April 09, 2002

Blabbermouth reports that drummer Dave Lombardo will be sitting behind the kit for all of SLAYER‘s upcoming touring activities "until late this year", according to an informed source. Meanwhile, the band’s version of STEPPENWOLF’s ‘Born To Be Wild’, will be included on the upcoming NASCAR-sponsored "Crank It Up" compilation CD.

THE HAUNTED have released a 2CD set in Japan that includes their new live album, "Live Rounds In Tokyo", plus "The Haunted Made Me Do It" album. The AT THE GATES cover, ‘Blinded By Fear’ is included as an exclusive Japanese bonus track.

ARCH ENEMY are confirmed to play this year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival, which takes place on July 5th and 6th in Dessel, Belgium.

CHILDREN OF BODOM will record a new single this spring. It will be released in Finland on July 1st.

MORRIGAN release their new album, "Enter The Sea Of Flames" on April 20th through Germany’s Barbarian Wrath label. 666 hand numbered copies will be available. The band will perform at their record release party that night at Klub Kuckuksei in Nurtingen, Germany. Other bands on the bill will include EMINENZ, SCHATTENREICH and KARKADAN.

MEGIDDO‘s "The Atavism Of Evil" and GRAVEWURM‘s "Dark Souls Of Hell" albums will be out through Barbarian Wrath in May.

WIND OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS will release their new album, "Feasting On Christ", this fall through Barbarian Wrath. Also due this fall is SITHLORD‘s "Defend The Faith" and HERETIC‘s "Devilworshipper".

Witches Brew is a new sub-label of Barbarian Wrath. So far the label has signed three acts: SCYTHE, HATEWORK and THARGOS, with other deals in the works. Go to www.witches-brew.org for MP3’s of all the signed bands. Acts looking for deals can e-mail the label at witchesbrew@witches-brew.org

MARDUK will spend two months on the road in the US supporting DANZIG from May 29th. Meanwhile, the band’s limited edition "Blackcrowned" box set is more or less sold out. All copies have been shipped out to all the distributors worldwide.

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