December 30, 2000

The following news section was compiled by Christophe Szpajdel from Belgium courtesy of his DEVIL’S ELIXIR newsletter:

MALEFACTOR are still intensely promoting their debut album and tries to establish a lot of contacts over here in view to realize their upcoming tour in february 2001. For the moment they don’t have any date fixed. You can check this band on the "Winds of the New Millennium" comp CD released by Demise records who in the meantime released debut albums from SOULLESS, CHEMICAL DISASTER; PETALON and some others. I must admit that I have nothing from this band, except the song they brought on the abovementioned comp CD, one reason more to mail them directly. MALEFACTOR plays a kind of own style, combining the aggressivity of old thrash, brutality of death metal and bewitching ambiance of dark horror/epic metal. A highly recommandable band to check out now! .. Malefactor can be contacted through lordvlad@bol.com.br

ABOMINATTION isn’t it the mythic band featuring Paul Speckmann on bass and vokills?. Oh dear how does Specky handle to rehearse with Krabathor in Czech Republic and with ABOMINATION in BRAZIL???? Mysterium et Bolla de Gomma! The other musicians are all originating from Italy but they turned to live in Brazil due to the abundance of delicious bucetinhas! Here we go: Fabio Suliani (guitars), Cipriano Maffei (drums), Luciano Zanotto (bass and vokillz) and Daniele Suliani (guitars). Anyway the new album is coming out and it’s called "Rites of Eternal Hate", 8 tracks of old school death metal in the pure tradition. I suppose you still could remember their previous single "Hated by the Flames". Guess what! The band will tour Europe in February and they are urgently looking for shows. So if you think you can help, please mail directly to: FSuliani@ucs.tche.br

IMPERIOUS MALEVOLENCE, extreme death metal from Brazil are still very urgently looking for as many gigs as possible for March, April and May for as many shows as possible and that everywhere. Remember they already played some single shows in Czech Republic, Germany and Belgium in August. All what the band asks is a sleeping place, food and drinks.and of course a massive support from all zines, labels, radiostations, fans. As very close friends of KRISIUN, they supported them on their latest BRAZILIAN tour and now they come to Europe, so please do them a favor if you wanna see live a particularly BRILLIANT band!!! Any last minute help is needed, mail directly to hellhorde@ig.com.br or darkdimension@ig.com.br or trevizan@netpar.com.br.

DESCEREBRATION; I suppose you already heard about this wild, womendesecrating death metal band from Brazil. Just imagine the perfect combination between KRISIUN and BLASPHEMY.Totally wild and demented death metal with the pure old school feeling! I just got their two song promo-tape featuring "Bastard Creation" and "Death Metal Forever". There are chances about doing some shows with DESTRÖYER666 but nothing is confirmed. Something highly recommandable. All mags, record labels, radios, maniacs who can help them in getting as many contacts over Europe, please mail them to: rodolfo@cpminas.com.br

NECROTERIO plays putrid death metal from Beyond, in the old Carcass/General Surgery/Necrony vein. After a brilliant demo "Putrid Glory" (1993) and a debut full-length CD "Lament of the Flesh", the band is actually trying to get in touch with all european zines, radios, maniacs and labels to start their european propaganda which will be followed by a tour. More Brazilian death metal to come over Europe later. Mail to: rottenscars@hotmail.com or putridglory@hotmail.com

SANATORIO from Brazil, not to be mixed up with the Slovak SANATORIUM are also planning a European tour somewhere in September. They have already three demo-tapes released so far: "House of Death" (1995), "Master of Lies" (1997) and the latest one "Rotten Penetration" (1999). If you like primitive death metal in the vein of SadistiK Exekution, this is the band you must absolutely check out. I have both their demos in my distribution as well. So you can mail me or to the band directly: mail to: sanatorio_death@hotmail.com

