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KOROZY - ANCIENT manager as producer

Bulgarian sympho black group KOROZY recently began to record their new album. Producer is manager of Norwegian/Italian band ANCIENT - Alex. Special for this he will come to Bulgaria from Italy.

Scorpio (15-11-2003)

GODS TOWER - guitarist's death

Yesterday (14th of December) died a guitirast of Belarus-based group GODS TOWER, Alexandr Urakov. Many people loved this band thanks to his playing and arrangements. Fans and friends will remember you forever...

BEHEMOTH - contract extension

Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH have extended their contract with Olympic Recordings. The group have already commenced the songwriting process for their highly anticipated new album and will enter the studio in early spring with hopes for a late 2004 release.


STRATOVARIUS - line-up changes

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have officially parted ways with vocalist Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jorg Michael.
"Due to irrevocable and massive difficulties between the band leader Timo Tolkki and me, it has been agreed that this is the best thing to do to preserve at least some of the integrity the band used to have," Kotipelto said, according to the band's web site. "I will now fully concentrate on my solo album and I am convinced that this is the best way for me."
Jorg Michael says that his priorities lie elsewhere at the moment, but that the suddenly escalating trouble in the band is one of the main reasons he doesn't want to play in STRATOVARIUS anymore.
"I think this is the beginning of new era for STRATOVARIUS and that the future looks bright and promising," guitarist/leader Timo Tolkki commented. "I have composed some of my best songs during the last month. If anything good comes out of this, then I guess it will be the emotions I have managed to channel into new songs about this situation, which has been very heavy for all of us. I have been having quite bad mental problems lately, but I feel better now due to anti-depressive medication my therapist has prescribed me."
According to the group's booking agent, Continental Concerts, the current line-up is "100% certain" to fulfill all its obligations regarding festival dates next year even though there is a lot of simmering hate waiting to boil over.
Tolkki is currently talking to a German singer and a Finnish drummer about replacing Kotipelto and Michael, but he stresses that absolutely nothing is confirmed at this point. He adds that he is actively looking for replacements.


NOVEMBERS DOOM - new album

Chicago doomsters NOVEMBERS DOOM have set "Ascension" as the title for their forthcoming full-length CD, tentatively due in early 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label.
Among the tracks set to appear on the album are the following:
01. In the Absence of Grace
02. Swallowed by the Moon
03. Dark World Burden
04. The Dead Leaf Echo
05. The Ascension Process
The first 50 people who walked through the door at the group's show this past Friday night (Dec. 5) were treated to a CD with songs from each of the bands that played, including a demo version of NOVEMBERS DOOM's "In the Absence of Grace".
NOVEMBERS DOOM recently parted ways with Dark Symphonies Records and are currently weighing their label options before recording their next studio album. The band, who replaced longtime guitarist Eric Burnley with Vito Marchese, released three CDs through Dark Symphonies Records: 2000's "The Knowing", the 2001 re-release of 1995's "Amid Its Hallowed Mirth" (featuring bonus tracks), and 2002's To Welcome The Fade".


AFTER FOREVER - name new album

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group AFTER FOREVER have set "Invisible Circles" as the title for their new full-length album, due in late March through Transmission Records.
AFTER FOREVER will be teaming up with AMARAN, DARK MOOR and NIGHTMARE for a European tour beginning in mid-January.


BAL-SAGOTH - details about new album

The writing of the long awaited sixth BAL-SAGOTH album is continuing, and the new material is said to be sounding truly phenomenal. The cover artwork by renowned fantasy artist Martin Hanford is now complete, as are the interior booklet illustrations by both official artists Martin Hanford and Samuel Santos.
Recording is expected to begin during the depths of winter, with a release during the spring of 2004.
BAL-SAGOTH keyboardist Jonny Maudling has recently been working as part of a team of composers creating music for a new MMORPG (Massive Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game) called Adellion. Visit the official Adellion site for more info on this epic fantasy game: www.adellion.com'


CREMATORY - comeback album

The comeback album "Revolution" of CREMATORY, originally to be released on 1st March 2004, is delayed for an indefinite time, for CREMATORY had to stop their recordings.
In the middle of working on the comeback album “Revolution”, Katrin gave birth to her and Markus’ daughter Janina, two weeks before the actual due date. Because of this early birth, CREMATORY had to stop the recording sessions until further notice. But as more than half of the album is already finished, CREMATORY decided to release a single in advance on the originally scheduled album release date – a little consolation for the fans.
The high-qualified single will contain the single- and album-version of “Greed”, a cover version of METALLICA’s “One” and a ballad named “Farewell Letter” as well as the video clip of “Greed” which was wrapped only a few days before Janina was born. Not only a consolation but also value for money from CREMATORY for their fans!
Of course, CREMATORY will continue to work on “Revolution” which will definitely be in store during 2004!


DEW-SCENTED - re-issue of their early albums

The re-issue of their early albums "Ill-Natured & Innoscent" (on one CD) is out NOW through Nuclear Blast in Europe. Check it out in case you would like to find out about Dew-Scented's roots! The band will very soon kick off touring Europe up till X-Mas with Nile & MISERY INDEX first and then joining the X-Mass festivals with Deicide, Destruction, Nile, MISERY INDEX, Amon Amarth and Graveworm!


