OCCULT is recording new material at Stage One Studio with engineer Andy Classen. The working title for the sixth album is Malevolent Rapture. Some songs are The Eye Of The Storm and Taste Of The Whip...THE GREEN EVENING REQUIEM is working on a new demo due for release late this autumn...OBLITERATION's guitarist Cesar Vallejo has formed a thrash metal band called CREMAINS.. EXTOL has recruited LENGSEL and GANGLIÓNT guitarists Tor Glidje and Ole Halvard Sveen...Norwegian death metal band CADAVER has split up...Crucial Blast has signed the New York trio GENGHIS TRON. The band's label debut, Cloak Of Love, is due on January 4th, 2005. The label is also releasing Repair Manual, the debut full-length album from Richmond, VA instrumental band SUZUKITON. This album was originally self-released as a demo in 2002...THROCULT's Stormbringer-Conjurations Of The Nighthorde CD is out this month. The band has added the video for the song Through Fog Of War to its website www.throcult.com...DETONATION is currently working on the pre-production for its second full-length album. The follow-up to last year's An Epic Defiance is due to be recorded in December at studio Excess, Rotterdam. Some song titles are Structural Deceit, End Of Sight-End Of Fears and Clinically Dead...NILE vocalist/guitarist KARL SANDERS will issue his debut solo album, Saurian Meditation, through Relapse on October 26th...DISIPLIN guitarist General K has formed a new band called HELVETE with Hellcommander Nattefrost (CARPATHIAN FOREST), singer Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE), bassist Invictus and drummer Faust (ex-DISSECTION and EMPEROR)...THE CHASM's The Spell Of Retribution will be out through Earache in November...GOD DETHRONED has finished recording for its new album The Lair Of The White Worm. The album was recorded at Berno Studio in Malmö, Sweden by Henrik Larsson and mastered at Franky's Recording Kitchen by Berthus Westerhuis. The cover artwork was created by Jacek Wisniewski (VADER, etc) Expect it in January...MAYHEM's US trek with DANZIG using The Blackest Of Black moniker has been cancelled...Karmageddon Media has released the album Where Flesh And Divinity Collide by Sweden's SATUREYE...EXODUS has had a major line-up change with the firing of lead singer, Steve 'Zetro' Souza due to internal strife. Due to complications with replacement singers EXODUS has had no choice but to postpone the current South American dates until they can return to South America in late October with touring singer, Steve Esquivel, of SKINLAB. The band recently utilized Matt Harvey of EXHUMED for one show...Warhymns Records has issued the GOAT SEMEN/ANAL VOMIT Split-CD Devotos Del Diablo and BLESSED SLAUGHTER's When Hatred Becomes Torture demo...MARDUK's next album is called Plague Angel and will be available next month through Regain Records...666 PERCENT (featuring members From FLESH FEAST, PORNO and SUMMERTIME DAISIES), THINE EYES BLEED (fresh off tour with KITTIE), ESCHATUS and HEAVEN ABLAZE (featuring Conan former singer for BLOOD OF CHRIST) are playing London, Ontario at Devil's (199 Horton Street) on October 30th...England's THEN KAME SILENCE have been entered into the Gobal Battle Of The Band's first round at London's scala venue on November 4th 2004...AGNOSTIC FRONT has signed a recording deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide for the release of the forthcoming album Another Voice!...ENTER CHAOS is working on its third album tentatively entitled Chaosville. The band has booked Studio X once again and will start recording the album in February, 2005 with Szymon Czech as a producer...Mighty Music has signed Switzerland's SLUDGE. The band's forthcoming album is called Yellow Acid Rain and due in November. It was recorded in Switzerland and mixed by Fredrik Nordström at the Fredman Studio...Karmageddon Media has signed the Dutch band FLESH MADE SIN. The band's first official