March 12, 2005

Prompted by the recent events in SE Asia, BJÖRK decided to release a collection of cover versions and mixes of her song ‘Army Of Me’ with all of the proceeds to go to UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund). The final chosen tracks range from Canadian band INTERZONE’s brutal extreme Metal, to the soothing country sounds from ‘The Messengers Of God’, with an electro-clash number in the middle from Spain. In related news, INTERZONE’s Rob Urbinati is currently playing guitar (no vocals) in a SABBATH type band called WAR AMP together with ex JAWW and SOULSTORM members.

Former POSSESSED and current SIDE EFFECT vocalist Jeff Becerra send in the following tragic news to us today: "Hello, I am writing you all with some bad news. Today I recieved news that SIDE EFFECT guitarist Kenneth Bertoncini passed away. This came to me as a total suprise and he is sadly mourned. "Kenny" was one of the nicest, kindest, most considerate people that I have ever had the honor of knowing. Kenny was always upbeat and a happy person who brought much sunshine and happiness to all he touched. Kenny was one of my best friends. Rest in peace my friend. Rest in peace dear Kenny. Stronger Together, Jeff B. Becerra Sr."

EPICEDIUM have finally completed their line-up again with a second guitar player named Ana, who has joined the band about a month ago and will play at their next gig on March 19, 2005 at the Live Arena in Münster-Breitefeld near Dieburg. www.epicedium.de

SONIC REIGN‘s new album "Raw, Dark, Pure" will be released via the band’s own label Sovereignty Productions, which is a pure modern Black Metal label. Furthermore the band has their our studio (Sonic Room) prepared and ready for the recordings of "Raw, Dark, Pure". All further info at: www.sonicroom.de

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