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Angel Dust - Release Party in der Bochumer Matrix!
Einen Tag vor dem offiziellen Release der neuen ANGEL DUST Scheibe "Of Human Bondage" findet in der Matrix in Bochum, am 24. Februar 2002, eine Release-Party statt! Selbstverständlich wird die Band auch ein Konzert zum besten geben! Und das nicht zu knapp! Laut Keyboarder Steven wird die Band satte zwei Stunden lang alte und brandneue Songs vorstellen! Support: Dew-Scented und Mourning Caress.
www.angel-dust.de
(fm) 18.01.2002 

Borknagar - "Empiricism" für den norwegischen Grammy nominiert!
Erneut wurden Borknagar für den offiziellen norwegischen Grammy nominiert! Wie es auch schon beim Vorgänger "Quintessence" der Fall war, wird auch "Empiricism" in der Kategorie "bestes Metal Album" ins Rennen gehen. Musste man sich bei "Quintessence" noch geschlagen geben, stehen dieses mal die Zeichen auf Sturm! Ihr neuer Epic/Black Metal Opus "Empiricism" hat beste Chancen zu gewinnen! Beten wir also zu den Göttern unserer Welt, dass Borknagar als erste durchs Ziel laufen! www.borknagar.com
(fm) 18.01.2002 

Mystic Circle: Stellungnahme zum Tourabbruch
Die Tour mit Ancient Rites entpuppte sich für Mystic Circle als volles Desaster, die Dark Satanic Metaller hatten keine andere Wahl, als einige Tage vor dem letzten Gig das Package zu verlassen. Bereits 5 ½ Wochen vor dem Startschuß sahen sich Frontmann /Viersaiter Beelzebub sowie Gitarrist Ezpharess mit der Demission ihres Schlagwerkers Mark Reign (aka Abyss) konfrontiert, da dieser es vorzog, den vakanten Drumhocker bei Destruction zu übernehmen. Trotz des extrem eng gestrickten Zeitrahmens haben Mystic Circle alles in Bewegung gesetzt und 15 Kesselbearbeiter angetestet, um einen geeigneten Ersatz zu finden und ihre Fans nicht zu enttäuschen.

Die Bedingungen während der gesamten Tour entpuppten sich alles andere als akzeptabel für die Band, die beengten Platzverhältnisse auf der Bühne (Mystic Circle mußten vor der Ancient Rits Backline spielen, was auch Auswirkungen auf den Sound hatte) sowie die Tatsache, dass man die Tour ohne Gage und nur für die Merchandise Einnahmen spielte, hätte die Band noch ohne Murren hingenommen, doch die weiteren Begleitumstände waren schlicht und ergreifend katastrophal. Der Tourbus erwies sich als ziemlich marodes Gefährt, unter anderem fing z.B. das Rad des Trailers, in dem sich das Equipment befand, Feuer, was böse ins Auge hätte gehen können, nachdem der Anhänger nicht versichert war. Nicht tragbar waren die Temperatur Verhältnisse an Bord des Reisegefährts, war die Heizung doch die meiste Zeit defekt – und das bei sibirischen Temperaturen draußen, so dass man Tag und Nacht in einem fahrenden Kühlschrank zubringen musste. Die ständigen, nicht gerade geringen Minusgrade zogen die Gesundheit von Beelzebub in Mitleidenschaft, eine starke fiebrige Grippe machte eine Fortsetzung der Tour für die Band unmöglich, was auch von einem Arzt attestiert wurde. In diesem Zustand auch nur an einen Auftritt geschweige denn eine Fortsetzung der Tournee zu denken, wäre verantwortungslos und ein Roulettespiel mit der sowieso schon angeschlagenen Gesundheit des Frontmanns gewesen. Das Risiko einer in der Folge eventuell auftretenden weiteren Schädigung z.B. durch eine Lungenentzündung muß schließlich nicht unbedingt eingegangen werden, weshalb man schlichtweg gezwungen war, die Tour abzubrechen.

