Archive: Headline News
Down, the supergroup featuring former Pantera duo Phil Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass), guitarists Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) and Pepper Keenan (COC) plus drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod), have left their label Elektra. This seems to have happened following the disappointing sales of the ‘Down II: Bustle In Your Hedgerow’ album. Right now, the band are on ice, as the members pursue other projects, and it’s not known when/if there will be a third album.
In related news, siN's Metal News has an interview with Phil Anselmo, who answers questions about Down, Ozzfest 2004 and blank metal among other things.
VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland has been placed on strict lockdown at the Pasadena, CA. rehab facility where he is currently completing a six-month residential program after he was caught attempting to smuggle drugs into the center, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
Weiland, who was allowed out for several days last month, under police supervision, to complete his vocals for VELVET REVOLVER's debut album, is believed to have one more song left to record for the as-yet-untitled CD, tentatively due in late March/early April through RCA Records.
The album, which was produced by Josh Abraham (LIMP BIZKIT, STAIND), is currently being mixed at a California studio by Andy Wallace, who has previously worked with NIRVANA, WHITE ZOMBIE, LINKIN PARK, SLAYER and SEPULTURA, among many others.
As previously reported, the former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS vocalist was scheduled to appear in court on December 3 on a DUI charge, but the hearing was moved to December 23. Weiland will enter a plea at that time to charges of driving under the influence of drugs. He was arrested on his birthday, October 27, after crashing his BMW into several parked cars on a Los Angeles street, then attempting to flee the scene.
Candlelight today confirms the North American license for all Karmageddon Media recordings. The new partnership will see the US and Canadian release of all new and reissued catalog titles from the newly formed Dutch record label through Candlelight's stateside operation.
Starting in early 2004, Candlelight will coordinate release and promotion of new albums from Karmageddon Media - including Morifade, Torture Killer, Hearse (featuring former Arch Enemy singer Johan Liiva), Within Y, the eagerly anticipated Dismember as well as special enhanced reissues of Septic Flesh, Severe Torture, Aeturnus, Nocturnus, and the popular split album from Dimmu Borgir and Old Man's Child. More...
Ohio's Narcissus have broken up after five years and several albums. Formed in 1998, the group has subsequently released material with Clenchedfist Records and Takehold Records before signing with Abacus Recordings in mid-2002 and releasing their "Crave and Collapse" full-length just two months ago. Here's a statement from the band: More...
This is the message found on Septic Flesh's official web site:
"It is my sad duty to inform you that Septic Flesh has officially split-up!! After serious thinking the band decided that due to various circumstances they could no longer operate as a collective unit. Therefore, a journey of 13 years came to an end… The band send their regards to all their fans and followers of the Dreamlord who remained loyal to the band all these years and sustained the nightmare of Septic Flesh alive… we will never forget you."
On behalf of George Zacharopoulos, Manager of Septic Flesh.
After a nine-month investigation, a Rhode Island grand jury Tuesday indicted the two owners of the Station nightclub and the manager of the band whose pyrotechnic display during a Feb. 20 performance here started a devastating fire that killed 100 people and injured hundreds more.
Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, brothers who had operated the club since 2000, and Dan Biechele, the tour manager for the band Great White, were each charged with 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter -- two counts for each person killed.
The indictments represent the first criminal charges stemming from one of the nation's worst nightclub fires. The Derderians' charges were in connection with their alleged installation of flammable material on the walls for use as sound insulation. Fire investigators have said the material allowed the blaze to spread quickly, engulfing the club in minutes. Biechele's charges resulted from his use of pyrotechnics without a license.
Rhode Island law allows defendants to be charged with two separate types of involuntary manslaughter, each of which is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
The band manager has said he set off the pyrotechnics with the club owners' permission, but the Derderians have said they never knew Great White planned the display as part of its concert.
Read the full article at WashingtonPost.com.
Former Emperor drumemr Bård "Faust" Eithun has officially parted ways with Dissection. According to an official press release, Eithun made the decision after a meeting with Dissection guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt in Stockholm, Sweden. Bård "explained that he has been tense about what impression the whole deal with Dissection would do to him in practice and that he has come to the conclusion that he can't stand behind and live up to the demands of Dissection's Satanic concept, with the inevitable result that he has to leave the band. A decision Faust and Jon made in mutual agreement after discussing the problem."
