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Face Down Returns

After five years of silence, Swedish metal band Face Down have returned, now signed to Black Lodge Records. Original band founder and bassist Joakim (Harju) Hedestedt left his band Construcdead to reform Face Down with Marco Aro on vocals (freshly departed from The Haunted), Joacim Carlsson (from grindcore merchants General Surgery) on guitar, and Erik Thyselius (Construcdead, Terror 2000) on drums. You can expect an album to be released some time in 2005.

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Be A Part Of Metal History

In the summer of 2005, Banger Productions will be releasing the first film of its kind, a comprehensive history of heavy metal music and culture. We are calling on all metalheads to submit their unique and rare video footage of concerts, events, festivals and music videos. This is your chance to really be a part of metal history.

Filming on location in Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK, Canada and the US, Metal: A Headbanger’s History will take us on a global journey to understand the meaning of metal and its impact on society over the past 35 years. Interviews with musicians, fans, metal experts and detractors combined with rare stock footage will lead the viewer through the rich world of metal’s musical highs as well as its shocking controversial lows. Accompanied by a four CD box-set chronicling the evolution of metal music, this film will give us a unique insight into this often-misunderstood art form and will be seen as its definitive documentary for years to come.

Please submit a descriptive list of all available video footage and your contact information to chris@metalhistory.com.

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Lollapalooza 2004 Tour Cancelled

The 2004 edition of the Lollapalooza tour has been abruptly cancelled due to poor ticket sales, according to the event's official web site.

"This morning (June 22), tour organizers and concert promoters, faced with several million dollars of losses, made the very tough decision to pull the tour," the site says.

"My heart aches along with the bands, and all of our employees, whose hard work developed one of the most exciting and important tours that this nation was to see," says Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell. "My heart is broken."

Adds booking agent/tour co-founder Marc Geiger,

"I am in utter disbelief that a concert of this stature, with the most exciting line-up I've seen in years did not galvanize ticket sales. I'm surprised that given the great bands and the reduced ticket prices that we didn't have enough sales to sustain the tour. Concert promoters across the country are facing similar problems. Many summer tours are experiencing weak ticket sales."

The tour was one of the most successful concert series of the 1990s, running from 1991 to 1997 and featuring such grunge-era favorites as JANE'S ADDICTION, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, ROLLINS BAND, NINE INCH NAILS, PEARL JAM and SOUNDGARDEN, according to the Associated Press. The tour was resurrected in 2003 with a lineup that included THE DONNAS, INCUBUS and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. This year's tour would have featured 1980s favorites such as MORISSEY and the PIXIES, as well as WILCO, THE POLYPHONIC SPREE and P.J. HARVEY.

Refunds will be available at points of purchase.

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Ozzfest 2004 Unsigned Band Search To Be Televised

Sharon Osbourne has spoken to the TV show "Extra" about the recently announced "twist" to the ninth annual Ozzfest tour — the Osbournes will choose one unsigned band and take them on the road. Asked if this this going to be the newest reality show, Sharon replied, "It might be, it might not be. But it is going to be televised."

Following the cancellation of her talk show, Sharon plans to face off with Simon Cowell in a new TV talent search show called "The X Factor". Sharon says that both son Jack and daughter Kelly are back on track and she and Ozzy are feeling better than ever. "How lucky am I to have such a family? I am blessed," she told "Extra".

[repost of recent/lost headline]

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Creed Officially Split Up

CREED have officially broken up, according to MTV.com.

After nearly 10 years together and more than 24 million albums sold, CREED have decided to put an end to their string of multi-platinum records and chart-topping singles. The choice was made months ago, when guitarist Mark Tremonti and singer Scott Stapp reconvened after a yearlong hiatus and ran into problems.

"We had gotten together two or three times and nothing happened," Tremonti explained to MTV.com. "We got our instruments and played, but neither of us was taking it seriously. We were just running in circles. There wasn't a vibe like on the previous records. It felt very job-like. We knew that it would take us years to get a record out."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Study Finds Music Sharing Doesn't Kill Sales

Finally some fuel against the blanket claims of the RIAA, [failed] retailers (e.g. Tower Records) and record labels - a study that finds that file sharing has little effect on CD sales. This study was the most detailed economic modeling survey to use data obtained directly from file-sharing networks thus far.

For the study, released Monday, researchers at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina tracked music downloads over 17 weeks in 2002, matching data on file transfers with actual market performance of the songs and albums being downloaded. Even high levels of file-swapping seemed to translate into an effect on album sales that was "statistically indistinguishable from zero," they wrote.

"We find that file sharing has only had a limited effect on record sales," the study's authors wrote. "While downloads occur on a vast scale, most users are likely individuals who would not have bought the album even in the absence of file sharing."

