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Evanescence Pulled From Christian Shops

Mega selling US band Evanescence have become embroiled in controversy because of their former Christian roots. The band were apparently known for openly being a Christian rock act prior to the release of current album ‘Fallen’. But now they seem keen to distance themselves from their past. As a result, their label Wind-Up, intend to pull all copies of the album from Christian-related shops.

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Tommy Lee Cleared Of Drowning Charges

Rock musician Tommy Lee was not to blame for the drowning of a 4-year-old boy during a children's birthday party at his home, a jury concluded.

The panel of nine women and three men deliberated less than three hours Thursday before unanimously rejecting the wrongful death lawsuit brought by actress Ursula Karven and TV producer James Veres.

The couple's son, Daniel Karven-Veres, drowned on June 16, 2001, during a birthday party for Lee's son Brandon.

"Although I am relieved that the court has found me not negligent, there are no winners in this sad situation," Lee said in a statement.

Daniel's parents left court without commenting. More...

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The Used Guitarist Arrested After Show

Quinn Allman, guitarist with The Used, was arrested after a show in Jacksonville, Florida. He was charged with ‘opposing’ a police officer and spent 24 hours in jail, before being fined $153. Allman claims that he was trying to prevent a fan from being arrested while asking for his autograph.

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Glassjaw Cancel UK Tour

Glassjaw have once again been forced to cancel the rest of their British tour. This is because once again frontman Daryl Palumbo has been hospitalised with Crohn's Disease.

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Fate's Warning Lose Drummer

Fate’s Warning have just been confirmed as the opening act on the Queensryche/Dream Theater Summer American tour, but they’ll be doing it without drummer Mark Zonder. He’s taking a break from the band for ‘personal reasons’. A replacement has yet to be announced.

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H.I.M. Wins Name Rights Back

Finland’s H.I.M can now legally release records in America under their name. The band were being prevented from doing this by a Chicago group, who insisted they had a prior claim to that monicker. The Finns, in fact, were prepared to issue their records Stateside using the name HER.

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Moonspell Bassist Quits

Portugal’s Moonspell have parted with bassist Sergio Crestana. This comes at a bad time, as the band are currently recording their new album. However, they’ve brought in Amorphis’ Niclas Etelavuori to help their out in the studio. The as yet untitled album is being produced by Hilli Hillesma in Finland.

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Voivod Replace TRUSTCompany At Ozzfest

Voivod are to replace TRUSTCompany on the second stage for this year’s US Ozzfest tour. This means that bassist Jason Newsted will be doing double duty, as he’s also a member of Ozzy’s band.

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Guitarist Dies In Alcohol-Related Accident

Somnium, guitarist with both Finntroll and Impaled Nazarene, has died after an accident that seems to have been alcohol related. Somnium, whose real name was Teemu Raimoranta, was 25 years old.

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Diecast Vocalist Leaving

Diecast vocalist Colin Schleifer will be parting ways with the band due to outside interests unrelated to the music business - Colin will perform with Diecast at the March 28th CBGB show and New England Metal & Hardcore Fest.

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Keep of Kalessin Disband

The great Norwegian black metal act Keep Of Kalessin is no longer running under this moniker. As told by guitarist Obsidian C. (at this time on tour with Satyricon as session guitarist), he disbanded the band because of some personal issues among the band members.

Currently is he involved in Bloodthorn but will continue with the Keep Of Kalessin style under a different name as soon as he finds another members and returns from Satyricon tour. (here's a link for some updates about this "project." If all goes well, we might see their debut before the end of 2003. He's thinking about using Enslaved drummer for the recording session or even Frost or Hellhammer if they will be available and up to this (palms up!). Good luck my friend.

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Moroccan Court Grants Bail for Metalheads

A Moroccan court has freed on bail 11 heavy metal music enthusiasts controversially jailed for offences against morality and linked by the prosecution to a "Satanist" cult, according to Reuters.

Three others were refused bail.

Defense lawyer Mahfoud Billeh said on Wednesday the 11 were freed on Tuesday night by the Casablanca court pending hearing of appeals against sentences of between one and six months.

They were convicted on March 6 under laws covering distribution of written or visual material which "undermines good morals" and "making people listen, with bad intent, to songs which contravene good morals or incite debauchery."

The three refused bail were sentenced to a year in prison for "employing seductive methods with the aim of undermining the faith of a Muslim." More...

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Mayhem Strikes Fan's Skull WIth Sheep Skull

At Mayhem’s March 6th show in Bergen, Norway (487 km west of Olso), a flying sheep's head hit a concertgoer and fractured his skull.

The band was carving up a dead sheep as part of its stage act when the animal's head flew off lead singer Maniac's knife and struck Per Kristian Hagen, 25.

"My relationship to sheep is a bit ambivalent now. I like them, but not when they come flying through the air," Hagen told The Associated Press Monday from his hospital room. "I have a headache now." He is expected to recover.

