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Aborted Part Ways With Two Members

Aborted have posted the following announcement in regards to their future plans and the departure of two members:

"A new year, a new beginning: On those notes we start off the new year, wishing everyone including all our fans the best of luck with their plans and projects for 2006. Unfortunately, we have some unpleasant news to bring as well at this point. Due to personal issues that could not be resolved, Aborted, Tace and Free had to part ways. The culmination of smaller and bigger problems in the past so and so months has made it virtually impossible to keep cooperating together as a collective unit. Tace and Free are not vanishing, they will remain active in their other projects. People will see Free in his other band "Forced Hate" and Tace has just started a new band."

"On a more positive note, we want to state that absolutely nobody out there should worry about shows getting canceled and so on. The February tour with Cryptopsy, Grave, Dew-Scented a.o., will go on as planned! Stepping in are Seb (Genital Grinder/Balrog) on guitar, Olivia (ex-No Return/Balrog) on bass and Matty (Emeth) on guitar as well since Steph could not commit him self to this tour due to his lady sitting at home pregnant, ready to give birth."

"We have already rehearsed our setlist with the new line-up several times and things are working out perfectly. The motivation and "drive" is back in the band, something that was missing since a while ago, and it feels great to be jamming out the tunes with fresh blood incorporated. Throughout the years this band has been struggling with the line-up, having more than a couple of line-up changes. However, Aborted has proven that what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, and this time it should be no exception."

"We also started working on the successor to "The Archaic Abattoir," which is set to be recorded later this year. Again we would like to thank all of those who have supported us, and we're glad you are still doing so. We will see many of you on tour in February!"

Metalunderground.com recently interviewed now-departed guitarist, Tace. You can read that interview here.

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Amaran Call It Quits

Swedish progressive metallers AMARAN have called it quits. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"This year comes to an end and we are sad to say that AMARAN does the same. Since Johanna [DePierre, vocals] left us in July we have really been struggling looking for a replacement. We have tried by contacts, friends, ads, headhunting, hostile kidnapping and threat without any success. Our bad luck always seems to keep up with us. This issue has simply unplugged our tub of motivation, and we all decided to put AMARAN six feet under.

"We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in any way with us during these AMARAN years. As a final word, we suggest you to keep your eyes open during the forthcoming year. A new year seems to be a good time to start up something new..."

AMARAN's sophomore effort, "Pristine In Bondage", was released in January 2004 through Listenable Records. The follow-up to "A World Depraved" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and was the group's first since the departure of bassist Mikael Andersson (he had since been replaced by JULIE LAUGHS NO MORE drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl).

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Vocalist Urban Breed Quits Tad Morose

Vocalist Urban Breed has left acclaimed Swedish metallers TAD MOROSE. In an official statement announcing his departure, Breed writes, "Due to personal differences I have decided to leave the band. This wasn't something I took lightly. However, I really don't see how I could've continued. In fact, I believe had I not made this decision someone else would've made it for me eventually. We just didn't share the same vision. I wish the rest of the band the best of luck in the future. To all of you out there that made the ride worthwhile, thanks and see you sometime, somewhere!"

Urban Breed joined TAD MOROSE in 1995 following the departure of previous singer Kristian "Krille" Andrén. Breed has appeared on the group's last four studio albums: 1997's "A Mended Rhyme", 2000's "Undead", 2002's "Matters of the Dark" and 2003's "Modus Vivendi".

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Decapitated Part With Two Members

According to Massive Management, the Polish management firm that handles Decapitated, the band parted ways with bassist Martin and vocalist Covan following the group's North American tour in November/December. The band has yet to release an official statement on the matter.

Decapitated recently finished work on their new release, 'Organic Hallucinosis,' which will be in U.S. stores Febuary 7th and worldwide Feb 13th. You can listen to 'Organic Hallucinosis' via their online player.

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Soilwork Part Ways With Guitarist

Guitarist Peter Wichers has left Sweden's SOILWORK. His official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"I have decided to part ways with SOILWORK.

"This has been one of my hardest decisions to make, and SOILWORK has not only been my band but my second family and very good friends for almost 10 years.

"I'm just worn out from all the touring and I have reached a point in my life where touring is just not possible for me anymore. I need a break from the touring so that I can actually begin to build a more solid ground to stand on for the future. More...

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Man Killed at Donnybrook, Shattered Realm Show

One man was shot to death and several others injured (one individual was hit in the head with a hammer) after a fight broke out during a show on The Street Brutality Tour featuring Shattered Realm, Donnybrook and Hoods in Tucson, Arizona last night. The incident occured at Skrappy's, which bills itself as an alcohol- and drug-free club for people under 21. Police said they have had few calls for problems there.

