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MISERY INDEX - to film new video

MISERY INDEX, the Baltimore, Maryland-based band featuring 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), will be filming a video for the track "The Great Depression" on January 31 at the Ottobar in Baltimore, according to a posting on the group's web site.
"The Great Depression" (mp3' ) comes off the band's debut album, "Retaliate", which was released in August through Nuclear Blast Records.


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CONSTRUCDEAD - "Violadead"

CONSTRUCDEAD will release their sophomore album, "Violadead", on March 22 through Sound Pollution Records.
The follow-up to 2002's "Repent" was recorded and mixed at Helsingborg's Queenstreet Recording with producer Richard Larsson and features a guest appearance by SOILWORK vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid and ex-SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta in the track "Bitter End".
The track listing for "Violadead" (view cover here' ) is as follows:

01. Pinhook
02. Rise
03. Bricks
04. Hate
05. Wounded
06. Cancer
07. The Saviour
08. Disbelief
09. New Skin
10. Re-Arrange
11. Turn
12. Bitter End
13. Evil As I (demo version, Japanese bonus track)

A limited-edition digipack version of the album will feature as a special bonus a demo recording of the track "Inhuman Condition".


DIONYSUS - new album details

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's (RHAPSODY) solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have revealed the details of their sophomore album, "Anima Mundi" (Latin for "The Soul of the World"), due on January 19 through AFM Records.
The follow-up to 2002's "Sign Of Truth" was recorded at Studio Kuling in Orebro, Sweden with producer Jens Moberg (KATATONIA, LAMBRETTA, CRYSTAL BLUE) and was mastered at Polar Studios in Stockholm.
The complete track listing for "Anima Mundi" is as follows:

01. Divine
02. Bringer of War
03. Anima Mundi
04. Heart Is Crying
05. What
06. Eyes of The World
07. March For Freedom
08. Closer To The Sun
09. Forever More
10. Paradise Land

GOMORRHA - the brrrutal

New album of German brutal maniacs GOMORRHA called "Sexual Perversity By Autopsy" is finally out on Nicetoeatyou-records' . You will hear brutal death metal in vein of SEVERE TORTURE, DYING FETUS. Guttural vocals, sick lyrics,crushing drums... most brutal music from Germany.
You can download some tracks here' .


Kamageddon Media - presents a new sub-division for the underground

NEW AEON MEDIA - that's the name of a new sub-division for KARMAGEDDON MEDIA, to support the Underground and bring you (hopefully) the best of the Underground.
The first bands label came to an agreement with, FINAL DAWN from Finland (mix of ROTTING CHRIST, SENTENCED and older MEGADETH), RIBSPREADER (unbelievable Old School Swedish Death Metal, produced by Dan Swano who is in the band too) and JUDGEMENT DAY from The Netherlands (brutal, twisted innovative Death Metal).

Bands feel free to send material to:

P.O. BOX 277
6300 AG Valkenburg
The Netherlands

Your recordings will be listened to, and if you stick out of the masses label will surely get in touch.


EXMORTEM - to enter studio in May

Danish death metallers EXMORTEM will record the follow-up to 2002's "Pestilence Empire" in May/June at the Antfarm Studio (Aarhus, Denmark) with producer Tue Madsen. No title has been set for the album yet, but a few "working" songtitles are as follows: "Nihilistic Contentment", "Graveside Mourning Ritual" and "Parasite Paradise". According to the band, "The material will be both harder and more twisted than on previous recordings and will show new sides of the EXMORTEM sound! Shattering musical extremity!!"


HYPNOSIA - former drummer died of cancer

Former HYPNOSIA drummer Mikael Sjostrand passed away on Thursday, January 8 after a battle with skin cancer. He was 27 years old.
A highly acclaimed Swedish thrash/death metal act, HYPNOSIA split up in June 2002 after a seven-year existence that produced a seven-song EP (1999's "Violent Intensity", Iron Fist Productions) and one full-length album (2000's "Extreme Hatred", Hammerheart Records). No reason was given for the band's break-up.

DAMAGEPLAN - "New Found Power"

The cover of DAMAGEPLAN's debut album, "New Found Power", has been posted online' .
"New Found Power", due on February 10 through Elektra Records, was recorded at guitarist Dimebag Darrell's (ex-PANTERA) home studio, Chasin Jason, and was produced by Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul (also ex-PANTERA) along with Sterling Winfield (PANTERA, MERCYFUL FATE). Guests include SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor and OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde.

