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All Hell Breaks Loose Drummer Dies

Joe Lamadrid, the drummer for Florida's All Hell Breaks Loose, passed away last weekend. Without getting into rumors, etc., Lamadrid was reportedly found dead following the band's show in Tampa, FL on November 26th. Lamadrid was 18 and services were held yesterday. Consequently, All Hell Breaks Loose will be disbanding for good. Here is a statement from All Hell Breaks Loose regarding the matter:

"All Hell Breaks Loose has decided not to continue in light of what has happened. To put any and all rumors to bed, we dont know what happened and neither does his family. I have received numerous phone calls asking about rumors and to put all rumors to sleep, we do not know what happened. Joe meant more to us than any of you will ever know. He was an incredible musician and an amazing friend. He will forever be missed and will always be in our hearts and memories. We have decided to have one more show which will be a memorial tribute for Joe. All Hell Breaks Loose will play our final show ever with the help of our friend, Rene from Target Nevada. The show will be in Miami, FL sometime in the next few weeks. All the momey that is raised from the show as well as whatever merch we sell will be donated to Joe's family. Anyone who has questions or wants to help, email us at xbandslutx@yahoo.com. Lastly, to everyone across the country who has called us the last few days, sent their best wishes, and dropped us emails, we love you all. To everyone in South Florida, thank you. From the beginning, you always supported us. We can't thank you enough. Thank you and good night. R.I.P - Joseph William Lamadrid"

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Former Tiamat Keyboardist Killed In Car Accident

Former TIAMAT touring keyboardist P.A. Danielsson was killed in a car accident in Italy on Friday, November 26th. He was 35 years old. As well as touring with Tiamat, Danielsson also collaborated on early LION'S SHARE material such as 'Scarecrow' and 'Sins Of A Father', having played on the band's 1993 demos.

Both the Tiamat and Lion's Share camps have expressed the shock and sadness at this news.

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Metallica's Welcome Home (Sanitarium) A Rip Off?

Did Metallica inadvertently "borrow" a musical idea from another band for their 1986 dark "power ballad" "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"? Several Internet reports definitely seem to suggest so.

A song called "Rainbow Warrior" by the obscure NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band Bleak House (photo) appears to contain undeniable similarities to the Metallica classic. The Bleak House track was released as a seven-inch single in 1980 via Buzzard Records, and was followed up by another seven-inch single in 1982 and various compilation appearances before the band apparently called it a day.

A self-proclaimed NWOBHM fanatic, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spent much of his time in the early '80s tracking down obscure recordings from his favorite groups of the era. Ten years after the NWOBHM's glory days of 1982, Ulrich took time out to put together a multi-band compilation, "'79 Revisited: New Wave of British Heavy Metal", along with journalist Geoff Barton, whose work in the now-defunct weekly U.K. rock paper Sounds had kept Ulrich posted while he was in the States.

Bleak House - "Rainbow Warrior" (mp3)
Metallica - "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" (Windows Media)

For more information on Bleak House, click here.

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Snapcase Planning Final Show

Snapcase guitarist Frank Vicario recently posted a few messages on the group's website suggesting that the band will soon be calling it quits and are in the process of scheduling their final show, which will apparently take place in mid-January in Buffalo, NY. More specifically, here are some postings by Vicario:

"Snapcase isn't broken up... yet. We're in the process of organizing last show(s) for early next year. So for all intents and purposes we're pretty much done... [later] Unfortunately it's looking more and more like it will be one last show in our hometown and that's it. Look for an announcement soon and for those who are still interested in seeing Snapcase play one last time, keep your schedules open in mid-January. It's no mystery that the popularity of the band has been waning over the past few years and it's tough to keep flogging a dead horse when hearts are in other places, whether that be with family, jobs and/or other bands. We reached an impasse where our core fan-base had been dwindling due to disenfranchisement with our newer material and since we were a band who had been around for a while, many people had already pigeonholed what they perceived our sound to be and were reluctant to give us a chance. You know how it is? We sure do."