The man fatally shot at a music club last night as Ray Darrin Pierson, 27, of Mesa. Pierson was in Tucson to see Shattered Realm. He was shot outside the club after a fight involving at least 20 people inside the venue, said Sgt. Ramon Batista, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. Pierson died at a hospital. Several other people were injured according to Batista, but he declined to discuss details.

Homicide detectives are trying to interview everyone who was at the Shattered Realm show - up to 200 people. Detectives found a handgun outside the club, but won't say who was carrying it. No one has been arrested so far. Police are asking anyone who was at the show and anyone who may have information about the fight and shooting to call 911 or 88-CRIME, the anonymous tip line of the Pima County Attorney's Office.

Several emails to Lambgoat.com owners suggest that the fight was between local hardcore kids and FSU members.

Skrappy's doors were locked this morning, and no one appeared to be inside.

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The Accursed Lose Guitarist

Massachusetts Death/thrash metal band The Accursed post the following message on Myspace:

Loki, the guitar madman, has decided to leave The Accursed.
He has been with us from the start, helped form and mold the accursed into the killing metal machine that it is today. It is a sad day in our world. He will be playing all of the shows we have lined up as of right now.
With him leaving a part of us dies with him. He was and is our bandmate, our friend, our brother. We wish him the best the world can give him. He will be missed more than he knows.
The Accursed are holding auditions for a new Axeman.

Must have transportation, Own equipment be able to practice 2xs a week in new bedford dedication, drive and hunger for metal a must. willing to travel a must.

MUST BE GOOD! (you have BIG shoes to fill)

Our influences include:
Iron Maiden, Death, Carcass, Dissection, The Haunted, Children of Bodom, Hypocrisy, Thin lizzy, Slayer, Opeth, Decapitated, Sabbath, 80's Thrash metal, 80's Hair metal and 70's rock and roll.

We have a unique sound and we would like to keep it that way.
Contact us if you are interested in being part of the the northern most aggression, The Accursed.

Email theaccursedbooking@gmail.com

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Guitar Pioneer Link Wray Dies at 76

Reuters reports that musician Link Wray, best-known for his 1958 instrumental single "Rumble," died of unspecified causes November 5 in Copenhagen. He was 76. In a career that spanned six decades, Wray made his mark with a piercing guitar sound that paved the way for punk and heavy metal. He is credited with inventing the power chord and pioneering distortion by deliberately punching holes in his amplifier.

His music has appeared in such movies as "Pulp Fiction," "Independence Day" and "Desperado." Wray is said to have inspired Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, "Little" Steven Van Zandt and other well-known artists. In 2002, Wray was named one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine. He gave his last performance in Los Angeles in July. He is survived by his wife and son.

Read the full article at Reuters.

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Rebellion Guitarist Calls It Quits

Bjoern Eilen, guitar-player/songwriter and founding member of REBELLION has quit the band in the interest of persuing other musical challenges in metal and hard rock. Eilen is currently working in his studio in Osnabrueck, Germany, to finish an album influenced by female fronted multisellers like EVANESCENCE and NIGHTWISH. Female singers who are interested in working on the project should send an e-mail to: bjoern@wow-music.de.

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Hirax At The End Of The Road?

California thrashers HIRAX have cancelled their previously announced Japanese tour following the apparent departure of Glenn Rogers (lead guitars), Angelo Espino (bass), Dave Chedrick (drums) and Dave Watson (lead guitars).

"Our deepest regrets that the Japan tour is cancelled," Glenn said in a statement. "We were all ready to go. But Katon [W. De Pena, vocals] wanted to commit career suicide. He does not know how to keep his obligations."

The affected dates are as follows:

Nov. 23 - Urbam Square - Kobe, JAPAN
Nov. 24 - Nanba Rockets - Osaka, JAPAN
Nov. 25 - Club Chaos - Yokkaichi, JAPAN
Nov. 26 - Taurus - Nagoya, JAPAN
Nov. 27 - Sanctuary - Tokyo, JAPAN

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Burnt by the Sun To Reunite For Final Album

Burnt by the Sun's original line-up, including recently departed vocalist Mike Olender and drummer Dave Witte, will be reuniting (along with new guitarist Nick Hale) to write a final album for Relapse Records in 2006. After over a year of patting back and forth on the prospects for a reunion, the band has decided to work around conflicting schedules, careers and family obligations to write another record.

"After hearing the new material and thinking about what could be done, the feelings of leaving something unfinished made themselves very present and also re-confirmed the lost connection between us, said Witte. “I am happy that we have grown in the time that has past and will be able to finish what we started."

With Witte now based in Richmond and constantly on tour with Municipal Waste and Melt Banana, and Olender having limiting career obligations and commitments to Nora and For the Love Of, the band is going to do what it takes to satisfy its needs for a final record.

