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Burnt By The Sun Boots Guitarist

New Jersey outfit Burnt By The Sun have officially split with guitarist Chris Rascio.

"During the Candiria tour, it became apparent that Chris and BBTS were not "all on the same page" about certain very personal issues," said bassist Teddy Patterson III to DigitalMetal. "After BBTS returned from completing the tour, Chris was asked to leave BBTS."

"We really were disappointed in what happened and we all felt let down," continued Patterson. "Chris is a great guy and an excellent guitarist, he was a perfect fit for us, but certain things cannot be overlooked or excused. BBTS wishes Chris the best in all his endeavors and hope in the long run that everything works out for him.

Presently, Burnt By The Sun are looking for a replacement guitarist. The ideal candidate will have a flexible schedule, a valid U.S. passport and drivers license as well as possess solid songwriting skills. Serious parties can contact for more information.

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Prototype Drummer Departs

Pat Magrath, drummer of Prototype for over 4 years, has announced his departure from the band. The band are seeking to fill his position immediately and potential candidates or persons knowing of potential candidates should either contact Prototype at info@prototypeonline.com or call (818) 406-3001 to schedule a meeting/audition. The band are currently in the process of writing new material for our next album. Dave Chedrick of New Eden will stand in on drums until a permanent drummer has been found.

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Machine Head Parts With Guitarist

Machine Head’s Ahrue Luster has left the band, on the eve of their upcoming European tour. Although no reason has been given foe the guitarist’s decision, it’s being stressed by official sources that the parting is amicable, and that the band intend to play all previously announced dates.

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Break Up Official for Centurian

Holland's Centurian have officially broken up. It appears drummer Wim van der Walk was prematurely excited about continuing Centurian, but as co-founder and guitarist Rob Oorthuis points out, the band is dead.

"Hello, this is Rob Oorthuis here, I am the founder and guitar player of Centurian. I would like to set something straight. Centurian split up. There will be no continuation whatsoever. There has been serious shit going on in my band and I would like to state that that has been because of troubles between all four of the Centurian band members. I am not going to piss off my ex-fellow bandmembers, because there is no reason to. We made a good death metal record of which I am proud and I am proud I made it together with Jerry and Oscar and Wim. However, the right chemistry amongst us is gone."

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Staley Died From Mix of Heroin, Cocaine

TotalRock has posted an update on new information about Layne Staley's death. A coroner’s report has officially established that Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley died from a mix of heroin and cocaine. Staley actually passed away on April 5, although his body wasn't found until the 19th.

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Lynne Cheney "embarrassed" by Ozzy's Appearance

According to Drudge Report, Vice President Dick Cheney's wife Lynne Cheney told associates she was "embarrassed" by the commotion surrounding Ozzy Osbourne's appearance at this weekend's White House Correspondence Dinner in Washington.

"He's hardly someone we should be applauding... not a role model, I am rather embarrassed," Cheney reportedly said after the dinner, according to sources cited by Drudge Report. More...

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Sentenced Single Debuts at 2

Sentenced's brand new single, "No One There", taken from the group's upcoming The Cold White Light CD, has entered the Finnish Singles Chart at position #2.

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Flaw Guitarist Quits

Guitarist Jason Daunt has left Flaw due to ‘personal and musical differences’. However, the band still intend to carry touring as a four-piece.

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Godflesh Call it Quits

Seminal industrial music artists Godflesh has officially called it quits following the group's sudden cancellation of their North American tour with California's High On Fire and Australia's Halo.

"Justin suffered a nervous breakdown prior to boarding his flight to the US. Unable to make the trip, nevermind perform a two month long tour, Justin has decided to call it quits," a statement on the Godflesh website reports. "Godflesh is done for." More...

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Gandalf Spilt

Finnish death rock outfit Gandalf has officially broken up after founding member and drummer Nalle Österman decided to leave the band.

"It's with sorrow and regret I write this following statement. After nine years of hard work and dedication one era has come to an end," Nalle Österman revealed recently. "Under the circumstances I find it impossible to continue being the leader for the band I have put my whole heart and soul into. Too much stress and bullshit has made it not to be fun to play in this band anymore. And if it's not fun to play then what's the point of continuing. I want to thank everyone who has supported Gandalf over the years but life goes on." More...

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Breed 77 Guitarist Collapses

Breed 77 guitarist Danny Felice has flown home to Gibralter suffering from a collapsed lung and pneumonia. The band will carry on touring in the short term without him.