Meanwhile, it appears that Vicario will be playing full-time with his new band, Ourselves, which also features Snapcase members Ben Lythberg and Dustin Perry. Check out their Purevolume page here.

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Murder Weapon To Break Up

Murder Weapon have officially decided to disband. Since forming in 2002, the hardcore group has released material with Martyr Records. The band will play one final show at Alley Katz in Richmond, VA on December 26th. Here's a statement from the group:

"It's true. Murder Weapon has decided to call it quits. We’ve had a great time doing the band, but like they say, all good things must come to an end. There's no 'bad blood' (pardon the pun) between any of the band members. We all are still friends. All of us have a lot of responsibilities (work, school, etc.) outside of Murder Weapon which essentially led to the break up. We regret not touring as much and not getting a chance to record our new material, but that's how it goes."

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Forever Is Forgotten To Disband

Milwaukee's Forever Is Forgotten are reportedly calling it quits. Here's a statement from guitarist Jerry Hauppa:

"Forever is Forgotten finally decided to call it quits. with all the difficulties we've been through in the last year, its probably for the best we hang it up now. As for what's going on with us individually, Scott is playing drums in Bosio and has an upcoming tour planned for January, Jim and I have Concentric and other individual projects, and John is arranging a final Summary Execution show in Minneapolis at the end of the month. It was a really difficult desicion for all of us, but rest assured that musically you havent heard the last from any of us. We do plan to record the last songs we wrote as a band and play a final show in Milwaukee, so we'll be sure to keep you updated on that. Thanks for the support guys."

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Cold Fire Guitarist

Cold have fired guitarist Eddie Rendini, although as yet the band have given no reason for this decision. The former Darwin's Waiting Room man joined Cold earlier this year, replaced Terry Balsamo, who joined Evanescence. The band are currently working on their new album, 'And A Sad Song Lives On' with producer Michael Baskette.

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Notre Dame Splits

Drummer Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Memento MoriI, Dream Evil) has announced that Notre Dame's Halloween show in Gothenburg, Sweden on November 6, 2004 was the band's final gig. The show, which coincided with the group's six-year anniversary, was recorded and filmed, and parts of it will be included on the band's posthumous DVD and live CD release, "Creepshow Freakshow Peepshow".

Notre Dame's latest CD, "Demi Monde Bizarros", was released earlier in the year through Osmose Productions.

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Gorgoroth Causes Riots In El Salvador

Gorgoroth made the headlines in the major papers in Latin America after performing a show which created big riots in San Salvador. The audience got so extatic over the presence of the first black metal act visiting their country that the situation got totally out of control. The secutity and the police could not handle the people outside the venue so they had to call in the special forces "del cuerpo de Proteccion a Personalides Importantes" (PPI). When the PPI reached the venue the masses of people not getting a ticket for the already sold out show kicked in the entrancedoor and lots of fighting between the audience began. The audience started to kick in doors and toilets, several injuries occured and major damages to the venue. The PPI decided in the end to use gas on the audience to get the situation under control. When Gorgoroth entered the stage 30 security people had to be on stage preventing the audience to enter it. The fighting maintained through Gorgoroths performance and the PPI and the police had to hold the audience inside the venue with firearms to get the band in safety. Gorgoroth came from the incident without any injuries.

Pictures and links will come later (at gorgoroth.org)

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Skinless Vocalist Quits

After ten years together, Skinless vocalist Sherwood Webber will be leaving the group. According to the band, "He is pursuing other opportunities in life that wouldn't be possible while playing in a serious touring band." The search for a replacement is apparently already underway, though no specifics regarding the search have been disclosed.

Here's Skinless guitarist Noah's entire update:

"After a decade of giving 110% to SKINLESS, vocalist Sherwood Webber is leaving the band. He is pursuing other opportunities in life that wouldn't be possible while playing in a serious touring band. We thank Sherwood for his dedication, energy and talent that have helped elevate SKINLESS to the level we are at today. The search is underway for a new vocalist and SKINLESS will rock on.