full-length album, Dawn Of The Stillborn, is due in November...DISMEMBER is touring across Europe this and next month...BEHEMOTH's new album Demigod is now out...DIES IRAE's Sculpture Of Stone has been issued by Metal Mind...Sweden's UNPURE has a new album called World Collapse...YYRKOON's Occult Medicine has now been issued by Osmose...Karmageddon Media has issued PROJECT: FAILING FLESH's A Beautiful Sickness which features Eric Forrest formerly of VOIVOD and SYSTEM SHOCK's Arctic Inside albums...Black metal band SVARTSYN will release its album, entitled Bloodline, through Sound Riot Records. It was recorded at Sunlight Studio...MY COLD EMBRACE's fourth CD, Katharsis, is now out...ARCH ENEMY will have the Japanese-only EP the Dead Eyes See No Future released in the rest of the world. Fans worldwide can expect the EP, featuring the title song, cover versions and live songs, in November...DARKSIDE is entering X-Line Studio in Bratislava, Slovakia on October 4th, to record its new album Amber - Skeletal Journeys Through The Void. Some song titles are Pillars Of ´Err, Gods Of Death, The Myth Of Reason, Suite In Pain Major and Amber...PIG DESTROYER's new album is called Terrifyer and will be out next month... DECREPIT BIRTH has added drummer KC Howard, formerly of ODIUS MORTEM, to the line-up...PENTACLE has recorded a new album called Under The Black Cross which is due in the spring of 2005 through Iron Pegasus Records...Former RIPPING CORPSE bassist Dave Bizzigotti has joined Floridan thrashers UNKNOWN CURE...Dan Mongrain of MARTYR and GORGUTS has joined CRYPTOPSY for touring purposes...IMPIETY, featuring DISGORGE's Oscar Garcia, guitarist Antimo and Eduardo Guevara will release a new album called Paramount Evil this month through Agonia Records...I.C.E. (IMPERIAL CRYSTALLINE ENTOMBMENT) will release its debut album Apocalyptic End In White on October 19th through Crash Music...CRISIS drummer Josh Florian had an appendix operation on Sunday night September 25 and will be unable to join the group on its tour with KITTIE and OTEP. Tino Losicco of EPOCH OF UNLIGHT will fill in on the road...CANCER has recruited guitarist Dave Leitch of PULVERISED) to round out its line-up. He replaces guitarist Rob Engvikson who was not comfortable playing lead guitar...Karmageddon Media's TORTURE KILLER has parted ways with singer Matti Liuke on short notice. Replacing the singer for live dates is a man called Sallinen...Bassist Tony Dolan has left the ranks of MANTAS blaming pressure from the label Demolition Records...Century Media Records will release a new KRISIUN CD called Bloodshed. It features a collection of new and rare songs, as well as eight brand-new tracks...Wild Rags band BLOODCUM has reformed. The new line-up features original members Jimi Sotelo, guitarist George Hierro and Robert Tovar. Also joining will be Sean Araya, reportedly nephew of John Araya of SLAYER...Sweden's THE DUSKFALL has signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band is expected to enter Dug-Out studio to work with producer Daniel Bergstrand next year...Elin Overskott, former keyboardist for DISMAL EUPHONY, was found dead of a heroin overdose last month in the port city of Stavanger in the south of Norway...Canada's QUO VADIS has chosen Defiant Imagination for the title of its third album which is due next month November through Skyscraper...Florida's DIABOLIC has split up...SPEED KILL HATE is an old-school thrash band featuring OVERKILL members Dave Linsk, Derek Tailer and Tim Mallare has an album called Acts Of Insanity. Go to www.speedkillhate.com...IMPERANON has parted ways with guitarist Lauri Koskenniemi who quit the band in order to focus on his other band CRYSTAL BLAZE...CADAVER has thrown in the towel...Bassist Carsten Mikkelsen has left INVOCATOR "due to lack of interest."...NECROVATION is shortly releasing a 7" EP on Blood Harvest Records called Chants Of Grim Death.
