HECATE ENTHRONED is at The Blueroom Studios in Manchester recording its forthcoming album Radimus. The CD, originally titled Acts Of God, is due in May and will be self-produced...To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Edgerunner Records will issue a double-CD retrospective this summer...Former members of EXCESS OF CRUELTY, Joeri Caluwaerts, Johan Detraux, Christophe Vandeghinste, Bas Verdin and Jan Verschueren, have formed a new band called RE:CREATION. A debut demo is in the works...Ugluk, the singer for KLUDDE, has written in to note that the band does not have a new singer, but rather has lost guitarist Tering. Furthermore, the split release with MORRIGU is cancelled. The band is working on a split-CD with WANHOOP instead...BESTIAL MOCKERY's proposed tour of the BeNeLux was postponed from December to February...Here is some news from Brutalized Records: the label has signed Spain's GOREINHALED, Colombia's NIHIL OBSTAT and PHALOGORE, as well as UK's BEAUTICIAN...LORD BLASPHEMER (featuring DIABOLIC's Eric Hersemann) has released its debut Tales Of Misanthropy...BEYOND THE EMBRACE's new album Insect Song will be produced by Ken Susi of UNEARTH...Jack Owen of CANNIBAL CORPSE has teamed up with ex-EPITAPH/RESURRECTION drummer Kevin Astl in a new band called ADRIFT. The quintet, who play 'emotive, agro hard rock,' are rounded out by Mark Elm on vocals, Analia Pizzaro on guitar and Michael Campuano on bass...FLESHCRAWL has just finished the recordings for its new album Made Of Flesh at Studio Underground in Sweden. Expect it in March...HAEMORRHAGE's new DVD Visions From The Morgue is now out through Morbid Records...RAVAGER has split up due to personal differences. Antimo and Oscar will forge a new band...IMPIETY has lost drummer Fauzzt. The band's leader Shyaithan has recruited drummer Oscar Garcia (HACAVITZ, ex-RAVAGER) and guitarist Antimo (HACAVITZ, ex-RAVAGER, DISGORGE) after failing to find suitable musicians in Singapore. IMPIETY will soon record a two-song split 7"-EP with SURRENDER OF DIVINITY for the fledgling Unholy Horde Records...Red Stream will release the upcoming NECROPHAGIA mini-CD Goblins Be Thine on February 13th, 2004...Here is the latest from Season Of Mist: the label has signed BLOOD DUSTER. The band's self-titled album is due next month. NATTEFROST (the solo project from CARPATHIAN FOREST mastermind Nattefrost) will release its album Blood And Vomit in February. The label will release MAYHEM's Chimera album in March. MAYHEM will also play at Norway's Inferno Festival...CELESTIA's Dead Insekta Sequestration CD is out. The CD contains the band's sold out demo Dead Insekta Sequestration and a sold-out 7" EP called Evoking Grace And Splendour...NATIVE INSTINCT, featuring members from CROSSFIRE and BLUE QUEST, has released a CD called First Born...VADER is heading east for a tour of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the spring...IMPALED NAZARENE will record a live album in April. The two shows slated for the recording will take place at Helsinki's Nosturi club...IMPALED NAZARENE's previously-announced European tour with THE LEGION has been cancelled after being pushed back to a time too close to IMPALED NAZARENE's other European tour...CRYPTOPSY has been rejoined by original vocalist Lord Worm. He replaces Martin LaCroix who left the act in October. The band will start recording in March at Wild Studio with producer Pierre Remillard...THE BERZERKER is finishing work on a forthcoming DVD, called The Principles And Practices Of The Berzerker, which is due for a March release...DARK FUNERAL has signed with Regain Records following its split with No Fashion Records. The first release for Regain will be a live album recorded on the recent South American tour. The CD is due in March. DARK FUNERAL is also writing music for a studio album...NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury has confirmed plans to form a grindcore act with CATHEDRAL/ex-NAPALM DEATH singer Lee Dorrian. Dorrian had expressed interest in returning to his roots as early as 1995...THANATOS has completed work on its fourth full-length album, called Undead. Unholy. Divine., due in late February through Black Lotus Records...CANNIBAL CORPSE, HYPOCRISY and VILE will tour North America in February and March. The tour coincides with the release of HYPOCRISY's The Arrival album...DECAPITATED's The Negation album will be released by Earache in March...BLOODFREAK has just recruited a new drummer...IMMORTAL RITES has signed to Morbid Records. The band's debut Art Of Devolution was produced at Alex Krull´s (ATROCITY) Mastersound Studio and will be out in March...LIVIDITY has a new second-vocalist called Chris Campbell. The band plans to release a new album in 2004. Morbid Records also reports that HYPNOS is working with Harris Johns towards the completion of a new album...BEHEMOTH has extended its contract with Olympic Recordings. The group has already commenced writing a new album and will enter the studio in early spring for a late 2004 release...Aural Music is a new record company founded by code666 owner Emiliano Lanzoni. Starting immediately, code666 will become a sub-label of Aural Music. Aural will also form the umbrella company for Dreamcell11 Entertainment (dance and techno), GoreGorecords (gore and death