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Omen Singer J.D.Kimbell Loses Battle With Cancer

J.D. Kimball, the former lead singer of OMEN, passed away on October 3rd, 2003 after a three-year battle with cancer.

OMEN guitarist, Kenny Powell, wrote the following:

"He was a great writer, one of the true innovators in the early years of power metal. I am extremely proud of the records that we did together, Battle Cry, Warning Of Danger, Nightmares and The Curse. I hope everyone will remember J.D. for all of his truly great contributions to the world of Heavy Metal. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Sincerely, Kenny Powell".

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The Haunted Get Old Singer Back

The Haunted, have parted ways with singer Marco Aro and have replaced him with their original singer Peter Dolving. The band is currently taking a break after touring a lot for their latest release "One Kill Wonder". They will be working on a new album that they hope to release by Summer of next year.

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Hell On Earth Suicide Broadcast Failed

The Internet broadcast of the HELL ON EARTH concert in Florida that was supposed to feature the suicide of a terminally ill person did not happen last night. Frontman Billy Tourtelot had planned to hold the concert and suicide at a local theater but the theater manager canceled the performance. Tourtelot then said the concert and suicide would be shown on the internet from separate undisclosed locations in St. Petersburg.

Thousands of internet users logged onto the Hell On Earth website for the Saturday night show in St Petersburg, Florida, overloading the web server. Some sources report this failure as being due to an “Internet attack”, but in all likelihood, the server simply could not handle the massive amount of traffic that the press frenzy had generated, as in most such cases. (Wake up, the story has been carried by hundreds of news site small and large around thye world).

There are mixed reports of whether the concert did in fact go off without a hitch. Some sources report that neither the concert nor the suicide took place and that both events had been postponed for a week.

Others claim that Tourtelot said Saturday night that his group performed at an undisclosed St. Petersburg location as scheduled and that he was unaware of the Internet problems until after the show. Tourtelot said the suicide was scheduled to take place at a separate location, which he also refused to reveal. It was not shown on the band's Web site as planned, but that did not necessarily mean it didn't happen, Tourtelot said.

“I don't know if that was done tonight,” Tourtelot told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

That’s pretty anticlimactic for all the press this story has received, showing how whether or not it was meant as a publicity stunt, that’s exactly what it’s been.

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Arch Enemy Cancel European Shows Due To Bugs!

ARCH ENEMY have had to cancel the remainder of their European tour with NEVERMORE. The following is an official statement on the matter from ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott:

"Hello to all ARCH ENEMY fans hoping to see us in Austria, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland with NEVERMORE. I am very sorry to say we will not be playing the last few shows. Unfortunately our tour bus became infested with a plague of bloodsucking bugs, (seriously!) causing several band and crew to become sick not to mention exhausted from lack of sleep......
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Hell On Earth To Defy Assisted Suicide Law

Continuing the saga of the Hell On Earth publicity stunt/controversy, the leader of the rock band Hell on Earth said Monday that an onstage suicide will be conducted during a private St. Petersburg concert this weekend in defiance of a new city law designed to stop the act.

"The show will go on," Billy Tourtelot said. "It will be available on the Internet and it will be in the city limits (of St. Petersburg)."

Earlier Monday, the St. Petersburg city council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance that makes it illegal to conduct a suicide for commercial or entertainment purposes, and to host, promote and sell tickets for such an event.

"While I still think it's a publicity stunt, we still couldn't sit idly by and let somebody lose their life," council member Bill Foster said. More...

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Great White Drummer In Car Accident

GREAT WHITE drummer Derrick Pontier was involved in a three-car collision in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, Saturday afternoon September 29, 2003 that left one woman in serious condition. Pontier was driving near a club in Allentown, where the band was scheduled to play a Station fire benefit concert, when Sandra Tepes, 56, from Whitehall Township crossed the center line and hit Pontier's car head-on, according to the police report.

Derek was hit head-on in a collision when a woman lost control of her car and crossed the center into oncoming traffic. Derek was on his way to meet with the band when he was struck, after which he was rear-ended from a car in his lane. The jaws-of-life had to be dispersed to cut Pontier out from his vehicle. He was rushed to the hospital and held in critical care unit for testing. Pontier was released with cuts and bruises. The show in Allentown, PA went on as scheduled.

Read the full article at VH1.