Fans can expect a conceptual continuation of the last record but much heavier music, in the spirit of the older material. "Frankly, the new material knocked me out," added Olender. "It is layered, dark and very heavy. It is music that speaks of the times we’re in."

Recording is expected in 2006. So far, one new track, "Tacolypse Now", has been written. The record will also feature a re-recorded track from the split ep with Luddite Clone.

Matt Bayles will once again be producing the band.

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Beyond The Embrace Part Ways With Drummer

New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sextet BEYOND THE EMBRACE have parted ways with longtime friend and drummer Kevin Camille. The band will be auditioning drummers throughout November. If you live in the New Bedford, MA area and are interested in auditioning, please send a recording of your playing to:

Beyond the Embrace
P.O. Box 40544
New Bedford, MA 02744

Or e-mail MP3s to mail@beyondtheembrace.com.

"We are hoping to find a new drummer by the end of the year so that we can resume the songwriting process," the band write in a press release. "We are also currently working on some touring plans for February 2006. More info on that will be available soon."

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DragonForce Forced to Cancel US Show

Taken from DragonForce's official website:

Due to unforeseen circumstances DragonForce will not be able to gain entry to the US this time around to play the show at CBGB's on November 22nd. The band are as stunned by this news as their fans who have waited a long time to see them will be. The band have vowed that they will be back however and sincerely apologise for this disappointment, which was entirely beyond their control.
DragonForce are still scheduled to play the Quebec International Metal Fest in Canada on November 20th.

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Mortician Vocalist Arrested In Poland

According to an article in the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, MORTICIAN vocalist/bassist Will Rahmer was arrested by the Polish police after threatening a taxi driver with a knife and stealing a taxi cab following the group's performance in the Polish city of Zielona Gora on Sunday (Nov. 13).

Rahmer reportedly called a cab after MORTICIAN's concert in Zielona Gora (which the other MORTICIAN members performed without Rahmer) and requested to be taken to the Berlin airport so that he could fly back to the United States. He allegedly went berserk in the car and threatened to stab the driver of the cab with a small knife. The taxi driver escaped and called the police. In the meantime, Will stole the car and drove himself to the Polish/German border crossing in Swiecko where he was subsequently picked up by the authorities.

According to the report, Rahmer was placed under arrest and is being held on several charges which carry a maximum penalty of 3 to 15 years.

To view the original Gazeta Wyborcza article (in Polish), click here.

MORTICIAN were in the middle of a European tour with BLOOD RED THRONE and AKERCOCKE when the incident took place. The group are said to be continuing the trek, with members of BLOOD RED THRONE and AKERCOCKE assisting with bass and vocal duties.

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American Head Charge Cancel Remaining Tour Dates

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE have cancelled three weeks' worth of dates on their current tour following their Nov. 13 performance in Atlanta. The group's next appearance will take place on December 8 in Omaha, Nebraska. A statement from the band is expected soon.

As previously reported, AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE will be teaming up with SOIL and PANIC CELL for a European tour beginning in late January.

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE's rescheduled benefit show for the family of former AHC guitarist Bryan Ottoson — who died in April from a prescription drug overdose while the group was on tour with MUDVAYNE — took place on October 7 at First Ave. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band were forced to postpone the originally announced Aug. 27 gig "due to an emergency hand surgery needed for bassist Chad Hanks."

The cancellation of dates comes on the heels of Diecast dropping off the tour due to their drummer departing unexpectedly and Bleed The Sky having their trailer full of equipmnent stolen.

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Defleshed Split Up

Swedish death/thrash metallers DEFLESHED have officially split up. The group's bassist/vocalist Gustaf Jorde has issued the following statement on the matter:

"Fellow comrades, with a schizophrenic mixture of grief and relief we hereby announce our departure from all DEFLESHED activities. Activities that has become more of obligations with the years, which has driven us individually to become more ambitions or less. We are in no way splitting up as unfriends, if anything reversed, and we'll thank you all for your the support through the years in the only way we know how to: a farewell to the flesh gig at Fellini, Uppsala, Sweden the 25th of December. This night we'll do anything in our power to BLAST YOUR FUCKING FLESH OFF!!! However, since we've never been to the States (which is an old dream of ours), we'll still try to nail that DISMEMBER tour in April, but this is up to our U.S. label & co.

"Hope you understand our wish not to become tired, blood-drain has-beens but to end this while we're still potent. We will still go on with metal in diverse bands and future projects of course, of which I'm sure you will hear of in a near future, but as for DEFLESHED we've simply feel the last chapter has been written. After all, you don't stop playing 'cause your getting old — you get old 'cause you stop playing. Be well and thanks for your attention in our band."

