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NAPALM DEATH Vs. BOLT THROWER: Let The Mud-Slinging Begin!

A public war of words has erupted between NAPALM DEATH and BOLT THROWER over what is being perceived as a mutual lack of respect and behind-the-scenes bickering that has apparently been going on for years. Although personal issues between the two camps have been brewing for quite some time now, the tension between the pioneering ...

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EDGUY's TOBIAS SAMMET: AVANTASIA Part II Coming In August

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet is currently hard at work on the second part of his metal opera project dubbed AVANTASIA, which released a highly-acclaimed debut effort, entitled simply The Metal Opera, in November 2000. According to Sammet, touring with my main band EDGUY is such big fun, [but] in between traveling to the different continents, ...

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DAVE ELLEFSON: I Would Be Honored If METALLICA Asked Me To Join

Former MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson recently agreed to answer in the written form several questions submitted to him by BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding MEGADETH's break-up and the bassist's future plans. Here are our questions and his reponses: Question: When did it first become apparent to you that MEGADETH's career was coming to an end? Dave Ellefson: On ...

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KID ROCK Gives PAMELA The Rock

The following item comes to us courtesy of Billboard magazine: Pamela Anderson can't seem to get enough of rockers — the former Mrs. Tommy Lee is now engaged to bad-boy musician Kid Rock. The 34-year-old actress, star of the campy hit V.I.P., said "yes" when boyfriend Kid Rock (real name: Bob Ritchie) proposed [on April ...

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MOTRHEAD's MIKKEY DEE: I Wanted To Play On New KING DIAMOND CD

Former KING DIAMOND and current MOTRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee was in brief talks to make an appearance on the current KING DIAMOND album, Abigail II: The Revenge, but due to Mikkey' commitment to MOTRHEAD, his contributions never took place. I was actually talking to King about playing on that album, because [bassist] Hal Patino is ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's MIKKEY DEE: I Wanted To Play On New KING DIAMOND CD

Former KING DIAMOND and current MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee was in brief talks to make an appearance on the current KING DIAMOND album, Abigail II: The Revenge, but due to Mikkey' commitment to MOTÖRHEAD, his contributions never took place. “I was actually talking to King about playing on that album, because [bassist] Hal Patino is ...

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BROKEN HOPE To Issue New CD Under Different Name, Band Future Uncertain

Longtime Illinois death metallers BROKEN HOPE have decided to issue their latest CD, tentatively entitled Flesh Mechanic, under a different name following internal disagreements that have delayed the album's completion. Here's an official statement on the matter as posted on the group's official web site: With only the vocal tracking and mixing left for BROKEN ...

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SNAKEPIT Magazine: An Old -School Metalhead's Delight!

Snakepit magazine has just come out with its 10th issue featuring 108 full-packed, pro-printed “pure metal” pages, including the following US metal and Euro-metal legends and hopefuls: RAZOR (8 pages, first interview with ex-vocalist Sheepdog in many, many years), OMEN (5 pages, about theír 80s heyday and their comeback), STEEL PROPHET, HALLOWS EVE (3 pages, ...

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JASON NEWSTED: The Exclusive Interview!!

During a candid January 28th interview with journalist Martin Carlsson, portions of which appeared in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted revealed interesting facts about his departure from METALLICA, James Hetfield's battle with addictions, the infamous Playboy feature, the postponement of VOIVOD's next album, the formation of a dream metal band with ...

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DOWN: US Tour Planned, Possible Surgery For Anselmo

DOWN will likely embark on a month-long US tour beginning in late April in support of their Down II CD, which is due to be issued on March 26th through Elektra Records. In addition, it appears likely that frontman Philip Anselmo will have surgery performed at some point in the coming months to help him ...

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SLASH's Wife Confirms Guitarist's Dad-To-Be Status

Perla Hudson, wife of former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, has confirmed via a posting at the official forum of Slash's now-defunct group SLASH'S SNAKEPIT that she is pregnant with the couple's first child, due in early September. Here is Perla's posting in its entirety: “Hi Everyone! Pitmaster was here showing me your wonderful messages ...