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Death By Death By Stereo

A DEATH BY STEREO show in Blacksburg, Virgina turned tragic yesterday when six people fell from a third-story window at Blacksburg duplex. Roughly sixty people were inside the building during the show when some attendees became too rowdy (reportedly partaking in the "wall of death") and a window gave way, causing the people who were being pushed against the window to fall roughly 20 feet to a concrete patio below. Two people were airlifted to nearby hospitals, including a 19-year-old Virginia Tech student who later died. Several others were also injured during the fall. The duplex, often referred to as the Solar Haus, is frequently used as a venue for small musical events. The fire marshal and a local building inspector are currently investigating.

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Max, Soulfly Get Replacements

SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera has officially parted ways with the rest of his band — bassist Marcello D. Rapp, drummer Roy Mayorga, and guitarist Mike Doling. According to informed sources, the mass exodus was prompted by the firing of Rapp by Max and SOULFLY manager Gloria Cavalera (Max's wife), which in turn led Mayorga and Doling to quit in protest.

Cavalera will be joined by guitarist Marc Rizzo (ex-ILL NINO), drummer Joe Nunez (who played on the group's "Primitive" release and subsequent world tour), and bassist Bobby Burns (ex-PRIMER 55 guitarist) at the group's live appearances in California and Arizona, scheduled to take place later this week. It is not presently clear if the trio will be named permanent replacements.

Roy Mayorga and Mike Doling have reportedly joined forces with bassist Tumor (Amen), vocalist Jason Radford (Onesidezero) and guitarist Levon Sultanian (Onesidezero) to form a new band called Mothra.

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Ironfire Split In Two

Danish metallers IRONFIRE have split in two "due to overwhelming musical differences," according to a post on the band's web site. Vocalist Martin Steene and guitarist Mads Andersen will continue IRONFIRE as you know it. And guitarist Jeff Lukka, bassist Jose Cruz and drummer Steve [Mason] are pursuing new musical pastures.

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Onesidezero On Hiatus

ONESIDEZERO frontman Jason Radford has left the following message on the bands message board:

hey everyone, as most of you know, onesidezero has been working hard, non-stop for the past 2 years since leaving maverick. so much has been accomplished in that time, because of you guys, your support kept us a band, pushed us to work harder, so it leaves me with a heavy heart to say that after october 23rd onesidezero will be taking a break........ this does not necessarily mean the end of oneside, but we are going to take a good look at whats going on, reassess our situations, individually and collectively. we feel that thats the only way to be honest with you and most importantly, ourselves. we hope that we can all come together and make this last show a great one! its great that people are flying in, i hope all of you can come for this. please dont take this as a bad thing...........change is good. again we say thank you for everything, without you non of this could have been possible..............jasan

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Hell On Earth's Suicide Show Cancelled/Moved

HELL ON EARTH's hyped show in Florida where they were going to let someone kill themselves has been pulled by the owner.

David Hundley, owner of the State Theater in St. Petersburg, said he was certain the suicide was either a publicity stunt or would be an "illusion," but said he was worried of what some other "nut case" might do during the show.

"We couldn't allow anything to happen," Hundley said at a news conference.

"We deal with a lot of kids here and we don't want their parents to think anything bad or that their kids are ever at risk."

The owner of Club Venom, a Pinellas Park venue where the band said would be the new location of the show, also said he won't allow them to play if a suicide is going to be part of the act.

"We're going to nip it before it happens," owner Matt Mullins said.

Obviously it was a "publicity stunt" and there were already lots of "nut jobs" involved.

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Soulfly Lose Three

It is rumored that Roy Mayorga, Marcello D. Rapp and Mike Doling have all left Soulfly. Rumors are that they had problems with the bands frontman Max Cavalera. More news as it comes out.

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Quiet Riot To Go Out Quietly?

QUIET RIOT website Quietriotforce.com has posted this basic message on the site:

To our fans:
Thank you for 20 years of Rock & Roll.

Good-bye,
QUIET RIOT

No details are available at this point.

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Hell On Earth To Have Live Suicide At Show

Industrial rock band Hell On Earth will feature a "live suicide" at their State Theatre performance in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday, October 4th. A Euthanasia Society member will carry out the suicide to raise awareness for dying with dignity. The Euthanasia member, who suffers from a terminal illness, is using the event as a platform to help make back-street suicides a thing of the past.

