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SHARON OSBOURNE 'Most Important Person in Rock'

Sharon Osbourne has topped a list of the most important people in rock compiled by Kerrang! magazine, according to Scotsman.com. The 51-year-old wife/manager Ozzy Osbourne, who beat the likes of Kurt Cobain and Justin Hawkins from THE DARKNESS in the Kerrang! power list, was recently given the all-clear after being diagnosed with cancer. ...

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ACHERON: We Are Not Nazis!

On June 21, 2004, Black Lotus Records will be releasing a special ACHERON double-CD featuring 32 of the Columbus, Ohio-based black/death metal cult band's past songs digitally re-mastered. The collection, titled "Decade Infernus 1988-1998", will reportedly "put the listeners on a journey from the band's first classic album 'Rites of the Black Mass' to their ...

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SATYRICON Frontman Comments On QUORTHON's Passing

SATYRICON frontman Satyr has issued the following statement regarding the passing of BATHORY legend Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg (as exclusively reported here on June 8): "Hearing about Quorthon's death was just sad. 39 years old you know... BATHORY made a huge impact on Frost and myself and it was the first Black Metal band ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL: Album Recording Sessions Postponed

Floridian black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have posted the following message on their official web site: "We have decided to postpone recording the new album. Instead of the original plan of recording in August or September, we have decided to wait and record in January 2005 at Mana Studio (HATE ETERNAL, IN BATTLE, KRISIUN, MALEVOLENT ...

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ACHERON Set Title For New Album

Columbus, Ohio-based black/death metal cult band ACHERON have been working on music for their next album, tentatively titled "Sanctum Regnum". The band are taking it slowly and are enjoying the songwriting process. The theme for the CD will be "a very apocalyptic concept." Songtitles set to appear on the album include "The Apocalypse", "Godless (We ...

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ENTOMBED/THE COFFINSHAKERS Split Single On The Way

Primitive Art Records will release a split single of ENTOMBED and THE COFFINSHAKERS covering LEE HAZLEWOOD songs. ENTOMBED will contribute their version of "Some Velvet Morning" (taken from their 2002 release "Sons Of Satan Praise the Lord"), while THE COFFINSHAKERS will appear with "Dark in My Heart" (a track previously released as a bonus track ...

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EXODUS: DNA Lounge Photos Posted Online

A bunch of photos taken at EXODUS' record-release show on March 11 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, California have been posted at this location. Also available are pictures of opening act, MERCYFUL FATE tribute band HAIL SATAN, whose set included a guest appearance by MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel. EXODUS' new ...

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THE PROJECT HATE/GOD AMONG INSECTS: Armageddon Finally Comes

THE PROJECT HATE/GOD AMONG INSECTS guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) has issued the following update: "Global Domination, the new excellent music-site founded by Lord K Philipson of THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX, and friends, is now launched. www.globaldomination.se will be working in some time as the name is registered, but for now you'll have to ...

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HECATE ENTHRONED Comment On Singer's Departure

British black metallers HECATE ENTHRONED have issued the following statement regarding the recent departure of their vocalist Dean. "Well, we were as shocked as many of you obviously are at Dean's leaving, a sad day indeed but we respect Dean's motives and reasons and cant argue with them, he is a man of ...

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DARK FUNERAL: Live Album Delayed

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have pushed back the release date of their upcoming live album, "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine", to April 19 through Regain Records. No reason was given for the delay. The CD, which was recorded on the band's 2003 South American tour, will contain the following track listing: 01. Intro ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL Hard At Work On New Material

Floridian black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have set "The World, The Flesh & The Devil" as the title of their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Arctic Music. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to last year's "Oculus Infernum" include "An Eternity with Satan", "Compelled To Die", "And the Earth is ...

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EXODUS Guitarist Talks About Upcoming Record-Release Party

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message in regards to the band's upcoming record-release party (scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 11 at DNA Lounge in San Francisco): "Okay, here's the scoop on the record release party. There is NO opening band. First band on is us, EXODUS. We are going to ...

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INFERNAL MAJESTY Sign with GALY RECORDS, New Album Due In April

Long-running Canadian thrashers INFERNAL MAJESTY have inked a deal with Galy Records. The group's long-awaited new CD, "One Who Points to Death", is scheduled for release on April 6. The 47-minute CD, which was recorded by Sho at Profile Sound Studios in Vancouver, Canada and mastered by Pierre Remillard at Wild Studios in St-Zenon , ...

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PILEDRIVER Reform, Begin Work On New Album

Classic Canadian metallers PILEDRIVER have reformed and are currently writing material for a new album, to be released on Halloween 2004 through Blacula Records, the new label started by former SACRIFICE/RAZOR/ANVIL manager Ray "Black Metal" Wallace. A PILEDRIVER DVD will also be released at the same time. According to the Internet heavy metal encyclopedia BNR, ...

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DARK FUNERAL Name Live Album

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have set "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine" as the title of their upcoming live album, due on March 29 through Regain Records. The CD, which was recorded on the band's 2003 South American tour, will contain the following track listing: 01. Intro 02. The Arrival Of Satan's Empire 03. ...

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NOTRE DAME: New Album To Surface In February

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), will release their new album, "Demi Monde Bizarros", in February and not on April 1, as erroneously posted on the web site of the group's label, Osmose Productions. According to Shaw, the forthcoming CD features songs "about sex, ...

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DARK FUNERAL Sign With REGAIN, Live Album Due In March

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have signed with Regain Records following their split with MNW/No Fashion Records earlier in the year. The group's first release for Regain will be their as-yet-untitled live album recorded on their recent South American tour, due on March 29. The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. ...

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BLITZKRIEG Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE II Festival

NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends BLITZKRIEG have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Keep It True II festival, set to be held on April 10, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. BLITZKRIEG will perform in the slot originally occupied by the reunited SATAN, who cancelled their appearance at the event ...

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SATAN Cancel KEEP IT TRUE II Festival Appearance

The reunited NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends SATAN have cancelled their previously announced appearance at next year's Keep It True II festival. The following is the official statement on the matter from the festival's organizers: "After we dealt everything with the band and got their final confirmation, I got an email from ...

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Mexican Evangelists Pray For 'Evil' MARILYN MANSON

Variety reports that dozens of Bible-wielding Mexican evangelical Christians prayed for the soul of MARILYN MANSON on Thursday (October 16) in a protest against a planned concert by the shock rocker. About 100 people sang hymns and prayed outside local government buildings in the center of the northern city of Monterrey, where MANSON, infamous for ...

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INFERNAL MAJESTY Finalize New Record Deal

Long-running Canadian thrashers INFERNAL MAJESTY are in the process of finalizing a record deal for the release of their new CD, "One Who Points To Death". The album, which clocks in at 47 minutes of "old-school thrash", is tentatively scheduled for release in December. More information will be made available shortly. The complete track listing ...

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CLOVEN HOOF Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE II Festival

NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends CLOVEN HOOF are the latest act to be confirmed for next year's installment of the Keep It True II festival, set to be held on April 10, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. As previously reported, fellow NWOBHM metallers SATAN will reunite in their original "Court In ...

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THERAPY? To Release First-Ever DVD

THERAPY? will release their first-ever DVD, "Scopophobia" (view cover here), on October 20 in continental Europe and October 27 in the U.K. through Eagle Vision (a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment). The disc features the full 19-song live set from the group's show in Belfast in June, plus the following promo videos: 01. ...

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