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Metal News for May 14, 2006

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Sum 41 Guitarist Quits To Focus On New Metal Band

MTV.com reports that after more than a decade of making brash, catchy pop-punk together, Sum 41 and guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh have parted ways. In a statement released by Upper Management, the company that represents Baksh, the guitarist attributed his exit to the old standby of creative differences, but said the split was completely amicable.

"I couldn't continue on creatively in Sum 41 without being a thorn in the side of the band. As people grow, they change," the statement read. "All I can ask is that our fans understand and accept my thanks for being there for me whenever I was feeling happy, sad or depressed.

"The first thing Steve [Jocz], Cone [McCaslin] and Deryck [Whibley] told me was that they just want me to be happy. It was awesome to hear that we all had the same feelings," the statement continued. "We are brothers, and no matter what, they are Sum 41 and they will make an incredible album! Peace love and all of the above."

According to Mike Renaud, the president of Upper Management, the split was simply a matter of Baksh wanting to focus his creative energies elsewhere.

Brown Brigade will have more of a "classic metal" feel to it, Renaud said, adding that Baksh is currently working on songs and auditioning singers for the band. He also added that Sum 41 are in the early stages of writing a follow-up to Chuck.

Sum 41 have been cited before as being metal fans, particularly fans of Slayer. While playing primarily pop-punk, each of their albums have had at least one "metal" tribute song on them, with the latest offering "Chuck" containing several heavier (relatively) tunes including "The Bitter End" which sounds like a Sum 41-style mashup of Metallica's "Battery" and "Master of Puppets" riffs.

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Sepultura Post New Video Online

SEPULTURA's video for 'Convicted In Life' is now online via YouTube at this location.The song is taken from the band's latest album, Dante XXI, which was issued through SPV on March 14th.

As previously reported, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser and singer Derrick Green will be guests on Headbanger's Ball on MTV 2 in the coming weeks. Look for the edited version of 'Convicted In Life' to appear on the show soon as well. A confirmed date for the guest appearance and video premiere will be announced shortly. BW&BK's issue #95 (available now) features a Sepultura cover story.

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Nevermore Cancel Show Due to Singer Illness

NEVERMORE were forced to cancel their scheduled appearance with IN FLAMES, THROWDOWN and EVERGREY on Saturday, May 13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan after the band's lead singer, Warrel Dane, came down with an unspecified illness. No further information is currently available.

As previously reported, NEVERMORE guitarist Steve Smyth was recently diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure, the result of a congenital birth defect. JAG PANZER guitarist Chris Broderick is filling in for Smyth on the current U.S. tour, after which Smyth will rejoin the band for their European festival dates. NEVERMORE also announced that their bass player and one of the founding members Jim Sheppard will soon be undergoing a minor procedure for Crohn's Disease, a condition he's managed for over 15 years. Unable to perform with the band during the first part of their tour with IN FLAMES, Sheppard is being temporarily replaced by longtime friend James MacDonough (ex-MEGADETH, ICED EARTH).

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Hammerfall Begin Recording New Album

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak offers a quick news flash from across the Atlantic:

"We just began the process of recording our sixth full length album this week, and while it's still very early - two months - until we get the final mix, I have a great feeling about this. The drum sound is very heavy and powerful, fitting for the songs we have written."

Working titles for several of the new songs include: "Dark Wings, Dark Words," "Carved In Stone," "Titan," "Shadow Empire," "Threshold," and "Rebel Inside."

HAMMERFALL are expected to enter LundgÄrd Studios in Denmark ("a remote, beautiful countryside location that allows us to concentrate on metal goods and not get distracted by surrounding things or people," according to Dronjak) with producer Charlie Bauerfeind this summer. A studio journal will be kept on their MySpace page.

HAMMERFALL will be delivering a special performance at this year's Earthshaker Fest scheduled for July 21-22 in Kreuth, Germany.

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Gary Holt Talks About The State of Thrash Metal

Having recently been confirmed for the Lorca Rock festival on June 17th in Murcia, Spain, EXODUS are currently on tour through North America in support of their late 2005 release, Shovel Headed Kill Machine with Full Blown Chaos and Subzero. Besides using his time on the tour bus to work on riffs for the next album (and he SWEARS there will be no delays on this one!), Gary recently spoke to Nashua Telegraph correspondent Shawn Macomber about the current state of the thrash metal genre:

"If I was doing this for some quick buck - and let's be clear, there aren't a whole lot of 'em involved in this, I make a living at it but I'm certainly not rich - it would show. People would see right through it. They would listen to our records and hear the sound of someone past their prime doing it just to make a dollar. You have to love it for it to be honest. I still do."

"It seems like timing [for a comeback] is good right now, but, you know, I never really concerned myself with what everyone else was doing. Of course, that doesn't mean I don't think it's great that after the death of this whole nu-metal atrocity young bands are embracing the kind of music we pioneered and actually doing their own version of it. I couldn't be happier, and some of these great new bands - Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, Hypocrisy, The Haunted - have become very good friends of mine. But I'd be doing my thing either way."

"I'm not surprised [to see the resurgence in thrash metal] because I always saw nu-metal as a really, really bad trend that would have no staying power whatsoever," HOlt continued. "The most popular bands from that era are long dead and forgotten. Fred Durst's 15 minutes of fame are way up. I bet Paris Hilton won't even return his calls anymore."

Remaining dates for the EXODUS tour with Full Blown Chaos and Subzero are as follows:

05/14/06 DENVER, CO - Blueprint Theatre
05/16/06 SEATTLE, WA - Studio Seven
05/17/06 PORTLAND, OR - Rock n Roll Pizza
05/18/06 ORANGEVALE, CA - The Boardwalk
05/19/06 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Pound

Read the full article at Nashua Telegraph.

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