EYEGOUGER is looking to release a CD in the near future. The material stems from a 1993 recording. The Chicago band is also looking for a recording deal...Baphomet/Red Stream has issued N O M A D's Demonic Verses CD. The band hails from Poland...DEMOLITION will be represented on several upcoming compilations. The band will be heard on Heavy Oder Was!?' Metal Crusade VII, Xtreem Music's upcoming compilation, a Metal Age Productions' sampler and a sampler from Lelahel Metal...Earache is releasing EWIGKEIT's Radio Ixtlan album and INSISION's Revealed And Worshipped album in August...Metal War Productions is releasing a PENTACLE/BLOOD STORM 10" vinyl (with poster) called Archaic Undead Fury...DEW-SCENTED is working on the follow-up to the Impact album. The band intends to record the next album around December, 2004 with Andy Classen at Stage One. The release date is scheduled for Spring 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records...New on Karmageddon Media is FOREFATHER's Ours Is The Kingdom and STORMRIDER's First Battle Won albums...Century Media has set September 7th as the release date for the new albums from Sweden¹s GRAVE and UNLEASHED. GRAVE's new album is entitled Fiendish Regression while UNLEASHED has chosen Sworn Allegiance as the title for the latest album...Independent band GRAVEDROID has decided to release a DVD of its very first show in lieu of an audio demo. Entitled Gravedriod Risen, the product is due before the end of the year. Visit www.gravedroid.com for more information...Rumour has it that DREAMS OF DAMNATION has called it a day...AGATHODAIMON Serpent¹s Embrace album is out almost three years after its predecessor Chapter III. A two-CD version of the album is also available exclusively through the Nuclear Blast mail order...Info-Black is releasing HAEMOTH's Vice, Suffering And Destruction CD and MOONTOWER's Praise The Apocalypse CD this month...MORTUARY I.O.D.'s Damnation MCD is out now. The song The Bonehunt features a guest vocal appearance by Martin van Drunen (formerly of PESTILENCE, ASPHYX, etc.). check www.mortuary-iod.nl for samples...France's Diamond Productions has issued a compilation called Altars Of Mad Death Vol. 1. The CD features KRONOS, CARNAL LUST, HYPNOSIS and other French death metal bands...STILLBIRTH, a death metal band from Italy, has signed a deal with Grind Promotion agency, which will distribute its second EP Trauma and also promote the band's Italian and European tour which will start in October 2004...ABORTED has been writing stuff for its upcoming full-length album which should be recorded in December with Tue Madsen...France's Braindead Fest was recently cancelled ostensibly because bikers were demanding protection money from the organizers. The organizers had also received death threats from the group...Profound Lore Records is a new label dedicated to releasing limited edition vinyl. Its first release is an exclusive 10" EP by MELECHESH. Upcoming releases are LEVIATHAN's (U.S) The Tentacles Of Whorror, a XASTHUR/LEVIATHAN split 10", HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE's The Bastard and SACRIFICE's 198666 Double LP. For more information visit www.profoundlorerecords.com...CRYPTOPSY, now featuring returning vocalist Lord Worm, has announced two autumn shows in Canada. These are at Campus de Charlesbourg in Quebec City on Saturday October 9th and at Medley in Montreal on October 10th...California's Deus Mortuus Productions has issued an OXIDISED RAZOR/AUTOPHAGIA split-CD...GASPANIC has a new independent CD called Step On The Gas. For more information go to www.the-colourfast.com...EVISCERATE, a thrash/death metal band from Italy, has finished the recording session of the new demo/promo album which is entitled Shadows Out Of Time...THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER's A Cold Blooded Epitaph re-release is nearing completion