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Metal News for March 2, 2004

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Q.O.T.S.A. Bassist Speaks Out About Being Fired

Former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist Nick Oliveri has spoken to Kerrang! magazine about the reasons for his departure from the group. “I had a blow out in Barcelona," he said. "I was pissed and did some stupid shit. I freaked out, did some Absinthe or something and we had a big fight that night. We've known each other long enough and that's what happens, a brother fight, you know?

"Josh [Homme, guitarist/vocalist] came to my house and said, 'I don't know if I can do this anymore.' It sounded to me like he was quitting and one of the excuses he gave was he said I'd hit my girlfriend, which is totally untrue. To me it seemed like he was trying to justify that he was quitting. Then I read on the internet I had been fired!"

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The Haunted Announce Album Title, Contest Winner

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have announced the winner of their "Album Title" competition. "The winning contribution is 'Subliminal Messages of Suicide Promotion' and was submitted by Conner Tadena," the band write on their web site. "He will receive some HAUNTED goodies in the mail. Unfortunately, the winning title will not be used as the title for the next CD, but might be considered for other band-related purposes. THE HAUNTED would like to thank everybody who contributed in the competition."

THE HAUNTED are currently at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due late summer through an as-yet-undetermined label.

The group, who were recently rejoined by original vocalist Peter Dolving (MARY BEATS JANE, THE PETER DOLVING BAND) following the departure of Marco Aro, recorded a pre-production tape of four new songs in Janaury for shopping purposes. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Almost Alive", "99", "Who Will Decide" and "Burnt To A Shell".

THE HAUNTED, who are expected to spend five weeks in the studio recording and mixing their new album, fulfilled their contractual obligations to Earache Records with the release of 2003's "One Kill Wonder".

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Cannibal Corpse Guitarist Suprised By Fan Reaction

CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Jack Owen says that he was surprised by the reaction the band's fans have had to his side-project ADRIFT. "I thought I was going to be crucified by death metal fans for doing a project that wasn't as heavy as CANNIBAL," he said. "To be honest, the death metal fans that have gone to the web site (www.adrift.cc) and downloaded the songs have had the most positive reaction!

"What I'm trying to do is branch out as an artist. I consider myself well-rounded as a player, and would like to let everyone know that I can play more than 'Hammer-Smashed Face'."

Owen will return home to Tampa in mid-March to film a video for an ADRIFT song entitled "Empty Dreams" that will be made available on the group's web site. "We would like to invite any and all music fans from around the globe to visit the site, check out the songs, and give us your honest opinions," he said. The web site is up and running, and reportedly receiving more hits than it can handle. The band have mentioned merchandise giveaways related to signing the guestbook. "It looks like the band is beyond the side-project phase. We're ready to take off, and do some damage."

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Jerry Cantrell Forms New Super-Group

Jerry Cantrell's manager Bill Siddons has confirmed to Launch that the former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist has formed a new band with former THE CULT axeman Billy Duffy. Siddons, however, was unable to confirm that ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE vocalist John Corabi had also been jamming with the two guitarists. The new project, which Siddons describes as "Jerry having fun," does not have an official name and is expected to feature a revolving cast of players and special guests. The band will perform on April 12 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, at a benefit for the Sweet Relief organization.

Siddons told Launch that Cantrell got the idea for the new band after appearing with CAMP FREDDY, a similar project that features JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro, various former members of GUNS N' ROSES, and a number of guest performers.

The Cantrell/Duffy project will play mostly cover tunes, plus selected material from their previous bands. Sweet Relief, founded by singer/songwriter Victoria Williams in 1994, provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

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Edguy Guitarist: We Have Nu-Metal To Thank...

EDGUY guitarist Dirk Sauer recently spoke to Lords Of Metal about the resurgence of interest in traditional heavy metal in parts of Europe.

"At the moment the TV stations in Europe are more friendly towards heavy metal bands," he said. "A couple of years ago a video would be shown once or twice, but it is getting much better. In Germany we got another late night hard rock show and I have heard that the same thing has happened in the Netherlands and Scandinavia — music stations are getting back to metal. That is a good thing. I guess that we really have the nu metal movement to thank for an increased interest in bands like EDGUY, even though that might seem ironic at first. Five years ago bands like KORN and LIMP BIZKIT started getting on the radio and TV. I think that we now have reached a time when fans and TV executives start looking for the kind of music that those bands are routed in. This is something that can be profitable for bands like us, bands who have always stayed true to this type of traditional heavy metal."

Read the full article at Lords Of Metal.

