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ELVENKING - "Wyrd" cover artwork posted online

Italian "pagan metal" act ELVENKING have posted the cover art (painted by Duncan Storr) for their new album, "Wyrd", at this location' .
"Wyrd" was mixed in December at the House Of Music facility in Stuttgart, Germany with producer Achim Kohler (PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM) and is tentatively due on March 15 through AFM Records.

The follow-up to 2001's "Heathenreel" will contain the following cuts:

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 (10-2-2004)

ACT OF GOD - debut album finally released!

The debut album of Russian unholy sympho death metal band ACT OF GOD - “…For Demon”.
Code: OUP-11 MC
Release date: 5 February 2004
Edition: Limited 1000
Style: Symphonic Death Metal with female back vocals, as if NIGHTWISH play death metal
Retail / Wholesale prices (incl. Postage): 5 USD / 2 USD
Total time: 29’06”
Cover: Pro-printed glossy with blasphemous lyrics and band photos
Label: OUPIRIC Productions
Label contact: Michael Nickolayev, PO Box 340, Kaluga-02, 248002 RUSSIA
E-mail: oupiric@kaluga.ru'


HOSTILE BREED - details about new album

Steev Esquivel (SKINLAB) and sound engineer Chris Hanson (MACHIENE HEAD, TECHNOCRACY, VIO-LENCE), finished the recordings of vocal parties for the song with working title "Show Me The Road", which you will hear on the second album of Moscow-based group HOSTILE BREED -"The Second Cut". The material was sent to Denmark for final mix.
Jacob Hansen don't only mix the stuff, but also will do some guitar parties and will do the programming of the album. There will be also guest back vocalist for Color Of Freedom song - singer of Danish band SACRIFICIAL.
Art studio Traum from Moscow continues to work on the cover artwork and layout. Russian edition will feature additional surprises.


NECARE - sign with Firebox Recods

Virginia-based doom/death metallers NECARE have inked a deal with Finland's Firebox Records. The group's debut CD, "Ruin", is scheduled for release in the next couple of months.
According to an official press release, "Ruin" "touches on themes of spiritual apostasy and the abandonment of faith in the face of mortality.


ANGRA - studio photos posted online

Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA have posted a bunch of new photos taken during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2001's "Rebirth", tentatively due this summer through SPV Records. Check them out here' .
As previously reported, the initial recording sessions for the CD are taking place at Mosh Studios in Sao Paulo, Brazil under the guidance of producer Dennis Ward (SILENT FORCE, PINK CREAM 69).


LAMB OF GOD - to film video for "As the Palaces Burn"

LAMB OF GOD will be filming a video for the track "As the Palaces Burn" February 5-7 in Los Angeles, California. Directing the clip will be Dan Rush, who has previously worked with the group on the "Ruin" video. A late February air date is expected.
"As the Palaces Burn" is the title cut off the group's sophomore CD, which was released last May through Prosthetic Records. The band have since inked a major-label deal with Epic Records.


ROTTING CHRIST - to begin recording new album in May

Greece's ROTTING CHRIST will enter the studio in May to record their new album, tentatively due in September through Century Media Records. A world tour will coincide with the release of the new CD.
In other news, ROTTING CHRIST have parted ways with keyboardist George and will perform some of their upcoming tour dates as a four-piece. George's departure was amicable and re-emphasizes the band's desire to reconnect with their early '90s philosophy and sound, according to a statement on the group's web site.

BLAZE - finalize track listing for "Blood And Belief"

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Blood and Belief", tentatively due in March through SPV Records.
"Blood and Belief" track listing:

01. Alive
02. Ten Seconds
03. Blood and Belief
04. Life and Death
05. Tearing Yourself To Pieces
06. Hollow Head
07. Will To Win
08. Regret
09. The Path and The Way
10. Soundtrack Of My Life


Morbid Records - WACO JESUS/ISACCARUM-Tour - some help wanted!

For tour with WACO JESUS/ISACAARUM Morbid Records needs some help:

MON 15.3.2004 > FRA > ??? wanted to book it in Paris or this area
THU 18.3.2004 > HOL or B or D > ???
FRI 19.3.2004 > HOL or D > ???
TUE 23.3.2004 > D > ???
THU 1.4.2004 > SLOVENIA ???
SUN 4.4.2004 > D > ??? somewhere in Germany on the way from Swiss to Berlin

If you can do something or give contacts of clubs and promotores then please write to: curby@obscene.de' .


IN BATTLE - announce new bassist

John Frolen, guitarist for the Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE, has taken over the bass duties in the band. Session guitarist for the group going forward will be Daniel Dlimi (AEON, SOULDRAINER, STUM).
As previously reported, IN BATTLE will issue their new album, "Welcome To The Battlefield", on August 4 through Cold/Metal Blade Records.
The CD will be mixed at Mana studio in Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL/ex-MORBID ANGEL) and will contain 10 songs (plus one bonus track on the Japanese release).


KATAFALK - live video posted online

Dutch extreme death/thrashers KATAFALK have posted a live video of the songs "Birthmark 666" and "Blind Envy" (recorded at Belgium's Frontfest) in MP4 format here' (file size: 52.5, Quicktime 6.5 required).


IMPERANON - begin mixing debut album

Finland's IMPERANON have finished recording their debut album at Sonic Pump Studios with engineer Nino Laurenne and producer Titus Hjelm and are currently mixing the effort at Finnvox studios with Mikko Karmila. "Everything went quite nicely despite our very limited studio time," the band write on their web site. "We had fun working with Nino & Titus. Mastering will take place 21st of January in Finnvox studios and then we'll be able to listen to the completely finished album for the first time!"
In other news, IMPERANON guitarist Aleksi Sihvonen has "started his military service in Santahamina (in Finland we have conscription so every male has to serve for at least 6 months). Unfortunately his hair is gone, as you can see from the studio pictures' . He'll be back in July, when [drummer] Jaakko [Nylund] starts his service."
IMPERANON's as-yet-untitled CD is tentatively due in May/June through Nuclear Blast Records.


