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ICED EARTH Guitarist In Suicide Bomber Scare!

ICED EARTH guitarist Ralph Santolla demanded to be let off a flight to England earlier today (March 17) after he spotted two fellow passengers behaving strangely while boarding the plane. The following is Ralph's detailed account of the whole experience, as provided exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "OK. First of all, let me say unequivocally that I ...

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NEWSTED/VOIVOD: Early Sessions Posted Online

Years before officially joining VOIVOD, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jasonic) jammed with Away (drums) and Piggy (guitar) at Jason's The Chophouse studio under the project name TARRAT. In 1998, the three VOIVOD instrumentalists regrouped at The Chophouse for five days of improvisational metal. These sessions produced tons of great sounds, including the initial ...

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MIA ZAPATA Murder Trial: DNA Link Challenged

Christine Clarridge of the Seattle Times reports that jurors in the trial of Jesus Mezquia — charged with killing THE GITS singer Mia Zapata in 1993 — may have to decide whether Mezquia's DNA, which authorities say was found in bite wounds on her body, is enough to convict him of murder. In opening statements ...

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BODY COUNT To Collaborate With Former EVANESCENCE Guitarist

BODY COUNT, the metal/punk band fronted by legendary rapper Ice T, are slated to contribute a new song to the upcoming "Resident Evil 2" soundtrack. The as-yet-untitled track will apparently be a collaboration between the group and a seemingly unlikely writing partner — former EVANESCENCE guitarist Ben Moody. "We're going to do a song on ...

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AGENT STEEL Begin Writing New Material

AGENT STEEL have issued the following update on their recent and upcoming activities: "We've started writing new material for our follow up to last year's 'Order Of The Illuminati' release and so far we got two new songs in the works and plan on having another solid idea or two by the end of the ...

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ORGY's JAY GORDON To Join SOCIETY 1 At 'Suspension Show'

ORGY frontman Jay Gordon will be joining SOCIETY 1's Matt "The Lord" Zane on vocals at SOCIETY 1's "suspension show" at Hollywood's Key Club on March 11. Gordon will be joining SOCIETY 1 onstage during The Lord's "suspension" — the part of the show where The Lord will perform after being pierced through his back ...

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NIGHTWISH: Studio Update

NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mainman Tuomas Holopainen has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "On January 29-30 we went to London for the first orchestra/choir/percussion recording session. The result of these days was beyond my wildest expectations. The musicians were incredible, playing their parts beautifully, passionately, and without any rehearsals. Their musicianship was something ...

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CELTIC FROST Propose Double-CD Anthology

CELTIC FROST have posted the following message on their official web site: "Sanctuary Records, London, have approached their German office in Berlin, the former Noise Records (and original label of CELTIC FROST in the 1980s), with the intention to compile a two-CD slipcase 'Anthology' covering CELTIC FROST's career. Steve Hammonds of Sanctuary London also proposed ...

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IRON MAIDEN: CLIVE BURR Trust Fund Update

IRON MAIDEN's official web site, www.ironmaiden.com, has posted an update on the status of the Clive Burr Multiple Sclerosis Trust Fund, created in early 2002 to benefit former MAIDEN drummer Clive Burr. Burr is suffering from multiple sclerosis — a disease of unknown cause. The disorder is causing him intermittent numbness and can affect his ...

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QUARTZ: Anthology Details Revealed

Sanctuary Records will release an anthology double-CD set from Birmingham heavy metal band QUARTZ this spring. Disc one comprises the entire 1977 Tony Iommi-produced "Quartz" album, including tracks featuring Iommi on lead guitar and "Sugar Rain", where the SABBATH riffmeister donates a flute solo. Added are eight bonus 7" single b-sides and unreleased demo recordings ...

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Author Of VARG VIKERNES Article Responds To Criticism From BLABBERMOUTH.NET Readers

The author of an editorial about the "flawed" Norwegian justice system published in the Arkansas daily newspaper Paragould Daily Press has personally responded to the BLABBERMOUTH.NET readers who have attacked him over his (presumed) musical and religious background. Paragould Daily Press editor Travis Justice's Jan. 10 editorial, titled "Norwegian killer takes advantage of ...

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THE CROWN Confirmed For Sweden's 2000 DECIBEL Festival

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN are the latest band confirmed for the fifth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to take place on May 21-22 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). It is the first time the festival will be a two-day event. Thirty-five bands will play on three different stages. ...

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JASON NEWSTED's PAPA WHEELIE Project: New Songs Posted Online

PAPA WHEELIE, the "stoner punk metal" crew consisting of former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jaylor) on guitar/vocals, Steven Wiig (a.k.a. Swiiglor) on drums and Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) on bass, have posted three new tracks recorded at Newsted's The Chophouse studio in October 2003. Commented Jason: "The noisiest metal on two wheels is alive ...

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COLD Guitarist Becomes Permanent Member Of EVANESCENCE

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee has confirmed to Australia's Undercover News that COLD guitarist Terry Balsamo is now a permanent member of EVANESCENCE. According to Lee, that also means COLD is history. "They could hire another guitar player and continue, but I'm pretty sure that their lead singer is in and out of rehab and having ...

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