Wednesday, November 30, 2005

REVIEW: Lord Belial - Nocturnal Beast

This one really came as a surprise to me. I vaguely knew Lord Belial and i did hear a couple of songs of them in the past but they didn't make any real impression on me.
That is until now.
This record is rather outstanding, actually. We're talking Black Metal, here, of course. To my relief, without corpsepaint. Do not expect insane amounts of blastbeats and whirlwinds of fast riffing, because this one's quite 'laid back', so to speak. These Swedes use clean and semi-clean picking in almost every song and have accomplished a near-classic, in my opinion.
The cold and bitter spirit of Immortal is roaming about in the compositions. But let it be clear that the men in Lord Belial have not been stealing or rudely copying Abbath and co.. They do have a unique style and I dare say that this album will appeal a lot of black metal fans. Lord Belial have also managed to pick up Kris Verwimp to do the cover-artwork and the man did a beautiful job, again. The only thing that may bother some people is the lack of real speed-induced songs to get their adrenalin pumping. Uptempo bits are included but don't expect any 'panzer division Marduk' type of insanity.
People who are interested in a great, melodic but gritty black metal record, really should give this nocturnal beast a try.

Homepage : Lord Belial

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Legion : cover art revealed

We here present the cover of our upcoming album "Revocation". The cover art was once again made by Kris Verwimp. We have also made available the track "Horror Vacui" for you to download. Revocation will be released through Listenable Rec. by the end of January '06.

Homepage : The Legion

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Necrophobic : In the studio

Today, we started the recording of the new, fifth full length album. We will try to run a regular update regarding the progress of the recording process right here on the website. No titles of either the album or any songs will be released at this moment, but as soon as it's time for it, you will get the information here.
There are a lot of new things happening right now. The studio we're using for this album is a total unknown studio. It's called Dark Voodoo Studio and we will work with new persons as well. The engineering parts will be done by Anders Bentell and Fredrik Folkare (the later known for being guitarist and producer of Unleashed).

Apart from that, we will also have a new record label for this new album. We recently ended the deal of any forthcoming new albums with Karmageddon Media (ex Hammerheart Records). More revelaling stuff regarding this matter later on, as well as a possible release schedule/release date.

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Ad Noctum : tracklist revealed

Danish black metallers AD NOCTUM have finished recording their full-length debut, "Arrogance", tentatively due in early 2006 via Ancient Darkness Productions. The CD will contain around "40 minutes of pure black metal" the likes of which have never been heard before from the Danish black metal scene. The vocals on the album were handled by Vrykolatios (ex-APOLLYON), who worked on the CD as a session member. A new vocalist has already been found and will be announced soon. AD NOCTUM consists of guitarist Impaler, guitarist/bassist Mephistopheles and drummer Galheim.

"Arrogance" track listing:
01. Arrogance (From the Angels Point Of View)
02. The Necessity of Slavery
03. Deathcramps of Humanity
04. Life Ending
05. Wheelchair Religion
06. World of Pity
07. Modtag Skyggen

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Genital Grinder : new songs available

French death metallers Genital Grinder have uploaded three tracks from their "Pathologic Disorder" mini-CD on their MySpace.com page. Formed in 1995, Genital Grinder had previously issued a self-titled album in 2003 through Adipocere Records. The band are currently working on the follow-up release, tentatively due in early 2006 via an as-yet-undetermined label.

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Kataklysm : rough mix available

There's a rough mix of a brand new Kataklysm song available here! The song is entitled Like Angels Weeping (The Dark).
The song will appear on the upcoming album, In the Arms of Devastation, due on February 20, 2006.
Tue Madsen ,will be producing the album which will be released on Nuclear Blast Records.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Orphaned Land : Keyboard player leaves

Eden Rabin's message:
"My dearest friends, As of today, I decided to leave Orphaned Land, due to personal reasons I do not wish to divulge. The OL members have always been dear friends, and they shall stay my friends for eternity. Who knows?!- Maybe we'll find ourselves on the same stage again one day.It is indeed possible! I can not stress enough the happiness and joy each and every one of you has brought upon my life! I'm always at your service: edenrabin@rightontime.co.il. Don't hesitate to write. And above all: THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU for everything! Yours truly, Eden"

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Psycroptic : signs deal with Neurotic Records

Australia's number one export product PSYCROPTIC have just signed a multiple album recording agreement with NEUROTIC RECORDS. This deal will have immediate effect in the release of their third full length album, to be entitled "Symbols Of Failure", which is scheduled for a February 2006 release. Some song titles to appear on the album, in no particular order, are: "Our Evolutionary Architecture", "An Experiment In Transience", "Repairing The Dementional Cluster".

