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   SENTENCED ANNOUNCE END OF THEIR CAREER
Finnish band Sentenced have posted a "funeral statement" on their website. Their next album entitled "The Funeral Album" will be the band's last as the guys have decided to put the band to rest. Read the full statement here.
submitted 04.02.2005

   VEHEMENCE ANNOUNCE NEW VOCALIST
Vehemence gave the following statement about the frontman position:
"Vehemence would like to thank all the people that have submitted vocal try-outs and it is greatly appreciated! At this time we would like to announce that our new vocalist is Sean Vandegrift, former vocalist for From A Second Story Window (Blackmarket Activities/Metal Bade). We are excited as to what he will bring to Vehemence, and what the future holds in store. Catch Sean's debut with Vehemence on tour with Crematorium, The Red Death, and Losa starting this April. We also have a west coast run in March with Thine Eyes Bleed (The End Records), with temporary vocalist Bryan Edwards from Clifton (http://www.cliftonrock.com), helping us out before Sean gets settled in. A complete list of tour dates will be up very soon so check out our website to see when we'll be in your town."
submitted 04.02.2005

   HOW LIKE A WINTER NEWS
The tracklist for the upcoming new album is almost ready. Tentatively, there are ten brand new songs! The recently produced videoclip for "All The Seasons Of Madness" plus backstage and studio footage, will most likely accompany the new album. Studio time is reserved for April 2005 with an anticipated release date in September. For those who simply cannot wait to see the new videoclip, a low-resolution version will be online at the end of February.
Please note the new URL for the band's website: http://www.howlikeawinter.it
submitted 03.02.2005

   NEW METALIUM ALBUM IN THE MAKING
Metalium is working hard on their new album, titled "Demons Of Insanity" and hope to have it ready for release on April 25th. The artwork will once again be done by Mr Frans Mensink, who did the cover for the first album, "Millennium Metal pt I". On the band's website there's now a new section ("making of chapter 5") added to the studio galleries.
Also, since the band signed a deal with King Records for Japan, Metalium will play a couple of gigs in Japan together with Dream Evil.
submitted 03.02.2005

   GOREROTTED ENTER THE STUDIO
During February 2005 Gorerotted will fly out to Aexxys-Art Studio (Munich/Germany) to begin recording "A New Dawn For The Dead", their highly anticipated third album. For the first time Gorerotted will move from their usual studio to work with longtime live sound engineer Markus Roedl on the new material. The album title "A New Dawn For The Dead", apart from the obvious reference to the classic horror films, also has a more subtle message, this is a "new dawn" for Gorerotted. Now down to a five piece (following the departure of second vocalist Mr Gore) we see Gorerotted expanding on their musical foundations to create a much darker, technical but also haunting album. Lyrics too have followed this new path with subjects ranging from murder to voodoo and from psychotic violence to drug abuse.

Gorerotted Vocalist Ben Goreskin had these words to say on the subject: "I can honestly say I'm more excited about this album than all the others put together. It's a new chapter for Gorerotted, our sound's made its natural progression and we've got a whole load of new ideas built on the classic Gorerotted sound this time. It's gonna surprise a lot of people, and not in a "How-the-fuck-can-these-cocks-STILL-be-allowed-anywhere-near-a-studio!?"kinda way, they're just gonna like it, lots...."

Artwork for "A New Dawn For The Dead" will be handled by artist Mick Kenny (Anaal Nathrakh, Mistress, Napalm Death) and we can only imagine it will be some of his sickest work to date. Gorerotted will also take time out of the studio to play a one-off low key show for German fans. It's a chance to hear some new tracks before anybody else. Tickets are limited so get there early to avoid disappointment: 12.02.2005 Alte Mälzerei, Regensburg/Germany.

"A New Dawn For The Dead" is scheduled for release in June 2005 via Metal Blade Records.
submitted 01.02.2005

   VANITAS VIDEO FOR DOWNLOAD
Dark metal band Vanitas from Austria have made their video for the song "Endlosschleife" available for download here.
CCP Records about the video: "With the video "Endlosschleife" the Austrian dark metal Band Vanitas constitute the claim "to be different". Like it's in their music, which is a difficult to characterize mix of dark metal styles, a high value of autonomy is also set in the visual realization. Hence beside the "usual" band-scenes, there are acting parts reminding of the "red room" known from "Twin Peaks" (David Lynch)."

