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Iced Earth Bassist Quits To Join Megadeth

Iced Earth bassist James MacDonough has officially left the band to join Megadeth as their touring bassist. MacDonough's statement on the matter (as posted at Iced-Realm.de) is as follows:

"A while back I had heard that Megadeth might need a bassist, so I contacted them via email and much later got a response, to my suprise. Before I knew it, I was on a conference call with Dave [Mustaine]. I sent in some video of me playing a couple Megadeth songs and I got a call a couple of days later. Everything with Iced Earth has been up in the air as far as touring, so I told [Iced Earth mainman] Jon [Schaffer] about this when I got the first email back, and being my older bro, he told me to go for it. Unfortunately, I won't be able to play with Iced Earth in the future because this will be a very lengthy tour, but we'll see what happens down the road. I am keeping in touch with Jon and maybe something in the future will happen.

"Megadeth has always been one of my favorite bands and I have a lot of respect for Dave and what he's done for music. I feel honored to have been picked for this endeavor."

Megadeth's lineup for the upcoming tour will be as follows:

Dave Mustaine – Guitar/Vocals
Glen Drover (EIDOLON) – Guitar
Nick Menza – Drums
James MacDonough (ex-ICED EARTH) - Bass

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Circle II Circle Frontman In Hospital

According to BW&BK sources, Circle II Circle frontman Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage), cut off a finger yesterday mowing his lawn in Florida and is currently in the hospital.

As previously reported, Circle II Circle have set Faces In The Dark as the working title to their second album, due out through AFM early next year. The band recently finished pre-production at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida.

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Life Of Agony Sign With Epic Records?

Reunited New York metal band Life Of Agony are rumored to have inked a deal with Epic Records. The group, who were previously signed to the Roadrunner label, will shortly enter the studio to begin recording their first album of new material since 1997's "Soul Searching Sun", tentatively due in early 2005. Songtitles set to appear on the as-yet-untitled effort include "The Day He Died", "Justified", "The Calm That Disturbs You" and "Love To Let U Down".

Life Of Agony 's last release was a live album and DVD, entitled "River Runs Again: Live 2003". The two-disc set was recorded during the group's sold-out reunion shows at Irving Plaza in New York City on January 3-4, 2003 and was issued through SPV Records worldwide.

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Motorhead Cancel US Tour

Motorhead have been forced to cancel their previously announced U.S. tour scheduled for September/October due to a foot injury suffered by vocalist/bassist Lemmy.

Lemmy, ignoring the pain and against his European doctor's recommendation, completed the few remaining shows on the Motorhead summer festival tour.

Since he was not able to rest his foot for a while, Lemmy's injury worsened, and his U.S. doctor insisted in no uncertain terms that Lemmy stay off his foot for several weeks in order for it to heal properly.

Motorhead will return for a U.S. tour in March 2005. "Lemmy, guitarist Philip Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee hate to disappoint their fans but it is necessary for Lemmy's injury to heal so that Motorhead can rock long into the future," reads a statement from the band.

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Diabolical Masquerade Break Up

Yes, it’s true. After the release of 4 full length albums, despite the starting process of recording their 5th full length album, it will never be finished and Diabolical Masquerade is now over. No more horror, no more fear.

For more information, visit diabolicalmasquerade.com.

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Cadaver Call It Quits

Norway's Cadaver have called it quits. Here is an official statement from the band's website:

Cadaver have decided to split up after 15 years of underground service, and 4 studio albums. We would like to thank our fans for all these years and all the people who supported us. Thank you all!

Anders Odden, Carl-Michael Eide, Lasse Johansen and Ole Jørgen Moe.

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UFO Bassist Denied US Visa, Replacement Announced

UFO bassist Pete Way will have to sit out the band's upcoming U.S. tour after being denied a working visa "due to having overstayed the number of days he was there on his last visit," according to a posting on the group's web site. His temporary replacement is Barry Sparks (Dokken, ex-MSG, Ted Nugent). Barry previously played with UFO at Donington in 2001, and he has also worked with current UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore.

UFO tour dates:
Sep. 22 – Baltimore, MD - Thunderdome
Sep. 23 - Glenside, PA - Keswick
Sep. 25 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
Sep. 26 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Sep. 27 - Buffalo, NY - Club Infinity
Sep. 28 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Rex Theater
Sep. 29 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings
Oct. 01 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings
Oct. 02 – Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Oct. 06 – Sauget, IL - Pops
Oct. 08 – Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag
Oct. 09 – Cleveland, OH - Odeon
Oct. 10 – Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Oct. 11 – Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Oct. 12 – Milwaukee, WI - Potowatami Casino

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Slayer Frontman Rushed to Hospital

Slayer were forced to cancel their show in Myrtle Beach, SC Wednesday night (Sep. 1) after the band's frontman, Tom Araya, was allegedly rushed to a hospital as a result of suffering a bad allergic reaction. There was been no official update with regards to Tom's condition.

