Judge Says Ex-MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Must Remain in Custody

A judge has ruled that former MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood, who has been charged with assault, is a flight risk and a danger to others and must remain in custody, according to the Associated Press. U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Mathis also ruled Wednesday (Dec. 31) that there is enough evidence to try Kirkwood, 43, ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Confirmed For England's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Bloodstock Festival, set to take place September 3-4, 2004 at The Assembly Rooms in Derby, England. Also scheduled to appear are EDENBRIDGE, CRUACHAN, BALANCE OF POWER and FOURWAYKILL. More confirmations will be announced soon. As previously reported, PRIMAL FEAR's new album, ...

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ATOMIZER Ink Deal With AGONIA RECORDS

Australian black/death/thrash metallers ATOMIZER have inked a deal with Poland's Agonia Records. "Having already released a picture disc version of our latest album through Agonia and having found Filip to be one of the most dedicated label managers we have had the pleasure to deal with, it is with great pride that we announce this ...

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(HED)P.E. Dropped By JIVE, Reshuffle Lineup

(HED)P.E. vocalist Jahred (a.k.a. Paulo Sergio Gomes) has confirmed that the group have parted ways with guitarists Wes Greer and Sonny Mayo (guitar), as well as drummer Ben "BC" Vaught. In addition, the band have been dropped by longtime label Jive/Volcano Records. The following is vocalist Jahred's official statement on the matter: "Hey, what the ...

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NIGHTWISH Bassist Checks In From The Recording Studio

NIGHTWISH bassist Marco Hietala has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "Good evening from the southern seacoast of Finland. In this case 'southern' is just the geological location compared to the rest of the country. The wind is at the speed of storm, and the sea swells with the melting ...

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HIRAX, DECEASED, ATTACKER Confirmed For CLASSIC METAL FEST 4

HIRAX, DECEASED, ATTACKER, RAFF, DESTRUCTOR and IMPALER are among the artists scheduled to appear at the Classic Metal Fest 4 May 13-15 at JJ Kelley's in Bernice Lansing, Illinois. The following is a list of the artists currently confirmed to appear at the event: HIRAX DECEASED ATTACKER RAFF DESTRUCTOR IMPALER PREMONITION TYRANT'S REIGN IRON CROSS ...

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ABLOOM: New Music Posted Online

ABLOOM (formerly MOTHRA), the California-based group featuring former SOULFLY members Mikey Doling (guitar), Marcello D. Rapp (bass), and Roy Mayorga (drums), have posted two new tracks in MP3 format at their official web site. The songs, "January 2nd" and "What You Came For", will be available for download for one day only. ABLOOM's ...

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