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SINISTER Fill Guitarist Slot

Dutch death metallers SINISTER have recruited ex-CANTARA and GOD DETHRONED stand-in guitarist Pascal to replace the recently-departed longtime axeman Bart van Wallenberg. SINISTER are presently on the lookout for a serious tour. ...

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VAN HALEN: "Weighing All Options" Following Split With Warner Bros.

VAN HALEN are "currently weighing all the options and seeing what the future brings, [but] it's still premature to say where the band will go [following their split with longtime label Warner Bros. Records]," the group's attorney, Alan Mintz, told Billboard magazine. According to Mintz, VAN HALEN will "seriously consider" major label offers, but he ...

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AYREON Mastermind To Perform At Dutch Music Event

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) will be performing live at the Dutch music event Vrienden van Amstel between February 2nd and 6th at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, Holland. Vrienden van Amstel Live is a Dutch festival where lots of homegrown artists perform, either individually or together in a jam-style situation. Hosted by singer Manuëla ...

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VAN HALEN Drop Label, Manager Amid Reunion Talks

VAN HALEN have parted ways with Warner Bros. Records after a 14-year run that stretches back to the group's 1978 debut, acording to Hits Daily Double. The band have also changed attorneys, hiring Alan Mintz to take over for Don Engel, who was with them for 15 years. VAN HALEN, who are presently without a ...

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SINISTER Seek New Guitarist

Dutch death metallers SINISTER have parted ways with longtime guitarist Bart van Wallenberg due to “personal reasons” and are urgently seeking a replacement to accompany the group at their upcoming European live appearances to promote their latest CD, Creative Killings. The new guitarist “needs to be technically well skilled and besides be able to guarantee ...

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SPYKE Ink Deal With GMR Music Group

Stockholm-based “space rock” act SPYKE have signed a deal with GMR Music Group and have entered the studio to record their debut album, entitled Divine Decadence, for a May release through the Future Sounds label. Formed in March 1997 by guitarist Aris Restaino and vocalist Maciek van de Graaf, SPYKE are completed by bassist Per ...

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VIRGOS Confirm Album Title, CREED Tour

Birmingham, Alabama's VIRGOS (formerly VIRGOS MERLOT) have set The Path of Least Resistance as the title to their long-awaited second album, which is due to be released through CREED's independent label Blue Collar Records in the coming weeks. In other news, VIRGOS are set to hit the road with CREED starting January 16th on a ...

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SHADOW GALLERY Axeman To Guest On Lucassen's "Space Metal"

SHADOW GALLERY axeman Gary Wehrkamp will appear on two tracks on the upcoming Space Metal CD from STAR ONE, the new project helmed by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE). Here are Arjen's thoughts on Gary's contributions: "I might have told you this before, but I really think that the guitar solo of SHADOW GALLERY's ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Offer Apology To German Fans!

CANNIBAL CORPSE have issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of their last show of the X-Mass Festivals at Alarm! in Zwickau, Germany (which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 22nd): “We are deeply sorry to all the fans that attended the X-Mass Fest show at Alarm! in Zwickau, Germany wanting to see ...

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Archive News Dec 06, 2001

The “MAJOR announcement” regarding the band's guitarist search that LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst had promised to make via his appearance by phone on yesterday's Total Request Live had turned out to be not much of an announcement at all. Besides plugging the group's new remix album, entitled New Old Songs, Durst ...

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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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Archive News Nov 29, 2001

Despite having just joined the ranks of Canada's ANNIHILATOR, former NEVERMORE axeman Curran Murphy has no intention of leaving his longtime outfit AGGRESSION CORE, which is currently in the process of recording its sophomore CD, according to a statement sent by the guitarist to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The upcoming CD, entitled Victim Or Enemy ...

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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 13, 2001

STUCK MOJO will be supported by 420 MONKS, the band led by MOJO frontman Bonz, at the former group's upcoming reunion gig at The Cotton Club in Atlanta, Georgia on New Year's Eve. In related news, SICK SPEED, the post-MOJO band of guitarist Rich Ward and drummer Bud Fontsere, will play their ...

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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 01, 2001

A Night Of Merry Mayhem tour, featuring OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE, MUDVAYNE and SOIL, will have its inaugural date on October 31st in Tucson, Arizona, with the final show currently scheduled to take place on December 31st in Phoenix, Arizona. Here are the unofficial dates for the outing:

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Oct. 31 - ...

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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 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 14, 2001 - update 1

SYSTEM OF A DOWN will officially top next week's Billboard Pop Album chart after having shifted over 222,000 copies of their Toxicity CD during the album's first week of release, according to Soundscan. This news comes one day after it was announced that SOAD would enter the chart at #2, behind ALICIA KEYS—with 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 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 29, 2001

The full track listing for ROB ZOMBIE's upcoming The Sinister Urge CD has been announced. The song titles are as follows:

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01. Sinners Inc.

02. Demon Speeding

03. Dead Girl Superstar (feat. Kerry King)

04. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)

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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 20, 2001

Sweden's high-tech thrashers MESHUGGAH have been confirmed as the support band for TOOL's upcoming headlining US tour, beginning with the September 6th show in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here are the announced dates for the trek:

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Sept. 06 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

Sept. 07 - Madison, ...

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