and should be available in the next couple of months through Metal Blade...GOD DETHRONED will enter Berno Studios in Malmö, Sweden on July 14th to begin recording the follow-up to 2003's Into the Lungs of Hell. Nine new songs are ready to be laid down for the as-yet-untitled effort, which is tentatively due in late 2004/early 2005. The band recently replaced bassist Beef with newcomer Henk and have been confirmed for the Occult Fest 2004, a two-day event set to take place September 3-4 in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands...Aftermath Music is issuing a CULT OF CATHARSIS/OPUS FORGOTTEN split digiCD this month...EXMORTEM has left Osmose Productions...INTO ETERNITY is looking for a drummer who is able to join the band in time for this summer's series of shows in Europe. The band is located in Saskatchewan and can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org...THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER has asked drummer Cory Grady to
leave the band. A replacement has not been announced...WATCH THEM DIE will embark on a U.S. tour alongside BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CATTLE DECAPITATION and GOATWHORE this summer. The tour kicks off on July 25th and wraps up on August 19th. The group just returned home after completing a run with GWAR...CALLENISH CIRCLE will reissue its complete pre-Metal Blade Records releases as a 2-CD album. The release is entitled Forbidden Empathy and set for the 20th of September through Karmageddon Media...Hamburg-based Chilean band UNDERCROFT has a live album called BastardLiveHamburg through Chile's Negative Entertainment...DRIP LICORICE is the new band of former PISSING RAZORS singer Jason Bragg...HEATHEN has added bassist Jon Torres to the line-up. Torres has been a member of LAAZ ROCKIT and ANGEL WITCH...Drummer Laurent Harrouart has left France's YYRKOON for "personal reasons"...COFFIN TEXTS have again been joined by drummer Marce Castro. The death metallers new album, Tomb Of Infinite Ritual, is due for release this September through Morbid Records...GRIMFIST has parted ways with drummer Horgh who recently also joined Sweden's HYPOCRISY...Bassist Joakim Harju has left CONSTRUCDEAD...Due to problems with its European promoter DYING
FETUS has cancelled its European tour this summer...BATHORY's Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg was found dead at his apartment in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden on Monday, June 7th. The official cause of death is a heart attack...Japan's World Chaos Production has issued CHAINSAW's Smell The Saw album. The Dutch band is described as old school and thrash metal...MALEFIC's singer Stu has left the band in order to concentrate on his other band COLLUSION. Mike will stay with the English death metal unit until his replacement is in place. The band is looking for a replacement. Any interested singers should email email@example.com...Karmageddon Media has signed Brazil's SIEGE OF HATE whose album is entitled Subversive By Nature and Hungary's FINNUGOR whose album will be called Darkness Needs Us...Sang Frai$ issue 14 is now out. Canada's only consistent French metal fanzine's new issue features the likes of ANHKREHG, AMARAN and FEAR FACTORY. Order your copy from C.P. Saint-Andre, B.P. 32111, Montreal H2L 4Y5 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org...Denmark's MERCENARY has signed a long-term deal with Century Media Records. The band's new album is called 11 Dreams and is is scheduled for release in September...Roadrunner Records has announced October 4 as the release date for the new ILLDISPOSED album, 1-800 Vindication. This will be the band's first album for the pop label...France's STUBORA has recorded a song for the soundtrack for the Splinter Cell (Ubisoft) game. The action game has sold more than 6 millions copies worldwide so far.
