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Dream Evil Part Ways With Singer And Bassist

Dream Evil have parted ways with both vocalist Niklas Isfeldt and bassist Peter Stålfors. The departing members have released the following statement:

"Dear followers,

Because of personal issues and the fact that Niklas has problems with constantly recurring health problems we have taken the painful decision to leave the band.

All our friends are telling us that it's a bad idea to leave the band now when it's starting to get big, but you may come to a point in your life where you have to make a choice. We have now come to this point in our lives and the choice we have made is to put more time into our families and work.

We've known for a long time that the bigger Dream Evil becomes the more time it will take from the other important things in our lives and in time it was inevitable to make a decision. Therefore we have decided to leave Dream Evil.

There are no hard feelings between us and the other guys in Dream Evil, We’re still the best of friends and they totally understand the position we are in.

So it is with the best confidence we now pass over the mantle to the new members Jake E Berg and Tommy Larsson. They have our blessings and we are confident they will fill our shoes just perfectly and leave nothing for the fans to be desired.

We wish to thank all fans for the support through the years and for making the time in Dream Evil a memory for life.

Stay Evil In The Night
Peter and Niklas"

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Palehorse Guitarist Passes Away

Palehorse guitarist John Tamas passed away Monday night. Here's a statement from the band:

"A close personal friend, brother, and band mate passed away yesterday. There are no words to express the shock and despair we are all feeling right now. John Tamas grew up with all of us to the tune of 15+ years. He was a part of the Connecticut Hardcore scene for the past 12 years and has made a lasting impact in all of our lives. We would like to send our utmost gratitude to those who have been there for us in this tragic time. Your words, emails, phone calls, and tears have reopened our eyes to hardcore and what hardcore is all about. We have been surrounded by loved ones all day. Thank you so much."

A benefit show is being planned for September. According to Palehorse, "it will be bands from the time when we began going to shows. Bands that John loved and a show that John would have been proud to play." Additionally, the band is selling a limited edition 7", which will feature the only songs Tamas recorded with the band. Proceeds from both the 7" and benefit show will go to Tamas' mother to help with expenses.

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15 People Arrested Following Deicide Concert

15 people were arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct following DEICIDE's live debut in Chile, which took place Friday (July 15) at Gimnasio Nataniel in Santiago.

According to El Sol de Mexico, police in Santiago, Chile arrested 15 people who tried to enter by force the venue where American death metal band DEICIDE were performing their first-ever concert in the country.

The arrests were reportedly made on Friday (July 15) after the organizers of the event closed the doors of the packed Gymnasium Nataniel, causing nearly two hundred fans to be turned away when they tried to enter the concert.

Many of the fans standing outside, according to an official report, were found to be either drunk or on drugs, and they began to throw empty bottles at the walls of the Gymnasium Nataniel as well as at the vehicles that were parked around the venue.

Around 80 Special Forces police officers responded to the disturbance and used various means, including tear gas, to disperse the unruly crowd. In the meantime, 3,500 people reportedly enjoyed the presentation of DEICIDE, whose members were said to be unaware of the chaos that was taking place outside the building.

DEICIDE's concert in Chile went ahead despite objections from local church officials, who had asked the authorities to prevent the group from playing in country out of respect for an Italian Catholic priest who was murdered by a DEICIDE fan almost a year ago.

Rodrigo Orias, 26, slit Father Faustino Gazziero's throat, smeared his face with the victim's blood and then stabbed himself several times in the chest and neck with the same knife at the conclusion of a Mass at Santiago's Metropolitan Cathedral on July 24, 2004 while hundreds of churchgoers watched in horror, according to published reports.

Orias, who had a pentagram branded on the left side of his chest (covering his heart) and several other symbols of the occult tattooed on his body, reportedly asked DARK FUNERAL singer Emperor Magus Caligula during the Swedish black metal band's visit to Santiago in 2003 to burn an inverted cross on Rodrigo's arm with a cigar — a "mark" which Orias later planned to make into a tattoo.

Photos of DEICIDE hanging out with their Chilean fans are available at this location. A Chilean TV report on DEICIDE's visit to the country, including live video footage from last night's concert, can be found at Terra.cl (Real Media).