England's PREDATÜR has a new CD featuring older songs like Take A Walk and Seen You Here and new material...PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD, which features Danny Hynes of WEAPON fame, has a website at www.paddygoes2holyhead.com...KELLY SHAEFER, formerly of ATHEIST and NEUROTICA, has another new band. The new project is called UNHEARD and features former BURIAL members Mike Callahan and Mike Fiscina...Metal Blade Records has recently signed on to handle distribution for Blackmarket Activities, Guy Kozowyk from THE RED CHORD's label, and Iron Clad Recordings, Trevor Phipps from UNEARTH's label...DISTANT THUNDER is currently finalizing plans for a European tour. The band has also scheduled two shows in the Texas area before leaving for Germany on October 23rd. DISTANT THUNDER will be performing as HELSTAR at Germany's KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL on November 6th, but will be including DISTANT THUNDER songs in the 75-minute set. On the meanwhile, vocalist James is touring with SEVEN WITCHES. DISTANT THUNDER bassist Mike Lepond is headed back into the studio to record the next SYMPHONY X CD. Original HELSTAR bassist Jerry Abarca will fill in at any shows that conflict with Mike's recording schedule...TYGERS OF PAN TANG and singer Richie Wicks have parted ways because of the latter's lack of availability...Mausoleum Records has finally issued the debut of Belgium's DOUBLE DIAMOND. The CD is called Stand Up And Fight...STRYPER has asked original bassist Timothy Gaines to leave the band...Former TNT bassist Morty Black has joined ĹGE ALEKSANDERSEN's band...DEATH ANGEL and THE DEFTONES are touring the US this month...Bernie Marsden's band ALASKA has seen the release of a live DVD, simply called Alive, which was recorded at London's Roundhouse...France's OLD DEAD TREE has replaced drummer Franck Métayer with Foued Moukid ex-HORRESCO REFERENS...Guus has taken over the keyboards in ORPHANAGE again. Lasse has left the band...VOODOO SIX is a new London-based band headed by bassist Tony Newton of DIRTY DEEDS fame...BANG TANGO, featuring singer Joe LeSte, has released a new album called Ready To Go through Holland-based label Mascot Records...SILVER has a new album called Addiction...The new ANGRA album Temple Of Shadows is now out...HALLOWS EVE has released an independent single entitled Evil Offerings. The band is touring Europe and will headline the Keep It True Festival...FIREBALL MINISTRY's new album is called The Second Great Awakening and is out on October 2nd, 2003. The band is supporting DIO and ANTHRAX across the USA this month...W.A.S.P. released The Neon God Part 2: The Demise through Sanctuary/Metal-Is Records on September 28th...Perris Records will be releasing ENUFF Z' NUFF's ? CD on October 12th. The album features the original members Donnie Vie, Chip Znuff, Derek Frigo and Vic Fox...AFTERSHOK, fronted by SHOK PARIS lead vocalist Vic Hix, has announced a partnership with Cleveland-based independent label Auburn Records. AFTERSHOK's second CD, Burning Chrome, will be released this autumn under a joint venture between the band's own Aftershok Muzik label and Auburn...MOTORHEAD recently announced that its U.S. tour scheduled for September/October 2004 was cancelled due to a foot injury suffered by vocalist/bassist Lemmy. The man injured his foot on stage about month ago while touring in Europe. The band will return for a U.S. tour in March 2005...JACKYLL's Live At The Full Throttle Saloon is scheduled for a separate CD and DVD release on Sanctuary Records on September 28, 2004...SINGLE BULLET THEORY's album Behind Eyes Of Hatred is now out through Crash Music. The band has shot a video for the song Hollowed Out...CHRIS CAFFERY of SAVATAGE fame has released his Faces solo album. The album also features Jeff Plate of SAVATAGE and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA...CONCERTO MOON has a new album called After The Double Cross...Denmark's ZENITH will issue a new independent album in December. It is entitled Evilution-the album...CIA's album Attitude, featuring NUCLEAR ASSAULT's drummer Glenn Evans, has been reissued by Screaming Ferret Wreckords/Escapi Music...GAIA EPICUS is currently with producer Břrge Finstad at Top Room Studios recording its second album. The band expects to be at the studio for five weeks. The album's title will be Symphony Of Glory...Scarlet Records will issue DAMNED NATION's new album Sign Of Madness next month...Former QUIET RIOT singer Kevin Dubrow has a new website at www.kevindubrow.com. The site currently features a free track for download of an unreleased QUIET RIOT song with Randy Rhoads on guitar. The song is entitled Come And Gone...Z Records will release BLACK N BLUE's new album, Hell Yeah!, on February 14th, 2005...Italy's LISTERIA has signed to Lion Music. The band's new CD will be recorded in November at New Sin studio under the supervision of Luigi Stefanini...Nightmare Records is issuing five albums in November. These are MOONLIGHT AGONY's Echos Of A Nightmare, MANTICORA's 8 Deadly Sins, EYEFEAR's 9 Elements Of Inner Vision, ORDER OF NINE's Season Of Reign and DEADLY SIN's Sunborn...The new MEGADETH album The System Has Failed has landed at position number ten on the Canadian album charts. The band is touring North America this month...ICED EARTH bassist James MacDonough has left the band to join MEGADETH as a touring bassist...Former ICED EARTH/DEMONS & WIZARDS drummer Mark Prator has joined SEBASTIAN BACH...Heavy metal band DESTINY has parted ways with guitarist Niclas Granath due to "personal reasons"...KREATOR has picked Enemy Of God as the title for its new album. The album is due in Europe and South America on January 10 and North America on January 11 through SPV Records...STATETROOPER has recruited former ONSLAUGHT bassist Tony O' Hara...Per Broddesson has left WOLVERINE...Former FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder has joined REDEMPTION...LEFAY has been renamed MORGANA LEFAY after re-signing with Black Mark Records...Guitarist Gus G. has left DREAM EVIL in order to concentrate on FIREWIND...EMBRAZE celebrated its tenth anniversary with a special show on September 18th at in Oulu, Finland...RAISE HELL has signed a deal with Black Lodge Records...America's HADES has signed to Mausoleum Records for the re-release of the group's first two albums, Resisting Success and If At First You Don't Succeed...A new WHITENSNAKE live double-CD is coming in late 2005.
