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DARK FUNERAL Confirm DOMINION's Departure, Vow To Carry On

Sweden's DARK FUNERAL have officially confirmed the departure of guitarist Dominion from the group's ranks (as first reported here on August 11th). The following is a statement from bassist/vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula: "It's a sad day for DARK FUNERAL. Dominion, our brother and long-time friend has decided to leave the band. "The reason ...

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MACHINE HEAD Commence Mixing Live CD

MACHINE HEAD's as-yet-untitled live CD is currently being mixed by Colin Richardson and looks set to be completed by August 23rd, according to Roadrunner Records UK. An October 22nd release is expected. As reported here back on January 1st, the album was recorded at London's Brixton Academy on December 8th, 2001 and will ...

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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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SLIPKNOT's JOEY JORDISON: New Stuff Is "Pretty Fucking Brutal"

SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the group's forthcoming third full-length album, which the band will begin work on early next year for a late 2003 release through Roadrunner Records. According to Jordinson, SLIPKNOT have amassed material left over from the Iowa sessions as well as a host of new ...

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LYZANXIA To Issue "Mindcrimes" In October

French thrashers LYZANXIA will release their third full-length CD, entitled Mindcrimes, in Japan on October 2nd through King Records. This version will include two bonus tracks: "COG" and "Endless Sphere". A European release through Trepan Records is expected a short time later. As previously reported, Mindcrimes was recorded at Backstage Studio in Lyon with producers ...

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RUSH Drummer Breaks Silence On Death Of Daughter, Wife

RUSH drummer Neil Peart has broken his silence on the tragic deaths of his 19-year-old daughter Selena and wife Jackie, both of whom passed away within a 10-month period back in 1997-1998. In his new book, Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, which is being published by Canada's ECW Press, Neil provides a personal ...

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Former FAITH NO MORE Frontman Asked To Join INXS

Former FAITH NO MORE and current FANTOMAS/TOMAHAWK frontman Mike Patton has sensationally revealed that he was asked to be the singer for INXS after Michael Hutchence died back in 1997. Speaking to the East Bay Express, Patton denied that he made up the story, stating "Absolutely it's true! I couldn't make something like that up!" ...

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TOM MORELLO: I'm Mad About Leaked CORNELL/RAGE Recordings

Ex-RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has broken his silence about the leaked demo recordings of the unnamed project featuring Morello, former RATM bandmates Tim Commerford (bass) and Brad Wilk (drums), and ex-SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell, which are widely available on the Internet and through various file-sharing applications. Asked to reveal his feelings about ...

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VOID OF SILENCE: New Frontman Needed

Italian "dark/ambient/doom" metal act VOID OF SILENCE have parted ways with frontman Malfeitor Fabban and are currently seeking a replacement. Interested parties (male or female) can go to the group's official web site and download two brand new instrumental songs in demo form, which they can use to sing over and submit as ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN Breaks Silence On Split With Wife

VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen has broken his silence over his recently-announced split with wife Valerie Bertinelli in the current issue of People magazine (dated July 22, 2002), which features a small photo of Bertinelli on the cover. "We're friends," the 47-year-old guitarist told the magazine. "We love each other. We're just separated. I ...

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JOHN NORUM: "I Don't Know If I Will Return To DOKKEN"

Former EUROPE/DOKKEN guitarist John Norum has broken his silence over his recent departure from the latter group's European tour and his future plans, which may or may not include a EUROPE reunion. In an update posted at his official web site, Norum stated that "my hand [which was injured during the aforementioned tour] has healed ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Land New Frontman

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have replaced singer Jesse Leach with ex-BLOOD HAD BEEN SHED frontman Howard Jones, according to bassist Mike D'Antonio, who broke his silence on the situation in an interview with Australia's Metalshop. "[Jesse] strained his voice and he did it touring, and he has done it previously," Mike responded to a question ...

