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CANDIRIA Drummer Talks About Upcoming CD

CANDIRIA have posted a sound clip of the new song "The Nameless King" at their official web site. Check it out here. "The Nameless King" comes off the group's upcoming album, "What Doesn't Kill You", due in June through Type A Records. CANDIRIA drummer Kenneth Schalk recently posted the following message on the ...

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BLESSING THE HOGS Sign With GOODFELLOW RECORDS

San Francisco's BLESSING THE HOGS, the band featuring acclaimed producer Billy Anderson (MELVINS, MR. BUNGLE, BRUTAL TRUTH, HIGH ON FIRE, FANTOMAS, NEUROSIS, EYEHATEGOD, UNSANE, SICK OF IT ALL), have signed a new deal with Goodfellow Records, the label responsible for releasing the group's previous album, "The Poisoning", in late 2002. "After over a year of ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Drummer Explains His Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has issued a lengthy statement explaining the reasons for his split with the band and other recent STRATOVARIUS-related events. His statement reads as follows: "Sorry that it took me so long to find time to comment about the situation around STRATOVARIUS. Due to private reasons I wasn't able to do ...

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Report: Florida Newspaper Feels The Wrath Of RUSH Fans

Phil Lewis of Florida's Naples Daily News is reporting that John Henderson, the reporter handling the newspaper's police beat New Year's Day, was roundly criticized via e-mail for taking the address of RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson's North Naples condominium from booking sheets and including it in the story about Lifeson's arrest following a ...

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STRATOVARIUS: TIMO KOTIPELTO And JÖRG MICHAEL Are Out!

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have officially parted ways with vocalist Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael. "Due to irrevocable and massive difficulties between the band leader Timo Tolkki and me, it has been agreed that this is the best thing to do to preserve at least some of the integrity the band used to have," Kotipelto said, ...

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BLOOD OF TYRANTS Label Imprint Announced

Early 2004 will see the formation of a new exclusively metal label, Blood of Tyrants, formed as an imprint of seminal Indianapolis-based punk/hardcore label Happy Couples Never Last Records. "I have just passed up too many killer releases that I desperately wanted to do but didn't think that they were logical or appropriate for the ...

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INCANTATION Recruit Touring Guitarist

INCANTATION have recruited guitarist Thomas Pioli (CEREMONIUM, HEMLOCK, OBLITERATION) to fill the second-guitar position on their upcoming "Rotting With Your Christ" South American tour. "Thomas Pioli is proud to once again join the ranks of INCANTATION as he played bass for the band on the 'Onward to Golgotha' U.S. tour back in 1992," the band ...

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INCANTATION Seek Session Touring Guitarist

INCANTATION are searching for a session touring guitarist with the possibility of becoming a permanent member. The band are looking for "someone with talent, dedication, integrity, and the sincere commitment for the INCANTATION style of death metal. This means NO egos, rockstars, scumbags, backstabbers, ect. So if you think you've got what it takes to ...

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Convicted - CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER

As much as we here at BLABBERMOUTH.NET cannot condone gratuitous ass-kissing, Relapse deserve a sloppy smacker on the rump for getting this reissue out fifteen years after the fact. Back when it was slightly taboo for hardcore punk and metal to be jumping into bed together, bands such as D.R.I., CRUMBSUCKERS and CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER were ...

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New PRIMAL FEAR Drummer Speaks To The Fans

Drummer Randy Black (ANNIHILATOR, ex-REBELLION), who was recently named PRIMAL FEAR's new skinsman following the departure of Klaus Sperling, has issued the following statement to PRIMAL FEAR's fans: "First and foremost, I'd like to say I'm really looking forward to playing, recording and touring with PRIMAL FEAR. As you all know, I did the Metal ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Speak Out About LEEDS Festival Incident

SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian has exclusively spoken to NME.com about their performance at the Carling Weekend: Leeds festival on Friday (August 22) which ended with three people hospitalized and 22 others injured after a crowd crush. As previously reported, a crowd surge at Friday's concert moved the safety barrier by half a ...

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ANATHEMA Enter Studio To Record New CD

ANATHEMA have entered Parkgate Studios near Hastings, U.K. to begin recording the follow-up to 2001's "A Fine Day to Exit", tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through Music For Nations Records. "Things are going very well here," ANATHEMA guitarist Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh writes on the band's official web site. "For the fist time in a ...

