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News - January 2008

January 31, 2008

TERRORAMA have posted 3 unmixed pre-tasters from their upcoming 2nd LP/CD "Omnipotence" on the band's myspace site www.myspace.com/terrorama. The album is supposed to be out in March through Nuclear War Now! Productions.

January 30, 2008

POSSESSED and SADISTIC INTENT have both been confirmed for the Hole In The Sky festival in Norway on August 27-30. For more info check out www.holeinthesky.no

Dutch melodic Thrashers DETONATION will headline the Avalanchefestival in Delhi, India on February 22. Avalanche is the heavy-music portion of the four-day cultural Moksha festival, an annual event organized at the Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (N.S.I.T.). Commented the band: "Up to now, India hasn't been the most obvious choice for Metal bands to tour. Past few years, however, the Indian Metal scene has been growing rapidly with a new breed a quality Metal bands emerging, and with renowned international acts as MEGADETH, IRON MAIDEN and SEPULTURA announcing tours to India. We're very excited to be among the first wave of international Metal acts to play Indian and very proud to be the first heavy Dutch act ever to do so."

January 29, 2008

Another Sphere Records have uploaded soundsamples of their first signing IN ARKADIA at www.myspace.com/anothersphererecords. The band's second album will be released on February 29.

January 26, 2008

Ibex Moon Records have just re-released the latest PENTACLE album "Under The Black Cross" as a digipack CD with lyrics and the NECROVORE cover 'Divus De Mortuus' as bonus track (recorded during the album's sessions). For those who are interested, you can obtain a copy from PENTACLE directly by transfering 15 Euros / 18 US Dollars (including P&P) to their PayPal account (pentacle@pentacle.nl). For other payment, please visit the For Sale section on the Pentacle website  www.pentacle.nl

January 24, 2008

Sweden's old school Death Metal horde NOMINON will do a special mini-tour in the northern part of Europe during early March. Check out our tourdates for all details. The band has also been confirmed for both the Central Illinois Metalfest and the Michigan Extreme Fest 2 in July. This will mark the first ever visit for NOMINON on the US soil. Right now a two week tour is being planned around these festivals as well. In related news, some of the long lost live recordings from the Colinas Bar, Branca in Portugal from September 2005 during the VITAL REMAINS / NOMINON tour will finally be released as a live 7" vinyl EP during early March on Badger Records from the Netherlands. The 7" EP will be entitled "Legiões Em Portugal" and will include the songs 'Hordes Of Flies' and 'Condemned To Die' (the latter previously only available on the US version of the latest NOMINON album "Terra Necrosis"). The live recording was engineered / mixed by Locke and mastered later on by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio. Cover artwork by Abboth Intoxication.

January 21, 2008

After years of (near) unavailability, Displeased Records will reissue DYING FETUS' 1998 "Killing On Adrenaline" album this Summer, with upgraded layout and freshly remastered.

ANGELCORPSE have announced the official addition of drummer Paul Collier to the band's line-up. Palubicki, Helmkamp and Collier are currently in the planning stages for an upcoming tour of Europe, as well as the US West Coast, Australia and New Zealand. Specific dates and more information will be announced soon.

THESYRE's Eric Syre has issued the following official statement about the band's new album: "Most of the material for Thesyre's next album is written as I am typing. We should start rehearsing and arranging the new material next week and we might be recording the new album later this spring. What can you expect? Both our split 7" with Audiopain and Macabre Omen might be indicative of how the album might sound: a little rawer. I would also like to include some of those 'industrial' elements appearing on Thesyre's early 1995-96 demos. Finally, all the lyrics will be in French this time and we might record a cover song or two."

January 15, 2008

BOLT THROWER will be playing this year's Party.San festival. Here's the official statement of the band: "So, we're very happy to announce that the festival we have chosen to play this summer is the Party.San Open Air in Bad Berka, Germany on 7-9th August. Tickets are only 39.60 Euros, including parking and camping, and the festival is capped at only 10,000 visitors, so considering this and the already killer line-up, it looks like it will sell out in advance. So, we suggest that people who want to buy tickets on the day, should check the availability before they set off, to avoid the disappointment a lot of people had at last year's sold-out Summer Breeze Festival, where they got turned away. We look forward to seeing you there! Cheers, Bolt Thrower."

HAIL OF BULLETS are also confirmed to play this years Party.San Open Air as well as this years edition of the Summer Breeze festival.

Displeased Records will re-release the first two full length albums by MASTER: "Master" (original mix without the drum triggers, all solos included and correctly mastered plus a DVD with two 1990 live shows from Zaandam, Netherlands and Ludwigsburg, Germany) and "On The Seventh Day God Created... Master" (remastered plus a DVD with two live shows from the Netherlands - Groningen 1992 and Heemskerk 1993).

NUNSLAUGHTER will be doing 2 shows in Canada in 2008: on March 14th in Toronto at Sneaky Dees and on March 15th in Montreal (venue to be confirmed). The band is also working on the layout for the "Damned In Japan" DVD (which is to be released in early 2008) and finished the split 7" with RABID, which will be out soon. More 7"es and split releases to be released soon. www.nunslaughter.com

US Epic Metal legend MANILLA ROAD will release their brand new studio album "Voyager" in February via My Graveyard Productions from Italy (www.mygraveyardproductions.com).

Sweden's NIFELHEIM (www.myspace.com/nifelheimofficial) are looking for possible live shows and festival appearances for 2008 to promote their latest album "Envoy Of Lucifer". You can contact them at their new email address: nifelheim-booking@hotmail.com.

Dutch brutal Thrash Metal band DEAD HEAD have been signed by Displeased Records.The new full length is supposed to see the light of day in the summer of 2008.