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Original Carnivore Guitarist Killed in Accident

Original Carnivore guitarist Keith Alexander was reportedly killed in a bike accident earlier this week - Monday night (July 11). His wake is being held today (July 14) between 2:00 and 5:30 p.m., and between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at:

Scarpaci Funeral Home
1401 86th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11228
718-331-8000

In addition to playing with Carnivore, Alexander spent a three-year stint with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, touring extensively throughout North America and Scandinavia, with some audiences numbering over 20,000.

A body piercer since 1991, Keith had performed well over 22,000 piercings and over 150 cuttings and brandings. Formerly a staff piercer for Gauntlet, Inc. in New York City, Keith spent one year as a full-time apprentice to master piercers Dan Kopka and Mark Seitchik. Gauntlet founder Jim Ward issued Keith's certificate on August 2, 1994.

You can find more information on Keith Alexander's life work and accomplishments here.

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The Quiet Room Singer Commits Suicide

Glen "Pete" Jewell, former lead singer for late '90s prog rock band THE QUIET ROOM, passed away Saturday, June 25. Pete recorded "Reconceive" with the band in 2000, right before leaving the band permanently. THE QUIET ROOM was signed to Metal Blade Records and released two albums.

Pete, who reportedly committed suicide at his home, leaves behind a 5-year-old son, Tanner Dez Jewell. A memorial service will be held in Denver, Colorado and will be announced soon. A funeral fund for Pete and his son have been set up. Any donations are appreciated. There will also be a benefit concert held in Denver, Colorado.

Donation info:

The Glen Jewell Funeral Fund (Pete)
US Bank
2990 S Peoria St
Aurora, Co 80014
acct # 103675494076

Tanner Dez Jewell Fund
US Bank
2990 S Peoria St
Aurora, Co 80014
acct # 203682559612

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Supreme Court: File-Sharing Services May Be Sued

The Washington Post reports (via Hope Yen of the Associated Peess) that Internet file-sharing services will be held responsible if they intend for their customers to use software primarily to swap songs and movies illegally according to Monday's Supreme Court ruling, rejecting warnings that the lawsuits will stunt growth of cool tech gadgets such as the next iPod.

The unanimous decision sends the case back to lower court, which had ruled in favor of file-sharing services Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks Inc. on the grounds that the companies couldn't be sued. The justices said there was enough evidence of unlawful intent for the case to go to trial.

File-sharing services shouldn't get a free pass on bad behavior, justices said.

"We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by the clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties," Justice David H. Souter wrote for the court.

At issue was whether the file-sharing services should be held liable even if they have no direct control over what millions of online users are doing with the software they provide for free. As much as 90 percent of songs and movies copied on the file-sharing networks are downloaded illegally, according to music industry filings.

About 20 independent recording artists, including musician and producer Brian Eno, rockers Heart and rapper-activist Chuck D, supported the file-sharing technology to allow for greater distribution of their works.

Industry observers have said a ruling against Grokster could also prompt stiffer enforcement from European regulators, who were watching the case for guidance on tackling copyright questions in their countries.

Read the full article at WashingtonPost.com.

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Man Arrested in COC Concert Stabbing

The arrest and booking information of the suspect arrested Saturday morning (June 25) in connection with the stabbings at CORROSION OF CONFORMITY concert in Ybor City Thursday night (June 23) has been posted online at the web site of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. You can check it out at this location.

Michael John Pyne (photo), 39, of Pinellas Park, turned himself in early Saturday morning, Tampa Police spokesman Joe Durkin said in a press release. Pyne is charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery, and aggravated assault, according to TBO.com.

Four people were stabbed during a fight Thursday night during a concert inside The Masquerade. Thomas Laskas, 29, died of his injuries early Friday morning at Tampa General Hospital. Witnesses said Laskas was trying to break up the fight.

Police said Pyne admitted to being at the club and having a knife but told detectives that he does not remember anything after seeing his girlfriend in a fight.

Pyne is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Michael Dunn of the Tampa Tribune has issued the following report: More...

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Fatal Stabbing At Corrosion of Conformity Concert

It is being reported that at last night's CORROSION OF CONFORMITY show at The Masquerade in Tampa, FL four people were stabbed with one being fatally wounded. The band has released the following statement on their web site:

"We are stunned deeply saddened by the brutal stabbings of three people at the Tampa show last night. We don't have much information at this time. Unofficially we have heard that one victim didn't make it. In twenty plus years of gigging we've never seen anything like this. It's sad that people can't come together for a good time listening to music without something tragic happening. We feel for the families of those attacked and wish success to Tampa law enforcement in their quest to solve this pointless crime. Take care of each other and go in peace.

