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SUFFOCATION Reunite, Begin Work On New CD

Acclaimed New York death metallers SUFFOCATION, who issued several successful albums in the early '90s, have officially reunited after a four-year break (as previously reported here and here) and are in the process of writing and recording their long-awaited sixth release. The group's current lineup — consisting of founding members Frank ...

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DIAMOND REXX: No More SCHMIDT

Contrary to a report posted here last week, former MASTER drummer Bill Schmidt is no longer a member of Chicago's DIAMOND REXX. Schmidt, who joined REXX "officially" on Sept. 22, 2002 was not featured on the band's latest CD, "The Evil", and was replaced earlier this year by returning REXX drummer Johnny Cottone. ...

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PASSENGER Set American Release Date For Debut Album

Sweden's PASSENGER, the new project featuring IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Friden, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE drummer Patrik J. Sten, GARDENIAN guitarist Niclas Engelin (ex-IN FLAMES), and HEADPLATE bassist Håkan Skoger, have set an April 28 release date through Century Media Records for their debut self-titled effort. PASSENGER's music is being described as "a cross between DEPECHE MODE ...

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JASON NEWSTED: 'LARS ULRICH Can Kiss My Ass'

Ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has hit out at Lars Ulrich for stating in a recent radio interview that Newsted seemed "lost" by accepting the job as OZZY OSBOURNE's new four-stringer. "If Lars was good enough he would have joined OZZY, too," Jason told Greek magazine Rock On. "Lars can kiss my ass. I ...

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ROB HALFORD: I Have No Plans To Reunite With JUDAS PRIEST

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has issued a statement dispelling the persistent rumors of a possible reunion with his former bandmates and placing much of the blame for the proliferation of false information about his activities on his former management company, Sanctuary Music Group. Halford's statement reads as follows: "Briefly, I want to apologize to ...

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TYPE O NEGATIVE Officially Change Album Title

As first predicted here on March 15, TYPE O NEGATIVE have now officially changed the title for their upcoming CD to "Life is Killing Me" from the originally announced "The Dream Is Dead". The album, due in June through Roadrunner Records, was recorded at Brooklyn, New York's Systems 2 studios and was produced ...

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YAKUZA Added To The OPETH/LACUNA COIL Tour

The Chicago based experimental quartet YAKUZA have just been added to the first half of the OPETH/LACUNA COIL tour that will begin May 1 is Seattle, Washington. Garnering high accolades from the broad spectrum of the rock media for their Century Media debut, "Way of The Dead", YAKUZA can play to crowds as diverse as ...

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RAMMSTEIN: We Are Not Breaking Up!

Despite rumors to the contrary, German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have no intention of breaking up. RAMMSTEIN keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz recently posted a logbook entry to the "Fan Area" section on the official site addressing the recent rumors and assuring the fans that the band would carry on. Here is what he wrote: ...

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Moroccan Court Grants Bail for Heavy Metal Fans

A Moroccan court has freed on bail 11 heavy metal music enthusiasts controversially jailed for offences against morality and linked by the prosecution to a "Satanist" cult, according to Reuters. Three others were refused bail. Defense lawyer Mahfoud Billeh said on Wednesday the 11 were freed on Tuesday night by the Casablanca court pending hearing ...

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PASSENGER: First Music Posted Online

Sweden's PASSENGER, the new project featuring IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Friden, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE drummer Patrik J. Sten, GARDENIAN guitarist Niclas Engelin (ex-IN FLAMES), and HEADPLATE bassist Håkan Skoger, have posted a track called "In Reverse" at this location. "In Reverse" comes off the group's forthcoming, self-titled effort, due in late April through Century ...

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BORKNAGAR Drummer To Join TESTAMENT

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson has posted the following update to the band's official web site, www.testamentlegions.com: "Hello fans! "Latest news regarding the European 'No Mercy Festival' we are about to embark on in April. Due to [TESTAMENT/SADUS drummer] Jon Allen's personal family issues, he will not be able to participate in the tour ...

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LIMP BIZKIT's DURST: BRITNEY Is Playing Me Out

MTV News had a interview clip with LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst on "TRL" yesterday. Fred described his relationship with Britney Spears saying, "Me and her were talking. It was very under the lid. It was private. And, uh, it started getting out, I guess 'cause we were going out places together. It just got ...

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THE HAUNTED's ARO Was Not Misquoted: Finnish Journalist

The author of the previously published interview with THE HAUNTED frontman Marco Aro in which the singer slams label Earache Records over their business practices has provided to BLABBERMOUTH.NET Finnish-language MP3s of Aro making the alleged statements as proof that the singer was not misquoted. Aro, who conducted the interview with Timo Isoaho ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO Hits The Road

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN guitarist Jeff Scott Soto has posted the following message to his official web site, www.jeffscottsoto.com: "Hey all, Jeff here...I wish 2 send u all a message of thanks 4 all the support & positive feedback from the 'Prism' [solo] album. It has been the most enthusiasm I've ...

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Entertainment Weekly: FRED DURST Needs A Dictionary And A Newspaper

Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly commented on the odd political statement of LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst at last night's Grammy Awards. "Anyone hoping for nourishing political commentary had to chew on the oafish Fred Durst's limp biscuit of half-baked inarticulateness: 'I hope we are in agreeance [sic] that this war should go away as ...

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It's Official: ROBERT TRUJILLO Joins METALLICA!

As first predicted here last week, METALLICA have officially announced the addition of bassist Robert Trujillo to the group's ranks. Trujillo, a former member of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and OZZY OSBOURNE, fills the slot left vacant by the departure of Jason Newsted. "We've all known, and have been huge fans of Rob since ...

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GREAT WHITE Say They Have No Plans To Resume Touring

GREAT WHITE's management are denying a widely-circulated report that the band are planning on resuming their U.S. tour in the next few days with a replacement guitarist following Thursday night's tragedy in West Warwick, Rhode Island that claimed the lives of 97 people, including GREAT WHITE guitarist Ty Longley. Although stopping short of refuting the ...

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