Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On System Of A Down, Dimmu Borgir, Fireball Ministry, Puny Human & More

System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian will release Volcano by Norwegian black metal band Satyricon on April 6 through his Sony Music imprint EatUrMusic. The record originally came out last year in Europe. ... Dimmu Borgir have issued a statement

addressing the recent departure of Nicholas Barker, the former Cradle of Filth drummer who played on the Norwegian black metal band's last two studio albums. "Nicholas has been removed from the lineup of Dimmu Borgir," the statement reads. "A session drummer will

be used in the future. Don't waste your time speculating why, we have already moved on. See you on the road very soon! — The boyz." The band has been nominated for a Norwegian Grammy in the metal category. The awards show will take place February 28 in Oslo. ...

Fireball Ministry and CKY are teaming up for a European tour that kicks off March 1 in Dublin. The bands have just over two weeks of dates lined up. ... Members of Halfway to Gone, Puny Human, Five Horse Johnson, Novadriver and various other Small Stone Records artists recently convened to drink and make music. The result of their so-called "Rustbelt Sessions" is expected to hit stores this fall. ...

Bleeding Through will headline the Mutilation Tour beginning in March, supported by Death by Stereo and Himsa. Bleeding are in Europe supporting Sick of It All and Most Precious Blood. The band also subjected itself to an eight-camera shoot of a late-January hometown headlining show at the Glasshouse in

Pomona, California, for a live DVD. It will be released as part of Kung Fu Records' "The Show Must Go Off!" series. ... 

New Jersey's God Forbid will tour in support of their February 24 release, Gone Forever, with Walls of Jericho, Blood Has Been Shed, Full Blown Chaos and A Life Once Lost. The trek kicks

off the day after the album's release and runs through March 10. ... Alabama Thunderpussy will hit Richmond, Virginia's Glass Hand Recording Studio next week to begin work on Fulton Hill, the band's first album with new singer Johnny Weils. Producer Mark Miley will oversee the project. ...

Unearth recently shot their concert in Farmingdale, New York, for an upcoming DVD. Singer Trevor Phipps called the show "an amazing experience" and said the DVD "should turn out to be a great representation of who Unearth are and what we do as a band." ... Bile have pulled out of the Kings of Roadkill Tour with Six

Feet Under. They will be replaced by Reflux. ...

Norma Jean have parted ways amicably with singer Brad Norris, who plans to dedicate more time to his family. Former Eso-Charis frontman Cory Putman is filling in for upcoming tour commitments. A permanent replacement has yet to be announced. ... Century Media Records has become majority owner of Now or Never, the label responsible for releases from Dillinger Escape

Plan, Brand New Sin, All Else Failed and Diecast. ...Dark Tranquility will issue remastered editions of 1995's The Gallery and 1997's The Mind's I with new artwork and bonus

material in the U.S. later this year. ...

Morgion are working on a new album, Cloaked in Ages, Crowned in Earth. Their Dark Symphonies label has no release date for the LP yet. ... European metalcore band Caliban are in the studio working on their follow-up to Shadow Hearts with In Flames singer Anders Friden producing. ... Angelville are home in Indiana recovering from the near-fatal van crash that sidelined their tour outside of Atlanta. Johnny V's arm required several hours of reconstructive surgery and physical therapy. ...

Eighteen Visions drummer Ken Floyd switched to the long-vacant second-guitar position shortly after the band finished recording sessions for Obsession, their follow-up to 2002's Vanity. Jason Shrout, formerly of Saved by Grace, now plays drums. Obsession is due later this year. ... Drummer Jesse Smith, bassist Rob Horner and singer Josh Ashworth have left Zao. Daniel Weyandt, who sang on the band's previous six releases, has returned to the fold as they gear up to

record their first album for Ferret Records this spring. No

rhythm-section replacements have been announced. ...

In Flames have resumed work on the video for "The Quiet Place," the first single from their forthcoming Soundtrack to Your Escape, now that singer Anders Friden has returned to Gothenburg, Sweden, from touring with his side project, Passenger. "I'm in a movie theater, falling asleep, falling into the movie and walking around in a 'Matrix'-like landscape, and the

other guys are playing there," Friden said of the video's concept. ...

Original Mercyful Fate guitarists Hank Shermann and Michael Denner have recorded an album with their new Copenhagen, Denmark-based

band, Force of Evil. The self-titled disc also

features former Mercyful Fate drummer Bjarne Holm, King Diamond bassist Hal Patino and singer Martin Steene. The band came together in 1999 while Mercyful Fate were on hiatus. Force of

Evil tracks include "Dawn of Dominion," "Hell on Earth,"

"Demonized" and "Under the Blade." ...

Hypocrisy have just completed a science-fiction video for "Eraser," the first single from the band's new record, The Arrival, due February 12. Since releasing 2002's Catch-22, the band has replaced drummer Lars Szoke with Horgh and added second guitarist Andreas Holma. ...

The fourth album by Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's side band Grip Inc., Incorporated, comes out March 16. Track

titles include "Curse (of the Cloth)," "Prophecy," "Skin Trade" and "The Gift." The album was produced by guitarist and keyboard player Waldermar Sorychta. ... Death metallists Suffocation disbanded in 1998 but reformed last year and are in the studio working on their comeback album, Souls to Deny. The band is recording at New York's Full Force Studios with engineer Joe Cincotta. The band's '90s bassist, Chris Richards, has been replaced by Scott Krall and guitarist Doug Cerrito has been replaced by former member Guy Marchais. Tentative track titles include

"Subconsciously Enslaved", "Surgery of Impalement" and "Tomes of Atrimony." ...

Thrash punk band Zeke will release 'Til the Livin' End on April 6. Tracks on the Jack Endino-produced record include the title cut, "Ten to the Riverside Blues," "On Through the Night" and "Long Train Runnin." Before the record is out, Zeke will launch a tour that begins March 5 in Seattle and runs through March 28

in San Francisco. ... Dutch atmospheric female-fronted band The Gathering will release their first semi-acoustic album, Sleepy Buildings, on March 9. ... Malaysian black metal band Bazzah will release their second album, Kingdom of the Dead, this summer. Their self-titled debut, which was originally printed in a 300-copy limited edition, will also be included on the disc. ... Devilinside, the new band by members of Minnesota metalcore outfit Disembodied, will release two discs this year. Their debut EP, Prelude, recorded in 2002, will come out April 6, and a new full-length will follow soon after. ...

Former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson will guest in the Soulfly video for the song "Prophecy," the title track of the band's new record, due March 30. The clip was shot on Thursday in Arizona at a location seven hours outside of Phoenix. Ellefson played on the album version of the song and on the tracks "Execution Style," "Defeat U" and "Mars." ... Wrath, Attacker, Hirax and a bundle of other '80s thrash metal notables will perform at the Classic Metal Fest 4 on May 13 to 15 in Lansing, Illinois. Other bands on the bill include Solitude Aeturnus, Deceased, Impaler, Celestial Dawn and Destructor.