More info on Vanitas can be found on the band's website at http://www.vanitas.at/
submitted 01.02.2005

   NEAERA TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
German newcomers Neara have finished recordings for their debut album "The Rising Tide Of Oblivion". It offers 13 rounds of metalcore and Swedish-styled death metal.
Neara have succeeded in creating a sound that will fit the musical tastes of Amon Amarth and Hypocrisy lovers as well as the obsessions of Heaven Shall Burn and Shadows Fall fans. It's simply a great blend of brutality and melody of a young band that knows what metal is all about. Produced by Andy Claassen at Stage One Studio in Germany, "The Rising Tide Of Oblivion" offers a great sound quality. Crank it up!

The Rising Tide Of Oblivion Tracklisting "The Rising Tide Of Oblivion":
1. The World Devourers
2. Broken Spine
3. Anthem Of Despair
4. Walls Instead Of Bridges
5. Where Submission Reigns
6. From Grief...
7. ...To Oblivion
8. Hibernating Reason
9. Definition Of Love
10. Save The Drowning Child
11. Beyond The Gates
12. No Coming Home
13. The Last Silence

"The Rising Tide Of Oblivion" will be released March, 21st.
submitted 01.02.2005

   DARKANE UPDATE
As previously reported, Darkane are currently in the studio to record their new album. Drummer Peter Wildoer gave a small update about the latest happenings:
"We're working our asses of right now with the final recordings. So far six songs out of ten are done with vocals. A bit more than half of the guitar solos are also to be recorded. Just came back from a meeting about shooting a new video for a track called "Secondary Effect". The video team will start working asap.
So far we've decided to call the new CD "Layers Of Lies".
Some song titles: "Secondary Effect", "Fading Dimensions", "Organic Canvas", "The Creation Insane" and "Layers Of Lies"."


For more news straight from the studio as well as pictures and videos please check http://www.darkane.com/.
submitted 26.01.2005

   BRAINSTORM UPDATE
Brainstorm have finished mixing their long awaited new full-length album "Liquid Monster" at House Of Music Studios/Germany with producer Achim Köhler.

Brainstorm "Some people were surprised about my enthusiastic comments on the new tracks, as I am usually the most critical part of the band right after the recording sessions...", quotes lead singer Andy B. Franck, "...and I'm even more than enthusiastic now that I have heard the final versions. The more I listen to the songs, the more I realize what real "monster" we have created here! It's definitely time for everybody to get their own picture of it!"

"Talking about pictures brings me to our bonus DVD, which will be included in the limited edition of "Liquid Monster"", says guitarist Todde, "it will contain lots of video footage from our last tour, the festivals, off-stage-footage, and some studio sequences for your viewing pleasure, as well as some bonus audio stuff. It will be entitled "Streets, Stages & Studios" and the title says it all, period!"

"Liquid Monster", which ist to be released April 4th, has the final tracklisting:

single artwork for All Those Words 1. Worlds Are Comin' Through
2. Inside The Monster
3. All Those Words
4. Lifeline
5. Invisible Enemy
6. Heavenly
7. Painside
8. Despair To Drown
9. Mask Of Life
10. Even Higher
11. Burns My Soul

The single "All Those Words" which is to be released March 7th will feature the following tracks:

1. All Those Words (album version)
2. Before The Dawn (exclusive non album Track)
3. Shades And Shadows (exclusive non album Track)
4. (E.o.C.) Cross God's Face (previously unreleased)
5. All Those Words (Single Edit) (non album version)
Bonus: Doorway To Survive (VideoClip)

Also, the live-"Braintrain" is running on full steam again to bring the "monster" to the stages. For tourdates please visit http://www.truemetal.org/brainstorm/!
submitted 24.01.2005

   NEW SIX FEET UNDER VIDEO CLIP FOR "SHADOW OF THE REAPER"
Barnes gave the following info:
"The new video for "Shadow Of The Reaper" off of the upcoming release "13" was directed by Gary Smithson who has also directed videos for bands such as Goatwhore, the Eagles of Death Metal (Queens of the Stone Age side project), and is also currently working on the new High on Fire video. We filmed the video for "Shadow Of The Reaper" on Saturday January 8th right in the middle of the flooding heart of Hollywood, CA. The video has a real eerie ghostlike quality -just filming the scenes we did, scared the hell out of me. It was like being in the middle of one of Dario Argento's nightmares; I can’t wait for the finished product. Two of the actors featured in the video Meagan Crawford (from the new Wes Craven film Cursed), and Aaron Kinser (Fat Albert, Art School Confidential) did a great job with their scenes. This video will for sure be something worth checking out...stay tuned for more details."