Underground Symphony has pushed back the release of INTENSE's Second Sight back to this month...SINGLE BULLET THEORY's second album is entitled Behind Eyes Of Hatred. It was recorded and mixed by James Murphy at Angry Chair Recordings. The CD will include a bonus DVD that features videos, interviews, live performances and tour commentary. The album will be released by Crash Music on August 24th...The Music For Nations label has been folded into parent company Zomba Records Group and effectively closing the label's doors after more than 20 years in business...THRESHOLD's upcoming album Subsurface is due out on August 2nd through InsideOut Music...TAD MOROSE is scheduled to do a live appearance at the opening ceremony of Global Games in Bollnäs, Sweden on July 26th. The band is also putting "some sort of DVD" together...According to 22 Records, two years after recording the debut album Behind the Curtain (Avantgarde Music, 2003) STROMMOUSSHELD is in the studio again celebrating its fifth anniversary by recording the Halfdecadance EP...www.steelattack.com is exclusively previewing the title track from STEEL ATTACK's forthcoming album Enslaved...HOLLYWOOD ROSE, the original band of Axl Rose and Tracii Guns from the mid-'80s, will soon have an official release called Hollywood Rose - The Roots Of GUNS N' ROSES on June 22 through Cleopatra Records...Epidemic Music Norway has shut its doors. The partners in the venture have split up. Daemon will continue with Sarcoma Inc. by himself, while Saiihtam has started a new label called Planet Satan Revolution together with members from MYSTICUM! That label's first release is a MYSTICUM compilation called Lost Masters Of The Universe...While opening for W.A.S.P. in Europe last month, the tour bus for DRAGONFORCE was involved in an accident that left drummer Dave Mackintosh with a broken elbow that has him out of action for at least 6 weeks. The band continued to tour with a drum machine. DRAGONFORCE is currently promoting its second album, Sonic Firestorm, which was released by the Noise/Sanctuary label on May 18...Now fronted by former STEEL PROPHET singer Rick Mythiasin, NEW EDEN has just self-released its third album. It is called Stagnant Progression...FEAR OF FOURS is a new project featuring Andrea Martongelli of ARTHEMIS and POWER QUEST, Mirko Nosari of MOTHERCARE, Dino Rubini of STARGATE and Marco Piran of MOTHERCARE and ANEURYSM. The band is looking for a versatile vocalist and can be contacted at Mirko Nosari, Via Borgo, 16 Pescantina (VR) Italy...Germany's DEFENDING THE FAITH is looking for a drummer again. Heavy metal drummers in Germany should e-mail email@example.com...The following albums are on the release schedule for Inside Out Music America for this summer: RAY WILSON's Next Best Thing, IQ's Dark Matter, KEVIN MOORE's Ghost Book, THRESHOLD's Critical Energy DVD and Subsurface CD RITUAL's Superb Birth, ROINE STOLT's The Flower King Collector's edition, THE FLOWER KING's Adam & Eve, AYREON's Universal Migrator Special Edition featuring parts 1 & 2, ASIA's Silent Nation, DEAD SOUL TRIBE's The January Tree and EBYDOS' self-titled album featuring Andy from VANDEN PLAS...22 Records has issued CRUENTUS's Event Horizon CD. The band hails from Poland and is described as, "death, black and industrial metal all in symphonic mount."...Ron Marks, the former guitarist for CELTIC FROST, has signed a recording deal with Sonic Wave International. The guitarist's new CD No Such Soul will be released this autumn...MAD MARGRITT will be opening for KISS and POISON August 4th at The Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia. The band will also be opening for GREAT WHITE July 3rd at The Suncoast Grand Prix Festival in Sarasota, Florida...WARREN APPLEBY has contacted Metallian to say that a new CD called The Terrible Beauty will be released through www.warrenappleby.com on July 2nd. The CD is a six-song EP and will be for sale for $6.00 U.S. A free MP3 will also be available on the site...This year's ProgPower USA V¹s special guest will be Timo Kotipelto formerly of STRATOVARIUS. Kotipelto, whose new album Coldness was released in early 2004 by Century Media Records, will be signing autographs, hosting a meet and greet, and will also be attending the ProgPower pre-Party on September 16th...Toronto-based GOAT HORN has reissued its 2003 "Doom-tinged battle Metal" sophomore CD Storming The Gates. The reissue features new front and back cover artwork painted by artist Rebecca Buchanan; however, the song selection remains the same...Former