Archive: Headline News
Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach has temporarily left the band for personal reasons. The remaining members are currently auditioning potential replacements before resuming on the road in support of acclaimed album ‘Alive Or Just Breathing’. Leach is expected to return to the fold eventually.
Chicago's Serpent Crown have disbanded. The reason for the split, according to the band, is "irreconcilable personal differences." There has been no word on what the members of the band will do in the future.
New Jersey metalcore outfit God Forbid pulls out of Kittie's tour with Shadows Fall to focus attention on writing the follow-up to last year's lauded Determination album.
"God Forbid unfortunately had to pull out of its mini-Midwest tour with Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage to concentrate on writing the follow-up to our debut, Determination," guitarist Doc Coyle said. "God Forbid apologizes to anyone who was looking forward to seeing us on this tour, and will make it up." More...
Swedish thrasher Hypnosia have officially called it a day after seven years of plying the metal underground.
"Hypnosia R.I.P. 1995-2002," said the band's official website. "Hypnosia has gone back to Hell, and is no longer! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those true to the underground and who supported Hypnosia for these last 7 years, HAIL!!! [Guitarist/vocalist] Cab [Castervall], on behalf of Hypnosia, June 11, 2002. No e-mails, interviews etc., will be answered!"
Vocalist Tomas Lindberg, who recently quit The Crown, has rejoined his former band The Great Deceiver and the revamped line-up are currently working on a new album.
Finnish Viking metallers Finntroll have officially announced the departure of vocalist Katla, whose recent throat surgery will force the band to delay live activities even more. More...
Chicago metalcore outfit Arma Angelus, featuring ex-members of Racetraitor and Extinction, have officially decided to call it quits, despite issuing an acclaimed album, Where Sleeplessness is Rest From Nightmares, for Eulogy Recordings. More...
Metallica have effectively confirmed that they will finish recording their new album as a trio, with producer Bob Rock filling in on bass. The band also revealed that the title of the new song they performed last week during a surprise club show in San Francisco: ‘DK Rolls’. James Hetfield explained the reason he was seated for the gig was that he’s waiting for an operation on his neck.
Godsmack drummer Tommy Stewart has left the band to pursue other musical activities. However, the split is said to be amicable. The band, who are currently working on songs for their next album, have yet to announce a replacement.
The remaining dates on the European Ozzfest tour have been cancelled. This is because Ozzy/Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde is said to be suffering form ‘mental and physical exhaustion’. The dates were due to happen in Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia from June 8-16.
In a statement on their official website, The Crown have announced they are parting ways with new vocalist Tomas Lindberg.
"The Crown and Tomas Lindberg have parted ways due to personal differences, any questions to this statement will be answered with "no comments"."
The Morbid Angel duo of Trey Azagthoth (guitar) and Pete Sandoval (drums) have ended their collaboration with touring bassist/vocalist Jared Anderson and are currently holed up at a Louisiana jam pad writing material for the group's next studio effort, due in 2003. Anderson, who had filled the role of the band's frontman during the act's most recent touring activities, has apparently opted to focus all his attention on Hate Eternal and Internecine and will not be contributing his services to Morbid Angel's upcoming CD, which is tentatively scheduled to be recorded later in the year. An official announcement regarding the identity of the group's new bassist/vocalist and the details of the forthcoming album is expected in the coming months.
Jess Cox, MD of Neat Records (incorporating Neat Metal Records & Eldethorn Records) has sold the label to Sanctuary Records. He will, however, continue with his label Edgy Records with releases in May and on through the rest of the year.
"I really didn't want to sell the label, but I needed to create some space to concentrate on Edgy Records Ltd. Sanctuary will be able to release all the old 80s NWOBHM catalogue that I couldn't find the time to do & which I was constantly asked about - like Hellenbach, Cloven Hoof &, of course, Venom."
