September 23, 2002
BEEHLER, featuring Dan Beehler (ex-EXCITER – vocals, drums), Allan Johnson (ex-EXCITER – bass), Scott Walsh (guitar) and Sean Brophy (guitar), have finished recording their first demo and are set to mix it in the next week. According to the band the new material "sounds more like an album than a demo."
MISERY INDEX have finally inked a long term deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band just performed on the Death Across America Tour together with their labelmates from Kataklysm. The band is concentrating on writing material for their upcoming full-length album which they hope to record by January, with a release slated for April/May of 2003.
NASTY SAVAGE have reformed and have just finished recording two songs that will be released with some classic demo material through Crook’d Records.
BLOOD OF CHRIST‘s new album, "As the Rain Gently Falls", is out now. The band will embark on a full scale Canadian tour in two weeks with KATAKLYSM and NECRONOMICON. The dates kick off on September 22nd at The Daily Grind in North Bay, ON and wrap up on October 11th at The Underground in Ottawa, ON.
QUO VADIS will enter Pierre Remillard’s (OBLIVEON, CRYPTOPSY) studio in the next few weeks to record their new album, due out through Skyscraper in early 2003. In related news, guitarist Arie Itman is no longer part of the band and MARTYR’s Daniel Mongrain is filling in temporarily. Meanwhile, the band have decided to become a five piece and are now looking for a full time vocalist. Auditions are underway.
NAPALM DEATH have endorsed an official DVD to be released on September 21st. "Punishment In Capitals" features a 75 minute concert recorded at ULU London on April 27th 2002, along with a host of bonus material including a 45 minute documentary, exclusive interviews with the band and the fans along with never before seen live footage from around the world (including Japan & Chile).
SEVERE TORTURE have been banned from playing in Switzerland, because the cover for current album, "Misanthropic Carnage", was deemed perverse, sick and offensive. The album is available through Hammerheart.
HATE ETERNAL‘s "King Of All Kings" release is out in Japan on October 9th through Toy’s Factory. It will feature an exclusive bonus track.
The Canadian release of NIGHT IN GALES‘ "Necrodynamic" album has been set for October 31st. As an exclusive bonus, the release will include the complete "Sylphlike" EP, never before available in Canada.
DYING FETUS has recently hired Mike Kimball to fill the second guitar position. According to the band’s website "Mike met all necessary qualifications that we were looking for. He is a tremendous soloist, rhythm player, lyricist, and songwriter. We want to thank everyone who submitted video applications and tried out with us. Mike will be debuting with Fetus on the upcoming European X-mas Festivals with SIX FEET UNDER."
KATAKLYSM‘s "From Shadows To Dust" Canadian tour, which also features NECRONOMICON and BLOOD OF CHRIST begins on September 22 in North Bay at The Daily Grind and ends on October 11th in Ottawa at the Underground.
DIABOLIC have made an amicable split with vocalist Paul Ouellette. His replacement is Robert Cardenas (ex-COFFIN TEXTS). The new line-up are now writing for their next album, due for release next Spring. Says the band, "The new material promises the unrelenting intensity and dynamics that Diabolic is known for." Meanwhile, Diabolic will kick off their European Vengeance Tour 2002 on November 2nd in Rotterdam, Netherlands. BEHEMOTH and DESTROYER 666 are also on the tour.
MORBID ANGEL have posted the following at their website, www.morbidangel.com, "In case you see it – yes, it is David’s voice and Morbid Angel on the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards 2002 commercial. The clip includes music and vocals from the song ‘Rapture’, and will be broadcast internationally from now until October 15th. It is eerily similar to the original ‘Rapture’ video directed by Tony Kunenwalder…"
SOUL OF DARKNESS have been selected to appear on the "Into The Blizzard Vol. 2" album and will participate in the official record launch event, scheduled for December 1st, 2002 at Montreal’s Foufounes Electriques.
SATYRICON‘s "Volcano" entered the Norwegian Album Chart at position #4. In related news, the band have finalized the dates for their upcoming Scandinavian tour and have added a Polish festival appearance at the end of October. The dates begin on October 3rd in Tromso, NOR and wrap up on October 26th at the Mystic Festival in Katowice, POL.
ULVER have supplied the music for the soundtrack to the Swedish short film Lyckantropen. The album will be released through Jester Records in mid-October.
NORDVARGR‘s new album, "Awaken", will be released in a strictly limited edition digipak CD in October through Code 666 / Eibon Records.
DARKTHRONE‘s "Goatlord" album will be out on limited edition vinyl LP this year. The release will come in a gatefold sleeve and will contain words from Fenriz regarding the recording period. Meanwhile, the band will begin rehearsing for their new album in Oslo, Norway beginning on September 20th. The new album is expected out in February 2003.
BATHORY‘s new collection, "Katalog", will be out soon in Europe. This album is a compilation of the band’s material from 1984 – 2001.