PSYCROPTIC, who create a form of extreme metal not bound to any genre, but highly appreciated in many, are done recording the follow up of 2003's "The Scepter Of The Ancients", which will mark the recording debut of new astounding vocalist Jason Peppiatt. "Symbols Of Failure" is currently being mixed by guitarist Joe Haley, who was also responsible for the flawless recording of the album. Mastering duties will commence right after, and everything will be topped of with amazing cover artwork and layout by brilliant artist Par Olofsson.

PSYCROPTIC drummer David Haley comments: "We are more than excited to release our 3rd album for all to hear on Neurotic Records. So much hard work, time and effort has been put into this release from the song writing process, the recording and all the way to the artwork and packaging. All in PSYCROPTIC agree that this is the best material we have ever done. We cannot wait to get out and play these songs live!"

Ruud Lemmen, founder of NEUROTIC RECORDS adds: "This band is so unique, not only in the insane and crazy songwriting but also in the immense instrumental capabilities the members of PSYCROPTIC embody. We are very happy to be able to work with this band, and obviously we expect quite a lot of this raging Tasmanian quartet."

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

REVIEW: The Project Hate MCMXCIX - armageddon march eternal (symphony of slit wrists)

Christianity according to The Project Hate: Jesus was a big son of a bitch, Mary was a filthy whore, the bible is cursed and christians are a bunch of retarded weak-assed losers. There you have it. What more can i add to this?

The latest effort from Sweden's professional Haters is called 'Armageddon March Eternal (symphony of slit wrists)'. With this record, they develop their unique blend of styles even further. In brief: slick female vocals, brick-heavy and gritty downtuned guitars, spooky synths, fat grunts and occasional breakbeats to spice things up a bit.

For those of you looking for easy-to-get-into songs: this record is a disaster. Other people who are looking for more complex songwriting and tons of variation: eat your heart out, because this one's got it all! Also, songs are not exactly short (+/- 8 minutes), making sure you get your rightful dose of violent, theatrical, stylish but H-H-Heavy death metal. There is never a sign of tediousness or repeating. The songs are of those kind which make a blistering u-turn when you least expect it. Adventurous listening guaranteed!

I, for one, have thoroughly inspected and enjoyed this album. Still listening to it and highly recommending it.

Homepage : The Project Hate MCMXCIX

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Tony Laureano : Touring with The Black Dahlia Murder

As it's been told elsewhere, I will be sitting in with The Black Dahlia Murder for their Japanese dates in December. Specific dates are in the tour dates section.

I'm looking foward to blasting some tunes with The Black Dahlia guys, should be a lot a fun.
Also, due to a last minute change, my trip to Norway has been postponed for a few months, so the recording of the project with the Spiral Architect/Satyricon guys is put off for a bit.

Same goes for the Insidious Disease rehearsals, as those will be done after the recording. Looking at an early January re-schedule for these projects.
I may also be squeezing in a few shows with another band in early December, stay tuned for that info.

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Bolt Thrower : condemn 'Realm Of Chaos' reissue

Bolt Thrower condemn Earache 'Realm of Chaos' Reissue

We would like to make it known that this re-release of 'Realm Of Chaos' is by Arseache Records and done without our consent and against our permission.

They are making money off the back of the new album 'Those Once Loyal', as they have done previously with the release of 'Who Dares Wins', again released without our consent or permission.

Bolt Thrower will see no royalties and the money will line the pockets of that lip licker Digby Pearson. Its a cheap shot, and quite sad to see how low a record company can stoop, once they where good, now they are nothing. The new cover is not a patch on the original.

We urge all loyal BT supporters to boycott this product...spread the word!!!

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Ancient Rites : inked deal with Seasons of Mist

Belgian most notorious (black metal) squad Ancient Rites swapped from Karmageddon Media to the infamous Seasons Of Mist (Mayhem, Arcturus, Anaal Nathrakh,..). This Monday 21th of November, the band will enter the Spacelab studio in Germany to work on the album with Oliver Philipps and Christian Moos. Both were also responsible for Dim Carcosa. The new album to be expected in April 2006.

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Metallica : live concert for download

METALLICA's entire second concert as the support act for THE ROLLING STONES on November 15 at the SBC Park in San Francisco, California has been posted online in audio format at this location.