Der Tourveranstalter Crush Concerts drohte der Band sogar mit rechtlichen Schritten, nachdem Mystic Circle ihn über ihren Ausstieg informierten und ging mit einer Presseerklärung an die Öffentlichkeit, in der der Band vorgeworfen wurde, sie würden ihre Fans mit ihrem Verhalten enttäuschen. Mystic Circle haben wirklich alles menschenmögliche getan, um diese Tour zu spielen (Gitarrist Ezpahres fungiert sogar noch als Roadie!!), weshalb die in der Erklärung der Firma Crush Concerts erhobenen Vorwürfe als absolut haltlos zu bezeichnen sind. Ancient Rites setzten den Trip übrigens nur aus finanziellen Gründen fort. Die Band ist heiß darauf, sich ihren Fans unter anderen, nämlich optimalen Bedingungen baldmöglichst wieder zu präsentieren, bis dahin hoffen Beelzebub und Ezpharess auf Euer Verständnis für die Entscheidung, die Ancient Rites Tour zu verlassen!
(fm) 17.01.2002 

Arch Enemy - Supreme "Wages Of Sin" to be released on March 18th, 2002!
The wait is finally over, soon we are all to experience the frenetically anticipated release of Arch Enemy's finest album to date, "Wages Of Sin" in Europe and America!

The Swedish Metal supergroup has become the leading band in terms of metal in Japan and should finally gain promotion to a heavily deserved premier league spot in the worldwide extreme Metal scene with this outstanding new record that can be best described as "state of the art" for the Melodic Death Metal genre.

Quite a lot has been happening since the release of Arch Enemy's last domestic album "Burning Bridges": The band toured the USA together with Nevermore, Europe with In Flames, Children Of Bodom and Dark Tranquillity, played major festivals such as Dynamo, did a gig in Santiago, Chile together with HammerFall, made a one-off appearance in London with Cradle Of Filth and needless to say, also returned triumphantly to tour Japan for their 3rd time, culminating their Asian efforts with the "Burning Japan" live album, so far issued only in the land of the rising sun.

Following some musical disagreements, Arch Enemy decided to part ways with their original singer Johan Liiva before beginning work on new material. Totally unexpected, the band unveiled German Angela Gossow as his replacement, surprising the Metal community and fans worldwide. But as soon as she was heard the word began to spread that the band had found themselves the most aggressive female vocalist on the planet. Angela doesn't only come up with an incredibly powerful, yet clearly accentuated vocal delivery, somewhat in the vein of the legendary and now sadly departed Chuck Schuldiner or Carcass' Jeff Walker (both considered as two of the best vocalists ever in the Death Metal movement) but she also knows how to impress the audience with her full on metal attitude and outstanding looks.

Arch Enemy mastermind Michael Amott comments on the new, line-up: "When you have a group of musicians as strong as Arch Enemy, the vocals need to be nothing less than totally killer. The band was in desperate need of a strong personality at the front, we were lucky enough to find Angela, by far and away the best vocalist we tried. She's really one in a million, musically as well as visually..."

"Wages Of Sin" was once again recorded at Gothenburg's Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström (HammerFall, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) but unlike Arch Enemy's previous album efforts, it was mixed by sound wizard Andy Sneap (Testament, Nevermore, Kreator, etc.) at Backstage Studios in England for a stunning brilliance and brutality in sound quality that will surely set new standards for the whole scene.

"Musically, the new album is more aggressive and dark sounding than the previous one seeing as there isn't much to be particularly happy about in the world today! We went in the studio with the new line-up and tons of energy, just plugged-in and let rip! The energy just screamed out of us. It was cool working with Andy Sneap, his mix helped give the album that extra edge that I don't hear on too may records today", views Amott.

