» News Archive May 2001

May 29, 2001

DESTRUCTION are currently working on their new record, tentatively titled "Total Destruction", at Abyss Studios with producer Peter Tagtgren. The band will embark on another trek through Europe in May with DIMMU BORGIR and new Nuclear Blast signing SUSPERIA. The tour will not be in conjunction with the new album, as it is tentatively scheduled for a late August release in Europe and September in North America.

BURIAL are planning a coast to coast tour in July. They will be teamed up on some dates with acts such as DISGORGE, GORGASM, LIVIDITY and VEHEMENCE.

MORBID ANGEL‘s Erik Rutan will be recording and producing the next album from PESSIMIST. The album will will be titled Slaughtering The Faithful and is slated for a September release.

Candlelight Records have inked a deal with Sweden’s CENTINEX, who were previously signed to Repulse. The band will enter the studio on July 6th to record their first album for the label, Diabolical Desolation, to be released in the fall. Tracks to appear include: ‘Total Misanthropia’, ‘Forthcoming Terror’, ‘The Bloodline’, ‘Diabolical Desolation’, ‘Spawned To Destroy’, ‘Firestorm (Towards Devastation Pt. II)’ and ‘Soulcrusher’. For info on the band, their extensive recording history and upcoming live performances, visit their official site at www.centinex.com

FEAR FACTORY are set to release a DVD in November through Roadrunner. It is rumored that live and behind the scenes footage along with music videos will be included. In the meantime, the band’s The Evolution Of Revolution Tour kicked off on May 18th at the Canyon Club in Dallas, TX. The tour wraps up on August 5th in San Diego, CA.

CRYPTOPSY have been confirmed to perform at this year’s Wacken Open Air. They’ll also be headlining the Fuck The Commerce IV and embarking on a European tour that will take them through nine countries.

After a long struggle with Black Mark Production, Sweden’s NECROPHOBIC have now been signed by Hammerheart Records. The band will enter Studio Sunlight in September to record the follow up to "The Third Antichrist". The release is scheduled for early 2002, followed by a full European tour, which is supposed to include no less than ten dates in Germany as well.

IMMORTAL will play this years Summer Breeze Festival (August 23 – 25 in Abtsgmünd, Germany).

"Prometheus – The Disciplines Of Fire And Demise", the fourth album by Norways EMPEROR will be released on October 8.

May 27, 2001

Hellspawn Records is about to release a WAR compilation CD tomorrow (Necropolis Records will take care of the US release). The disk is entitled "We Are… Total War" and includes the band’s "Total War" MCD as well as the best songs from the "We Are War" album. Since both original releases are out of print for quite some time now, and the "We Are War" album never got released properly, the label decided to go for this re-issue. In a press statement they say: "We give you the chance to hear these albums how they should have sounded from the beginning… in the way the band themselves wanted them." The whole album was remastered and is coming with liner notes from the band and new photos. The WAR line-up consisted of such wellknown names as Peter Tägtgren, Blackmoon, It, All, Mikael Hedlund, Lars Szöke and David Larsson.

May 25, 2001

Italian extreme Metal leaders NECRODEATH just finished to record their 4th album that follows the highly acclaimed "Mater Of All Evil". The new album, recorded again at the Underground Studios / Sweden with the producer Pelle Saether (Carnal Forge, Ebony Tears, Terror 2000) is entitled "Black As Pitch" and features among others the following songs: ‘Burn And Deny’, ‘Mortal Consequence’, ‘Anagaton’, ‘Killing Time’, ‘Saviours Of Hate’. The band statement is: "The result is just amazing! We never expected such a killer-album! But we’ve done it! This is the most violent album we’ve done since the beginning of our career. It follows the same vein of the come-back album ‘Mater Of All Evil’, it’s NECRODEATH style 100%, but the new songs are and even more direct and the riffs will cut your throat like never before! A real blood-shower!" Expect the release in October 2001.