Files are in FLAC format. Look here on how to convert FLAC to MP3.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Callenish Circle : 2 new songs online

Callenish Circle has posted 2 new song online, from their brand new album [Pitch.Black.Effects], on their Myspace page.
You can check out Guess Again and Ignorant here!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

God Dethroned : bass player will be replaced on European tour

Right! In a couple of minutes I'm leaving. From then on I'll be officially on tour... Exciting! This evening we'll pick up all the equipment & the new merchandise, and tomorrow we play the first show of the Tourturing Europe Tour. Even móre exciting! We're looking forward to see all of you worms out there! If you wanna see our set, be sure to be in time, as we're playing before God Forbid & The Haunted!! One more thing: our bassplayer Henke will be replaced from November 21st on, cause he's got other obligations. After the tour he'll join us again though.

See ya soon! Cheerz
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Monday, November 14, 2005

Dissection : BASSIST HAAKON FORWALD OUT OF DISSECTION

As a result of bassist Haakon Forwald's family situation back home in Norway and his initiatory work with the Norwegian cell division of the Misanthropic Luciferian Order (MLO) it has been decided that Forwald will step back from the position as Dissection's bass player in order to focus on his esoteric and exoteric work in Norway. Dissection wish Forwald the best of luck on the path to anti-cosmic gnosis and thank him for his time with the band.

This will not affect the two upcoming shows in Sweden and Germany booked for December and January where Dissection for the last time ever will perform a set based solely on the old albums!

Bass player candidates already exist and are currently being tried out in rehearsals!

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Tidfall : lay down weapons for a while

This will be a final update for a while. Not forever, but for the time beeing we have not any plans and/or projects with Tidfall to broadcast. Several of us are so tied up on a personal level with things that comes natural at a certain stage of life, that we just have to lay down our weapons for a while, and finish some other "projects". If you have any q's, but don't get any answers, we're sorry...
We wish all of you fans a happy metal x-mas and for all of you who are awaiting a new album, all we can say is "future brings many things"!
Best regards from all of us in Tidfall!

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Gorgoroth : Back-stage rider revealed

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH may be the epitome of pure evil when they hit the stage, but if their tour rider is any indication, they are softies at heart. GORGOROTH's rider for their current European tour with 1349 — which includes specifications on stage design, sound systems, lighting rigs, as well as an artist's wish list (from transportation and billing to dressing room accommodations and meals) — features a request for such items as "extra-soft" pink toilet paper, "condoms with strawberry taste" and a "masseuse" for the band every three days of the tour.

The following are a couple of excerpts from GORGOROTH's backstage rider for their current European tour (as obtained by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):

Catering specification:

On Arrival:

* enough assorted cheese, ham and salami sandwiches for twelve persons
* tea and coffee with milk & sugar
* one crate of assorted sodas

In The Dressing Room:

* coffee and tea
* 3 bottles of Jack Daniels, 70cl
* 1 bottle of Kahlua, 70cl
* 1 bottle of vodka, Finlandia preferably, 70cl
* 1 ltr gin, Bombay Sapphire preferably
* 2 bottles of Amarone red wine
* 2 litres of high fat content milk
* 70 domestic beers (min. 4,5%, max. 5%), 33cl
* 24 bottles of sparkling and non-sparkling water, 50cl
* 12 bottles/cans of energy drinks (Red Bull or Dark Dog)
* 4 packs of cigarettes (Marlboro Red/Lucky Strike), sigarillos and sigares.
* 24 bottles/cans assorted sodas, thereamongst Coke and Sprite, 33cl
* lots of fresh vegetables and fruits
* large plastic cups
* ice cubes
* snacks
* condoms with strawberry taste
* strawberries, champagne, pink toilet paper, extra soft.
* 25 clean large towels. White
* 5 blankets

Dinner:

The promoter is to pay and provide for a full dinner for five persons. No fast food or take-aways. The dinner is to be complemented by choice of beverages. Please note that there must be available 1 vegetarian for GORGOROTH and 1 vegetarian for one of the crew members.

Stage And Other Additional Specifications:

* 50 sheepheads
* 200 meters barbwire
* 1 carpenter with equipments to build racks for barbwire, barricades, crosses ect.
* 1 masseuse for the band every 3 days of the tour, this person needs to be there from arrival or during the afternoon.

