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April Fools! Did We Get You?

We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday as much as we did! In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our ninth year of the tradition, even when we start off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. Many thanks to those of you resisted blurting out “April Fools!” In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.

There are a couple particular stories I want to talk about briefly:

It was quite hilarious to see Dream Theater's facebook wall spattered with questions from fans about them using a drum machine! I had this story prepared ahead of time and was fully expecting the band to ruin it for me by announcing a new drummer before April 1st. There was just too much drama around the drummer position (ever since Mike Portnoy's departure) to pass it up.

Making things a little tricky, some people saw Metal Insider's story about Slayer disbanding and took it - along with our story - as corroborating evidence that the news was true (despite their April Fools link on the end of it). This was totally unplanned and unintentional, and we're sorry if we worried anyone for real. We love Slayer, and wish Jeff the best and dread the day that Slayer calls it quits.

To those who got all worked up about it, we've been doing this for a LONG time now. The bands that get spoofed are either easy targets or ones that we like. And sometimes the stories practically write themselves! It's all in good fun, and no harm is intended.

If you'd like to check out our past years' April Fools stories, you can do so at the links below:

Thanks for reading. We now return to our regularly scheduled metal programming.

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1. seth0et0holth writes:

Loved the X Japan yaoi manga joke. ROFL, f***ing hilarious xD

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 1:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. randall writes:

f*** off.. ha-ha... good fake!!

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 1:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Verdelet writes:

the Mike Portnoy was hilarious just to think of it.

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 8:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. WOLF7 writes:

Good stuff. You were evil before and you're still evil ;)

No issues on ageing detected.

Ageing... had my first gray hair! at 34. Horrified.

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 8:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. CorpusUpir writes:

Got me last year this time luckly realized the day before I sh** my pants about Slayer . Good job once again

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 9:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Bruce writes:

The first 3 or 4 stories got me (including the one about Slayer) and if wasn't for everyone in the comments section saying 'April's Fools' I probably would have believed even more of them, since I never realize that it's April's Fools Day.

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 9:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. guitarinkrys writes:

Oh thank god. I shat bricks about slayer. BASTARDS!

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 10:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. spiral_architect writes:

i totally believed the story about slayer's guitarist leaving. yeah, you got me all right. GRRRR!

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 1:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. LiSick writes:

That wasn't funny man!! i almost got a heartattack!!

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 1:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. bram metal insider writes:

The best thing about it is that we didn't even see your story until after we'd written ours! We definitely would have linked to it if we had. It's both a testament to great (?) minds thinking alike and people being gullible on 4/1 that so many people believed it, and a lucky coincidence that our story embellished and built on yours - which ran earlier - without us having seen it.

Good job and Viva Slayer!

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 2:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. deathbringer writes:

Hi Bram. I thought it was funny in a way too. With Slayer in the news and different guitarists stepping in, it was a story ripe for embellishing into an April Fools. In fact, ours was changed from the original premise when O'Brien was announced to be joining Slayer on tour just 2 days before April 1st.

We've done other April fools on Slayer in the past but never got such violent reactions as this year though. :-)

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 2:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. hellrat writes:

^Ya 'Bringer, it was a pretty good round!

some of these characters that came pissing and sputtering on here really need to find a way to incorporate a bit more Happy Time into their self absorbed and oh so serious (DULL!) lives

anyway, I enjoyed it brother! you and the family came through again!

Cheers \m/

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 7:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. TheIronMan writes:

This is my first year, but I didn't get fooled. Good reading, though.

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 9:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

I still think the Cavalera Brothers Sepultura one was the one that most people believed(from last year). I'm so used to it by now that I was pretty sure the Slayer one was a april fool :P

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 11:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Spaghetti_Motel writes:

I'll admit I have been fooled in the past but I think this year's were a little too obvious, still entertaining none the less.

# Apr 3, 2011 @ 1:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. TheIronMan writes:

Haha when two articles regarding Demon Burger, two articles regarding MP/DT, and JEFF HANNENMAN LEAVING SLAYER, you get suspicious.

# Apr 3, 2011 @ 3:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. ssdd_13 writes:

The Slayer spoof really threw more for a sec, till I saw the April Fools link! You Suck! Actually you rock, but you know.....

# Apr 3, 2011 @ 3:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. metal-man writes:

you got me funny.

