SUFFOCATION Drummer Speaks Out On Reunion, Future Plans

SUFFOCATION drummer Mike Smith has denied former bassist Chris Richards' assertions that the legendary death metal act's planned reunion is purely money-motivated and has indicated that a new album from the group may surface sometime next year, provided the quintet's upcoming tour and subsequent songwriting sessions prove to be a success. In the following exclusive ...

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DARK FUNERAL: Promoter Is To Blame For Australian Tour Cancellation

Sweden's DARK FUNERAL have rejected accusations by an Australian promoter that their "unprofessionalism" has resulted in their proposed Australasian tour being cancelled and have blamed the promoter's own unethical behavior for the tour's failure to materialize. "Well, what can I say????" bassist/vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula began when contacted by BLABBERMOUTH.NET for a comment on the ...

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Former VOIVOD Bassist To Perform In All-Star Thrash Metal Tribute Band

Ex-VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky) has teamed up with former and current members of OBLIVEON, CRYPTOPSY, MARTYR and GHOULUNATICS in an all-star thrash metal tribute band called BLACK CLOUD. The five-piece group is scheduled to make its live debut on November 9th at Le Medley in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. "My first manager, Maurice Richard, ...

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HAMMERFALL Trio To Perform Acoustic Set In Paris

HAMMERFALL members Oscar Dronjak (guitar), Stefan Elmgren (guitar), and Joacim Cans (vocals) will perform a three-song acoustic set during an appearance at a listening session/promotional party for their new album, Crimson Thunder, to be attended by journalists and fans in Paris, France this coming weekend. In other news, contrary to previous reports, no DVD single ...

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KAMELOT Continue Work On 'Epica'

KAMELOT are continuing to mix their forthcoming Epica opus for a January release through Sanctuary/Noise Records. According to the group's official web site, the label "will release a limited edition digipak with a bonus track and more. The band is also planning to meet with promoters in the coming weeks for tour scheduling and we ...

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SYMPHONY X To Tour Europe With STRATOVARIUS

SYMPHONY X have reportedly been confirmed as the main support act on the upcoming STRATOVARIUS European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early 2003. The opening act for tour will be Finland's THUNDERSTONE. In other news, a possibility reportedly exists that SYMPHONY X will be touring with HAMMERFALL and BLIND GUARDIAN in North ...

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DEFENESTRATION Part With Drummer, Management

British female-fronted act DEFENESTRATION are once again on the lookout for a new drummer, having recently parted ways with Ben Gordelia. According to frontwoman Gen, "there have been a series of set backs that have put us off track for a while but now as they seem to be being resolved we thought it time ...

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MORROWFEST Shows Raise £9,000 For Late IRON MONKEY Frontman

The Morrowfest shows — held last month in tribute to the late IRON MONKEY frontman Johnny Morrow — have raised £9,000 (approximately $14,000). Two shows were held in London and Nottingham and featured EYEHATEGOD, ORANGE GOBLIN, DUKES OF NOTHING, BLACKROCK, -(16)-, CHARGER, THE BLUEPRINT, DAILO, TAINT, MURDER ONE, HELVIS, BLACKEYE RIOT, MISTRESS, THE LAST DROP, ...

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