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Afterlife - NOCTURNAL RITES

One of the most pleasant surprises of the year. NOCTURNAL RITES' fourth studio album is a virtual power metal masterpiece, featuring 10 songs of classy, melodic hard rock that can best be described as a cross between the Tony Martin-era BLACK SABBATH and early HELOWEEN. The bulk of the improvement can be attributed directly to ...

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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 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 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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Archive News Oct 11, 2001

As exclusively reported here on October 2nd, Roadrunner Records have now officially confirmed the departure of drummer Joe Nunez from SOULFLY and have hinted at the possibility of original drummer Roy Mayorga returning to the fold, a move that was denied by Mayorga in a statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET (as reported here on Tuesday, ...

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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 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 Aug 06, 2001 - update 1

BLACK SABBATH frontman Ozzy Osbourne went into the studio last Thursday, August 2nd, to add his vocals the track “Iron Head” for the forthcoming, as-yet-untitled follow-up to ROB ZOMBIE's 1998 Hellbilly Deluxe CD, which is due to be released through Geffen Records on October 30th. As previously reported, the CD will also include contributions ...

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Archive News Jul 18, 2001

Several unconfirmed dates for the upcoming Doomsday In The USA tour—featuring POWERMAN 5000 and SALIVA, plus a rotating opening slot that will include MACHINE HEAD, STEREOMUD and HALFCOCKED—have been leaked. The unconfirmed dates are as follows:

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Sept. 10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room

Sept. 11 - ...

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Archive News Jul 16, 2001 - update 2

Unconfirmed reports indicate that IRON MAIDEN's representatives have finally completed their seemingly endless negotiations with McFarlane Toys (Todd McFarlane's toy company) to allow McFarlane to produce a line of Eddie figures, which are tentatively scheduled to be made available in 2002. According to sources, the toys are going to be the traditional McFarlane figures ...

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Archive News Jul 02, 2001

ENTOMBED have announced the initial dates for their upcoming European tour, which will also include CROWBAR and 2 TON PREDATOR in the support slots. The confirmed shows so far are as follows:

Sept. 08 - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK

Sept. 09 - Limelight, Belfast, UK

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Archive News Jun 19, 2001

The official JUDAS PRIEST web site has posted a bunch of photos online that were taken at the group's concert in London, UK on Friday, June 15th. You can check them out here.


SLIPKNOT are tentatively scheduled to release a DVD through Roadrunner in November of this year. According to the label's official web ...

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Archive News Jun 06, 2001

The following update on TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy's condition was posted on the group's official web site: 'Chuck Billy says 'Hello!' and wanted me to let you know he is doing well and adapting to the treatment for cancer. Though he's lost some of his hair, he has yet to feel the most common side-effects ...

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Archive News May 26, 2001

Thrash Of The Titans publicist/co-organizer Jerry Allen has sent us the following update on the benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy (tentatively scheduled to take place on August 11th at San Francisco's Maritime Hall), who was recently diagnosed with cancer:

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'We are seeking a larger venue to accommodate the newly added headliners, ANTHRAX, ...

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Archive News May 04, 2001

EXODUS and VIO-LENCE reunions are being mentioned as a possibility for a benefit concert that is currently being planned for TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. No date has been announced yet, but the show is most likely to occur in San Francisco, and if everything goes according to plan, the ...

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Archive News Apr 30, 2001

PITCHSHIFTER will be partaking in all three dates of Britain's newest festival, Extremefest 2001, this summer. The dates are as follows:

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Aug. 18 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC

Aug. 25 - London, UK @ New River Stadium (Wood Green)

Aug. 26 - Nottingham, UK @ Wollaton Park

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Each date has a ticket price ...

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Archive News Apr 06, 2001 - update 1

In an online chat with Australia's Radio Undercover, KISS' Gene Simmons revealed that KISS would be performing at Moscow's Red Square for the first time in front of 200,000 people later in the year. According to Simmons, “we're just going there by ourselves and the government is already making some noise over there about the ...

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Archive News Mar 29, 2001

LIMP BIZKIT are continuing to work on material for their fourth full-length record, with vocalist Fred Durst stating on the band's official web site that “it'll be [our fans'] favorite album yet!!” LIMP BIZKIT are not expected to begin recording the follow-up to the quadruple-platinum Chocolate Starfish &amp The Hotdog Flavored Water CD until the ...

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Archive News Mar 14, 2001 - update 2

VISION OF DISORDER recorded 15 new songs in total during the recording sessions for their upcoming new album From Bliss To Devastation. Of all the songs that were recorded, only a dozen are expected to show up on the release, which is due out through TVT Records on June 26th. The band is currently mixing ...

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Archive News Mar 13, 2001 - update 2

The fourth installment of the Fuck The Commerce festival will be taking place between May 24th and May 26th in Neiden, Holland. The following bands are confirmed so far:

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CRYPTOPSY (Can)

EXHUMED (US)

REGURGITATE (Swe)

C.S.S.O. (Jap)

SKINLESS (US)

DEFLESHED (Swe)

DESASTER (Ger)

CENTINEX (Swe)

HOUWITSER (NL)

GROINCHURN (RSA)

BELPHEGOR (A)

CRIPPLE BASTARDS (Ita)

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Archive News Mar 08, 2001 - update 2

TAPROOT are tentatively set to take some time off in April/May to continue writing new material for their next album, which they hope to begin recording shortly after their Ozzfest stint ends later in the summer. Among the tracks set to appear on TAPROOT's sophomore offering for Velvet Hammer / Atlantic Records is 'Poem To ...

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Archive News Mar 07, 2001 - update 2

PANTERA will reportedly be mounting a festival-sized summer tour that is also rumored to include SLAYER, STATIC-X, ROB HALFORD, C.O.C. and MORBID ANGEL, with other major acts to be announced when the complete bill is unveiled in early April.


THE TIME BOMBS is the name of the new band of Johnny Jetson and Stevie ...

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