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Johan Rejoins The Crown

Vocalist Johan Lindstrand has officially rejoined Sweden's The Crown as the group's new permanent singer. Here is what the man himself had to say about it:

"Alright planet earth!!!! This is Johan Lindstrand speaking… I'm very proud to say that I'm back in The Crown. This time with full fuckin' force. My commitment and dedication is 110%, and I'm very excited about the future of the band. I have already rehearsed on a couple of new songs and they fuckin' blew me away. Really awesome. It feels great to scream with the band again, and I'm looking forward to see you on the road, so what I wanna say is: THE CROWN HAS RETURNED!!!!!"

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Dark Tranquillity Drop off Arch Enemy Tour

Sweden's Dark Tranquillity have reportedly dropped off the upcoming Arch Enemy North American tour. No official reason has yet been given for the group's cancellation, but a statement on the web site of the Jaxx club in Springfield, Virginia (where the tour is scheduled to make a stop on October 31st) indicates that "immigration trouble" is to blame for the band's decision to pull out of the trek, which is due to kick off later this month. Early reports suggest that God Forbid have been tapped to replace Dark Tranquillity on the bill, but this has yet to be confirmed. An official announcement on the matter is expected shortly. More...

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The Project Hate Part with Vocalist

Sweden's The Project Hate, featuring Jörgen Sandström of Entombed/Grave fame on lead vocals, have parted ways with singer Mia Ståhl due to a "lack of commitment," according to a posting on the band's official web site. "If you wanna play with us, you have to burn for what we do, Mia doesn't do that," continues the message. "There are no hard feelings between us and this is for the best as far as TPH goes. This also means that we are now looking into a suitable replacement. If you know anyone or if you think you can answer to the standards we have, don't hesitate to e-mail us or do it thru regular mail with a sample of something you have done in the past, or now. We'll carefully go thru all submissions to find what we are looking for. Your voice doesn't have to resemble Mia's, we want someone with a personal style, and more important, someone who's willing to sacrifice their soul to be a part of our domination."

For more information, visit The Project Hate's official web site at this location.

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Music Companies Pay $143mil For Price-fixing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The world's five largest music companies and the three largest music retailers will pay $143.1 million to settle a CD price fixing case launched by New York and Florida two years ago, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Monday.

In August 2000, most U.S. states joined in a lawsuit alleging that an industry practice called ``minimum advertised pricing'' (MAP) artificially inflated the price of CDs between 1995 and 2000, violating federal and state anti-trust laws. Under MAP, the labels subsidized advertising for retailers that agreed not to sell CDs below a certain price.

The five record labels -- Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group, Sony Corp.'s Sony Music, Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Group, Warner Music Group, a division of AOL Time Warner Inc. and EMI Group Plc -- and the three retailers, Musicland Stores Corp. , Trans World Entertainment Corp. and Tower Records, agreed to stop using MAP policies as part of the settlement.

The companies, which did not admit any wrongdoing, will pay $67.4 million in cash to compensate consumers who overpaid for CDs between 1995 and 2000. The companies also agreed to distribute $75.7 million worth of CDs to public entities and nonprofit organizations throughout the country.

While it's good to see the big labels pay up, this is merely a drop in the bucket and the consumer will never see a penny of it anyway.

Read the full article at SiliconValley.com.

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Kreator/Destruction Cancel Pittsburgh Date

The Kreator/Destruction gig in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, originally scheduled for October 14th, has been cancelled. A possibility exists that the two bands will perform a replacement gig for the cancelled Poughkeepsie, New York show on that date, but this has yet to be officially confirmed.

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Drowning Pool Frontmand Died of Natural Causes

It has now been confirmed that Drowning Pool frontman Dave Williams died from natural causes, and not from anything drug or alcohol related. The 30-year-old singer was found dead on the band's tour bus on August 14, in Virginia.

UPDATE: The cause of death was determined to be Cardiomyopathy, a disorder affecting the heart muscle resulting in inadequate heart pumping. The disorder can be caused by several factors, including viral infections, heart attacks, alcoholism, and severe hypertension, among others.

