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Archive News Nov 20, 2001

After a prolonged self-imposed absence, PRONG mastermind Tommy Victor is getting things back in gear with an eye toward releasing a new album in 2002. Currently based in Los Angeles, Victor has been quietly working on new demos over the past few months with the help of several musicians, including DIESEL ...

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Archive News Nov 19, 2001 - update 1

The recently-reunited classic CANDLEMASS line-up—vocalist Messiah Marcolin, bassist/founder Leif Edling, guitarist Mats Björkman, lead guitarist Lars Johansson and drummer Jan Lindh—will perform a five-song set at the Christmas bash, dubbed Black Lucia, of Sweden's premiere metal magazine, Close-Up (www.closeupmagazine.net), at Wildside (Daily's) in Stockholm, Sweden on December 13th. The event ...

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Archive News Nov 16, 2001

SLIPKNOT have issued the following press release explaining the reasons behind the cancellation of their US tour with IN FLAMES and 40 BELOW SUMMER: “Regrettably, SLIPKNOT have had to postpone their headlining U.S. tour which was set to kick off November 21 in Fargo, ND and wrap December 21 in ...

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Archive News Nov 14, 2001

THE REJECTS, a long-running project featuring vocalist Dizzy Reject, SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, and STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, entered the studio on Monday, November 12th to finish up work on their long-awaited debut album, which is scheduled to emerge in early 2002 through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Regular studio updates, posted by Dizzy, ...

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Archive News Nov 13, 2001

STUCK MOJO will be supported by 420 MONKS, the band led by MOJO frontman Bonz, at the former group's upcoming reunion gig at The Cotton Club in Atlanta, Georgia on New Year's Eve. In related news, SICK SPEED, the post-MOJO band of guitarist Rich Ward and drummer Bud Fontsere, will play their ...

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Archive News Nov 02, 2001

As exclusively reported here on October 5th, and subsequently denied (falsely) by none other than Mayorga himself (see news for October 9th, 2001), SOULFLY have enlisted former skinsman Roy Mayorga to replace the recently-departed Joe Nunez. The newly revamped group are currently at Phoenix, Arizona's (Brill Street) Chaton Studios recording their third ...

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Archive News Oct 19, 2001

HATEBREED have issued an official statement regarding the recent cancellation of their involvement with the God Hates The World Tour, headlined by SLAYER, in order to concentrate on finishing up their major label debut, entitled Perseverance: “First off all, we as a band would like to sincerely apologize to everyone ...

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Archive News Oct 17, 2001

KUSH, the long-running project of FEAR FACTORY bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter and CYPRESS HILL frontman B-Real, will be appearing at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California on October 27th.


Unlike his official press statements, which have thus far been ...

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Archive News Oct 15, 2001 - update 2

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM drummer Craig Nielsen has posted the following update on the group's recently cut-short US tour, reportedly as a result of “dismal” attendance: “As you have now heard, [stand-in vocalist] James Rivera [of HELSTAR] has delivered the goods like no other could have. The dude can not only sing his ass and ...

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Archive News Oct 11, 2001

As exclusively reported here on October 2nd, Roadrunner Records have now officially confirmed the departure of drummer Joe Nunez from SOULFLY and have hinted at the possibility of original drummer Roy Mayorga returning to the fold, a move that was denied by Mayorga in a statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET (as reported here on Tuesday, ...

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Archive News Oct 10, 2001

UK's KILL II THIS have officially replaced recently-departed vocalist Matt Pollock with ex-PROFANE (Manchester) frontman Phil Bretnall. According to an official statement from the band, “after loads of auditioning, we easily picked out Phil as a strong contender, so we put him through some more gruelling auditions — the results of which are evident.. ...

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Archive News Oct 08, 2001

The reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE will be performing a headlining show at Slim's in San Francisco on December 14th. Support will come from SKINLAB. Other opening acts will be announced shortly.


Former DARK ANGEL/DREAMS OF DAMNATION guitarist Jim Durkin has joined the reunited Los Angeles thrashers HIRAX. ...

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Archive News Oct 03, 2001

Further to the news item we posted here yesterday about SOULFLY drummer Joe Nunez's possible defection from the group's ranks over contractual issues, it now appears that the skinsman is keeping busy by playing in a local Chicago-area band called STRIPPING THE PISTOL, who are reportedly showcasing for a few major labels on Sunday, ...

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Archive News Sep 11, 2001

Desperately seeking to make peace to everyone who has previously supported the group in an attempt to rebuild a career that has inarguably seen its best days, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine is continuing to reach out to former foes through personal postings via the group's official web site at www.megadeth.com. In the wake of ...

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Archive News Sep 10, 2001 - update 2

QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate is due to officially begin recording his new solo album on September 13th. Not many details are presently available about the upcoming CD, but it is believed that the line-up of musicians performing on the album will be the same as the one that appeared live back in June, a ...