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Silent Drive Finish Debut Album

Silent Drive, featuring members of Bane, among other acts, has finished work on their debut full-length. The album, entitled "Love Is Worth It," was recorded by Bill Stevenson (of The Descendents noteriety) and will hit streets on May 4th via Equal Vision Records. Click here to download a track from the new album. The band will be on tour with Bane in March and April, followed by extensive touring this summer.

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Suicide Note To Record Second Full-Length

Indiana band Suicide Note will be entering the studio in June to record their second full-length for Ferret Music. As has been the case with both of their previous releases, the group will record with engineer Kurt Ballou at his own Godcity Recording Facility. Suicide Note will also play a handful of shows in the East during that time period.

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Live Video of Rag Men Posted Online

A video of RAG MEN performing live at a recent show in Albany, New York has been posted online at this location.

RAG MEN is the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS) and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED). The group's self-titled debut album was released last month through Eulogy Records (Gangstyle Records in Europe).

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Hell On Earth Dropped From Sun n' Steel Metalfest

Industrial rock band HELL ON EARTH have been dropped from the bill of Florida's Sun n' Steel Metalfest after "Baptists were calling [the promoter] and complaining about [the band] performing at the show," according to a post on the group's web site.

In response to the cancellation, band leader Billy Tourtelot said, "It's a sad state of affairs when the promoter for a metal festival is more concerned about pleasing a handful of Baptists rather than the fans."

HELL ON EARTH made worldwide headlines late last year when they promised to broadcast the suicide of a terminally ill fan during an Oct. 4, 2003 concert in St. Petersburg. The band played that night, but no suicide was reported. More recently, the group claimed to have engaged in "consensual cannibalism," although footage of this activity has yet to be seen outside the "members-only" section of the group's web site.

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Contrive To Record New EP

Melbourne, Australia's CONTRIVE are currently writing new tracks for an upcoming EP due out mid this year. It will also feature a cover from Australian metal legends ARMOURED ANGEL ('89/'90 era).

After a huge year of shows including supports with SEPULTURA, SOILWORK and SKINLAB, CONTRIVE make a return to the stage this Friday, March 5 at The Armadale Hotel with PLOW and LIKE NOTHING DIES. CONTRIVE take the stage at 11:00 p.m.

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James Hetfield Calls Into K-Rock

James Hetfield called the K-Rock Cane Show from San Francisco on Wednesday (February 25) to announce a second Metallica show in New York. He also talked about gearing up for the tour, their emotional documentary and their changed stance about being in front of a camera, and gave a message to their New York fans. Listen to the interview here.

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Former Samson Vocalist Confirmed For Sweden Rock

The 2004 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival is set to take place June 10th - 12th in Solvesborg, Sweden.

The latest act to be added to the bill is former SAMSON vocalist Nicky Moore who will be playing a set of Samson material as a tribute to late Samson guitarist Paul Samson, who passed away at his Norfolk, England home on August 9, 2002 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Nicky's performance at Sweden Rock will take place on Saturday, June 12th. Nicky will be backed up on stage by Swedish band Locomotive Breath, featuring guitarist Janne Stark (ex-OVERDRIVE). This show will be exclusive for Sweden Rock Festival.

The list of confirmed bands for Sweden Rock 2004 is as follows: More...

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Hatebreed Confirmed for 2004 Waldrock Festival

The 2004 Waldrock Festival is scheduled to take place in Bergum, Holland on June 19th.

The latest acts confirmed to perform at the festival are HATEBREED and SLAPSHOT.


More acts will be announced soon.

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Nightwish Announce The Tracklisting Of 'Once'

Finland's NIGHTWISH have revealed the track listing for their new album, "Once",due in June through Spinefarm/Universal Records in Finland and Nuclear Blast in continental Europe. The band are currently negotiating a North American deal.

Charlie Farrell of the Perpetual Motion Board has posted the following regarding the listening session for the orchestral portion of forthcoming Nightwish CD:

"There were 14 songs on the CD - 11 songs for the album and 3 bonus tracks. We were given the tracklisting of the album, but not told that two of the bonus tracks were mixed in with the other songs rather than played at the end".

According to keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, tracks 1-7 were in the correct order, then there were two of the bonus tracks and one of the album tracks before the final three album tracks and the 'surprise' bonus track at the end.

Nine of the eleven songs in the album will feature an orchestra. One of the songs is sung in Finnish - track 10 - 'Kuozema Tekee Taiteilijan'.

"Once" track listing, according to NIGHTWISH's web site:


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