Anyone who has any information or saw anything should contact the Tampa Police at 813-276-3200."

Ben Montgomery of The Tampa Tribune has issued the following report on the incident: More...

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Morbid Angel Member Is "Missing"

The following message was sent out by GENITORTURERS frontwoman Gen and MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist David Vincent regarding missing MORBID ANGEL guitarist Tony Norman:

"MORBID ANGEL are scheduled to fly to Portugal this Wednesday for a huge festival. As of today, no one has seen or heard from Tony Norman, MORBID ANGEL's rhythm guitarist, who also used to play in the band MONSTROSITY.

He was last seen by us at our friends wedding when him and his girlfriend were seated at our table. This was well over a month ago and no one has had contact with him since that we can determine.

We have contacted many of his friends, parents etc... no one has heard from him We think that he has recently moved within Tampa to a new place… No one seems to know where and none of his phone numbers are working…. so no one at this point is able to reach him.

At this point David and the rest of the MORBID ANGEL crew are really worried about him as it is not like him to be out of touch. A missing person's report has been filed.

If you know him or anyone that has contact with him… please help us contact anyone you know who might also know him or his girlfriend."

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Lostprophets Drummer And Founding Member Quits

According to Xfm Online, Mike Chiplin, drummer and founding member of LOSTPROPHETS, has quit the band.

An announcement containing the surprise news was issued from the band today (June 20) explaining that Chiplin is no longer with the band. No specific reason is given, but there is no mention of the phrase “musical differences”.

"LOSTPROPHETS regret to announce the departure of drummer and founding member Mike Chiplin." It reads, "The departure is an amicable one with Mike leaving to pursue other musical opportunities and the rest of LOSTPROPHETS wish him well with all future endeavours.

"The band are currently writing the follow-up to their platinum-plus album, 'Start Something' and begin recording their new album later this year. The album has a planned release in early 2006."

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Drowning Pool Part Ways w/ Second Singer

Texas-based metallers DROWNING POOL have parted ways with singer Jason "Gong" Jones. Jones apparently announced his decision to leave the band on the eve of the group's scheduled appearance in their hometown of Dallas on Sunday, June 12, resulting in the show's cancellation.

Jones officially joined DROWNING POOL in 2003 following the death of previous frontman Dave Williams. Jason went on to sing on the band's sophomore album, "Desensitized", which was released in April 2004 via Wind-Up Records, and spent most of the last year touring with the group in support of the CD.

A relative unknown, Gong had previously auditioned for the then-vacant singer slot in SEPULTURA during the Brazilian band's vocalist search in 1997 and was briefly a member of CHOP SHOP, the short-lived Los Angeles group led by ex-MANHOLE guitarist Scott Ueda. Prior to joining DROWNING POOL, Jones was linked with a project formed by ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares (with whom he recorded a three-song demo) and was believed to be involved with FIVE-O-CLOCK, a short-lived group featuring former AMEN guitarist Sonny Mayo, ex-WHITE ZOMBIE drummer Ivan De Prume and bassist Stevo Bruno.

The 30-year-old Williams was found dead on the DROWNING POOL tour bus on August 14, 2002 while the band were touring as part of the U.S. Ozzfest. An inquest into the singer's death in September 2002 concluded that the vocalist died from cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease for which he was never diagnosed. No traces of drugs were found in Williams' system, finally dispelling widespread speculation about the cause of his death.

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Twisted Method Singer Leaves, Band Breaks Up

Mark S. Krzos of News-Press.com has issued the following report:

After just one CD, "Escape from Cape Coma", metal band TWISTED METHOD is no more.

Last week, Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett, the lead vocalist for the Cape Coral-based band that formed after members at Mariner High School, announced on its Web site that two members were leaving for other pursuits.

On Thursday (June 9), the band's manager Charlie Pennachio, confirmed that drummer Ben Goins and guitarist Andy Howard left the band.

"I'm floored," said Pennachio, adding that the split was not about creative differences. "They were building on something. They were ready to start work on a new record and they have a DVD with two new songs coming out later this summer." The DVD will be available through twistedmethod.com.

