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BLAZE Cancel Belgian Gig, Fate Of Remaining Dates In Doubt

Britain's BLAZE, led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, were forced to cancel their appearance with OVERKILL at Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium on Sunday, June 16th after drummer Jeff Singer's brother became very ill, thus causing the band to return to their homebase earlier than expected. Although BLAZE reportedly went ahead and performed at ...

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Ex-PESTILENCE/BOLT THROWER Frontman Resurfaces In DEATH BY DAWN

Former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX/BOLT THROWER frontman Martin Van Drunen will perform a live gig with his new band, DEATH BY DAWN, on Saturday, June 15th at J.U.K.S. in Emsdetten, Germany. Also appearing on the bill will be GUERRILLA and FUTURE FATE. For more information on DEATH BY DAWN, and to download full-length MP3s of their music, visit ...

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D.R.I. Tribute CD: Full Details Unveiled

MR. BUNGLE, 40 GRIT and RATOS DE PORAO are among the artists confirmed to appear on the forthcoming D.R.I. tribute CD, entitled We Don't Need Society, due for release later in the year. The full track listing for the album will be as follows (in no particular order): 01. 40 GRIT - "Nursing Home Blues" ...

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KING DIAMOND Still Signed To Metal Blade Records (For Now)

KING DIAMOND are still officially signed to Metal Blade Records, despite recent rumors indicating that the company and the band have parted ways. However, according to manager Ole Bang, the current running agreement is approaching the date of the option for a new recording, and I have no info to the effect whether Metal Blade ...

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The SLIPKNOT/STATIC-X Collaboration: "We Didn't Break Up"

SLIPKNOT's Joey Jordison and STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, who recently decided to drop the band name THE REJECTS for their long-running side project, have issued the following statements explaining their decision to part ways with singer Dizzy and recruit vocalist Wednesday 13 of THE FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS FROM PLANET 13: Joey Jordison: "Listen...... I don't ...

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Former LED ZEPPELIN Frontman To Issue "Head First" In July

Former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant will release his first solo album since 1993, entitled Head First, on July 16th. Self-produced, the effort will include covers of the JIMI HENDRIX classic "Hey Joe" and TIM HARDIN's "Morning Dew". The latter marks the second time Plant has covered a HARDIN track— on his 1993 release Fate ...

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SATYRICON Studio Report #2

SATYRICON mainman Satyr has posted the following studio report from the ongoing mixing sessions at a Danish studio with producer Jeff "Critter" Newell (i.e. MINISTRY, GUNS N' ROSES, FILTER, etc.) for the group's forthcoming album, which is due to be released in August/September through Capitol Records (Scandinavia): “We're almost done, two songs left to go ...

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CELTIC FROST's TOM GABRIEL FISCHER Speaks Out On Fate Of Band's Unreleased 1992 Demos

CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer recently commented on the possibility of the group's unreleased 1992 demos—recorded during the pre-production sessions for the aborted Under Apollyon's Sun CD—ever being issued on CD and made available to the record-buying public. According to Fischer, “the first 1992 demo was canned by the band, rather immediately after the ...

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BAPHOMET/HOUSECORE RECORDS End Partnership With RELAPSE

Baphomet/Housecore Records, a joint venture between PANTERA's Philip Anselmo and NECROPHAGIA mainman Killjoy, have ended their business arrangement with Relapse Records in which Relapse was handling manufacturing, marketing and distribution for Baphomet/Housecore's releases. There has been no official word yet on the fate of the Baphomet/Housecore's signings, including the much-anticipated SUPERJOINT RITUAL (featuring Anselmo on ...

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CELTIC FROST's TOM G. FISCHER Speaks Out On PROBOT Project

CELTIC FROST/APOLLYON SUN mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer recently commented on his contribution to the upcoming PROBOT project, led by former NIRVANA and current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, in the form of a track called "Big Sky", the final recordings for which were delivered over a year ago. According to Fischer, I haven't heard from ...

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SNAKEPIT Magazine: An Old -School Metalhead's Delight!

