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ROB HALFORD Not 'TWO' Metal For REZNOR-Era Material

In a recent interview with Electricbasement.com, Rob Halford spoke of the possibility of incorporating some of his controversial "non-metal" TWO material into future set lists (TWO's "Voyeurs" CD was produced by Trent Reznor of NINE INCH NAILS fame), "I have to stop avoiding that because I still love that record," Rob said. "It was definitely ...

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HALFORD: First Rescheduled THE METAL GODS Dates Announced

The first few dates have been confirmed for a "scaled-down" version of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour, to be headlined by HALFORD and scheduled to kick off in early June. As previously reported, the original multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called off ...

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HALFORD Manager On Cancelled Tour: 'We Are Moving On'

HALFORD manager John Baxter has issued a statement defending the band's decision to travel with three buses on the ill-fated The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour and rejecting as baseless accusations that the group's allegedly over-inflated traveling costs ultimately contributed to the tour's cancellation. Baxter's latest statement reads as follows: "3 buses. "1 for ...

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HALFORD Guitarist Regrets Cancellation Of THE METAL GODS Tour

HALFORD/PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has posted the following message to his official web site: "Greetings all. Metal Mike coming at you from the Metal Land. We regret to say that The Metal Gods 2003 tour dates have officially been suspended. We were really having a great time on the tour with our friends in ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: 'Unbelievably Disappointed And Sad' Over THE METAL GODS Tour Cancellation

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued a statement explaining their position regarding the recent cancellation of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour. As previously reported, the multi-band package trek featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called off last Friday (May 2) due to "contractual difficulties." ...

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ROB HALFORD: 'I Want To Jam'

Rob Halford has posted the following message to the official HALFORD discussion forum at www.robhalford.com: "Hi everyone. First of all, I want to say a big thank you to all the HALFORD fans that came out to the recent shows. Those of you who saw us and posted your reactions, sent a message ...

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TESTAMENT Manager Attempts To 'Shed Light' On METAL GODS TOUR Cancellation

TESTAMENT manager Phil Arnold of Thrill Entertainment has issued a rambling statement in response to fan speculation over the cause of the cancellation of the band's The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour. As previously reported, the multi-band package trek featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called ...

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SADUS: In Writing Mode!

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers SADUS, who feature in their ranks current TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Jon Allen, are working on the material for their next album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004. "We're not casting illusions or any visions of anger on you," the band said in a statement on their ...

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NO MERCY FESTIVALS 2003: Photos Posted Online

TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, MARDUK, MALEVOLENT CREATION, PRO-PAIN and DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER performed at Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany on April 13 as part of the No Mercy Festivals European tour. Click here to view pictures taken at the gig. The two-week trek concluded on April 21 in Tilburg, Netherlands. (Thanks: Metal News) ...

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HALFORD Manager Says A Single Person Caused Collapse Of METAL GODS Tour

HALFORD manager John Baxter has offered more details regarding the cancellation of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. According to Baxter, "It was a single individual that caused the collapse of the tour. The individual's employer [apparently referring ...

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FREEDOM CALL Off Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST

Despite a previous report to the contrary, FREEDOM CALL will NOT be appearing at Earthshaker Fest on July 25-26 in Hirschaid, near Bamberg, Germany. A detailed statement will follow later. As previously reported, Earthshaker Fest will feature performances by TESTAMENT, PRETTY MAIDS, ANNIHILATOR, PRIMAL FEAR, JUSTICE, EVIDENCE ONE, POWERGOD and END OF GREEN, among others. ...

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THE 2003 METAL GODS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR Cancelled!!!

The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH, has been officially cancelled due to "contractual difficulties." The following is the official statement on the matter from HALFORD manager John Baxter: "I'm sorry to have to report the following, but the ...

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DEATH ANGEL: In Songwriting Mode

Reunited Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have commenced the songwriting process for their new album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. "Right now the songs we're working on are very fast and powerful, there are a lot of changes in them," frontman Mark Osegueda told Russia's Darkside in a recent interview. ...

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CARNAL FORGE Extend CENTURY MEDIA Contract

Swedish thrashers CARNAL FORGE have renewed their recording agreement with Century Media Records for two more albums. CARNAL FORGE will kick off The 2003 Metal Gods North American tour Friday night (April 25) at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. Also appearing on the bill will be HALFORD, TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, PRIMAL FEAR and BEHEMOTH. ...

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TESTAMENT: A Tale Of Three Drummers

TESTAMENT will be utilizing the services of regular drummer Jon Allen (SADUS) for the first two dates of their The 2003 Metal Gods North American tour at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on April 25 and at The Agora in Cleveland, Ohio on April 26. Starting on May 2 at B.B. King's in ...

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DEATH ANGEL Announce West Coast Dates

Reunited Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have lined up the following dates in late May: May 30 - Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA May 31 - Rock Ranch - San Bernardino, CA DEATH ANGEL, who announced plans last December to write and record a new album for a late 2003/early 2004 release, have just ...

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THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR: More Dates Announced

The following are the confirmed dates so far for The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH: Apr. 25 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Apr. 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre Apr. 27 - Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos ...

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THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR: More Dates Confirmed

The following are the confirmed dates so far for The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH: Apr. 25 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Apr. 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre Apr. 27 - Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos ...

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NUCLEAR ASSAULT Finalize Track Listing For 'Alive Again'

NUCLEAR ASSAULT have finalized the track listing for their upcoming live album, "Alive Again", due this spring through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The upcoming CD, which represents NUCLEAR ASSAULT's first release in over nine years, will contain the following cuts: 01. Rise From The Ashes 02. Brainwashed 03. F# 04. New Song 05. Critical Mass 06. SIN ...

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THE SKOL TRIO: Live Dates Announced

THE SKOL TRIO, the band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE axeman Alex Skolnick, have lined up the following appearances during May/June: May 29 - LaGrange, KY @ Twice-Told Cafe May 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's May 31 - Chicago, IL @ Gunther Murphy's Jun. 01 - Detroit, MI @ Motor City Guitar Jun. 03 - ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Drummer Promises To Give '150%'

PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling has issued a statement regarding his decision to sit out the group's upcoming The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, also featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. "Hi fans & friends, I'm really sorry, that I can't be a part of the touring line up of the ...

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THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR: More Dates Released!

Most of the tentative/unconfirmed dates have been released for The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. The dates are as follows: Apr. 25 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues Apr. 26 - Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Apr. 27 - ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Officially Confirmed For THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR

PRIMAL FEAR have been officially confirmed for the upcoming The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package also featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. PRIMAL FEAR, who will appear fourth on the bill, will be utilizing the services of ANNIHILATOR drummer Randy Black as a replacement for Klaus Sperrling, who ...

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THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR: First Dates Announced

The first few dates have been announced for The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. They are as follows: Apr. 25 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues, Chicago, IL April 26 - Cleveland, OH @ TBA May 04 - Worcester, ...

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ANNIHILATOR Announce European Dates

Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have announced the following European tour dates: Jun. 20 - Osterode, GER @ Rock Harz Festival Jun. 21 – NETH @ Waldrock Festival Jun. 27 - Balingen, GER @ Bang Your Head Festival Jun. 28 – Bologna, ITA @ A Summer Day In Hell Festival Jul. 25 - Speyer - Festival 101 ...

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