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Karma To Burn Out

Acclaimed West Virginia instrumental heavy rockers Karma To Burn have split up, according to www.stonerrock.com. Bassist Rich Mullinses has reportedly joined Texas aggro-rockers Speedealer, while guitarist Will Mecums and drummer Rob Oswalds are said to be planning a new project, the details of which have not yet been divulged.

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My Dying Keyboardist

My Dying Bride have recruited a new keyboard player. She’s Sarah Stanton, who replaces Yasmin Ahmed who felt she couldn’t give the time commitment the band required.

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Megadeth Disbands

Dave Mustaine,founder, vocalist, and lead guitarist of metal pioneers, Megadeth, suffers serious injury, announces departure from Megadeth; group disbanding after nearly 20 years together.

"During the first week of January 2002, while Megadeth was on hiatus, in Texas, I suffered an injury that caused severe nerve damage to my left arm and hand. It was diagnosed as Radial Neuropathy - specifically, a "compressed radial nerve." My doctors tell me it will take about a year to make as complete a recovery as I can, and even then, we don't know how complete that is going to be. I am working hard with a great team of doctors and physical therapists daily, and God willing, someday I hope to play guitar again. In the meantime, while I work on rebuilding my arm, I will take this opportunity to reappraise my career and my future. For the time being I have decided to exit Megadeth, and explore other areas of the music business where I might make a contribution without being able to play my instrument. I have had a terrific time singing and playing for you while I was in Megadeth. I am truly grateful for all of the numerous Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum Records I have been warded, as well as the many International Record Awards. And I can never thank you, our fans past and present, enough for your loyalty and affection over the years. My immediate goals now are to do what I can to make something good come out of this terrible situation. First and foremost, I want to use this opportunity to devote more time, energy and attention to my wife Pam and my two children, Justis and Electra. Pam has done a wonderful job carrying the load while I was a long-distance husband and father in the studio or criss-crossing the world on tour, but in terms of being a Gold or Platinum parent, I have a long way to go, and I'm eager to get started. In closing I would like to depart with the beautiful French words I wrote on the record Youthanasia: "A tout le monde, a tous mes amis, Je vous aime, Je dois partir." (To all the world, to all my friends. I love you, I have to leave)"
- Dave Mustaine, April 3, 2002

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Universal buys stake in Spinefarm

Finland's Spinefarm Records has announced Universal Music Oy, the Finnish arm of Universal Music, has bought "controlling interest" in the company.

Spin-Farm Oy, the parent company of Spinefarm Records, Spikefarm Records, Ranka Recordings, Odor, Freeride and Hawaii Sounds, says the deal won't affect domestic or foreign relations, which include licensing deals to Century Media and Nuclear Blast in Germany and Century Media and Relapse Records in North America.

Spin-Farm Oy states that the buyout won't affect president Riku Pääkkönen's position or the labels' employees and that the whole staff is able to stay on as part of the deal.

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Guitarist Leaves American Head Charge

American Head Charge have parted with guitarist Wayne Kile, because of increasing creative tensions. Kile is already working on new material, and if you want to contact him then e-mail jesus665@hotmail.com.

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Randy Castillo Passes Away after Cancer battle

Former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo passed away yesterday due to complications stemming from his long-running battle with cancer. Castillo was 51 years old.

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Earthtone 9 To Split

British underground metallers Earthtone 9 are to spit up following their upcoming British tour. The band feel they’ve taken things as far as they can. Fans can say farewell to them at Newport TJ’s April 4, Chelmsford Army & Navy 5, Oxford Zodiac 6, Plymouth Cooperage 7, Exeter Phoenix 8, Bristol Fleece & Firkin 9, Southampton Nexus 10, Gloucester Guild Hall 11, Hartlepool Studio 12, London Highbury Garage 13.

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Iscariah Leaves Immortal

Norwegian black metallers Immortal have officially confirmed the departure of bassist Iscariah. The following is the bassist's statement on the matter.

"Well, so this day came to an end despite its long and joyful hours. The statement I doubted would be written for a long time is here, and if you asked me directly why, I would not be able to give you a direct answer...because there is no definite reason why. I have basically followed my instincts and my gut feeling and come to the conclusion that I am leaving Immortal. This band has basically been my life for three years, and it feels like some strange divorce is being processed."

"The band is getting bigger and with that follows complete dedication to the force. If not, you are bound to fall on your ass. To prevent this event, I quit. It is of my beliefs that if you have a single doubt, then leave. Do not try to shape the band to your benefit..."

Read the full article at Digitalmetal.

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Led Zeppelin Sue Atlantic Records over Royalties

Over 30 years after Jerry Wexler signed them to the label, Led Zeppelin are suing Atlantic Records for copyright infringement, according to Rock's Back Pages. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the heirs of late drummer John Bonham contend that the U.S. label has refused to pay increased royalty fees — currently almost four times the amount specified when the contract was signed — on 42 Zeppelin songs from the band's first five albums. If an agreement is reached, the settlement will likely run in the millions.

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Danny Leaves Anathema

Daniel Cavanagh has left Britain's Anathema, according to a statement from the guitarist posted at the group's official web site.