NEPHASTH from Brazil are currently recording their full length album scheduled for January/February 2001. I don’t know which label is gonna release it but if this new stuff is in the same vein as their brilliant "The Merciless Faces of Evil" demo CD, be sure to keep an eye on one of the most promising band from Brazil right after the sensational REBAELLIUN. Keep an eye on this band and believe me they will kick your ass for sure! A European tour is confirmed for the middle of next year. Mail to: isoul@zaz.com.br

QUEIRON have just released their split CD with Mental Horror and now plans a real European tour in the fall of 2001. This is ultrafast avanger death-speed metal in the purest brazilian tradition. You know, these fast and sharp quitarleads like razorblades, this steamhammer fast and fanatic way of drumming and these aggressive vokills in the Sarcofago vein..Just the hottest band arising from Brazil, ready to invade Europe in 2001: mail to: queiron@bol.com.br

FUNERATUS is another fantastic death metal band band from Brazil, they are the soulbrothers of KRISIUN and will more than probably join QUEIRON on tour. For that please mail directly to their label, Mutilation Records, mutilation@uol.com.br The label also announces the release of another brazilian sensation, HOLDER.

SUHRIM. I already told you about this bulging death metal band from Belgium. They are around for more than 13 years in their infernal struggle. Actually they have a line up with TOP musicians from which the only original member is Johan who deals with the bass and the necrobulging vokills. If you are really having a fuckin’ball, then be sure to mail to them as they are really looking for a lot of concerts all over Europe. johan.antonissen@pandora.be

ICONOCLASM are now worldwide recognized as the Cult Session Maniacs and nobody can forget their Cult666Session tour with LIMBONIC ART, REBAELLIUN and the infamous MYSTIC CIRCLE. I know not many people were present at the shows on this tour except East-Germany and Poland but who cares? Their debut album "Marching Evil" is still not released and nobody know which label is gonna bring it out. Anyway on Saturday 17th of february I organize the official release party of "Marching Evil" in the Frontline, Gent and the special guests will be: ARKHON INFAUSTUS (fra), HOMICIDE(ger) plus some more to be announced. Anyway for more info, you can mail to: iconoclasm666@hotmail.com

ENTHRONED are entering in the studio in Gelsenkirchen, Germany to record their upcoming album "Armoured Bestial Hell". According to the new songs I have heard on their two last shows, the material for this album will be in the purest ENTHRONED tradition, so if you adore the previous releases, you will be ravished by the brutality of the last album concocted by the bodega-masters.The release party will have place in April 2001 in the Frontline, Gent with DESASTER, PENTACLE, CIRITH GORGOR and some other additional guests I will announce you right in time.

INFERNAL LEGION from Belgium are preparing a new album on LSP, this 80s thrash/black metal band already shared various stages in Belgium , Netherlands (where they opened for VADER), in France (opening for MORBID ANGEL in Strasbourg and DEICIDE in Paris). Actually the band is open for every gig proposal all over Europe. A french mini-tour is also planned. Keep in mind that the mini-cd "Die and Become" is nearly sold out. In the meantime you can check them out on the LUGBURZ belgian metal webpage. Mail to: Peter Noens, Vuldershoek 28, 2230 Herselt, Belgium.

THRONEUM, do you remember this fantastic old school dark/death metal band? They have released a great second demo entitled "The Underground Storms Eternally". I still haven’t heard it but it appears to be, according to what I may expect after their first demotape, a combination of old Vader, Darkthrone, old Thou Shalt Suffer, Asphyx, Mayhem, old Death etc… darkness, misanthropy & chaos is included there !!! Tape is released in a professionally way. Traders are welcome!!! EXTREME DENSE ART #1 newsletter includes Apocalyptic Raids (Brazil), Autumnal Reaper (The Netherlands), Temple Of Baal (France), Mistress (Germany), Redivivus (Poland), an article "Vampires- myth or history", a ton of reviews and others… It is printed in 1000 copies and spreading out for free Throneum & E.D.A. newsletter c/o Tomasz Hanuszkiewicz; P.O.Box 66; 41-923 Bytom; Poland; tomaszh@poland.com