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Defleshed : over and out

Fellow comrades,

with a schizophrenic mixture of grief and relief we hereby announce our departure from all Defleshed-activities. Activities that has become more of obligations with the years, which has driven us individually to become more ambitions or less. We are in no way splitting up as unfriends, if anything reversed, and we'll thank you all for your the support through the years in the only way we know how to: a farewell to the flesh gig at Fellini, Uppsala, Sweden the 25th of December (see www.fellini.nu) This night we'll do anything in our power to BLAST YOUR FUCKING FLESH OFF !!!
However, since we've never been to the States (which is an old dream of ours), we'll still try to nail that Dismember tour in April, but this is up to our US label & co. Hope you understand our wish not to become tired, blood-drain has-beens but to end this while we're still potent. We will still go on with metal in diverse bands and future projects of course, of which I'm sure you will hear of in a near future, but as for Defleshed we've simply feel the last chapter has been written. After all, you don't stop playing 'cause your getting old - you get old 'cause you stop playing. Be well and thanks for your attention in our band/

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Unleashed : cancelling X-mass tour 2005

Warriors!!!

Since the beginning of this year we have announced and promoted our confirmed participation on the X-mass tour 2005. According to the promoter Metallysee, Nuclear Blast records have now sponsored the tour and also have the right to choose which bands they want next to theirs on the bill. Accordingly, they ordered Unleashed off the bill, scared shitless of the competition Unleashed would cause, or just don't like us ? Smart move either way, and quite understandable.

We have tried to book a replacement tour for December as announced on our website.
Unfortunately, time was not on our side to do so and we will have to reschedule for next year. We will now concentrate on the final details of the upcoming DVD release and also our 8th full length album. We plan to enter the studio in January 2006.

Johnny & The Boys

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Belphegor : entering studio

All right, last days before we hit the studios. We're all set, most of the 10 compositions/arrangements are finished in a rudimentary form. Equipment is packed, new cymbals arrived and cables/strings/plecs a.o.have been fixed. Andy Classen (Stage One Studios / Kassel Germany) will be at the helm as producer, the four recording sessions and mixing/mastering process should be complete by middle of February ´06, and the yet untitled album's release date will hopefully be sometime in April/May of 2006.

As for the new album, we are doing everything we can to make sure it's the heaviest, most intense - monumental one BELPHEGOR ever made. We never rehearsed as often as for these 10 sound-collages, hell yeah,.....we feel that this will be the mightiest BELPHEGOR jewel yet. Well, we will let you in on the progress being made and give you an insight into the recording processes, reports will be posted on this site on a regular basis.

Helmuth, Sigurd, Nefastus & Barth.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Decapitated : new song online

A brand new DECAPITATED track, entitled "A Poem about an Old Prison", has been made available for download at this location. The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Organic Hallucinosis", due in February/March 2006 via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2004's "The Negation" was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski and features artwork and layout by Seth (ROTTING CHRIST, PARADISE LOST).

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Monday, November 07, 2005

Ensiferum : recording 10-year anniversary concert

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM, now featuring in its ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, will film their New Year's Eve 10-year anniversary concert at the Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland for an upcoming DVD.

ENSIFERUM, who recently parted ways with drummer Oliver Fokin and replaced him with Janne Parviainen, will enter Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki later in the month to record a mini-CD containing one new track, new studio recordings of several old demo songs, and a couple of traditional Finnish folk covers. The as-yet-untitled effort will be released in early 2006. The group's next full-length release is scheduled to be recorded in the summer of 2006. A European tour is tentatively slated to kick off in March 2006.

ENSIFERUM's sophomore album, "Iron", was released in April 2004 through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Ensiferum" was recorded in the summer of 2003 at Sweet Silence studios in Copenhagen, Denmark with producer Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA, ARTILLERY, MORBID ANGEL).

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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Lords of Chaos


San Diego film company ZU33 is currently developing "Lords of Chaos", a fiction film based on true events in the Norwegian black metal music scene in the early 1990s. The project goes into pre-production in November, with physical production scheduled to begin in Februrary 2006. The screenplay was written by Hans Fjellestad, Ryan Page and Adam Parfrey. Fjellestad is set to direct.

The movie is based on the book "Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground", which documents some of the events that have occurred in black metal's history, including the murder of MAYHEM's Aasarth Oystein (better known as Euronymous) at the hands of BURZUM mastermind Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnackh).

