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JASON NEWSTED: The Exclusive Interview!!

During a candid January 28th interview with journalist Martin Carlsson, portions of which appeared in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted revealed interesting facts about his departure from METALLICA, James Hetfield's battle with addictions, the infamous Playboy feature, the postponement of VOIVOD's next album, the formation of a dream metal band with ...

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ARK Enlist Former Warner Music Executive To Handle Group Affairs

ARK, who feature in their ranks former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Jorn Lande, ex-CONCEPTION guitarist Tore Østby, former MALMSTEEN drummer John Macaluso, and ex-MALMSTEEN bassist Randy Coven, have enlisted Paul Ewing, former Vice President and Regional Director for Warner Music South East Asia for 18 years, to handle their business affairs. Ewing has been responsible for ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: Expanded Reissues On The Way

OZZY OSBOURNE will be releasing “expanded editions” of his Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, Tribute, and No More Tears CDs on March 26th. All reissues will come with the following: - Original cover art restored - All original issue information featured - Bonus tracks - New, never-before-seen photos - In-depth liner notes from ...

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LEADFOOT Ink Deal With Lunasound Recordings

North Carolina's LEADFOOT, who feature in their ranks former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, have signed with Sweden's Lunasound Recordings and are about to head into the studio with Grammy Award-nominated engineer Mark Williams to begin recording their third full-length album, tentatively entitled Saturday Knight. A late spring release is expected. ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Replace Frontman With HATE PLOW's Simmons!

Veteran Florida death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION have kicked out vocalist Brett Hoffmann and replaced him with HATE PLOW singer Kyle Simmons. Here is guitarist/founder Phil Fasciana's official statement on the matter: “For the 2nd time in his career, vocalist Brett Hoffmann has been fired from the band. In 1997 when he was asked to rejoin ...

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BLITZKRIEG To Unleash "Absolute Power"

Reunited NWOBHM legends BLITZKRIEG are finishing up the songwriting process for their new album, tentatively entitled Absolute Power, which is due to be issued during May/June. The group's current line-up consists of: Brian Ross - Vocals Tony J.Liddle - Guitar Paul Nesbitt - Guitar Andy Galloway - Bass Phil Brewis - Drums Among the song ...

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DOWN Set Sophomore Album Title, Plan Live Appearances

New Orleans supergroup DOWN, who feature in their ranks PANTERA's Philip Anselmo (vocals), C.O.C.'s Pepper Keenan (guitars), EYEHATEGOD's Jimmy Bower (drums), PANTERA's Rex Brown (bass) and CROWBAR's Kirk Windstein (guitars), have reportedly set Down II: Bustle In The Hedgerow as the title of their forthcoming sophomore effort, which is due to be issued through Elektra ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION: To Abyss And Back!

MALEVOLENT CREATION will enter Sweden's Abyss Studio in early May with producer Peter Tagtgren to record their eighth studio album, tentatively entitled The Will To Kill. Commented guitarist Phil Fasciana about the prospect of the band recording outside their native Florida for the first time in their 15-year-long career: Florida death metal being recorded in ...

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LEADFOOT To Record Third CD

North Carolina's LEADFOOT, who feature in their ranks former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, will shortly be entering the studio to record their third album (the follow-up to 2000's Take A Look), tentatively entitled Saturday Knight, for a spring release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. ...

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Technocracy - TECHNOCRACY

Unlike TECHNOCRACY's three-song demo, which featured a stripped-down production that didn't adequately complement the group's “futuristic”, layered sound, the San Francisco Bay Area quintet's full-length debut is an impressively convincing and effective effort that displays the kind of maturity and songwriting depth that is usually reserved for more established acts.

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Archive News Dec 05, 2001

METALLICA are taking a break for the holidays, but will return to the studio in January with a view towards releasing a new studio album next fall, according to statements attributed to the band's management and their publicist by MTV.com. While frontman James Hetfield spent time in rehab for alcoholism and “other ...

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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 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 09, 2001

Former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske will make a guest appearance on several tracks on the upcoming album from ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, it was announced yesterday. Although recent reports indicated that SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen would be absent from the project's recording line-up following Grapow and ...

