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MEMORY GARDEN - are aiming for an early 2004 release

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, the band featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, are in talks with an as-yet-undisclosed label about a new record deal for the group. "It all seems very promising and we really hope it all will turn out well," Johansson writes on the band's web site. "We can't give you any details for the moment but we thought it might be fun to tell you that something is happening in the our garden...:) As it looks right now we will record in the fall together with Mike Wead (producer, MERCYFUL FATE guitarist) and we are aiming for an early 2004 release."
MEMORY GARDEN's forthcoming album, tentatively titled "Carnage Carnival", will be the group's first since their split with Metal Blade Records early last year. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are the following:
1. Beggars Anthem'
2. Another Night'
3. Endless Fears'
4. Carnage Carnival'
5. The Bitter End'
6. Dominion'


Scorpio (10-8-2003)

TROUBLE - will enter the studio

Reunited doom legends TROUBLE, who recently replaced longtime bassist Ron Holzner with Chuck Robinson (formerly of THIS TORTURED SOUL), will enter the studio on Saturday, August 9 to begin recording a seven-track acoustic compilation of classic TROUBLE material. The as-yet-untitled EP, which will also include a brand-new song written by Robinson and singer Eric Wagner, will only be available on the band's web site, www.newtrouble.com. In other news, the band will be traveling to Sweden and Holland in November to play some shows. More details will be made available soon. As previously reported, TROUBLE are set to enter the studio in October with producer Vincent Wojno (MACHINE HEAD, KREATOR, KONKHRA) to record their long-awaited new album, titled "Seven". According to frontman Eric Wagner, 15 songs have been written so far for the album, including "After The Rain", "Seven", "A Bad Situation", "Goin' Home", "Doombox" and "A New Generation". "It's still heavy, it's still TROUBLE, maybe a little more modern," says Eric. "It's still us. It's our seventh album and it was going to be seven years since our last album, but now it's going to be a little more."


ICED EARTH - Tim "Ripper" Owens is a guest singer only

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens contributed vocals to the upcoming ICED EARTH album, "The Glorious Burden", as a guest singer only and has not yet made up his mind as to whether he will join the band permanently.


ATHANATOR - new album

Colombian thrash/death brigade ATHANATOR is recording their new albun now. "Cold Blood Murder" will released in Europe through - Metal Blade, in America - Crash Music, in Asia - World Chaos.



At the beginning of July finnish SHAMAN (released 2 albums "Idja" 1999 and "Shamaniac" 2002 through Natural Born Records) have changed name to KORPIKLAANI ("Woods Clan") and signed a deal with Napalm Records for 4 albums, first release is entitled as "Spirit of the Forest" and will be released on 10th of November this year. Music of band can be described as mix of finnish folk melodies with metal sound.


INVERACITY - Greek brutal death

Recordings of debut work by Greek brutal death metallers INVERACITY finished. CD entitled "Circle Of Perversion" due in November on Unmatched Brutality Records. Tracklist:
01. Savagely Beaten
02. Repulsed By Vaginal Reek
03. Fistfuck Sodomy
04. Defloration
05. Unconscious
06. Ejaculation Over Mutilation
07. Blood Of Impurity
08. Compulsive Degradation
09. She Died In My Arms
10. Eleven
11. Multiple Homicide


TIDFALL - "Nucleus" is currently in stores

New album of blackers TIDFALL "Nucleus" is currently in stores! The complete tracklistibg is:
1. Future Doom
2. Nucleus
3. Neo-Torment
4. Mercury Mesh
5. Soil of Tomorrow
6. Psychotronica
7. Zounds
8. Exo-Skeleton
9. Tech


MACHINE HEAD - tentative track listing for their forthcoming album

MACHINE HEAD have set the tentative track listing for their forthcoming album, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", due in Europe on October 13 through Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Supercharger" will feature the following cuts (in no particular order):
01. Imperium
02. Bite The Bullet
03. Left Unfinished
04. Elegy
05. In The Presence Of My Enemies
06. Days Turn Blue To Gray
07. Vim
08. All Falls Down
09. Wipe The Tears
10. Descend The Shades Of Night


SYMPHORCE - to record new album

German power metallers SYMPHORCE, featuring BRAINSTORM frontman Andy B. Franck, will enter House Of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany in September with producer Achim Kohler (BRAINSTORM, PRIMAL FEAR) to record their new album, titled "Twice Second". "No more mistakes," commented Franck. "We've worked very hard for this new album, and it will surprise many out there! Everything you've missed on 'PhorcefulAhead' … everything you love on old school and modern metal stuff — it'll be on 'Twice Second'!" Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are "Fallen", "Ignored By The System", "Two Seconds To Live" and "Turn Away". A January 2004 release through Metal Blade Records is expected.