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Archive News Aug 07, 2001

MACHINE HEAD's Supercharger CD has been pushed back to an October release through Roadrunner Records via distribution from Universal. It is believed that the label's recently-completed joint-venture agreement with the Island Def Jam Music Group is largely to blame for this most recent delay, which has resulted in several other releases getting pushed back, ...

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Archive News Jul 26, 2001

The Brazilian online magazine Cidade Internet has conducted an interview with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser about the group's recent split with Roadrunner Records and the controversial Veja article (the Brazilian weekly mag equivalent of Time/Newsweek), in which the story's author, Sergio Martins, all but dismissed the group as a band on its 'last legs' ...

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Archive News Jul 13, 2001

CRADLE OF FILTH have issued a statement slamming their US label, Spitfire Records, for not releasing an “enhanced” version of the group's current album, Bitter Suites To Succubi, and failing to inform the band of the change in plans. According to the statement, “the USA version of the BSTS CD should also ...

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Archive News Jul 11, 2001

ANTHRAX have announced plans to record a live album at the October 3rd Chicago stop on their upcoming US tour as the support act for JUDAS PRIEST for a late November release through Beyond/BMG Records. According to guitarist Scott Ian, “We've heard your prayers and are answering them. So many of you have ...

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Archive News Jun 29, 2001

UNJUST frontman Paul Mendoza has recorded guest vocals for the track "Anthem For A Fallen Star" from SKINLAB's much-anticipated third full-length effort, entitled tHEreVOLTINGROOM>>dISTURBING tHE aRT oF eXPRESSION, which is currently being recorded at Trident Studios in San Francisco with producers Steve Evetts (i.e. SEPULTURA, EARTH CRISIS) and Juan Urteaga (i.e. ...

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Archive News Jun 26, 2001

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has posted a brief note on the official web site of his ECHOBRAIN project announcing the plans for his Chophouse Records label, which is scheduled to release the debut album from the above-mentioned act later in the year. The expanded note can be viewed in its entirety via Encyclopedia ...

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Archive News Jun 22, 2001

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted gave his first official interview since leaving the band on Wednesday night, June 20th, when he appeared on KNAC.com's Breath Of Fire show (hosted by Lonn Friend). Three tracks from Newsted's upcoming ECHOBRAIN CD—including a song containing a Kirk Hammett guitar lead—were aired during the bassist's appearance, ...

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Archive News Jun 05, 2001

NOTHINGFACE bassist Bill Gaal has spoken out about the reasons for his return to the band following the departure of ex-THE DEADLIGHTS four-stringer Jerry Montano, who was recently asked to leave the group and has since returned to his native California to form a new project. According to Gaal, 'there are a few reasons why ...

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Archive News Jun 02, 2001

All the shows for the upcoming Tattoo The Planet European tour—featuring PANTERA, SLAYER, CRADLE OF FILTH and STATIC-X—have been announced. The dates are as follows:

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Sept. 14 - Birmingham, UK @ NIA Academy

Sept. 15 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena

Sept. 16 - Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.

Sept. 18 - Leuven, BEL @ ...

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Archive News May 30, 2001

The 'I'm-talking-out-of-my-ass' quote of the day once again belongs to SLIPKNOT percussionist The Clown (aka Shawn Crahan), who inadvertently implied in a BBC interview that the third SLIPKNOT CD would not come out for another ten years: 'What people need to understand is we are always about ten years ahead of ourselves. I'm already thinking ...

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Archive News May 22, 2001

According to event organizer Walter Morgan, the Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, is officially confirmed to be taking place on Saturday, August 11th at San Francisco's Maritime Hall (with an officially published capacity of 1,700, according to the venue's web site: www.maritimehall.com). The ...

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Archive News May 20, 2001

SLIPKNOT reportedly performed four new songs (among them 'People=Sh.t', 'Disaster Piece' and 'Heretic Song') during the opening gig of their current European tour in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday, May 17th. In addition, all but three of the members debuted new masks at the show (same characters, but different design), which was attended by an estimated ...

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Archive News May 17, 2001

Producer Mudrock (i.e. GODSMACK, POWERMAN 5000) is the leading candidate to mix the forthcoming MACHINE HEAD CD, entitled Supercharger, which is tentatively scheduled to be released on August 20th in Europe and August 21st in the US. MACHINE HEAD has completed all the album recordings and is presently finalizing its mixing plans, with producer Johnny ...

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Archive News May 12, 2001

BIOHAZARD have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming Uncivilization opus, which has reportedly been pushed back to a September release through SPV/Steamhammer Records in Europe and Sanctuary Records in the US. Songs set to appear on the album are:

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01. Sellout

02. Population Control

03. Wide Awake

04. Getaway

05. Unified

06. Gone

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Archive News Apr 25, 2001

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has responded to mounting criticism over his less-than-complimentary comments about the alleged MOTLEY CRUE split and the behind-the-scenes circumstances that led to ANTHRAX getting thrown off the Maximum Rock tour (also featuring the CRUE and MEGADETH) last summer.

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Here is Mustaine's response in its entirety:

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'First, let me say ...

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