Swedish black metallers Marduk have once again cancelled plans to tour the US as a result of their inability to secure the proper paperwork from the American Embassy to enable them to enter the country legally. Here is the band's official statement on the matter:
"Marduk still has not been granted their clearance from the INS [Immigration Naturalization Service], and will therefore not be able to participate on the upcoming Danzig US tour. As we have told you before, Marduk has had a lot of problems with the American embassy and has not been able to get any information about how the visa matter is being proceeded and since time is running out Marduk see no other choice than to not do the tour. According to the band all they have been informed about is that their case is under investigation and that they will be informed when a decision has been made by the INS whether Marduk will get their visa clearance or not"More...
While the whole world watches Billy Milano try to resurrect lauded and hated thrash act S.O.D. after ousting members Scott Ian and Charlie Benante (both of Anthrax), it appears bassist Danny Lilker is completely fed up with the idea.
"I spoke with Bill, and he is no longer going to attempt to put together any version of [S.O.D.] without all the original members, and since he and Charlie have both decided never to play with each other again due to all the recent shit-slinging, the band is over," Lilker posted on the official Anthrax message board. "This is not an Ozzy-esque trick — we're not gonna do a 'final' tour ('This is the last time you'll get a chance to see us ever, so make sure and go!'—that Sharon is a crafty bitch), if you never saw S.O.D. you never will. Sgt. D will be going to Valhalla with the rest of the dead warriors. Adios amigos, and thanks for all the support, it was greatly appreciated." More...
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has shut down his label The Music Company. Systematic, one of his signees, have now switched to Elektra.
After 13 years, speedcore pioneers Cryptic Slaughter have reunited three of their four original members and are working on material for a proposed fifth album. The present line-up includes Bill Treadway (formerly Bill Crooks, vocals), Rob Nicholson (bass), Les Evans (guitar), and Brian Lehfeldt (drums). More...
I don't usually report on "this kind of metal", but I found it interesting that Kiss have parted with Mercury Records. That relationship had lasted more than 25 years. The band hope to sign a new deal soon, and the first release could be ‘Alive IV’.
S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano has issued a follow-up statement in response to the growing criticism over his decision to seek out replacements for guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante, both of whom are widely viewed as integral members of the group.
First off, as far as Ray [Herrera] is concerned, he said to me at the Fear Factory show in Dallas last year that when I was ready to get a 'REAL' drummer in S.O.D. to call him and let him know," Milano said. "END QUOTE!!! TRUTH!!!!! Secondly, I will do what I want with S.O.D. Charlie and Scott are fired!!!!! They never gave a fuck about the S.O.D. fans anyway. So I am going to find two guys to do it from somewhere and [Danny] Lilker will do it if he chooses to do it. But, This still is not going to help Charlene [a.k.a. Charlie] and Dimebag Ian [a.k.a. Scott]. They called Lilker to ask if we were gonna do S.O.D. without them, But didn't call Lilker to apologize for fucking him on the VH1 special. These guys know I am serious and the real deal. Maybe the next guy I hang out a window on the second floor will be you, Scott. For real."
Legendary heavy metal trio Motörhead played Club Townsend in San Francisco, CA, on Friday, May 17, 2002, as part of its U.S. tour to promote the Metal-Is/Sanctuary CD Hammered and, unfortunately, the distinctive hat owned and worn by vocalist/bass guitarist Lemmy was stolen from the backstage area. The theft occurred during a 30-minute window between the beginning of the encore and the end of the show. He'd worn the hat on stage for the main set.
The black hat — a cross between a pirate hat and cowboy hat — is of great sentimental value to Lemmy. He bought it at a truckstop while on tour many years ago, and he personalized it with his own original decorations and designs. The hat is made of brushed, soft cloth although it is "hard" and maintains its shape.
Lemmy would like to have his hat back, and the person or persons who took it are asked to return it. Individuals who have information about the hat's whereabouts may send an e-mail to Ace Trump, the webmaster of Motörhead's official web site — www.imotorhead.com. Tips should be e-mailed to Trump at: email@example.com. Tip providers may remain anonymous.