Reformed thrashers FAITH OR FEAR will be touring with OITC, the band managed by FOF band member Dan Hansen. The band's line-up is Tim Blackman on vocals, Bob Perna and Chris Bombeke on guitars, CJ on bass and Dan Hansen on drums. There are not any plans to record new music...The GENERAL SURGERY/THE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINERS split CD will soon be released on vinyl. It will be out in a limited edition of 500 copies on Yellow Dog Records. The former band will also record several split 7"s as soon as drummer Adde Mitroulis has completed his touring commitments with BIRDFLESH. This release will feature an extra track (a cover of Xysma's "Foetal Mush"...AKERCOCKE has signed to Earache Records. The band is finishing work on its next album which is entitled Choronzon with producer Neil Kernon...MORBID ANGEL's upcoming album has now been named Heretic. The album will be released by Earache Records in September. The band has shot a video for the song Enshrined By Grace...Grindcore acts GENOCIDE (featuring members of REPULSION) and NAUSEA are active again and recently played a show together in California...Matt Ferrara (ex-REPUDILATION, GFY, 420) has joined INTERNAL BLEEDING as a replacement for Chris Pervelis. In the meanwhile, bassist Jason Carbone has left the fold and guitarist Frank Buffalino, singer Jerry Lowe (vocals) and Carbone are active in the hardcore band PUNCHYOURFACE...ANAL CUNT has reformed, following what was supposed to be a one-off reunion gig. The band is heading to Japan early next year for a tour...NAPALM DEATH's bassist Shane Embury has joined BRUJERIA as the replacement for bassist Billy Gould (also ex-FAITH NO MORE). Now featuring DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker, BRUJERIA is touring with SOULFLY and others as part of Aztlan Fest '03 which is meant to represent rising Latin bands...LORD BELIAL has seen the departure of guitarist Niclas "Pepa" Andersson. This follows the departure of drummer Michael Backelin who was replaced by Daniel Moilanen...A reformed INTENSE MUTILATION hopes to record its first album in fourteen years this year. The title for the album will be Sgt Leppers Falling Parts Club Band...SLAYER, now featuring drummer Dave Lombardo again, have completed eight new songs which according to Kerry King are all fast and thrashy. The album is expected next March...KATAKLYSM has finished writing a new album called Serenity In Fire. The band will enter Studio Victor in Montreal in November. The band has also signed to Nuclear Blast for three more albums...Metal Blade Records has signed England's GOREROTTED. "They first draw our attention when we saw them two years ago at the Fuck The Commerce festival," says a spokesperson for the label. Their second album Only Tools And Corpses is expected in November...In September, former OBLIVEON guitarist and producer Pierre Remillard will start working on producing the new full-length from Relapse Records' band THE END. The production will take place at Wild Studio near Montreal...Relapse records has signed Swedish grindcore band GADGET. The band's debut is due only next year...Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE has finished recording its eighth album, entitled All That You Fear. The thirteen songs will be released courtesy of Osmose Production in October...SUFFOCATION's planned US tour with DEEDS OF FLESH has been indefinitely postponed due to booking issues...DEICIDE's next album will be called Scars Of The Crucifix. The band is currently in the studio...Nick Byckoff, drummer for Russia's death metal act MERLIN, was killed in a car accident on Sunday, July 13 in his native land. The band has just finished most of the recording for an album for Great Hite North records called Brutal Constructor...Danish thrashers HATESPHERE have a new drummer called Anders Gyldenøhr. The band will play several shows this summer before entering the studio to record an EP and a full-length...Guitarist Wojtek Lisicki has left LOST HORIZON...Derek Boyer (DEEDS OF FLESH, DEPRECATED, DECREPIT BIRTH) has joined VITAL REMAINS as a tour bassist...Drummer Justin Dipinto (formerly with MALEVOLENT CREATION) has joined PYREXIA...IMMORTAL has called it a day due to interpersonal differences. The band's label, Nuclear Blast Records, earlier insisted that the band is merely taking a break, but was forced to recant following the band's emphatic statements...Joining the tidal wave of reformations is HEATHEN who are working on a new covers album called Recovered. The California metallers will release an album featuring new material in 2004...Chicago's ENFORSAKEN has signed to Olympic Recordings. An album called The Forever Endeavor is expected to appear in February, 2004...SETHERIAL has signed a deal with Regain Records and is working on new material. The new album will be entitled Endtime Divine and include nine songs. Expect it later in the summer...MÖRK GRYNING's Pieces Of Primal Expressionism will be out on No Fashion in September...The new DIVINE RAPTURE album called The Burning Passion will be released by Listenable Records in the autumn 2003...CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN have parted ways with drummer Mike Rosswog...THE DUSKFALL is enter Dug-Out studio in on August 18th to record a new album. Expect it in November through Black Lotus Records...DEATHWITCH has signed to Earache's Wicked World sub-label. The group's next album, Violence Blasphemy Sodomy, was recorded at Fuck Recording and Magick Sound Studio. The band's line-up is Terror (vocals, guitar, bass), Slade Doom (guitar) and Morbid Juttu (drums)...Former METAL CHURCH singer David Wayne has disbanded REVEREND in order to join BASTARDSUN, the English band featuring Stuart Anstis, formerly of CRADLE OF FILTH...Guitarist Wojtek Lisicki has left LOST HORIZON...Here are the latest releases from Aftermath Music: THE FUNERAL ORCHESTRA's Feeding the Abyss (Apocalyptic Trance Doom from Sweden), AZAGHAL/TUNRIDA's Omenne 7" EP and Cult Of Catharsis/Opus Forgotten split CD.
