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AHRUE LUSTER: "I Was Creatively Unfulfilled In MACHINE HEAD"

Having left MACHINE HEAD due to what is officially being called "creative differences", guitarist Ahrue Luster has spoken exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET about the circumstances that led to his departure from the group his decision to pursue his own musical vision with his next project, the details of which are still being finalized. What follows is ...

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KORN's "Untouchables" Debuts At German #1!

Here is how the metal/hard rock genre fared in the German Media Control (Top 100) chart for the week ending June 24th (as reported by Rock Hard magazine): 01. KORN - Untouchables 08. MANOWAR - Warriors Of The World 19. BÖHSE ONKELZ - Dopamin 27. PUDDLE OF MUDD - Come Clean 28. P.O.D. - Satellite ...

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DOG EAT DOG Side Project MP3 Posted Online

BAD KARMA, the new group featuring DOG EAT DOG bassist Dave Neabore, have posted an MP3 of the track "Struggle" at this location. "Struggle" comes off BAD KARMA's forthcoming 10-song CD, which is currently being recorded for a late summer release. For more information on BAD KARMA—whose musical output has been described by ...

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WATCHTOWER Guitarist In Finishing Stages Of New SPASTIC INK CD, Joins Texas Cover Band

WATCHTOWER/SPASTIC INK guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek has finally found a drummer to lay down the tracks for the last remaining tune, "A Chaotic Realization of Nothing Yet Misunderstood", for the long-awaited SPASTIC INK sophomore release, Ink Compatible. Originally scheduled to be handled by Jarzombek's brother Bobby (i.e. HALFORD), the drum parts on the above-mentioned track were ...

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DOG EAT DOG: No Record Deal, Plenty Of Side Projects

DOG EAT DOG have yet to secure a new record deal following their split with the Roadrunner label and are continuing to write material in anticipation of a new album, according to the latest online posting from bassist Dave Neabore. In the meantime, Neabore has reportedly been jamming with a new group called BAD KARMA, ...

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ELEKTRIK MISTRESS Call It A Day!

Canadian "stoner rockers" ELEKTRIK MISTRESS have called it a day, according to a report posted at www.stonerrock.com. "I have officially fired the guys and will be taking a much needed break for much of this summer doing lots of writing and jamming...," guitarist/vocalist Kurt Kuthe is quoted as saying. "I already have over ...

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RUSH Announce Second Leg Of "Vapor Trails" US Tour

RUSH have confirmed 10 West Coast dates for the second leg of their North American tour. The additional stateside run in support of the forthcoming Anthem/Atlantic album Vapor Trails, will launch on September 14th in George, Washington. As previously reported, the tour will kick off June 28 in Hartford, Connecticut, with the first leg slated ...

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RUSH Unconfirmed North American Live Dates

A bunch of dates have been leaked for the forthcoming RUSH North American tour, which will reportedly be billed as “An Evening With RUSH” and will not include any opening acts. The unconfirmed dates are as follows: Jun. 28 - Meadows Music Centre - Hartford, CT April 20 Jun. 29 - Coors Light Amphitheater - ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer To Pen Liner Notes For New RUSH CD

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy will pen the liner notes for the Japanese version of the upcoming RUSH CD, entitled Vapor Trails. Says Portnoy: “I am honored to have been asked to write the liner notes for the Japanese version of their long-awaited, upcoming CD Vapor Trails, so I have been listening to this since ...

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STATIC-X Go "Power Metal" On RAMONES Tribute

STATIC-X have just completed their cover of THE RAMONES' "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment" at Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank, California for the upcoming DV8/Columbia Records tribute to THE RAMONES. Also scheduled to appear on the collection are ROB ZOMBIE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, EDDIE VEDDER, MARILYN MANSON, GREEN DAY, MOTORHEAD, RANCID, BILLY CORGAN, THE OFFSPRING, ...

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RUSH To Release "Vapor Trails" In May, North American Tour To Follow

Veteran Canadian rockers RUSH will release their much-anticipated new album, entitled Vapor Trails, on May 14th through Atlantic Records. The group's 17th studio recording, Vapor Trails marks the band's first all-new release since 1996, and comes as the follow-up to their RIAA gold-certified Test For Echo. Produced by Paul Northfield (i.e. MARILYN MANSON, HOLE), the ...