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Sever The Fallen Break Up

New Jersey's Sever The Fallen have decided to break up once and for all. Formed in 1998, the group has released material with Tribunal Records. Here is a statement from the band:

"Time for some news. The last news from Sever The Fallen. Yes, that's right, STF has come to the end. We felt that we were not where we wanted to be with STF due to the many lineup changes halting the progress of the band. There are no hard feelings and we are still great friends. It has been six fun years and will not be forgotten. Thank you to everyone who supported us, people we met at shows, Tribunal Records, other bands we played with, and promoters. We have made alot of new friends through this. We have seven unreleased songs which will be lost forever unless you've seen us live recently and recorded them. Anyone who has video clips of us from shows, please send them to us. The website will be up for a couple of months so post on the message board and give your thoughts. Who knows, you might be able to get a few of us back together for a new project."

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Body Count Issues Statement On Guitarist's Death

BODY COUNT members Ice-T and Ernie C have issued a statement regarding the death of the band's rhythm guitarist Dennis "D-Roc" Miles, who passed away Tuesday due to complications from lymphoma. He was 45 years old.

"D-Roc was the backbone of the BODY COUNT sound," Ice-T said in the statement. "He went to school with me and Ernie, for me it was great to bring friends from my childhood along to share in success. Words cannot explain how much we will miss D-Roc — more as a friend than as a band member."

"We will carry on the band in some form," Ernie C added. "I don’t know if it will be BODY COUNT, but in some form, Ice and I will always play together."

Family and friends were at Miles' bedside at City of Hope hospital in Duarte, California when he died. Miles is survived by a daughter Paris, stepdaughter Kianna and family in Los Angeles.

BODY COUNT, whose previous drummer Beatmaster V died of leukemia and bassist Mooseman was killed in a drive-by shooting in South Central Los Angeles, had been inactive for several years following the release of 1997's "Violent Demise: Last Days".

The band were the focus of national media attention with their controversial song "Cop Killer", which was included on the group's self-titled debut in 1991.

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Kittie Forced To Cancel All Reminaing Tour Dates

Canadian metal quartet KITTIE have officially cancelled the remaining dates on their North American headlining tour. As reported yesterday, due to severe dehydration and exhaustion, KITTIE drummer Mercedes Lander was hospitalized on Wednesday (August 11) in Cleveland, Ohio, where the band were scheduled to perform that night. Mercedes' condition recurred earlier today (August 13), and as a result she is no longer fit to continue the tour. The tests in Cleveland were inconclusive; although Mercedes appeared to be recuperating, it is now clear that this is not the case. Mercedes is returning to Canada to undergo more extensive examinations to determine the exact nature of her illness. The remaining dates of the tour will be made up after Mercedes has fully recovered. "The band wishes to thank all of the fans for their love and support through the tour and now at this critical time," reads a posting on the group's web site. "Expect to see KITTIE back in full force and back on tour later this year."

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FTC Clears Way For Proposed Sony-BMG Merger

Not content with the sorry state of the music industry as it is, federal antitrust regulators have cleared the way for the proposed merger between Sony Music Entertainment and BMG. This merger would create a company that owns 1 out of every 3 new releases.

The FTC released its approval a little over a week after the European Union gave its unconditional support to the 50-50 merger stating that it would in no way harm the consumer.

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Satan Perform Live For First Time In 20 Years

A bunch of photos from legendary NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band SATAN's one-off reunion show Friday (August 6) at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival have been posted online at this location (courtesy of Germany's Bright-Eyes.de).

SATAN's classic "Court In The Act" lineup (including BLITZKRIEG singer Brian Ross and SKYCLAD's Graeme English and Steve Ramsey) performed together at Wacken for the first time since 1984. A live recording from the group's early days, entitled "Live in the Act", is tentatively scheduled to be released later in the year.

In related news, BLIND FURY's only album, "Out of Reach" (1985), was re-released by Majestic Rock in early June. BLIND FURY was essentially SATAN with a different singer (Lou Taylor - vocals, Steve Ramsey - guitar, Russ Tippins - guitar, Graeme English - bass, Sean Taylor - drums).

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Shai Hulud Changes Name, Loses Singer

Shai Hulud have now changed their name to The Warmth Of Red Blood. Since finishing their last album, in addition to parting ways with vocalist Geert Van der Velde, Matt Fox and Matt Fletcher have been writing material for their next album. Although they've got a new name, according to the band, "the new music and lyrics are a continuation and progression that still finds Shai Hulud's message, style, and sound intact." Of course they are now in search of a new full-time vocalist. They're looking for candidates who are drug-free, over age 24, and passionate about music. If you're interested, download this MP3 (a rough instrumental demo from Shai Hulud's last album) overlay vocals, and mail a CD to the following address:

Matt Fletcher
5 Gerry Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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Infernal Method Make Split Official

One of Australia's premiere metal acts, Infernal Method have today announced officially the band is no more. Pete has stated the following:

"It's pretty much been a long time coming, and probably doesn't come to much of a surprise to many, the members of Infernal Method have officially parted ways as of this week. Due to ongoing straining of relations between us regarding musical direction, general management and so forth, we decided to call it a day before things inevitably got worse. Undoubtedly all members will continue to pursue their own musical agendas with stronger than hate, syphilis, samsaras wounds and shackles. Talks will go underway over the next few weeks as to whether or not there will be an official release of the LONG overdue album, depending on whether or not we can get ourselves out of the massive debt we've incurred through playing/recording with this band. Lastly, there are limited numbers of Infernal Method Promo CDs (featuring tracks off the recorded album) and t shirts left that will be sold CHEAP to anyone who is interested. all parties wishing to purchase any remaining Infernal Method merch should contact us at -management@infernalmethod.com
cheers! Pete & Infernal Method!"

