsters'.
DARKMOON's new album, .308 Antichrist, is out on September 3rd in limited release. Artwork comes from Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH).
NECROPHOBIC will enter the Sunlight Studios with producer Tomas Skogsberg in September to record their 4th CD, Bloodhymns.
Century Media Germany will reissue GRAVE's first album, "Into The Grave", on September 17th. The album will include the following bonus tracks: 'Tremendous Pain', 'Putrefaction Remains', 'Haunted', 'Day Of Mourning', 'Eroded', 'Inhuman', 'Obscure Infinity' and 'Soulless' (video enhancement).
Century Media Germany will reissue UNLEASHED's first album, "Where No Life Dwells", on September 17th. Bonus tracks on the release will include: 'The Dark One', 'If They Had Eyes', 'Dead Forever', 'Unleashed', 'Where Life Ends', 'The Dark Utter Revenge', 'Violent Ecstasy', 'Before The Creation Of Time' (video enhancement) and 'The One Insane' (video enhancement).
IN THE WOODS previously out of print demo, A Return To The Isle Of Men, is available again with brand new artwork through Hammerheart. The re-issue includes several bonus tracks.
CRUACHAN's debut, Tuatha Na Gael, will be re-issued in September thourgh Hammerheart Holland and made available as an import through Hammerheart America. This CD has been re-mastered and includes three bonus tracks from their O97 promotional CD.
EXUMER have re-released their '86 album, Possessed By Fire. The remastered disc includes three rare bonus tracks and a new 16 page booklet with liner notes and rare photos.