DIMMU BORGIR - soundtrack to “Hellboy” movie

Norway’s Black Metal Band No. 1, DIMMU BORGIR, outdid hundreds of competitors and got chosen to administer two songs to the trailer of the upcoming movie “Hellboy”, a comic adaptation comparable to other films like "Blade" and "The Crow".
Check out this link' for more information about the gloomy action flick and click here' to see the cool trailer.


IN FLAMES - new album details

Sweden's IN FLAMES have set "Soundtrack To Your Escape" as the title for their forthcoming album, due in Europe on March 29, 2004.
The follow-up to 2002's "Reroute To Remain" was recorded at a rented house/converted studio in Denmark with producers Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, Darkane etc.) and Orjan Ornkloo (ex-Misery Loves Co.) and was mixed at Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium (Rammstein, Manowar, Iron Maiden etc.). The mastering took place at Cutting Room in Stockholm, Sweden. The new tracks are a natural development of the old tracks, again very modern but still with all classical IN FLAMES roots. Once again a step further, that shows that IN FLAMES are always faster than any other act. Expect a modern Masterpiece, a “Soundtrack To Your Escape”.
The following is the tentative track listing for "Soundtrack To Your Escape" (in no particular order):
01. F(r)iend
02. The Quiet Place
03. Borders And Shading
04. Discover Me Like Emptiness
05. Touch Of Red
06. Bottled
07. Dead Alone
08. Superhero Of The Computer Rage
09. Like You Better Dead
10. Dial 595-Escape
11. Evil In A Closet
12. In Search For I
13. My Sweet Shadow


VADER - have posted a live performance video

VADER have posted a live performance video of the track "Cold Demons", recorded at the Polish Woodstock festival in early August. Check it out here' .
VADER performed in front of an estimated 400,000 people at the event, which was recorded for broadcast via Polish TV.


THE GATHERING - have replaced bassist

Holland's THE GATHERING have parted ways with bassist Hugo Prinsen Geerligs and have replaced him with Marjolein Kooijman.
Check out photos of the new lineup:
Photo 1'
Photo 2'


LACUNA COIL - finished filming a new video

Italy's LACUNA COIL have just finished filming a new promotional video for their single "Heaven's A Lie" with Revolver Film Company's' . award-winning director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, TIAMAT, MNEMIC, PASSENGER).


LEAVES' EYES - "Lovelorn" as the title for their debut album

LEAVES' EYES, the new band formed by ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull and members of ATROCITY (who are fronted by Liv's husband Alexander Krull), have set "Lovelorn" as the title for their debut album, tentatively due on May 24, 2004 through Austria's Napalm Records.
Download a clip of the demo track Norwegian Lovesong' .


IRON MAIDEN - "Rainmaker" video online

IRON MAIDEN's video for their forthcoming single, "Rainmaker", has been posted at the group's official web site. The clip, which was shot at London's Roundhouse studios in Camden in September, was directed by Howard Greenhalgh, who also directed the video for the group's previous single, "Wildest Dreams".

Choose your streaming format and speed from the links below:

Real 250k stream'
Real 80k stream'
Real 34k stream '
Windows Media 250k stream'
Windows Media 80k stream'
Windows Media 34k stream '

As previously reported, the "Rainmaker" single will be released in Europe on Monday, November 24.


Varg Vikernes - capture

A day after he failed to return to prison as scheduled following a short leave, Varg Vikernes was captured by the Norwegian police on a highway outside the country's capital.
Vikernes was taken into custody at 12:45 a.m. Monday morning (October 27) after police in Oslo received information from police in Romerike that the fugitive was traveling in a car on the E6 road to Oslo.
"We signaled for Vikernes to stop, but when he didn't, we were forced to box his car in between two police vehicles. There was a was dent [to the car]," Officer Vider Hjulstad told NTB.
Varg Vikernes was alone and unarmed at the time of his arrest. See photos of his capture below:
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OSKOREI Music proudly presents strong awaiting release of 2003 - legendary masterpiece of Iceland's SOLFSTAFIR - "Til Valhallar" album
Authentic melodies, hypnotic rythmes and extraordinary screaming will remember, that Black Metal still exists in pure way.
First time this album was released 1996 through Check label VIEW BEYOND in 1000 copies and included 4 tracks of original and interesting blackmetal. "These talented Icelandians play in vein of BURZUM and early IN THE WOODS and do it unrepeatable.".
Label is glad to present you the re-release of this stuff, CD includes 6 tracks, which were recorded in 1995 (2 of them never released before) specially for this edition bband mainman Addi Tryggvason had written comments to each song.
Release date: 13.11.2003

1. Asarheidin.
2. Til Valhallar.
3. Daudarikid.
4. Huldulandid.
5. I Helli Polyfamosar.
6. Hovudlausn.

Welcome to Valhalla!



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