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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's JESSE LEACH: "I Have To Do What Needs To Be Done"

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's record label, Roadrunner Records, issued a statement earlier today acknowledging vocalist Jesse Leach's absence from the group's upcoming activities, but suggesting that this will be only a temporary arrangement and indicating that plans exist for the frontman to return to the band at a later date. "Due to personal issues and vocal strain, ...

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KITTIE, POISON THE WELL, SHADOWS FALL Dates Announced

The initial dates for the forthcoming US tour featuring KITTIE, POISON THE WELL, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HOTWIRE, and SHADOWS FALL have been announced. They are as follows: Jul. 09 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's Jul. 10 - Bloomington, IL @ Lafayette Club Jul. 12 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue Jul. 13 - Madison, WI ...

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NAPALM DEATH Begin Work On New CD, Prepare Live DVD

NAPALM DEATH have completed the drum tracks for their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album at Parkgate Studios in Hastings, England (where the group's Enemy Of The Music Business CD was recorded) and are currently taking a break before returning to the facility in early July to finish up the rest of the LP for a tentative September/October ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Sued By Former Producer For Back Royalties

Veteran producer Tom Werman is suing MÖTLEY CRÜE and their record company for back royalties. According to the papers filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, MÖTLEY CRÜE and Beyond Music have "deliberately, persistently, and repeatedly breached" Werman's agreement with the band by purposely withholding financial statements and monies owed him for his work ...

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DEF LEPPARD: Second DVD Party To Be Held At L.A.'s Cat Club

A party is being held tonight (Sunday, May 5th) at Slim Jim Phantom's Cat Club in Los Angeles, celebrating the DVD re-releases of DEF LEPPARD's Visualize/Video Archive home videos. Organized by "Happenin' Harry", a friend of DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott, the party will feature DVD showings and giveaways, live music and special appearances. The ...

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MOLLO/MARTIN Set Release Date For "The Cage 2"

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin's collaboration with Italian guitarist Dario Mollo, which goes by the name, will release their sophomore effort, entitled The Cage 2, in Europe and Japan on May 22nd. No US release date has been scheduled as yet. The final track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Terra Toria ...

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ROCK FEST 2002: A Classic Rock Celebration

Rock Fest 2002 is the name of a “classic rock” festival that is scheduled to take place on July 18-21 in Cadott, Wisconsin. So far, the following acts have been confirmed for the event: Thursday, July 18th 4:30 PM - VIC FERRARI 6:30 PM - DIO 8:30 PM - THE SCORPIONS 11:00 PM - DEEP ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Singer Completes Work On New THE CAGE CD

The long awaited new DARIO MOLLO/TONY MARTIN THE CAGE album (featuring ex-BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin), simply entitled 2, has been completed and is scheduled for a simultaneous European and Japanese release on May 22nd. The final track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Terra Toria 02. Overload 03. Life Love and Everything ...

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MANMADEGOD Enter Mixing Phase On Debut CD

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, featuring former FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and drummer Steve Jacobs, have completed the recording process for their debut CD for American Recordings at Los Angeles' Ocean Studios and are currently mixing the effort at West Hollywood's Larrabee Studio East facility with Sean Beavan (i.e. SLAYER, MARILYN MANSON) and Rick Rubin ...

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Former SABBATH Frontman Completes Work On "The Cage II"

CAGE, featuring Italian guitarist Dario Mollo and former BLACK SABBATH vocalist Tony Martin, have completed recording their new album, entitled The Cage II. Currently in the mixing stages under the direction of Dario at Damage Inc. Studios in Ventimiglia, Italy, the album's full track listing is as follows: 01. Terra Toria 02. Overload 03. Amore ...

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CATHEDRAL Frontman Goes Hardcore!

CATHEDRAL frontman Lee Dorrian recently recorded a guest appearance on a “short, mid-80s-influenced hardcore” track called “Human Timebomb” for an American punk band called PSEUDO HEROES (featuring members of DOWN BY LAW) for the band's forthcoming album, which also includes guest vocal performances by Jerry A (POISON IDEA), Kam Lee (MASSACRE), John Stabb (GOVERNMENT ISSUE), ...

