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SUPERJOINT RITUAL's BOWER Speaks Out On Decision To Put DOWN On Hold

SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist Jimmy Bower recently spoke to Bully magazine about singer Philip Anselmo's decision to put his other projects on hold in order to concentrate on promoting SUPERJOINT's upcoming sophomore CD, "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred" (due July 22 through Sanctuary Records). "[SUPERJOINT RITUAL] passed up a lot of cool things last year ...

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TOOL: On Hiatus Until 2005

According to the unofficial TOOL web site Toolshed.down.net, TOOL will likely remain on a hiatus for the next 18 months while A PERFECT CIRCLE — who features in their ranks TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan — complete work on their sophomore album and the subsequent touring activities in support of the CD. "Well, ...

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MARCOS CURIEL: I Was Fired From P.O.D.

Ex-P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel has lashed out at his former bandmates, claiming that he was fired from the band last week because he has other projects and because of differences in religious philosophies. "I was hoping I could do what Maynard [Keenan] does," Curiel told MTV.com. "He's in TOOL and A PERFECT CIRCLE. That's obviously ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE's LEEUWEN On Upcoming CD: 'It Keeps Changing'

A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen recently spoke to Australia's Undercover News about the band's upcoming sophomore effort, tentatively due later in the year. "Last I heard, there wasn't any vocals on it," Troy said. "That is another thing that continually evolves as time progresses. It is getting close to be finishing. The vocals ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE Start Work On Sophomore CD

A PERFECT CIRCLE have commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to their 2000 debut, "Mer De Noms", tentatively due in the summer. "On Jan 17, 2003, A PERFECT CIRCLE reconvened to begin the writing/recording process," frontman Maynard Keenan confirmed via the group's official web site. "When it's done, you all will be the first ...

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TOOL Get Fired Up!

TOOL accidentally set fire to their dressing room on Nov. 12 at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas, and are required to pay for the damage. Freeman Coliseum general manager J.C. Hrubetz says the fire was minor, and that the band's bill for the damage is "less than the amount of a used Chevy ...

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UPDATED: GUNS N' ROSES No-Show Sparks Riot

The long-awaited launch of GUNS N' ROSES' first North American tour in nine years, scheduled to take place last night (Nov. 7) at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, was canceled after frontman Axl Rose failed to make it to the Canadian city in time for the gig. Following the announcement of the cancellation, ...

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SATYRICON Video Posted Online

Norway's SATYRICON has made available for streaming the video for the track "Fuel For Hatred" from the group's current "Volcano" opus at this location. The clip was directed by acclaimed Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, who has previously worked with METALLICA, MADONNA, and THE PRODIGY, among others. In other news, SATYRICON has posted the ...

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FILTER Announce U.S., European Dates

FILTER have announced the following dates during the coming weeks: Sep. 25 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd's Music Store Sep. 26 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Sep. 28 - Atlanta, GA @ 99X HiFi Buys Amphitheatre Sep. 29 - Huntsville, AL @ Big Spring Jam Sep. 30 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's ...

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DOWN Punch Out ADEMA Guitarist Backstage at OZZFEST

Members of DOWN and ADEMA reportedly got into a scuffle backstage at the St. Louis stop of Ozzfest, where one of the guitarists for ADEMA got punched in the mouth while he was on DOWN's tour bus and it almost led to a showdown between Phil Anselmo and the DOWN boys and Jonathan Davis' little ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Commence Recording Sessions For New CD

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY went into the studio several weeks ago and recorded a brand new track, provisionally entitled "The Unholy", for inclusion on the band's upcoming album, tentatively due sometime in 2003. The recording in question was premiered last Friday via the Raleigh, North Carolina's radio station WKNC 88.1 FM, where bassist Mike Dean appeared ...

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TRENT REZNOR Breaks Silence On TAPEWORM Project

TAPEWORM, the much-anticipated side project of NINE INCH NAILS frontman Trent Reznor and TOOL/A PERFECT CIRCLE singer Maynard James Keenan, are completing work on an album's worth of material "that started as one idea and have mutated and grown into another altogether," Reznor said in a statement issued to MTV News. "Musically, the results are ...

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DOWN's PHILIP ANSELMO Scratches Eye, Band Cancel Montreal Gig

DOWN cancelled their scheduled non-Ozzfest appearance at Montreal's Parc Jean Drapeau last night after frontman Phil Anselmo scratched his cornea at the previous night's show in Clifton Park, New York (allegedly as a result of hitting the mic while headbanging), thus forcing him to wear an eye-patch until his eye has healed. Guitarist Pepper Keenan ...

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TOOL Tour "Going Smoothly...For The Most Part"

A dozen shows into the group's current North American tour, TOOL have already come across several obstacles, including technical problems, an injury, and at least one protest against the group. Still, "the current tour is continuing smoothly for the most part," as a message on the band's official website reads. The post further explains: "Apart ...

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DOWN's Flames Of Wrath Caught On Tape

A fire that erupted from a stage monitor during DOWN's set in Mansfield, Massachusetts last week was filmed and audio recorded by Thom Panunzio and the Record Plant Mobile team, who were taping the July 16-17 Ozzfest 2002 shows for Ozzfest 2002: The Live Album, due out on CD via Columbia Records next month. DOWN ...

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TAPEWORM Continue Work On Perennially-Delayed CD

NINE INCH NAILS frontman Trent Reznor and TOOL/A PERFECT CIRCLE singer Maynard James Keenan recently hit Southern Tracks Recording Studios in Atlanta, Georgia (see photographic evidence here) to continue work on Reznor's pet project TAPEWORM, which also features NIN's Charlie Clouser and Danny Lohner. In the works for several years, TAPEWORM is essentially ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE Commence Work On Sophomore Effort

A PERFECT CIRCLE have reportedly finished recording 80 percent of the music for their follow-up to Mer De Noms and hope to issue their sophomore effort in spring 2003, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen told MTV. "It's definitely a step up from the last record," Van Leeuwen said. "A PERFECT CIRCLE kind of established its sound, ...

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DOWN Debut At #44 On Billboard Pop Album Chart

New Orleans supergroup DOWN, who feature in their ranks PANTERA's Philip Anselmo (vocals), C.O.C.'s Pepper Keenan (guitars), EYEHATEGOD's Jimmy Bower (drums), PANTERA's Rex Brown (bass) and CROWBAR's Kirk Windstein (guitars), sold 31,430 copies of Down II in its first week of release, landing the album at position #44 on the Billboard Pop Album chart. ...

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DOWN Add Hometown Show To Upcoming Itinerary

New Orleans supergroup DOWN, who feature in their ranks PANTERA's Philip Anselmo (vocals), C.O.C.'s Pepper Keenan (guitars), EYEHATEGOD's Jimmy Bower (drums), PANTERA's Rex Brown (bass) and CROWBAR's Kirk Windstein (guitars), have added a hometown show to their upcoming itinerary. DOWN is now scheduled to perform at the House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana on ...

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FEAR FACTORY Split Up!!

FEAR FACTORY have split up following frontman Burton C. Bell's decision to leave the band, a source within the group has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. According to reports, Bell had become increasingly unhappy with FEAR FACTORY's musical direction and no longer felt angry enough to sing in one of the world's most high-profile extreme metal bands. ...

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Down II - DOWN

As the follow-up to one of the most impressive debuts of the last decade (1995's Nola), Down II was perhaps destined to be a letdown, especially with the expectations running so high seven years after the release of its predecessor. Whereas Nola was an inspired, focused effort that crushed everything in its path with the ...

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