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Metal News for February 21, 2003

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15 news articles posted on this day.

P.O.D. Change Guitarists

P.O.D guitarist Marcos Curiel has left the band to pursue other projects, including a band called Accident Experiment. But the Christian rockers have already lined up a replacement. He’s former Living Sacrifice man Jason Trury.

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Opeth Win Swedish grammy

Opeth's album ‘Deliverance’ has won a Swedish Grammy award for ‘Best Hard Rock’ category.

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Great White Inferno - 95+ Killed

At least 95 people were killed and more than 160 others were injured in a nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., late last night when a heavy-metal band's fireworks burned out of control, destroying the wooden building and turning the concert audience into a frantic mob. Great White, which sold 6 million albums after emerging from the Los Angeles metal scene of the 1980s, has had hits that include "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" and "Rock Me." The group was scheduled to perform at a club in Springfield, Va., tonight.

The disaster came just four days after 21 people were killed and more than 150 injured during a stampede in a Chicago nightclub that followed the use of pepper spray by a security guard.

Read the full article at WashingtonPost.com.

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Kataklysm's Drummer Leaves

Kataklysm parted ways with long time drummer Max Duhamel immediately after the European tour was completed. Max announced to the band that he will be retiring but accepted none the less to do the upcoming North American tour in Feb./March 2003 with Hate Eternal, Dying Fetus & Into Eternity... But to the band's surprise, Max has decided to pull out of that engagement a few days ago, leaving the band stranded to find a drummer, whom the band have now found and hope to be ready for the tour. Band leader Maurizio Iacono has this to say: "Well what can I say... Basically that we're pretty much in shock, especially after the tour we've just done and the upper level Kataklysm has reached with the last record, we weren't expecting this at all. We all knew that Max was starting to get tired of doing this shit but we didn't expect him to quit so suddenly and also to go back on his word about doing the tour in Feb./March, which is something he is not known to do at all!! We've struggled to find a last minute replacement and we found someone who is willing to help us out and make this tour happen, which we are very grateful (although he will not join the band permanently). J-F Richard (Blastfame/Eon Dissonance) is practicing intensively at the moment with guitarist J-F Dagenais and bassist Stephane Barbe in hopes of getting everything done in time for a 35 min. set. I've asked Max for a statement but I haven't received one, if anything I will post it on our website. We will find the right replacement and move on. The song writing will not be affected as Max was never really part of the writing process. We wish Max all the best for the future. We refuse to let down our fans in the States and our touring buddies, therefore we're doing everything possible to be there for the tour."

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Magus Noctum Debut Available Online

Magus Noctum's debut, Guardian of the Desert, is available through their homepage. Be quick if you would like to have it.

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Defiled sign to Season of Mist

Japanese Death metal freaks Defiled have signed to Season Of Mist, where they will release their new album, "Divination" on May 12. The album was mixed in Morrisound studio by Jim Morris.

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More Acts Confirmed for Summer Breeze

The latest acts added to the bill for this years Summer Breeze festival, taking place August 21st - 23rd in Abtsgmund (near Aalen/Stuttgart), are Katatonia, Finntroll, Borknagar, Wintersorg, God Dethroned and 40 Grit.

They join previously announced acts In Flames, In Extremo, J.B.O., Children of Bodom, Subway to Sally, Primal Fear, Napalm Death, Farmer Boys, Pyogenesis, Amon Amarth, Letzte Instanz, Sinner, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Darkane, Graveworm, Edenbridge, Symphorce, End of Green, Dew Scented, Hypnos, Darkseed, Callenish Circle, Hollenthon, Desaster, Primordial, Undertow, Evenfall, Darkwell, Final Breath, The Armada, Age of Ignorance and Defending the Faith.

A limited Metal ticket is still available through the festival website, http://www.summer-breeze.de.

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Soulless sign with Crash Music

Crash Music has signed an exclusive licensing deal with Japan's World Chaos Productions for Cleveland Ohio's Soulless. Crash will release the bands new album, Agonys Lament, this Spring.

In support of the release the band will have lined up some US dates including March 7th - The Revolution, Cleveland, Ohio, 29th - Anabelles - Akron, Ohio, April 18th - Never On Sundays - Cincinnati, Ohio (Slaughter All Christians show w/Incantation, Convergence From Within, Estuary, Uncreation and Dominus Obscurum) and April 19th - Metal Massacre Festival - Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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Candlemass Line up More Live Dates

Swedish doom legends Candlemass have lined up the following dates during the coming months: More...

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CoF to do In Store Appearances

Cradle of Filth have confirmed an in-store signing session in the U.K. for their new album, "Damnation And A Day", on Monday, March 10. Details are as follows:

Store: Virgin Megastore, 14 - 19 Oxford St, London, W1D 1AR, UK
Date: March 10, 2003
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.

"Damnation And A Day" is due to receive a European release on March 10 and North American release on March 25.

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Embury and Sharp to form side project

Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury is in talks with former Brutal Truth singer Kevin Sharp about forming a new project together.

"At the moment, [I am] staying with an old friend of mine who you may
know… Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth fame," Embury wrote on Napalm Death's official web site. "He came out to drive us around for the last week of the [recently competed U.S.] tour as a favor, and I am at his place stuffing myself full of Mexican food from around the corner and discussing the idea of a new project… It's looking very promising."

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Death Angel Cancel Huntington Beach gig

Reunited Bay Area metallers Death Angel have cancelled their previously announced appearance on March 7 in Huntington Beach, California. According to the band, "The promoter of the Huntington Beach show screwed up. He booked us into the 'Rhino Room', but says the venue will not be ready in time so he tried to move the show but could not get a venue in time. Therefore the show is cancelled. The San Diego show [on March 8 at brick By Brick] is still on. Sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused any of you. We look forward to coming down there to tear it up with you soon as we can schedule another date!"

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Soulgrind Add Helsinki Date to Tour

Finland's Soulgrind, who feature in their ranks former Lullacry frontwoman Tanja "Whisper Lilith" Kemppainen (a.k.a. Tanya), have added a Helsinki date to their upcoming itinerary.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Amaran, Amon Amarth UK Tour

Sweden's Amaran, who feature in their ranks ex-members of Mourning Sign, will embark on a four-date U.K. tour in late May with Amon Amarth, Solace Denied and an as-yet-unconfirmed headliner.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 26 – Nottingham, UK - Old Angel
May 27 – Bradford, UK – Rio
May 29 – London, UK – Underworld
May 30 – Bristol, UK – Fullmoon

Amaran are due to record their as-yet-untitled new album at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden between Apr. 7 and Apr. 27. 13 new songs have been completed for the CD and are being described by the band as "much heavier than the material on 'A World Depraved'." A late summer release through Listenable Records is expected.

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New Katatonia Sample Posted

A 45-second "teaser" sample of the new Katatonia track "Criminals" has been posted online at this location. "Criminals" comes off Katatonia's forthcoming sixth full-length album, "Viva Emptiness", due on March 24 through Peaceville Records.

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