May 31, 2005
SOULDEVOURER drummer Joakim Sterner exclusively told us the following when being asked whether the band is just a project type of thing or not: "The band is 100% serious and is absolutely NOT a side-project. I will both play in Necrophobic and Souldevourer and the same goes for Ola with Grave. Robert just has this band. Souldevourer are now working to complete a first release. Right now, there’s only material from Robert. Music that has not been used, but still carries a lot of great energy. We will build the first songs around that material."
According to singer Bob Reid, RAZOR have six new songs finished for their next studio record. As previously reported, guitarist Dave Carlo underwent surgery on his ailing picking thumb in a London, ON hospital on March 7th. According to Reid, "his hand has healed up nicely." RAZOR continue work on the follow-up to 1997’s "Decibels" and their 20th Anniversary CD / DVD box set, due out later this year. In related news, Reid’s breaking "side-project", BOBNOXIOUS has issued their new single, ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ to Canadian radio. Their self-titled debut is being reissued by Indiestructable Records / Maple Music / Universal Records with different packaging, cover, new photos on June 7th.
A picture of Swedish Minister of Arts and Culture Leif Pagrotsky wearing a DARK FUNERAL wristband can be found at the band’s website. DARK FUNERAL have entered Dug Out Studios in in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, IN FLAMES, BEHEMOTH) to begin the work on the followup to 2001’s, "Diabolis Interium". Candlelight USA with Regain Records will issue the band’s recent live album, "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine" today.
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following update in the Official Exodus Attack Forum at their website: "Just letting everyone know we are hitting the studio June 4th and all systems are go! In only nine rehearsals Paul (Bostaph, ex – SLAYER / FORBIDDEN) has all the songs down and everything is crushing! We are recording at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA. and the record will then be mixed by the man himself, Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY). I’m fired up and ready to get started! The riffs are crazy heavy, Paul’s feet are ‘a flying (yeah, I know, last time I mentioned Pauls feet it turned into a big "this guys feet are the fastest" sort of thing. Yes, I have heard the other guys mentioned, and yes, they are fast as fuck. Forgive me for being a bit excited!) and I will post updates from the studio on a regular basis. It’s pretty remarkable that we are hitting the studio in such a short time after Tom’s illness (He’s feeling better, by the way) but right now I don’t feel there is anything that can stop us. You have no idea what you are in for with this new record." EXODUS’ follow-up to last year’s "Tempo Of The Damned", is their first release with new singer Rob Dukes and will be out later this year through Nuclear Blast.
VOMITORY have posted the following message at their website (www.vomitory.net): "On the 28th of May, VOMITORY will enter Speedball Studios (Sweden) to record the song ‘Mass Appeal Madness’ for the upcoming NAPALM DEATH tribute album on No Tolerance Records. The mixing will be done by the long-time companion Henrik Larsson. VOMITORY has also been confirmed for Gothenburg Deathfest on the 3rd of September."
BOLT THROWER are currently working on their 8th studio album with producer Andy Faulkner.
TANK vocalist / bassist Algy Ward has issued the following update: "I will be in the studio, finishing off the demo backing tracks for the "Sturmpanzer" album in the next two weeks." For more information visit TANK’s This Means War website at www.angelfire.com/dc/tank.