We'd also like to thank everyone who came out to our DVD release show. It was an interesting night as ex-SKINLESS members Ryan Wade(vocals)and Adam Lewis(bass) took the stage along with Sherwood(heads back to play the drums)and myself to perform Pool Of Stool and Crispy Kids in a brief SKINLESS 1995 reunion. I hope you all have as much fun watching the DVD as we had making it.The feedback so far has been awesome. -Noah"

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Part Of Deicide's European Tour Postponed

Contrary to reports from the Portuguese date of Deicide's European tour, Deicide have not cancelled the rest of the trek but have instead postponed part of the tour in order to accodmodate drummer Steve Asheim, whose father has just died. The group's booking agent, Adam Elfin of First Contact Agency, has sent BLABBERMOUTH.NET the following statement regarding the situation:

"At 3am after the Madrid show, the tour discovered that (Deicide's drummer) Steve Asheim's father had died. Despite that the band played the show last night in Porto. However, they have flown back to the States today [Saturday, Nov. 6], to allow Steve to be with his family and make the necessary arrangements at this most difficult of times. Therefore, due to completely unforeseen and obviously unavoidable circumstances, Deicide are postponing PART of the current tour.

"Both Steve and the rest of the band are determined to not let the promoters, venues and fans down, and therefore to continue the tour as soon as circumstances will allow and Steve feels comfortable to return to gigging. To that end we are looking at moving some of the shows from the beginning of the tour, to the end of the tour. These dates will remain where they are: More...

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Motorhead: Band Resumes Touring

Motorhead's official web site has been updated with the following message:

"In September of 2004, the world of metal was shocked when the news was unveiled that Lemmy, Motorhead's veteran frontman, had sustained an injury to his foot severe enough to cause the band to cancel their much anticipated tour of the United States. Lemmy had managed to get an infection on his foot from an injury sustained on an earlier show. Ignoring doctors' orders, Lemmy forged ahead and finished the highly successful string of European festival dates. 'Motorhead fans are the best fans in the world and they deserve everything I have to give,' Lemmy waxed, 'and I am going to do whatever I can to play the shows. F**k the doctors!' The band went on to play to thousands of fans, bring classics and new songs alike to the hungry metal heads!

"The shows were a success, but the infection in Lemmy's foot grew to the point that some serious medical decisions had to be made. On the eve of the band's much-anticipated U.S. tour, doctors advised Lemmy that the infection was so severe that they suggested amputating a part of his foot to stem the spread. Lemmy told the doctors where they could stick their diagnosis and decided to head back to his native home of England and consult his physicians there. They suggested that the best course of action would be to address the infection with a regimen of antibiotics. The cure worked and less than two weeks later Lemmy was out of the hospital, in one piece and as fit as a fiddle, fitted with steel strings. It wasn't long before Lemmy was back to his old self, checking out his favorite London strip club String Fellows with a girl on each arm and plenty of Jack & Coke to make the evening complete.

"Given a clean bill of health from all of his physicians, Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee decided to go ahead with their European tour plans. Motorhead kicks off the sold-out tour on November 4th in Dublin, Ireland. Dates continue throughout Europe and Scandinavia until the tour wraps up in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 19th.

"As for the U.S. tour? Plans are under way for Motorhead to take their spectacular road show to the US in March of 2005 to support their newest record 'Inferno'."

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Flowing Tears Founding Members Killed In Accident

On October 20, two founding members of the German goth metal band Flowing Tears, Björn Lorson and Christian Zimmer, died in a tragic car accident, according to a posting on the group's web site. "Even though they already left the band in '95 and '96 (Björn after the first demo tape 'Bijou' and Christian after 'Swansongs'), Flowing Tears may never have existed if they hadn't been," the band write. "We will keep you in our minds and hearts. These days we take a breath to listen to the tunes of songs such as 'Flowing Tears & Withered Flowers' or 'Waterbride' — while mourning about two young people who had to die much too early. Rest in peace guys — we will never forget you!"