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ANGEL WITCH Split????

NWOBHM legends ANGEL WITCH appear to have split up following guitarist/mainman Kevin Heybourne's decision to relocate to the US. Here is an official statement on the matter from bassist Richie Wicks and guitarist Keith Herzberg (as posted at www.angel-witch.com): It is with great sadness that we (Keith and Richie) announce the news first ...

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NIKKI SIXX's Better Half Fights Back

Quote of the day: “Yes, the temporary drummer MOTLEY used last summer was one of his many infidelities. IS EVERYONE HAPPY NOW?” —Donna D'Errico, wife of MOTLEY CRUE bassist Nikki Sixx, in response to incessant speculation on MOTLEY CRUE's official message board about whether Sixx had a “fling” with temporary CRUE drummer Samantha Maloney (i.e. ...

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OPETH: Two Studio Albums On The Way!

Sweden's OPETH have confirmed via their official web site that the group are currently writing the material for not only one, but two full-length CDs that will receive a simultaneous release in late 2002 or early 2003. According to a statement from the band, “the plan is to release separate CDs at the same time, ...

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ANTHRAX: “Behind The Music” Lies A Very Ugly Mess Indeed!

A minor controversy has erupted over the upcoming VH1 Behind The Music special on ANTHRAX, the interviews and background information for which are currently being collected and prepared for a tentative February/March air date. It appears that former ANTHRAX bassist and founding member Danny Lilker is being “blown off” (to use his own words) by ...

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Archive News Dec 04, 2001

METALLICA have posted the following update on the present condition of frontman James Hetfield via their official web site at www.metallica.com:

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“Yes folks, we have word from James, and the news is all good. His recovery has gone exceedingly well, he is back out, about and feeling rather ...

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Archive News Nov 30, 2001

Here are some of the latest sales figures for various metal/hard rock releases in the US, as reported by Soundscan for the week ending November 25th, 2001 (number in parenthesis indicates the number of weeks the title has been on the sales chart):

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KID ROCK – Cocky: 223,062 (1) ...

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Archive News Nov 23, 2001

Veteran German thrashers KREATOR will be recording a live CD and DVD on their upcoming European tour, according to an official statement posted at the group's web site. The album will reportedly include 24 songs from all periods of KREATOR's history, while the DVD will contain one professionally-recorded, full-length live concert, as ...

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Archive News Nov 22, 2001

As a result of a tremendous increase in traffic since the anthrax terrorist attacks started, ANTHRAX (the band) have decided to move their official web site to http://www.anthraxtheband.com. According to a statement issued by anthraxheband.com webmaster Brent, “we've been getting immense numbers of hits (at times greater than starwars.com got to download ...

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Archive News Nov 21, 2001

According to a report published in yesterday's edition of The New York Post, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst “lied when he said he visited a dying Australian girl injured in a mosh pit at his concert. Durst told Access Hollywood he visited Jessica Michalik on her deathbed and kept in touch with ...

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Archive News Nov 05, 2001

Los Angeles' MEDICATION, featuring former MACHINE HEAD / SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE / LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt and SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga, have refuted the recent reports of Mayorga leaving the band in order to rejoin SOULFLY on a full-time basis. According to an ...

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Archive News Nov 02, 2001

As exclusively reported here on October 5th, and subsequently denied (falsely) by none other than Mayorga himself (see news for October 9th, 2001), SOULFLY have enlisted former skinsman Roy Mayorga to replace the recently-departed Joe Nunez. The newly revamped group are currently at Phoenix, Arizona's (Brill Street) Chaton Studios recording their third ...

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Archive News Oct 22, 2001 - update 2

Hate Breeds Suffering, the long-awaited second album from LOCKUP, featuring NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury, DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker, NAPALM DEATH guitarist Jesse Pintado, and THE CROWN/ex-AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg, will be released early in 2002 through Nuclear Blast Records. Described as “high-precision black grind”, the album was produced by Russ ...

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