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Metal News for March 11, 2002

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10 news articles posted on this day.

Nonpoint's Development And No Covers

Nonpoint are mixing their new album, ‘Development’, with Bob Clearmountain, which is expected in late June. The band, however, haven’t recorded any covers as previously reported. Score one for Nonpoint for ditching that stupid trend of 80's/90's covers by nu-metal bands.

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New Beautiful Creatures Guitarist

The Beautiful Creatures have brought in former Tuff guitarist Michael Thomas to replace the recently departed DJ Ashba. The band hope to sort out a new record deal soon.

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Seven Witches Bassist Departs

Sanctuary recording artists Seven Witches bassist Bill Mez has been officially asked to leave the group, at least partially due to the intense touring schedule of Single Bullet Theory, of which Mez is also a part. The upcoming Seven Witches / Annihilator European tour falls within the same weeks as the next SBT tour and there was no way to
reschedule either groups' run of dates.

"The next SBT tour is already booked in the United States and the momentum that SBT has created is too strong to jeopardize the bands future at this point." states Mez. "The SBT dates were booked months ago and it was known that I would be unavailable during those weeks. I never wanted to leave Witches, but was relieved of duties because I was unable to do this tour."

Bill wishes Jack Frost and the rest of Seven Witches the best of luck in the future and is looking forward to focusing all of his attention toward Single Bullet Theory.

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Bohm Leaves Darkside

Peter Böhm, bass player and founding member of the band has left Darkside shortly after the return of the band from their european tour with Mortician and Carnal Forge. The reasons he stated to the remaining members of Darkside via sms were that according to his opinion the band is trapped in a musical one-way street and that also image wise the band is at a dead end, over the more he has nothing more to give to the band music wise. Of course Peter contributed a lot to the development of the band in the past and so it will be hard to replace him. For the moment all band activities have been stopped.

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Amon Amarth to Enter Studio in August

Sweden's Amon Amarth are currently writing material for their brand new studio effort, which they are tentatively scheduled to record in August at Berno Studios in Malmo, Sweden for a late 2002/early 2003 release through Metal Blade Records. Currently untitled, the forthcoming CD will include the following cuts, among others:

01. Bloodshed
02. …And Soon The World Will Cease To Be
03. Vs. The World

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New In Flames Record in the Fall

According to band sources, In Flames are back from their UK dates with Slipknot and currently finishing up work on their forthcoming studio album at Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand. The drum tracks for 15 songs are finished. Look for the new studio album in the fall. As well, the upcoming Iced Earth, In Flames, Jag Panzer tour kicks off on April 8th at the Emerson Theater in Indianapolis, IN and wraps up on April 24th at the Ogden Theater in Denver, CO. Finally, you can look forward to a remastered rerelease of The Jester Race and Black Ash Inheritance together on one Digipak on May 14th.

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Art of Sickness European Dates

The dates for the Art Of Sickness European tour, featuring Cryptopsy, Haemorrhage, Profanity, and Spawn have been announced. More...

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May 5th to be Revolting

Skinlab have now set a May 28th release date through Century Media for their upcoming new album, the reVoltingRoom.

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Therion Part Ways with Drummer

Swedish operatic metallers Therion have split with drummer Sami Karppinen, who joined the band only three years ago for 1999's Crowning of Atlantis opus.

Karppinen decided that touring and drumming for a full-time band was too much and decided to relegate himself as the engineer/producer of Modern Art Studios, where Therion recorded their newest full-length Secret of the Runes

Read the full article at Digitalmetal.

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Black Dawn forced to Change Name

Finnish black metallers Black Dawn, featuring members of ...And Oceans and Rotten Sound, were forced to change their name to The True Black Dawn.

Black Dawn's label Necropolis Records received a cease and desist order from a rap group of the same name. Even though the Finnish band has been around longer, the rap group apparently owns the name. Necropolis said that all future pressings of the band's recent Blood for Satan full-length will feature the new name and logo, making the original pressing something of a collector's item.

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