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LINKIN PARK Get OK For Malaysia Concert

LINKIN PARK have received the government's permission to perform next month in Malaysia — but they won't be allowed to scream, jump around or wear shorts onstage, according to the Associated Press. The Ministry of Culture and Arts said Wednesday it has approved plans for the band to hold a concert on Oct. 15 at ...

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Taiwanese Black Metal Band CHTHONIC Put Spin On The Country's Past

The controversial Taiwanese black metal band CHTHONIC have been criticized for mixing politics and music, and have even been prevented from performing in China after being labeled as "pro-independence musicians." They extolled the virtues of Na Tao Ji, a tragic heroine of Taiwanese folklore, by singing her story in front of the Presidential Office on ...

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FU MANCHU To Record New Material For Possible EP

FU MANCHU will enter the studio shortly to record "5 or 6 new songs," according to the latest online post by singer/guitarist Scott Hill. "3 or 4 [of the tracks] and maybe a cover song will be released soon. We want to release a few new songs before we sign to a new record label. ...

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MINISTRY Frontman To Remix EMINENCE Track

MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen is set to do a remix of the track "Citizen Zero" from Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE (featuring former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass). The song comes off EMINENCE's forthcoming CD, "Humanology", due in November through Switzerland's Timeless Productions. "Humanology", the follow-up to 1999's "Chaotic System", is currently being recorded at ...

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BBC News: Rock Is Back!

Stephen Dowling of BBC News Online reports that "as THE DARKNESS, METALLICA and LINKIN PARK toast Kerrang! Awards success, rock music is enjoying rude health at the expense of pop and dance. What has happened to bring rock back into favour? "When clubbing became the musical culture of choice in the mid-90s, dance purists claimed ...

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Review: MARILYN MANSON's Absence Sparks Rants At Concert

Jeff Spevak of Democrat and Chronicle reports that The Darien Lake stop of Ozzfest 2003 on Monday (August 11), witnessed by 15,000, had the best controversy of the tour "when it was announced that the infamous, now slightly shopworn shock rocker MARILYN MANSON had been politely asked by the venue's management to skip this stop ...

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TUSKA FESTIVAL 2003: Photos Posted Online

Sonera Plaza has posted several photos of TYPE O NEGATIVE, THE HAUNTED, STRATOVARIUS and SENTENCED performing live at Finland's Tuska festival this past weekend. Check them out here. Tuska took place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki and featured additional appearances by AMORPHIS, ARCH ENEMY, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ...

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SENTENCED Added To Finland's TUSKA METAL FESTIVAL

SENTENCED have replaced OPETH at this year's edition of Finland's Tuska festival, set to take place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki. As previously reported, OPETH were forced to cancel their appearance at Tuska due to "logistical and financial" difficulties connected with the group's upcoming U.S. tour with PORCUPINE TREE, ...

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NASUM Replace MESHUGGAH At Sweden's ARVIKA FESTIVAL

Swedish grindcore merchants NASUM have replaced MESHUGGAH at this year's edition of Arvika Festival (Arvikafestivalen), set to take place July 10-12 in Arvika, Sweden. NASUM will hit the stage on Saturday, July 12 at 11:30 p.m. Other artists scheduled to appear at the event include MINISTRY, MOONSPELL, H.I.M., and SOULFLY. As previously reported, MESHUGGAH were ...

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ALICE COOPER, OZZY OSBOURNE: Servants Of The Devil?

Way of Life Literature, a 29-year-old Fundamental Baptist preaching and publishing ministry, has issued a challenge to ALICE COOPER and his rock and roll Christianity. Check it out here. Meanwhile, Dial-The-Truth Ministries — a self-proclaimed Christian resource ministry whose sole purpose is presenting the truth and exposing error with the light of the ...

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GODHEAD To Join MINISTRY Tour?

GODHEAD are strongly rumored to be one of the bands being considered for MINISTRY's upcoming festival tour, tentatively scheduled to kick off in late July. "I know MINISTRY is putting together this kind of outdoor festival thing with OGHR [featuring SKINNY PUPPY frontman Nivek Ogre, a.k.a. Kevin Ogilvie], THE REVOLTING COCKS, and JELLO BIAFRA, and ...