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NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL Takes Shape

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TICKETS GO ON SALE FEBRUARY 2 FOR FOURTH ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL WORCESTER, Mass. - MassConcerts is proud to announce that the fourth annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will return to the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. Individual day tickets ...

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POISON Drummer To Make NAMM Appearance

POISON drummer Rikki Rockett will be attending this year's NAMM show, which is being held between January 17th and January 20th in Anaheim, California. He will appearing at the following booths: Jan. 18 - Innovation Drums, 2–4 PM Jan. 19 - Johnny Rabb Drumsticks, 12:30-1:30 PM Jan. 19 - Paiste Cymbals, 4-5 PM ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Frontman Lines Up Projects Galore!

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin is in Italy at the moment completing work on the new THE CAGE CD, tentatively entitled Poison Roses, which is due to be released in the spring. Martin will then fly to New York to sing on the new RONDINELLI CD (also featuring former RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH and current BLUE ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Get "Diverse" On Upcoming CD!

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY are in intensive songwriting sessions for their upcoming studio CD, which will reportedly be “a very diverse offering featuring musical traces from all stages of our 12-year career as well as a host of new influences”, according to a statement from the band. Among the tentative song titles that will be included ...

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MANMADEGOD Prepare To Unleash Debut Full-Length CD During May!

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, featuring former FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and drummer Steve Jacobs, have completed the recording process for their as-yet-untitled debut CD for American Recordings at Los Angeles' Ocean Studios and will enter the Sol 7 facility on January 2nd to begin mixing the effort, which is tentatively due to be released ...

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Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights - H.I.M.

In the wake of Razorblade Romance's phenomenal European success, it is certainly not surprising to see Finland's H.I.M. sticking to essentially the same formula on their follow-up effort, the group's third full-length CD to date and the group's most accessible offering so far. Much like Razorblade…'s more commercial tracks (i.e. German and Finnish #1 ...

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Archive News Nov 21, 2001

According to a report published in yesterday's edition of The New York Post, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst “lied when he said he visited a dying Australian girl injured in a mosh pit at his concert. Durst told Access Hollywood he visited Jessica Michalik on her deathbed and kept in touch with ...

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Archive News Nov 15, 2001

The reunited CANDLEMASS—featuring bassist/mainman Leif Edling, vocalist Messiah Marcolin, guitarist Lars Johansson, guitarist Matts 'Mappe' Bjorkman, and drummer Jan Lindh—have officially been confirmed for next year's installment of the Sweden Rock Festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 7-8, 2002 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. As originally hinted here on September 26th ...

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Archive News Nov 12, 2001

NEVERMORE have dismissed as “totally false” the statement issued by the group's record company, Century Media Records, on Thursday, October 8th that indicated that the band had withdrawn from the five-date east coast/midwest tour with OVERKILL (which was scheduled to run from November 25th through December 2nd) in order to begin work ...

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Archive News Oct 15, 2001 - update 1

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH/OBITUARY guitarist James Murphy is presently recovering at his parents' home in Lakeland, Florida after undergoing surgery on September 17th to remove a pituitary tumor the size of two golf balls from his head, with which he was diagnosed in early September. In a lengthy telephone conversation with BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Murphy revealed that approximately ...

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Archive News Sep 10, 2001 - update 2

QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate is due to officially begin recording his new solo album on September 13th. Not many details are presently available about the upcoming CD, but it is believed that the line-up of musicians performing on the album will be the same as the one that appeared live back in June, a ...

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Archive News Aug 31, 2001

The reunited EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, FORBIDDEN and SADUS are tentatively set to join forces in a combined touring package that is due to go out under the moniker Bay Area Invasion, and which is presently being put together by Walter Morgan's Deadly Embrace Productions (the people behind this month's Thrash Of The Titans benefit ...

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