Sweden’s DIVINE SOULS joined forces with Scarlet Records. Their debut album "Embodiment" will be released in July with a brilliant cover artwork done by Soilwork’s keyboard-player / artwork maker Carlos Del Olmo. According to the label, DIVINE SOULS are "…for all the metallers into the ‘nu-Swedish death metal’ ala In Flames… Great riffs, pure aggression with a melodic touch!"

After the momentary break caused by the departure of the ex-DEATH SS guitarist Steve Minelli who left the band after the release of the debut album "Technical Crime" NODE is now ready to record the second album with a new line up consisting of the original members Daniel, Gary and Klaus and a new drummer. "Sweatshops" will be recorded in August at Underground Studios, Sweden (Necrodeath, Carnal Forge, Terror 2000) and features cover artwork by Soilwork’s Carlos Del Olmo. Some titles of the new songs are ‘Bloody Hills’, ‘Last Doctor’, ‘Thantophobia’ and ‘Sacristan’ Scorn Toward Water’. Expect a mix of Death, Carcass, In Flames and At The Gates.

THE DEFACED just finished the recordings of their debut album "Domination Commence". The band features Soilwork drummer Henry Ranta and Darkane guitarist Klas Ideberg (who are both also involved in the Terror 2000 debut album "Slaughterhouse Supremacy"). They combine influences from early-Machine Head, Meshuggah and Testament. The European release is scheduled for October, the Japanese release in September and will feature the Led Zeppelin cover ‘When The Levee Breaks’ as a bonus track.

THE PROVENANCE from Sweden is mixing soundscapes from My Dying Bride, Anathema, The Gathering, Arcturus, Änglagård and 70’s progressive heroes like Jethro Tull. They combine complex but not over-worked arrangements with sensitive melodies and vocal experimentation on their debut album "25th Hour; Bleeding", that will be released in October 2001.

May 23, 2001

CRADLE OF FILTH will be throwing a party for the "birth" of their new label imprint AbraCadaver at ROCKFABRIK-Ludwigsburg on Sunday, June 17, 2001. The club will be open at 8:00p.m. The entire band will be there to present their new album, "Bitter Suites To Succubi", along with the European premiere showing of their full-length film "CRADLE OF FEAR"… At Midnight the new album will be for sale and the band will also be doing an autograph session with the fans.

May 22, 2001

Rumors say that VOIVOD have parted ways with singer Eric Forrest. The band may reform later this year or they may call it quits.

The upcoming Tattoo The Planet European Tour featuring PANTERA, SLAYER, CRADLE OF FILTH and SEPULTURA is set to run from September 14th through October 6th. Announced dates include: September 14th in Birmingham (National Indoor Arena), September 15th in London (Wembley Arena) and September 16th in Glasgow (S.E.C.C.).

KREATOR guitarist Tommy Vetterli has been replaced by Sami Yli-Sirniö (WALTARI).

LOWBROW have resigned to Crook’d Records and will enter Morrisound Studios on May 29th to begin production on their next album titled "Sex.Violence.Death". Once again Lowbrow will have Donald Tardy producing with Mark Prator engineering. Some song titles out of the ten include: ‘The Hatred You Create’, ‘Destroy Yourself’, ‘Addiction’ and ‘Trophy’. Lowbrow will debut the new songs on June 22 at the Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida.

DIMMU BORGIR are currently on tour in Europe through May 26th. Upon completion, the band will take a much needed break from the road in order to gather themselves for round two of their U.S. Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia tour. While no plans or dates are firm as of yet, expect to see the band invade our shores by October.

DEICIDE will release their new album, "In Torment In Hell", through Roadrunner on August 7th.