SWALLOW THE SUN - recording of debut album

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN, who feature several members of FUNERIS NOCTURNUM, have entered Sam's Workshop with producer Sami Kokko to begin recording their debut album, due in November through Firebox Records.
The as-yet-untitled effort will contain the following tracks:
1. Through Her Silvery Body
2. Deadly Nightshade
3. Out Of This Gloomy Light
4. Swallow
5. Hold This Woe
6. Silence Of The Womb
7. Under The Waves
8. The Morning Never Came


WITHIN Y - "Extended Mental Dimensions", due in early 2004

Swedish melodic death metallers WITHIN Y, who feature in their ranks former GARDENIAN drummer Thim Blom, have entered Gothenburg's Meta 4 studios to begin recording their debut album, "Extended Mental Dimensions", due in early 2004 through Hammerheart Records.


CRUACHAN - John O Fathaigh leaves

John O Fathaigh leaves CRUACHAN again.
"Yes John has parted ways with us yet again and we wholeheartedly apologise to each and everyone of our fans for this ridiculous situation. His reasons for leaving are again "personal" and we are very unhappy that he wasted our time by coming back in the firstplace. We will find a replacement and we will continue to tour with a guest musician. What does not kill us only makes us stronger!"
Keith Fay on behalf of CRUACHAN.


CREMATORY - officially reformed

German melodic gothic metal band CREMATORY, who split up in 2001 after a successful, decade-long career, have officially reformed and are preparing to enter the studio to record a new studio album, tentatively titled "Revolution". The follow-up to 2000's "Believe" is scheduled for release on March 1, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.



Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have set an October 20 release date through Metal Blade Records for their new album, "Possessed 13". The self-produced effort, which was recorded at Gothenurg's Studio Fredman during May/June, will be released in a special limited-edition double-CD digipack, featuring a bonus CD that will contain the band's 1993 "Forever Heaven Gone" and 1994 "Forget The Light" demos, a cover of BATHORY's "Burnin' Leather", and a demo version of "Rebel Angel" (off 2000's "Deathrace King" CD).
The complete track listing for the "deluxe" version of "Possessed 13" will be as follows:
01. No Tomorrow
02. Face Of Destruction/Deep Hit Of Death
03. Deliverance
04. Cold Is The Grave
05. Dream Bloody Hell (instrumental)
06. Morningstar Rising
07. Are You Morbid?
08. Bow To None
09. Kill 'Em All
10. Natashead Overdrive
11. Zombiefied
12. Dawn Of Emptiness
13. In Memoriam (instrumental)

Bonus CD:

01. Last Rite (the band's first "pro" recording from 1992)

"Forever Heaven Gone" demo (1993)
02. Seventh Gate
03. Deadspawn
04. Diachronic Damnation
05. The Lord Of The Rings
06. Beyond Where Darkness Dwells
07. Forever Heaven Gone

"Forget The Light" demo (1994)
08. Soulicide Demon-Might
09. Godless
10. Neverending Dream
11. Candles
12. Burnin' Leather (BATHORY cover)
13. Rebel Angel (demo version)


DANZIG - into the studio

DANZIG will be heading into the studio in a few weeks to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through Spitfire Records.
As previously reported, DANZIG's lineup for the next CD will be as follows:
Glenn Danzig – vocals
Tommy Victor (PRONG) – guitar
Bevan Davies (COMES WITH THE FALL) – drums
Jerry Montano (ex-THE DEADLIGHTS) – bass
DANZIG will play several headlining shows in September, to be followed by the "Blackest of The Black" tour in October, also featuring SUPERJOINT RITUAL and DEVILDRIVER. In other news, the band's DVD, "Archive De La Morte", may include an as-yet-undisclosed extra track when it receives a European release later in the year.



Canada's EIDOLON have completed their latest slab of molten metal, "Apostles Of Defiance", due on October 6 through Metal Blade Records.
1. Scream From Within
2. Volcanic Earth
3. Twisted Morality
4. Demoralized
5. The Test
6. The Will To Remain
7. Apostles Of Defiance
8. Pull The Trigger
9. Apathy For A Dying World

TO/DIE/FOR - Vocalist ended his career in band

Vocalist Jape decided to end his career in TO/DIE/FOR. He told that he had no more motivation to go on with the band. Band wish him good luck in whatever he is going to do and thanks for great times with the band. Now group is looking for a new singer who can fill the huge hole which Jape left.

