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News - April 2007

April 27, 2007

The recordings of the new ONDSKAPT album, that were supposed to take place in August, are now delayed until Autumn. More info soon.

The new BENIGHTED album might be entirely finished by the end of August 2007. The release is planned for mid October and might come as a dual disc with an entire live performance and more. A French tour is currently being booked.

IMPALED NAZARENE are working on their new album "Manifest" that will be recorded this summer. In the meantime the band is trying to set up a complete North America tour for October / November 2007. The "Rapture" album re-release plus bonus material will see the light of day on June 04, 2007.

Osmose Productions proudly announces the release of the new SIGH album "Hangman's Hymn", due out on June 04, 2007.

After a long delay and a totally re-recorded album in another studio, ARKHON INFAUSTUS' "Orthodoxyn" album will finally be released on May 28, 2007. It will be available as a stricly limited edition digibook (1500 copies) including fantastic artwork and a 40 pages booklet. The regular CD will be released as well as a strickly limited vinyl edition (1000 copies) with a poster. The North American version will be available through Red Stream Inc.

SULPHUR is supposed to open on the UNLEASHED and BELPHEGOR tour that starts in mid May in Europe, but the UK dates are being cancelled.

April 26, 2007

DERANGED will enter a small local recording studio this weekend to "cut a demo" for all of the songs that will be featured on the next full length album (as announced earlier to be titled "The Red Light Murder Case"). Rikard Wermén (drums) comments: "It'll just be a quick and pretty rough recording. Basically something for Martin (vocals) and I to have when working on the lyrics... There's all in all 10 tracks and as it feels now, they are all strong and will most likely end up on the CD." Further on, the band plans to do some serious touring later this year to support the release of "The Red Light Murder Case". The release date is set for November on Regain Records.

April 24, 2007

Belgium's Hollowman Records will be taking care of the vinyl release of "Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture", the newest album by ABORTED. It was produced and mastered by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED) and features guest appearances by Jeff Walker (ex-CARCASS), HATESPHERE's Jacob Bredahl and David Haley of PSYCROPTIC. The limited colour vinyl will be out on May 15th.

San Francisco's Death Metal legend POSSESSED, featuring original vocalist Jeff Becerra as well as members of SADISTIC INTENT is confirmed to play this year's Wacken Festival! Here's what SADISTIC INTENT guitarist Rick Cortez just told us: "Jeff Becerra chose us to do Possessed with him! We've been rehearsing songs from "Seven Churches", "Beyond The Gates" and "The Eyes Of Horror"! The people from the Wacken fest got in contact and invited us to appear at this year's event! We've already accepted their offer so it's pretty much official, Possessed is going to do one exclusive show for Wacken! This will be the only show for Possessed in Europe, at least for now. As far as Sadistic Intent, we are trying to organize a show in Germany (preferably nearby the Wacken) the day after the fest which is a Sunday. I already spoke with Wannes of Pentacle and they would like to do the gig with us. I am waiting for the booking agent to get back to me regarding this Sadistic Intent show. If it does happen, it will be the only Sadistic Intent show in Europe for now as well."

OBEISANCE have their debut DVD "Satanik Warfare In Texas" available now exclusively through them but are looking for a label interested in releasing it. Also the band has four new songs, 'Satanik Shoktroops Of Doom', 'Satanika Pandemonia', 'S.T.D. - Satanically Transmitted Disease' and 'Satanik Metal City' already recorded as they are talking to some record labels for a 7" release. For free Obeisance videos go to www.youtube.com/evilonit666

April 20, 2007

MELEKTAUS have just recorded a new rehearsal at Sade Studios to offer an advance of their new album, which will be entitled "Hymns Of Transformation". The new songs have certain rhythmic elements that Melektaus had not exploited before, all that accompanied by the dose of brutality and speed of which they are faithful followers. The song titles are: 'N.O.X. (The Night Of Pan)' and 'The Way Of Inner Voice'. The songs are available on the band's MySpace site www.myspace.com/melektauschile.