Even in the most pessimistic version of their model, they found that it would take about 5,000 downloads to displace sales of just one physical CD, the authors wrote. Despite the huge scale of downloading worldwide, that would be only a tiny contribution to the overall slide in album sales over the past several years, they said.

Moreover, their data seemed to show that downloads could even have a slight positive effect on the sales of the top albums, the researchers said.

The study is unlikely to be the last word on the issue. Previous studies have been released showing that file sharing had both positive and negative effects on music sales.

The Recording Industry Association of America was quick to dismiss the results as inconsistent with earlier findings. RIAA spokeswoman Amy Weiss wrapped up a statement with this, which says it all to me: "Our own surveys show that those who are downloading more are buying less."

Read the full article at News.com.

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Slaves On Dope Go On Hiatus

The following message was posted on SLAVES ON DOPE's official website:

"Due to personal life changes SLAVES ON DOPE have decided to place their career on hiatus for the for-seable future. We'd like to thank our fans, once again, for their incredible support and lasting patience. We've always known that without "you" there is no "us". Fortunately, the current situation has resulted in the birth of a new project called, ALL FOR FAME. Frank, Rob, Kevin, and Montreal new comer Andrew W. wish to invite "you" to possibly join "us" (ALL FOR FAME) on this new ride. More information regarding the A.F.F. street team, contact, shows, pics and music will be available shortly at www.allforfame.com"

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Steve Richards Dies Of Brain Cancer

Steve Richards, the founder of No Name Music and former manager of SLIPKNOT and MUDVAYNE, passed away on Sunday, after a long battle with brain cancer. Services for Richards will be held on Friday, March 26 at 12:00 noon at Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, 91364.

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Jeff Pilson To Join Dio, Enter Studio In April

It's official - bassist JEFF PILSON will be reuniting with DIO to record the as-yet untitled album. The band will be entering the studio the middle of April, with a tentative June 2004 release date. Pilson is replacing long time basisst JIMMY BAIN, who has left to pursure other projects. Pilson, known for his work in DOKKEN, also appeared on the Strange Highways and Angry Machines Dio albums in the mid 90s. While appearing on the syndicated EDDIE TRUNK radio show Friday night, vocalist RONNIE JAMES DIO said the album would be a cross between Magica and Killing the Dragon with many fast songs. He also said that the Dio catalog will be remastered soon.

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Buckethead Leaves Guns N Roses

Guitarist Buckethead has officially left GUNS N' ROSES. According to MTV.com, Buckethead became fed up with GUNS' inability to complete an album or tour and stopped working the group late last year, his manager said.

Although Buckethead appeared on the green carpet at the Grammy Awards last month and was introduced by PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC bassist Bootsy Collins as a member of GUNS N' ROSES, he had already told GUNS frontman Axl Rose he no longer wanted to be in the band, the manager told MTV.com.

The guitarist will now focus on numerous projects, including two solo albums — "Population Overdrive" and "Cuckoo Clocks of Hell" — which are due this summer.

GUNS N' ROSES are scheduled to headline the Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 30. It is unclear whether the band will have a new guitarist by then. GUNS N' ROSES' label would not comment on Buckethead's departure, according to MTV.com.

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Taken To Release Final EP, Then Disband

Southern California's Taken will soon be disbanding after six years together. During that time, the band has released two EPs and a full-length. According to Taken, the decision has been made as a result of band members' focus shifting from the group to other endeavors. This spring, the band will enter the studio to record a final EP, which Goodfellow Records will be releasing in July. Notably, original drummer Troy Born will be returning for the group's final EP and shows. In addition to the two following shows at Koos Cafe, Taken will play a few last shows, two in SoCal, and one in Southern Ontario.

3/21 Long Beach CA @ Koos Cafe w/ Cursed, Breather Resist, more
4/10 Long Beach CA @ Koos Cafe w/ Hot Cross, Lickgoldensky, more

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Nientara Call It Quits, New Band Formed

Connecticut hardcore band Nientara has called it quits after three years together. However, members Nathan Adajian, Jason Leardi, and Joshua Jablonski have formed a new group called The Moor with George Richer (ex-A Thousand Falling Skies), Tom O'Hare (Invocation of Nehek) and Mike Despasqua.

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3rd Strike Officially Throw In The Towel

3rd Strike have officially announced their disbandment. A short statement is available at www.3rdstrikeband.com. It reads simply:

"Sorry people, it's true, 3rd Strike has disbanded. Thanks to all the loyal fans for their support through the years. Keep your ears open for future projects."

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The Crown Split Up

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have officially split up. The following is drummer Janne Saarenpää's statement on the matter:

"We give up. Today, the 7th of March 2004, we, the dudes of THE CROWN, have decided to call it quits.

"I'm sure every member in the band can still come up with 10 reasons for continuing and 10 reasons for giving up, but after some heavy consideration we have decided to finally find out what life is like without playing in THE CROWN.
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Anthrax Officially Part With Bassist, Frank Bello

ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and Australia." More information will be made available soon.

