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It's Official: MERCYFUL FATE Part Ways With Metal Blade!

MERCYFUL FATE have parted ways with Metal Blade Records after the label chose not to exercise their contractual option to renew the group's agreement for another album, according to MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND manager Ole Bang (who dropped us a line from the MIDEM convention/music trade show in Cannes, France). The split comes nearly three years ...

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KING DIAMOND Slams Metal Blade Records, Fate Of US Tour Uncertain

KING DIAMOND leader and namesake has slammed Metal Blade Records over the record company's apparent inability/refusal to provide the band with adequate support necessary to put the group out on the road in support of their upcoming Abigail II: The Revenge CD (which is due on January 29th). In a soon-to-be-published interview with the German ...

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PROBOT's Dave Grohl: Lemmy Is God!

FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl (ex-NIRVANA) recently posted a message on the band's site describing the experience of working with MOTORHEAD mastermind Lemmy on a song called "Shake Your Blood", which will appear on an upcoming album by Grohl's metal side-project PROBOT. In his diary message, Grohl makes obvious his clear admiration for the rock'n'roll ...

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Chuck Schuldiner: A Tribute To A Legend!

Former DEATH/CONTROL DENIED bassist Steve DiGiorgio (currently in TESTAMENT/DRAGONLORD) has posted the following tribute to DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, who sadly lost his battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor, on December 13th: “Saddened… This is the first time since I've heard the news that I've been on the computer. I ...

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Don't Give Me Names - GUANO APES

Although they've had limited commercial success Stateside, Germany's GUANO APES have been a huge hit in Europe, and in particular their homeland, where this album entered the pop charts at #1 the week of its release in early May (the group's last album, Proud Like A God shifted some 650,000 units in Germany alone!).

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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 Oct 30, 2001

ANTHRAX are rumored to be making an appearance on the Late Night With Jay Leno show this Wednesday, October 31st. In other ANTHRAX-related news, check out this humorous article from Lincoln Journal Star about an ANTHRAX fan whose “ANTHRAX” license plates have gotten him a heap of negative reactions from irate motorists ...

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Archive News Oct 26, 2001

German thrashers DESTRUCTION have officially confirmed the departure of drummer Sven Vormann, a move that was first reported here back on October 22nd. A replacement skinsman has already been found, but his identity has yet to be revealed. More details will be forthcoming in the next few days.


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Archive News Oct 25, 2001

Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM have finally broken their silence regarding the recent reports of vocalist Maniac's departure and rumors of a possible split. According to the band's official web site, “MAYHEM is NOT breaking up, nor is Maniac leaving.” Commented guitarist Blasphemer (aka Rune Erickson): 'Maniac felt tired and fed up ...

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Archive News Oct 24, 2001

Due to a technical problem at the server side (completely out of our control), we were unable to post any updates to these pages during the last two days. Although the problem appears to have been resolved, there is no guarantee that this sort of thing will not happen again in the ...

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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 01, 2001

A Night Of Merry Mayhem tour, featuring OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE, MUDVAYNE and SOIL, will have its inaugural date on October 31st in Tucson, Arizona, with the final show currently scheduled to take place on December 31st in Phoenix, Arizona. Here are the unofficial dates for the outing:

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Archive News Sep 28, 2001

LIMP BIZKIT will be issuing a remix album entitled Remizkit, in the near future, featuring remixes by DJ Premiere, Timbaland, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst, LIMP BIZKIT's DJ Lethal, LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, P. Diddy, The Neptunes, William Orbit, Josh Abraham, and including appearances by BUBBA SPARXXX, 8 BALL, E40, and other “special ...

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Archive News Aug 20, 2001

Sweden's high-tech thrashers MESHUGGAH have been confirmed as the support band for TOOL's upcoming headlining US tour, beginning with the September 6th show in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here are the announced dates for the trek:

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Sept. 06 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

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Archive News Aug 06, 2001 - update 1

BLACK SABBATH frontman Ozzy Osbourne went into the studio last Thursday, August 2nd, to add his vocals the track “Iron Head” for the forthcoming, as-yet-untitled follow-up to ROB ZOMBIE's 1998 Hellbilly Deluxe CD, which is due to be released through Geffen Records on October 30th. As previously reported, the CD will also include contributions ...

