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PANTERA Side Project And Special Guests Get Fired Up On New Year's Eve!

PANTERA bassist Rex Brown, ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell, DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams and SEVENDUST vocalist Lajon Witherspoon joined GASOLINE—the metallic southern rock side project of PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul—for a cover of PANTERA's “Walk” at GASOLINE's performance at Dallas' Bronco Bowl on December 31st. According to fans that ...

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PROBOT's Dave Grohl: Lemmy Is God!

FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl (ex-NIRVANA) recently posted a message on the band's site describing the experience of working with MOTORHEAD mastermind Lemmy on a song called "Shake Your Blood", which will appear on an upcoming album by Grohl's metal side-project PROBOT. In his diary message, Grohl makes obvious his clear admiration for the rock'n'roll ...

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MACHINE HEAD Part Ways With Management Company!

MACHINE HEAD have left Rick Sales Management (i.e. SLAYER, SEPULTURA) of their own accord and are currently seeking new representation. The split, which is said to be amicable, comes less than two years after the two parties first began working together and follows the release of the band's most critically-panned album to date, Supercharger, which ...

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Inwards - DEW-SCENTED

Tailor-made for fans of SLAYER and THE HAUNTED, Germany's DEW-SCENTED specialize in the kind of old-school thrash that is rarely heard nowadays—full of high-energy rhythms, double-bass drums, dizzying riffs and screamed-out vocals that are consistent in their full-on aggression and lack of melody. It's delivered with great conviction, a fact helped in no small part ...

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MORTA SKULD Acquire New Drummer, Prepare To Record Demo!

Long-running Wisconsin metal act MORTA SKULD have acquired ex-ACROPHET drummer Jason Mooney and are preparing to record a new demo, featuring the group's new musical direction, which is being described as a cross between SKINLAB and STATIC-X. Mooney is a well-known name in metal circles, having previously made the short list for both SLAYER and ...

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HATEBREED Offer New Album Preview On Forthcoming Tour!

According to the group's official web site, HATEBREED will perform six new tracks (off the band's forthcoming Stillborn/Republic/Universal Records CD Perseverance) on their upcoming headlining tour, which is scheduled to begin in early January. In other news, be sure to check out SLAYER guitarist Kerry King's appearance on the above-mentioned album via a solo on ...

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MANMADEGOD Prepare To Unleash Debut Full-Length CD During May!

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, featuring former FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and drummer Steve Jacobs, have completed the recording process for their as-yet-untitled debut CD for American Recordings at Los Angeles' Ocean Studios and will enter the Sol 7 facility on January 2nd to begin mixing the effort, which is tentatively due to be released ...

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VOIVOD Jam Out On The PISTOLS At Debut Reunion Gig!

Three members of the current incarnation of VOIVODvocalist Snake (aka Denis Belanger), guitarist Piggy (aka Denis D'Amour) and drummer Away (aka Michel Langevin)will perform a 30-minute set of SEX PISTOLS songs at Montreal's Foufounes Electrique on December 30th as part of a bill that will feature 10 local acts playing covers. VOIVOD will reportedly be ...

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Supercharger - MACHINE HEAD

One of the year's most highly anticipated releases, MACHINE HEAD's Supercharger is a surprisingly diverse and defiantly "untrendy"-sounding effort that is likely to disappoint everyone who is expecting the Bay Area quartet to return to the ultra-testosterone-charged sounds of their first two albums, 1994's Burn My Eyes and 1997's The More Things Change.... While ...

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God Hates Us All - SLAYER

Never known for being particularly experimental in their songwriting approach, SLAYER have occasionally attempted to expand upon their sound to mixed results—the most obvious example being the group's 1988 offering, South Of Heaven, which is still regarded highly by most SLAYER followers but is rarely thought of as one of the band's finest moments. ...

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Primitive - SOULFLY

Unlike the group's critically-acclaimed debut, which was a stylistically diverse offering that lacked focus, SOULFLY's sophomore release is a much more streamlined effort, featuring 12 songs that mostly revolve around the same mid-paced groove and a simplistic riffing style that has become Max Cavalera's trademark. There are still several experimental moments, of course, and as ...

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We Have Come for Your Parents - AMEN

Having found the group's I Am/Roadrunner Records debut to be a rather average exercise in post-punk aggression with little in the way of quality songwriting, I had extremely low expectations for AMEN's sophomore effort, a release that vocalist Casey Chaos has very ambitiously dubbed "the most violent album in major label history". Produced, once again, ...

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Reinventing the Steel - PANTERA

Unsurprisingly, there is very little "reinventing" going on here—PANTERA are content to happily regurgitate every single good idea they've had since their much-acclaimed Vulgar Display of Power release (arguably their finest effort to date), and to their credit, they do it extremely well. On the first couple of listens, much of this come across as ...

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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 26, 2001

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will be joining former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno on stage as a very special guest at the latter's headlining appearance at the Manifesto Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11th. Kisser will reportedly perform with Di'Anno at the first show of the singer's three-night stint ...

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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 12, 2001

NEVERMORE have dismissed as “totally false” the statement issued by the group's record company, Century Media Records, on Thursday, October 8th that indicated that the band had withdrawn from the five-date east coast/midwest tour with OVERKILL (which was scheduled to run from November 25th through December 2nd) in order to begin work ...

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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 05, 2001

Los Angeles' MEDICATION, featuring former MACHINE HEAD / SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE / LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt and SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga, have refuted the recent reports of Mayorga leaving the band in order to rejoin SOULFLY on a full-time basis. According to an ...

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Archive News Nov 02, 2001

As exclusively reported here on October 5th, and subsequently denied (falsely) by none other than Mayorga himself (see news for October 9th, 2001), SOULFLY have enlisted former skinsman Roy Mayorga to replace the recently-departed Joe Nunez. The newly revamped group are currently at Phoenix, Arizona's (Brill Street) Chaton Studios recording their third ...

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Archive News Oct 31, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider One confirmed, in an online posting at the group's official web site at www.powerman5000.com, that the group have parted ways with bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Al Pahanish, a move that was first reported here on Monday, October 29th. Here is the vocalist's statement in its entirety:

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Archive News Oct 26, 2001

German thrashers DESTRUCTION have officially confirmed the departure of drummer Sven Vormann, a move that was first reported here back on October 22nd. A replacement skinsman has already been found, but his identity has yet to be revealed. More details will be forthcoming in the next few days.


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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 19, 2001

HATEBREED have issued an official statement regarding the recent cancellation of their involvement with the God Hates The World Tour, headlined by SLAYER, in order to concentrate on finishing up their major label debut, entitled Perseverance: “First off all, we as a band would like to sincerely apologize to everyone ...

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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.


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Archive News Oct 16, 2001

CANDLEMASS bassist/mainman Leif Edling has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the Swedish doomsters' most celebrated line-up—including Edling and vocalist Messiah Marcolin—have been officially approached by the organizers of the Sweden Rock Festival (Michael Ivarsson) to appear at next year's installment of the event, which is scheduled to take place on June 7-8, 2002 ...

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