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PAUL BARKER Leaves MINISTRY

Bassist Paul Barker has left MINISTRY after 18 years with the industrial-metal pioneers, according to MTV.com. "Last summer Al was extremely enthusiastic about the possibilities of what the band could do, and I wasn't as excited. I thought, 'What are we going to do and what am I going to get out of it?' and ...

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Former M.O.D./MINDFUNK Bassist Joins MINISTRY

John Monte (M.O.D., MINDFUNK, DRAGPIPE) has joined MINISTRY as the group's new bassist/guitarist. Monte is currently with the band at Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas recording the follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina", entitled "Houses of the Molé". A spring release through Sanctuary Records is expected. ...

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Lawsuit Over Guitarist's Death Kept Alive By Judge

Brian Anderson of Contra Costa Times reports that an Alameda County judge has preliminarily declined to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the California Department of Transportation of failing to keep safe a section of Interstate 580 in Livermore where an up-and-coming heavy metal guitarist was killed last year. Judge Steven Brick overruled Thursday (July 3) the ...

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SEPULTURA Sign North American Deal With SPV RECORDS

SEPULTURA have officially inked a North American and Australian deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records. The Brazilian metallers, who were previously signed to SPV only for the European continent, are expected to release their new album, "Roorback", in the U.S. later in the summer. The follow-up to 2001's "Nation" was recorded and mixed by producer Steve Evetts ...

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HATE PLOW, ROTTEN SOUND, DEBAUCHERY to Tour Europe

Florida death metallers HATE PLOW, featuring current MALEVOLENT CREATION frontman Kyle Simmons, will embark on a European tour with Finland's ROTTEN SOUND and Germany's DEBAUCHERY during June. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 29 – GER @ Fuck The Commerce Open Air Festival Jun. 04 – Arnhem, NETH @ Goudvishal Jun. 05 – Kiel, GER ...

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SEPULTURA Announce European Tour

Brazilian metal veterans SEPULTURA will embark on a European tour in late May. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 31 – Donnington, UK @ Download Festival Website Jun. 01 – Istanbul, TUR @ Maslak Jun. 03 – Derry, IRE @ Nerve Centre Jun. 04 - Belfast, IRE @ Limelight Jun. 05 - Dublin, IRE @ ...

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ROADRUNNER RECORDS Launches THE VAULT!

Roadrunner Records U.S. have launched a special section of their official web site called The Vault where you can buy digital files of all Roadrunner music — past and present, deleted and current. Check it out here. In conjunction with the site's launch, SLIPKNOT drummer/MUDERDOLLS guitarist and an avid Roadrunner aficionado Joey Jordison ...

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IRON MAIDEN: New Album Mastered

IRON MAIDEN have finished mastering the much-anticipated follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", due later in the year through Sony/Columbia Records. The following is producer Kevin Shirley's latest posting to his official web site: "Woah - New York is such a fun city and now I'm in 'clear air chop' on a very bumpy teeth-rattling ...

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PRONG To Release '100% Live' In October

The reunited PRONG — now consisting of singer/guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Dan Laudo, bassist Brian Perry and touring guitarist Monte Pittman — will issue their first live album, entitled 100% Live, on October 29th through Locomotive Music. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Another Worldly Device 02. Disbelief 03. Beg ...

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PRONG Ink Deal With LOCOMOTIVE MUSIC, Prepare To Issue Live Album

The reunited PRONG — now consisting of singer/guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Dan Laudo, bassist Brian Perry and touring guitarist Monte Pittman — have inked a worldwide recording deal with Locomotive Music and will release their first live album on October 15th, to be followed by a new studio record in April. "We are very excited ...

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DOWNTHESUN Officially Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Roadrunner Records have officially announced the signing of Kansas City's DOWNTHESUN. "Roadrunner has always signed the greatest bands," commented bassist Lance "Kuk" Collier. "Stuff that we grew up on, to some of the more recent bands." It was SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan that first caught wind of DOWNTHESUN, and he didn't have to look ...

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EXCLUSIVE: DINO CAZARES Speaks Out On FEAR FACTORY Split

Since FEAR FACTORY officially called it quits in early March, very little has been heard from the band themselves, with the four members of the group choosing to each deal with the break-up of this long-running group by immersing themselves in new projects rather than speaking out publicly on what was, by all accounts, a ...

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PRONG Recruit MADONNA Guitarist, Prepare To Record Live Album

The latest incarnation of PRONG have recruited former MADONNA touring guitarist Monte Pittman to fill in for DIESEL MACHINE's Rich Gonzales during the group's current US tour after Gonzales was forced to pull out of the trek due to unspecified scheduling conflicts. Pittman is no stranger to the PRONG camp, having extensively collaborated with the ...

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JERRY CANTRELL: I Miss ALICE IN CHAINS

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell has recently indicated that his forthcoming second solo album, entitled Degradation Trip, sounds unlike any other record I have ever done. It's probably one of the heaviest records I have put out including ALICE. Scheduled for an early summer release, Degradation Trip is the follow-up to 1998's Boggy ...

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