Snakepit magazine has just come out with its 10th issue featuring 108 full-packed, pro-printed “pure metal” pages, including the following US metal and Euro-metal legends and hopefuls: RAZOR (8 pages, first interview with ex-vocalist Sheepdog in many, many years), OMEN (5 pages, about theír 80s heyday and their comeback), STEEL PROPHET, HALLOWS EVE (3 pages, ...

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SILVERGINGER 5 Movie Contribution Confirmed

THE WILDHEARTS mainman Ginger has confirmed via his official web site that SILVERGINGER 5's Walk Like A Motherf.cker" has been selected by famed Swedish video director Jonas kerlund for use in his upcoming movie Spun, which is scheduled to feature actor Mickey Rourke and is due later in the year. Other artists appearing on the ...

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Abigail II: The Revenge - KING DIAMOND

Having been a huge fan of MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND's recorded output from the earliest days of the two bands' respective careers, I am more than a little perplexed by the path mainman King Diamond has chosen to follow during most of the '90s and going into the 21st century. Whereas MERCYFUL FATE and KING DIAMOND's ...

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METALIUM To Get Heroic In February

Germany's METALIUM will issue their latest CD, entitled Hero-Nation Chapter III, through Massacre Records on February 25th. Included on the album are guest appearances by vocalist Carolin Fortenbacher as well as keyboard legends Ken Hensley (ex-URIAH HEEP) and Don Airey (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE). A limited-edition two-CD version of Hero-Nation Chapter III will be released in Europe ...

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Former MERCYFUL FATE Axeman Bounces Back With New Band

Former MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Michael Denner has formed a new band called simply MICHAEL DENNER. Along with Denner, the group's present line-up includes KING DIAMOND bassist Hal Patino, ex-MERCYFUL FATE drummer Morten Nielsen, vocalist Jesper Harrits, and guitarist Carsten Volsing (from the old MERCYFUL FATE days). ...

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It's Official: MERCYFUL FATE Part Ways With Metal Blade!

MERCYFUL FATE have parted ways with Metal Blade Records after the label chose not to exercise their contractual option to renew the group's agreement for another album, according to MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND manager Ole Bang (who dropped us a line from the MIDEM convention/music trade show in Cannes, France). The split comes nearly three years ...

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KING DIAMOND Slams Metal Blade Records, Fate Of US Tour Uncertain

KING DIAMOND leader and namesake has slammed Metal Blade Records over the record company's apparent inability/refusal to provide the band with adequate support necessary to put the group out on the road in support of their upcoming Abigail II: The Revenge CD (which is due on January 29th). In a soon-to-be-published interview with the German ...

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PROBOT's Dave Grohl: Lemmy Is God!

FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl (ex-NIRVANA) recently posted a message on the band's site describing the experience of working with MOTORHEAD mastermind Lemmy on a song called "Shake Your Blood", which will appear on an upcoming album by Grohl's metal side-project PROBOT. In his diary message, Grohl makes obvious his clear admiration for the rock'n'roll ...

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Chuck Schuldiner: A Tribute To A Legend!

Former DEATH/CONTROL DENIED bassist Steve DiGiorgio (currently in TESTAMENT/DRAGONLORD) has posted the following tribute to DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, who sadly lost his battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor, on December 13th: “Saddened… This is the first time since I've heard the news that I've been on the computer. I ...

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Don't Give Me Names - GUANO APES

Although they've had limited commercial success Stateside, Germany's GUANO APES have been a huge hit in Europe, and in particular their homeland, where this album entered the pop charts at #1 the week of its release in early May (the group's last album, Proud Like A God shifted some 650,000 units in Germany alone!).

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Archive News Nov 08, 2001

RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher has posted the following update on the band's activities at the group's official web site at www.ravenlunatics.com: “Hi!! It's been a while. Sorry to have been out of it for a while, but a lot has been happening behind the scenes... [Guitarist] Mark [Gallagher] &amp I were over ...

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Archive News Oct 30, 2001

ANTHRAX are rumored to be making an appearance on the Late Night With Jay Leno show this Wednesday, October 31st. In other ANTHRAX-related news, check out this humorous article from Lincoln Journal Star about an ANTHRAX fan whose “ANTHRAX” license plates have gotten him a heap of negative reactions from irate motorists ...

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