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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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THE PROJECT HATE Part With Vocalist, Seek Replacement

Sweden's THE PROJECT HATE, featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame on lead vocals, have parted ways with singer Mia Ståhl due to a "lack of commitment," according to a posting on the band's official web site. "If you wanna play with us, you have to burn for what we do, Mia doesn't do that," continues ...

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ANNIHILATOR Set Title, Track Listing For Live CD

ANNIHILATOR have set Double Live Annihilation as the title of their forthcoming double live CD, which is tentatively scheduled for release in Europe in January. The group's first official live release since the '89/'90 recordings for In Command (Live 1989-1990), Double Live Annihilation was recorded in Europe in June and features the following track listing: ...

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THE CULT Confirm Split With ATLANTIC — Band 'On Hiatus'

THE CULT have officially split with Lava/Atlantic Records (who released the band's acclaimed 2001 CD, Beyond Good & Evil) and are currently "on hiatus," according to guitarist Billy Duffy and vocalist Ian Astbury, who were the featured guests on the syndicated radio show Rockline last night. Although the group — completed by bassist Craig Adams ...

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SYMPHORCE Complete Work On 'phorcefulAhead'

German power metallers SYMPHORCE, featuring BRAINSTORM frontman Andy B. Franck, have completed work on their third album, phorcefulAhead, for a November 18th release through Metal Blade Records. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Speak My Mind 02. Unbroken 03. Slow Down 04. Longing Home 05. Moving In Circles 06. Falling ...

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DARKTHRONE Prepare To Record New CD

Norwegian black metallers DARKTHRONE are scheduled to hold another rehearsal session in Oslo at the end of the month to complete the songwriting process for their forthcoming CD, which they hope to record at the end of the year for a February 2003 release through Moonfog Records. The album, which apparently no longer carries the ...

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SUFFOCATION Drummer Speaks Out On Reunion, Future Plans

SUFFOCATION drummer Mike Smith has denied former bassist Chris Richards' assertions that the legendary death metal act's planned reunion is purely money-motivated and has indicated that a new album from the group may surface sometime next year, provided the quintet's upcoming tour and subsequent songwriting sessions prove to be a success. In the following exclusive ...

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ANGEL WITCH Confirm Reunion, Plan Summer Festival Appearances

NWOBHM legends ANGEL WITCH have confirmed that they have reunited and are planning on hitting the European festival circuit next summer. "Following recent soul-searching times, fate dealt metal a gentle hand for a change and the result was that [ANGEL WITCH] have reassembled the awesome 2000 line-up consisting of [guitarist/vocalist] Kevin Heybourne (naturally), [bassist] Richie ...

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MONSTROSITY, VOMITORY, Others To Embark On Polish Tour

MONSTROSITY, VOMITORY, TRAUMA, SCEPTIC, LOST SOUL, DISSENTER, and CONTEMPT will team up for a 10-date tour of Poland in early October. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 01 - Warszawa, POL @ Proxima Oct. 02 - Lodz, POL @ Dekompresja Oct. 03 - Poznan, POL @ Eskulap Oct. 04 - Wroclaw, POL @ TBA Oct. ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: "On Fire" Track Listing Unveiled

Swedish hard rockers SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, featuring former CARCASS and current ARCH ENEMY axeman Mike Amott, have finalized the track listing for their fifth full-length album, entitled On Fire, due on September 30th (one week earlier in Japan) through Music For Nations Records. It is as follows: 01. Street Fighting Saviours 02. Young Man-Old Soul 03. ...

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LAVABONE Complete New Demo

San Francisco Bay Area's LAVABONE, featuring former PRIMER 55 drummer Kevin Jackson, have completed work on a new demo with producer/engineer Dave Dominguez (i.e. ADEMA, PAPA ROACH, STAIND). For full-length MP3 downloads of the tracks "Here I Am", "Sometimes", and "Broken Soul", visit the band's official web site at this location. In other ...

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COREY TAYLOR: I Was Getting Burnt Out On SLIPKNOT

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has admitted to Rolling Stone magazine that has was "really getting burnt out" with what he was doing with SLIPKNOT prior to the band's decision to embark on a lengthy hiatus to allow the individual members to pursue side projects. "I needed to get back to where I came from — ...