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The Osbournes is Biggest Hit in MTV History

The Osbournes, the reality sitcom about former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and his colorful family life, is officially the biggest hit series in MTV's 21-year history, according to CNN. “Just under 6.3 million people watched last Tuesday's episode, up from 6 million the week before," the cable channel reports. "No MTV series — even cultural touchstones like Beavis & Butt-Head and Real World — has reached such heights. MTV has been trying to take advantage of the hit, playing series episodes 15 times a week. The Osbournes has pushed aside professional wrestling as cable television's biggest show, according to Nielsen Media Research."

As per the original agreement, MTV has prepared three more original episodes before its season ends. However, according to the report, it may try to use footage to create up to three additional ones.

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Government Fights Goth

A youth-outreach program in Missouri expected to spend $273,000 to combat "Goth culture" was among the $20.1 billion that Congress doled out for pet projects in fiscal year 2002, according to the "Pig Book" released today. I'm sure there are better places even such a small sum of money could be spent...

Read the full article at Blue Springs.

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Layne Staley Found Dead

ALICE IN CHAINS frontman Layne Staley has been officially declared dead after The King County Medical Examiner positively identified Staley's body following an autopsy earlier today (Saturday, April 20, 2002), CNN has reported. Exact time and cause of death are pending, as laboratory results could take several weeks.

Here are some more details about Staley's tragic death, as reported by MTV: “Police responded to a call to check on a person's well-being at Staley's address in Seattle's University District at 5:41 PM PT on Friday, according to the police report. Upon discovering the body, which is presumed to have been there for several days, officers called investigators from the medical examiner's office, who arrived on the scene at approximately 7:30-8:00 PM, a spokesperson said. The body couldn't immediately be identified as that of Staley, whose longtime battle with drug dependency was a central component of his band's music — a dark and bombastic sound that continues to influence artists some 15 years after the group first formed.”

Here are some various quotes from Layne Staley: More...

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Lord Of Ominous Lost At Sea

Stephen of Khante talks about Anubi member Martynas Meskauskas, who was recently lost at sea:

"In an unfortunate accident March 30th our friend Martynas Meskauskas (also known as Lord Ominous of the Lithuanian group ANUBI), a multi-talented and inspired visual artist and musician, was lost at sea during a fishing excursion on Lake Michigan. After an exhaustive and large search by the coast guard and family & friends, the vessel was found but the fisherman remain missing. I wanted to have a moment of silence for our friend and his comrades. Our condolences go out to their families."

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Godflesh Cancel North American Tour

Godfleshhave cancelled their previously-announced North American tour with High On Fire and Halo tour due to frontman Justin Broadrick's failing health, according to a spokesperson for the band's US label Koch Records.

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Soilent Green in Another Accident

On April 11, 2002 New Orleans' Soilent Green were involved in yet another vehicle accident that left vocalist Ben Falgoust and stand-in tour bassist Jon Model injured.

According to sources close to the band, Falgoust and Model were the most affected by the accident while the remaining members of Soilent Green, guitarist Brian Patton and drummer Tommy Buckley, escaped the crash with only minor scrapes.

As a result of the accident, Soilent Green are effectively off GWAR's "Blood Drive 2002" tour and will spend time at home recouperating.

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Savatage Welcome Back Pitrelli

Legendary metallers Savatage have officially announced the addition of former guitarist Al Pitrelli. With Pitrelli back in the fold, current Seven Witches guitarist Jack Frost is now no longer part of the band. Here's what Pitrelli had to say joining the band.

"Me and the boys have remained friends in the past couple of years, touring together on a lot of the same bills last summer. I was also fortunate enough to work closely with Paul, Jon, and Bob as their musical director on one of the touring companies of Tran-Siberian Orchestra this past season. I can't wait to get back in the studio with the all the boys and make a great Savatage record!"

Read the full article at Digitalmetal.

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Haste Pull off Tour

Hardcore group Haste has officially pulled off the Candiria/Burnt By The Sun tour due to vehicle problems on their previous tour.

"We are really upset about this and hope we can go out with them at a later date," said a post on the Haste website. "We deeply apologize to anyone that was coming out to see us. We will make these shows up, we promise. Please don't hold it against us, we tried to think of every way possible to do the tour. Once we can save up here at home we will be back on the road."

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Manson Hit With Wrongful Death Suit

Marilyn Manson has been hit with a ‘wrongful death’ lawsuit, filed by Maria St. John, the mother of Jennifer Syme, a former girlfriend of Keanu Reeves. She accuses Manson of giving Jennifer cocaine and encouraging her to drive while drunk; St. John’s daughter died after a party at Manson's house on April 1, 2001. The lawsuit seeks undisclosed damages. Commenting on the situation, Manson himself says:

“Words cannot express the pain that I feel over the loss of Jennifer Syme’s life. After Jennifer was sent home safely with a designated driver, she later got behind the wheel of her own car for reasons known only to her. Her death is sad and tragic.”

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