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Archive News Nov 07, 2001

More information has surfaced regarding the behind-the-scenes events leading up to the announced STUCK MOJO reunion show, which is scheduled to take place on New Year's Eve at an as-yet-undisclosed venue in Atlanta, Georgia. According to informed sources, STUCK MOJO will be joined by new bassist/vocalist Keith Watson (formerly of Charlotte, North ...

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Archive News Oct 29, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 have parted ways with bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Al Pahanish, according to informed sources. Although the exact reasons for the pair's departure have not yet been revealed, the duo were recently seen moving their gear out of the band's rehearsal studio and were reported to have been jamming with ...

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Archive News Oct 24, 2001

Due to a technical problem at the server side (completely out of our control), we were unable to post any updates to these pages during the last two days. Although the problem appears to have been resolved, there is no guarantee that this sort of thing will not happen again in the ...

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Archive News Oct 23, 2001

In light of the numerous tour cancellations that have been announced in the recent weeks, MACHINE HEAD have issued a statement assuring their European fans that they will, in fact, be going ahead with their scheduled European headlined tour as planned. The statement—the Robert Flynn-handwritten version of which can be viewed at ...

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Archive News Oct 18, 2001

The official web site of the heavy metal band ANTHRAX at www.anthrax.com has reportedly received 8 million hits in the last two weeks, with 325,000 unique visitors connecting to the site in the wake of the recent anthrax bacteria terrorist scare that has sent fear and panic through the streets of America. ...

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Archive News Oct 17, 2001

KUSH, the long-running project of FEAR FACTORY bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter and CYPRESS HILL frontman B-Real, will be appearing at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California on October 27th.


Unlike his official press statements, which have thus far been ...

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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 10, 2001

UK's KILL II THIS have officially replaced recently-departed vocalist Matt Pollock with ex-PROFANE (Manchester) frontman Phil Bretnall. According to an official statement from the band, “after loads of auditioning, we easily picked out Phil as a strong contender, so we put him through some more gruelling auditions — the results of which are evident.. ...

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Archive News Oct 08, 2001

The reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE will be performing a headlining show at Slim's in San Francisco on December 14th. Support will come from SKINLAB. Other opening acts will be announced shortly.


Former DARK ANGEL/DREAMS OF DAMNATION guitarist Jim Durkin has joined the reunited Los Angeles thrashers HIRAX. ...

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Archive News Sep 28, 2001

LIMP BIZKIT will be issuing a remix album entitled Remizkit, in the near future, featuring remixes by DJ Premiere, Timbaland, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst, LIMP BIZKIT's DJ Lethal, LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, P. Diddy, The Neptunes, William Orbit, Josh Abraham, and including appearances by BUBBA SPARXXX, 8 BALL, E40, and other “special ...

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Archive News Sep 25, 2001

Although nothing has been officially confirmed, sources close to the ENTOMBED camp have revealed that the group's much-publicized and –anticipated collaboration with a Swedish ballet ensemble at the Royal Opera Hall in Stockholm as part of a show called Unreal Estate, originally set to take place around February 2002, is unlikely to come to ...

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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 10, 2001 - update 2

QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate is due to officially begin recording his new solo album on September 13th. Not many details are presently available about the upcoming CD, but it is believed that the line-up of musicians performing on the album will be the same as the one that appeared live back in June, a ...

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Archive News Sep 10, 2001 - update 1

CRADLE OF FILTH have turned down a slot on the coveted Black Christmas US arena tour (featuring OZZY OSBOURNE and ROB ZOMBIE, among others), because they will be “in the studio busy on the new album for next year”, according to the group's official web site. The statement goes on to say that “it ...

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Archive News Sep 07, 2001

It's official!!! As first reported here on June 30th (another BLABBERMOUTH.NET worldwide exclusive that we have to pat ourselves on the back for), VOIVOD have finally confirmed the return of original vocalist Snake (aka Denis Belanger) and addition of former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted to the group's current recording line-up, which is completed by ...

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