The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Wake Up
02. NFP (New Found Power)
03. Pride
04. Blunt Force Trauma
05. Save Me
06. Explode
07. Fuck You (feat. Corey Taylor)
08. Cold Blooded
09. Reborn (feat. Zakk Wylde)
10. Blink of An Eye
11. Breathing New Life
12. Crawl
13. Moment Of Truth
14. Soulbleed (feat. Zakk Wylde)


PARADISE LOST - to enter studio in April

PARADISE LOST are hoping to enter the studio in April to begin recording the follow-up to "Symbol Of Life", tentatively due in August.
"Symbol Of Life", PARADISE LOST's ninth studio album, was produced by Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) and was released in October 2002 through G.U.N./ BMG Records in Europe.


KOTIPELTO - completes work on new album

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has completed work on his second solo album, tentatively due in the spring through Century Media Records.
The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) reportedly features "more or less the same" recording lineup as that on the debut, which featured contributions from Mike Romeo (guitars, SYMPHONY X), Roland Grapow (guitars, MASTERPLAN/ex-HELLOWEEN), Arjen Lucassen (guitars, AYREON), Sami Virtanen (guitars, JOE DOAKES), Jari Kainulainen (bass, STRATOVARIUS), Mirka Rantanen (drums, TUNNEL VISION), Gas (drums, H.I.M.), Janne Warman (keyboards, CHILDREN OF BODOM) and Mikko Harkin (keyboards, SONATA ARCTICA).
Commenting recently on his departure from STRATOVARIUS, Kotipelto said, "I know a lot of fans are sad about this situation. And I really am SORRY about it. There are a lot of things in the world that I alone can't control... One thing is for sure, it's not about money. The problems are somewhere else." Regarding his final appearance with STRATOVARIUS at the upcoming Piorno Rock festival in Spain on February 28, Kotipelto said, "Unfortunately, yes, I have to [play this show]. I have signed the contract [committing to doing the gig]. But I try to give my best to the fans. I don't care what happens at the backstage..."


LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE - name new album

German doom/gothic metallers LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE have set "Ave End" as the title of their sixth album, tentatively due in the summer through Austria's Napalm Records.
The recordings for the follow-up to 2002's "Fall, I Will Follow" will begin in February. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are "Sarah Lou", "Phantom Ballad" and "To Bleed Or Not To Be".


THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT - at work on new material

Dutch brutal death metal band THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT have just returned from their successful second European tour with THE CROWN. The band are currently working on new material for their second CD, "The Bloody Fields Of History", tentatively due later in the year through Cold Blood Industries. Among the songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2002's "The Apotheosis" are the following:

01. Army of the Despised
02. Kolyma
03. Under the Bloodcampaign
04. 7 Months of Suffering
05. Concrete Sacrophagus
06. King of Aceldama
07. 1917 Spring Offensive
08. The Nero Order

DEICIDE - complete first-ever video

After 15 years in the business as one of the reigning heavyweight champs of death metal, Florida's legendary DEICIDE have shot their very first music video.
For this historic occasion, the band chose to immortalize the title track of their forthcoming Earache Records debut, "Scars Of The Crucifix" Ч a song which brutally sums up what DEICIDE is all about.
Shot in Nottingham, U.K. by acclaimed director Pete Bridgewater (THE HAUNTED, DECEMBER), the "Scars Of The Crucifix" video shows DEICIDE in rare form.
The "Scars Of The Crucifix" video is now in the post-production stages. Look for this video, coming soon to Earache.com and a TV near you.
"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.


BOLT THROWER - to begin work on new album

Long-running British death metal band BOLT THROWER are currently writing new material for their eighth studio album, tentatively due in October/November through Metal Blade Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Honour Valour Pride" will be recorded in May and will be supported by a full European tour as well as the group's first U.S. tour in 10 years.

SOILWORK - temporary replacement for departed drummer

Sweden's SOILWORK have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Hello there soilers!
"As you might have heard already, Richard Evensand is no longer playing with SOILWORK.
"Richard is an amazing drummer and we are very happy that we have had the privilege to play with him for the period of time that we did.
"Richard and SOILWORK have decided not to continue playing together and we have parted as good friends. We wish him all the best of luck with his future projects.
"We are happy to inform you guys that Dirk Verbeuren from SCARVE will be filling in as a session drummer for our upcoming headlining tour in Europe.
"Dirk is a very talented drummer, and needless to say he will do a kickass job on the tour.
"Check out Dirk's band SCARVE on www.scarve.net' .
"Cheers, SOILWORK"


AFTER ALL - video posted online

Belgium's AFTER ALL have posted their video for the track "Descending Pain"' online size (12.7 MB). The clip was produced by Michel Marechal and AFTER ALL and was directed and edited by Michel Marechal.
"Descending Pain" comes off the group's latest CD, "Mercury Rising" (Mausoleum Records), which was produced by Harris Johns, 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).

BEHEMOTH - set working title for new album

Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH have set "Demigod" as the working title of their seventh full-length album, tentatively due in late 2004 through Regain Records (Europe), Century Media (USA and South America) and Mystic (Poland). The follow-up to 2002's "Zos Kia Cultus - Here And Beyond" (Avantgarde) will be recorded this spring and will feature the lineup of Nergal (guitars and vocals), Inferno (drums), and Seth (bass, guitars).