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Norway's SLAYER Magazine To Unleash Issue #17

Norway's Slayer magazine is currently preparing its 17th issue (dubbed "Witching Metal") containing 68 pages in the familiar Slayer vein, featuring interviews with Jon Nødtveidt of DISSECTION (the first interview after his arrest!), EXODUS, CANDLEMASS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, OCCULT, RAZOR, THE CROWN, MERCILESS, BLACK WIDOW (the ancient UK prog band), MANINNYA BLADE, OMEN, FRANK GOSDZIK (a.k.a. ...

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New SHADOWS FALL Track To Appear On "Plea For Peace" Compilation

SHADOWS FALL will be featured on the upcoming Plea For Peace compilation alongside some of the biggest metal, hardcore, punk, emo and indie rock bands today, including ANTI FLAG, FINCH, POISON THE WELL, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, SNAPCASE, GOD FORBID, CURLUPANDIE, OPEN HAND, CAVE IN, EIGHTEEN VISIONS, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, THE MOVIELIFE, DILLINGER FOUR, PIEBALD, ULTIMATE FAKEBOOK, ...

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AHRUE LUSTER: "I Was Creatively Unfulfilled In MACHINE HEAD"

Having left MACHINE HEAD due to what is officially being called "creative differences", guitarist Ahrue Luster has spoken exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET about the circumstances that led to his departure from the group his decision to pursue his own musical vision with his next project, the details of which are still being finalized. What follows is ...

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LYZANXIA Complete Work On "Mindcrimes"

French thrashers LYZANXIA have completed work on their third full-length CD, entitled Mindcrimes, at Backstage Studio in Lyon with producers Fredrik Nordström (i.e. HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, DIMMU BORGIR, etc.) and Don Romano 666. Mixed by Nordström and Patrick J at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, the album's full track listing is as follows: ...

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PAINFLOW Become GOD'S AN INSECT

Finnish industrial metallers PAINFLOW have changed their name to GOD'S AN INSECT and are continuing work on first new material since parting ways with Massacre Records late last year. "We have made a bunch of new songs that sound completely new, although you can still recognize some similarities when compared to the old material," reads ...

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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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LIMBONIC ART Finalize Track Listing For "The Ultimate Death Worship"

Norway's LIMBONIC ART have finalized the track listing for their brand new CD, entitled The Ultimate Death Worship, which is tentatively due to be released on September 17th through Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 01. The Ultimate Death Worship 02. Suicide Commando 03. Purgatorial Agony 04. ...

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Former MR. BIG Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert has completed work on a new solo CD, entitled Burning Organ, which is due for release on June 26th in Japan. 13 songs were reportedly tracked for the album, including opener "I Like Rock", which features "one hundred guitars all playing at the same time through the entire song ...

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MY RUIN Seek New Label Following Split With Snapper Music

MY RUIN are presently seeking a new record deal following a two-album stint with the UK's Snapper Music label and have reportedly completed 18 new compositions for the group's third full-length CD, which is tentatively due to surface in late 2002/early 2003. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to ...

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SOULFLY's MAX CAVALERA: New Album Is Our Heaviest Yet

SOULFLY are scheduled to shoot a video for "Seek 'n' Strike", the first single off their upcoming 3 opus, later this month with director Nathan Cox (i.e. SYSTEM OF A DOWN, DISTURBED). "I want to do something really different than everything else," mainman Max Cavalera told MTV.com. "A lot of my videos are band-oriented, and ...

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FLAW's New Video Added To MTV2's Regular Rotation

FLAW's video for their latest single, "Whole", has been added into regular rotation on MTV2. The clip will air several times a day beginning May 20th. As with many of the tracks off of the band's Republic/Universal Records debut, Through the Eyes, "Whole" was inspired by real-life personal turmoil—in this case, the suicide of singer ...

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Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan

Here are the latest sales figures for various current and catalog metal/hard rock releases in the US (in total units sold to date since the albums were issued), as reported by SoundScan for the week ending April 21st, 2002: KORN Issues: 3,047,076 KORN Follow The Leader: 3,414,717 LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish: 6,259,073 LIMP BIZKIT Significant ...

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