HELRUNAR have entered Klangschmiede Studio E to record the follow-up to their album "Frostnacht" (2005). Their new work, to be entitled "Baldr Ok Íss", is bound to surpass its predecessor in terms of variability and sheer force. "The new records contains everything from dark, brutal Black Metal in the early Norwegian tradition to epic songs in the vein of Bathory, from rocking mid-tempo to delicate, fragile acoustic pieces and influences from archaic Norse folklore", Skald Draugir proudly puts on record. One of the new tracks already has gained a special importance for HELRUNAR: 'Schwarzer Frost.' "This song, sound and lyrics and all, is nothing less than a hymn to the original Norwegian Black Metal", the band's vocalist and lyricist enthuses. "In an abstract way, the lyrics describe the emotions and experiences that, to us, were connected to the discovery of this kind of music back then." "Baldr Ok Íss" is scheduled for release via Lupus Lounge in autumn 2007.

April 17, 2007

Swedish Thrashers LETHAL added a 34 minutes long livevideo (650 MB) of their gig "Live At House Of Metal" to their website www.lethal.info.se. The quality of this recording is amazingly good, so those of you who know their sold out 7"EP "Deliverance" through Blood Harvest Records (see review in the review-section) should take this opportunity. Others should have a look as this is a free chance to hear and see a great newcomer playing old school Thrash Metal the way it should be.

April 15, 2007

After leaving Listenable Records in late February, DERANGED have signed a new record deal with Swedish Regain Records. Recording sessions for the upcoming new full length "The Red Light Murder Case" are scheduled for late August, the release date is set for November. More information and news will follow. Since the lyrics for Deranged's latest release "Obscenities In B Flat" weren't included in the booklet, a few have now been posted on the bands official MySpace website www.myspace.com/stabandhack

April 11, 2007

The final track list for "City's Gonna Burn", the first re-issue of the LÄÄZ ROCKIT back catalog, which will be released on May 14th through OSM Records, has been posted: 'City's Gonna Burn', 'Caught In The Act', 'Take No Prisoners', 'Dead Man's Eye', 'Forced To Fight', 'Silent Scream', 'Prelude' and 'Something More'. Bonus Tracks: 'Prelude To Death', 'Black Leather' and 'Silent Scream'. All songs were remastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering, the CD art has been updated by Mark DeVito.

April 08, 2007

Reunited 80s Thrash band ROTTING CORPSE (www.rottingcorpse.net) whose original line up included current SOLITUDE AETURNUS founder John Perez and former DEATH touring guitarist / roadie Walter Trachsler will play their special appearance show at the Donnapalooza Breast Cancer Benefit on April 28, 2007 at the Lone Star Country Club in Coppell, Texas without Trachsler, an original member of the Texas Thrash unit. To make up for Trachler's absence, GAMMACIDE guitarists Rick Perry and Scott Shelby along with RIGOR MORTIS / TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE vocalist Bruce Corbitt will step up to the plate and fill in for the missing Trachsler. This will be the first time Trachsler has missed a ROTTING CORPSE show in the band's history and the current members refer to this one time event as the "Watts Without Walt" show. His absence is due to prior commitments with his tour bus company before the band was asked to make a special appearance at the benefit. Donnapalooza is a music event that has been created and promoted by Metal sisters in the Dallas scene to help one of their own that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Various Dallas based bands have donated their services and KNON's Thrashing Alan of Hard Time Radio has signed on to emcee the event. For more information on Donnapalooza or to make a donation, visit myspace.com/donnapalooza.

April 07, 2007

Former PESTILENCE / ASPHYX singer Martin van Drunen, ex - HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby and both THANATOS guitarists Paul Baayens and Stephan Gebédi have joined forces in a new act called HAIL OF BULLETS. Their mutual love for old school Death Metal bands like Autopsy, Bolt Thrower and Massacre resulted in the idea to form a band together. They've already written quite a few songs and hope to record a demo / promo CD in June / July 2007. We'll keep you posted!