ANATHEMA‘s Resonance: Volume One retrospective, due out through Peaceville in October, will have the following track listing: ‘Scars Of The Old Stream’, ‘Everwake’, ‘J’fait Une Promesse’, ‘Alone’, ‘Far Away’ (acoustic), ‘Eternity (part 2)’, ‘Eternity (part 3)’ (acoustic), ‘Better Off Dead’, ‘One Of The Few’, ‘Inner Silence’, ‘Goodbye Cruel World’, ‘Destiny’, ‘The Silent Enigma’ (orchestral), ‘Angelica’ (live Budapest 1997), ‘Horses’, ‘Hope’ (video-enhanced track).

Watch for a 2-CD, 34-track compilation album set for release in September on Godreah Records celebrating British occult / Black Metal. It will include previously-released tracks from such artists as BLACK SABBATH, CRADLE OF FILTH, VENOM and WITCHFYNDE, along with one new ANGEL WITCH studio track.

CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s "Vile" has been reissued on digipak.

Watch for picture discs from BROKEN HOPE (Grotesque Blessings), DUNKELGRAFEN (Baphomets Aeon) and MYSTIC CIRCLE (Infernal Satanic Verses).

May 18, 2001

PROFANITY have a new t-shirt available. Check out their homepage www.profanity.de for the exact design. The price is 15,- DM / 7$ plus 3,- DM / 4$ postage. At the moment the band is working very hard on new material for their next CD "HateRed Hell Within". For the end of this year another split 7" is planned, which shall feature a coverversion and new brutal and technical stuff.

As reported, TESTAMENT‘s Chuck Billy has been diagnosed with cancer – doctors say that the type of cancer is treatable – as Chuck undergoes treatment, his long-time friend Walter Morgan is attempting to put together the greatest old school thrash concert in metal history as a benefit for Chuck – the show will be called Thrash Of The Titans and take place in the S.F. Bay Area this summer – the following bands are expected to participate: LEGACY, HEATHEN, FORBIDDEN EVIL, VIO-LENCE, EXODUS, LÄÄZ ROCKIT and more – invitations will also be extended to SLAYER and DEATH ANGEL.

DEEDS OF FLESH will be recording their new album, Mark Of The Legion, in the last week of May. The album will contain nine tracks and will be the longest Deeds Of Flesh album yet. Pre-orders are available now at www.uniqueleader.com, the bands label.

Abyss Records will be presenting "A Night Of Metal" on July 14th at the Emerson Theatre in Indianapolis, IN. Bands on the bill include: LIVIDITY, FLESHTIZED, EVIL INCARNATE, HARAKIRI and GRAVESIGHT. For more info call Abyss Records at: (317) 353-2460.

KREATOR have launched their official web site at: www.kreator-terrorzone.de

MORTAL DECAY are finishing up their new album, "Forensic", and expect to release the album in the fall.

DISGORGE have been working on songs for their upcoming album, "Consuming The Forsaken". They will enter the studio in September and are aiming for a winter release.

The "Bloodletting North America Pt. 2 Tour" kicks off on July 13th at The Pound in San Francisco, CA and wraps up on August 14th in Oklahoma City, OK. Acts on the bill include: MONSTROSITY, DEEDS OF FLESH, PYAEMIA, ODIOUS SANCTION and SABBATIC FEAST.

GURKKHAS have signed a three-album deal with Morbid Records. The group’s new CD, A Life Of Suffering, is currently being recorded by Stephane Buriez at LB Studios, and it is set for a fall release.

HYPNOS are currently tracking new material in the German studio of veteran metal producer Harris Johns (SODOM, KREATOR).

World Management have announced that NILE are set to head back out on the road with their new bassist. The band are confirmed for the main support slot on the upcoming CRADLE OF FILTH U.S. tour that kicks off on July 8th in Seattle, Washington. The band will also head to England for a series of dates in early December.

VADER will return to the U.S. to headline the Summertime Slaughter Tour beginning June 28th and running through July 29th. SKINLESS, BAL SAGOTH and DECAPITATED round out the bill.

THE CROWN are currently writing the follow up to Deathrace King. The band have nine songs written, five of which have lyrics written by new vocalist Tomas Lindberg (ex-AT THE GATES). Expect a 2002 release.

