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BLIND GUARDIAN's recently-issued "And Then There Was Silence" CD single, the first single to be issued through Century Media Records in more than a decade of operation in North America, debuted on the US Soundscan singles sales chart at #171, with top 40 debuts in Cleveland, Seattle and Denver all without the benefit of commercial ...

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self-titled - DEMONS & WIZARDS

When ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer and BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kursch joined forces to make this album, speculation was strong that the resultant album would end up sounding like a perfect blend of the two bands—a prediction that could not possibly have been more on the mark. Having never been a huge fan of ...

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Renegade - HAMMERFALL

Widely credited for having spearheaded the current traditional metal resurgence in Europe, Sweden's HAMMERFALL have always fallen a bit short of the mark to these ears, boasting a sound that is neither innovative nor particularly convincing, with many of their songs coming across like poor second-rate imitations of early HELLOWEEN.

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In spite of the ...

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Archive News Dec 03, 2001

APOLLYON SUN, featuring former CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer, are currently composing and demoing new material for the group's upcoming sophomore full-length album at the band's own rehearsal studio facility (where the act have just upgraded the computer-based recording system) and at Oakland Recording, the group's long-time home when recording in ...

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Archive News Nov 30, 2001

Here are some of the latest sales figures for various metal/hard rock releases in the US, as reported by Soundscan for the week ending November 25th, 2001 (number in parenthesis indicates the number of weeks the title has been on the sales chart):

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KID ROCK – Cocky: 223,062 (1) ...

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Archive News Nov 28, 2001

SOULFLY are scheduled to perform at Salon 21 in Mexico City, Mexico on December 15th. Additional South American dates, including a possible Santiago, Chile gig on December 13th, will be announced shortly.


An MP3 file of the track “The Storm”, taken from KING DIAMOND's upcoming Abigail Part ...

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Archive News Nov 27, 2001

Former CELTIC FROST guitarist/vocalist Tom G. Warrior (aka Thomas Gabriel Fischer) has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to refute the reports of am imminent reunion of the band's classic line-up of Fischer, bassist Martin Eric Ain and drummer Reed St. Mark, the rumors of which gained fervor in the past week following the publication ...

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Archive News Nov 22, 2001

As a result of a tremendous increase in traffic since the anthrax terrorist attacks started, ANTHRAX (the band) have decided to move their official web site to http://www.anthraxtheband.com. According to a statement issued by anthraxheband.com webmaster Brent, “we've been getting immense numbers of hits (at times greater than starwars.com got to download ...

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Archive News Nov 21, 2001

According to a report published in yesterday's edition of The New York Post, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst “lied when he said he visited a dying Australian girl injured in a mosh pit at his concert. Durst told Access Hollywood he visited Jessica Michalik on her deathbed and kept in touch with ...

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Archive News Nov 20, 2001

After a prolonged self-imposed absence, PRONG mastermind Tommy Victor is getting things back in gear with an eye toward releasing a new album in 2002. Currently based in Los Angeles, Victor has been quietly working on new demos over the past few months with the help of several musicians, including DIESEL ...

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Archive News Nov 19, 2001 - update 2

Kip Winger, he of WINGER fame, has placed “original and authentic WINGER/Kip Winger memorabilia” for sale via eBay. According to Winger's official web site, “this garage sale features clothing used in performances and photo shoots, and equipment used in the studio on his recent albums.” For more info, go to this location.

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Archive News Nov 15, 2001

The reunited CANDLEMASS—featuring bassist/mainman Leif Edling, vocalist Messiah Marcolin, guitarist Lars Johansson, guitarist Matts 'Mappe' Bjorkman, and drummer Jan Lindh—have officially been confirmed for next year's installment of the Sweden Rock Festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 7-8, 2002 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. As originally hinted here on September 26th ...

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Archive News Oct 15, 2001 - update 2

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM drummer Craig Nielsen has posted the following update on the group's recently cut-short US tour, reportedly as a result of “dismal” attendance: “As you have now heard, [stand-in vocalist] James Rivera [of HELSTAR] has delivered the goods like no other could have. The dude can not only sing his ass and ...

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Archive News Oct 12, 2001

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has sensationally announced that he would happily work with METALLICA again in the future, despite walking out on the group earlier this year. Newsted cited 'private and personal reasons, and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love' as ...

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Archive News Oct 05, 2001

SOULFLY have replaced drummer Joe Nunez with returning skinsman Roy Mayorga, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. As first reported here three days ago, Nunez left, or was fired from (depending on whom you talk to), SOULFLY after insisting on re-negotiating his financial arrangement with the group, which is said to have barely allowed him the ...