As previously reported, ANTHRAX will be joined by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and SOILWORK on their upcoming headlining tour of Japan and Australia. The dates are as follows: More...

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Windir Officially Decides To Disband

Norwegian black metallers WINDIR have officially called it a day following the tragic death of the group's frontman Terje "Valfar" Bakken in January. The group's statement on the matter is as follows:

"The loss of our best friend and the founder of WINDIR have made these last months an extremely hard time. We have decided that WINDIR will not continue. Valfar created WINDIR, and we feel that WINDIR will not be WINDIR without him.

"After encouragement from Valfar's family, we have decided to release one last WINDIR CD. This will be a CD in honour of Valfar. It will be a 2-disc CD. The first CD will include new material, unreleased material, tribute songs from other bands and live tracks. The second CD will be a compilation of the great music made by Valfar. It will include tracks from the first demo 'Sognariket' to the last album 'Likferd'. Tabu Records will release the album in August/September 2004. We have decided that all income from this CD will go directly to Valfar's family.

"We also want to thank all friends, fans, bands, labels and magazines that have supported us in these difficult times. Information on future musical projects from WINDIR members will be announced later.

"The music of WINDIR is still alive!
"Hváll, Steingrim, Sture, Strom & Righ"

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Timo Tolkki Assaulted In Spain

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki was assaulted in the center of Granada, Spain on Sunday (Feb. 29) as he was taking a walk, Finland's Sonera Plaza is reporting. According to STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, who witnessed the attack, the alleged attacker was extremely agitated and had "a Hispanic looking appearance". During the assault, the attacker shouted "Tolkki." He was armed with what seemed to be a box cutter.

Tolkki was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to emergency care. He had two stab wounds on his left arm and a facial contusion. His wounds were cleaned and bandaged and he was released from hospital care.

Anybody with any information about the attacker is being asked to contact the police.

Tolkki commented that he is "shocked and horrified" by what happened. "Apparently this guy had been stalking me. The bastard attacked me from behind," Tolkki said. "I can take anything, but that was such a cowardly act, you know. He got me with the knife twice and punched me in the face. Then he ran away. The whole thing lasted just seconds. Now I am thinking that this might be the end of my career. I do not want to end up like John Lennon. I don't know if I want to continue STRATOVARIUS anymore".

When asked if he thinks that the attack has something to do with the resent changes in STRATOVARIUS lineup and the death threats he has received, Tolkki commented: "Of course I feel there is a connection to that. Why would anybody attack me like that otherwise? What possible other motive this guy could have had than that? I think he tried to kill me, but this time I was lucky".

STRATOVARIUS performed on Saturday night as a headliner of Piorno Rock Festival in Granada, Spain.

A photo of Timo Tolkki taken on Sunday after he was treated for his wounds can be viewed here

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Official Lineup For Ozzfest 2004 Announced

Ozzfest's ninth incarnation kicks off July 10 in Hartford, Connecticut and will find Ozzy Osbourne sharing the main stage with Judas Priest, reunited with longtime singer Rob Halford; Slayer; Norwegian black metal sextet Dimmu Borgir; Black Label Society; and Superjoint Ritual, fronted by Pantera's Phil Anselmo. Fans voting on www.ozzfest.com helped choose the second-stage bands, which include Slipknot (headline the second stage), Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Lacuna Coil, Every Time I Die and Unearth. Additional artists are expected to be announced later. (UPDATE: God Forbid is also listed on the official Ozzfest site)

Twenty-six cities are scheduled for the trek, which starts on the East Coast, heads west to California, then takes the southern route back to wrap up in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 4. Tickets go on sale February 28.

Ozzfest tour dates, according to its publicists: More...

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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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Paul Bostaph Joins Testament

Former SLAYER/SYSTEMATIC drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined TESTAMENT. The band, whose most recent drummer, Jon Allen (SADUS), reportedly left the group over an "extremely fragile and urgent family situation" involving the health of his 11-year-old daughter, are currently rehearsing with Bostaph for their upcoming live shows in March, including scheduled appearances at Florida's Sun N' Steel Festival (March 6-7) and New Jersey's March Metal Meltdown VI (March 12-13).

TESTAMENT are continuing work on the material for the follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering" and are reportedly planning on entering the studio in April/May to begin recording the album for a late 2004 release through Spitfire Records. The band will likely premier two brand-new songs during their festival appearances next month.

Bostaph is no stranger to the TESTAMENT camp, having played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return To The Apocalyptic City" (Megaforce/Atlantic). He subsequently spent nearly a decade in SLAYER, with whom he recorded four full-length albums (1994's "Divine Intervention", 1996's "Undisputed Attitude", 1998's "Diabolus In Musica" and 2001's "God Hates Us All") before leaving the group (for the second and final time) in December 2001.

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