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Metal News for February 18, 2004

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Twisted Method Not On Ozzfest 2004

TWISTED METHOD, contrary to online reports, will not be playing on this years Ozzfest 2004. Instead, the group is setting their sights on releasing their 1st single (which will be 'Reach'), shooting a video for it, getting on another tour, and proving a few more points to their fans.

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The Haunted Gig Available For Viewing Online

THE HAUNTED's entire Hultsfred Festival gig from June 2003 is now available online. The video stream can be found here (click on "The Haunted"; requires Windows Media Player 9 to watch).

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Sun N' Steel Line-Up Announced

The entire SUN N' STEEL lineup's for both days have been announced as follows:

Saturday, March 6th

TESTAMENT
BODYCOUNT F/ ICE T
MOD
PRONG
SEVEN WITCHES
AGENT STEEL
MACABRE
TRIVIUM
NEOMORTEM
METH SESSIONS
JAG PANZER
RAVEN
ROB ROCK
ARCADIA
LEVIATHAN
DARK SHIFT
STONE VENGENCE
PREMONTION
CONQUEST
SEVERED EXISTENCE
PREMONTION OF WAR
THE END
OCTOBR 31
DEMONCY
THE APOSTACY
LEFT IN ASHES
KILLIK
EXIT 39
ORPHAN SOUL
FORCE OF HABIT
HGH
HIBERNUS MORTIS More...

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Former Queens Of The Stone Age Bassist Speaks

Former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist Nick Oliveri has posted the following message on the web site of his MONDO GENERATOR project:

"Hello everybody. I'm in L.A., and it's getting to be too much. You know what I mean? I'm ready to go out on tour again with MONDO GENERATOR. I just wanted to tell you folks what's really goin' on — good news and bad news. The bad news, which you all know, is that QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, as we all know it, is no more. I heard it's now called 'QUEENS LITE.' Unfortunately, I was fired, and Mark Lanegan decided to cut out from the QUEENS and focus on his solo project. His new record will be out this spring.
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Ozzfest 2004 "Official Line-Up" Released

Ozzfest's official web site has inadvertently released (page since removed) what is believed to be the official lineup for this year's festival. It is as follows:

Main Stage:

OZZY OSBOURNE
JUDAS PRIEST
SLAYER
DIMMU BORGIR
SUPERJOINT RITUAL
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

Second Stage:

SLIPKNOT
HATEBREED
LAMB OF GOD

Rotating:

ATREYU
BLEEDING THROUGH
LACUNA COIL
EVERY TIME I DIE
UNEARTH
GOD FORBID

The OFFICIAL line-up will be released this Friday, February 20th at 11:00 a.m. PST.

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Candiria Recording New Album

After a lengthy hiatus of sorts, originally stemming from a serious van accident in late-2002, Brooklyn's Candiria are currently in the studio recording a new full-length entitled "What Doesn't Kill You...". Late last year the band signed with Type A Records, of which renowned producer David Bendeth is president. Look for the new album to hit stores in June.

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Prodigal Zoo Reverts To Twelve Tribes

Nearly two months after officially changing their name to Prodigal Zoo, Ohio's Twelve Tribes has dumped the moniker and reverted to their original name. Here's a statement from the group:

"Well, it's been almost two months since our unexpected transformation - and to be quite honest, it wasn't us. We changed our name looking to create another identity to accommodate the profound changes we have made in our music. But what we were missing was our history and our name, which we have worked for over seven years to establish. The response that we got from people who love the name Twelve Tribes and respect what we have done in the underground music scene was amazing. And for that, we are grateful."

Look for the group's Ferret Music debut, "The Rebirth Of Tragedy," to hit stores on May 4th.

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Grip Inc. To Premiere On Net Radio Show March 1st

GRIP INC, the acclaimed metal power trio featuring superstar drummer DAVE LOMBARDO (Slayer), guitarist/keyboardist WALDEMAR SORYCHTA and vocalist GUS CHAMBERS, returns after four years with Incorporated, to be released on SPV in the U.S. in March. Electricbasement.com 's POWER HOUR NET RADIO SHOW will be WORLD PREMIERING the album March 1st and will include an interview with the band. The Power Hour is pre-recorded and then streamed on demand for free, allowing users to tune-in to the current show whenever they want. No sign-ups or hassles. Get more info here.

