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Anselmo Done with Pantera?

Vocalist Phil Anselmo says that he is done with Pantera and he intends to focus all his time and energy on Superjoint Ritual. "There was a lot of business with Warner Bros. and this and that Down and Pantera and this and that, and etc. etc." Anselmo was quoted as saying by MetalIndex.com. "Whatever. Pretty much what I'm doing here is I'm sticking with Superjoint, and I'm not doing fuckin' anything else. This is where I'm most comfortable and this it the type of music that I wanna do, you know?"

Anselmo says that he is proud of what Pantera achieved and is also proud that they pulled the plug rather than faded away. "If you think about it, Pantera never went away until we personally said, 'Fuck it'."

Asked if he sees patching up differences and rejoining Down or Pantera, Anselmo said, "Never say never... [but] not right now." More...

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Ozzy Leaves Epic Records

Ozzy Osbourne has left Epic Records, ending an association of 23 years. So far, there’s no sign of the Prince Of Darkness getting a new deal.

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Metal Gods Tour Cancelled

Halford's manager, John Baxter, has announced cancellation of the Metal Gods Tour:
"I'm sorry to have to report the following, but the tour has to be brought to an end; after this weekend's New York performances because of contractual difficulties.

I learned on Tuesday, that inappropriate activity had been carried out days prior to the Chicago show, without my knowledge and approval. The unapproved activity has financially affected the tour. To be clear, the malpractice was not carried out by any of the participating bands, their labels and management.

For legal reasons nothing further can be said for the moment. A formal press statement will be prepared after we obtain additional instruction from counsel.

We know ultimately this affects each of you, so I will look at re-booking some / all of the dates. The dates however, will not include The Metal Gods lineup.

Please try and provide me w. your patience while I review and determine how best to move forward.

Thank you.
John Baxter"

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Cannibal Corpse Hit One Million

Legendary death metalheads Cannibal Corpse have reached the one million mark in catalog sales. The band's extensive discography includes: '90's Eaten Back to Life, '91's Butchered At Birth, '92's Tomb of the Mutilated, '94's Bleeding, '96's Vile, ''98's Gallery Of Suicide, '99's Bloodthirst, 2000's Live Cannibalism and '02's Gore Obsessed. More...

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Morpheus, Grokster Ruled Legal

On Friday U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled that file-sharing programs Morpheus and Grokster are legal, even though they are often used to copy songs and movies illegally. Unlike Napster, which was ruled illegal, Morpheus and Grokster are not liable for user violations because the software/networks do not monitor or control what people do with them. This is considered by many a major setback for the entertainment industry which claims to have lost millions in the last couple years because of the file-sharing practice. The decision applied the same principle that the 1984 Sony Betamax ruling did, that video cassette recorders were legal even though people could use them to violate copyright law.

That's an interesting interpretation of the law, and I think a fair one as well. But we all know the reocding industry has the money for many, many more appeals...

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Twisted Sister Officially Reunite

Finally, the one wish of the die-hard fans of Twisted Sister has come true. The New York-based, multimillion-selling heavy metal band Twisted Sister is officially reuniting after more than 16 years apart.

The classic lineup of lead vocalist Dee Snider, co-lead guitarist/vocalist Jay Jay French, co-lead guitarist/vocalist Eddie Ojeda, bass guitarist/vocalist Mark "The Animal" Mendoza and drummer/vocalist A.J. Pero is ready to explode with a reunion tour. The band will hold a news conference to talk about the reunion on Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, located at Pier 86 at 12th Avenue and 46th Street in New York City.

Twisted Sister's current tour plans include USO shows in South Korea in May and select headlining dates in the United States and Europe this summer. A DVD from the summer shows, along with behind-the-scenes and heritage footage, is being planned for a fall release. Several record labels have approached Twisted Sister about making a studio album, but right now there are no plans to release a new one. More...

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Lamb Of God Frontman Breaks Collarbone

Randy Blythe, frontman with Lamb Of God, broke his collarbone when he dived offstage during a show in Brooklyn. However, he is to carry on performing with the band on their ongoing US tour.

These guys are crazy, but it's good to see them continue on their tour and not lose momentum over the incident. If you haven't had the chance to see Lamb of God, go see them.

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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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