January 19, 2001

CRUACHAN has entered the studio to record songs for a MCD (called "Ride on") and their full length album (called "Folk-Lore"). Shawn McGowan (of The Pogues) will take part on the album.

SATARIEL signed a deal with Hammerheart. Musically the band is supposed to sound as follows: "…it’s still Metal, even with Death Metal influences, but with clean vocals and with some very progressive elements…"

REBAELLIUN has finished their writing-process and the new album "Annihilation" will be recorded at Stage One Studio by Andy Classen in February 2001.

EM SINFONIA is a band by Brian Griffin (Broken Hope’s songwriter and studio-owner) that did an EP in 1999 already on Martyr Music Group. The album will be released in Europe on Hammerheart Records and it is titled "Intimate Portrait", very progressive atmospheric Death/Doom with different vocal-styles and keyboards.

SKYFIRE has finally finished their debut album at Abyss Studio called "Timeless Departure". According to label infos it is like Dark Tranquility meets Rhapsody meets Children of Bodom.

From May 16th up until Dynamo Open Air DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER will tour once more across Europe with assistance of LOWBROW and ANCIENT RITES. The dates will be published soon.

SUNSETH SPHERE is another new addition to the Hammerheart roster, musically to be put in the category of The Gathering and Within Temptation, but once again different.

AETERNUS will mix their new album "Ascention of Terror" in February. Meanwhile long-time member Morrigan left the band and the bass is now handled by Orjan of Helheim.

AURA NOIR seems to continue in a new line-up, featuring Apollyon on bass/vocals, Aggressor and Blasphemer on guitars and Dirge Rep (of Enslaved) on drums.

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