metal) and Amaranth Recordings (run by EPHEL DUATH's Davide Tiso)...Drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun has left DISSECTION as he is unable to support the band's satanic ideology as espoused by singer/guitarist Jon Nodveidt....USURPER vocalist General Diabolical Slaughter has quit the band after a year of erratic performance to due his drug addiction...MINDGRINDER, featuring ex-SOURCE OF TIDE drummer and keyboardist Cosmocrator, has signed a deal with Nocturnal Art Productions. The group's debut album MindTech was recorded in December, 2002 at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio (EMPEROR, ZYKLON, WINDIR) and is scheduled for release in April, 2004...Metal Blade Records Europe has signed a licensing deal with Conquest Music for the European release of the latest MONSTROSITY album Rise To Power...DARK ANGEL has entered Dreamcatcher Studio in Lake Balboa, California to begin recording a new album. The band is looking for a recording contract...MALEVOLENT CREATION has chosen Warkult as the title for its next full-length album which is tentatively due in June of 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records...ANTHRAX recorded a show at Metro in Chicago on Friday December 5th. The footage will be released as a video in 2004. The band's upcoming CD is called Metallum Maximus Aeturnus, a project in which the band will rerecord classic ANTHRAX songs originally recorded by previous line-ups of the band (circa 1984-1990). It will be recorded live in the studio as part of ANTHRAX's twentieth Anniversary Celebration...CREST OF DARKNESS has signed a record deal with My Kingdom Music for the release of the Evil Knows Evil album. Scheduled for January, the album will now be released on February 9th after encountering censorship from the CD pressing company...ACHERON's Rebirth: Metamorphosing Into Godhood is out now through Black Lotus Records. The label is also releasing THE DUSKFALL's Source and ON THORNS I LAY's Egocentric CD soon...The Uruguayan black metal band REQUIEM AETERNAM has returned to the limelight. The guitarist and vocalist José Romero has relocated to New York and is ready to record a new album called The Philosopher once a drummer is recruited...Drummer Jeremy Portz had decided to leave THROCULT in order to focus on school. The band has recruited a replacement, adopted aliases and is now comprised of Inferno (vocals/guitars), Gremor Azazel (guitar), Forneus Amon (bass) and Lord Naberius on drums...Death metal band POLTERCHRIST has signed with Season Of Mist. The Label expects to issue the band's album in late 2004...VISCERAL BLEEDING has entered the studio in order to record the follow-up to Remnants Of Deprivation for Retribute Records...PANCHRYSIA will soon release its second album. Malicious Parasite which will be released through Soulreaper Records...BLOOD RED THRONE has signed a multi-album deal with Earache Records and is working on a new album called Altered Genesis...KREATOR will begin recording a new album in May with Andy Sneap described as "sounds like a mix between Violent Revolution and Pleasure To Kill"...The Scandinavian death metal project CHAOSBREED has signed with Century Media for two albums...RAGNAROK will release its fifth album, entitled Blackdoor Miracle, on February 20th through Regain Records...IMMOLATION will release a DVD called Bringing Down The World this month. Most of the footage was shot at various European shows...Ex-METALMORPHOSIS front man, Marq Vas, who is now based in the U.K has commenced the recording of the V.A.S album. It is due in early 2004...The new MORRIGAN CD is called Celts and is available now. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information...The folks at Might Music have been busy setting up their own distribution company called Target Distribution. Mighty Music itself will release less albums due to falling sales, although the label will shortly release ANASARCA's Dying and NEPHASTH's Conceived By Inhuman Blood. In other news, FLESHTIZED will enter the studio this year. The Line-up currently consists of Garth Lovvorn (bass), Gary White (Drums), Sonny Lombodarzi on guitar (formerly of INCANTATION), Tony Norman on guitar (MONSTROSITY, MORBID ANGEL) and Rob Kline on vocals (also PESSIMIST and PSYCHOTOGEN)...Circulation Records has issued MOURNING WAYS' Different Ways and has signed Germany's BAAL...BELPHEGOR has parted ways with drummer Torturer. BELPHEGOR's fourth full-length album is called Lucifer Incestus...The White metal band MORTIFICATION has completed work on its twelfth studio album Brain Cleaner. It is expected in February through the band's Rowe Productions...ENFORSAKEN has recruited bassist Adam Simon The band's new album The Forever Endeavor is due on March 9th through Century Media/Olympic Records...Australia's CRYOGENIC has changed its name to IN THE NAME OF and has relocated to the USA. The band is currently playing shows in the USA...FLESHGRIND's Murder Without End album is released in LP format by Restrain Records...Italy's STILLBIRTH has a new demo called Trauma. it contains four songs recorded in October at Temple Of Noise Studio in Rome...HELHEIM will play live at Garage on the 14th of February as part of By:Larm, a national gathering of bands, artists, producers, agents and media in Norway.
