January 22, 2002

According to their website, IN FLAMES will support ICED EARTH on a US tour in April. More details soon.

DECAPITATED are currently planning to tour in support of their upcoming "Nihility" album, due for release on February 25th. Due to the bands young age, school commitments have meant that the band have had to cancel their European tour with DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN in April and May as well as a Polish trek with VADER. However, Decapitated have confirmed a mini-tour of the UK with ENSLAVED that kicks off on March 15th at The Grange in London and wraps up on the 17th at Glasgow, Scotland’s Cathouse. The band will also perform at Switzerland’s Mountains of Death Open Air 2002 in August. Also, they will participate in a mammoth 50-date European tour with KRISIUN and Vader, which will commence in late August and finish in mid-October.

THE CROWN‘s "Crowned In Terror", is due in stores in North American on April 9th. The recently-confirmed Japanese bonus track is a cover from the legendary BATHORY.

Local Metal bands will play a tribute / benefit show for CHUCK SCHULDINER on February 22nd and 23rd. The show will feature six of Winnipeg’s heaviest acts including SERRATED SCALPEL, NECRIS, SEVEN PLAGUES, FAUST and THE BLASPHENAUT. All proceeds will go to the family of the late, great Chuck Schuldiner. The event will take place at The Royal Albert Arms Hotel. Serrated Scalpel are projected to have their new full length CD ready for this event. For more information go to: www.serratedscalpel.cjb.net

NILE will enter Soundlab Studios on February 15th to begin recording their third album for Relapse, tentatively titled "In Their Darkened Shrines". Look for a late spring or early summer release. The band will also appear at this year’s New England Metal Festival in Worcester, MA on April 6th. They may debut a few songs from their upcoming release at that time.

According to Digital Metal, NIGHT IN GALES have split with Massacre Records since the label refused to pay tour support on their recent dates with GOD DETHRONED and MISTELTEIN. The split is also due to the label not supplying them with proper promotion for their latest disc, "Necrodynamic". The same happened with Night In Gales former label, Nuclear Blast. "Until we got a phone call from our label Massacre Records," stated a post on the Night In Gales website about leaving the tour early. "They were refusing to pay any tour support as usual. We’ve been negotiating with both the tour agency and Massacre Records, but finally our label refuses any support at all." The new album, however, will be available in North America via a a deal with Canada’s Skyscraper Music.

IMMORTAL‘s new album, "Sons Of Northern Darkness" will be released on February 4th is a number of formats including CD, Digi-CD, LP and Picture LP. A limited steel boxset will also be available that is limited to 1000 units and will weigh 2 kg! Fans have to unscrew the bolts on the lid to get at the CD.

In UK mag Terrorizer’s 2001 poll THORNS landed in 6th place in the Top 40 albums of the year. In the same poll, DARKTHRONE’s Fenriz landed at #6 for Personality Of The Year. He was also voted 9th Most Shaggable Male. In related news, Thorns have been nominated by the Norwegian Award ALARM in the category for Best Metal Album of 2001.

DIMMU BORGIR has added five dates to their headlining Extreme Metal tour. The tour now kicks off on February 19th at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and wraps up on March 19th at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado.

DARK FUNERAL will start their headline tour throughout Europe, including several dates in Scandinavia. The band will be will be supported by OCCULT, ANOREXIA NERVOSA, RAGNAROK and TIDFALL. Due to enormous demand the band has been forced to divide the European tour into two parts to ensure they play the countries / cities that they won’t be able to play this time out. The band plans to record the shows for a possible live-album and DVD release.

Norway’s MYRIADS release their "Introspection" album through Napalm Europe on February 18th.

GOATWHORE will tour with GWAR and GOD FORBID. The dates kick off on January 23rd at Orbit in Boynton Beach, Florida and run through March 2nd at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.