January 12, 2008

On January 04, 2008 former SKYCLAD drummer Keith Baxter died of liver failure in hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was 36 years old. Rest in peace Keith!

CHAOSFEAR have started the pre-production of their second, as of yet untitled album. It will be recorded in the beginning of 2008 and probably will have 10 songs. The album is scheduled to be released this year via OSM Records. "We are very excited with the new songs. The songs have the same energy as usual, and I believe that they are more aggressive. With the second guitar everything is sounding heavier and there is more focus on solos. We want to play them live as soon as possible", says the drummer Danilo de Freitas.

January 10, 2008

Another split issue of MYSTICAL MUSIC (# 12) and CARNAGE (# 14) has just been released. On 120 printed pages (in German) you'll get interviews / features on AUTOPSY (a 4 pages Chris Reifert special), EXHORDER (7 pages), SUFFOCATION, EVOCATION, DEMONICAL, IRATE ARCHITECT, UNLEASHED, VOMITORY, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HATESPHERE, NECROTIC FLESH, THE ABSENCE, THIS ENDING, a massive 13 pages long MIKE BROWNING special (feat. MORBID ANGEL, INCUBUS, ACHERON and AFTER DEATH), DEFEATED SANITY, AFGRUND, ULCERATE, SUFFOCATED BASTARD, AGALLOCH (3 pages) and lots more. Plus a free compilation CD-R with 21 (partly unreleased) tracks from RIBSPREADER, PAGANIZER, MASSIVE ASSAULT, PURGATORY, AFTER DEATH, VENERAL DISEASE, HEADHUNTER D.C., KAAMOS, NECROTIC FLESH, DEFLORATION, IMPETUOUS RAGE, MENTAL HORROR, a DOOM METAL special and more. It sells for 5,- Euro (ppd. in Germany, all others ask for postage prices first if you're ordering) from MYSTICAL MUSIC Zine, c/o Ralf Hauber, Emerlandweg 11, 73529 Strassdorf, Germany, hauber666@gmx.de. Distributors are welcome.

January 08, 2008

SHINING have been nominated to the Swedish Metal Awards in the category of best alternative Metal album of 2007. If you feel that SHINING deserve such an award you should get your voice heard by placing your vote now at their website (click on top of the page to the left for the english version). www.swedishmetalawards.com

Osmose Productions will release the second album by Norway's MORD. The album, that will be entitled "Necrosodomic Abyss", is already finished and right now only the layout still has to be done. www.myspace.com/666mord

January 05, 2008

Greek Death Metal act TERRORDROME has signed a deal with UK label Grindethic Records (www.grindethic.co.uk) to release their debut full length "Vehement Convulsion". According to a label info the album is supposed to offer technical brutal Death Metal in the vein of DISAVOWED, VISCERAL BLEEDING and HATE ETERNAL. "Vehement Convulsion" was produced by George Bokos (ROTTING CHRIST, NIGHTFALL) at Grindhouse Studios, and mastered by Robbe K (DISAVOWED). The track listing is: '2000 Volts Fat Burning', 'Exposed To Life's Integration', 'Disputing The Throne', 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder', 'Eradicate The Indigence', 'No Oral Hesitations', 'Infected Fornication (Inception Of Carnal Enslavement)', 'Privileges Of Slime', 'Revile The Vagary', 'Inhibit The Discord' and 'Festivity Of Clitoris Licking'. The album cover artwork has been created by George Tsaousidis from Lernea Hydra Graphics and can be viewed here. A release date will soon be confirmed and will be timed to coincide with the band's upcoming European tour with OBSCURA and DERANGED. For more details check out our tourdates section or head to www.terrordrome.net.

January 04, 2008

Ben Marlin, bass player for San Diego's DISGORGE died of cancer on January 02, 2008. Rest in peace buddy!

Japanese Black Metallers SABBAT has just launched their official myspace page. SABBAT's current line up is: Gezol (bass & vocals), Zorugelion (drums) and Ishidamien (guitar) - the trio will play several live shows in Europe in June this year. Next year SABBAT will celebrate their 25th anniversary. More information at www.myspace.com/sabbatofficial

January 02, 2008

NYC Thrashers SUN DESCENDS have signed deals with Khaosmaster Productions (Puerto Rico) and Twilight Distribution (Germany) for the US and European release of their new album "The Entropy Formula". Both labels have scheduled the CD release for Spring of 2008. The artwork for the European and US outputs will differ slightly and both will feature illustrations by Sean Taggart (Agnostic Front, Carnivore, Crumbsuckers). SUN DESCENDS has added the newest permanent member to their roster. KO Thunder, hailing from Istanbul - Turkey, is the band's bassist and joined in summer 07. SUN DESCENDS is currently looking for a booking / management deal and welcomes any offers. Please contact: Mem@sundescends.com or go to www.myspace.com/sundescends.

HELLWITCH will enter the studio in March 2008 to begin recording its long-awaited sophomore full-length album. The new CD will feature nine songs and is rumored to be titled "Mythological Lies... Enlightened Paganus". Open Grave Records will re-release HELLWITCH's classic album "Syzygial Miscreancy" in early 2008 as part of the Open Grave Records Underground Reissues series. It will be completely remastered and feature new artwork. There will be a full-color insert as well. The original "Syzygial Miscreancy" was released in 1990 via Wild Rags Records, and was recorded at Morrisound Studios with veteran producer Scott Burns. HELLWITCH formed back in 1984 and released several demos and 7" EPs during the second half of the '80s before issuing a highly acclaimed debut album, "Syzygyal Miscreancy", in 1990 and a mini-CD, "Terraasymmetry", in 1992. They recorded a few more demos through the '90s until they finally completed their 2005 recording, "The Epitome Of Disgrace", which led to an agreement with Xtreem Music.

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