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ELVENKING - finish mixing new album

Italian "pagan metal" act ELVENKING have set a tentative March 15, 2004 release date through AFM Records for their new album, "Wyrd". The CD, which was mixed earlier this month at the House Of Music facility in Stuttgart, Germany with producer Achim Kohler (PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM), will be mastered during the coming days at an as-yet-undetermined mastering facility.

01. A Poem for the Firmament
02. Another Haven
03. Disappearing Sands
04. A Fiery Stride
05. Jigsaw Puzzle
06. The Losers' Ball
07. Moonchariot
08. Midnight Circus
09. Pathfinders
10. The Perpetual Knot
11. The Silk Dilemma
12. Waves of Infinite Skies

Scorpio (31-12-2003)

MISERY INDEX - live video posted online

A video of MISERY INDEX performing the track "Manufacturing Greed" live in Ludwigsburg, Germany on December 17, 2003 has been posted online in Windows Media format. Just click here' to download.
Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, MISERY INDEX feature in their ranks Jason Netherton (bass/vocals, ex-DYING FETUS), Sparky Voyles (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, M.O.D.), Matt Byers (drums) and Bruce Greig (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, NEXT STEP UP). The group's debut album, "Retaliate", was released in August through Nuclear Blast Records.


BLAZE - name new album

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have set "Blood and Belief" as the title of their third studio album, tentatively due in March 2004 through SPV Records. The group, who finished recording the CD on December 20, performed the album's projected title track Saturday night (December 27) at the third annual BLAZE Big Bash at Dudley JB's in England.
The mixing process for "Blood and Belief" is set to commence in early January.


METALIUM - new music for download

Several soundclips from METALIUM's forthcoming album, "As One - Chapter Four", have been posted online at the group's official web site. The follow-up to last year's "Hero-Nation Chapter III" is due in Europe on February 23, 2004 through Armageddon Products/Soulfood and in the U.S. on March 9, 2004 through Century Media Records.
The complete track listing for "As One - Chapter Four" is as follows:

01. Astral Avatar'
02. Warrior'
03. Pain Crawls In The Night'
04. Find Out'
05. No One Will Save You'
06. Meaning Of Light'
07. Illuminated
08. Meaning Of Light (Reprise)
09. Athena
10. Power Strikes The Earth
11. Goddess Of Love an Pain
12. As One
+ hidden track

European Bonus: "Screaming In The Darkness"


FINNTROLL - to release new EP in march

Finland's FINNTROLL will be releasing an EP, titled "Trollhammaren", in March containing one song off their forthcoming album plus four bonus tracks recorded in the same session. As previously reported, the upcoming full-length CD, "Nattfodd" (Swedish for "Nightborn"), will be issued in April. The follow-up to "Visor Om Slutet" was recorded at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland and features 10 songs. The band will also be making their debut video to coincide with the release of the full-length CD. Download' a rough-mix version of the album track "Ursvamp" in MP3 format.


AFTER ALL - new album to be released in CIS

Belgium's AFTER ALL will have their latest CD, "Mercury Rising", released in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (former USSR) and the Baltic States through CD Maximum Records. The track listing will be the same as the on the European version, but some artwork details will be different. More information is available here.
"Mercury Rising" (Mausoleum Records) was produced by Harris Johns, who is renowned for his work with VOIVOD and KREATOR. Recorded at Johns' Spiderhouse Studios in Berlin, Germany, the CD features "a much heavier and more thrash metal-oriented" sound than that on the group's previous effort, 2000's "Dead Loss" (Rokarola Records).

LOST IN TEARS - to enter the studio in January

Finnish "gothic metallers" LOST IN TEARS will enter Karillo studio on January 17, 2004 to begin recording their sophomore full-length album, tentatively due in late spring through Locomotive Music. The follow-up to 2002's "Dialogue With Mirror and God" will be engineered by Jukka Puurula and mixed at an as-yet-undisclosed studio in Spain.
Among the working songtitles set to appear on the CD are the following:
01. Metamorphosis
02. On The Way
03. Shooting Star
04. Betrayed
05. Cold Comfort
06. Assurance
07. Nothing More, Nothing Less
08. Break Me Down
09. Felicity
10. Pale Shadow
11. Summer Rain
12. Rose

KATATONIA - addition to family

The MetalList Portal would like to congratulate KATATONIA guitarist Fredrik Norrman and girlfriend Hilma on the birth of their first child, a daughter, Saturday morning (December 27).
As previously reported, KATATONIA are currently editing their first DVD, due sometime next year. A Polish Cracow gig from April 2003 will be the main attraction of the disc, but there will also be more exclusive bonus footage to go along with it. In addition, one or two of the unreleased tracks from the "Viva Emptiness" sessions will also show up on the DVD.


ENFORSAKEN - new bassist

Arlington Heights, Illinois-based death metallers ENFORSAKEN have announced the addition of bassist Adam Simon to the group's ranks.
ENFORSAKEN's sophomore album, "The Forever Endeavor", is due on March 9, 2004 through Century Media/Olympic Records. The mastering of the CD was recently completed by James Murphy (DISINCARNATE, DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY), who also contributed a guitar solo to the song "All For Nothing". All cover and layout art was completed by DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist Niklas Sundin for Cabin Fever Media.

