09/23/2004: "METAL NEWS -- Autumnal Equinox!!!"
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~ DARKTHRONE, Former EMPEROR Members Join Forces In Black Metal Supergroup: HELVETE ~
DISIPLIN guitarist General K has teamed up with Hellcommander Nattefrost (CARPATHIAN FOREST) and drummer Faust (ex-EMPEROR, DISSECTION) in a brand new band called HELVETE ("Hell" in Norwegian). Joining in on bass will be Invictus, and doing the vocals will be none other than Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE). No further information is currently available.
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~ OCCULT To Enter Studio Next Week ~
Dutch thrashers OCCULT will enter Stage One studios in Bühne, Germany next week with producer Andy Classen (DEW-SCENTED, CALLENISH CIRCLE, TANKARD) to begin recording their sixth album, tentatively titled "Malevolent Rapture". The follow-up to this year's "Elegy for the Weak" is scheduled for release in early 2005 through Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Eye of the Storm", "Demonfist", "Taste of the Whip", "Werewolf Corpse", "Scourging the Crowned King", "Legion of the Damned" and "Lycanthrope".
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~ ARCTURUS, ENSLAVED, RED HARVEST Confirmed For U.K.'s INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL ~
ARCTURUS, ENSLAVED, RED HARVEST, GRIMFIST and MADDER MORTEM are the first confirmed bands for the U.K. edition of the Inferno Metal Festival, set to be held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at The Underworld in Camden.
Commented the festival's organizers, "Inferno Metal Festival's arrangers realize that the international interest has increased with staggering speed and as a result of this we have decided to do an Inferno event in London.
"Since this is an Inferno event, we'll announce the full festival line-up for 2005 exclusively to the U.K. audience. In Norway this will happen two days later.
"During the day we will in cooperation with Bylarm (Norway's equivalent to 'In the City'), have a press/partner gathering with press-conference, get-together, lots of freebies and more. And of course an eventful musical evening.
"The plan is to make this an annual event, and maybe expand to 2-3 consecutive days, or even different cities."
(Thanks to: Yngve M. Jacobsen)
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~ KATATONIA Side-Project DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE Split Up ~
DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, the Swedish side-project of KATATONIA guitarist Anders Nyström (a.k.a. Blakkheim), have officially split up. Nyström's statement on the matter is as follows:
"Blakkheim has decided to put his solo project, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, to rest. Despite the commencement of a combined composing/recording process of a fifth album last year, the utterly slow progress along with the lack of updates sustained the very worst fear; the spirits didnt come to him this time. Maybe or maybe not, everyone knows how big role the spirits have had on the completion of the former albums and without even a spark of their presence it wasnt possible to move forward with the fifth album. Blakkheim along with his longtime musical/technical collaborator Dan Swanö, made four albums between 1995-2001 under the DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE monicker, all which represents their own defined moment in time...
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~ Norway's CADAVER Split Up ~
Norwegian technical death metallers CADAVER have "decided to split up after 15 years of underground service and four studio albums," according to a posting on the group's official web site. "We would like to thank our fans for all these years and all the people who supported us. Thank you all!!!!"
Formed in 1989, CADAVER released two albums ("Hallucinating Anxiety" and "In Pains") before disbanding in 1993. Reformed (and renamed CADAVER INC.) in 1999, the band issued their third album, "Discipline", in 2001 and toured the U.S. with MORBID ANGEL. The group eventually dropped "Inc." from their name and released their fourth full-length effort, "Necrosis", this past spring through Candlelight Records
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~ NAPALM DEATH: 'Leaders Not Followers' To Receive Vinyl Release In Brazil ~
NAPALM DEATH's upcoming covers album, "Leaders Not Followers: Part 2", will be issued in Brazil as a limited-edition vinyl LP via local label Liberation Records. Longtime contributors to the hardcore/metal scene, Liberation's release of this album brings NAPALM back to their hardcore roots of do-it-yourself punk ethics.
Due on October 5 via Century Media Records, the follow-up to 1999's five-track "Leaders Not Followers" EP, "Part 2" contains 19 full-bodied tracks, covers from bands like ANTI-CIMEX, DISCHARGE, HELLHAMMER, KREATOR, and more.
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~ Female Metal Singers Spotlighted In New Book ~
Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY), Anneke van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING), Floor Jansen (AFTER FOREVER), Simone Simons (EPICA), Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL), Liv Kristine Espenaes (LEAVES' EYES, ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY), Nienke de Jong (AUTUMN) and Sharon den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION) are among the female singers featured in the book "Power and Majesty: Females in Metal" by Marta Samitowska. The book, which can be ordered from Metal-Maiden.com, includes interviews with the above-mentioned vocalists about their beginnings, their love for metal and music in general, and their opinions about singing, songwriting and image
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~ KRISIUN: Collection Of New & Rare Tracks To Surface Next Month ~
Century Media Records has set an October 18 European release date for the new KRISIUN CD, "Bloodshed". A collection of new and rare songs, "Bloodshed" includes eight brand-new tracks (including three intros/outros) that show "a different side of the band," according to a posting on the group's web site. It also contains four re-mastered tracks that make up the Brazilian death metallers' rare "Unmerciful Order" MCD, which was originally released in 1993 and is now being hailed as a cult underground release.
"Bloodshed" features 40 minutes of music and will be available for the "fan-friendly" price of a mid-priced CD. A European "Clash of Demigods" tour with co-headliners BEHEMOTH and with support from INCANTATION and RAGNAROK will follow in the fall.
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~ BLOODCUM Reunion In The Works ~
Late '80s Californian thrash outfit BLOODCUM (on Wild Rags! Records, r.i.p.), who are perhaps best known for their loose affiliation with SLAYER (the group's bassist was John Araya, younger brother of SLAYER frontman Tom Araya), are in the process of reforming with a view towards playing a few local shows and having "some fun" all over again, according to original guitarist George Hierro. "Apparently people have been asking about us at the Mosh Pit store in Whittier, Tom Araya's sister's metal shop," George told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "She is looking into possibly remastering the old music and re-releasing all the old stuff from the three recordings we did."
With regards to the band's current formation, George said, "The new BLOODCUM [lineup] will have original drummer Jimi Sotelo, original guitarist George Hierro and possibly original guitarist Robert Tovar. [Also] joining the [group] will be Sean Araya, nephew of John Araya, who's in Canada with his new band, and Rick from local band PRIVATE PYLE doing the throat this time... We're currently looking for a venue to throw the first gig."
When asked in a recent interview with KNAC.com about the long-held belief that his younger brother "Joey" was handling the lead vocals in BLOODCUM, SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman responded, "Yeah, actually he wasn't my brother, he just happened to have blond hair and he kinda looked like me, so we just joked around. John is Tom's brother, so me and Joey would look at each other and say, 'Hey, you should be my brother!"
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