PAGANIZER - to enter studio in march

Swedish death metallers PAGANIZER have re-signed with Xtreem Music for the release of their new album, tentatively due in June. "Eight new songs has been written and arranged for the upcoming fifth PAGANIZER album," the band write on their web site. "We'll be entering Soundlab Studio again in late March to record the stuff and we're hoping to bring you the best PAGANIZER material to date. The new stuff is faster and heavier than any previous material but still totally in the same vein as always: brutal Swedish death metal. Songtitles are as follows:

01. No Divine Rapture
02. Way Of The Rotting
03. Brutally Torn Sanity
04. Nailed Forever
05. On Your Knees
06. Devour Digest Defecate
07. Abscess In Black
08. The Plague That Hunts


CANNIBAL CORPSE - new song available for download

A brand new CANNIBAL CORPSE track, titled "Cyanide Assassin", has been posted online in MP3 format here' .
"Cyanide Assassin" comes off CANNIBAL CORPSE's forthcoming CD, "The Wretched Spawn", due on February 24 through Metal Blade Records.
The follow-up to 2002's "Gore Obsessed", "The Wretched Spawn" was recorded at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas with producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, JUDAS PRIEST).


STRATOVARIUS - have a female singer!

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have announced the addition of a new singer and drummer to the group's ranks. New vocalist for STRATOVARIUS is called 'Miss K' (photos' ). She spent the last four years fronting a "melodic hard rock" band called AURORA K, with whom she performed a number of gigs in addition to recording a two-song single, titled "11th Hour".
Drummer for the next album will be Anders Johansson, the brother of keyboardist Jens Johansson. The band will enter the studio, a secret place, in May to record 11th studio album, which has a working title 'PopKiller'. The album is due February 2005 followed up by massive World Tour.


SAURON - to enter studio in April

Dutch black metallers SAURON will enter Double Noise Studio in April to begin recording their second full-length album, tentatively due in late 2004 through Neurotic Records.
The follow-up to 2003's "Universe Of Filth", which saw light of day through Dark Horizon Records, will be "more mature, more diverse and most of all more angry" than its predecessor, according to the group.


WITHERING SURFACE - new album details revealed

Danish metallers WITHERING SURFACE have completed work on their fourth album, "Force The Pace", with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, RAUNCHY) at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark. A late spring release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected.
"Force The Pace" track listing (in no particular order):

01. Gears
02. Inhale The Hyperpulse
03. State Of Emergency
04. This View
05. Urban Glasses
06. Hold The Line
07. Exit Sculpture
08. Anything Goes
09. Machinery
10. Force The Pace


VOMITORY - complete work on "Primal Massacre"

Swedish death metallers VOMITORY have completed work on their fifth album, "Primal Massacre", due on April 19 through Metal Blade Records.
"Primal Massacre" final track listing:

01. Primal Massacre
02. Gore Apocalypse
03. Stray Bullet Kill
04. Epidemic (Created To Kill)
05. Demons Divine
06. Autopsy Extravaganza
07. Retaliation
08. Condemned By Pride
09. Cursed Revelations
10. Chainsaw Surgery


ENFORSAKEN - new album to surface in late March

Arlington Heights, Illinois-based death metallers ENFORSAKEN have pushed back the U.S. release date of their sophomore album, "The Forever Endeavor", to March 23 through Century Media/Olympic Records. The album will be available internationally one day earlier.
"The Forever Endeavor" was mastered at the end of last year 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.


ENTWINE - name new album

Finnish goth-metallers ENTWINE have set "DiEversity" as the title of their new album, due in Finland on March 1 through Spinefarm Records (Century Media in the rest of Europe and the U.S.).
The follow-up to 2002's "Time Of Despair" was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland with producer Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM, SINERGY, NORTHER) and was mixed at Finnvox studios in Helsinki with Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS).


HYPOCRISY - Horgh joins on drums

Former IMMORTAL/current GRIMFIST drummer Horgh has officially joined HYPOCRISY. Horgh replaces longtime HYPOCRISY skinsman Lars Szoke, who reportedly left the band because of his unwillingness to tour for long periods of time.
"Lars still wants to play drums," HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tagtgren explained, "but not with the hectic schedule HYPOCRISY has had the last months, and still is going to have for most of 2004.
"I can't wait to go on tour with this new lineup!" Peter stated about the group's latest addition. "I think it will be so cool to have Horgh's blast beats in our songs!"


NEW BLACK - new Los Angeles-based band

NEW BLACK, the new Los Angeles-based band led by former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, have a total of 13 tracks under their belt, according to a posting on Logan's official web site.

Track titles include:

01. Save Me
02. Something to Be Desired
03. Slip Away
04. Feed the Fire
05. See Thru
06. Broken Wings
07. Not Like You
08. Wounded
09. After All
10. These Times
11. Frustration
12. Deva
13. No Sympathy


CONSPIRACY A.D. - video available for download

Italian metallers CONSPIRACY A.D. have posted their recently completed video for the track "Bloody Revenge" at this location' (.zip file, approx. 10 MB).
"Bloody Revenge" comes off the group's forthcoming debut full-length album, "Humanity = Destruction ...The End Is Near", tentatively due in early February through Crash Music Inc.

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.


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.

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