About a month ago, Howard (not to be confused with THE UNKNOWN's Andy Howard, the only other Lee band to be signed by a major label) announced that he couldn't be involved in the recording sessions in Chicago.

"He has twins and he needed to be with his family," Pennachio said.
Tribbett said being on the road and playing in sweaty nightclubs is not the way to raise children.

"The road beats you up, man," he said.

Shortly after the Chicago sessions, Goins met with Pennachio and announced that he too was leaving.

"He left the band for God," said an incredulous Pennachio. "I thought he was joking at first. I mean, I know he always had a Christian faith, but I guess now he's taking it to a more serious level."

Tribbett said TWISTED METHOD's in-your-face attitude and apparent hostility was mostly an act.

"We weren't the most polite band ... and I think he realized he just didn't want to deal with the road’s temptations anymore," Tribbett said.

Read the rest of the article at News-Press.com.

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Dimebag Shooting Video Released

NBC 4 has issued the following report:

A homemade video (slideshow) was released Friday (June 3) of a deadly nightclub shooting that occurred during a heavy metal concert last year.

The camera was positioned at the back right portion of the stage looking into the audience as Nathan Gale began shooting during the DAMAGEPLAN concert at Alrosa Villa on Dec. 8, 2004, NBC 4's Teresa Garcia reported.

The band had set up the camera before the show. The camera captured most of the five-minute shooting rampage. Gale shot and killed four people and injured three others before a Columbus police officer entered the building and killed him with one shotgun blast to the head.

DAMAGEPLAN began playing just after 10 p.m. About a minute later, a security guard runs off stage and within seconds, Gale can be seen on stage with a gun. He is pursued by the security guard, and the first shot is fired. More shots soon follow, and two men are hit.

One of those killed by Gale was renowned heavy metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

The crowd appears stunned, but many stay by the stage and watch.

"Call 911 somebody," one person can be heard yelling. "Somebody call 911."

Gale is still on stage. Some people try to jump on the stage to help those shot.

While one man tries to motion people away from the stage area, the chaos continues, Garcia reported.

"Get him, get him, go," one person said.

Five shots are then heard.

"He's gotta run out of ammo by now," another person said.

But Gale wasn't done.

"He reloaded man," someone said. "I know he did, dude. He reloaded. He reloaded. Get down dude, get down. No!"

After five minutes, Gale has a hostage gripped by the neck. By then, Officer James Niggemeyer had entered the back of the building. He then fired the shot that ended it all. The shot can be heard clearly on the tape.

Other officers immediately run in to assist. Niggemeyer also can be seen on stage, clearly shaken by what just occurred.

Some people in the club immediately approach him and thank him for what he did and pat him on the back.

"He had his gun to his head," one man said. "You had to do it."

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Silent Scythe Disbands

The following message has been posted by Tommi (Guitars) on Silent Scythe's official website:

SILENT SCYTHE IS NO MORE! Silent Scythe has been disbanded due to commitment-issues. Unfortunately this means that "Born Into Bondage" won't see the light of day. I wish to thank the fans who actually believed in this crazy circus, contrary to some bandmembers. It feels strange to write this when we were just voted best new band of 2004 in brazilian metalmagazines. But, hey, I've certainly learned not to put this much trust in someone elses hands again. Before I forget: We would like to thank the people who came to our last gig may 20th, YOU GUYS KICKED ASS!!! So this is Tommi, Fredrik, Oge, Peter & Johan signing off!

I travel within
Let the longest journey begin
Dissect what I feel
Till there´s nothing more to conceal

Stare into the cold abyss
It stares back into you
The shackels of denying bliss
Repress the haunting truth

Dreams come true but only for a few
You are free to do as they tell you
You are free to be: Born Into Bondage

Cheers! C'ya under the table

Tommi

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Love Is Red Call It Quits

Following months of rumors and conflicting information, it appears that Love Is Red have indeed disbanded. As you may recall, the group parted ways with vocalist Hunter Weeks and bassist Jeff Yancey in late-February, but intended to regroup and carry on. Apparently that hasn't happened. Drummer Kyle Mims is now playing drums for Evergreen Terrace, while other members have moved to various parts of the country. Formed in 2000, Love Is Red has released material with Stillborn Records and Recorse Records, and had reportedly solidified a deal with Abacus Recordings.