KATATONIA - to issue compilation of Mini-CDs, Rarities

Sweden's KATATONIA have set a February 23 release date for their two-disc compilation of all of their previously out-of-print mini-CDs, plus sampler tracks from old full-length albums and one unreleased track.
Titled "Brave Yester Days", the double CD will feature artwork by Agni Kaster and will be released in a digipack format together with a 16-page booklet.
The complete track listing for "Brave Yester Days" is as follows:

Volume One (disc 1):

"Jhva Elohim Meth"
01. Midwinter Gates (Prologue)
02. Without God
03. Palace Of Frost
04. The Northern Silence
05. Crimson Tears (Epilogue)

"Dance Of December Souls"
06. Gateways Of Bereavement
07. Velvet Thorns (Of Drynwhyl)

"War Compilation Vol One"
08. Black Erotica
09. Love Of The Swan

"For Funerals To ComeЕ"
10. Funeral Wedding
11. Shades Of Emerald Fields
12. For Funerals To Come
13. Epistel

Volume Two (Disc 2):

"Brave Murder Day"
01. Murder
02. Rainroom

"Sounds Of Decay"
03. Nowhere
04. At Last
05. Inside The Fall
06. Untrue (Previously Unreleased)

"Saw You Drown"
07. Nerve
08. Saw You Drown
09. Quiet World
10. Scarlet Heavens


Metal V Massy - new issue is about to be released

As usual this one comes pro-printed on glossy paper (A5, 24 pages) with full OUPIRIC Prods mail order catalogue inside and features
Interviews/infos of CAPITOLLIUM (gothic sympho black metal from Carpathia), SAMHAIN (true and evil black metal terrorism from Russia), ACT OF GOD (Russian satanic sympho death metal) and CRYPTHOWL (pics from the first live show of this sympho horror black metal band).
Print-run - 2000 copies
Language - Russian
Distribution - 60% - Russia, 30% - Ukraine & Belarus, 10% - World
You can order Metal V Massy, sending post marks on 20 RUR (Russia) or 1 USD with postal transfer (CIS) to address: NIKOLAEV MIHAIL, P.O. box 340, Kaluga-02, 248002 Russia

Advertising rates:
Full page (A5) inside cover black/white - 60 USD
Half page (A6) inside cover black/white - 35 USD
Full page (A5) inside black/white - 50 USD
Half page (A6) inside black/white - 30 USD
Quarter page inside black/white - 20 USD

All requests regarding the advertising in the fothcoming issue of METAL V MASSY! should be sent immediately to oupiric@kaluga.ru' .

MIND ECLIPSE - recordings of new album and vocalist searching

MIND ECLIPSE are searching for permanent vocalist with growling and screaming. Concert experience and experience of working in the band are not necessary. All interested contact to - xarfax@mail.ru' .
also the band began to record new album "Utopia: Formula Of God".
December, 20-21 drums were succesefully recirded in Navaho Hut studio with producer Arkadiy Navaho. Guitars recordings are sheduled to January, 7-10. The working title of new album is "Utopia: Formula Of God".

Formula Of God
Of God, Satan & Other Artifacts Of Human Ignorance
Murder Is A Privilege Of Supreme Beings
Mirror Image
Gospel In Blood
Titanium Cromlech
Leaders & Followers


TANKARD - release date for "Beast of Bourbon"

Veteran German thrashers TANKARD have set a March 22 release date through AFM Records for their new album, "Beast of Bourbon". The follow-up to 2002's "B-Day" was recorded at Stage One studio in Buhne, Germany with producer Andy Classen and is slated to include such cuts as "Fistful Of Love", "Under Friendly Fire", "Genetic Overkill" and "Die With A Beer In Your Hand". The cover artwork was conceived by Sebastian Kruger, who has previously worked for the magazine Spiegel.


URKRAFT - to release debut CD in March

Danish thrash/death metallers URKRAFT will enter Antfarm Studios in Arhus, Denmark on Friday (January 9) to begin recording their debut album, "Eternal Cosmic Slaughter", with producer Tue Madsen (MNEMIC, RAUNCHY, 2TON PREDATOR). A March 8 release through Germany's Cartel Media is expected.
The tentative track listing for the album is as follows:

01. Blessed Be The Human Beast
02. Paint The City Black
03. Soulless'
04. Unleash The Will
05. Eternal Cosmic Slaughter'
06. At The Border of The Known World
07. Cannibal Melancholy'
08. Through Your Senses
09. Scarlet Burning'


PANZER X - new CD details

PANZER X, the solo project of VADER vocalist/guitarist Peter, have announced the details of their upcoming promotional CD.
The disc, entitled "Steel Fist", "will contain more stuff than was previously announced and it's going to be more like a debut MCD of the band than simply a promo tape," according to a post on VADER's web site.
The complete track listing for "Steel Fist" is as follows:

01. Feel My X
02. Panzer Attack
03. Steel Fist
04. Together 4 Ever
05. Riding On The Wind (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
06. Paint In Black (ROLLING STONES cover)

Vitek from DECAPITATED recorded all the drums for the CD, which will feature artwork from Wojtek Blasiak (MOONSPELL).
The second part of the CD recordings is scheduled to take place in the middle of January at Studio X in Olsztyn, Poland.
"Steel First" is being engineered by Szymon Czech and is being produced by Peter himself.


