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Former SLAYER Drummer Officially Joins SYSTEMATIC!

Former SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined San Francisco Bay Area's SYSTEMATIC. As exclusively reported here on January 4th, Bostaph (who had also played with FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT) has joined SYSTEMATIC as a replacement for Shaun Bannon, who was forced to leave the group last summer after sustaining an arm injury during ...

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URIAH HEEP: New Studio, Live Albums On The Way

URIAH HEEP will perform a one-off show at London's Astoria on March 23rd prior to entering the studio to begin work on a new album, due later in the year. In other news, URIAH HEEP will release a CD/DVD entitled The Magician's Birthday Party at the end of the month. Filmed and recorded at the ...

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NAPALM DEATH: Shane Embury Health Update

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury has spoken out following a recent bout with the flu that left him hospitalized in Germany while the rest of the group carried on with their European tour as a four-piece. According to Embury, for a start, I didn't collapse. The flu thing has been bugging me for a bit, ...

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BILLY, DIGIORGIO, TRAVIS To Begin Tracking Debut CD Shortly For Fall Release

The new as-yet-unnamed project featuring TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio, SADUS frontman Darren Travis and TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy are still in the songwriting stage and expect to enter the studio in the next couple of months to begin laying down their debut album for a fall release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. According to DiGiorgio, “I'm ...

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TILES Prepare "Window Dressing" For Late 2002 Release

Detroit-based progressive rockers TILES have completed work on five songs for their forthcoming studio CD, tentatively titled Window Dressing, and will remain in pre-production mode for the next couple of months before entering the studio to begin tracking the effort. The band are hoping to bring former RUSH/VOIVOD producer Terry Brown into rehearsals this spring ...

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TO/DIE/FOR Taking A "Break", Pursuing Outside Projects

Finland's TO/DIE/FOR are taking a break to evaluate their future plans before deciding whether or not to carry on as a band, according to recent posting by lead guitarist Joonas “Jope” Koto. In the message, which was posted on the message board of TO/DIE/FOR's official web site, Koto vowed to renegotiate “all deals” before contemplating ...

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MARILYN MANSON Gets "Evil", Continues Work On New CD

MARILYN MANSON has revealed the titles of the four instrumental pieces that he has composed for inclusion on the forthcoming Resident Evil soundtrack, which is set to be issued through Roadrunner Records on March 12th. They are as follows: 01. Seizure Of Power 02. Cleansing 03. Reunion 04. Resident Evil Main Title Theme According to ...

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German Satanists Jailed For Murder!

The German couple (Manuela, 23, and Daniel Ruda, 26) who were accused of murdering a 33-year-old man beneath a banner reading "When Satan Lives" (as reported here on January 18th) were given prison sentences of 13 and 15 years respectively after admitting to killing the “friend” in their flat in Witten, in the ...

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METALIUM To Get Heroic In February

Germany's METALIUM will issue their latest CD, entitled Hero-Nation Chapter III, through Massacre Records on February 25th. Included on the album are guest appearances by vocalist Carolin Fortenbacher as well as keyboard legends Ken Hensley (ex-URIAH HEEP) and Don Airey (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE). A limited-edition two-CD version of Hero-Nation Chapter III will be released in Europe ...

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CHUCK SCHULDINER's Estate vs. Allbeat.com Pt. III

Bethann Schuldiner, the sister of and executor of late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner's estate, has issued the following response to Allbeat.com's statement regarding the alleged misappropriation of funds received from the latter's auction on Chuck's behalf: “If my suspicions are not correct, then surely Mr. Hazeart would be more than willing to ...

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DOWN Official Album Title Announced!

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 set Down II: Bustle In The Hedgerow as the official title of their sophomore CD, which is due to be issued through Elektra Records ...

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ANTHRAX: "Behind The Music" War Of Words Continues

In the continuing saga that is Billy Milano/Danny Lilker vs. Scott Ian/Charlie Benante over the upcoming VH1 Behind The Music special on ANTHRAX (read our original report on the subject here), S.O.D. frontman Milano has posted yet another message on the Metal Maniacs magazine message board under the heading “The Truth Behind My ...

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Former ANTHRAX Frontman Not Involved With Upcoming VH1 Special

Following last week's controversy surrounding former ANTHRAX bassist Danny Lilker's non-involvement with the upcoming ANTHRAX VH1 Behind The Music special (see original report here), ex-ANTHRAX frontman Neil Turbin has confirmed that, as of this time, he has not been contacted about contributing to the documentary and he doesn't expect to be, considering the ...

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13 Ways to Bleed on Stage - COLD

In the couple of years since COLD's much-acclaimed debut first saw the light of day, the band had seemingly disappeared from the face of the Earth, having reportedly encountered a host of record company and other business-related obstacles that have kept them out of the spotlight. Rumors have also abounded that the act were heavily ...

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Razorblade Romance - H.I.M.

A self-proclaimed "love metal" band, Finland's H.I.M. (which stands for His Infernal Majesty) is that country's biggest rock export ever, and it's easy to see why. Having shed some of their guitar-heavy edge which worked so well on the band's awesome Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 release, H.I.M.'s penchant for making music that is equally ...

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Gift - TAPROOT

A longtime underground favorite, Detroit's TAPROOT garnered a substantial amount of publicity last year when they were publicly scorned by LIMP BIZKIT's Fred Durst for having skipped out on a deal with his Interscope-distributed imprint in favor of a new label set up by their Velvet Hammer management through Atlantic Records. The whole episode has ...

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Archive News Dec 04, 2001

METALLICA have posted the following update on the present condition of frontman James Hetfield via their official web site at www.metallica.com:

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“Yes folks, we have word from James, and the news is all good. His recovery has gone exceedingly well, he is back out, about and feeling rather ...

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