The members of Sadus have lined up with vocalist Chuck Billy (Testament) to form a new band called Suicide Shift. James Murphy will also be recording material for the outfit...Funerus, featuring Incantation's John McEntee, Kyle Severn, as well as original members Brad Heiple and John's wife Jill McEntee, has reformed...The Defaced is busy recording guitars and bass at the band's in-house recording studio. The new album is due early next year and may be called Karma In Black...Mexico's Cenotaph has broken up. Band founder, Oscar, explained the disbandment by saying that he is tired of the bullshit in the music industry. Apparently the other band members will continue in various projects...Macabre's next project is an acoustic 'campfire' album. The concept is about the band members telling children stories around the campfire...After four years on hiatus, Sweden's Gehennah will perform live in their home town of Karkstad on October 11th. Openers are Scurvy and Murdab...The Michigan Death & Doom Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 18th &19th, at Detroit's Rock Nightclub. Several of the bands appearing are Fog, Teratism, The Chasm and Somnus...Citing the cover art of new Severe Torture album Misanthropic Carnage as offensive, a Swiss promoter has banned the band from the Swiss leg of its tour...Belgium's Boiling Remains has recorded twelve tracks for an album release. Aside from seeking a label, the band is also releasing a split album with Punished Earth...Horns Up Records has released Hibernus Mortis' album. The Existing Realms Of Perpetual Sorrow...Bane Of Existence is releasing a split CD with Red Invasion on Notcommon Records. The majority of the music will come from the band's 2001 demo...Reverend is headlining The Black Rose Festival on December 8, 2002 in The Netherlands...Dimmu Borgir is working on new songs towards a new album. According to the band the new songs are a mix between, 'old school sounding classic tunes and new militant death marches.'...In the midst of recording a new album for Nuclear Blast, guitarist Tormentor has left the band. The band will continue as a quartet. The recording session will be completed once singer Ghaal is released from prison...Drummer and singer Ponta Sj÷sten has left Denata because of serious damage to his ears and been replaced by drummer Ake Danielsson. Singer and guitarist Tomas Andersson assumes responsibility for all vocals. In other news, the band has begun writing for its new album which will again be released via Arctic Music. The band will be in studio this October to record the album with Seance's Mique recording...Viu Drakh is currently in the midst of the Up The Metalpunx tour in Europe. This tour will be followed with another European tour. The band will hit the road with Cannibal Corpse, Dew-Sceneted and Severe Torture...Cannibal Corpse's new Worm Infested EP features the following rare or unreleased songs: Worm Infested, Systematic Elimination, Demon's Night, The Undead Will Feast, Confessions and No Remorse. The band's Monolith Of Death DVD will also be released this month...Six Feet Under's Double Dead CD/DVD was recorded in June in Minnesota and will be released in November. The bonus CD features live tracks culled from shows in a variety of US cities...Using the Cold, Cheap And Disconnected moniker, Driller Killer and Morgue are touring Europe this October and November...Antaeus and Averse Sefira have confirmed a one-off show in Bordeaux. France for October fourth...Darkane has announced four shows in The Netherlands for November. Dutch bands Fuelblooded and Outburst act as support...Impaled Nazarene will enter Astia Studio with Anssi Kippo next spring...Throcult has parted ways with drummer Dustin Parsons. The replacement is Jeremy Portz (Ex-Serberus and currently Synthetic Delusion). The band will be shortly releasing the The Flower Of Flesh And Blood demo CD...Satyricon's Volcano album will be released via Capitol in late October...Sweden's Metalblood Music has announced the release of Bleeding The Priest by Australia's Vomitor. The label is also releasing the album in vinyl format and limited to 500 copies...Deicide, Mystic Circle and Blood Red Throne, are touring Europe this November. Centinex, Incision, and Antaeus were removed from the bill because many promoters were balking at having more than three bands...According to Hammerheart Records Europe's Generation Armageddon tour featuring Dismember, Ancient Rites, Primordial, Imious, Septic Flesh and Blood Red Throne is cancelled. No reason is given...Metal Mind Records has issued