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MARDUK Box Set Postponed, US Tour Finalized

The release of MARDUK's forthcoming Blackcrowned box set has been delayed because of printing problems. A new release date has been set for February 18th. In other news, here are the dates for MARDUK's upcoming US tour with AMON AMARTH and DIABOLIC: Jan. 11 - The Lab - St. Paul, MN Jan. 12 - Riley's ...

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Former SKINLAB Axeman Resurfaces In PRIMATE

Former SKINLAB guitarist Mike Roberts has resurfaced in a brand new San Francisco Bay Area metal act called PRIMATE. The group, which performed its first show on December 1st, is completed by bassist Rob Berri (ex-DECEIVED, LEVERAGE), drummer Eric Ruel (ex-MOJAVE GREEN), and vocalist Chad Dinan (ex-KAGE). According to Roberts, if you like the first ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Prepare To "Kill", Embark On European Tour

Florida death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION are in the process of writing the material for their upcoming studio album, tentatively entitled The Will To Kill. In the meantime, the group have announced the dates for their upcoming European tour with IMPALED NAZARENE and CATASTROPHIC and the subsequent No Mercy Festivals 2002 (also featuring IMMORTAL, HYPOCRISY, VADER, ...

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Former EXODUS Frontman Launches "F BOMB"!

San Francisco Bay Area's F BOMB, featuring former EXODUS/LEGACY frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza, have lined up the following gigs during early 2002: Jan. 12 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street (w/LAVABONE) Feb. 15 – SF, CA @ The Pound (w/TECHNOCRACY, SIFT) An official web site for F BOMB, at www.f-bomb.com, is currently under ...

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LIZZY BORDEN Hit The Road In April!

The reformed LIZZY BORDEN have firmed up a bunch of headlining dates that are scheduled to take place during April. They are as follows: Apr. 05 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre Apr. 06 – Reseda, CA @ Paladino's Apr. 09 – Austin, TX @ Metro Apr. 10 – Dallas, TX @ Canyon Club ...

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EXODUS Back On The Attack!

The reformed EXODUS have announced the following appearances during the coming weeks: Dec. 21 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street Bar & Grill (w/SIFT) Jan. 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Covered Wagon Saloon Jan. 19 – Sacramento, CA @ The Roadhouse (w/DOMINANT RAGE) ...

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Scars - SOIL

It doesn't seem all that long ago that Chicago's SOIL were struggling to get themselves heard amid a sea of LIMP BIZKIT and KORN wannabes whose musical output was deemed far more “marketable” than the southern rock-tinged sounds practiced by the Illinois quintet. All that changed when a radio programmer in Orlando, Florida, ...

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Entrance - LION'S SHARE

Although an early incarnation of LION'S SHARE existed as early as the late Eighties, it wasn't until the release of the group's 1994 self-titled debut that the band truly came into their own in musical terms, having abandoned their AOR-inspired songwriting efforts in favor of a more progressive, heavier approach. Over the course of two ...

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Archive News Dec 05, 2001

METALLICA are taking a break for the holidays, but will return to the studio in January with a view towards releasing a new studio album next fall, according to statements attributed to the band's management and their publicist by MTV.com. While frontman James Hetfield spent time in rehab for alcoholism and “other ...

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Archive News Dec 04, 2001

METALLICA have posted the following update on the present condition of frontman James Hetfield via their official web site at www.metallica.com:

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“Yes folks, we have word from James, and the news is all good. His recovery has gone exceedingly well, he is back out, about and feeling rather ...

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Archive News Dec 03, 2001

APOLLYON SUN, featuring former CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer, are currently composing and demoing new material for the group's upcoming sophomore full-length album at the band's own rehearsal studio facility (where the act have just upgraded the computer-based recording system) and at Oakland Recording, the group's long-time home when recording in ...

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Archive News Nov 30, 2001

Here are some of the latest sales figures for various metal/hard rock releases in the US, as reported by Soundscan for the week ending November 25th, 2001 (number in parenthesis indicates the number of weeks the title has been on the sales chart):

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KID ROCK – Cocky: 223,062 (1) ...

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Archive News Nov 29, 2001

Despite having just joined the ranks of Canada's ANNIHILATOR, former NEVERMORE axeman Curran Murphy has no intention of leaving his longtime outfit AGGRESSION CORE, which is currently in the process of recording its sophomore CD, according to a statement sent by the guitarist to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The upcoming CD, entitled Victim Or Enemy ...

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Archive News Nov 23, 2001

Veteran German thrashers KREATOR will be recording a live CD and DVD on their upcoming European tour, according to an official statement posted at the group's web site. The album will reportedly include 24 songs from all periods of KREATOR's history, while the DVD will contain one professionally-recorded, full-length live concert, as ...

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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 2

Kip Winger, he of WINGER fame, has placed “original and authentic WINGER/Kip Winger memorabilia” for sale via eBay. According to Winger's official web site, “this garage sale features clothing used in performances and photo shoots, and equipment used in the studio on his recent albums.” For more info, go to this location.

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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 15, 2001

The reunited CANDLEMASS—featuring bassist/mainman Leif Edling, vocalist Messiah Marcolin, guitarist Lars Johansson, guitarist Matts 'Mappe' Bjorkman, and drummer Jan Lindh—have officially been confirmed for next year's installment of the Sweden Rock Festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 7-8, 2002 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. As originally hinted here on September 26th ...

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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 12, 2001

NEVERMORE have dismissed as “totally false” the statement issued by the group's record company, Century Media Records, on Thursday, October 8th that indicated that the band had withdrawn from the five-date east coast/midwest tour with OVERKILL (which was scheduled to run from November 25th through December 2nd) in order to begin work ...

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Archive News Nov 09, 2001

Former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske will make a guest appearance on several tracks on the upcoming album from ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, it was announced yesterday. Although recent reports indicated that SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen would be absent from the project's recording line-up following Grapow and ...

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Archive News Nov 08, 2001

RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher has posted the following update on the band's activities at the group's official web site at www.ravenlunatics.com: “Hi!! It's been a while. Sorry to have been out of it for a while, but a lot has been happening behind the scenes... [Guitarist] Mark [Gallagher] &amp I were over ...

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Archive News Nov 07, 2001

More information has surfaced regarding the behind-the-scenes events leading up to the announced STUCK MOJO reunion show, which is scheduled to take place on New Year's Eve at an as-yet-undisclosed venue in Atlanta, Georgia. According to informed sources, STUCK MOJO will be joined by new bassist/vocalist Keith Watson (formerly of Charlotte, North ...

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Archive News Nov 06, 2001

Acclaimed rap/metal act STUCK MOJO will reunite for a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta—the first time the much-missed outfit will perform together on stage in a year and four months. According to guitarist Rich Ward, “I have spoken to [STUCK MOJO/420 MONKS frontman] Bonz and we have agreed to do ...

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Archive News Oct 31, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider One confirmed, in an online posting at the group's official web site at www.powerman5000.com, that the group have parted ways with bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Al Pahanish, a move that was first reported here on Monday, October 29th. Here is the vocalist's statement in its entirety:

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Archive News Oct 29, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 have parted ways with bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Al Pahanish, according to informed sources. Although the exact reasons for the pair's departure have not yet been revealed, the duo were recently seen moving their gear out of the band's rehearsal studio and were reported to have been jamming with ...

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