February 18, 2003

Earache is offering CARCASS‘ first two albums – "Reek Of Putrefaction" and "Symphonies Of Sickness" – on CD with the original, banned cover art for $11 (each, postage paid) through www.earache.com/store/page79.html. These extreme collages of gore have been unavailable since 1992 — replaced in the meantime by the green and purple censored covers that have saturated the market. Any fan of the music knows the original "gore covers" were the only real covers these albums ever had. Take a sneak peek at wwwearacherecords.org/news_stories/earache.html#carcass

Poland’s PYORRHOEA have added new guitarist A.D. (ex – Amok) to their line-up. The band is currently working on material for a full album. The recording session is scheduled for May 2003, and will take place in Studio Hertz. The new stuff is supposed to be "much more brutal and uncompromising…" The following tracks are already finished: ‘Anal Arousal’, ‘Desire For Torment’, ‘Half Dead Lover’ and ‘Excrements On Your Face.’ For all further info, check out the band’s website: www.pyorrhoea.org

The most recent addition to the Xtreem Music roster is the German Death Metal act MISANTHROPIC, a rather new band in the scene with only one demo released in the year 2002. The band, which features Agathodaimon’s drummer, is currently finishing the songs for their debut album "Soulreaver" due to be recorded during March, with a release date scheduled for June this year. You can already download a song from their "Demo 2002" from www.xtreemmusic.com or their own official website www.misanthropic.de

The MARYLAND DEATH FEST 2003 is confirmed for May 23 – 25 at The Thunderdome in Baltimore, Maryland. So far the lineup includes the following: ABORTED, CINERARY, CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN, DEVOURMENT, INTERNAL BLEEDING, LEUKORRHEA, PYREXIA, SKINLESS and SUFFOCATION among others.

THE HAUNTED have been confirmed for the Hultsfred Festival, which takes place on June 12 – 14 in Hultsfred, Sweden.

CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s upcoming European tour kicks off on April 17th at the Live Arena in Munster (Breitenfeld), Germany. The dates wrap up on April 30th at Turku in Saatamo, Finland

Confirmed dates for VADER‘s upcoming co-headlining tour (second headliner tbc) run from April 25th at the Live Arena in Munster (Breitenfeld), Germany through May 19th. More dates and details will be announced soon.

HOUWITSER will enter Excess Studio in Rotterdam, Holland on March 28th to record their new album, "Damage Assessment". The band’s website has a new address: www.houwitser.com

AETERNUS‘ new album, "A Darker Monument", is out through Nocturnal Art Productions on April 7th in Europe. The album was recorded with producer Pytten at Grieghallen Studios.

NO RETURN have split with keysman Malko Pouchin. Meanwhile, the band have begun writing for their next album, due out in late 2003 via Kodiak.

CULT OF LUNA‘s new album, "The Beyond", is out now in Europe through Earache.

DYING FETUS are currently finishing the recording of their forthcoming Relapse full-length, "Stop At Nothing", due out in late Spring. Tracks on the release will include: ‘Schematics’, ‘One Shot, One Kill’, ‘Stop At Nothing’ and ‘Forced Elimination’.

ORIGIN drummer John Longstreth will fill the once-vacant SKINLESS drum position, playing on the bands upcoming record, "From Sacrifice To Survival", and will do subsequent tours with them. He will remain very much a part of Origin.

VITAL REMAINS new opus, "Dechristianize", will be out on April 22nd. Original member Tony Lazaro(guitar) describes the new album as, "more speed with a lot more harmonies. It’s got the brutality, but also it’s very dynamic and textured."

NIGHT IN GALES have found a new drummer in Adriano Ricci (ex – BLOOD RED ANGEL, TORTURE CHAMBER). The band is now rehearsing on a regular basis and will soon record a new demo.

QUO VADIS are presently adding finishing touches to their next effort. Engineered by producer Pierre Remillard (CRYPTOPSY, OBLIVEON), the follow-up to "Passage In Time" will appear later this year. In other news, the band will be direct support for ANONYMUS at Montreal’s Metropolis (March 21st 2003) and at the Kashmir in Quebec City (March 22nd 2003).

The final routing for the forthcoming CRADLE OF FILTH North American has been decided. Dates begin on Tuesday May 13 in Washington DC and run through to June 11 (at either Norfolk, VA or Winston Salem, NC).

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