DEMON DRIVE, featuring musician/producer Michael Voss, has split up...The new CREST OF DARKNESS album is called Evil Knows Evil. The band now features ENTHRAL drummer Kjetil Hektoen in its ranks...NIGHTMARE's Silent Room will be released in October by Napalm Records. is a concept album featuring 12 songs in 5 chapters...France's MYSTERY BLUE has a new independent album out called Metal Slaves. It was mixed at House Of Audio studios in Karlsdorf...SKID ROW's new album is called Thickskin and is slated for release on August 5th through the band's own Skid Row Records. The band is currently on the road with POISON and VINCE NEIL...WITHERING SURFACE has ended its contract with Copro Records. The label released the Danish band's third album Walking On Phantom Ice in the autumn of 2001, but has not been able to finance the band's next effort due to a lack of funds, which obviously is the cause for the break-up. The band has booked the Antfarm Studio in Denmark, where the album will be recorded in October and November this year with producer Tue Madsen. This booking is a new time slot for the band which was due to record new music earlier...ZERO HOUR's next album is called Death Machine. The album is expected through Sensory this autumn. The label has also re-released the band's first album, entitled Metamorphosis...IRON MAIDEN will support the new album, Dances Of Death with a worldwide arena tour beginning in Europe in October. According to the band's forum this will be the band's final long worldwide tour...Singer Rob Halford has rejoined JUDAS PRIEST. After months of denial, the band has reunited with the singer thus officially abandoning recent vocalist "Ripper" Owens. JUDAS PRIEST is planning a worldwide tour for 2004...DOUBLE DIAMOND will be recording a new album following signing to the resurrected Mausoleum Records. The recording will commence this autumn at Midas studio with producer Tony De Block...PROPAIN will release a ninth album, entitled Run For Cover, this August through Spitfire Records. The album is merely a collection of cover versions...Metal Blade's power metal signees BRAINSTORM have entered the German Media Control charts at position number 73 with their Soul Temptation album. The follow-up to 2001's Metus Mortis was recorded at House of Music studio in Winterbach, Germany. The band will tour Europe this autumn...MY DYING BRIDE is in Academy Studio recording the follow up to 2001's The Dreadful Hours album. The working title is The Thirteenth Chapter and the album is expected for release in October...BEYOND DAWN's Frysh album is now out through Peaceville Records...Chavis records has released The Vision album by WYCKED SYNN. The band is described as "The Resurrection Of Heavy Metal."...The new release from LAW OF THE PLAGUE, The War Inside is now available directly from Sinternational Records. In other news, LAW OF THE PLAGUE has announced that a July 26th show will be the last with drummer Ed Spiro. He has decided to move back to California. The band is seeking a repalcement...EDGUY, who recently released the live album Burning Down The Opera, have entered the studio to record a new album. Entitled Mysteria, fans can expect the release through AFM Records in the spring of 2004...MORGION has signed to Dark Symphonies Records. The band hopes to release a new album called Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth this autumn...In order to celebrate MEGADETH's twentieth anniversary (and generate income despite how the band is not producing albums any longer) both former label Capitol Records and current label Sanctuary are releasing rare or unreleased MEGADETH albums. The labels are also planning different videos of the band...LET 'LONES the project of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY members Woody Weatherman on guitar, Mike Dean on bass and vocals and Merritt Partridge on drums is playing live this summer. There are currently no releases planned...CHARON's singer Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto has announced plans to leave POISONBLACK following the group's upcoming European tour. According to the man, he did not want to slow down the band which incidentally also features Ville Laihiala of SENTENCED on guitar...CHAOSBREED is a new Finnish death metal band featuring bassist Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI), ex-GANDALF drummer Nalle Österman, guitarist Marko Tarvonen (MOONSORROW), guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) as well as vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE). The project