GOD DETHRONED have announced that their new drummer is Arien van Weesenbeek.

CATASTROPHIC will embark on their first ever extensive U.S. tour starting July 7th in Sayre, PA.

The following ANCIENT news comes directly from the band’s camp. The band’s new album, Proxima Centauri, will be released in early October. The band have finished the recording at Andy Larocque’s Los Angered Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. The album is currently being mixed and mastering will take place at Sterling Sound in New York City in the first week of June. The band are firming up plans to tour in the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia.

DARK FUNERAL will perform several ‘warm-up’ shows before they head out on their world-wide tour in support of their new album, Diablis Interium. The dates are: June 8 – Roxy Club, Guadalajara, Mexico, 9 – Lopez Mateo Arena, Mexico City, Mexico and 10 – Rock Wailler Club, Queretaro, Mexico. HYPOCRISY’s Mikael will join the band on tour as a ‘session’ bassist.

ZYKLON will be performing live at the Quart Festival, Norway’s biggest summer music festival, on July 5th in Kristiansand.

SIGH will release their new album, Imaginary Sonicscape, in Europe on July 23rd, in the U.S. on July 24th and in Japan on July 25th.

DEICIDE will release their new album, In Torment In Hell, through Roadrunner on August 7th.

CARCASS‘ forthcoming DVD, Wake Up And Smell The Carcass, is due out on May 28th. The set contains two live shows, one from 1989 at Nottingham’s Rock City, the other from 1992’s London Astoria Gods Of Grind gig.

ENTOMBED‘s Monkey Puss – Live From London DVD is out on May 28th. The set is culled from the legendary Gods Of Grind London Astoria show in 1992. Also included are all the band’s video clips, from the stripped down horror of ‘Stranger Aeons ‘ to the comic book fixated mega-budget ‘Wolverine Blues’.

May 16, 2001

MALEVOLENT CREATION vocalist Brett Hoffmann has been released from his 3 month stay in jail and has joined the rest of the band in Studio 13 with producer / engineer Jeremy Staska to record 3 bonus tracks that will be included on a re-release of the band’s recent release "Envenomed". The songs recorded were ‘Confirmed Kill’ (taken from their debut 87 demo), ‘Epileptic Siezure’ (from their 89 demo) and a blistering cover of thrash godz Dark Angel’s ‘Perish In Flames’. The demo tracks have never been released before except in their original demo form. Traces of their early thrash influences (Kreator, Slayer, Sodom, Dark Angel) are clearly noticeable. Expect an October release date for this limited edition re-release of "Envenomed" in digi pack form with new photos and liner notes. The band will embark on a full US Tour in late September-October and are planning to return to Europe in November-December. Interested bands, labels and promoters should contact (in the US) John Finberg at First Row Talent. In Europe contact Metallysee Booking Agency at Metallysee Booking Agency.

May 15, 2001

DEW-SCENTED will start recording their fourth album on May 28 at Stage One Studio with producer Andy Classen (Holy Moses, Ryker’s, Krisiun, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Crack Up, etc.). The new material is supposed to be the most kickin’ and violent, but also the catchiest of the band so far. The working title of the album is "Inwards" and it should include 9-11 tracks (possibly also a cover track of one of their fave bands ever). It is supposed to be releases sometime after Summer / early Autumn through Grind Syndicate Media / NBR. Also, the talented American artist Mike Bohatch (The Forsaken, Mangled, etc.) is working on the cover art. Feel free to check out his online galleries at www.eyesofchaos.com

May 14, 2001

MORTIIS‘ Secrets Of My Kingdom book will be released on July 10th through Earache. It includes The Stargate CD and is limited to 850 copies.

THYRFING will be entering 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 entitled The Fourth Outrage.