Nightmare Metal Page - estonian metal bands guide

Estonian band BESTIA guitarist Anres Kullaste, who is also known to his website Nightmare Metal Page' , had some spare time meanwhile, so now he started to create something like estonian metal bands guide, where is basic information about bands (members, discography etc.). Estonian groups can contact Anders' .


Finnish Metal Awards 2003

The 2003 installment of the Finnish Metal Music Awards (Sirkkelirock 2003) was held this past Saturday (January 3) at Tavastia Club in Helsinki.
Voting was open to all the metal fans in Finland and was presented through the various media outlets that were working with the event's organizers.

The winners are as follows:

Finnish Band of the Year: CHILDREN OF BODOM
Finnish Newcomer of the Year: MACHINE MEN
Finnish Album of the Year: KOTITEOLLISUUS Ц "Helvetista Itaan"
International Band: IRON MAIDEN
International Newcomer: EVANESCENCE
International Album: IRON MAIDEN Ц "Dance of Death"
Producer of the Year: Mikko Karmila
Metal Video of 2003: KOTITEOLLISUUS Ц "Mina Olen"
Metal Event of 2003: Tuska Metal Festival

In addition, Sirkkelirock presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to CANNIBAL CORPSE for acknowledged work in metal music.

RUNEMAGICK - complete work on new album

Swedish "dark death metal" act RUNEMAGICK have completed work on their new album, "On Funeral Wings", at their own Magick Sound Studio for a spring release through Aftermath Music.
As previously reported, RUNEMAGICK's new material is said to be "much in the vein of the latest album 'Darkness Death Doom', with some new ideas and dimensions."
The complete track listing for "On Funeral Wings" is as follows:

01. Monolithic Death
02. Rise of the 2nd Moon
03. On Funeral Wings
04. Dragon of Doom
05. Hyperion
06. Ocean Demon
07. Emperor of the Underworld
08. Trifid Nebula
09. The Doomsday Scythe
10. Riders of Endtime
11. In a Darkened Tomb
12. Black Star Abyss
13. Wizard with the Magick Runes

Total playing time: 73:52

OCCULT - sign with Karmageddon Media

Dutch thrashers OCCULT have inked a deal with Karmageddon Media for the release of their fifth studio album, "Elegy For The Weak", due in early March. A U.S. release through Candlelight Records is expected a short time after the European release.
The follow-up to 2001's "Rage To Revenge" was produced by Andy Classen at Stage One studios in Buhne, Germany and contains the following track listing:

01. Disturbing The Dead
02. Nuclear Torment
03. Nocturnal Predator
04. Feel The Blade
05. Expire
06. Warbeast
07. Obsessed By The Grave
08. Slaughtering The Pigs
09. Reapers Call
10. Slut Of Sodom


MEMORIZED DREAMS - complete work on "Theater Of Life"

Norwegian power metallers MEMORIZED DREAMS will release their debut album, "Theater Of Life", in late February through Sound Riot Records.
The CD was recorded at Skansen Lydstudio in Trondheim, Norway with producer Stein Bratland and features a guest appearance on the title track by singer Olaf Hayer (DIONYSUS, LUCA TURILLI, LORD BYRON). Mastering duties will be handled in the next few days by Tommy Newton at Area 51 Studios in Germany. Download MP3 clips of two pre-production/demo tracks: "Gates Of Heaven"' , "Revelating Paradise"' .


VADER - new album details

Polish death metallers VADER have commenced work on the material for their sixth full-length album, tentatively titled "Spiritual Disease", for a May/June release through Metal Blade Records.
The follow-up to 2002's "Revelations" will be recorded in February 2004 at PR Studio in Gdansk with producer Piotr Lukaszewski and will mark the group's final release for Metal Blade under the terms of their present contract with the label.


SUTURE - music posted online

Louisiana's "sickest" death metal band SUTURE have posted two new songs for download on their site. One of the songs, "Horror Be Thy Name"' comes off the group's split CD with LEUKORRHEA and LEHAVOTH, while the other, "Mortuary Psalm"' , is culled from the re-release of their debut CD, "Carnivorous Urge To Kill".


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