LAKE OF TEARS - are going to start again

LAKE OF TEARS are going to start again! According to the official site of the band:
"I, Mikael and Johan have discussed playing together again and we will probably try it out in next week (if we can get our things together). It's been like four years so it will be really interesting. Anyway, if the feeling is there again (I think it may be, now when Black Mark is gone and all) ... there may be a record out next year (and hopefully some shows). Let's see ..."
(Daniel Brennare)


ACT OF GOD - recordings of new album

Russian, Perm-based melodic death/black group ACT OF GOD started the recordings of their second album. Work name is "They Beside". It will include 8-9 tracks plus MAYHEM's cover song "Freezing Moon". Band plans to finish whole work till winter comes.


THROES OF DAWN - to enter Sonic Pump studios

Finland's THROES OF DAWN are set to enter Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki on August 17 for five days to record the drums and bass for their fourth full-length album. According to the band's official web site, "10 new brilliant songs will be recorded in three parts," with guitars and synths scheduled to be tracked between September 30 and October 7, and the vocals and the mix due to be completed between November 5 and November 11. An early 2004 release through Avantgarde/Wounded Love Records is expected. In other news, THROES OF DAWN recently acquired three new members: Juha Ylikoski (guitar, ex-ROTTEN SOUND), Harri Huhtala (bass, ex-CARTILAGE, ex-VOMITURITION), and Jani Martikkala (drums, BLACK DAWN, ex-...AND OCEANS, ex-ENOCHIAN CRESCENT).


Oupiric Prouctions - Autum releases

Some news from Oupiric Prouctions.
* A new album of cruel Ukrainian sympho black metallers CAPITOLLIUM is soon to be upon you. Entitled as "Symphony of Possession" this cassette release is less raw than its preceedor "Undivine Antipathy", but more melodic and atmospheric. And it's still blasphemous as Hell! You are warned!
* The first CD release of Oupiric Productions is being prepared - vamperotic sympho black metal insanity called "Blood, Desire And Dead Nenuphars" by Russian BLACK COUNTESS.
* From the very depths of Hell come the Black Trinity of true and evil Black Metal cassette releases on OUPIRIC Productions. Scheduled on Autumn these pieces of Supreme blasphemy will make the christians tremble with fear. Here they are:
BESTIAL (Rus) "Satanic Metal" MC
MISANTHROPIC ART (Rus) "Possessed by Bestiality" MC
SAMHAIN (Rus) "Saligia" MC
And much more satanic spawn to follow soon!
* A new OUPIRIC mailorder catalogue METAL V MASSY! will be printed in Autumn with a lot of updates and interviews. Watch out!
OUPIRIC PRODUCTIONS CONTACTS c/o Michael Nickolayev, PO Box 340, Kaluga-02, 248002 RUSSIA E-mail: oupiric@kaluga.ru


ROSSOMAHAAR - new album "Somni Regnum" is ready

New album "Somni Regnum" is ready! It's not known yet, when it will be in stores. In Europe "Somni Regnum" will release Xtreem Music (ex-Repulse), which also piblished last ROSSOMAHAAR's album "Quaerite Lux In Tenebris" for not-CIS states. Also ROSSOMAHAAR released recently their first live album "Live And Die In Moscow" through Sound Age.


HATE ETERNAL - bassist/vocalist has left the band

HATE ETERNAL bassist/vocalist Jared Anderson has left the band in order to commit himself to rehabilitation for a drug problem.
The following is Anderson's official statement on the matter:
"Due to a continuous ongoing drug problem for the last couple of years, I've committed myself to rehabilitation. I will be leaving HATE ETERNAL due to the time and dedication it's taking to get myself back on the right track. It's a very unfortunate situation, which must be dealt with, and out of total respect for my bandmates, it's the right thing to do for I cannot be responsible for holding the band back. HATE ETERNAL has been one of the greatest things in my life for 5 years and now it must end due to my personal issues. I want to apologize to all the fans and my bandmates as well. But I can simply say that I will get well and I will be back somewhere in this scene. I wish the band all the luck in the world and thank you for the great 5 years. Blessed be and may the hatred be eternal!"
The rest of the band issued a separate statement offering their support to Anderson.
"Jared, being our bandmate as well as one of our best friends, we wish him the best with his recovery and his health and he will always be a part of what HATE ETERNAL was and is, we will miss him!"
Randy Piro will be taking over on bass/backing vocals.


