May 08, 2001

According to Metal Update, Canuck thrashers SLAUGHTER have signed with Nuclear Blast to re-issue their ’87 album Strappado with four bonus studio tracks and eight live tracks along with vintage photos and band liner notes. In addition, a 1988 unreleased second CD called "Paranormal" will be released with all new tracks.

DEICIDE‘s forthcoming album, "In Torment In Hell", has the following tracklisting: ‘In Torment In Hell’, ‘Christ Don’t Care’, ‘Vengeance Will Be Mine’, ‘Imminent Doom’, ‘Child Of God’, ‘Let It Be Done’, ‘Worry In The House Of Thieves’ and ‘Lurking Among Us’. The band took five days to record and mix their upcoming release, due through Roadrunner this summer.

DISSECTION‘s Jon has been allowed to bring some recording equipment to his prison cell and he is working on new material. Meanwhile, a live album recorded on the "Storm Of The Lights Bane" tour will be released.

The SATHANAS side project ETERNAL ECLIPSE will be releasing their new EP on IRE records. Go to www.irerecords.com for more info. Meanwhile, Sathanas are almost finished with their new full length, "Thy Dark Heavens".

KREATOR leader Mille Petrozza confirmed that an ’80s thrash triple bill featuring KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM is currently in the works. However, with three different labels and booking agents, Mille says that politics may delay the tour. KREATOR’s "Violent Revolution" is finished and is due out late summer. Expect a return to the band’s early heyday.

KATAKLYSM lead vocalist Maurizio Iacono is hard at work on his solo project L.O.S.T. An album will be recorded in July at Morph Studios in Hamilton and will be produced by Jean-Francois Dagenais. Tracks set to appear include: ‘Living On Sympathy & Trust’, ‘From The Guttter I Rise’, ‘Leaving Your Paradise’, ‘Destined To Crawl’ and ‘The Wake’.

DARKSIDE recently finished recording their new album, Cognitive Dissonance, in Exponent Studio in Slovakia.

SODOM have re-signed to SPV.

HYPOCRISY plan to release a new album and go on tour in spring, 2002.

THYRFING will enter Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala in the fall with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARKANE, STUCK MOJO) to record the follow-up to last year’s "Urkraft" CD, tentatively titled "The Fourth Outrage".

GOD DETHRONED will begin auditioning drummers next week after Janne Saarenpaa (THE CROWN) returned to his full-time gig following the completion of the recent No Mercy Festivals.

Nuclear Blast will be releasing DEATH‘s first live album, "Live In L.A. (Death & Raw)". The set was recorded on the band’s 1999 U.S. tour and will be available on CD, Video and DVD.

MISERY INDEX are a new act featuring former Dying Fetus members Jason Netherton (bass / vocals) and Kevin Talley (drums) along with guitarist / vocalist Mike Harrison (AUTUMN DAWN, CADAVER SYMPOSIUM). The band is currently working on a demo scheduled for completion in July.

DARKANE drummer Peter Wildoer took a trip to Germany in March to lay down some drum tracks for an "instrumental shred album" that’s currently in the works.

After completing a European tour with THE HAUNTED, NILE and CARNAL FORGE, THE FORSAKEN bassist Michael Hakansson (also in EVERGREY), reports that everything is going smoothly recording-wise for "the second manifest" at the Abyss Studio with Tommy Tatgren. States Michael: "We really know how we want the new album to sound this time so I know that it’ll be great. We have no working titles for any songs, but I can say that as they sound now, THEY KICK ASS!!!".

FEAR FACTORY‘s "Digimortal" album sold 37.209 units in its first week, landing at #32 on the Billboard Top 200. Other positions from around the world are as follows: Canada – #17 (Top 200), #1 (Top 50 Hard Albums); Germany – #11 (Top 100), Finland – #25, The Netherlands – #69 (Mega Top 100 Album Charts), UK – #24 (National Album Charts). In related news, the May issue of Bass Player has a feature on FEAR FACTORY bassist Christian Olde Wolbers. Read Christain’s story on how he actually became a bassist. Also, the June issue of Guitar World has a feature on Dino Cazares, a piece which gives you the whole Fear Factory story, from beginning to now.

Chile’s CRIMINAL have split up. The band played their farewell show in Santiago on April 28th, and will have their latest release, Cancer, issued in the U.S. though Metal Blade.

HATE ETERNAL, featuring MORBID ANGEL guitarist Erik Rutan and MORBID ANGEL fill-in bassist / vocalist Jared Anderson, are due to enter the studio this fall to begin work on a new studio album, to be released in early 2002.

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