Bassist PAUL CHAMPAGNE Leaves EXCITER

Bassist Paul Champagne has announced his decision to leave Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER. The following is Champagne's official statement on the matter: "After much thought, I have decided to leave EXCITER due to musical and personal differences. The expectations of the band were causing me to compromise my musical integrity in terms of playing style ...

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CRIMINAL To Record 'Supersonic Death' In The Fall

CRIMINAL, the formerly Chile-based act who feature in their ranks former PENTAGRAM mainman Anton Reisenegger and ex-EXTREME NOISE TERROR drummer Zac O'Neil, have set "Supersonic Death" as the title for their new album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The following is Reisenegger's latest update on the band's current activities: "I'm living ...

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Edmonton Sun: METALLICA Are Metal Dinosaurs In Turmoil

Mike Ross of the Edmonton Sun reviewed METALLICA's new album "St. Anger", giving it three out of five stars. Ross writes, "METALLICA has obviously tried very, very, very hard to make an album that sounds wild and raw. What fans will get instead with "St. Anger" — in stores [Thursday] — is a cluttered snapshot ...

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Drummer HENRY RANTA Quits SOILWORK!

Drummer Henry Ranta has left Sweden's SOILWORK in order to dedicate more time to his personal life. "After playing in SOILWORK for five years, our dear friend and drummer Henry Ranta has decided that he can no longer continue to play in SOILWORK," the band said in an official statement announcing Ranta's departure from the ...

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BURDEN OF GRIEF In The Studio, Prepare To Hit The Road

German death/thrash metal act BURDEN OF GRIEF are currently recording their third album. The as-yet-untitled CD will contain nine songs. In other news, BURDEN OF GRIEF have been officially confirmed for the following festivals: Jul. 11/12 - Spittal am Semmering, GER @ Kaltenbach Open Air (w/ ENTHRONED, MÖRK GRYNING, DISBELIEF) Jul. 11/12 - Bebra, GER ...

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SEPULTURA: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL Photos Posted Online

SEPULTURA played a half-hour set at the Download music festival in Derbyshire, England on Saturday (May 31). Check out pictures of the group's performance at their official web site. SEPULTURA have yet to announce a North American release date for their new album, "Roorback". The follow-up to 2001's "Nation", which was recorded and ...

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