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System of a Down Debuts At #1 On Billboard Charts

System of a Down's fourth album, "Mezmerize" (American Recordings/Columbia Records), enters the Billboard/SoundScan chart in the Number One position, as did their CD "Toxicity" when it was released in September, 2001. Since the release of "Mezmerize" last Tuesday, May 17, the CD has scanned an astounding 453,000 copies domestically. "Mezmerize" is the first disc in a 2-disc set with disc two, "Hypnotize," expected out late this fall. "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" was produced by Rick Rubin and System's Daron Malakian.

"Mezmerize" also came in at #1 on numerous music charts around the world including those in Germany, Canada, Austria, France, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland, Colombia, Greece, Brazil, and New Zealand, bringing the first week's worldwide sales in excess of 800,000 copies.

System of a Down kicks off a 23-date tour of Europe this Friday, May 27 that will include appearances at major rock festivals in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, and Switzerland, as well as a three-night headline stand at London's Brixton Academy. System of a Down will headline a major North American arena tour (with The Mars Volta as special guest) beginning early August. Dates will be announced shortly.

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Six Feet Under Postpone US Tour

SIX FEET UNDER has posted the following message on their official website concerning their forthcoming tour:

"THE UPCOMING U.S. TOUR THAT SIX FEET UNDER WERE SLATED TO HEADINE "MASTERS OF BRUTALITY TOUR" HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR, MOST LIKELY EARLY THIS FALL.REASON FOR THE RESCHEDULNG BEING,THE BAND WIL BE WORKING IN THE STUDIO ON VARIOUS PROJECTS AND SCHEDULING CONFLICTS AT THIS TIME PREVENT THEM FROM STARTING THE TOUR."

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Former Heathen Bassist Passes Away

Former HEATHEN bassist Mike "Yaz" Jastremski passed away this morning (May 23). No further information is currently available.

Jastremski performed on HEATHEN's classic 1987 debut "Breaking the Silence" before leaving the group a short time later to form PIGS. He eventually rejoined HEATHEN in time for their appearance at the August 2001 Thrash of the Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy.

HEATHEN parted ways with Jastremski in June 2004 over what was rumored at the time to be Yaz's "continued drug and drinking problems." He was replaced in the group by Jon Torres, who had previously participated in such bands as THUNDERHEAD, WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT and ANGEL WITCH.

HEATHEN guitarist Lee Altus said at the time of Yaz's final departure from the band, "We're sorry to see [Yaz] go and wish him all the best. He is a good friend and I'm glad that we parted ways without any animosity and can still remain best of friends."

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Brutality Guitarist Dead

According to a post on the official BRUTALITY web site, guitarist Mausolus Arguelles Von Kiszka has died. No cause of death was disclosed, only that he "has made the journey to the other side."

As previously reported, BRUTALITY recently disbanded after Poland's Still Dead Productions "completely backed out of their end of the deal" to release the band's next album, according to a post on the group's web site. The band's final recording lineup was as follows:

Scott Reigel - Lead Vocals
Jeff Acres - Bass/Vocals
Mausolus Arguelles Von Kiszka - Vocals/Guitars
Demian Heftel - Lead Guitars
Jim Coker – Drums

A three-song demo was completed in June 2003 with the above lineup containing the songs "As Darkness Falls", "I Deny", and "Ashes and Snow". All three cuts, along with "Brutality" and "Gates of Thorn", were expected to be re-recorded for the album.

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Les Paul Inducted Into Inventor's Hall of Fame

Electric guitar pioneer Les Paul was one of 14 people inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame this year. Guy Gugliotta has done a nice writeup of the history, so do yourself a favor and read the whole article. Here's some random excerpts:

On Saturday, Les Paul, less than a month shy of his 90th birthday, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in Akron, Ohio, as the creator of the solid-body electric guitar, arguably the most important musical innovation of the past half-century.

The electric guitar brought Paul international renown as a musician, won him five Grammys, put him on television for eight years with his wife, Mary Ford, and made Gibson Guitar Corp.'s signature Les Paul Standard a guitar of choice for garage bands and virtuosos on five continents.

"In my wildest dreams, I never thought I would see so many people using them," Paul said in a telephone interview last week from his New Jersey home. "I owe it to the rock-and-roll players, especially the Jeff Becks, the Paul McCartneys and Jimi Hendrix. All of them were playing a Les Paul guitar." More...

Read the full article at Washingtonpost.com.

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