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L.A. Hard Rockers FIREBALL MINISTRY Sign To NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Los Angeles-based heavy hitters FIREBALL MINISTRY have signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. Alumni of MTV's "You Hear It First" program, the band made the news official by announcing it on last week's edition of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". MTV's resident hard rock supporter Iann Robinson had this to say about FIREBALL MINISTRY: ...

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1349 Confirmed For Germany's WITH FULL FORCE Festival

Norwegian black metallers 1349, featuring SATYRICON drummer Frost, are the latest act to have been confirmed for Germany's With Full Force 2003 festival, which is set to take place July 4-6 at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: Friday, July 4: ...

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HYPOCRISY Added To Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

Sweden's HYPOCRISY, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, are the last-minute addition to this year's installment of Gods Of Metal festival, set to take place June 7-8 at the Mazda Palace in Milan, Italy. MARILYN MANSON will headline the festivities on Saturday, June 7 (under the banner "A Day ...

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RIGOR MORTIS Re-Launch Official Web Site

Reunited Texan thrashers RIGOR MORTIS have re-launched their official web site at www.rigormortis.com. The group's bassist/vocalist Casey Orr, who has spent the past few weeks playing with the reunited SPEEDEALER, has posted the following update on the band's activities: "A lot has been happening since this site went down for reconstructive surgery, so ...

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MINISTRY To Launch Festival Tour In Late July

MINISTRY have announced plans to launch a month-long "festival" tour beginning in late July. Joining them on the bill will be REVOLTING COCKS and OGHR (featuring SKINNY PUPPY frontman Nivek Ogre, a.k.a. Kevin Ogilvie), along with four or five other bands, all of whom will be "handpicked" by the industrial metal pioneers. "We plan on ...

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SOULFLY Confirmed For Finland's TUSKA 2003 Festival

SOULFLY are the latest act confirmed to appear at Finland's Tuska 2003 festival, set to take place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki. The complete list of groups currently scheduled to perform at the event is as follows: TYPE O NEGATIVE MINISTRY CHILDREN OF BODOM STRATOVARIUS SOULFLY TIMO RAUTIAINEN & ...

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ARCH ENEMY Confirmed For Holland's FIELDS OF ROCK Festival

Sweden's ARCH ENEMY are the latest addition to the Fields of Rock festival, which is set to take place on June 15 at Goffertpark Fields in Nijmegen, Holland. Other artists set to appear at the event include METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT, DEFTONES, MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED, MUDVAYNE, MINISTRY, STONE SOUR, NILE, OPETH, PRONG, SUBWAY TO SALLY and ...

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SEPULTURA Confirmed For U.K.'s DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL

Brazilian metallers SEPULTURA are the latest act to have been confirmed for the U.K.'s Download Festival, set to take place May 31-June 1 at Donington Park. Download Festival will highlight the best rock talent in the world today with more than fifty bands performing over two days on three stages. Other bands scheduled to appear ...

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Former PITCHSHIFTER Singer To Remix PIGFACE Track

Former PITCHSHIFTER and current DOHENY singer J.S. Clayden has been commissioned to do a remix of the PIGFACE track "Insect/Suspect" from the group's latest CD, "Easy Listening". The song reportedly includes appearances by Seibold (HATE DEPT.), Chris Connelly (REVOLTING COCKS, MINISTRY), and Fallon Bowman (ex-KITTIE), among others. Says J.S.: "It's always fun to do remixes. ...

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Former SKINNY PUPPY Frontman To Join MINISTRY At NYC Gig

Former SKINNY PUPPY frontman Nivek Ogre (a.k.a. Kevin Ogilvie) will join MINISTRY on stage during MINISTRY's gig at Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Sunday (May 4). Ogre was a member of MINISTRY between 1988 and 1991, and he had previously toured with the group in support of the "The Land of Rape and ...

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Former NEUROTICA Drummer Joins PITBULL DAYCARE

Former NEUROTICA drummer Jason West has joined San Antonio, Texas-based band PITBULL DAYCARE. West made his live debut with the group on April 14 at the Sunset in San Antonio as the support act for MINISTRY. PITBULL DAYCARE, who recently acquired a new guitarist by the name of Andy "Loosey" Escalante, are currently in negotiations ...

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IRON MAIDEN Singer To Present Radio Show From DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL

IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson will be presenting his "6 Music" radio show live from the Download Festival in Donington just moments after his highly anticipated headline performance on the main stage, according to Kerrrang! IRON MAIDEN headline the first day of the festival as part of their summer world tour. Other acts performing at ...

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