Germany's METALIUM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival.
The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order):
CIRCLE II CIRCLE
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
EXTREME NOISE TERROR
LOTTO KING KARL
SUBWAY TO SALLY
THE ALMIGHTY PUNCHDRUNK
TWISTED TOWER DIRE
In other news, METALIUM will be part of an upcoming Universal Records compilation titled "Be(a)st of Metal". The 2-CD compilation will reportedly feature a classic METALIUM song ("Metalium" from the group's 1999 debut) and an as-yet-undisclosed brand new track.
METALIUM's fourth album, "In League As One - Chapter Four", is due in late 2003 through Massacre Records. The follow-up to last year's "Hero-Nation Chapter III" will reportedly contain the longest song of METALIUM's career — an as-yet-unnamed 13-minute epic that includes a "very unusual" middle section featuring METALIUM bassist Lars Ratz on fretless bass.