has an EP called Unleashed Carnage on Finnish label Rising Realm Records...PINK CREAM 69 has signed to SPV. The band hopes to enter the studio soon with producer Dennis Ward in order to record an album which will then be released early next year...SIGMA has just signed with Shark Records for the release of its second album Win Or Lose. The release is scheduled for the end of August and will cover a theme of events in the history of Lombardia...VON GROOVE has finished work on its third album for Z Records. Entitled Live It Up, the album is due in November...Rock act Lo has recently finished recording a new CD entitled Traces. Two tracks from the Florida act can be heard on www.loband.com...Revolver Records has delayed the release of BIOMECHANICAL's Eight Moons album by eight weeks in order to better plan a promotional campaign for the band's debut album...CHILDREN OF BODM, who recently signed to Century Media, have lost guitarist Alexander "Aku" Kuoppala. The six stringer has ostensibly left the group due to the pressures of touring...GAMMA RAY's next album is a live double-CD called Skeletons In The Closet. The CD will appear through Sanctuary records in September...Southern Lord Recording's doom band metal band KHANATE, featuring Stephen O'Malley (THORR'S HAMMER, BURNING WITCH, SUNN 0))), LOTUS EATERS, etc.) and James Plotkin (O.L.D., SCORN and ATOMSMASHER), have completed work on a second album called Things Viral. The album will hit the street in November...Metal Mayhem and Middle finger records will release the debut album of former ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin this month. The album is called Threatcon Delta...California's BLACK 'N BLUE has reunited. The band, featuring Jaime St. James, Jef Warner, Patrick Young, and Pete Holmes and new guitarist Shawn Sonnenschein (Tommy Thayer is touring with KISS as Ace Frehley) will release an album called Hell Yeah! in December. At the same time, Zoom Club Records has released the following full-lengths from the band: The Demos Anthology (early material from the band) and the Live In Detroit 1984 CD. KISS Symphony: Alive IV has shipped gold in Canada. Sanctuary Records will soon release the DVD version of the performance...AEROSMITH and KISS are touring worldwide together this autumn...OBSESSION featuring Mike Vescera (of LOUDNESS fame) has reformed...Relapse Records has signed a new and melodic act from Sweden called BURST. The band (Linus Jägerskog on vocals, former Nasum man Jesper Liveröd on bass, Patrik Hultin on drums, Jonas Rydberg and Robert Reinholdz on guitars) will release an album called Prey On Life this year...DEATHSTARS, which were previously called SWORDMASTER and feature former DISSECTION drummer Ole Öhman and guitarist Emil Nödtveidt (who is the brother of DISSECTION leader Jon), has signed to Nuclear Blast. The album, which is already released in Scandinavia, will be released in November. The band's sound is described as pop/industrial...BLUE MURDER, featuring bassist Tony Franklin, ex-WHITESNAKE/THIN LIZZY guitarist John Sykes, and VANILLA FUDGE/ex-OZZY OSBOURNE drummer Carmine Appice, has reformed...MYSTIC CIRCLE's Open The Gates Of Hell will be released in September through Massacre Records...JOE LYNN TURNER's HTP2 album will be released late September throught MTM Music...Ohio's NARCISSUS will release an album called Crave And Collapse in late October through Abacus Recordings...Zoom Records has released a live UFO album called Regenerator - Live 1982...CRYPTIC WINTERMOON has been forced to seek a new bassist on the eve of the band's appearance at Wacken. Gary Kietz was recently injured in an accident...Singer and founder for DARKSEED, Stefan Hertrich has left the fold following relocating for his day job...PURE SWEET HELL is a new project featuring NEVERMORE's drummer Van Williams and a musician called Christ Eichhorn. An album called The Voyeurs Of Utter Destruction As Beauty is expected soon...Spain's ANGELES DEL INFIERNO will release their first album in a decade this August. The album is entitled Todos Somos Angeles and will be issued by Warner Music Spain...STAMPIN' GROUND are recording their new album, A New Darkness Upon Us, with producer Andy Sneap (TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY, etc.) at Backstage Studios. It will be the band's first recording with former BENEDICTION drummer Neil Hutton...For the first time in eight years, former members bassist Johnny Lee Middleton and drummer Steve "Doc" Wacholz will join vocalist Jon Oliva and guitarist Chris Caffery of SAVATAGE on stage for the