Yattering's Creative Chaos DVD. The VHS version of this release was issued in 2000. A new studio album is expected for spring of 2003...Southern Lord Records has signed The Ravenous. The band features Danny Lilker (Brutal Truth, SOD, Nuclear Assault, Holy Moses etc.), Killjoy (Necrophagia, Killjoy, Wurdulak, Eibon), Chris Reifert (Autopsy, Abscess), Danny Coralles (Autopsy, Abscess) and Clint Bower (Autopsy, Abscess). The band will record its new album Blood Delirium this November in Vancouver...Goregiastic Records has released the debut record of Pustulated entitled Pathognomonic Purulency. The album features five new songs and three tracks from the band's Promo 2002 demo. The band features Brodequin's Chad on drums. The label's next release is Carnal's True Blasphemy CD...Poland's Asgaard has a new album due in November entitled XIII Voltum Lunae...Pessimist's current tour features Mike Perigo, who played in Cadaver Symposium, on drums. The band will follow the tour with the recording of an EP called For Stronger Than Death Is Hate...Corruption has a new album called Pussyworld on Metal Mind. The band will tour Poland in November as openers for Necrophobic...Thy Disease will shortly release a new album entitled Cold Skin Obsession. The band now features Alizee666 in place of Pinochio...Cryptopsy's next album is entitled None So Live and was recorded June 1 of this year at The Medley in Montreal...The release of Grave's Back From The Grave CD has been pushed back to late January in North America. In the meanwhile the band has organized a record release party at The Shrine club in Stockholm on Friday, October 11th...Metal Mind Records has put together a five LP box set of Behemoth entitled Historica. This is limited to 2,000 copies...Supernal Music has issued a re-release of Deinonycus' Ark of Thought album on CD. Upcoming releases on the label are Hate Forest's Purity album, Drudkh's Forgotten Legends album and The Meads Of Asphodel's Exhuming The Grave Of Yeshua album...Brick Bath is seeking a singer. Please email email@example.com...Guitarist Fredrik Johnsson will no longer be a full-time member of Runemagick. He will work on his solo act while contributing occasionally to the former band in the future...Arch Enemy is taking part in Japan's Beast Feast 2002 on December 14th & 15th at Makuhari Messe Event Hall in Tokyo, Japan alongside Slayer and Motorhead...Swiss grinders Embalming Theatre have signed to Razorback Records. The band's debut full length is expected next summer...Mike Sandoval has replaced Jesse Vera as the drummer for Byfist. The band has finished work on its new album entitled Fall Of the Nation...Martyr's guitarist/vocalist Daniel Mongrain is filling the empty guitarist slot with Label-mates Quo Vadis until the latter has found a replacement. Martyr's drummer Patrice Hamelin is playing on the new Horfixion demo CD. Quo Vadis are still entering the studio with producer Pierre Remillard this month to begin recording a new album for Skyscraper Music...The new Neuraxis album entitled Truth Beyond... will be released shortly by Galy Records...Canada's Horfixion has signed to Galy Records and will shortly release a second album entitled Instigators Of Chaos. The release features Martyr's Patrice Hamelin on drums...Destructive Records has signed Sweden's Stormrider described as, 'death/black old school.' The band is entering Abyss Studio in January to record a full-length album. The label will shortly release the CD of Necroblaspheme entitled Introducing Pure Violence...Finland's Soulgrind has a new album entitled Into the Dark Vales of Death...The next Exmortem album, and first on Osmose Productions, is now entitled Pestilence Empire. Also on Osmose, Abominator's third album is called Nuctemeron Descent...Guitarist Eric has left Ravager and been replaced by the band's bassist Antimo. The band is searching for a new bassist...Drummer Christian Bass has left Night In Gales and will concentrate on his other bands Deadsoil (featuring members of Copykill and Drift) and Bloodred Bacteria...Hades Almighty is in the midst of recording sessions for a new album. The band is going to use the music to secure a new recording contract...Vio-lence have begun writing a new album...Mortification has anew album entitled Relentless...Metal Mind Records has released a Acid Drinkers sampler entitled Maximum Overload...Poland's Aion has a new album called Symbol...The North-American release of Luminiferous is scheduled for October 8th on World War III Music...Drummer Matt Byers has officially replaced Kevin Talley in Misery Index.