DEF LEPPARD has begun work on a new studio album which is due in the autumn...DOUBLE DIAMOND has a new drummer by the name of Kristof Meert...Crucial Blast Records is compiling Doom Metal: A Maryland/DC Heavy Rock Underground compilation featuring new, unreleased and rare tracks from the likes of CLUTCH, THE HIDDEN HAND, EARTHRIDE, INTERNAL VOID, UNORTHODOX and many more. The release has a street date of April 19th, 2004...MAD MARGRITT has a new bassist. Joining the band is former 285 bassist Brad White...IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson will spend January and February together with guitarist and producer Roy Z to write songs for a new solo album...JUDAS PRIEST, featuring singer Rob Halford, is playing several festival in the summer. These includes Gods Of Metal in Italy, Sweden Rock and Spain's Metal Mania all in June...In a surprise move, THE GATHERING's Sleepy Buildings semi-acoustic new live CD will be released through Century Media in Europe on the 26th of January 2004. The band and label had parted ways earlier. THE GATHERING will be playing with its new bass player Marjolein at the Eurosonic festival in Groningen...Baltimore's "alternative metal band" GORMAN PROPHECY has signed to Screaming Ferret Wreckords...NASTY SAVAGE will release its reformation album, called Psycho Psycho, through Metal Blade Records in Europe. The band's main label Crook'd Records will issue the CD in the USA...Former METALLICA and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted has left OZZY OSBOURNE and has been promptly replaced by ex-ROB ZOMBIE bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson...KAMELOT has again turned to keyboardist Günter Werno of VANDEN PLAS for the upcoming Mexican tour and Spain's Piorno Rock Festival...LIZZY BORDEN/LEGACY bassist Marten Andersson will join George Lynch on his upcoming U.S. solo tour...FOR MY PAIN's guitarist Lauri Tuohimaa accompanied CHARON on the band's Russian tour in December. Tuohimaa was filling for Jasse Von Hast who left the group for personal reasons...Former ANGEL DUST bassist Frank Banx has joined Indianapolis' COUNTER CLOCKWISE...Wino has left PLACE OF SKULLS due to scheduling conflicts. He will continue with his own band THE HIDDEN LAND. Victor, Tim, and Dennis will continue the band...Sound Riot Records has issued VII GATES' Fire, Walk With Me debut CD. It features guest appearances by Kee Marcello of EUROPE and Chris Amott of ARCH ENEMY...ARCH ENEMY has grabbed the opening slot for IRON MAIDEN's two Canadian shows in Montreal and Quebec City this month. The two bands share a management company...JON OLIVA of SAVATAGE has recruited the recently-released members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE (Matt Laporte, Kevin Rothney, Christopher Kinder and John Zahner) as his backing band for his solo performances...Former METAL CHURCH/BYFIST singer David Wayne has reformed REVEREND with guitarists Davey Lee and Nacho Vara of BYFIST, as well as bassist Jay Wegener and drummer Todd Stotz...Featuring former HYPNOSIA members, BULLET's Speeding In The Night mini-CD is now out...SOULGATE'S DAWN has signed to Circulation Records. The band's debut is due in April. The same label will release MOURNING ENDS' Different Ways album soon...PROTOTYPE has added drummer Sam Aliano to its ranks...GOD FORBID has just released a new EP entitled Better Days...KINGCROW has issued a new demo called Insider...AVIDOST is entering Engine Music Studios in Chicago this month with producer Neil Kernon for the recording of a new demo called Of Greatness Or Madness. The band has also recruited a second guitarist by the name of Steve Spacucello...BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, featuring Nikki Sixx, Tracii Guns, Scot Coogan and London Legrand, has signed with Sanctuary Records. The band's debut album, Here Come The Brides, will be out in March...OZZY OSBOURNE has suffered a fractured left collarbone, eight fractured ribs and a fractured vertebrae in his neck in a quad bike accident on his Buckinghamshire property in southern England...STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael have left the band following interpersonal differences with guitarist Timo Tolkki...Donnie Vie (formerly of ENUFF Z'NUFF) has set out on his first solo tour with dates in December and January. The band's album is called Just Enough...DEEP PURPLE and THIN LIZZY are touring North America together. The former will play the entire Machine Head album live...JADED HEART has signed a deal with UlfTone Music. The group's sixth album Trust was produced and mixed by the band at vocalist Michael Bormann's studio and is scheduled for release on February 20th...Finnish band TURISAS has