Criss Oliva Tenth Anniversary Memorial Concert. The concert will take place on Friday, October 17, 2003 at the Green Parrot Pub in Largo, Florida...In a bout of irony Original AC/DC singer Dave Evans is touring Europe this summer and autumn with the German AC/DC tribute band OVERDOSE...RUSH will release a triple-disc live album and double-disc DVD, titled Rush In Rio, in September through Anthem/Atlantic Records...The original lineup of Y&T - including rhythm guitarist Joey Alves - will play several shows in November. The US dates will be filmed for a DVD release...CATHEDRAL has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's new album is due in early 2004. CATHEDRAL will be touring with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and SAMAEL in North America in early September...DESTINY is entering the Ant Farm Studio in Denmark on August 8th to record the follow-up to the Diving Into Eternity album. The CD is expected in March, 2004 on Lifeforce Records...Warren Appleby (of the '80s band BLACKTASK) has released a new solo CD entitled False Face Society. The CD is available via www.warrenappleby.com where one can sample music in mp3 format.
DEADBLOW HAMMER - same
Deadblow Hammer is Drillrod on vocals and guitars, Peenball on guitar, Crossthread on bass and Shank on drum (machine) which makes it a perfect segueway into the obligatory 'industrial' notification. Yes, the Canadian band has the drum machine, the samples, the electronica and is considerably less metal than industrial music. The connection though is more than the obvious correlation between metal and industry. Deadblow Hammer is a side-project of a certain leader of the completely metal band Empyria. Is that connection enough to sell this demo? Based on the music on this disc, the answer is no. What to do? Firstly go out and get new fans. Secondly, figure out the riddle that is the title for song number six, namely F.T.P. Of The D.B.H. Answers to firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.dreamwavemedia.com/deadblowhammer. - Ali "The Metallian"
BURIAL HORDES - MORS LUMINIS
Burial Hordes, which features two members from Enshadowed, has just released an impressive demo. The CD showcases a band which has interred its Greek origin and transfixed on Scandinavia as the source for rotten black metal. The demo starts with a slower riff, but quickly speeds up to unleash its raw and violent disease faster than Dimmu Borgir can sell (out) another 200,000 albums. The sound here is a cross between Abyss, Darkthrone and Horde. The vocals are hysterical and sinister. The bass sound is strong and present. Only the drum sound could use a little work. All in all though, Mors Luminis is a violent backlash against a society ridden with diseased maggots and shallow facades of order. Drink the blood, but destroy the Kool-Aid. Order the demo for only 5 Euros from K.Palama 5, 15351, Panorama Palinis, Athens Greece or write to email@example.com for more information. - Ali "The Metallian"
CALM SITE - STEELPIT
Calm Site is a Finnish band with an odd name. The five guys (not one has long hair) have had the same line-up since 1998. In the meanwhile they have released El Tiempo Muerte in 2000, 99 Moonshine in 2001, Deadweight last year and this demo this year. The boys are productive, but there is nothing unusual in their sound. The typical Finnish melodies exist side-by-side with the gruff singing. The band does not speed up much, but is not exactly slow either. Fans of heavy metal with long and melodic passages can check it all out by writing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Jukka Penttinen, Paivolantie 27 a 7, 11120 Riihimaki Finland. By the way, is it me or does Jukka look like James Hetfield in the CD's photograph? - Sheila Wes Det
HARMONY CELL - DEBUT EP
The two guys who live in the Harmony Cell must be a twisted couple. The elements that make up this act are disparate forces. The singer barks, shouts and writhes incessantly (think early Napalm Death mixed with Pro-pain), while the music is melodic, fast, loves riff and incorporates many solos. Unfortunately my personal hunch is that this is backed by a drum machine. regardless, it is a noisy concoction with a total devil-may-care attitude. The band does not provide any info or even a paltry photo to satisfy my poor heart. This crazy metalcore stuff is all too uncommon nowadays. The Philadelphia band can be found through its Internet address which is www.harmonycell.net or by writing to email@example.com. - Sheila Wes Det
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