PAIN - seek new label

PAIN mainman Peter Tagtgren (HYPOCRISY) has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"Hello everybody!
"As most of you know, I've been out with my other band HYPOCRISY from Sept.-Dec. and had no time to finish up the new PAIN CD, so I will start after the New Year and change label so I can get a worldwide release. I'm so fuckin' tired of not getting it out everywhere! And I can't go on tour cause I have no back-up from the label outside of Sweden, so when the label have stopped fuckin' around and I have sign with the new record company I will be back with a new album and world tour to support it. You will be the first to know.
"Hope you understand."
Among the tracks tentatively set to appear on the follow-up to 2002's "Nothing Remains The Same" are the following:
01. Tear It Up
02. Don't Count Me Out
03. The Table Has Turned
04. Stay Away
05. Misery
06. The Third Wave

DEATH BY DAWN - new demo track posted online

DEATH BY DAWN, the German death metal band featuring former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX/BOLT THROWER frontman Martin Van Drunen, have posted a recently recorded demo track, entitled "Legal Usury"' .
DEATH BY DAWN's new demo CD will be available for purchase online in approximately one week via the online shop at http://www.unstoppableforce.de' .
Several recent photos of DEATH BY DAWN can be viewed by clicking here' .


NOCTURNAL RITES - "New World Messiah"

Swedish melodic metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have reportedly set "New World Messiah" as the title of their follow-up to 2002's "Shadowland", tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. Working songtitles include "Against the World", "The Icon" and the projected title track. The group's bassist Nils Eriksson had previously described the new material as "pretty much like we've always done...[but] maybe just a tad better."


INCANTATION - working on debut DVD

Pennsylvania-based death metallers INCANTATION are in the process of compiling material for their first DVD, to be released sometime next year through Brazil's Mutilation Records. The as-yet-untitled disc will include footage from the group's November 22, 2003 show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, plus vintage video footage that spans the band's 13 years of existence along with other rare footage that has yet to be determined. More information will be made available soon.


KAMELOT - songwriting sessions going better than expected

KAMELOT mastermind Thomas Youngblood has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"Hello Kamelotians!!!
"We are very pleased to tell you all that the writing sessions are going even better than expected. We have now completed 8 new songs and cannot get the melodies out of our heads. A good sign for everyone) We just finished 'March of Mephisto', this should be our heaviest song ever and a live classic. Also, we finished a beautiful ballad that will mostly be piano and a small string ensemble. A first for us as well. So we are always working on new twists to the KAMELOT style we hope you all love. Our beloved producer Sascha Paeth will come to Florida after the New Year to begin preproduction and then the fun starts!"
As previously reported, KAMELOT's forthcoming album will be their first for SPV Records, with whom they signed a worldwide deal last spring. An early 2004 release is expected. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Serenade".


ADEMA - part ways with guitarist

ADEMA have parted ways with guitarist Mike Ransom. No reason was given for his departure.
The group, who recently completed a U.S. tour with GODSMACK, have already played five headlining shows as a four-piece and have no plans at this time to seek a replacement second guitarist.
ADEMA are planning on commencing work on the follow-up to this year's "Unstable" in early 2004 for a tentative late summer release.

DEICIDE - title track from new album posted online

The title track to DEICIDE's forthcoming album, "Scars Of The Crucifix", has been posted online' at the Earache Records web site.
"Scars Of The Crucifix" was recorded at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida with producer Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE) and was mixed at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas. A February 24, 2004 release through Earache Records is expected.
The complete track listing for "Scars Of The Crucifix" is as follows:
01. Scars Of The Crucifix
02. Mad At God
03. Conquered By Sodom
04. Fuck Your God
05. When Heaven Burns
06. Enchanted Nightmare
07. From Darkness
08. Go Now
09. Pentecostal


DECAPITATED - new song online

A brand new DECAPITATED track, titled "The Fury"' , has been posted online.
"The Fury" comes off the group's third full-length album, "The Negatron", due on March 9, 2004 through Wicked World/Earache Records.
The follow-up to 2002's "Nihility" was recorded at Hertz Studio in Poland with engineers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski and is being described by bassist Martin as "very very strong," with a thick guitar sound.
The complete track listing for the album is as follows:
01. The Fury
02. Three-Dimensional Defect
03. Sensual Sickness
04. Calling
05. The Negation
06. Long-Desired Dementia
07. The Empty Throne
08. Lying And Weak
09. Lunatic Of God's Creation (DEICIDE cover, bonus track)


WAR Productions - releases

WAR Productions proudly presents:

(out 25/12/2003)

WPT010 - ARA (Por) "Arcaica" - demo tape
Four tracks of powerful Black Metal
Limited to 300 copies

WPT011 - HUMAN DEATH (Swe) "Nekrosexual Torment" - demo tape
Four tracks of violent Black Metal
Limited to 300 copies

WPCDR002 - WAR & DEATH Volume I (4 way split CDr)
Bleeding Display (Por) + Cranial Incisored (Ind) + Diabolical
Messiah (Chi) + Unfleshed (Por)
Four bands performing Death Metal
Limited to 400 copies

COMING VERY SOON! (01/01/2004)

WPT012 - OLD PAGAN (Ger) "Tecknotschtiklan"
re-edited MLP in tape version
Black Metal - Limited to 300 copies
(licensed by Ordealis Rec.)


