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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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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Unmasked In SLITHERYN's "Lost" Video

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor appears sans his trademark mask in the video for the track "Lost" from the Chicago quintet SLITHERYN, whose four-track EP Taylor produced at the end of last year. The video for the song, which features Corey's distinctive vocals during the chorus, can be viewed via SLITHERYN's official web site at

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FINNTROLL Frontman Exits Group

FINNTROLL frontman Katla has announced his departure from the group due to a longer-than-expected recovery period following his recent surgery for a tumor in his vocal cords. Here is Katla's official statement on the matter: "Hail fans of the mighty FINNTROLL! With a great sorrow in my heart and soul I am forced to bring ...

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ALTARIA Sign Management Deal, Release Demo CD

Finland's ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have signed a management deal with Germany's GerMusica Promotion & Management and have made available for download their most recent Feed The Fire four-song demo CD via the group's official web site at this location. ALTARIA are currently shopping the above-mentioned recording in hopes of ...

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MISURA Members Launch Side Project

Several members of Virginia's MISURA, whose debut CD was produced by guitarist Logan Mader (formerly of MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY, now in MEDICATION), have formed an as-yet-unnamed side project that will feature a musical direction described as "definitely metalcore, with huge breakdowns, melodic metal and traditional hardcore all in the mix," according to a message ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO: "Sometimes It Feels Good To Be Miserable"

In the new issue of Sweden's premiere metal publication, Close-Up Magazine, journalist Martin Carlsson speaks at length with vocalist Phil Anselmo on a number of topics, including his numerous side projects, PANTERA and Anselmo's past and present drug use. The interview was conducted over the phone on May 4th, while the singer was staying at ...

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Ex-RATT Guitarist ROBBIN CROSBY Passes Away At Age 41

Former RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby (full name: Robbinson Lance Crosby) passed away at 11:15 A.M. (PST) on Thursday, June 6th. He was 41 years old. Crosby reportedly died peacefully at home in Hollywood, California and was in no pain. The paramedics on the scene gave the preliminary cause of death as a heart attack. Details ...

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FEAR FACTORY's "Concrete" To Surface On July 30th

FEAR FACTORY may have recently passed on into heavy metal history following their latest album Digimortal, but the band's legacy lives on not only in their catalog, which includes the gold-certified Obsolete, but in the forthcoming release of their never-before heard album Concrete, produced by heavy music guru Ross Robinson. On July 30th, fans of ...

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AT THE GATES Classic To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks

The long out-of-print AT THE GATES classic, 1995's Slaughter Of The Soul, will be reissued through Earache Records this summer, complete with six bonus tracks. The bonus cuts are as follows: 01. Legion (SLAUGHTERLORD cover) 02. The Dying (from the original album sessions) 03. Unto Others (demo version) 04. Nausea (demo version) 05. Captor of ...

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TEAM SLEEP Announce One-Off Hometown Gig

TEAM SLEEP, which features in its ranks DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno, DJ Crook, and guitarist Todd Wilkinson, will be performing live at Harlow's in Sacramento, California on Thursday, June 6th. Also appearing on the bill will be SOUL CLAP and another as-yet-unannounced act. TEAM SLEEP's self-titled Tone Def/Maverick Records debut is tentatively scheduled for release ...

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DARKTHRONE To Record "Leper Unction" In The Fall

Veteran Norwegian black metallers DARKTHRONE have commenced the writing process for their forthcoming CD, tentatively titled Leper Unction, which they hope to record in September/October for an early 2003 release through Moonfog Records. Among the cuts set to appear on the upcoming CD are "Rust" and "Fucked Up And Ready To Die". According to a ...

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SKID ROW: New MP3 Posted Online

SKID ROW have made available for download the projected title track from their forthcoming full-length CD, tentatively entitled Thick Is The Skin, via the group's official web site at this location. In other news, the band have announced the following headlining dates: May 15 - Slidell, LA @ The Asylum May 16 - ...

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NIGHTWISH: "Century Child" Track Listing Revealed

Finland's NIGHTWISH have announced the full track listing for their forthcoming Century Child CD, due out on July 1st through Spinefarm Records. It is as follows: 01. Bless The Child (6:11) 02. End Of All Hope (3:51) 03. Dead To The World (4:19) 04. Ever Dream (4:42) 05. Slaying The Dream (4:31) 06. Forever Yours ...

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EMINENCE In Pre-Production For "Humanology"

Brazil's EMINENCE, featuring former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass, are currently in pre-production for their forthcoming CD, entitled Humanology, which is scheduled to be recorded shortly with veteran producer Neil Kernon (i.e. NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) at the helm. Among the cuts set to appear on the upcoming album are the following: 01. Overload 02. ...

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GANDALF Split Up!

Finnish death rockers GANDALF have split up after a nine-year run that saw the group release two full-length albums, 1998's Deadly Fairytales and 2001's Rock Hell. Drummer and founding member Nalle sterman has issued the following statement confirming the band's break-up: It's with sorrow and regret I write this following statement. After nine years of ...

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ALICE IN CHAINS Frontman Passes Away At Age 34

The following article was posted at Seattletimes.com: A body was removed last night from the University District residence of Layne Staley, lead singer and guitarist for the Seattle grunge band ALICE IN CHAINS. KOMO-TV, citing an unidentified source, said the body was that of Staley, 34. A King County medical-examiner's investigator said his ...

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Frontman Goes Panties-Shopping

The following item originally appeared in today's edition of The New York Post: STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland was on the streets of SoHo yesterday in his pajamas, asking passersby where he could buy women's panties. Weiland wasn't back on drugs. When he flew in from California to play the Hammerstein Ballroom last night, ...

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SEVERE TORTURE Plan EP Release

Dutch death metal outfit SEVERE TORTURE will release an EP entitled Butchery of The Soul as a bridge between the band's debut album, Feasting on Blood, and the follow-up, Misanthropic Carnage, which is planned for August 2002. The MCD features a re-mastered song ("Butchery of The Soul"), plus two sold-out 7 EPs and a cover ...

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