AGATHODAIMON are currently occupied with the pre-production of their upcoming album. This time, they’re working with Kristian Kohlmannslehner in his Kohlekeller Studio. At the moment, it’s not sure yet which studio they’ll use to record the album. Also, the band is working with another band, NERVENBEISSER. It’s a one-time experiment, both bands will cover songs of each other. This won’t effect Agathodaimon’s new songs, which of course still are black metal.

GORGOROTH are currently working on material for their next album, which they’ll begin recording in September.

IMMORTAL plan to enter the studio in October or November to record a new album. The band have canceled their appearance at the With Full Force Festival on June 23rd and 24th. However, they will play the Metal Dayz Festival in Switzerland on August 3rd-5th.

MACTATUS will enter Abyss Studio 6 on January 2nd to record their fourth album, to be released in early April through Napalm. The album will be harder and more aggressive than The Complex Bewitchment was. The band will use a professional violinist for the classical / symphonic parts in the songs.

This summer Prophecy Productions will release Lords Of Chaos, the book by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Söderlind. Along with the book the label will release a double CD about the history of occult music with liner notes by Michael Moynihan.

BETHLEHEM will release their new album, Schatten Aus Der Alexanderwelt, in August.

Later this year IN THE WOODS will release a live album that was recorded in December 2000 in Kristiansand.

EMPYRIUM‘s forthcoming album, Weiland, will be released in a regular version and in a limited edition 3 CD box.

AUTUMNBLAZE will begin recording a new album in August.

DIMMU BORGIR‘s new album, Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia, entered the German sales charts at #16, the highest position ever reached by a black metal band. The band reached #23 in Austria, #16 in Norway, #84 in the Netherlands and #11 in Finland. Dimmu just completed the Spring Neck Break Tour supporting CANNIBAL CORPSE with THE HAUNTED and LAMB OF GOD. The band are now in Europe for a tour with label mates DESTRUCTION and SUSPERIA before taking a much-needed break in June. Tentative plans are under way for yet another American tour this September.

BLACK ABYSS will record their new album at the House Of Music studio in August. It will be produced by Achim Kohler (PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM).

France’s AD INFERNA have inked a deal with Last Episode. They will record their debut album for the label in Excess Studios in the Netherlands. The first part of the trilogy will be called Blind Depths Of The Muse.

AMORTIS will be in the studio in May to record their new album. They plan on recording between six and eight songs with the usual length far beyond six minutes. Track titles include: ‘The Human Puzzle’, ‘Messiah’, ’19th Century Love Poetry’ and ‘The Obscure Dance Of Distress’. The album should be released in September.

GARDENS OF GEHENNA officially opened their own Anthrazit-studio with the pre-production of their new album, The Mechanism Masochism. Mastermind Bruno Kramm will complete the material in the Danse Macabre studio in the summer.

ISENGARD have posted clips of their latest demo at their official web site: www.tietoraitti.fi/mtm/isengard/main.html.

SACRIVERSUM are planning on re-releasing their eight track 1994 demo The Shadow Of The Golden Fire. The material has been completely remastered and the re-release will also contain four songs from the band’s very first tapes, Dreams Of Destiny.

KATAKLYSM have just finished work on their new album, Epic (The Poetry Of War). The album was recorded at Victor Studio and was produced by guitarist J-F Dagenais. The tracklisting: ‘Il Diavolo in Me’, ‘Shivers of a New World’, ‘Era of the Mercyless (Roma Part 1)’, ‘As the Glorious Weep (Roma Part 2)’, ‘Damnation Is Here’, ‘Manipulator of Souls’, ‘Wounds’, ‘What We Endure’ and ‘When Time Stands Still’. Nuclear Blast will also be releasing a surprise limited edition with the new album, celebrating the band’s tenth anniversary.

SOILWORK will use DAT for live performances instead of replacing the departed Carlos del Olmo. They get to try out the new arrangement this June, as they will be heading over to Japan for a series of shows. The band will play a series of festival dates throughout the summer, including Wacken in Germany, and are looking in to possible U.S. festival appearances as well.

