Judge Blocks Band's Suicide Show

A Circuit Court judge slapped an injunction Thursday (October 2) on Florida shock-rockers HELL ON EARTH banning them from holding an onstage suicide that their leader vows will occur during a webcast performance this weekend, according to the Associated Press. St. Petersburg leaders had asked Judge John C. Lenderman for the injunction after the band ...

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EVANESCENCE To Release 'My Immortal' As Next Single

EVANESCENCE have selected "My Immortal" as the next single from their double-platinum major-label debut, "Fallen". "It's definitely a different song than our first single," singer Amy Lee told Steppin' Out magazine. "This time we're releasing a ballad and a lot of us weren't ready to put out a ballad yet. We felt we should keep ...

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ATROCITY Set To 'Break New Ground' On Forthcoming CD

Germany's ATROCITY have confirmed that they have signed a new deal with Austria's Napalm Records. The group's forthcoming album, which will once again be produced at frontman Alexander Krull's Mastersound Studio, will be "full of innovative ideas and [will] showcase the band in a more intensive light. Notwithstanding the unbelievably brutal guitars, a stronger influence ...

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ALTARIA Prepare To Enter Studio

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen and NIGHTWISH six-stringer Emppu Vuorinen, have set "Divinity" as the tentative title for their sophomore album, due in May 2004 through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. The group will enter the studio on October 10 to begin recording the effort, ...

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Former VANIZE Guitarist Forms New Band

Former VANIZE/current MAJESTY guitarist Rolf Munkes has formed a new band with Stefan Berggren (vocals, ex-COMPANY OF SNAKES), Marcus Bielenberg (bass, ex-VANIZE), Pierre Fienhold (drums, ex-VANIZE), Chris Heun (guitar, ex-SHYLOCK). Dubbed RAZORBACK, the group have already written 11 songs and have "almost recorded a big part of it," according to Munkes. A 2004 release is ...

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EINHERJER Film New Video

Norway's EINHERJER have shot a video for the track "Ironbound". "The editing should be finished in a week or so," reads a post on the band's web site. "Ironbound" comes off the group's recently released album, "Blot", available through Tabu Recordings. The follow-up to 2000's "Norwegian Native Art" was mixed at Top Room Studio with ...

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MACHINE HEAD To Issue Limited-Edition Two-Disc Version Of New Album

MACHINE HEAD's fifth studio album, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", will be released as a standard as well as a limited-edition double CD. Due in Europe on October 27 through Roadrunner Records, the follow-up to 2001's "Supercharger" was recorded at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California, and features production by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn. Mixing ...

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TED NUGENT: 'I Invented The Middle Finger'

Donna Petrozzello of The New York Daily News reports that Ted Nugent, musical wild man and avid hunter, in a period of four days this summer reduced a group of city-dwelling strangers to sniveling ranch hands. It was all for his VH1 special, "Surviving Nugent", and he makes no apologies for how he treated the ...

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