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Archive News Oct 04, 2001

A minor riot erupted at the conclusion of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's headlining show in Porto Alegre, Brazil on Tuesday, October 2nd, causing the band to storm off the stage and leaving the group's equipment vulnerable to damage as a result of the angry crowd throwing objects in protest over the way the concert ended. Here ...

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Archive News Sep 27, 2001

As a result of Capitol Records' recent buy-out of the Priority label, BLACK SABBATH's highly-anticipated album of live recordings from 1975, previously known as Live In 75, has been indefinitely put on hold, while the Priority-distributed Divine Recordings (Sharon Osbourne's record company and the projected label for the above-mentioned release) are presently attempting ...

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Archive News Sep 18, 2001

In what is yet another Roadrunner Records first, SLIPKNOT will be gracing the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone magazine, which is due to hit the newsstands this Friday, September 21st.


ENTOMBED's brand new studio opus, entitled Morning Star, will be released through Koch Entertainment in the US ...

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Archive News Sep 17, 2001 - update 2

Sweden's MARDUK have announced the updated itinerary for their upcoming American trek. The dates are as follows:

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Oct. 05 - Aurora, IL @ Riley's

Oct. 06 - St Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl

Oct. 07 - St Paul, MN @ The Lab

Oct. 09 ...

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Archive News Sep 11, 2001

Desperately seeking to make peace to everyone who has previously supported the group in an attempt to rebuild a career that has inarguably seen its best days, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine is continuing to reach out to former foes through personal postings via the group's official web site at www.megadeth.com. In the wake of ...

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Archive News Sep 06, 2001

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has publicly spoken out about his now-aborted project with IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson, which was recently shelved under somewhat acrimonious circumstances following Dickinson's decision to pull out of the planned collaboration between the pair. According to Lucassen, “Right after the release of the last AYREON album, ...

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Archive News Sep 03, 2001

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett got up on stage to jam with METALLICA cover band CREEPING DEATH at Metallibash 2001, a METALLICA fan gathering which was held at San Francisco's Maritime Hall on Saturday, September 1st. According to reports, Ulrich and Hammett appeared at the event about 1 ½ hours into ...

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Archive News Aug 31, 2001

The reunited EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, FORBIDDEN and SADUS are tentatively set to join forces in a combined touring package that is due to go out under the moniker Bay Area Invasion, and which is presently being put together by Walter Morgan's Deadly Embrace Productions (the people behind this month's Thrash Of The Titans benefit ...

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Archive News Aug 28, 2001

Here are the tentative dates for the forthcoming Roadrunner RoadRage tour, which is schedule to feature FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, CHIMAIRA and ILL NINO:

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Sept. 19 - Fargo, ND - Playmaker's Pavillion

Sept. 21 - Rockford, IL - Times Theater

Sept. 22 - Green Bay, WI ...

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Archive News Aug 21, 2001

SLIPKNOT have reportedly been confirmed to play this year's Halloween show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for the second year in a row. At the present time, no support acts have yet been announced, but MUDVAYNE and TYPE O NEGATIVE are rumored to be taking part in the night's festivities. In ...

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Archive News Aug 14, 2001

Amid industry rumblings indicating that over half a million finished CDs of POWERMAN 5000's Anyone For Doomsday? CD had to be destroyed as the band were sent back into the studio to write more material with “outside writers” to be included on the revised version of the album when it appears in early 2002, ...

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Archive News Aug 13, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 vocalist/mainman Spider One has confirmed that the group's previously announced headlining tour (which was also set to include SALIVA, MACHINE HEAD, STEREOMUD and HALFCOCKED) has been cancelled and that the release date of their Anyone For Doomsday? CD has been pushed back to early 2002, but has rejected any implication that the ...

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Archive News Aug 02, 2001

ROB ZOMBIE is scheduled to enter the Jim Henson Studios on Saturday, August 4th to record with a 30-piece orchestra for an as-yet-unspecified track on the singer's forthcoming follow-up to 1998's Hellbilly Deluxe CD, which is due to be released on October 30th through Geffen Records. As previously reported, a host of guests are ...

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Archive News Aug 01, 2001

According to his official web site, former JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford will be putting on a 'special live TV performance' tonight (August 1st, 8-11 PM New York time) at the MTV20: Live and Amost Legal birthday celebrations in New York. Halford will reportedly be opening the show with a “surprise line-up” which has ...

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Archive News Jul 30, 2001 - update 2

Leave it to W.A.S.P. and Blackie Lawless to deliver one of the cheesiest press releases we have ever seen. We especially like the way Lawless and his representatives have failed to make mention of the fact that new guitarist Darrell Roberts has spent the last year playing with former L.A. glamsters TUFF, a band ...

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