MAYHEM's BLASPHEMER On Side Project: 'People Should Fear Black Metal'

MAYHEM guitarist Blasphemer has spoken to Kerrang! magazine about his new side project, MEZZERSCHMITT, featuring fellow MAYHEM drummer Hellhammer and RED HARVEST keyboardist Lrz. According to Blasphemer, German magazines have refused to review the band's debut EP, "Weltherrschaft" (which translates as "World Rule"). "Germany said 'Fuck off,' , because it's too brutal, because I fuck ...

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CADAVER INC.: Next Album Will Be 'Much Worse' Than First

CADAVER INC., the Norwegian black metal act, is in the process of preparing the follow-up to its 2001 debut, "Discipline". Says frontman Apollyon: "The new record is going to be much worse than the first! We're all into old-school AUTOPSY, CARCASS and INFERNO, and keeping it brutal and underground." CADAVER INC.'s as-yet-untitled second album will ...

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BRAINSTORM Commence Work On New Album

Germany's BRAINSTORM have commenced the pre-production process for their next studio CD, tentatively due in June 2003. "Besides that, we additionally have some really cool stuff in the works that will hopefully see the light of day with the new CD," states a message on the band's official web site. "Watch out for a real ...

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HORTUS ANIMAE Sign With BLACK LOTUS

HORTUS ANIMAE, the prog-black metal project of ANCIENT drummer Diego "GroM" Meraviglia, have signed a deal with Greek label Black Lotus Records. The group's upcoming album, titled "Waltzing Mephisto", will be completed in January at Alpha-Omega Studios in Como, Italy (where ANCIENT recorded their "God Loves The Dead" EP) for a May release. ...

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OSI Finish Mastering CD, Compile Extra Footage

OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) — the new "prog" supergroup featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone — has finished mastering its self-titled debut album for an early 2003 release through Inside Out Records. A limited-edition two-disc set, containing ...

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DYSRHYTHMIA Signs With RELAPSE

Philadelphia's DYSRHYTHMIA has inked a worldwide recording deal with Relapse Records. The band — drummer Jeff Eber, guitarist Kevin Hufnagel and bassist Clayton Ingerson — will enter Chicago's Electrical Audio Studios in late January with engineer Steve Albini (NIRVANA, HELMET, NEUROSIS) to record their as-yet-untitled new album. The album will include the songs "Bastard", "My ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT: 'MESHUGGAH Is Brilliant'

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has been singing the praises of Sweden's MESHUGGAH, calling the band's music "really fucking interesting." “You know, I think MESHUGGAH is brilliant," Hammett said in a recent interview with journalist Martin Popoff. "A lot of that extreme stuff doesn't make much sense to me, but when I heard MESHUGGAH, and everybody ...

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FEAR FACTORY Frontman Launches THE WATCHERS

FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell has teamed up with longtime FEAR FACTORY collaborator/keyboardist John Bechdel in a new project called THE WATCHERS. Featuring a sound described by Bell as "painfully moody and eerily hypnotic at the same time," THE WATCHERS have launched their official web site at this location. ...

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