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TILES Finalize Track Listing For "Window Dressing"

Detroit-based progressive rockers TILES have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming album, entitled Window Dressing, which will be recorded in late spring with former RUSH/VOIVOD producer Terry Brown and released in the fall through Inside Out Records. The songs set to appear on the CD are as follows: 01. All She Knows 02. Window ...

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FAMILY VALUES 2001 CD Due In Early May

On May 7th, Elektra Records will be releasing a Family Values live CD, recorded during last year's successful outing. The tentative track listing for the album is as follows: 01. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - "Vasoline" 02. LINKIN PARK - "Runaway" 03. STAIND - "Fade" 04. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - "Wonderful" (feat. Chester Bennington of LINKIN ...

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MR. BIG's Farewell Live Album Due In April

MR. BIG's final live album, which was recorded on the band's recently-completed farewell tour of Japan, is due to receive a Japanese release through WEA Japan on April 24th. As a result of the band's recent split with Atlantic Records, there is no release date yet scheduled for other territories. The album's tentative track listing ...

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TILES Prepare "Window Dressing" For Late 2002 Release

Detroit-based progressive rockers TILES have completed work on five songs for their forthcoming studio CD, tentatively titled Window Dressing, and will remain in pre-production mode for the next couple of months before entering the studio to begin tracking the effort. The band are hoping to bring former RUSH/VOIVOD producer Terry Brown into rehearsals this spring ...

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RUSH To Issue New Album In May

RUSH will issue an as-yet-untitled new album on May 14th through Atlantic/Anthem Records in the US. The trio's first studio album since 1996's Test For Echo, the album will reportedly be followed by a world tour, the group's first live dates since the Test For Echo tour ended on July 4th, 1997, in Ottawa. The ...

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Is Rush Limbaugh A NEVERMORE Fan?!

Is conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh a NEVERMORE fan? One would think so, considering that a snippet of the Seattle group's Inside Four Walls track is being used to transition from commercials back to the regular show. No wonder Mr. Limbaugh has lost most of his hearing, one would say. ...

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DEADSY Set Release Date For Debut CD (Again)

DEADSY have set May 14th as the tentative release date for their long-awaited debut CD, entitled Commencement, through Elementree/Dreamworks Records. The final track listing for the effort is shaping up as follows: 01. The Key To Gramercy Park (3:12) (feat. KORN's Jonathan Davis) 02. Winners (4:22) 03. Brand New Love (4:34) 04. The Mansion World ...

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H.I.M. To Embark On Lengthy Hiatus

Finland's H.I.M. have announced that they will be taking a break from all touring and recording activities for the foreseeable future in order to “escape the hectic rush and pressure it had to cope with during the last [few] years,” according to a statement posted at www.him-music.de. As a result, H.I.M. will not be issuing ...

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Archive News Nov 05, 2001

Los Angeles' MEDICATION, featuring former MACHINE HEAD / SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE / LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt and SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga, have refuted the recent reports of Mayorga leaving the band in order to rejoin SOULFLY on a full-time basis. According to an ...

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Archive News Oct 18, 2001

The official web site of the heavy metal band ANTHRAX at www.anthrax.com has reportedly received 8 million hits in the last two weeks, with 325,000 unique visitors connecting to the site in the wake of the recent anthrax bacteria terrorist scare that has sent fear and panic through the streets of America. ...

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Archive News Oct 16, 2001

CANDLEMASS bassist/mainman Leif Edling has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the Swedish doomsters' most celebrated line-up—including Edling and vocalist Messiah Marcolin—have been officially approached by the organizers of the Sweden Rock Festival (Michael Ivarsson) to appear at next year's installment of the event, which is scheduled to take place on June 7-8, 2002 ...

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Archive News Sep 26, 2001

Rumors of an imminent reunion of the most celebrated line-up of Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS were given new life recently when former vocalist Messiah Marcolin took the stage with a CANDLEMASS cover band in Gothenburg, Sweden to perform five songs with the group while dressed in full monk regalia that had been become the singer's ...

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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 Aug 13, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 vocalist/mainman Spider One has confirmed that the group's previously announced headlining tour (which was also set to include SALIVA, MACHINE HEAD, STEREOMUD and HALFCOCKED) has been cancelled and that the release date of their Anyone For Doomsday? CD has been pushed back to early 2002, but has rejected any implication that the ...

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