Flowing Tears kicked off a European tour with SAMAEL late last month. The band are touring in support of their new album, "Razorbliss", which was released in March through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Serpentine" was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (The Gathering, Lacuna Coil, Sentenced, Moonspell) and is the band's first to feature vocalist Helen Vogt, who replaced Stefanie Duchêne last year

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No Innocent Victim Regroup On Facedown Records

So-Cal staple No Innocent Victim has returned from retirement and announced their signing to Facedown Records. The band promises a summer 2005 release on said label. N.I.V. has announced their return show for November 19 at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA alongside labelmates Sinai Beach and Inked In Blood as well as First Blood and xDeath Starx. A new website is also in the works.

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Exmortem Rejoined By Drummer Reno Kiilerich

Danish death metallers Exmortem have been rejoined by drummer Reno Kiilerich (Dimmu Borgir, Panzerchrist, Vile). Reno "will play for Exmortem on our upcoming tours etc. so watch out for that!" the band write in a statement.

AS previously reported, Exmortem have signed a new deal with Earache Records subsidiary Wicked World. The group's fifth album, "Nihilistic Contentment", was recorded at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Hatesphere, Mnemic) and is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2005. Ten songs were recorded and mixed during the four-week session, including "Parasite Paradise", "Flesh Havoc", "Black Walls of Misery", "The Human Rape Symphony", "Division of Genocide Pleasure", "Bitter Discipline", "Fix of Negativity", "Graveside Mourning Ritual" and "Symbols of Inhumanity".

Exmortem were previously signed to France's Osmose Productions and Holland's Hammerheart Records.

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A Perfect Murder Loses 3 Members

Three out of the five current members (their singer, a guitarist, and bassist) of A Perfect Murder are leaving the group. Consequently, APM have dropped off their upcoming tour with Bury Your Dead and Scars Of Tomorrow. According to the band, "No hard feelings. personal situations is the reason why it's happening right now." The group will continue on and plan to begin auditions for replacements in the immediate future.

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Contestant Bands In Battle For Ozzfest Revealed

The bands taking part in the MTV Reality Series "Battle for Ozzfest", that gives competing bands a chance to land a spot on the coveted 2nd stage on OZZFEST 2005 are as follows:

A DOZEN FURIES
CYNDER
BEYOND ALL REASON
FINAL DRIVE
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION
TRAUMA CONCEPT
MANNTIS
SICKS DEEP

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Still Crossed Break Up

Cincinnati, Ohio hardcore band Still Crossed has reportedly broken up. Reasons for the break-up haven't been disclosed, though according to the group, "Everyone from the band is still straight edge. Everyone from the band always will be." Still Crossed released a full-length with Indecision Records in January of this year.

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40 Below Summer Parts Ways With Guitarist

40 Below Summer have parted ways with guitarist Jordan Plingos. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows:

After five years of working together, 40 Below Summer and Jordan Plingos have decided to part ways. We appreciate everything that he and his family had brought to the band. We'll always wish Jordan the best in all of his future endeavors and will never forget him.

...And so begins the new era of 40 Below Summer. Filling in for the next tour will be Ty Fury, formerly of Motograter. Get ready for what is to come.

40 Below Summer's most recent album, "The Mourning After," was released last November through Razor & Tie Records.

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Dying Fetus Dismisses Vocalist

Vocalist Vince Matthews has been dismissed from the Dying Fetus lineup. According to the band, "This action was taken due to a number of musical, professional, and personal reasons that we feel do not need elaboration at this time." However, the group goes on to state that "Vince remains a long-time friend of several Dying Fetus members and we wish him the best of luck in the future." The move will apparently not affect the band's current tour plans, as they intend to continue as a four-piece, handling the vocals "accordingly."

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