signed a long-term deal with Century Media Records. TURISAS is recording the as-yet-untitled debut album at Sound Suite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, DESTRÖYER 666, etc. A spring 2004 release is expected...Keri Kelli has parted ways with LA GUNS due to scheduling conflicts, as he is also in Steven Adler's project, ADLERS APPETITE...Italy's NANOWAR will mail a free CD to anyone who writes in with a 'true metal' e-mail using the email@example.com address...OZZY and KELLY OSBOURNE have land at number one on The UK Singles Charts with the single Changes...THUNDERSTONE, which is going to release its second album The Burning on 12th January 2004 will support ICED EARTH during its forthcoming European tour...DEINONYCHUS' new album Insomnia will be out in the spring through My Kingdom Music...HIGHLORD will enter New Sin Studios (LABYRINTH, DARK MOOR) this month to record its fourth album Medusa's Coil...Greek band INNERWISH will release an album called Silent Faces on Limb Music soon...DOWN and Elektra Records have parted ways...Original HANOI ROCKS guitarist Nasty Suicide made a guest appearance at the HANOI ROCKS New Year's Eve show in Turku, Finland. The band has also lost recent guitarist Costello due to family issues. In other news HANOI ROCKS' Andy McCoy is in trouble with the law and facing assault charges...KING DIAMOND has recorded several shows during its recent U.S. tour and is currently in Sweden with guitarist Andy LaRocque at Los Angered Studio working on compiling a live album...Bassist Steen Mogensen and guitarist Jacob Kjaer have unexpectedly left ROYAL HUNT...BRAINSTORM were recently less than impressed when the band's proposed supporting bill for PRIMAL FEAR fell through. The latter band has since opted to tour as support for ICED EARTH. BRAINSTORM has since accused PRIMAL FEAR of dishonesty and will tour instead with EDGUY...HEATHEN's much-delayed Recovered Rarities album is now due in March. The band will then set out to write a new album, albeit without guitarist Doug Piercy who has opted not to join the band...NIGHTRANGER recently filmed several of its Japanese shows for a DVD release due in late 2004. In the meanwhile, Frontier Records has issued a JACK BLADES solo CD...SOLITUDE AETERNUS has tentatively dubbed its forthcoming album Alone. The CD is expected through Olympic Recordings this summer...SIEGES EVEN has reunited and already been confirmed as the second headliners of the Headway Festival 2004, which is set for place April 3-4 in Amstelveen, The Netherlands...STRANGE LAND has signed a distribution deal with Nightmare Records. The band would also like to welcome a new drummer Esteban Gonzalez into the fold. The recording of a new album, pushed back from last autumn due to the member change, will now begin immediately...UFO's new album is called You Are Here and out this month through SPV. The band's new guitarist is Vinnie Moore. You Are Here was recorded in Germany with producer Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, CONCEPTION, etc.)...VISION DIVINE's new album Stream Of Consciousness will be issued by Scarlet in Europe and King Records in Japan in April. Former singer Fabio Lione has been replaced by Michele Luppi...New York's GOTHIC KNIGHTS has been joined by Dan Castro as a second guitarist...HONEYMOON SUITE vocalist Johnnie Dee is looking to issue an independent solo album. It will be issued using the singer/guitarist's real name JOHNNIE DEGIULI as soon as the man finds a suitable label. Songs In Dee features performances by Rik Emmett and Kim Mitchell...Canada's IVORY KNIGHT has completed a new demo...PEGAZUS has been dropped by Nuclear Blast Records and lost bassist Hanny who will concentrate on his own band BLACK MAJESTY...TNT's My Religion will be out in February...SCORPIONS is working on a new album at the Peppermint Park Studio in Hannover, Germany that is reportedly more in tune with the act's trademark hard rock sound than recent efforts...LIONSHEART is now negotiating with Metaledge Records for a release of its Abyss album in early 2004...Former ZANDELLE drummer Bob Delmini has joined MAGUS BEAST...Vocalist Clark Brown (GEEZER, LD/50, BEWKENHEIMER) has joined members of hardcore bands CHANGE OF SYSTEM, HOOD and SEVEN HILL PSYCHOS in a project dubbed CHAGRIN...The new IMPELLITTERI album is called Pedal To The Metal...HUMAN FORTRESS has two new band members. Guitarist Volker and keyboardist Dirk have left the band to be replaced by guitarist Frank Sawade and keyboardist Ottfried Mietzke. Guitarist Torsten Wolf is writing songs for a solo album due in 2005...Metal Mayhem has issued the Waking Up The Dead CD of Canada's BLISSED which features former STRYPER man Robert Sweet.