Though his identity is being withheld until the day of the event, he did have this to say, "I thank the lord that Hell On Earth is giving me this opportunity to end my suffering. I just want to say as my last will and testament that this is my god given choice to end my life. I'd prefer to have a physician-assisted suicide but until the laws are changed, those who are in pain like me will either have to continue to suffer or do it themselves."

The event, The Hell On Earth Haunted Tour, is part of a national tour the band is on to support their new album, 'All Things Disturbingly Sassy.'

My gut reaction is that this is so over-the-top that it may not be true, and that it's definitely a publicity stunt (probably for all parties involved). However, I remain skeptical whether it would be allowed to happen anyway, now that the time and location have been so widely publicized.

UPDATE - Bay News 9 weighs in with some updated info about this event:

St. Petersburg City Councilman Bill Foster says he feels pretty confident that the event won't happen at the State Theater on October 4.

"This activity will not be tolerated in the City of St. Petersburg," Foster said.

The councilman, who happens to be an attorney, cites the Florida Statute that makes assisted suicide a second-degree felony.

"If it's a stunt, then they have very right to perform this stunt on stage," Foster added. "If somebody loses their life, they will be prosecuted as conspirators."

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Shai Hulud End, Only To Start New Band

Folowing the departure of singer Geert, Shai Hulud will use tour with ex singer Chad Gilbert (currently of New Found Glory) for one last tour before calling it quits as SHAI HULUD. However the band will continue on under a new name with a different singer.

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Hammerheart Reorganizes into Karmageddon Media

Holland's Hammerheart Records, known for releases by Ancient Rites, Alas, Septic Flesh, Primoridal among others, has shuttered its doors and re-organized as Karmageddon Media.

"After months of thinking, talking, evaluating plans and contracts Hammerheart Records have decided to call it a day," explains owners Peter van Ool and Guido Heijnens. "But we are not simply leaving all this behind, how could we ever? Of course with the same quality and impact as Hammerheart Records used to have. Why? We simply got a bit tired of some of the things happening in the music-industry, especially the attitude of some people was too much for us, we had to change things drastically or stopping was the only option.

"We ran into problems and what I would call "anti-social" behaviour too often and frequently. This new label is done in very close co-operation with Plastic Head Distribution, who will exclusively distribute Karmageddon Media starting October 1st 2003. We feel secure and positive that under the wings of our big independent brothers working at Plastic Head Distribution we get more chances to develop and grow in a steady and reliable way. The artists and the catalogue of Hammerheart Records are transferred to Karmageddon Media and we will soon inform everyone on our release-schedule."

For more information on Hammerheart Records and newly formed Karmageddon Media, please visit: www.hammerheart.com.

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Exhumed Banned in Germany

Due to pressure from German government ratings groups, Relapse Records German distribution partner SPV has been forced to withdraw Exhumed's new record, Anatomy Is Destiny from distribution on the brink of its release and on the eve of the band's European headlining tour.

Ratings groups deemed the band photos inside Anatomy Is Destiny (‘dead shots' taken by acclaimed photographer Alex Solca) far too realistic and gruesome for mass consumption.

Vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey comments; "Censorshit...here we go again. Well, censorship is nothing new to Exhumed, especially in Germany. It never fails that someone there is hell-bent on filtering what people can see and hear. Ultimately, despite every effort on the part of both Exhumed and Relapse to release Anatomy Is Destiny the way it was intended to be released, outside pressure from government ratings groups has blocked our record from being distributed in it's current form."

A new version of Anatomy Is Destiny, devoid of band photos and lyrics, will surface in Germany-proper, in early October, but Harvey continues: More...

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Terra Firma Call it a Day

Terra Firma, the Swedish band headed by Unleashed guitarist "Fast" Freddie Eugene and former St. Vitus/Count Raven vocalist Lord Chritus, have decided to disband, according to Stoner Rock.

Freddie is said to be in the process of launching a new project with Terra Firma drummer Izmo which will reportedly head in a direction similar to TF, only "rougher and better written."

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Deathwitch Guitarist Arrested

Deathwitch guitarist Slade Doom was recently arrested for undisclosed offenses. He remains incarcerated. More details will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, the band have announced details for their forthcoming new album, Violence Blasphemy Sodomy.

The full tracklisting for the album, due for release in early 2004, is: More...

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Unloco Rumored To Split

It is rumored that UNLOCO bassist Victor Escareno has left the band and that the band has now been dropped by Maverick and the band plans to call it quits after their current Texas stint.

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