"I suppose it's time to tell you this now... I have left Anathema for various resons," said Cavanagh on the official Anathema site. "The best reason is because I now play songs with Duncan Patterson and Michael Moss in Antimatter. This is a good situation and I want you all to know that I am much happier doing this. There is a lot less tension and pressure and there is no "frontman". Our songs are going to be very good, and a lot closer to the true Anathema of Alternative 4, Eternity and songs like "Temporary Peace..." The other guys will carry on without me and I say good luck to them, though I feel a change of name would be more appropriate as they are now a totally different band altogether! You'll hear from us soon..."

The brother to guitarist/vocalist Vincent Cavanagh, Daniel was one of the founding members of Anathema and considered by many of the group's fans to be virtually irreplaceable.

No announcement has yet been made by the rest of the group—Vincent Cavanagh, drummer John Douglas and keyboardist Les Smith—with regards to Anathema's future plans or the exact reasons behind the split, which appear to be largely rooted in the age-old “musical differences”.

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Kittie Lose Guitarist

Kittie have parted with bassist Talena Atfield, for reasons which have not been disclosed. But they’ve already lined up a replacement, former Spine four stringer Jennifer J. Arroyo. The band will head out on an American tour next week with Flaw, My Ruin and Skinlab. The trek has now been dubbed the ‘Run Like Hell’ tour, instead of the more contentious ‘F**k Your Label’.

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Danzig Signs To Spitfire

Danzig has recently signed with Spitfire Records.

“The new material is arguably the strongest offering from DANZIG yet,” says Spitfire Records founder and president Paul Bibeau. “The first two singles, ‘Wicked Pussycat’ and ‘Dead Inside’, while at opposite ends of the musical spectrum in terms of approach and tempo, are unmistakably DANZIG. And ‘Black Mass’ is honestly one of the best metal songs I’ve heard in quite some time.”

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Why Burton Left Fear Factory

Former Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell has spoken about his decision to quit the band, leading to their decision to split up. Here’s his full statement: More...

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Seven Witches Bassist Departs

Sanctuary recording artists Seven Witches bassist Bill Mez has been officially asked to leave the group, at least partially due to the intense touring schedule of Single Bullet Theory, of which Mez is also a part. The upcoming Seven Witches / Annihilator European tour falls within the same weeks as the next SBT tour and there was no way to
reschedule either groups' run of dates.

"The next SBT tour is already booked in the United States and the momentum that SBT has created is too strong to jeopardize the bands future at this point." states Mez. "The SBT dates were booked months ago and it was known that I would be unavailable during those weeks. I never wanted to leave Witches, but was relieved of duties because I was unable to do this tour."

Bill wishes Jack Frost and the rest of Seven Witches the best of luck in the future and is looking forward to focusing all of his attention toward Single Bullet Theory.

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Fear Factory Possibly Call it Quits

Fear Factory have split up following frontman Burton C. Bell's decision to leave the band, a source within the group has confirmed to Blabbermouth.net.

According to reports, Bell had become increasingly unhappy with Fear Factory's musical direction and no longer felt “angry” enough to sing in one of the world's most high-profile extreme metal bands. It is also believed that personal differences between guitarist/mainman Dino Cazares and Bell, brought on in part by the increasing pressure caused by the disappointing sales performance of the band's last effort, 2001's Digimortal, had contributed to the break-up.

Please Note: This information has not been confirmed by any source within RoadRunner Records. Their officials said only "no comment" when MetalUnderground inquired about the situation. Until the breakup is confirmed, we present this as FYI, not as fact.
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Marduk's Drummer Departs

Stalwart Swedish black metallers Marduk have officially confirmed the departure of drummer Fredrik Andersson.

"Fredrik feels that his days as a full-time metal musician is over and wants to go on with his life and career and was therefore dismissed of his duties in the Marduk camp," said a statement on the Marduk website. "The break up was done with the best understanding from both parts and without any hard feelings. Marduk wishes Fredrik all the best for the future and good luck."

Read the full article at Digitalmetal.

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Mork Gryning Lose Guitarist

Mork Gryning guitarist, Avatar, has left the band, having fel like his work in black metal was at an end.

“I have nothing more creative to give the band, not in a musical way or in a black metal philosophy way. When one member of a band thinks in that kind of direction he is just a burden for the band therefore it is best for him and band if they go separate ways.”

The two original members of Mörk Gryning will continue to release masterpieces. Some new songs have already been put together. The planned tour got cancelled, but reportedly not due to Avatar's decision to leave the band.

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Insania Cancel Tour

Due to illness within the band, Insania decided not to go on tour with the former Mötley Crue singer Vince Neil. Insania will not replace any member in order to make the tour possible and the band will not reveal the name of the ill bandmember.

Insania will stay in Sweden til June 26th, when they enter the Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland again for the recordings of their third album. The album is so far known as "Fantasy", and will contain an Intro, and 10-13 songs. There might be some bonus tracks added for the "friends" in Japan. Insania will stay in Helsinki for as long as 3 weeks, because of the pressure from the band itself to produce a better album than before.

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Tool Wins Grammy

Tool won a Grammy in the category “Best Metal Performance” for their track "Schism" at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, which were held 2/27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tool beat out Black Sabbath ("The Wizard"), Slayer ("Disciple"), Slipknot ("Left Behind") and System of a Down ("Chop Suey!" ) to win the award.

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Venon Frontman Injured Climbing

Venom leader Cronos has been badly hurt in a climbing accident. He will be out of action for several months with injuries to his neck, muscles and tendons.

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