QUIET RIOT vocalist Kevin DuBrow and drummer Frankie Banali recently reunited for two shows. The first show was at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, FL for the acclaimed Velvet Sessions series on Thursday, June 24 and the second in New York City on Monday, June 28 at the Crowbar. Also part of the band was former QUIET RIOT bassist Chuck Wright and Former WARRANT member Billy Morris was on guitar...Kevin DuBrow of QUIET RIOT, Jani Lane of WARRANT and Steven Adler of GUNS 'N ROSES are touring across the USA this summer for what is billed as the inaugural Bad Boys Of Metal tour. Opening the show will be BANG TANGO in its first US tour in 10 years. The band features frontman Joe Leste of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and will be touring in support of the new album out soon on Shrapnel Records...Fritz Randow has left SAXON. The band's new album Lionheart features Jörg Michael (formerly of RUNNING WILD and STRATOVARIUS). Michael will play with the band on the road...JACKYL has a DVD coming out soon. Live At The Full Throttle was recorded at the venue with the same name in South Dakota...GEORGE LYNCH's Furious George is a new album from the ex-DOKKEN guitarist featuring a collection of cover tunes of bands like DEEP PURPLE, GRAND FUNK and MOUNTAIN...ELDRITCH bassist Lisa Oliveiro has left the band to concentrate on her own band, ICYCORE. The replacement for Oliveiro in Eldritch is John Crystal...Former ROUGH CUTT and QUIET RIOT singer Paul Shortino will perform with the blues band HEAVEN & EARTH at the annual July Fourth Eshow at the Valley Cultural Center in Woodland Hills, California...CELTIC FROST's singer Thomas Fischer has plans to release a solo album in late 2005...ELDRITCH has added bassist John Crystal to the band. The bassist replaces Lisa Oliveiro who left to concentrate on ICYCORE...ROTTING CHRIST has picked Sanctus Diavolos as the title for its new album which is due in October through Century Media Records...ANVIL guitarist Ivan Hurd fell from a ladder on May 13th and broke several ribs and his left wrist. He will, consequently, not perform with the band at The Gates of Hell 2004 festival on July 24th in Toronto where RAZOR, EXCITER, ROTTING and others will also perform. His replacement for the show is guitarist George Vee...CATHEDRAL has tentatively picked Seeds Of Decay as the title for its eighth studio album and first for Nuclear Blast Records. The album is due in January. The band is performing at Wacken this year...EVERGREY's bassist Michael Håkansson has brought back his previous band EMBRACED and will henceforth play in both bands...MIRROR OF DECEPTION has a new album called Foregone coming out on September 2nd through Final Chapter Records...SAMAEL has picked Reign Of Light as the title for its new album which is due in October. Reign Of Light will be released through the band's own label, namely Galactical Recordings...TROUBLE has picked Simple Mind Condition as the title for its unplugged CD which will be available through the band's official web site...LAKE OF TEARS will release a new album called Black Brick Road through Noise this summer...PRETTY MAIDS will be entering the studio this autumn to record a new album. The band will also be playing select European shows this summer...Ralph Santolla has left ICED EARTH's lead guitar position and joined SEBASTIAN BACH...8THSIN is a new industrial band of IT of WAR, ABRUPTUM and VONDUR fame. The band has just signed to Greece's Black Lodge Records...GIRLSCHOOL has chosen Believe as the title for its next album, due on July 26th.
MALEFIC - BLOOD WILL FLOW
Talk about a surprise improvement! The new demo by England's Malefic is not only better than its predecessor (reviewed on these pages several months ago), but also a great death metal CD in its own right.
The Malefic boys take the sounds of Florida death metal and Carcass and inject quite a bit of traditional metal sounds in order to come up with something stimulating and appealing to most metal fans. Sure, this damned thing is still pretty brutal and underground, but the quality of the material should speak for itself. The sound is good, the menacing dual-vocal style a la Carcass really works here, the solos are well-executed, the drums hit the cymbals in all the right places and the bass guitar comes with a mighty distortion. Having said that, Inner Sanctum comes a bit too close to Carcass for comfort and one could have done without the clean backing vocals on Leading The blind which is a bit too trendy right now.