Read the full article at CDNOW.

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Ozzy Voted Greatest Hell Raiser

Ozzy Osbourne was named the greatest rock hell-raiser ever by nearly a third of those polled by Internet firm blueyonder.

Osbourne took 31% of the votes, while Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger managed 17%.

The late Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, came in third while Robbie Williams placed fourth.

Chad Raube of Telewest Broadband — whose high speed internet arm is blueyonder — said: "Despite what they may think, the stars of today really can't compete with our ageing rock legends."

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Judas Priest to take a Break

Judas Priest have announced that they will be taking a lengthy break following the completion of the group's recent world tour to rest before beginning work on the band's next album, which is not expected to surface before late 2004.

"I want to make at least two more albums with Judas Priest," guitarist Glenn Tipton recently told Metal Hammer magazine. "It is wonderful to have a part in creating the music of Judas Priest — I enjoy it and, as always, I would like to do at least one more tour. Also, I want to [pursue] a few solo [projects] — especially the album that I had recorded with [drummer] Cozy Powell, who tragically passed away four years ago. I would like to finish it and dedicate it to his memory, because he was a good friend of mine and he did a fantastic job [on the album], and I want people to hear it. I also have some solo projects that I will try to [pursue] if I get the chance, but Judas Priest are my first priority. I still want to produce other bands and I am interested in composing music for films."

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Generation Armageddon Fest Cancelled

The Generation Armageddon Festival - Part 1 European tour, which was set to feature Sweden's Impious, Norway's Blood Red Throne, Greece's Septic Flesh, Ireland's Primordial, Belgium's Ancient Rites, and Sweden's Dismember has been cancelled. No reason was given for the cancellation.

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Season of Fire Burns Out

Minnesota's Season Of Fire's has decided to break up after two years and one release on Goodfellow Records. Founded by ex-Harvest and ex-Krakatoa members, the group will be playing two final shows in early-October. Here is the official statement:

"After just a couple years as a band, Season of Fire has decided to call it quits. We based this on a lack motivation and enthusiasm. We have all learned very much from this band, and will look back on the things we have experienced with nothing but smiles. We would like to thank anyone who has ever set up a show for us, gone to one of our shows, bought any of our merch, or was just there to offer words of encouragement or advice. We appreciate all that Goodfellow Records has done and to all those who supported us in Canada. You were amazing. We will all be continuing other musical endeavors and hope that we'll see many of you again soon. We are ending it with two final shows taking place in MN on October 4th and 5th. Please check our web site in a few days for information on those shows as they are finalized. Thank you so much for everything."

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In Dying Days to Call it Quits

Montreal's In Dying Days will be officially breaking up later this year. Before that time though, the band has plans to release a five-song CDEP, with all new material, written this past year. The band will be entering the studio in late-October and the CDEP, entitled After the Fire, will be released on One Day Savior Recordings in late Fall/early Winter. They will also be playing a handful of shows, including an appearance at the upcoming One Day Savior Fest, in addition to a final mini-tour of Ontario and Quebec late this Fall. Here's an excerpt from the band's statement regarding their impending breakup: More...

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Candiria in Accident, Tour Cancelled

Members of Candiria were involved in a serious vehicle accident when their tour van was rear-ended in New York State near Buffalo. Consequently, their current tour with 40 Below Summer has been cancelled. Their van was reportedly hit by a truck, whose driver has admitted liability. John LaMacchia and Carley Coma were both reportedly flown by helicopter to a trauma center with injuries, now being described as "non-critical" (LaMacchia has a broken collarbone). The band was en route from a show in Albany to a show in Cleveland. We'll have more details as soon as we get them.

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Heartscarved Breaks Up

Winston-Salem, NC hardcore/metal band Heartscarved has decided to break up. The band had previously released an MCD on Tribunal Records last year, entitled "...And Tomorrow We Escape." Fans of the group will be glad to know that they will be releasing one last CD on Tribunal, which will include the last three songs they had written and recorded. Look for that one to hit stores on November 26th. The band will be playing their final show at the upcoming Tribunal showcase in early-October.

