VATICAN, the Montreal-based project featuring former members ION DISSONANCE, UNQUINTESSENCE, TRAILS OF ANGUISH, NÉFASTÜS DIÈS, THE CRIMSON SYNDICATE and DOPETHRONE, has inked a deal with Galy Records for the release of the band's "Shotgun Evangelium" mini-CD. The group says, "We're planing the release of the first opus around April-May, and we're stoked to announce that we'll boost things up with more live appearances and most surely a follow-up full-length record soon (hopefully!)"VATICAN's music was previously described as a mixture of "dirty black metal and hardcore rock mayhem. . . [It] is as diverse as it is concise in its approach... to broaden and furthermore bring together extreme branches of the underground, into one very concrete manifestation." For more information, visit the group's MySpace page.