October 30, 2001
Chuck Schuldiner (DEATH, CONTROL DENIED) has been swamped in medical bills due to expensive operations in order to cure a specific kind of brain tumor. Chuck is being helped out by the Metal music community worldwide. An auction on Ebay featuring cool items from Metal Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD) and many more is taking place now. Metal Mike, who considers Chuck one of Metal’s Greats, has donated a Guyatone Metal Monster distortion pedal that includes a 9V power supply and is signed by Mike. He also donated a Metal Mike Chlasciak Guitar Pick Pack, a set of few personal guitar picks including ones used by Mike in Halford and many more.
NIGHT IN GALES‘s "Necrodynamic" album will be released in North America through Skyscraper. The release will exclusively include the "Syphlike" EP.
The sophomore effort from LOCK UP, featuring DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker, NAPALM DEATH guitarist Jesse Pintado, Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury, and THE CROWN / ex-AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg, will be called "Hate Breeds Suffering" and is due out through Nuclear Blast Records early next year.
Despite earlier rumours, it’s now confirmed that CENTINEX will not tour Europe with
EXTREME NOISE TERROR and CADAVER INC. during November and December. As the bands new album won’t be out until January all touring activities have been postponed to the winter/spring 2002. Meanwhile, check out the Centinex’ updated website at: www.centinex.org
NILE are preparing material for their next album. The band will embark on their second headlining tour of the UK in December. They will also appear on this December’s X-Mass Fests in Europe with CANNIBAL CORPSE, KREATOR, MARDUK, KRISIUN, DARK FUNERAL and VOMITORY.
SKINLESS have amicably parted ways with drummer Bob Beaulac. Beaulac has been replaced with ex-MORTICIAN drummer George Torres. A limited edition picture disc version of the band’s "Foreshadowing Our Demise" release is now available on Morbid Records.
Due to the recent terrorist attacks on America, MALEVOLENT CREATION has been forced to cancel / postpone their U.S. tour that was supposed to run through November and December. They are currently writing material for their eighth album, which most likely will be titled "The Will To Kill", due to be recorded in January. The band will begin a European tour with VADER and CATASTROPHIC in February, and will then join the No Mercy Festivals in March which also feature IMMORTAL, HYPOCRISY, Vader and others.
Mike Wead will not participate on THE HAUNTED U.S. tour, due to reasons beyond his or the band’s control. New replacement for the tour is THE CROWN guitarist Marcus Sunesson.
Not only have the German thrash gods been confirmed for Wacken 2002, but they have added the recently reunited HOLY MOSES to the thrash triple bill tour, featuring DESTRUCTION, SODOM and KREATOR.
DIM-MAK has been picked up by Olympic Recordings. Their sophomore effort, "Intercepting Fist", features ex-members of RIPPING CORPSE and will hit the streets in January.
OLD MAN’S CHILD / DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Galder has posted that the forthcoming OLD MAN’S CHILD album will be recorded next March at Gothenburg’s Studio Fredman. Nick Barker is confirmed to be playing the drums on the record. As for the remaining musicians, Galder says that he will cover any holes.
KULT OV AZAZEL will soon release a live CD that will include two new studio tracks. The band are also working on material for their next full-length album, due out in summer 2002. They will perform at the Sacrifice Of The Nazarene Child festival in San Antonio, TX on December 1st with THORNSPAWN, KRIEG, BLACK WITCHERY, BLOODSTORM and others.
In October MISTELTEIN is going on the road as support to GOD DETHRONED and NIGHT IN GALES. Due to other obligations Mishrack will not be able to go on this tour. A replacement has been found and he is Ahldrathan from ISHTAR.
code666 have released DIABOLICUM‘s "The Killing Spree 1.5." This strictly limited edition digipak, only 666 copies, includes four unreleased songs, two rare demos from ’96 and the full uncensored video for ‘The Defcon’. The disc comes out in a Nuke-Fetish digipak with a booklet. The label was forced to find another pressing plant to produce this album. Because of the extreme content of the artwork, the usual factory refused to print it.
DORNENREICH will soon enter the studio to begin recording their next album, "Hexenwind".
Quebec’s SOUL OF DARKNESS will soon release their debut EP, "Cry Of The Inner Pain".
THYRFING have finished recording their new album, tentatively titled "The Fourth Outrage". It was recorded and mixed at Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARKANE, STUCK MOJO). The album includes nine songs, described as, "the most dark and twisted side of Thyrfing ever".
Black Metallers RUDRA have released their second album, "The Aryan Crusade", through Trishul Records.
EMPEROR‘s "Prometheus – The Discipline Of Fire & Demise" album has entered the Norwegian charts at #48.
DARKNESS ETERNAL will release their second album, "Satanchrist", in mid / late November.
Norway’s CELEBRATUM have inked a deal with Arctic Music. The band is currently preparing to enter Abyss Studios with producer Tommy Tagtgren in November to record their debut CD for the label. Release dates for both U.S. and Europe will be in early 2002. To hear Celebratum or for band contact go to their website: http://celebratum.cjb.net
Lithuania’s ANUBI have signed to code666.