Guitarist William Andrews III, bassist Ned Meloni and drummer Geoff T. Burell have left Funny$Money. The line-up's last performance was on September 6th. Steve Whiteman intends to continue the band...Glenn Hughes has teamed up with Robin DiMaggio (drums) and Jeff Kollman (guitar) to form a new project called Shape 68...Keyboardist Mikko Harkin has left Sonata Arctica...Former Blacktask singer and current solo artist Warren Appleby is currently working on his second independent release which is scheduled for a January release...UK progressive metallers Threshold, who are playing the ProgPower Festival USA this November, hope to follow their current album Critical Mass with a live double album and DVD. The band is also rereleasing the Extinct Instinct album as a special package through current label Inside Out next year. In the meanwhile band keyboardist Rich West is busy building a studio wherein he will join his wife Farrah West in a new project...Thine's second full length In Therapy is now out via Peaceville. Also on the same label and available now is Through The Cracks Of Death by Abscess and Pentagram's rerelease of Turn To Stone. The label has signed Spain's Asgaroth...Featuring members of GWAR, Dave Brockie Experience is touring this autumn in the USA...Manowar recently performed An American Trilogy on the SAT1 channel's Popkomm Gala with a 30-man string orchestra and choir. The band will tour Germany this autumn...Sinner has completed work on There Will Be Execution. Some songs are Die On Command, Finalizer and the title track. The cover art comes courtesy of Thomas Ewerhard who has worked with Sodom and Threshold in the past. Expect the album in January...Grave Digger will enter Germany's Principal Studios to record a new album in October. The album will be the first of a trilogy concept...Blue Oyster Cult will be issuing a live album entitled Long Day's Night through Sanctuary...Iron Maiden is releasing more compilations. The band is releasing a Casket Box Set called Eddie's Archive and a Greatest Hits Collection called Edward The Great On November 5th...Beyond Dawn's next album is tentatively entitled Frysh and due for release via Peaceville in the winter...Phil Naro has a new album called Glass Mountain issued by Z Records...Sweden's Steel Attack will entered Studio Underground in December to record a new album for Arise Records. The band's new singer is Dick Johnson...Jag Panzer drummer has also joined Ballistic (formerly known as Afterburn) Ballistic features former Deuce, Tension and Wardog man Tom Gattis...Duplicate Records, the record label of Einar Sjurs° of Beyond Dawn will soon release an EP by Bomberos which is a punk band featuring Maniac of Mayhem on vocals and Einar Sjurs°...Australia's Paramaecium is working on its fourth CD. The band expects the album to be released early 2003 by an unannounced label....DCA Recordings has announced that Section 16, featuring ex-Psyco Drama and Magnitude 9 singer Corey Brown and Psyco Drama guitarist Hercules Castro, will have their debut album released via the label this month...Chavis Records has released Cry Havoc's Fuel That Feeds The Fire. The band is also opening Z Records' Rocktoberfest in England on October 27th...Running Wild's CD/video Brotherhood - Live 2002 is now out...Strapping Young Lad has entered Vancouver's Armoury Studios to record the follow-up to 1997's City. Expected next winter, the album is as yet untitled, but will feature songs like Devour and Bring On The Young...Arise Records has announced the release of Celesty's Reign Of Elements for December. The album was recorded at Fantom Studios and mastered by Mika Jussila (Stratovarius, Edguy) at Finnvox Studios...Sanctuary Entertainment has released a Superjoint Ritual DVD entitled Live In Dallas, TX 2002...Guitarist Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), keyboardist Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, formerly of Dream Theater) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic) have named their new project OSI. The band's album Office Of Strategic Influence, out shortly on Inside out Music, will also feature former Cynic bassist Sean Malone...Nevermore is entering the studio this autumn to record Enemies Of Reality with producer Andy Sneap. Several song titles are Psychotic Intellectual Narcotic, Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday and Abomination...Candiria were recently involved in a van crash on the way to a gig in Albany, NY. The band's van was hit by a truck from behind. Several band members are injured and hospitalized as a result...Southern Lord has released the Will To Mangle album of Sourvein. The band is described as a cross between Saint Vitus and Black Flag. The label is also releasing Turbulent Times which is a compilation of songs by Grief...Ryo Okumoto, keyboardist with Spock's Beard has a solo album, entitled Coming Through out on Inside Out Music. Guest vocalists, among others, are Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Neal Morse (Spock's Beard)...TNT front man Tony Harnell will enter Norway's Studio Studio this month to record tracks for the band's next album - the follow-up to 1999's Transistor...Former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum have banded together and seek a vocalist...Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield has his solo album for sale on-line. Visit www.rockenfieldmusic.com for information on The X Chapter...UFO's has a new DVD entitled The Misdemeanour Tour...Former Keel and Cold Sweat guitar player Marc Ferrari has joined the Z Records roster. An album entitled Lights Camera Action is due early next year...Metal Edge Rock Fest 2002 Tour recently suffered an abrupt ending when drummer Mick Brown quit Dokken after playing the Phoenix, AZ show. The promoter for the Hollywood Palladium duly cancelled the show for the night after...Live videos of Dream Evil can be viewed at http://www.metalgbg.com:8000/index.php...Germany's Rock Hard magazine has withdrawn its sponsorship of Wacken Open Air 2003 citing various organizational disappointments.
7TH NEMESIS - SCOURGE OF THE NEW WORLD DISORDER
Fact: 7th Nemesis is an unsigned band without a previous release. Fact: Remember fellow French band Inhumate? France is the most underrated metal country in the world. Fact: This is the most brutally vicious music that has been released in a while and is faster and heavier than anything that will come in here next month or the month after that. Fact: The many vocals of Sargon are tumult incarnate. This man is a demon possessed. The scream coming out of the mid-interlude on Phoenix Resuurectio is worth the price alone. Fact: This is as fast as early Kataklysm and heavy as early Suffocation. Fact: This is a self-recorded CD which happens to crush every other major studio recording. The sound screams 'death!' Fact: Sign this band, buy this CD, visit the website - just do something!! www.7thnemesis.fr.st or Alex Sauzet, 150 Avenue Pierre Brossolette, 84170 Le Perreux France.
