TAPROOT: 'Getting Back To A More Live, Raw Feel'

TAPROOT drummer Jarrod Montague has posted the following update on the group's official web site: "Well, I've been so busy with my stuff that I didn't have a chance to update you guys, but drum and bass trax are DONE! We moved into the studio on Oct. 17 and started going to work the next ...

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DEICIDE: Part Of European Tour Postponed; Lineup Changes Explained

Contrary to reports from the Portuguese date of DEICIDE's European tour, DEICIDE have not cancelled the rest of the trek but have instead postponed part of the tour in order to accodmodate drummer Steve Asheim, whose father has just died. The group's booking agent, Adam Elfin of First Contact Agency, has sent BLABBERMOUTH.NET the following ...

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METALLICA: 'Some Kind Of Monster' DVD Details Revealed

According to a posting at METALLICA's official web site, the DVD version of the band's $4.3-million documentary, "Some Kind of Monster", will be jampacked with seven hours of bonus features. The two-DVD set, due on January 25, 2005, will include the following: * 40 additional scenes * Exclusive intimate interviews with METALLICA about the film ...

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Bassist STEVE DIGIORGIO Joins SEBASTIAN BACH

Bassist extraordinaire Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, ex-DEATH, ICED EARTH) has officially joined former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach's touring band. "Yes it's true," Sebastian writes on his web site. "I am now finalizing the heaviest lineup I have ever played with on a stage at any time in my 20-year career. Joining the band on ...

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EARSHOT Drop Off MEGADETH Tour, EXODUS Move Into Main-Support Slot

According to a online posting by MEGADETH's webmaster, Los Angeles quintet EARSHOT have officially left the MEGADETH-headlining "Blackmail the Universe" U.S. tour. "In no way was EARSHOT booted from the tour by MEGADETH," he writes. "These rumours are absolutely false. EARSHOT had agreed the night before to take opening spot before [other support band] EXODUS ...

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Updated: DEICIDE Cancel European Tour

DEICIDE have cancelled the remaining dates on their European headlining tour due to a "family crisis" (believed to be the death of drummer Steve Asheim's father). The group's last live appearance took place on Friday, November 5 at at the Hard Club in Porto, Portugal, where the band reportedly performed for less than 45 minutes. ...

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DEF LEPPARD: 'Best Of' Certified Gold In U.K.

Only a little over a week after DEF LEPPARD's "Best Of" compilation album was released in the U.K., it has been certified gold: at this time, more than 120,000 copies of the album have been sold already. "Best of" is a European-only compilation album of featuring the band's greatest hits plus one new song (a ...

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TOURNIQUET Rejoined By Guitarist AARON GUERRA

Christian thrash metallers TOURNIQUET have been rejoined by longtime friend, guitarist Aaron Guerra. "As you may remember, it was a mutual parting a couple three years ago, as Aaron was starting a family and so on," the band write on their web site. "We are all now in a position to welcome him back and ...

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