DEATH ANGEL - to delay recording the new album

Due to a bad flu that guitar player Rob Cavestany caught during the DEATH ANGEL European tour, the band had to delay their plans for recording the new DEATH ANGEL album: According to guitarist Ted Aguilar the band will enter the studio on 3rd January 2004 to start working together with producer Brian Dobbs (Metallica a.o.). Former albums such as “Ultra Violence”, “Act III” and “Frolic” shall serve as an inspiration source, but DEATH ANGEL also consider to put a lot of new tunes and ideas into their new songs.


ANTHRAX - to delay the filming of their new clip

Modern metallers ANTHRAX have to delay the filming of their new clip “What Doesn’t Die” until January 2004 due to time problems. "We needed a bit more time to plan things and get the production side in place" drummer Charlie Benante explains the situation. The video will be directed by Brian Posehn and shall feature a bunch of zombies as well as other creepy stuff. So get prepared for a weird and spooky mini horror movie!



DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER will work on several projects simultaneously in 2004. Besides entering the studio in summer/autumn 2004 for the fifth REITER album the band also plans to produce a video clip in late summer and considers to finish their first DVD. Further information will be revealed soon. Ride on, be strong!


KATAKLYSM - "Serenity In Fire"

The new opus of the Canadian deathsters KATAKLYSM, "Serenity In Fire", is finished and will be released on 8th March 2004. Singer Maurizio Iacono speaks about the new album as follows: “It's our most violent record since 'Temple Of Knowledge', but with the hooks of 'Shadows & Dust'”. And the hyperblasters are going to prove that soon – during the already confirmed No Mercy Festivals as well as several booked gigs all across Europe.


SOLITUDE AETERNUS - new album in spring

New album of cult American doom metal band SOLITUDE AETERNUS will be tenatively out in spring 2004 through the German label Massacre Records (same as the previous group's album "Adagio"). Soon you will be able to hear new tracks in mp3 format on www.brainticket.com (distro-firm of SOLITUDE AETERNUS guitarist Jjohn Perez).

SANCTIFICATION - parted ways with bassist

Swedish death metallers SANCTIFICATION have parted ways with bassist Jorgen Bylander and are currently seeking a replacement. Interested parties can contact the band at: peck669@hotmail.com' . Only "talented and experienced" musicians need apply.
SANCTIFICATION's debut album, "Misanthropic Savation", will shortly be released through Remission Records.


GRENOUER - deal with CD-Maximum

Russia-based group GRENOUER signed recently a 3-albums deal with CD-Maximum on the territory of CIS and Baltia.
New album "Presence With War" will be released in the second half of January 2004. At present the work on the artwork is going to the end.
The idea of the cover is by Us-artist MickMo Morris, and it self is by Natalia Kasatkina.
"Presence With War" was recorded and mastered in Navahohut Studios, and mastered Finnvox Studios by Mikka Jussila.
Final tracklist:
01. Mercenary Fileds (5.21)
02. Sex Optica (3.08)
03. The Choice Of Flesh (6.05)
04. he Last Bullet Magic (4.36)
05. Crash Crash Crash (5.20)
06. Clonetwigs (3.44)
07. Sheitan (3.24)
08. Communist Skinhead (5.12)
09. A Farewell To Arms (1.31)
In the end of december two previous albums of the band - "Odour O'Folly" and "Gravehead" - will be remastered by Anssi Kippo in the Astia studio.
These two CDs will be released in February next year with new artwork and different bonus tracks.
Band have already started to compose new stuff...

IMPERANON - recording details

Finland's IMPERANON have completed all the drum and bass tracks for their debut album at Sonic Pump Studios with engineer Nino Laurenne and producer Titus Hjelm. Check out several pictures taken during the sessions:
Photo 1'
Photo 2'
Photo 3'
The group, whose members range in age from 17 to 24, will continue work on the as-yet-untitled CD in January for a tentative May/June 2004 release through Nuclear Blast Records. IMPERANON's spring 2003 demo, which landed the band their deal with Nuclear Blast, can still be downloaded for free from their official web site. The songs available for download are as follows:
01. Wild One'
02. Vein (I Bleed)'
03. Shadowsouls'



Sweden's KATATONIA are busy editing their upcoming DVD and have just finished mixing the audio part of the Polish Kracow gig from April 2003. This concert will be the main attraction of the disc, but there will also be more exclusive bonus footage to go along with it. And last but not least, one or two of the unreleased tracks from the "Viva Emptiness" sessions will also show up on the DVD.


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