DREAM OR NIGHTMARE - Advance Demo
The particulars of Dream Or Nightmare have me slightly confused. This seems to be an advanced CD of material due for more proper release at a later time. There is no vocalist named, but we do know that Dream Or Nightmare is the band of guitarist Joe Sims who is a veteran of several other bands like Axemaster and Reign.
The four songs on this CD showcase a band carrying the US metal torch. The heavy metal riffs bleed into thrash metal and married to the deliberate aggressiveness remind the listener of the heyday of US metal. The group does mix in a variety of tempos into its work. This stuff would fit perfectly on a Metal Massacre compilation. This being an advance demo please write the band regarding its availability. Find the band at www.dreamornightmare.com or write to P.O. Box 3046, Kent, OH. 44240 USA.
LAKEHURST - SO SEXY
This is an odd release. Why would an independent act release a four-song CD which features three cover versions? Perhaps Lakehurst's main preoccupation is its live show which is said to feature male strippers, pyro, choreography and other gimmicks. Ironically, the band's own song, Stay, is superior to the Eurythmics, Michael Jackson, etc. covers on the disc. The band is not pulling legs either as the very good sound on the CD seemingly proves. The band can play well and front-woman Nicole Braun is an accomplished vocalist with convincing vocals. Stay sounds like a cross between Journey and Pat Benatar. Lakehurst plays upwards of thirty shows a year, which is just as well because there is no point in buying a CD full of other people's music. The CD can be ordered via www.lakehurst.de where you will also find more information about the quintet.
LAKEHURST - MIRACLES
Miracles is the predecessor to Lakehurst's So Sexy MCD and features twelve original songs recorded in the year 2000. Lakehurst is an interesting band. Fans of AOR, hard rock and heavy rock should take note. First things first though. The band has a history of over ten years and a story which competes with that of any other veteran act. The band has in fact released several demos and even refused recording and management deals. Sickened with the scam artists of the scene, Lakehurst seemingly is concentrating on its extensive live show. Fans of the above-mentioned styles, plus a ballad or two, should write the band directly though.
Miracles is a professional CD with a professional sound. The keyboards are too prominent for my tastes, but Singer Nicole Bruan and the rest of the musicians are indeed accomplished and surprisingly adept.
One final note of interest is the cover illustration of the construction of a zeppelin and its relation to the band's moniker. See if you can figure it out. www.lakehurst.de or Ringstr. 11, 63486 Bruchkoebel Germany.
MAPLE CROSS - PROMO 1/02
The music of Maple Cross is aggressive, but the vocals of Marco R.J. are one level harder. Long considered broken up for good, Finland's Maple Cross has reformed and issued three songs here crossing heavy, speed and thrash metal. The closest comparisons are Hypocrisy, Sacrifice and At The Gates - especially vocally. Further reference can be made to The Haunted and even Sacred Blade. So let's check again. Are they Swedish? No. Are they Canadian? No. Fine then, they are actually Finnish and have dared release aggressive metal without k&F, harpsichord, harmonica and a string quartet. Now we are all confused. Seriously, find the band at www.maplecross.net and hope that the act will get signed this time. Now a quick note regarding technology. The band has sent in a second CD containing information, biography and their photos. Guess what? My computer does not read it. Don't you love technology?
WITCHTOWER - UNDER FALLEN WINGS
Witchtower (notice not Watchtower) is a German death/thrash band which was formed in 1998. Under Fallen Wings is the band's second demo and the follow-up to the Anthems Of Decay CD. What do they sound like you ask? Well, a desultory intro leads into Demon Unleashed which establishes the band's early Destruction influence. The style is a welcome one given how speed-oriented and harsh it is. The rhythmic and treble sound is also reminiscent of Dissection. Much of what the Swedes proposed to accomplish can be heard on the third song called Warcult. Having said that the next immediate track Apocalyptic Conquest - another apt title - demonstrates that Witchtower possesses great riffs of its own in its arsenal as well. Although the band has to cease fading out tracks, an action better suited for pop bands.
The band's thrash attack is a little workman-like though. It is difficult to write this given how action-packed and dynamic things here are, but the quintet should consider adding a little pizzazz to the affair via a drum roll here, a solo or a guitar lick there. The vocals are good as well, often advancing at the listener courtesy of two vocal channels.
Along with France's 7th Nemesis Witchtower is another sign that the metal underground is alive and well. Fans will love the speed and harmonies on these mayhemic power-songs. Please send either 15 Euros or $20 (Can.) to Ralf Janssen, Buschweg 99, D-47546 Kalkar Germany or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The CD is professionally packaged and recorded.
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