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Khanate Let Loose The Lambs Tour 2004

KHANATE will begin the Let Loose The Lambs tour 2004 in mid-early March. Here are the dates: More...

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Ozzy To Play Ozzfest With Team Of Doctors

Richard Johnson of The New York Post's "Page Six" reports: "Ozzfest is going to be a little less raucous this year due to Ozzy Osbourne's recent all-terrain-vehicle accident in England. 'His doctors have said he needs six to eight months of rehab, which will end exactly when Ozzfest begins,' said our insider. 'His doctors did not want him to do the tour, but he insisted, so he is planning on having a team of doctors travel with him.' Onstage, Ozzy will have several well-placed chairs and poles to assist him if he should need to sit or stand during performances. Meanwhile, Ozzy's wife Sharon has enraged some Ozzfest bands by demanding they pay upwards of $100,000 to perform in the traveling heavy metal show. It's prohibitive for smaller bands,' said our source, who noted Sharon is focusing on trying to get METALLICA, SLIPKNOT and JUDAS PRIEST to sign on to headline the tour. A rep said: 'The Osbournes traditionally charge the lesser known bands for a marketing fee, but the Osbournes pay the larger bands — and there will not be a slew of doctors in the road.' "

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Damageplan Breaks Into Top 40

DAMAGEPLAN's much-hyped debut CD, "New Found Power", sold 44,676 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The group, which includes ex-PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), fared substantially better than their former bandmate Philip Anselmo, whose first two offerings with his current project SUPERJOINT RITUAL, 2002's "Use Once And Destroy" and 2003's "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred", registered first-week tallies of 13,690 (No. 87) and 20,269 (No. 55), respectively. DAMAGEPLAN's numbers are especially impressive when you consider the fact that PANTERA's "greatest hits" collection, "The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!", shifted a total of 28,747 units (No. 38) in its first week of release last September (PANTERA's last official studio album, 2000's "Reinventing The Steel", opened with a tally of more than 161,000 to debut at No. 4).

In that same week, Dave Grohl's metal side-project PROBOT sold 27,380 copies in its first week of release, landing at position No. 68 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart.

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Einherjer Splits

Norway's EINHERJER have officially called it a day. The following is the group's statement on the matter:

"After 11 years, 4 albums and 2 mini-albums, we've decided to split up EINHERJER. We feel that we've made the album we wanted with 'Blot' and therefore a journey of 11 years has come to an end. We would like to thank everybody who has supported us through the years.

"For us, it is time to move on. We are definitively not retiring as musicians, so you haven't heard the last from us yet…

"Regards, Frode, Aksel & Gerhard"

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Nu/Faux Metal Bands Rocked By Slump

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News is profiling how the hard rock sales for the past few months have been dampened while faux-grunge group Nickelback, '70s-style acts, Jet and The Darkness, and arty act Incubus have enjoyed success. Farber cites P.O.D., who saw their last release, 'Satellite,' move 2.7 million copies in 2002 while its latest 'Payable on Death' CD has fallen to No. 186 on the Billboard charts after just 13 weeks, selling just over 400,000 copies. Meanwhile, Limp Bizkit's 'Results May Vary', is lumbering in the low 80s on the chart after 20 weeks, selling only as many as first week sales of their previous effort, 'Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water', moved in its first week. Korn's dropoff also is cited.

The article title "Metal bands rocked by slump" surely is incorrect as these bands hardly qualify as metal, with Korn being the closest of them, and their sales probably hurt by the lackluster Untouchables anyway.

Read the full article at New York Daily News.

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Listen To Korn's 'Ya'll Want A Single' Online

Korn is back with their latest single 'Ya'll Want a Single', which you can listen to online at Netscape Music.

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