Listen to the mp3 of "Shadow Of The Reaper" at this location: http://www.metalblade.com/bands/Six_Feet_Under/SFU-ShadowotReaper.mp3

The new album "13" will be released March 21st!
submitted 24.01.2005

   NAGLFAR UPDATE
Lots of things are happening in the Naglfar camp!
First of all, the band has signed a new contract with Century Media Records. Their new album, tentatively titled "Pariah", is currently being recorded at Ballerina Studios in the band's hometown of Umeå/Sweden where also both preceding albums had been recorded.
Although the final tracklist is still to be announced, "Pariah" (due for release this spring) you can expect tracks such as "A Swarm Of Plagues", "Revelations Carved In Flesh", "And The World Shall Be Your Grave", "Suffering To The Conquered", "Carnal Scorn & Spiritual Malice" and "The Perpetual Horrors".

Naglfar Furthermore there has been a line-up change in the ranks. Jens Rydén has decided that he needs to focus on his studies the next couple of years and will not be able to fulfill his duties in Naglfar. Therefore it has been mutually decided that he will step down for the moment. The vocals will from now on be handled by Kristoffer Olivius, and a session bassplayer by the name of Morgan Lie has been recruited to help out during all further live activites. A European tour with Finntroll and Amoral will happen in April/May.

For some more detailed information as well as the exact tourdates please visit http://www.naglfar.net!
submitted 13.01.2005

   CARCARIASS DOWNLOADS
Carcariass, a French technical and melodic metal band is offering their entire first two cds "Hell On Earth" and "Sideral Torment" for download on their website. You also have the chance to listen to a couple of newer tracks from the current album "Killing Process".
Go and check it out at http://www.carcariass.com. Now! :)
submitted 13.01.2005

   NEW SINGER FOR INTO ETERNITY
Stuie B. © www.omegacrom.com After Dean Sternberg had to quit again after doing ProgPower USA and the European tour (basically because of lack of money), Into Eternity announce a new singer, this time a Canadian again, Stuie B. from Omega Crom:

Tim Roth: "Hello Everyone! Ok..... We have spent a week jamming as a band again. The rehearsals went VERY well for us. Stu flew in from Vancouver on Monday the 3rd. The very first day Stu had learnt about 11 songs! He actually sang them all and we were surprised by that. By weeks end, he had most of the kinks out and we are sounding pretty tight. Stu has a really great high falsetto voice, which has some Rob Halford influence in it. The high parts on "Buried In Oblivion" are no problem for him and he is nailing all the parts like a pro! Another bonus is his death vocals. Stu has no problem hitting all the clean vocals and then switching into some death voices as well. This diverse style is going to work well within the band. To top it all off Stu has a great attitude and is an all around cool guy. Stu will be performing with Into Eternity on all future shows, including our upcoming tour with Amorphis in March. Hopefully everyone will come out to support the new line-up. I promise it won't disappoint! Keep it Metal!"

Stuie is not planning on relocating (from Vancouver to Regina) for now and will stay with Omega Crom as well. You can check out some samples on their website to get an idea of what he's capable of!
submitted 09.01.2005

   INFO ON EVERGREY LIVE ALBUM AND DVD
Evergrey © Cora Gonser InsideOut Music report that they will release Evergrey's new live CD, "A Night To Remember", on March 15th.

Also, the band's forthcoming double DVD, which features their 19 song live performance in their hometown of Gothenburg/Sweden (see our live review), was filmed with 15 hi def cameras by video producer Patrick Ullaeus (Lacuna Coil, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) and will include all six of the group's videos to date.
Also a whole DVD of backstage-material, in-depth interviews with each of the members, gear-talk, live material from the beginning of their career, festivals, old demo songs and tons of pictures! Look for the DVD to hit stores in April.
submitted 09.01.2005

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