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SLIPKNOT's PAUL GRAY: "I Know SYSTEM OF A DOWN Will Win Grammy"

SLIPKNOT's Paul Gray on the possibility of the group winning a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” category (for "Left Behind") at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, which are scheduled to air live at 8:00 PM via CBS tonight, Wednesday, February 27th from the Staples Center in Los Angeles: “It's cool that we're nominated. I ...

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Former TESTAMENT Duo Rejoin Forces In PUSHED

Former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian have rejoined forces in PUSHED, a Southern California-based five-piece whose current two-song demo CD is an aggressive-yet-melodic affair that showcases the group's excellent musicianship without relying on speed to get its point across. Whereas Surface is a moody, dynamic number that utilizes vocalist Travis Neal's ...

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SLAYER Cancel Rescheduled Shows, No New Dates Announced

SLAYER have cancelled the two rescheduled Southern California dates (originally postponed due to the recent passing of frontman Tom Araya's father) and no new dates have yet been announced, according to the venues in question and the band's publicist. SLAYER were previously due to perform at the 4th & B in San Diego on February ...

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SLAYER's TOM ARAYA: DAVE MUSTAINE Is "Wrong Person" To Unite Metal Community

SLAYER frontman Tom Araya has slammed MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine over the latter's desperate attempts at regaining the momentum lost during the band's ultimately unsuccessful forays into a more commercial songwriting approach. In an interview with Canada's Jam! Showbiz, Araya stated that "MEGADETHtried [moving into the mainstream] and weren't very successful. Rather than sticking to ...

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PANTERA's ANSELMO: "Enough Is Enough"

PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo has sensationally hinted to the Dutch Aardschok magazine that he may quit the Texas metal act before another studio album is recorded. In the March 2002 issue of the publication, Anselmo states that “PANTERA was my home for many, many years. I don't have a problem with anyone in the band. ...

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ABSU Drummer Among Leading Candidates To Join SLAYER

ABSU percussionist Proscriptor (a.k.a. Russ R. Givens) is a strong candidate to fill the vacant SLAYER drummer slot following the departure of Paul Bostaph, who left the group last December due to a chronic elbow injury. Although the drummer has yet to be officially offered the position, Givens reportedly auditioned with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King ...

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NILE To Enter Studio In Early March, July Release Expected

Acclaimed death metallers NILE will enter Soundlab Studios in Columbia, South Carolina on March 4th to record their third full-length CD, tentatively titled In Their Darkened Shrines. Eight tracks have been written so far for the album, which is set to feature nearly an hour's worth of music. Among the song titles set to appear ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Fire Producer (Again), Continue Work On New CD

GUNS N' ROSES, featuring sole original member Axl Rose on vocals, have fired producer Roy Thomas Baker (i.e. QUEEN), who has been working with the group for the past two years on their perennially-delayed Chinese Democracy CD, according to Allstar. Baker first started collaborating with GUNS N' ROSES in the spring of 2000 when he ...

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SLAYER Confirm Death In Family, Cancel Dates

SLAYER's representatives and record label have confirmed that frontman Tom Araya's father died Wednesday night of a heart attack, as first reported here early this morning. SLAYER have canceled their Thursday, February 7th show at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas, Texas and may postpone or cancel other dates as well. ...

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SLAYER Frontman Suffers Death In Family, Shows Likely Postponed

Unconfirmed reports indicate that SLAYER frontman Tom Araya was informed of his father's sudden passing following the group's headlining performance at Aerial Theatre in Houston, Texas last night, February 6th. As a result, it appears highly likely that at least the next couple of shows on SLAYER's current itinerary will be postponed or cancelled. The ...

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MANMADEGOD Enter Mixing Phase On Debut CD

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, featuring former FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and drummer Steve Jacobs, have completed the recording process for their debut CD for American Recordings at Los Angeles' Ocean Studios and are currently mixing the effort at West Hollywood's Larrabee Studio East facility with Sean Beavan (i.e. SLAYER, MARILYN MANSON) and Rick Rubin ...

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THE FORSAKEN Finalize New Album Title, Track Listing

Swedish death metal act THE FORSAKEN have completed work on their sophomore full-length CD, entitled Arts Of Desolation, at producer Tommy Tagtgren's Abyss Studios for a spring release through Century Media Records. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Incubator 02. The Hatebreed 03. Human Chapter X 04. Dethroned 05. Embedded ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Re-Masters On The Way, HALFORD Speaks Out

The third and final phase of the JUDAS PRIEST re-masters is scheduled to be released in early March (March 4th in Germany). There will be only two unreleased studio songs on them—"All Fired Up" (Turbo) and "Living Bad Dreams" (Painkiller)—30-seconds sound excerpts in Real Audio of which can be heard at this and ...

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SYSTEMATIC Confirm Bassist Departure, Prepare To Record Second CD

SYSTEMATIC manager Nick John of Rick Sales Management has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the group have parted ways with bassist Nick St. Denis. No details have yet been divulged regarding St. Denis' departure, but an official press release will be issued shortly that should be more forthcoming about the bassist's future plans. In the meantime, ...

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SLAYER Emphasize Early Classics In Current Live Set

SLAYER have added several older tracks to their current set list following the addition of returning drummer Dave Lombardo to the group's present touring line-up (as a temporary replacement for the recently-departed Paul Bostaph). Here are the songs SLAYER performed during their set at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Friday, January ...

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Abigail II: The Revenge - KING DIAMOND

Having been a huge fan of MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND's recorded output from the earliest days of the two bands' respective careers, I am more than a little perplexed by the path mainman King Diamond has chosen to follow during most of the '90s and going into the 21st century. Whereas MERCYFUL FATE and KING DIAMOND's ...

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SLAYER Intensify Drummer Search

SLAYER are intensifying their search for a new drummer following the recent departure of longtime skinsman Paul Bostaph. Although SLAYER's original drummer Dave Lombardo is currently sitting in with the band for the duration of their ongoing North American tour, SLAYER are looking for a permanent replacement for Bostaph and will be holding auditions on ...

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SLAYER Does Not Hate Canada (Apparently)

HATEBREED have announced via their official web site that SLAYER will not be taking their God Hates The World tour to other parts of Canada after the latter group's headlining show in Vancouver on February 17th. However, HATEBREED and DIECAST will team up immediately thereafter for four shows in Western Canada, to be followed by ...

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DIECAST Added To SLAYER Tour

DIECAST have been added to SLAYER's upcoming God Hates The World North American jaunt (also featuring HATEBREED) at all dates between January 25th and February 14th. DIECAST will be supporting their latest release Day Of Reckoning, which is available on Now Or Never 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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SYSTEMATIC Update: Bostaph "Not Officially Confirmed" As Member

A representative from the management company who handle both SYSTEMATIC and SLAYER, among other acts, has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to inform us that, contrary to statements made by former SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph at his appearance with SYSTEMATIC on New Year's Eve, the drummer has yet to be officially confirmed as a member of the latter ...

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Former SLAYER Drummer Joins SYSTEMATIC!

Former SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. Bostaph is no stranger to the SYSTEMATIC guys, having played with the latter band's guitarist Adam Ruppell in a previous project prior to re-joining SLAYER in 1996. Paul, who has reportedly chopped off most of his long ...

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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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