# Apr 3, 2011 @ 6:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Rychemn writes:

I do love this day at times.(4/1/2011)..but it is hard to figure out what is real and what is not...good job gentlemen....enjoyed it quite a bit.....the mighty MU is the best in more ways than one!!!!!

# Apr 3, 2011 @ 10:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Blindgreed1 writes:

I commented jokingly on facebook about the "Cannible Corrpse Glee story" and people who don't even read MU jumped my sh!t telling me "Metal Underground does this every year, looks like they got you". LMFAO!

# Apr 4, 2011 @ 10:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

ya the slayer one scared me for alittle bit

# Apr 4, 2011 @ 11:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. deathbringer writes:

BG - lol, that's funny. How do they know then?

# Apr 4, 2011 @ 11:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Blindgreed1 writes:

People they know contacted them about what they'd read here and they'd been had before apparently. I told them they need to come here and be in the in crowd. You guys have run a couple of stories on their band too, so i'm a bit skeptical that they truely "don't read MU".

# Apr 5, 2011 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. SLAYER SUX writes:

fools

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25. Thrash For Life writes:

Shut up, that Slayer story scared me.

# Apr 5, 2011 @ 11:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. n0thinghead writes:

how could u not have an axl rose story this yr?? it's not an MU april fool's w/o axl!! lol i'll nvr forget my fav story...

It has been confirmed that Axl Rose has been announced to serve as a guest judge and special performer on the world's largest singing competition, American Idol.

However, he is currently healing from a freak injury to his ego while hiking in the Amazon rainforest. While Axl was hiking with a group, they came across some natives who had not yet heard of "Chinese Democracy." Axl then reportedly asked if they knew where they were. The natives then responded, "You're in the jungle, baby!"

"It hurt my soul," weeped Axl

LMFAO!!!!

# Apr 5, 2011 @ 6:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Rubyred writes:

Very clever and believeable stories, the Metalunderground journalists conjured up!! Had my mind rattled up there (confused) a moment or two. Good convinceing works. Peace!

# Apr 5, 2011 @ 10:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. deathbringer writes:

NH - Axl had his 15 minutes of fame when he finally released that album. Now it's gonna be another 10 or so before anyone cares again :-)

# Apr 5, 2011 @ 10:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. btbamfav20 writes:

^I wish people would forget him altogether due to the fact that it take over a decade to produce pure sh**...

# Apr 9, 2011 @ 1:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. n0thinghead writes:

LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i guess justin beaver would just have to do. for now.

until he's caught having a charlie sheen style party in a rundown motel in downtown LA lmao

# Apr 9, 2011 @ 3:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. btbamfav20 writes:

HA Ya i guess so
I can say now that i apologize for Justin Beiber. Being Canadian it shames me to know we released that little terror into modern "music"...
Sorry world

# Apr 10, 2011 @ 7:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. n0thinghead writes:

i bet he's rlly a genuis terrorist mastermind. waiting. simply, waiting.

# Apr 11, 2011 @ 9:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. btbamfav20 writes:

he is lol We'll know the time is near when he does a music video with obama haha

# Apr 11, 2011 @ 12:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. R Tenney writes:

Yea BAM;you Canucks exporting your Biebers! Love you alls Lagers @Blended Whiskeys and some fine Montreal tech death but the Biebers?

# Apr 11, 2011 @ 1:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. n0thinghead writes:

we're also get a hint of the end being nigh when bieber does some kind of an event/vid/award show thing with some overrated deathcore band like bmth or suicide silence. just wait.

# Apr 11, 2011 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. btbamfav20 writes:

Well he was trying to meet the Israeli Prime Minister... Does that count?

he turned him down btw, which made me chuckle lmao

I also apologize for Celine Dion and Shania Twain (Even though i'd like to band that milf :P)

NP: The Wolves Are Running - Burnt By The Sun

# Apr 14, 2011 @ 1:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. n0thinghead writes:

hell yeah!!!

# Apr 14, 2011 @ 4:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. R Tenney writes:

Good song BAM! Burnt by the Sun! Don't apologize dude for that crap. USA delivers far more crap to the world than I'd be willing to admit! Kesha? Ga Ga? Some damn fine metal coming down from the great white north! Ill keep drinking your lagers like Blue though!

# Apr 14, 2011 @ 5:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. btbamfav20 writes:

"the great white north"
HAHAHAHA it is the great white man!
even though there's no snow right now... lmao

NP: Into The Eye Of The Storm - Legion Of The Damned

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