Nevertheless, why not give this a chance by, not sampling, downloading it for free from www.malefic.co.uk. For information e-mail the band at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com. - Ali "The Metallian"
LUNACY - N.I.N.E.
Switzerland's former thrashers Lunacy has been doing the sounds since 1988 and, with different line-ups, has had a half dozen official releases. N.I.N.E. itself was originally intended for release through a record company. The label managed to go broke before the release and the Swiss band decided to go ahead and record and release the CD independently. Perhaps as a result, the disc is quite professional in attitude, presentation, sound and songwriting.
This band is next to impossible to classify. The disc kicks off with a melody a la Rush, and proceeds to weave in and out of progressive rock, thrash metal, heavy metal and rock music. The singer, if anything, is more versatile than the music and convincingly alters his voice from soft to aggressive and everything in between. The lack of focus is the band's Achilles heel, but the band is obviously keen on its style and certainly goes at it with conviction. Either write to the band at Felsenrainstrasse 12, CH-8052 Zürich Switzerland or at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Ali "The Metallian"
HOLY KNIGHT - CRUSH SATAN
If Satan has to be destroyed, then she clearly needs a bigger adversary than this project. The Texas-based act has released this six-song, fourteen-minute CD to propagate its "bass driven metal..." which is to say the songs are comprised of vocals and a loud and distorted bass guitar. This is very DIY, which is always commendable, but a guitar (although truth be told one is listed here), drums and more variety might have worked charmingly. Then again, a new demo called Take no Prisoners is imminent. This is extremely basic white metal that is hopefully leading to better things. Visit www.geocities.com/atthecross_1999/holyknight.html for more information. By the way, why does the band photo depict Rock, the founder, raising the devil's horns? - Ali "The Metallian"
SCALA MERCALLI - MY DAEMONS
The Italian band Scala Mercalli (don't know!) was formed as early as 1992 which is a damn long time ago. It is sad that most people probably have not heard of the band for there is some real good heavy metal here. The demo has four cuts on it with the last track being a decent cover of Iron Maiden's Be Quick Or Be Dead. The music is 100% heavy metal, the singer is a mix between Bobby Blitz of Overkill and a shrill version of the old Jacobs Dream singer. Scalla Mercalli is hardly the most original heavy metal band out of Italy, but that is surely beside the point when the metal is so undiluted, the songs so cool and the hair so long (well mostly). Write to the either at email@example.com or visit www.scalamercalli.com. - Sheila Wes Det
VALAK - same
It is amusing to read how many line-up changes Italy's Valak has had in the short four years it has been around. The net result of all the upheaval is the current disc which is a brooding, melancholic and certainly harmonic metal rather like Katatonia, Vintersorg and Borkanagar. The songs are long - there are four songs and the CD lasts over 30 minutes - and the band takes its time to build a lot of disparate parts into each track. Another noteworthy aspect of this band is the powerful guitar and vocal sound the band's achieved in the studio. The drum sound in contrast could probably use a little hand next time. Valak can occasionally get quite aggressive so check into this young band. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.valak.tk to read more. - Anna Tergel
NOCTA - COME OUT WHEREVER YOU ARE
When was the last time someone sent in a 70s-influenced heavy rock demo CD into Metallian towers for review? Safe to say, it has been a while.
The Greek band Nocta, according to the supplied biography, is launching a new career with this demo. This style's commercial potential is clearly dubious, although the time travellers are so good at what they do it's almost scary. Molten heavy riffs, melodic vocals, sombre atmosphere and a penchant for nostalgic melodies will make the last remaining heavy rockers come out of wherever they are. For Nocta speaks directly to fans of the Sabs, Blue Oyster Cult and Jethro Tull. Bonus points: the sarcasm of the band's biography! Get in touch with the band either via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. - Ali "The Metallian"
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