ABORTED are undisputably the most brutal blasting death-splatter band from Europe. After a fantastic album "The Purity of Perversion" and a split CD with CHRIST DENIED from Spain, they signed on LISTENABLE for their second album which will see the day in early next year. ABORTED have many plans for gigs in USA and Canada for April, including some major festivals and an extended tour. They are looking for many gigs now all over Europe, mail to: goremageddon@hotmail.com

DUST is the parallel band of one of the ABORTED guitarists, Mr "Rough Hands" . This band was supposed to release their debut album on Lowlife Records but since the recorded material is already more than a year old and since the band has plenty of new songs, this debut "Creation of Demise" will probably never see the day. Meanwhile some of the songs will be used as promotion material for mags and labels. Musicwise it’s pure old school death metal in the vein of early Death, Massacre and Morbid Angel. All who are interested to get it, please mail directly to: marec@village.uunet.be

ANAL TORTURE is another parallel band featuring Sven from Aborted. It’s old school grind with some splatter elements and hysterikill meowings, growlings, gruntings, barkings, screamings of castrated men by the mighty serre-couilles. Actually they have full material recorded for a possible split CD with MASTECTOMIA from Poland who recently joined the Cock and Ball Crew. Only a label is needed to press the whole shit. Both bands: analtorture@hotmail.com and mastectomia@interia.pl

NILE‘s "Black Seeds Of Vengeance" album will be released in picture LP format in the UK on February 19th.

Watch for a new MAYHEM album this spring featuring material left off of "Grand Declaration Of War" plus various live tracks. In related Mayhem news, the Spanish film company Visual Beast Films will release the short film, Estigmas, which will feature the band’s track ‘A Bloodsword And A Colder Sun’. The film will be spread through TV channels and cinema festivals worldwide.

According to Metal Update, PHLEGETHON‘s 1998 three track demo has been made available by former MASSACRE vocalist Kam ‘The Tyrant’ Lee. To acquire this CD, go to panzer58@hotmail.com

Pulverized Records will be releasing the new SATHANAS MCD, "Cruentus Diabolos", soon.

KULT OV AZAZEL is searching for a new drummer to do touring with now that their new CD is finished. Interested parties should email the band at KultOvAzazel@aol.com, or the label at UAllDie@aol.com

Sweden’s DIABOLICUM are in the Abyss Studios with Peter Tagtgren recording their forthcoming album, "The Dark Blood Rising", for Code 666. The CD will be released in a deluxe digipak format including a special CD ROM track with a brand new video, photos, info and more. The band features members of SETHERIAL and other guests will also appear on the album, set to be released on March 31st.

The following ARCH ENEMY statements were posted recently at www.archenemy.net. "I thought I’d get around to putting something up here before we leave the studio, right now Sharlee is recording bass and he is happy with his bass sound and just getting on with it really (as the true soldier of metal he is, haha). On January the 9th, myself and Daniel will be travelling to England and mix the album with Andy Sneap in his studio. I am really looking forward to hearing what Andy is gonna do with what we’ve recorded. We are all big fans of what he did on the new Nevermore album (Dead Heart In A Dead World) and the Testament The Gathering album, so we hope it’s gonna work really well for us. After three studio albums (+ the mix of the live album) it is time to move on and try to get a wider perspective and some new people with fresh ideas working on Arch Enemy. As far as a the vocalist situation goes, we do have a new vocalist and the vocals on the album are done. And they are totally killer. We will be presenting the new line-up as soon as we get some cool pics done to show you all! I will be posting messages here again when I am in the UK mixing the album, letting you all know about how that is going. So until then, myself and the rest of the Arch Enemies wish you a Metal Christmas and a Heavy New Year!"

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