DESTRUCTION have just finished the recordings for the new album in Peter Tagtgren’s Abyss Studio. The album is set for release on August 27th, followed by a possible tour in September / October with KREATOR.

GODGORY are currently recording songs for their upcoming album, Way Beyond, set to be released on August 20th.

HYPOCRISY‘s forthcoming Best Of album, 10 Years Of Chaos And Confusion, is nearly finished. It will feature some new, unreleased songs as well as the demo which made Nuclear Blast sign the band many years ago. The ‘best of’ portion of the release was compiled by the fans themselves.

IN FLAMES will release their first live album on August 6th. Recorded during one of their Japanese tours, Live In Japan will become a very important document in the history of the band. Some tracks include ‘Pinball Map’, ‘Bullet Ride’, ‘Moonshield’, ‘Gyroscope’, ‘Ordinary Story’ and many more.

PUNGENT STENCH will soon record a new album.

SOILWORK are working on new songs. They’ll soon record their fourth album.

CARNAL FORGE bassist Petri Kuusisto has replaced Johan Magnusson on guitar and Lars Lindén has stepped into the bass slot. The band will go into the studio in June to record a new album.

DYING FETUS‘ new lineup has been finalized. Vocalist / guitarist John Gallagher has been joined by drummer Erik Sayenga, bassist Sean Beasely (GARDEN OF SHADOWS), guitarist Bruce Greig (NEXT STEP UP, TOGETHER WE FALL) and vocalist Vince Matthews (SADISTIC TORMENT, MUCOUS MEMBRANE).

There might be a DVD by THE HAUNTED before the next studio album which isn’t slated until next year. Jonas Bjorler: "At least I have some new material, I don’t know about the other guys. I have enough for like three songs. There are a lot of festivals this summer, but after that we’ll concentrate on the next album. The next album won’t be out until February or March. We recorded live songs in Tokyo so that might end up on a DVD. That was shot with a lot of cameras. That would probably come up before the next studio album. It would make sense probably in October or something."

DECAPITATED have confirmed that they will be hitting U.S. soil this summer for their first-ever North American Tour.

May 12, 2001

On May 4th RAVENTHRONE concluded the recordings and mixing of the follow up to "Malice In Wonderland" entitled "Endless Conflict Theorem". The album was recorded in Vienna, Austria at the Vato Loco Studio, owned and operated by Martin of Hollenthon / Pungent Stench fame. Many of the stylistic elements that were used on "Malice In Wonderland" can be heard on this album as well. According to the band, they did however take the music a few steps further to create an album that sounds both traditional but at the same time experimental and fresh, using alot of normal, epic singing, progressive keyboard sounds and yet still maintaining an aggressive edge. The drums were played by Mike, who can also be heard on both Hollenthon releases, adding alot to the overall sound of the album. "Endless Conflict Theorem" will be released in late summer / early fall, by Avantgarde Music. For information, please contact them at greylife@tin.it An eerie new PAZUZU album is also in the works.

May 10, 2001

Here’s a little update from SADISTIC INTENT‘s Rick Cortez concerning the band’s situation right now: "After finally getting our reels (masters) back from the last "producer" not so long ago, we searched for another studio and eventually found one! We recently entered this studio in which we are now working with Bernie Versailles from the band Agent Steel! Due to the fact that Bernie is in Agent Steel we can not work every day because of the busy schedule with his band among other things. Concerning the recording itself, unfortunately some of the actual tracks (not songs) recorded at the previous studio are partially or completely missing. It’s simply another obstacle we’ve come across and rather than get into that shit (of different possibilities and so forth…) we simply put this behind us to accomplish our personal best!!! Therefore, we have no choice but to do some re-tracking and of course the mixing. As much as we would like to announce a specific release date, at this stage we simply can not. However, really considering the limited amount of time we have available in the studio, perhaps by the Summer (2001). Although we are not finished yet, ascertaining from what’s been recorded so far we can tell this is going to be a monumental release of extreme and obscure musical art! We are very thrilled with the material on this recording up to this point, so for those of you who’ve enjoyed our previous releases, once again, prepare for "The Second Coming Of Darkness"!!!"