Talking of Martin van Drunen... besides HAIL OF BULLETS and DEATH BY DAWN he's also part of the reformed ASPHYX. The band is already confirmed to play this year's Party.San Festival. Unfortunately though, guitarist Eric Daniels won't be part of it, since he lost his feeling for this kind of music and therefore sold all his equipment. He lives a new and different life now. So, ASPHYX 2007 consist of: Martin van Drunen - vocals, Wannes Gubbels (PENTACLE / SOULBURN) - bass / vocals, Paul Baayens - guitar and Bob Bagchus - drums.

April 06, 2007

Germany's Van Records have announced new releases by Danish Doom / Death Metallers SOL ("Let There Be A Massacre") and hypnotic Black Metallers Verdunkeln ("Einblick In Den Qualenfall"). You can check out mp3 samples of both on the Van website www.van-gbr.de.

April 04, 2007

Displeased Records will reissue the first two MASTER albums this fall. The debut full length "Master" will finally be released the way it was meant to be, with the original untriggered drum recordings and including all done guitar solos (some were missing on the Nuclear Blast version). "On The 7th Day God Created Master" will receive some nice extras as well. Both albums will be remastered.

ANAL VOMIT just delivered the recordings for the upcoming full length "Depravation" to be released on From Beyond Productions soon.

Polish old school Black Death veterans THRONEUM signed to Displeased Records. The mastertapes for their upcoming full length "Deathmass Of The Gravedancer" have been delivered. Expect their most intense and maniacal record to date.

Holland's most respected Doom Metal act OFFICIUM TRISTE just finished the recordings of their 4th full length "Giving Yourself Away". Release date has been set at the end of May.

Dutch blackened Thrash outfit ZWARTKETTERIJ is currently in the studio recording their second album. This will be their debut for Displeased. Expect this one to be released after the Summer.

Brazilian deathculters HEADHUNTER D.C. announces the release of "God's Spreading Cancer", the band's so long awaited fourth full-length album. It will be out in May via Dying Music (in Brazil), possibly in a simultaneous way in Europe through the new German label Obscure Domain Productions. A special gatefold LP (limited to 500 handnumbered copies) might e unleashed through Evil Spell Records (an Undercover Records sublabel). This one featuring a 2 track 7" EP as a bonus and the first 100 copies coming on splattered vinyl and with a poster of the band. All this coincides with the band's anniversary, which turns two uninterrupted decades in activity in May, and promises a new tour for the second semester, which will probably reach Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela this time. A commemorative CD (possibly a double CD) through Colombian Trauma / Warhymns Records entitled "1987-2007: The Darkest Archives.From The Death Cult" only with the band's rarest materials since their earliest days is also planned to be released this year, as well as the not less awaited split 10" with their countrymates of Sanctifier via French label Legion Of Death Rekordz, scheduled for a May / June release.

MELECHESH is now confirmed for the Hole In The Sky Festival in Bergen - Norway, where the band is set to play the main stage on Friday, August 24. Furthermore, Melechesh will also play at Metal Mean Festival in Mean, Belgium on July 21, the Party.San Open Air Festival in Bad Berka - Germany, on August 11 and the Earthshaker Fest in Kreuth, Germany between July 19 - 21.

April 02, 2007

The cover of the first reissue of the LÄÄZ ROCKIT back catalog "City's Gonna Burn" has been posted here. The art was updated by Mark DeVito of MetalBabies.com. The album will be released via OSM Records on May 14, 2007.

OSM Records have announced a release date of July 16th, 2007 for Bangalore, India-based thrashers KRYPTOS next album. The new CD, entitled "The Ark Of Gemini", will feature "ten new tracks of heavy, precision, melodic Metal with lethal doses of Thrash aggression."

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