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Formerly known as SCRAPE (not to be confused with SKRAPE), New York death metallers SCAR CULTURE are a fairly derivative-sounding yet ferociously powerful act whose approach brings to mind all the best elements of DEICIDE, MORBID ANGEL and NAPALM DEATH, all rolled into one face-rippingly heavy package that is as aggressive as they ...

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Archive News Nov 20, 2001

After a prolonged self-imposed absence, PRONG mastermind Tommy Victor is getting things back in gear with an eye toward releasing a new album in 2002. Currently based in Los Angeles, Victor has been quietly working on new demos over the past few months with the help of several musicians, including DIESEL ...

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Archive News Oct 08, 2001

The reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE will be performing a headlining show at Slim's in San Francisco on December 14th. Support will come from SKINLAB. Other opening acts will be announced shortly.


Former DARK ANGEL/DREAMS OF DAMNATION guitarist Jim Durkin has joined the reunited Los Angeles thrashers HIRAX. ...

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Archive News Oct 05, 2001

SOULFLY have replaced drummer Joe Nunez with returning skinsman Roy Mayorga, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. As first reported here three days ago, Nunez left, or was fired from (depending on whom you talk to), SOULFLY after insisting on re-negotiating his financial arrangement with the group, which is said to have barely allowed him the ...

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Archive News Sep 17, 2001 - update 2

Sweden's MARDUK have announced the updated itinerary for their upcoming American trek. The dates are as follows:

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Oct. 05 - Aurora, IL @ Riley's

Oct. 06 - St Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl

Oct. 07 - St Paul, MN @ The Lab

Oct. 09 ...

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Archive News Sep 10, 2001 - update 1

CRADLE OF FILTH have turned down a slot on the coveted Black Christmas US arena tour (featuring OZZY OSBOURNE and ROB ZOMBIE, among others), because they will be “in the studio busy on the new album for next year”, according to the group's official web site. The statement goes on to say that “it ...

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Archive News Aug 07, 2001

MACHINE HEAD's Supercharger CD has been pushed back to an October release through Roadrunner Records via distribution from Universal. It is believed that the label's recently-completed joint-venture agreement with the Island Def Jam Music Group is largely to blame for this most recent delay, which has resulted in several other releases getting pushed back, ...

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Archive News Aug 01, 2001

According to his official web site, former JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford will be putting on a 'special live TV performance' tonight (August 1st, 8-11 PM New York time) at the MTV20: Live and Amost Legal birthday celebrations in New York. Halford will reportedly be opening the show with a “surprise line-up” which has ...

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Archive News Jul 11, 2001

ANTHRAX have announced plans to record a live album at the October 3rd Chicago stop on their upcoming US tour as the support act for JUDAS PRIEST for a late November release through Beyond/BMG Records. According to guitarist Scott Ian, “We've heard your prayers and are answering them. So many of you have ...

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Archive News Jul 10, 2001 - update 1

An ardent and vocal MACHINE HEAD supporter during the group's early years, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King has revealed to Sweden's Close-Up magazine that he has found MACHINE HEAD's latter-day recorded output less than inspiring, particularly as compared to newer acts such as SLIPKNOT and longtime King faves PANTERA. Here is Kerry's statement about MACHINE ...

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Archive News Jun 09, 2001

According to guitarist Scott Ian, ANTHRAX plan on getting together June 13th to begin working on material for the group's next studio opus, which is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2002 through Nuclear Blast Records in Europe and Beyond/BMG Records in the US. Ian also confirmed that talks are underway for ANTHRAX to possibly ...

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Archive News May 04, 2001

EXODUS and VIO-LENCE reunions are being mentioned as a possibility for a benefit concert that is currently being planned for TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. No date has been announced yet, but the show is most likely to occur in San Francisco, and if everything goes according to plan, the ...

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Archive News May 02, 2001

SLAYER's Kerry King will be making a guest appearance on ROB ZOMBIE's forthcoming second solo effort, which is tentatively due for release at the end of the year. The bald-headed axeman will be heading into a Hollywood studio next week to record his tracks on an as-yet-untitled tune on the Scott Humphrey-produced album, which the ...

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Archive News Apr 24, 2001 - update 1

HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman has commented on the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's sophomore full-length studio CD, which is expected to be recorded before the end of 2001. Accoding to Lachman, 'the writing sessions are underway. Rob [Halford], [guitarist] Mike Chlasciak and yours truly got together and began a solid week-long session ...

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Archive News Apr 15, 2001

SLAYER appear to have dropped Soundtracks Of The Apocalypse as the working title for their upcoming studio release, which is due out July 3rd through American / Columbia Records. SLAYER are presently mixing the album at a Vancouver studio and plan on having it ready to be mastered by April 20th. In other SLAYER news, ...

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Archive News Apr 13, 2001 - update 1

SLAYER are currently in the studio mixing their upcoming album, tentatively titled Soundtracks Of The Apocalypse, and are scheduled to complete the mixing process on April 20th, according to the group's publicist. The Matt Hyde-produced CD is due for release through American / Columbia Records on July 3rd.


Japan's LOUDNESS will reportedly be issuing ...

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Archive News Apr 05, 2001 - update 1

Sweden's IN FLAMES has cancelled their previously announced US tour with CLUTCH. No reason was given for the cancellation.


North Carolina's BROWN, the new group founded by former C.O.C. drummer Reed Mullin (who plays guitar and sings lead in the new band) and producer John Custer (i.e. C.O.C., DAG, CRY OF LOVE), are taking ...

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Archive News Mar 24, 2001 - update 2

MUDVAYNE were forced to cancel the remainder of their European tour due to frontman Chad (Kud) Gray's ongoing vocal cord problems, which are a result of an injury which occurred when the band was touring the American west coast last month.

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In an official statement from the band, drummer ...

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Archive News Mar 23, 2001 - update 1

Demolition is the title of the upcoming JUDAS PRIEST studio album, the second to feature vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, who replaced Rob Halford in 1996. Demolition is currently in the mixing stages, and it is tentatively set for a June release. According to JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews, the band will be playing a ...

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Archive News Mar 12, 2001 - update 2

Colorado's JAG PANZER are due to release their newest studio effort, Mechanized Warfare, through Century Media Records during the summer. The group have once again worked with producer Jim Morris. Tentative song titles include: 'The Tarmac' and 'Froze In Fear'.


DIO will be joining forces with RATT and ALICE COOPER for a European tour.

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Archive News Mar 03, 2001 - update 2

Century Media Records has licensed the upcoming MARDUK full-length, La Grande Danse Macabre, for North America, marking the first time the infernal black metal act will have proper distribution in this country. Recorded and mixed at the infamous Abyss Studios with Tommy Tagtgren at the production helm, the album reportedly features the band's most extreme ...

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