BORKNAGAR‘s "Empiricism" album has been nominated for the official Norwegian Grammy in the category of Best Metal Album. The other nominees are EMPEROR and last year’s winners, DIMMU BORGIR. The awards show will be aired on Norway’s biggest TV channel in primetime on a Saturday, most likely in March.

CORPSEFUCKING ART have inked a deal with Forever Underground Records and will begin recording their full length, "Splatter Deluxe", sometime around April. A release is planned for mid / late June.

EPHEL DUATH‘s Elitist Records debut, "Rephormula", is out in Europe on January 28th.

SETH have pushed back the release of their new album, "Divine-X", to March 18th through Osmose Records.

SEVERE TORTURE are re-releasing their "Feasting On Blood" album in support of their upcoming US tour. This version features two additional songs and a video of ‘Butchery Of The Soul’. This digi-pack release is limited to 3,000 copies

GOD MACABRE‘s "The Winterlong", has been remixed, remastered and repackaged. The album features 10 tracks produced in the early ’90s by Tomas Skogsberg at the legendary Sunlight Studios and will be released by Relapse soon.

According to Killjoy, THE RAVENOUS (also featuring Chris Reifert and Danny Lilker) are on the verge of signing to Elektra Records via Slipknot’s label, Maggot Records.

With the recent release of "Force Fed On Human Flesh" this past year, Norwegian gore death metal act GORELORD are preparing to record their next album for Baphomet / Housecore entitled "Zombie Suicide Part 666". To coincide with the recording of this release, Killjoy, Frediablo and co. will also soon prepare record WURDULAK’s follow up to "Ceremony In Flames".

CANNIBAL CORPSE, MACABRE and ROTTWEILLER have been added to the Wacken Open Air festival.

Rumours of a CELTIC FROST reunion have been denied by founder Thomas Gabriel Fischer. He recently released the following statement to quell the growing insanity: "The rumours are untrue. Celtic Frost hasn’t been active for ten years and there are no plans to change that. I’m working on three different projects at the moment, and the new Apollyon Sun album is my first priority".

SKINLESS has been confirmed to play this years Ohio Death Fest, taking place on April 26th / 27th at The Flying Machine in Lorian, Ohio. Other acts on the bill include: MORTICIAN, DEEDS OF FLESH, INTERNAL BLEEDING, FLESHGRIND, DISGORGE, SEVERE TORTURE, SEPSISM, DISAVOWED, BEHEADED, REGURGITATION, MALIGNANCY, MORTAL DECAY, MISERY INDEX, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, INFERNAL DOMINION, INSIDIOUS DECREPENCY, EVIL INCARNATE, RETCH, DISLIMB, DYSCRASIA LEUKHORREA, ANOXIA, HARAKIRI, SAPROGENIC, PROFANITY, SANATORIUM, MANTICORE, GEMISUADI, KRYPTIC EMBRACE and more.

Cogumelo Records have released their Tribute To SARCOFAGO album. The tracklisting: ANGEL CORPSE – ‘Desecration Of Virgin’, DROWNED – ‘The Laws Of Scourge’, SATYRICON – ‘INRI’, LUSTFUL – ‘Nightmare’, IMPALED NAZARENE – ‘The Black Vomit’, MYSTERIIS – ‘Nightmare’, UNDER THREAT – ‘Piercings’, LETHAL CURSE – ‘Rotting / Screeches From The Silence’, BLACK WITCHERY – ‘The Black Vomit’, MYSTIFIER – ‘Satanic Lust’, CONQUEROR – ‘Christ’s Death’, SEXTRASH – ‘Satanas’ (demo version), EXHUMED – ‘Sex, Drinks And Metal’, PATHOLOGIC NOISE – ‘Satanas’, POSTHUMOUS – ‘Christ’s Death’, DESCREBRATION – ‘Sex, Drinks And Metal’, CALVARY DEATH – ‘The God’s Faces’ and IMPURITY – ‘Orgy Of Flies’

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