Found on : Blabbermouth

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The Legion : finishing mastering Revokation

Swedish black blasters THE LEGION have finished mastering their upcoming album 'Revokation' at Tailor Maid studios in Sweden "Revokation" was recorded in Art Decay studio and Endarker studios during the summer of 2005.

The album is a collection of 9 furious and very dark sounding songs and has a total duration of 46 minutes.
The song titles are as follow :
1. Grotesque Savior
2. Virtue of Sin
3. Annihilation Chaos
4. Horror Vacui
5. Impious Gathering
6. Bloodgate
7. Deadlight Afterglow
8. Carnal Harvest
9. Nocturnal Apparition

Watch out for THE LEGION on tour in 2006 !

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Dark Funeral : entering Swedish chart

DARK FUNERAL's new album, "Attera Totus Sanctus", has entered the Swedish national chart at position No. 35. It has also debuted on the Swedish heavy metal chart at No. 3.

DARK FUNERAL have uploaded two tracks from "Attera Totus Sanctus" at their official web site. Check out the songs "Godhate" and "666 Voices Inside" .

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Impaled Nazarene : new album title set

Impaled Nazarene has decided to name their 9th studio album PRO PATRIA FINLANDIA. The band will head for Sonic Pump studio with producer Tapio Pennanen in mid November.

Cancer, For Those Who Have Fallen, KUT, Contempt, Hate-Despise-Arrogance
are among the cuts to be featured on the album. Osmose Productions has set street date for PRO PATRIA FINLANDIA 28th of March 2006.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Thyrfing : new song online

Swedish black metal band Thyrfing will release there new album on 21 november.
The album will be entitled Farsotstider (Times of Plague). A preview can be found here!


Thyrfing - Urkraft

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Gorgoroth : recording European shows

Yesterday Gorgoroth embarked upon their upcoming European tour with 1349. A total of 30 concerts are arranged and first on the list is Paris on November 2nd.

Although delaying the work with the next studio album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", Gorgoroth intend to do several live recordings at different locations during this tour, which eventually will culminate in a live album entitled "True Norwegian Black Metal". Scheduled for a late autumn release in 2007, it will mark and celebrate Gorgoroth's 15-year anniversary.

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Primer Black : single released

"Okay, now that droppin some thanks is taken care of, onto the NEWS! As you know if you were at the shows this weekend, we've just released our 2 track single, 'BLOOD ON THE HEADLIGHTS'! It's available for sale directly off our website NOW, for the rock-fucking-bottom price of $2 for the CD or $4 for the limited edition RED vinyl 7' record, or be a super equipped mothafuka and get BOTH the CD and 7' for only $5! We also have about 70% of our MERCH in, including GIRLS SPAGHETTI STRAPS, 2 T-SHIRTS, STICKERS, PINS, and KNITTED HATS, all of which are up for sale now on www.PrimerBlack.com. Photos of all the merch (and - GASP! - ourselves!) will be up this weekend online."

Read more here!

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Arsebreed : e-card online




Arsebreed , the Dutch deathmetallers, with mebers of Pyaemia, Disavowed and Mangled, has posted an E-card online.

You can check it out here!

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Fleshgrind : RIP



We regretfully wish to inform everyone that FLESHGRIND has officially called it quits. For some that's good news, for others it's gonna suck. The reasoning behind this decision was not an easy one after 13 years but we feel this is the best time to move on. Before our last show about a month ago vocalist Rich Lispcomb formally stepped down from the position. Instead of contemplating replacing Rich with another vocalist, the remaining three members: Steve Murray, James Genenz, and Jesse Kehoe; have decided to move on in a new project. It just wouldn't be right calling ourselves FLESHGRIND if Rich isn't involved. Rich has decided he needs a life change. His heart just wasn't into it anymore, business wise and artistically, so he is moving on. He sold his business, United Guttural Records, and will be moving to Michigan to get on with his life. The three of us have no hard feelings towards Rich and his decision, and respect him even more for coming out about how he felt, and we are excited about the uninhibited possibilites for our new project. We are currently undergoing a group soul search to determine our direction in our future endeavors, and will be looking for a singer and possibly a second guitarist to fill out the group, although that search has yet to get underway. For now we just wish to respectfully put FLESHGRIND to rest. We wish to thank every single person that has ever supported us in any way. You all know who you are.

This MySpace page will stay active for some time to come. News and information on our future efforts will be available here until everything is set in stone. Thank you all for your support! Keep your eyes open here for new imformation as soon as it's available!

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