DIMMU BORGIR - new video

DIMMU BORGIR will finish their new video this week. Here you can see a cut from interview Silenoz for The MetalList Portal:
Scorpio: When will you make normal videoclip? The only - "Mourning Palace" is er... shit.
Silenoz: Yep, I totally agree. But I must also say, that we didn't it. It was sourcing by the label, we even didn't know it comes to produce. This time we shoot another video with a company from Sweden. And the video will be finished next week. Its gonna be looking really killer, and yeah, it's a very professional video.
Scorpio: Can you tell what will we see?
Silenoz: It's what you get lay out for the album. You will see its connection with the video. It's gonna look extremally good and we gonna use it for promotional first, then it also will be included on the additions of the album in 5.1 Surround mix.
Read full interview on our site this week!


ICED EARTH - Tim "Ripper" Owens has officially joined

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has officially joined ICED EARTH. Owens, who left JUDAS PRIEST due to Halford's return, has already finished laying down vocals to the group's new album, "The Glorious Burden", which will be release this fall through SPV/Steamhammer Records.


SKYCLAD - last-minute addition to the Hawkfest

Britain's SKYCLAD are a last-minute addition to the Hawkfest, a three-day event set to take place August 8-10 near Preston. SKYCLAD will be hitting the stage on Sunday, August 10 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Other bands set to appear at the festival include THE LEVELLERS, HAWKWIND, SPACEHEAD, TRIBE OF CRO, MR QUIMBY'S BEARD, LITMUS and PXR1. In other news, SKYCLAD's successful 2.5-hour headlining gig at the Dong Open Air on July 19 included four songs from the band's upcoming album, "A Semblance of Normality". The group's complete setlist for the Dong show was as follows:
1. Penny Dreadful
2. Spinning Jenny
3. The Widdershins Jig
4. The Cry Of The Land
5. The Disenchanted Forrest
6. Great Blow For A Day Job
7. Survival Campaign (new)
8. No Deposit, No Return
9. Anotherdrinkingsong (new)
10. The Parliament Of Fools (new)
11. Earth Mother, The Sun And The Furious Host
12. A Well Beside The River
13. Inequalitey Street
14. Anti-Body Politic
15. Another Fine Mess
16. Mr. Malaprope (new)
17. Think Back And Lie Of England
18. Thinking Allowed
19. Swords Of A Thousand Men
20. Emerald
21. If I Die Laughing
22. Penny Dreadful
23. Spinning Jenny
24. History Lessens
25. Polkageist


NICKEL CREEK - new video

METALLICA's Robert Trujillo will make a guest appearance in a new video for NICKEL CREEK's instrumental track "Smoothie Song". Bassist, who sat in on the acoustic pop-country act's video shoot Wednesday (July 30) in New York, reportedly plays a stand-up bass in the clip. METALLICA and NICKEL CREEK share the same management company — New York-based Q Prime Management.

METALLICA - copyrighted the chords D and F

Even though METALLICA's battle with Napster is fading into the past, critics of the band still hang on to it. Just last week, someone started an Internet hoax story — that METALLICA had copyrighted the chords D and F and would sue anyone who used them in a song. Guitarist/singer James Hetfield laughs uncontrollably when told of the story. "That's so awesome," he finally gasps. "I find that extremely funny."


FEAR FACTORY - to enter the studio in late summer

The reformed FEAR FACTORY — now consisting of Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar/bass), Raymond Herrera (drums), and Burton C. Bell (vocals) — are strongly rumored to be on the verge of signing a new record deal with the Los Angeles-based D3 Entertainment (INSANE CLOWN POSSE, OL' DIRTY BASTARD). The group are expected to enter the studio in late summer/early fall to begin recording the follow-up to 2001's "Digimortal", tentatively due in early 2004. Among the tracks set to appear on the as-yet-untitled effort are "Slave Labor", "Corporate Cloning", "Archetype", and "Bite The Hand That Feeds".


BESEECH - "Drama" is title of new album

Swedish "gothic metal" act BESEECH have set "Drama" as the title for their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Napalm Records. BESEECH have spent the past few weeks at Studio Mega recording the follow-up to 2002's "Souls Highway", the group's first effort since the departure of longtime guitarist Klas Bohlin. According to guitarist Robert Spanglund, "some outside persons that visited the studio and heard some songs in the studio think the new material [is] comparable to/[a] combination of bands such as H.I.M., EVANECESCENCE, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MARILYN MANSON and ALANIS MORISETTE." Among the tracks set to appear on the album are the following:
1. Forever Falling
2. Bitch
3. Drama
4. Higher Level
5. Sunset 28 *
6. Come On In
* "ambient, softer version" of the track that previously appeared on "Souls Highway"


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