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EARACHE RECORDS To Reissue Classic Albums On Vinyl

Earache Records will be releasing several classic albums on vinyl, all limited to 1,000 copies each. The following are the U.S. release dates for the LPs in question: Aug. 20: NAPALM DEATH - Scum Aug. 20: CARCASS - Reek of Putrefaction Sept. 03: TERRORIZER - World Downfall Sept. 17: MORBID ANGEL - Altars Of Madness ...

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ROCK FEST 2002: Second Leg Announced

The second leg of the Rock Fest 2002 tour, featuring DOKKEN, RATT, WARRANT, FIREHOUSE and L.A. GUNS, has been announced. Confirmed dates are as follows: Aug. 07 – Seattle, WA @ Show Box No - Fire House Aug. 09 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Hard Rock Casino Aug. 10 – Winnemuca, NV @ Winnemuca ...

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THRESHOLD To Headline First Night Of PROGPOWER EUROPE Festival

UK progressive metallers THRESHOLD have been confirmed as the headliners of the first night of the ProgPower Europe festival, which is scheduled to take place on October 5th in Holland. The complete line-up for the two-day event is as follows: AFTER FOREVER THRESHOLD THEORY IN PRACTICE HEAVENS CRY ASHES TO ASHES EVERON ACT DEAD SOUL ...

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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' MIKE MUIR Turns CYCO

Words of, ahem, wisdom from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir (courtesy of the group's official web site): FIRST TOUR RAMBLINGS BY MIKE MUIR — JULY 16, 2002 "Wuz up besides my eyes? Another sleepless night, but I'm sure I'll sleep all day. Jet lag like a mo fo, but I still feel good. ...

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SOUL BRAINS Skip Summer Tour, H20 Vow To Carry On

SOUL BRAINS (formerly BAD BRAINS) have scrapped their touring plans for the summer "due to unforeseen circumstances," leaving projected openers H20 no choice but to complete the tour as a headliner. However, "this obviously means we will get to play a lot longer every night and tickets will be cheaper, which we're psyched about," according ...

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Faster Disaster - TERROR 2000

Like other underground hopefuls, TERROR 2000—the side project of SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid and DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg—is a band designed to take the formula perfected by the likes of AT THE GATES (circa their classic Slaughter Of The Soul CD) and push the envelope even further, with nary a trace of melody to ...

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WATCHTOWER Compilation Of Rare Recordings Sees Light Of Day

Progressive metal legends WATCHTOWER have issued through Monster Records a compilation CD, entitled Demonstrations in Chaos, containing unreleased rehearsals and recordings from the Control & Resistance era, plus previously-unavailable live tracks, and the infamous Boss Studio demos from 1983 and 1984. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Meltdown (1984) 02. ...

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RITUAL CARNAGE Announce Japanese Dates

Japan's RITUAL CARNAGE have lined up the following dates during September: Sep. 12 – Osaka, JAP @ Nanba Rockets (w/SHADOW, TACONAGURI SOUHONZAN) Sep. 13 – Nagoya, JAP @ Music Farm (w/ARGUMENT SOUL, SONIC AGITATION) Sep. 15 – Tokyo, JAP @ Takadanobaba Area (w/SIGH, DEFILED, SOLITUDE) In other news, RITUAL CARNAGE will be the only support ...

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DYNAMO OPEN AIR: Complete Schedule Announced

The complete schedule for this year's Dynamo Open Air festival—set to take place on Sunday, July 14th at sports park Boshoven in the town of Weert, Holland—has been announced. It is as follows: MAIN STAGE 12:00 - 13:00 DEAD SOUL TRIBE 13:30 - 14:30 PAIN OF SALVTION 15:00 - 16:00 BIOHAZARD 16:30 - 17:30 WITHIN ...

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GOTTHARD End Association With Ex-KROKUS Bassist

Switzerland's GOTTHARD have parted ways with their long time collaborator, songwriter/producer Chris Von Rohr (ex-KROKUS bassist). Von Rohr reportedly appeared on Swiss television and stated that he feels that the band have reached the absolute pinnacle with their latest CD, entitled Homerun, and it's time for him and the group to move on. He also ...

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Former ANTHRAX Guitarist Lines Up New Jersey Gig

GOTHAM, led by guitarist Paul Crook (i.e. SEBASTIAN BACH & FRIENDS, ex-ANTHRAX), will be appearing at the Seagull in Hazlet, New Jersey tonight, July 1st. Also appearing on the bill will be THE ZOO, THE MONSTER, DE SOUL, BIG BANG BABY, VELVET JONES, and MARYSUE PROVEAUX. ...

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