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UK's Metal Mania Fest Cancelled

Metal Mania festival, which was scheduled to take place on September 7th at the Newcastle University in the UK, has been cancelled due to a problem with the ticket distribution, according to the festival organizers.

The event, which was set to include performances by Blaze,Tygers of Pan Tang, Earthrod, Unleash, Nufuture Cowboys and Live Undead, will be rescheduled for a new date once these problems have been resolved.

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Not Waving But Drowning Officially Disbands

As a result of losing both drummer Calvin McRoy and bassist Jeffrey Meyer earlier this month (they both quit), Not Waving But Drowning has dissolved for good, after roughly four years together. The two remaining members, Todd Finoch and Justin Mank had originally considered replacing both members and continuing on, however, since Todd has a second child due in January, it appeared that their efforts would ultimately prove futile. The band still hopes to release their album, which they recorded months ago, sometime in the future, so stay tuned. Here's a few words from Justin on the "end": "Thanks to everyone who has ever supported us or helped us in any way. This has been the best four years of my life, hands down, and I will miss this band greatly."

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Rain Fell Within Dries Up

According to a recent online posting, “Rain Fell Within has officially broken up and will not be getting back together.” Says Dawn, “I fought very hard to keep the band in tact, but unfortunately the differing goals in the band tore it apart. I will miss the music terribly, and wish this didn't have to happen. I will be continuing on with my solo music, Dawn Desiree. I will miss Rain Fell Within. We will keep the website up and running and post any future projects of members of the band on the site.”

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PETA Targets Judas Priest

Judas Priest have become the latest targets of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), according to EntertainmentIdaho.com. PETA fired off a letter to band members last week, asking that they change their 1978 album Hell Bent for Leather to Hell Bent for Pleather.

"Actually, I'm a big Judas Priest fan," spokeswoman Lisa Franzetta stated. "The idea is not to give them hell, so much, but to encourage them and their fans to make a more compassionate choice." To make her point, Franzetta, 24, enclosed a video of slaughterhouse footage — along with a convincing photo of herself in a black pleather dominatrix outfit.

PETA's letter to Judas Priest follows: More...

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Lawsuit Against Ozzy Thrown Out

The following article appears in today's edition of The New York Times:

Here is a scene viewers won't see on the MTV show The Osbournes: Ozzy Osbourne handing over millions in royalties to his onetime bass player and drummer.

The bass player, Bob Daisley, and the drummer, Lee Kerslake, sued Mr. Osbourne in federal court in Los Angeles in 2000. They said he owed them about $20 million for writing the songs on two heavy-metal albums from his pre-reality-television, pre-household-name days.

Judge Christina A. Snyder dismissed the case last week, saying that the statute of limitations had long since expired. She also said that the two men had failed to explain why they believed they had been improperly credited on record labels. More...

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Hendrix Family Fight Over Estate

The brother of Jimi Hendrix filed suit Friday to gain what he considers his fair share of Hendrix's estate, according to Hits Daily Double. Hendrix's legacy was controlled by his father, Al Hendrix, who died in April at age 82, leaving nearly everything to his adopted daughter. In the father's will, Janie Hendrix was given control of Experience Hendrix LLC and the Hendrix estate, worth about $150 million to $240 million. His brother, Leon Hendrix, got a souvenir gold record. The suit argues the will and living trust are invalid because Al Hendrix signed them under Janie's undue influence.

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Dave Williams Public Funeral

There is to be a public funeral for Drowning Pool frontman Dave Williams, who died on August 14. This happens on Sunday, August 18 at 2pm (local time) at The Plano Centre in Plano, Texas. Anyone wishing to send flowers should send them c/o Turrentine-Jackson Morrow, Hwy 75 @ exit 38, McKinney, TX 75069. Anything other than flowers should go to: Dave Williams, P.O. Box 1007, McKinney, TX 75070.

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