Hagen, a Mayhem fan, filed involuntary assault and battery charges against the band. The charges carry a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

Mayhem member Rune Eriksen, whose stage name is Blasphemer, said the incident was unfortunate. "The whole thing was an accident, but maybe it would be an idea for another show," he said.

Eriksen promised Hagen a free ticket to the group's next performance.

Police detective Carl-Petter Leganger told the AP an investigation has started, but "nothing suggests this was a conscious act."

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Hellhammer Leaving The Kovenant

According to an Official Press Release released today by Nuclear Blast Germany, drummer Hellhammer will be leaving The Kovenant.

The release stated: “So another chapter in the bands history has come to and end. It has mutually been decided that Von Blomberg (aka Hellhammer), will be leaving the band. And a new replacement drummer will be taking his place. New members for the band are also being auditioned, and will be revealed shortly. With the imminent release of the 4th album, Seti, things are looking very good for the future of The Kovenant. And being more dedicated and headstrong than ever. I can only predict greater things in store for us. We would like to thank Von Blomberg for the years of mischief and friendship, and wish him well on his future escapades. Wherever that may be. And that he will always remember that together we have made history more than once... Lex Icon, Psy Coma & Angel”

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Great White Subpoenaed

The surviving members of Great White have been subpoenaed to appear before a Grand Jury in Rhode Island as investigations continue into the cause of the fire at The Station club on February 20, Altogether, 97 people were killed, including Great White guitarist Ty Longley. It is possible that criminal charges will be pressed as a result of the investigation.

In related news, the first victim hospitalized after last week's tragic nightclub fire in Rhode Island has died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the hospital said this morning. Linda Suffoletto was pronounced dead at 5:17 a.m. Friday (Feb. 28) at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson. The specific cause of death was not released at press time. Mrs. Suffoletto's husband, Benjamin Joseph Suffoletto Jr., 43, was killed in the fire. He was buried yesterday.

Suffoletto's passing brings the death toll back up to 97, after it had been lowered by one on Thursday due to a miscalculation. About 50 people remain hospitalized, 34 in critical condition.

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New Metallica Bassist Announced

That’s right. The search is over. All the rumors and speculation can finally be put to bed. Robert Trujillo is the long-awaited fourth member of Metallica.

Earlier today, on the official Metallica fan club site, the band stated, “We've taken a long time to find the right bass player for us. Obviously being a good player is important (!!), but it was also very important that whomever we found would fit in as a family member, a brother with a huge vibe. We wanted a fourth band member, not just a new bass player.

“We’ve all known, and have been huge fans of Rob since the early '90s when he was a part of the legendary hardcore/metal band Suicidal Tendencies. We got to know him when we played together with 'Suicidal' in Europe in ‘93, and again during the during the '94' "summer shit" tour, when they joined forces with us.” More...

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Medication Split

Medication, the band featuring former Soulfly/Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader and ex-Ugly Kid Joe frontman Whitfield Crane, have split up. The various members will now pursue other projects.

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All Else Failed Disbanding

Due to more impending lineup issues, All Else Failed has decided to stop actively touring and writing. The group will however be recording a final album, and although their "last" show will take place on March 1st in Bensalem, PA, there is a chance that they'll play another show or two once the record is released. The Pennsylvania group originally formed in 1995 and since then, they've released two full-lengths, an EP, and a 10" in addition to having undergone a myriad of lineup changes.

Band members Steve Wiegand, Luke Muir, Pat Shannon, in addition to Dave Davies, will now reportedly be focusing on a new project, so look for more information on that in the near future.

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Dark Moor Call it a Day

Female fronted Spanish power metallers Dark Moor have split up, due to the usual "musical differences" between former frontwoman, Elisa Martin and guitarist Enrik Garcia. Martin claims future projects would NOT use the name Dark Moor, but Garcia says that since he and bassist Anán Kaddouri have worked for 10 years, it's possible he might continue under the moniker, much like Angra did, without Andres Matos. Elisa is now singing for the French symphonic metal band Fairyland, who will soon release their debut album, Of Wars In Osyhria, on NTS Records. Dark Moor's label, Arise Records, still plans to issue a four track EP of new material, in April.

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Great White Inferno - 95+ Killed

At least 95 people were killed and more than 160 others were injured in a nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., late last night when a heavy-metal band's fireworks burned out of control, destroying the wooden building and turning the concert audience into a frantic mob. Great White, which sold 6 million albums after emerging from the Los Angeles metal scene of the 1980s, has had hits that include "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" and "Rock Me." The group was scheduled to perform at a club in Springfield, Va., tonight.

The disaster came just four days after 21 people were killed and more than 150 injured during a stampede in a Chicago nightclub that followed the use of pepper spray by a security guard.

Read the full article at WashingtonPost.com.

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