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.
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:
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.
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' .
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.
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
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
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"' .
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.
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".
Norway's THEATRE OF TRAGEDY have posted several photos taken during a recent rehearsal session with an as-yet-unidentified female singer who may Ч or may not Ч end up becoming the official replacement for departed vocalist Liv Kristine. Check them out here' .
A brand new KATAKLYSM track, titled "The Ambassador of Pain"' , has been posted online in MP3 format. "The Ambassador of Pain" comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Serenity In Fire", due on March 8, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Shadows and Dust" was recorded at Studio Victor in Montreal and was produced by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais (MISERY INDEX, MALEVOLENT CREATION). Mixing duties were handled at Wildsound studio in St-Zenon, Quebec. The complete track listing:
01. The Ambassador of Pain 02. As I Slither 03. The Resurrected 04. 10 Seconds from the End 05. The Tragedy I Preach 06. For All Our Sins (feat. HYPOCRISY's Peter Tagtgren) 07. The Night They Returned 08. Blood on the Swans 09. Serenity in Fire 10. Under the Bleeding Sun
SIRENIA, the Norwegian band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have posted a brand new track, titled "Voices Within"' in MP3 format. "Voices Within" comes off the group's sophomore album, "An Elixir for Existence" (view cover here' ), due on February 23, 2004 through Austria's Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2002's "At Sixes and Sevens" reportedly contains 54 minutes of brand new music and features artwork by Joachim Luetke (Image Eye-Luetke Prod.).