SHATTERED - WAR FROM A WORLD BELOW
Shattered hails from the western English town of Bristol and plays a harsh style of speed/death metal. The vocals scream and yell with evil intent, the guitars maintain different tones and have a few neat tricks on the go and the rhythm section pulses incessantly culminating in a music that is both intense and quite busy. The sound of the demo is quite good and so is the artwork. Is there any downside to the demo then? The answer is yes. Singer Louis Barnes tires of the intensity on the nine-minute long song Purgatory and breaks into clean singing which is real trendy and, therefore, inexcusable and, as importantly, not done well to begin with. Apart from this offending mid-section, War From A World Below is an impressive collection of three tunes suitable for fans into the harsher side of metal. Either e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.shatteredonline.co.uk for more information. - Ali "The Metallian"
MALEBOLGIA - REQUIEM FOR THE INEXORABLE 2004 PROMO
Well, well, well, what do you know? This disc is a two-song preview for the American band's full-length of the same name, but it is already clear that Malebolgia is a death metal force bent on spreading malice and hatred. The dual-vocal system is loud and present, the music moves fast as a shark, the drummer is a human whirlwind and the pressure incessant. Fans of older Carcass, Diabolic, Hate Eternal and Cryptopsy will love this. My only concern is how this CD features only five minutes of music, but if the full-length has anywhere near as much of an edge as this then Malebolgia will have as much staying power as any of the scene's bigger acts. Write the band at email@example.com or visit the site for more information. - Ali "The Metallian"
PICA FIERCE - REPTILE
A band called Pica Fierce, a demo called Reptile with a reptilian cover motif and thrash metal in Norway are just some of the anomalies that might hit a reviewer when checking out this quartet. This is the band's third demo and it won't take long to notice that the band's primary influences are Kreator, Death and, judging by the third song The Weight Of Condemnation, Master Of Puppets-era Metallica. The band is not bereft of ideas of its own and certainly has many things to contribute to the scene, but it certainly wears its influences on its sleeves. The sound is full, thick and professional and the demo is a good bet for fans of the aforementioned bands. The band has also added a good-looking video to the CD. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.picafierce.com for a biased view of things. - Ali "The Metallian"
RE-CREATION - same
Troy, New York sounds like a nice place. It seems to be a scenic place and bears an appealing historic name. Then there is Re-creation!
Based out of Troy, Re-creation - possibly an unfortunate name if people read the name out loud and misunderstand - is a band with a cool metal image, a professional full-length demo and a sound that has all the hallmarks of Six Feet Under. The voice of Jim Abbott is similar to Chris Barnes and so is the band's music which is a slower form of sludgy death metal. The band also employs a higher vocal pitch on a song like Cause-Effect. The production favours the vocals and while the bass comes across well the lead guitars are rather buried. The trio can be contacted via email@example.com or head over to www.re-creation-band.com for more information. - Anna Tergel
THEN KAME SILENCE - LEST WE FORGET
Then Kame Silence has an unusual name, but the cover photo of a soldier firing from a trench and a demo title reminiscent of Bolt Thrower sets things correctly if metal and war are agreed to have many things in common. The band's demo features three heavy metal songs, Winter Sun, Enemy, Virginial Fatality, which come across as a crushing bash metal that is sometimes reminiscent of Cerebral Fix and on the moodier moments (the aforementioned Virginial Fatality for instance) sounds like Desultory's second album. The singer has quite a throaty voice and the production is quite alright. Check out the band if big metal riffs is your cup of phlegm. - Ali "The Metallian"
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