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MANOWAR To Release New Single

MANOWAR will release the third single from the album Warriors Of The World to coincide with the start of their Warriors Of The World Tour 2002/2003. The single will feature the album's opening song "Call To Arms", plus two brand new MANOWAR tracks, entitled "The Dawn Of Battle" and "I Believe". The latter two cuts ...

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STATIC-X's TRIPP EISEN: Why I Left MURDERDOLLS

STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen has finally spoken out about his departure from the MURDERDOLLS, the group he formed with SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison (who plays guitar in the band), singer Wednesday 13, bassist Erik Griffin, and drummer Ben Graves. The following is Tripp's official statement regarding his decision to leave the group: "To all MURDERDOLLS ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE Added To NO MERCY FESTIVALS 2003 Tour

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have reportedly been added to the forthcoming No Mercy/Easter Festivals 2003 European tour, which is also scheduled to include appearances by TESTAMENT, MARDUK, PRO-PAIN, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, GRAVEWORM, and ARKHON INFAUSTUS. Another as-yet-undisclosed co-headlining act will reportedly be added to the bill. MORBID ANGEL were ...

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SABATON Recruit Keyboardist

Sweden's SABATON have announced the addition of keyboardist Calle Sandlund to the group's ranks. Sandlund had handled the keys during the group's last two live performances, thereby giving frontman Joakim the opportunity to concentrate 100% on the vocals. As previously reported, SABATON will issue their new album, entitled Metalizer, via Underground Symphony Records later this ...

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DARK ANGEL Destroy Santa Ana With Unannounced Set

As widely anticipated, DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin, vocalist Ron Rinehart, and guitarist Eric Meyer joined drummer Al "Mayhem" Mendez and bassist Jeremy Peto (ex-MORGION) at the conclusion of DREAMS OF DAMNATION's opening set (featuring Durkin) at Monday night's KREATOR/DESTRUCTION gig at The Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, California and tore into "Burning Of Sodom", ...

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MINISTRY's AL JOURGENSEN Gets Hitched!

MINISTRY mastermind Al Jourgensen has gotten married, according to Alex Zander, editor-in-chief of MK Ultra magazine. "I was out shopping at my favorite clothing store in Chicago, and the store owner showed me the photos," says Zander. Al was allegedly wearing a white tuxedo with his trademark cowboy hat over his dyed bright red hair, ...

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W.A.S.P. Tour Cancelled?

Despite Metal Blade Records' assertion last week that ENGINE's upcoming North American tour with W.A.S.P. was still most definitely on, there are strong indications that Blackie and co. have indeed pulled the plug on the trek. Many of the ticket holders who had purchased advance tickets via online outlets have been notified of ...

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GENE HOGLAN Forced To Skip 'Surprise' DARK ANGEL Performance

Drummer Gene Hoglan will be unable to participate in the rumored DARK ANGEL "surprise" appearance at the KREATOR/DESTRUCTION gig at The Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, California on September 30th, guitarist Jim Durkin has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "But as to not disappoint anyone who will be there early enough to see [Jim's new band] DREAMS OF ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: Synthetic Leather Rebels?!

JUDAS PRIEST may look and act tough when performing onstage, but the legendary headbangers have big hearts when it comes to animals. In a recent letter to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the band's manager revealed the hard rockers' softer side, noting, "The members of JUDAS PRIEST are all animal lovers, and ...

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NONPOINT: We Didn't Sell Out!!

NONPOINT have issued a statement in an attempt to clarify the recent comments made by vocalist Elias Soriano in which he seemingly admitted that the melodic vocals and musical hooks of the band's third record, Development, were partially influenced by the group's desire to get played on the radio. The statement reads as ...

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STATIC-X Commence Writing Next CD

STATIC-X have commenced the songwriting process for their third album, tentatively due in late 2003. "We had written 3 new songs on our last break (April 2002) and the vibe was great," revealed guitarist Tripp Eisen via the group's official web site. "It was my first time writing with STATIC-X — very exciting and it ...

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Y&T Cancel San Diego Show

The reformed Y&T have cancelled their previously-announced show at Brick By Brick in San Diego, California on November 10th due to concerns over the venue's sound system. Commented mainman Dave Meniketti: "We received an email the other day from a fan about the venue Brick By Brick in San Diego. He mentioned how he had ...

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AEROSMITH's TOM HAMILTON Speaks Out On Upcoming 'Blues' Album

AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton has told Billboard.com that the group's next studio album will be a back-to-basics affair that will challenge its members and, they hope, inspire longtime fans. "We're going to delve back into our musical roots and try recording some blues songs and maybe some blues-based rock riffs," said Hamilton. "So, everybody is ...

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PAPA ROACH To Promote PEPSI BLUE

Hot on the heels of PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix's recent peeing incident, the Pepsi-Cola company has announced it is teaming with the band to promote its new Pepsi Blue soft drink to teens, according to Allstar. The soda company will jointly promote PAPA ROACH's next single, "Time and Time Again", which comes ...

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THE HAUNTED Confirm Greek Dates

As first reported here on Monday, Swedish high-energy thrashers THE HAUNTED have now officially confirmed their participation in a two-date Greek mini-tour alongside veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS and Germany's TANKARD. The dates are as follows: Dec. 14 – Thessaloniki, GRE @ Hydrogios Dec. 15 – Athens, GRE @ Gagarin According ...

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HAMMERFALL To Release Two Versions Of Single

Sweden's HAMMERFALL will issue their new single, "Hearts On Fire", in two separate versions — "a regular audio single, of course, but also a DVD single with a 'Behind The Scenes' feature of the video recording (among other extra goodies)," according to guitarist Oscar Dronjak. Both are expected to receive a European release on September ...

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FEAR FACTORY Bassist Assumes Guitarist Role In Revamped Band

Christian Olde Wolbers, who handled the bass duties in FEAR FACTORY for the last nine years of the group's existence, has assumed the role of guitarist in the newly-revamped version of the band, which also includes drummer Raymond Herrera and vocalist Burton C. Bell, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. The trio — who are still contractually ...

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DROWNING POOL Bus Auction "Hoax" Pulled From EBay

The tour bus in which DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams was found dead Wednesday afternoon was never for sale despite the fact that someone claiming to own the bus was attempting to sell it online through auction site eBay on Thursday, August 15th for $650,000, according to the tour bus company, Ziggy Coaches, ...

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STATIC-X To Launch Comic Book At California's FANGORIA Convention

STATIC-X members Tripp Eisen, Tony Campos and Ken Jay will join horror/comic artist Jay Fotos at the launching of their new comic book STATIC-X: MACHINE from Chaos! Comics at the FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors convention in Pasadena. California on Saturday, August 17th. Members of the band will be signing autographs and giving away freebies in ...

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DARK FUNERAL Confirm DOMINION's Departure, Vow To Carry On

Sweden's DARK FUNERAL have officially confirmed the departure of guitarist Dominion from the group's ranks (as first reported here on August 11th). The following is a statement from bassist/vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula: "It's a sad day for DARK FUNERAL. Dominion, our brother and long-time friend has decided to leave the band. "The reason ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Makes Deathbed Vow To Cancer Mom

The following article appeared in today's edition of the New York Post: In an emotional deathbed vow, big-hearted rocker OZZY OSBOURNE kissed a single mom stricken with cancer and told her he'd fund every need of her teenage son, family members said yesterday. Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, made their dramatic promise exactly one week ...

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