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Ex-DEATH, MALEVOLENT CREATION Members Get Green Light To Record DEATH Tribute CD

Former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION/SUFFOCATION drummer Dave Culross, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION vocalist Brett Hoffmann and CKY guitarist Deron Miller are going ahead with their previously announced plans to record a DEATH tribute CD to benefit Murphy and the family of late DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner. "James Murphy got the OK from [Chuck's ...

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METALLICA Confirm FIELDS OF ROCK Appearance

As first reported here on Jan. 27, METALLICA have finally officially confirmed their participation in Holland's Fields of Rock festival, which is set to take place on June 15 at Goffertpark Fields in Nijmegen. LIMP BIZKIT, DEFTONES, MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED, and MINISTRY are among the other artists rumored to be appearing at the ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer Comments On Departure

Former HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross has issued an official statement confirming his departure from the group (as first reported here last week). The statement reads as follows: "After being ill the past few months, it looks like I will no longer remain in HELLOWEEN. "Past September, a few days after I started the ...

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ANTHRAX's BENANTE On ARTISTDIRECT: WE Don't Want Any Problems

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante has officially confirmed the termination of the group's contract negotiations with ArtistDirect Records (as exclusively reported here yesterday). "ArtistDirect has problems, [and] we don't want to be associated with any problems," Benante explained in an e-mail to a fan. "We're going elsewhere. Can't say where just yet." ANTHRAX's new ...

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IN FLAMES/GARDENIAN Project Sign with CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

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 inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band, whose music is being described as "a cross between DEPECHE MODE and ROB ZOMBIE, with a ...

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ANTHRAX: ARTISTDIRECT Deal A No-Go

Contrary to previously published reports, ANTHRAX have NOT signed a North American record deal with ArtistDirect Records and are no longer involved in contract negotiations with the label, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. It is not presently clear how this latest development will affect the projected release date for the group's new album, ...

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HELLOWEEN Name CD, Confirm New Drummer

HELLOWEEN have reportedly set "Rabbits Don't Come Easy" as the title for their forthcoming studio album, due in Europe on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. In other news, the band have now officially confirmed the departure of drummer Mark Cross and addition to the group's lineup of former ACCEPT/RUNNING WILD skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann (as ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE Announce Lineup Changes Galore

As first reported here on Feb. 7, former MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez (a.k.a. Jeordie White) has now officially replaced Paz Lenchantin in A PERFECT CIRCLE. In addition, the band have announced that guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen has left the group to become a full-time member of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and ...

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HALFORD Launch Bassist Search

HALFORD have launched a bassist search in time for the forthcoming North American and European tours. It is not presently clear if Ray Riendeau will return to the band prior to the recording of their next album or if he is being permanently replaced in the group. Interested parties should send their VHS (NTSC), CD ...

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TOMMY LEE: In Writing Mode

TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien has posted the following update via the message board of the unofficial LEE web site www.joysmayhem.com: "Both Tommy and I are just spending lots of time at home writing new songs... He's up at Tommyland in the big studio working on new stuff, and I'm over at uh… Martyland?… working ...

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One Kill Wonder - THE HAUNTED

"The only pressure we feel comes from within ourselves," is the standard musician's answer to an equally cliché question. In a rare moment of sincerity, THE HAUNTED guitarist Patrik Jensen has admitted that the pressure of following up 1999's "The Haunted Made Me Do It" has at times been overwhelming. That's understandable, not to mention ...

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HALFORD Drummer Issues 'Performance & Technique' Video

Drummer Bobby Jarzombek, best known for his work with HALFORD, RIOT, and SPASTIC INK, has just released his first ever drum video. "Performance & Technique" spotlights Bobby's unique approach to drumming and features two free-form solos, footage of a RIOT-era drum solo performed live in Japan, and full-length performances of "Peppered Cancer" and "School", two ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's GEOFF TATE: U.S. Tour To Commence In July

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has posted the following update to the forum section of his official web site (www.geofftate.com): "Hey everybody, I've had my head buried in the QUEENSRŸCHE project for the last few months and haven't posted and I'm reminded that every time I don't speak up, rumors begin to fly. So here is ...

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Former AC/DC Bassist Speaks Out On HALL OF FAME Snub

Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans recently gave an interview to Classicrockrevisited.com in which he discussed being snubbed by the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame after being included in the initial press release announcing AC/DC's induction. With regards to his reasons for going public about the whole affair, Evans said, "Induction into the ...

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POSSESSED: Legendary Demo To Surface On Limited-Edition Vinyl

Agonia Records, in collaboration with former POSSESSED frontman Jeff Becerra, will release a strictly limited-edition 10" MLP containing the band's legendary "Death Metal" demo tape, plus previously unreleased recordings of "Pentagram", "Swing Of The Axe", "Twisted Minds", and "Fallen Angel". Also included will be one brand new studio track from Becerra's new band SIDE EFFECT, ...

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IN FLAMES: We Did Not Cancel Turkish Festival Appearance

IN FLAMES have issued a clarification with regards to a previously published report suggesting that the band cancelled their March 29 festival appearance in Istanbul, Turkey in order to concentrate on an upcoming tour of the U.S. The band's statement on the matter is as follows: "Regarding the festival in Istanbul, Turkey that ...

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DIO Set Release Date For Live DVD

DIO have set April 22 as the release date through Eagle Vision (a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment) for their live DVD, tentatively titled "Dio's Evil Or Divine". "Dio's Evil Or Divine" was recorded on Dec. 13, 2002 at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and was directed by Ken Botelho for Century Productions. ...

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