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ROB HALFORD: The Metal God Speaks

Vocalist Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST has posted the following message to his official web site, www.robhalford.com: "Hi Everyone: "What an exciting time for all of us! "I first want to thank everyone from the HALFORD and JUDAS PRIEST sites for the fantastic interactive displays of love and support. You all live in ...

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MORGION Sign With DARK SYMPHONIES RECORDS

Californian death-doomsters MORGION have inked a deal with Dark Symphonies Records. The group will enter the studio on July 18 with producer Mathias Schneeberger to begin recording their third full-length album, "Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth", for a tentative early 2004 release. "Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth" will mark the band's debut release ...

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JETHRO TULL Leader To Embark On Solo Tour

JETHRO TULL leader Ian Anderson will embark on a two-month solo tour in the fall in support of his forthcoming disc, "Rupi's Dance". The solo tour — dubbed "Rubbing Elbows with Ian Anderson" — is described on JETHRO TULL's web site as "an intimate evening of acoustic songs, music and bawdy tales." "Rupi's Dance", due ...

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DEVILDRIVER's FAFARA Completes Vocal Tracks For Debut CD

DEVILDRIVER vocalist Dez Fafara (COAL CHAMBER) has issued the following update via the Roadrunner Records web site: "Today is Tuesday, July 8th...as of today, I am officially done singing songs [for the DEVILDRIVER debut CD]. There are 12 tracks for the album, along with an extra track entitled 'Digging Up The Corpses'. The extra track ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist: New METALLICA 'Represents Everything Wrong With The Music Business'

Former TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, whose previous group was once considered to be among the natural successors to the San Francisco Bay Area metal throne held by METALLICA, has slammed his one-time heroes, calling their latest opus, "St. Anger" a "sloppy mess" and insisting that Hetfield and Co. "represent everything wrong with the music business." ...

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SKID ROW Guitarist Rules Out Reunion With SEBASTIAN BACH

SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo has ruled out the possibility of the group ever getting back together with former singer Sebastian Bach for a new album and reunion tour. "I will chose to maintain our integrity and happiness over any dollar amount anytime," he said in a new interview posted at SkidRow.net. "And believe ...

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METALLICA Producer Speaks Out On 'St. Anger'

METALLICA producer Bob Rock recently spoke to MTV.com about the production on the group's new album, "St. Anger". "I wanted to do something to shake up radio and the way everything else sounds," said Rock, who helped write the music and lyrics and played basslines on the album. "To me, this album sounds like four ...

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MY DYING BRIDE Guitarists Launch Record Label

MY DYING BRIDE guitarists Andrew Craighan and Hamish Glencross have joined forces with Debora Moretti to form a new record label, dubbed Blackdoom Records. "Blackdoom is a new record label devoted to music drenched in emotion, strong in vision and black of heart," the trio said in an official statement. "Our mantra is one of ...

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Bassist PAUL CHAMPAGNE Leaves EXCITER

Bassist Paul Champagne has announced his decision to leave Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER. The following is Champagne's official statement on the matter: "After much thought, I have decided to leave EXCITER due to musical and personal differences. The expectations of the band were causing me to compromise my musical integrity in terms of playing style ...

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Vocalist MATT BARLOW Leaves ICED EARTH!

Vocalist Matt Barlow has announced his departure from ICED EARTH in order to pursue a career doing administrative work for the Department of Homeland Security. The following is Barlow's official statement on the matter: "In December of last year, prior to ICED EARTH signing a new record deal, [ICED EARTH mainman] Jon [Schaffer] and I ...

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ANKLA To Enter Studio In Early June

Los Angeles-based ANKLA, featuring guitarist Ramon Ortiz (PUYA), Brazilian vocalist Ikaro Stafford, L.A local J.J. McNeal on bass, and drummer Aaron Rossi (STRIFE, SHELTER, MEDICATION), will be entering the studio in early June under the production guidance of Roy Mayorga (SOULFLY, MEDICATION) and Lucas of Wrong Entertainment. The band, who are currently unsigned, are planning ...

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Original SLIPKNOT Singer Retires From Music Scene

Original SLIPKNOT singer Andy Rouw (a.k.a. Anders Colsefini) has announced his decision to retire from the music scene. On the message board of his most recent band, ON A PALE HORSE, he wrote: "I, Andrew Rouw (aka Anders Colsefni), have decided to retire. My chords (vocal, that is) are a bit tired anymore, and they ...

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