"Wages Of Sin" will be released by Century Media Records as 2-CD version for the regular price of one album on March 18th in Europe in first edition. CD number one includes the full "W.O.S." record featuring new vocalist Angela with the following tracklisting
  1. Enemy Within
  2. Burning Angel
  3. Heart Of Darkness
  4. Ravenous
  5. Savage Messiah
  6. Dead Bury Their Dead
  7. Web Of Lies
  8. The First Deadly Sin
  9. Behind The Smile
  10. Snow Bound
  11. Shadows And Dust

  12. As well as:
  13. Lament Of A Mortal Soul (Exclusive, unreleased bonus track)
  14. Ravenous (Enhanced Video Clip)
The exclusive second CD of the release features the band's original singer Johan Liiva on the following tracklisting:
  1. Starbreaker (Previously unreleased Judas Priest cover)
  2. Aces High (Iron Maiden cover, previously only available on a Japanese tribute album)
  3. Scream Of Anger (Europe cover, previously only available as Japanese bonus track)
  4. Diva Satanica (Previously only available as Japanese bonus track)
  5. Fields of Desolation '99 (Previously only available as Japanese bonus track)
  6. Damnations Way (Previously only available as Japanese bonus track)
  7. Hydra (Previously only available as Japanese bonus track)
  8. The Immortal (Enhanced Video Clip)
This "supreme" 2CD version of "Wages Of Sin" also includes an extensive booklet including liner notes by Michael Amott himself and should not only please those fans that have been anxiously waiting for the album but also serve to conquer a whole massive ground of new listeners that haven't been exposed to the outstanding qualities of the band so far. Arch Enemy once again have redefined the limits of melody in Death Metal and at the same time of brutality in Melodic Metal with a breathtaking songwriting talent and superior individual musical abilities. As long as bands like Arch Enemy keep on refreshing the Extreme Metal scene with material like "Wages Of Sin", there definitely is a meaning in the expression "Life After Death".

As to future activities, Amott states "We now have the line up to be able to give the rest of the world the chance to be part of what this band is all about. We have achieved much in Japan, we will now go out touring and kick ass everywhere else possible. We have loyal fans all over the world who have never seen us, we are gonna play for them."

Look out for something extraordinary to Extreme Metal, to be released on March 18th, 2002!

Arch Enemy Line-Up:
Angela Gossow - Vocals
Michael Amott - Guitars
Christopher Amott - Guitars
Sharlee D'Angelo - Bass
Daniel Erlandsson - Drums


Arch Enemy Website:
www.archenemy.net
(fm) 11.01.2002 

VADER - Epitaph for . . . the world?
VADER’s next album, tentatively titled "Epitaph", will be recorded in February 2002 in Red Studio. Peter has given us the titles of some of the tracks: "The Absolut", "When The Fallen Rise Again", "Torch Of War" and "I Am Who I Am". The album is scheduled for release on the 3rd of June, 2002. Be prepared for a surprise – not only music-wise! Peter has also intimated that with 12 tracks the album promises to be the longest one in the band’s history.

Simon (bass), who also plays in Olsztyn (Poland) based HUNTER, has officially become VADER’s new member. He debuted during the 2001's Thrash'em All Festival and will take part on the recordings for the new album.

In March 2002, VADER will play a tour in Great Britain comprising 8 dates. Afterwards, the band is scheduled to take part in the No Mercy Festivals 2002 along with IMMORTAL, HYPOCRISY and MALEVOLENT CREATION. Late May will mark the Polish tour, which will be a warm-up before a mega 50-date European trek to begin in September with KRISIUN and DECAPITATED. Even though the band decided to take it easy with live appearances in 2002, there are also plans to play in South America, Japan and Australia as well as in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

During the "Epitaph" session VADER will also record a cover of MORBID ANGEL’s "Immortal Rites" which will appear on a tribute album to be released through the Swedish label Hellspawn Records. Other bands to appear on the compilation include KRISIUN, EMPEROR, ANGEL CORPSE and BEHEMOTH.
(fm) 08.01.2002 


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