TRACY GANG PUSSY - same
Born only eighteen months ago in Paris, Tracy Gang Pussy's 3" MCD is described by the band as 100% sleazy glam punk. Reagan, Micky Street, Revlon and Suicide rock it up with a distinct English enunciation and glam it up, albeit with short hair. The band is a mix of Faster Pussycat, Backyard Babies and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. The songs are guitar-oriented, brash and play with abandon. It has a certain danceable rhythm though so banish any thoughts of heavy metal here. Instead bring out the hair gel, roll up the short sleeves and get ready to rock 'n' roll. firstname.lastname@example.org is the address for the CD and more information. - Ali "The Metallian"
GASPANIC - EXOTIC DRAG RACE
Gaspanic is a Japanese duo of two guitarists one of whom is Colourfast's Akira Naito. The band is abetted by a drum machine and even incorporates synthesizers and samples. Out of the four songs on offer here, the best one has to be Hole. Although nearly all four have varied and respectable riffs and guitar doodling all over them. Gaspanic needs to introduce a real drum, tone down some of the more offbeat vocals and forge ahead with its powerful metal guitar playing. It is always good to hear the Japanese add talent and uniqueness to heavy metal. E-mail: email@example.com. - Ali "The Metallian"
COLOURFAST - THE ART OF ONE
Colourfast is the child of Akira Naito who is responsible for all instruments and programming on the CD. Oddly enough, the demo's cover is in old-fashioned black and white. The lack of colour extends to the music. The act incorporates drum machine and programmed synthesizers rendering the environment cold and sterile. The riffs are heavy and the vocals agonized. A great example of Akira's playing ability can be heard on the rousing Fly High. Truth be told, Colourfast is unlike anything else out there at the moment, but fans of Fear Factory might be the appropriate target market for the Japanese entity. E-mail Akira at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Ali "The Metallian"
KINETIC - SOUL, EMOTION, FLESH
Kinetic is a young Greek band, although the four members have amassed some experience in bands like Brain Fade, Acid Death and Wisdom. The three-song demo showcases a band with an original metallic blend. The band crosses from heavy to power and to thrash metal and offers up a powerful mix to its listeners. A few passages do sound like late-era Death and a few snarly vocal forays a la Voivod can also be heard. As for the downside, the band's drummer tries a few toms he should not and has a very mechanical sound on The Realms Of Nightmare. For something different either write to 11 Kassiopis Str., 174 56 Alimos, Athens Greece or e-mail either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. - Ali "The Metallian"
DELIAN LEAGUE - DAY OF QUESTION
Delian League is a one-year old band from New Jersey, although the guitarists have jammed together for much longer than that. We will return to this point momentarily. In the meanwhile, the American quintet's skill and capability is quite impressive - given its age or not. The band plays hard rock with an edge. The band's trump card is none other than its guitar department. A tight rhythm, remarkable riffs and fine soloing are all in this union's arsenal. The first of the three songs here, The Questioning, demos this by way of godly guitars all around. The other two songs are not quite as sharp, but still impress the listener in the song writing department. Final Day reminds one of a harder Moist, while Days Of Regret regretfully incorporates a touch of keyboards. If forced, Delian League could be compared to late Armored Saint and Metal Church, although the gang is very much into doing its own thing. The band should write more songs like the CD opener, use its lead guitars more and keep going. Find out more about the band by writing to email@example.com. - Ali "The Metallian"
PANZERDIVISION - PROACTIVE COMMAND
Panzer Division, currently a one-man project, hails from Norway and blasts out brutal metallic material with the backing of an insane drum machine. The material is faster than fast, the guitar sound sharp, the vocals manipulated and the themes evil and morbid. The sound is surprisingly clear and the riffs in-your-face. Anyone into underground products mixing a dosage of industrial with a bigger dosage of metal will dig this. - Write to Dave Lie at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Ali "The Metallian"
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