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Archive News Jul 23, 2001 - update 2

ANOTHERDAY, the New York-based outfit that includes in its line-up former DRAIN STH guitarist Flavia Canel, is currently wrapping up work on a four-song demo.


Sweden's THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX, who include in their ranks ENTOMBED bassist Jorgen Sandstrom, will be holding a release party for their upcoming album, entitled ...

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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 13, 2001

According to reliable but unofficial sources, former C.O.C. and current LEADFOOT members Karl Agell (vocals) and Phil Swisher (bass) have joined forces with ex-C.O.C. drummer and current BROWN guitarist/vocalist Reed Mullin in a brand new, as-yet-unnamed project that may also feature in its ranks C.O.C. guitarist Woody Weatherman. It is unclear at this time what ...

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Archive News Jun 03, 2001

For reasons that are not entirely clear right now, SLIPKNOT cancelled at the last minute their scheduled appearance as the headliner on the 'alternative' stage at the Rock Im Park in festival in Nurnberg, Germany on Friday, June 1st. More info on this as it becomes available.


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Archive News May 28, 2001

The classic TROUBLE line-up of vocalist Eric Wagner, guitarist Rick Wartell, guitarist Bruce Franklin, drummer Jeff Olson and bassist Ron Holzner has reunited and is in the process of demoing new material, according to several postings from Ron on Patrick Schlimm's excellent TROUBLE Heaven web site. TROUBLE entered the studio on May 21st to start ...

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Archive News May 18, 2001

According to Sharon Osbourne, wife/manager of BLACK SABBATH frontman Ozzy Osbourne, the reunited BLACK SABBATH have penned a brand new track entitled 'Scary Dream', which she describes as 'haunting' and 'one of the best songs they've ever written'. Sharon recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the SABBATH re-reunion and the band's decision to regroup ...

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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 10, 2001

The upcoming Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, is tentatively scheduled to take place July 7th at either San Francisco's The Maritime Hall or Oakland's Henry J. Kaiser Arena. Besides the previously announced artists/musicians, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted is rumored to have been ...

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Archive News Apr 27, 2001

According to informed sources, the UK's PITCHSHIFTER are still in talks with Sanctuary Records about a possible deal, and if all goes well, the band are hoping to begin recording a new album before the end of the summer. Vocalist JS Clayden recently confirmed that the group 'are talking to the labels that we think ...

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Archive News Apr 16, 2001

In the June 2001 issue of Guitar World magazine, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine reveals the 'real' reason ANTHRAX was thrown off last summer's Maximum Rock tour, which was headlined by MOTLEY CRUE and also featured MEGADETH on the bill.

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According to Mustaine, 'when we first starting seeing low ticket sales and the tour began ...

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Archive News Mar 29, 2001

LIMP BIZKIT are continuing to work on material for their fourth full-length record, with vocalist Fred Durst stating on the band's official web site that “it'll be [our fans'] favorite album yet!!” LIMP BIZKIT are not expected to begin recording the follow-up to the quadruple-platinum Chocolate Starfish &amp The Hotdog Flavored Water CD until the ...

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Archive News Mar 21, 2001 - update 1

Ultra-talented Canadian madman Devin Townsend (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, OCEAN MACHINE, PHYSICIST) has posted the following update on the progress of his TERRIA project, which is presently being recorded in Vancouver and is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall.

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'Update time! Man, it's been kind of stupid around here in terms ...

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Archive News Mar 20, 2001 - update 1

Contrary to previous reports indicating that ex-UNDER / VICE six-stringer and former MACHINE HEAD guitar tech Jack Cargile had landed the SKINLAB guitarist slot left vacant by the recently-departed Scott Sergeant, it now appears that SKINLAB are in fact still searching for a permanent replacement. Interested parties can write to: skinlabguitarsearch@hotmail.com.


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Archive News Mar 17, 2001 - update 1

MEGADETH have cancelled their appearance at the Dynamo Festival in Holland. No reason has been announced for this decision, but what it means is that the band will now start their World Needs A Hero tour at Milton Keynes National Bowl on June 8 with AC/DC, THE OFFSPRING, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, and about ...

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