May 09, 2001

CRIMINAL haven’t split up! The band is still alive and well and will soon release their new album "Cancer" on Metal Blade Records in Europe, most probably in August, 2001. Here’s a statement from CRIMINAL’s Anton Reisenegger: "It is called "Cancer" because in a way CRIMINAL is like a cancer… It grows and mutates, and just refuses to die. We have been through such a lot of shit in the past couple of years, both personal and business-wise, that it’s almost a miracle that we’re still around. But all that shit has just made us stronger… I think a lot of the comparisons with SEPULTURA on our last album were really unjustified, it was just so obvious because both bands are from South America. With "Cancer" I hope there won’t be any comparisons at all, because I feel we’ve really progressed in the process of forging our very own style. I know the album is kinda short, but I’d rather have 30 minutes of killers than 60 minutes of fillers. I mean, some of the greatest albums in extreme metal are really short: just take "Reign In Blood" or "Wolverine Blues" for an example, which by the way are two of my all time faves. On stage is when CRIMINAL really comes to life… We just can’t wait to play live in Europe and show all the metalheads what this band is capable of. We wanna twist some fuckin’ necks!!!!! The work with Vincent Wojno on our last album really helped us. We learned a lot of studio techniques and tricks which we applied this time around. The guy who mixed the album (Mariano Pavez) is the top engineer in Chile right now, and I think he did a super job. I mean, looking back now, it’s amazing what a sound we managed to create in only two weeks of work. We chose to use our videos as bonus material for Europe because we put a lot of work into them, and I think it will help people understand where we come from and what we’re all about." (Anton Reisenegger, May 2001)

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.

May 02, 2001

The new SIX FEET UNDER album "True Carnage" will be released on August 6, 2001. It has been produced by Brian Slagel & Six Feet Under, engineered by Chris Carroll (Collective Soul, Megadeth, Iggy Pop) and mixed by Dave Schiffman (Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down, NIN). Recorded and mixed at The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, Florida. Some song titles are ‘The Day The Dead Walked’, ‘It Never Dies’, ‘The Murderers’, ‘Waiting For Decay’, ‘Snakes’, ‘Impulse To Disembowel’, ‘Sick & Twisted’ (guest vocals by Karyn Crisis of Crisis) and ‘Cadaver Mutilator’. There will be eleven songs in total on the record. SIX FEET UNDER has teamed up with rapper and BODYCOUNT frontman ICE-T on ‘One Bullet Left’. According to frontman Chris Barnes, "it was a serious honor to work with Ice on this track. I’ve wanted to work with Ice since ’93 when I was still in CANNIBAL CORPSE and we opened for BODYCOUNT at Metalfest. I’ve been a fan of his music for years, and I want to let you all know this song kills!! Ice wrote some sick lyrics for his part of the song, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to this since we recorded the track. It’s very, very aggressive, and I’m really proud of what we did on this one. This is in no way rap-rock or anything like that."

May 01, 2001

For those who missed MTV’s report on CADAVER INC, check it out here!!! www.earache.com/video/CadaverIncV.html Excerpt from MTV2 News Report, March 30, 2001: Norwegian Death Metal band Cadaver Inc has had a run-in with Norwegian Parliament. Cadaver Inc’s new website jokingly advertised them as a murder clean-up service — e.g. you commit the murder, they’ll clean up the evidence. Cadaver Inc. listed the service’s address as that of the Norwegian Parliament, prompting Parliament to investigate the site. Head of Security at Norwegian Parliament, Gerrit Loberg, said "I went to the site myself and found it so ugly and scary that we had to go to the police with it". The band had no response at presstime but Cadaver Inc’s new record Discipline’ is in the stores now!!