January 08, 2002

VADER‘s next album, tentatively titled "Epitaph", will be recorded in February 2002 in Red Studio. Peter has given us the titles of some of the tracks: ‘The Absolut’, ‘When The Fallen Rise Again’, ‘Torch Of War’ and ‘I Am Who I Am’. The album is scheduled for release on the 3rd of June, 2002. Be prepared for a surprise – not only music-wise! Peter has also intimated that with 12 tracks the album promises to be the longest one in the band’s history. Simon (bass), who also plays in Olsztyn (Poland) based HUNTER, has officially become VADER’s new member. He debuted during the 2001’s Thrash’em All Festival and will take part on the recordings for the new album. In March 2002, VADER will play a tour in Great Britain comprising 8 dates. Afterwards, the band is scheduled to take part in the No Mercy Festivals 2002 along with IMMORTAL, HYPOCRISY and MALEVOLENT CREATION. Late May will mark the Polish tour, which will be a warm-up before a mega 50-date European trek to begin in September with KRISIUN and DECAPITATED. Even though the band decided to take it easy with live appearances in 2002, there are also plans to play in South America, Japan and Australia as well as in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. During the "Epitaph" session VADER will also record a cover of MORBID ANGEL’s "Immortal Rites" which will appear on a tribute album to be released through the Swedish label Hellspawn Records. Other bands to appear on the compilation include KRISIUN, EMPEROR, ANGEL CORPSE and BEHEMOTH.

Columbia’s INTERNAL SUFFERING have completed the recording and mastering of their Displeased Records release, "Chaotic Matrix". The album is due for release on February 17th. You can hear a track from the album at: www.mp3.com/internalsuffering. The band will support CANNIBAL CORPSE on a mini-tour through Colombia in late February.

DEFORMITY are busy recording their second full length, "S.U.P.E.R.I.O.R.", at Excess Studios in Rotterdam. The album is out through Displeased on March 1st.

Displeased Records will release the Various Artists compilation "Smells Like Team Spirit IV" in April. The collection will feature new and unreleased tracks by new Displeased acts including DEEDS OF FLESH, VESPERIAN SORROW, PHOBIA and EVENSONG. Cover art comes from Kris Verwimp (MARDUK, ABSU).

MALEVOLENT CREATION are currently writing material for their next album, tentatively titled "The Will To Kill". In the meantime, they will head out on a European tour with CATASTROPHIC and IMPALED NAZARENE.

BROKEN HOPE guitarist Brian Griffin has returned from the road after joining his friends SOIL on the OZZY OSBOURNE / ROB ZOMBIE tour. "It turned out to be a great experience," he posted recently. "I got to do sound on an arena tour and see how things work in the big leagues over the past 5 months." In related news, Broken Hope have come to an agreement with Martyr Music Group which gives them the opportunity to sign with a new label. "The album has been written since last spring and we are eager to finally get it recorded," Griffin added.

The Generation Armageddon Festival I European tour will feature DISMEMBER, SINISTER, NECROPHOBIC, SATARIEL, MERCENRARY and BLOOD RED THRONE. The dates begin on June 20th in Stockholm, Sweden and end on the 30th. Dismember, Sinister and Necrophobic continue from July 1st in Paris, France until Jul 7th at the With Full Force Festival in Germany.

TERROR 2000, the project featuring SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid and DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg are currently working on their sophomore CD for Scarlet Records tentatively titled "Faster Disaster".

The Gothenburg Death Fest will take place on June 1st at Gamlestadens Medborgarhus, Gothenburg, Sweden. Bands confirmed at this time include: IMPURE, SPAWN OF POSSESSION, SOILS OF FATE, INSISION, IMMERSED IN BLOOD and KAAMOS. More acts will be announced soon. For more info go to: www.come.to/brutalgbg

From Beyond Productions, a new sub label of Displeased Records, specializes in (re)releasing great (oc)cult underground recordings that do not entirely fit in the concept of the main label. At the moment From Beyond is working on the CD booklet of the worldwide release of

ABSOLUTE DEFIANCE‘s debut album, "Systematic Terror Decimation". This Indonesian brutal death metal act is formerly known as VILE. The reissue will contain the full album plus their promo 2001 tracks as a bonus. A release is set for February 17th in Europe.

As a Happy New Year gift to their fans, CANNIBAL CORPSE have made available their track ‘Hatchet To The Head’ from the "Gore Obsessed" album at the Metal Blade site. Go to: www.metalblade.com/bands/cannibal_corpse/gore-detail.html

Displeased have licensed PHOBIA‘s new album, "Serenity Through Pain" and MENTAL HORROR‘s new album, "Proclaiming Vengeance" from Deathvomit / Necropolis. Both should be out Feburuary 17th in Europe, MENTAL HORROR will include two exclusive bonus tracks.

The Diabolis Interium Tour 2002 featuring DARK FUNERAL, TIDFALL, RAGNAROK, ANORIXIA NERVOSA and OCCULT begins on January 16th at Lilla Vega in Kopenhamn, Sweden and concludes on March 1st at Golem in Zlin, CZEC. More dates will be confirmed soon.

UNLORD will release their final album, "Lord Of Beneath", through Displeased on March 1st.

Black Widow Records have released PENTAGRAM‘s fifth album, "Sub-Basement".

MARDUK‘s forthcoming "Blackcrowned" box set has been delayed because of printing problems. A new release date has been set for February 18th. The band’s revised touring schedule sees the dates kick off on January 11th at The Lab in St. Paul, MN. The tour wraps on February 9th at Creepy Crawl in St. Louis, MO. Also on the bill are AMON AMARTH and DIABOLIC.

Germany’s NINNGHIZHIDDA have finished recording their new album, "Demigod", for Displeased. Mastering will take place in mid January, with a planned release date of March 1st 2002.

ARCH ENEMY‘s classic debut album, "Black Earth", has been remastered and re-released with three bonus tracks through Regain. The album is available on CD and LP.

Displeased has licensed the first two albums from DEEDS OF FLESH, "Trading Pieces" and "Inbreeding The Anthropophagi", from Repulse Records. The albums have been remixed, remastered and the artwork has been upgraded.

Displeased / From Beyond are set to release an LP version of PENTAGRAM‘s discography album. The release will include both of the bands legendary late eighties demos as well as two live tracks. A release is set for late February.

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