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Metal Documentary Details And Filming Schedule

The feature length documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s History”, to be released by Sanctuary Records in 2005, will begin filming July 30th in Oslo Norway. The film 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 exhilarating musical highs as well as its shocking controversial lows. 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.

In the words of the film’s writer/creator Sam Dunn, “Heavy metal is one of the most important cultural movements to emerge in last 40 years. I thought it was about time that someone gave metal the thoughtful, in-depth treatment it has long deserved.”

Banger Productions, the film’s producers, are also putting out the call to metal’s super-fans from around the world in hopes of featuring them in the film. They are inviting fans to contact them with pictures and emails telling them why they you should be the ones to be interviewed.
They are also looking for information on metal concerts, DJ nights and underground record stores in the locations they will be filming.

The filming schedule is as follows: More...

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Former Barium Vocalist Killed In Car Accident

Nick Noble, former vocalist of Maine group Barium, was killed in a car accident in Oxford, ME on Monday night. Noble was nineteen years old. The accident appears to have resulted from excessive speed. Also killed was Vanessa Jordan, of Windham, ME. Noble was once the vocalist for Barium, who released an album with Brutual Records in 2002. Noble left the group in October of 2002, only to rejoin them a few months later. The band ultimately called it quits in 2003.

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Iniquity Call It Quits

According to a statement posted on Iniquitiy's official website, the Danish death metal veterans have called it quits:

"After 16 years, it is time to bury the hatchet. The last year has been motionless and uninspiring. We take that as a sign to quit. There are no bad vibes among the members whatsover and the decision was mutual. We shall continue playing music elsewhere."

"We thank all those who have helped and suported us over the years, as well as those we've played with, partied with and had sex with. Best regards to the underground , CHEERS!"

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Dave Mustaine Recounts Megadeth's Fall To Present

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Here is what I have been saying in the interviews, what happened chronologically that caused the demise of the band, why [drummer] Nick [Menza] was fired, [guitarist] Marty [Friedman] quitting, records turning out the way they did, and finally me walking away.

"When 'Countdown To Extinction' came out, the band and I were ecstatic to have a number 2 record. But if you could believe this, also during that time there were a lot of the 'movie-type intervention group therapy meetings' with me in the middle of a session of what rapidly was referred to as a 'Dave Bashing' session.

"There were all of these complaints and trying to get me to stop using drugs, as well as comments about my leadership skills. I remember them all taking a test and grading me as well as numerous other shameful and painful exercises meant to crack me or break me down.

"Well, this really hurt all of us, mostly me. The members at these sessions were Nick, Marty, Junior, Ron Laffitte (manager), Raymond May (counselor), David White (counselor – and not Gadget, the guitar tech).

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Richard Christy Wins Howard Stern Show Spot

Richard Christy was announced the winner of the contest to replace Stuttering John on the Howard Stern show and will soon begin a three-month tenure as a staff member on the show. Christy left Iced Earth amidst touring a couple months ago so that he could audition for the part on the Stern show.

UPDATE: Richard Christy has issued an open letter about winning Stuttering John's job. Apparently he received 31 percent of the votes on the "Get John's Job!" voting web site, and Christy spent all of last week on the show and was considered a favorite to land the gig from the very beginning. Christy's letter reads as follows:

"Richard (Hey KC) Christy here, it definitely still hasn't sunk in that I actually won John's job! Winning today was a very surreal feeling, but then getting hammered by the other contestants quickly brought me back down to earth! Today was truly a dream come true for me and I was honored to stand next to all of the talented people who were finalists in the 'Get John's Job' contest. I would like to thank Howard and the gang for the opportunity to compete in this audition. I would like to thank my family, friends, all the Howard Stern fans, and all of my fellow 'metal heads' for voting for me! I would also like to thank my friends Tom and Omar for letting me stay with them while I've been in New York the past two weeks. I can't even begin to describe how excited I am about the opportunity to contribute to the show! I have notebooks and hard drives full of ideas that I can't wait to present to Howard! It was also hilarious seeing Chaunce in a dress, but it was disturbing when he showed everyone his 'man worm' in the greenroom. It was also great when Sal rubbed Chaunce's hat in the crack of his ass, and then Yucko dipped his hairy walnuts into it! I also loved when Jeff the Drunk called in and was pissed at me! I wasn't feeling the drunken love from him this morning and I really hope that he doesn't speak for all drunks! Well, I'm not sure what more I can say about how excited I am! I love New York and I love 'The Howard Stern Show' and I am honored that I won the greatest job that I could ever dream of having! Thank You!"

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