DEFLESHED's latest album, "Reclaim the Beat", is available now on Sweden's Regain Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Royal Straight Flesh" was recorded at Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden and contains 12 songs plus a "slightly demolished" cover version of MÖTLEY CRÜE's "Red Hot".

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Diecast Drop Off Tour After Drummer Sneaks Off

Boston-based metallers DIECAST have been forced to drop off the U.S. tour with AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE, INDEX CASE and BLEED THE SKY following the apparent departure of drummer Jason Costa. The band have issued the following statement on the matter:

"To our fans and friends: We apologize for dropping off the AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE tour. AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE, INDEX CASE and BLEED THE SKY were the best tourmates that we could have asked for. The tour was going amazingly and our fans came out in force to support us. We even made the best of the only dud of a show in Cleveland by closing the bar. Together with the rest of our tourmates a few old friends and Matt and Kevin from CHIMAIRA, we nearly drank the place dry. The problem came the next day on a day off we had in Nashville. We (Kirk, Jeremy, Paul and Jon) aren't really sure what happened. It all started with an argument about Brendan Fraser's acting skills, (mature, huh?) and ended with a valued member of the DIECAST family (Jason) sneaking off onto a bus in the middle of the night without explanation or warning. Needless to say we are all devastated, saddened and disappointed. We always considered Jason to be one of the nicest guys in the band and obviously an amazing musician, phenomenal drummer and most importantly a friend. We aren't sure why he left, but when we know more we will make everyone privy to the information. The rest of us would like to apologize to our label, our manager, our agents, the rest of the bands on the tour and most importantly our fans."

DIECAST's latest album, "Tearing Down Your Blue Skies", continues to garner critical acclaim led by the strength of the hit singles "Medieval" and "Rise and Oppose", which remains in heavy rotation on both "Metal Asylum" and "Headbanger's Ball". The disc will officially be reissued early next year with a new track, a cover version of SLAYER's "Raining Blood", new artwork and video clips.

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Masacre Drummer Passes Away

Victor Gallego (photo), drummer of the Colombian death metal band MASACRE, passed away on October 30. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

Gallego joined MASACRE in 1992 and recorded three full-length CDs with the group, including their most recent release, "Total Death", which came out in 2004. The follow-up to 2001's "Muerte Verdadera Muerte", "Total Death" was recorded at Sirio Studio in Bogota, Colombia in March-April 2003 and was mixed and mastered by Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL) at Mana Recording Studios in Tampa, Florida in July-August 2003. Gallego reportedly studied history before playing in MASACRE.

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Fleshgrind Split Up After 13 Years

Illinois-based death metallers FLESHGRIND have officially split up. The group's statement on the matter reads as follows:

"We regretfully wish to inform everyone that FLESHGRIND has officially called it quits. For some that's good news, for others it's gonna suck. The reasoning behind this decision was not an easy one after 13 years, but we feel this is the best time to move on.

"Before our last show about a month ago vocalist Rich Lispcomb formally stepped down from the position. Instead of contemplating replacing Rich with another vocalist, the remaining three members — Steve Murray, James Genenz, and Jesse Kehoe — have decided to move on in a new project. It just wouldn't be right calling ourselves FLESHGRIND if Rich isn't involved. Rich has decided he needs a life change. His heart just wasn't into it anymore, business-wise and artistically, so he is moving on. He sold his business, United Guttural Records, and will be moving to Michigan to get on with his life. The three of us have no hard feelings towards Rich and his decision, and respect him even more for coming out about how he felt, and we are excited about the uninhibited possibilites for our new project. We are currently undergoing a group soul search to determine our direction in our future endeavors, and will be looking for a singer and possibly a second guitarist to fill out the group, although that search has yet to get underway. For now we just wish to respectfully put FLESHGRIND to rest. We wish to thank every single person that has ever supported us in any way. You all know who you are.

"The MySpace page at www.myspace.com/fleshgrind will stay active for some time to come. News and information on our future efforts will be available here until everything is set in stone. We will be looking for members in the coming weeks. Again, we thank everyone for their support!"

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Nightwish Vocalist Kicked Out Of The Band

Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted the following message on the band's official website:

"Dear Tarja,

It's time to choose whether the story of NIGHTWISH ends here or whether it will still continue an undetermined period of time. We've been working with this creation for 9 years and we are not ready to give up yet. Nightwish is a way of life, something to live for, and we're certain we can't let it go.

Equally certain is the fact that we cannot go on with you and Marcelo any longer. During the last year something sad happened, which I've been going over in my head every single day, morning and night. Your attitude and behavior don't go with NIGHTWISH anymore. There are characteristics I would never have believed to see in my old dear friend. People who don't talk with each other for a year do not belong in the same band. More...

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