"There are only two alternatives for us: doing Dissection wholeheartedly and with complete devotion, or not at all," explained Jon.
Faust explained: "There came to a point where I felt I had to compromise my own philosophy of life and maybe even go against some of my personal views and ideas. Evidently, the concept and the ideology was more emphasized and underlined in the band than I was originally aware of. In my eyes, the Satanic concept got totalitarian and it shaped the rest of band. Eventually, it all reminds me more of a cult than a band with individual musicians. My intention with Dissection was primarily musical; I viewed it as an honor to perform the old classic tracks as well as the new ones Jon has made during the last years. For me, anything else comes secondly, and it would be wrong to put a lot of my time and energy into something I couldn`t fully represent. Not to mention, it would be a waste of the rest of the band`s time and energy as well.
It`s very unfortunate that it came to this ending and I wish Jon the best of luck finding musicians that can stand behind the band 100%.”. More...
Ozzy Osbourne has been seriously injured in an accident while riding an all-terrain vehicle on the grounds of his British estate, a publicist for the heavy metal legend said.
Cindy Guagenti said Osbourne underwent emergency surgery after breaking his collarbone, several ribs and a vertebra in his neck Monday.
On Tuesday, Osbourne was "stable and comfortable" at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, west of London, hospital medical director Dr. Dick Jack said.
"When he was admitted, he had a fractured left collarbone ... with some damage to the blood vessel that lies underneath it," Jack said in a statement.
"He had eight fractured ribs on the left, and in addition to that, he has a small ... entirely stable fracture of ... one of the vertebrae in his neck. This is not a major problem. The emergency anesthetic and surgical team repaired the blood vessel and re-established the blood supply to the left hand and arm. The left collarbone was then reconstructed and he was taken to the intensive care unit where he spent the night comfortably. He's resting.
"This morning he will be seen by the doctors who are taking care of him. They will reassess him and make decisions as to what his treatment should be next."
Guagenti earlier said the surgery was necessary to "lift the collarbone, which is believed to be resting on a major artery interrupting blood flow to his arm." Guagenti also said that doctors were attempting to stop "some bleeding into his lungs," but that the injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Read the full article at CNN.
There's been a lot of drama surrounding Stratovarius Vocalist Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael are out of STRATOVARIUS. The following message was posted on the band's website:
"After several emergency meetings, this move finds acceptance within the band. “Due to irrevocable and massive difficulties between the band leader Timo Tolkki and me, it has been agreed that this is the best thing to do to preserve at least some of the integrity the band used to have", says singer Kotipelto. "I will now fully concentrate on my solo album and I am convinced that this is the best way for me."More...
Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has left OZZY OSBOURNE's band, and has been replaced by Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, bassist of ROB ZOMBIE in years past. Here's the report according to MTV.com:
"The Osbournes have welcomed a new member into the family.
No, Jack, Kelly and Aimee don't have a new sibling, but the Ozzman does have a new guy in his closely knit band. Earlier this week, Sharon Osbourne put in the call to Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, best known for his years playing bass for ROB ZOMBIE, to tell him he's landed the gig vacated by former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted. More...
Evanescence have 5 Grammy Nominations this year. The band is up for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song "Bring Me To Life" and Best Hard Rock Performance "Bring Me to Life". In other award news, Evanescence will be performing at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday Dec. 10th. The band is nominated for the New Artist of the Year Award.
Rob Zombie was on hand to see Alice Cooper honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday (December 2) in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from CelebrityPhoto, StarFile, GlobePhotos, GettyImages, WireImage, Colourpress, DailyCeleb, LFI, and Yahoo.
U.S. shock rocker Marilyn Manson is the target of a criminal inquiry in Switzerland, after a religious group made a formal complaint about his stage act.
Zurich District Prosecutor Michael Scherrer told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the artist was under investigation for allegedly breaching Swiss law protecting religion as well as making incitements to violence during a concert in the city in February 2001.
Scherrer said he interviewed Manson ahead of another sellout concert Sunday at a Zurich stadium, part of the artist's ongoing European tour. Christian groups and lawmakers in Zurich had tried unsuccessfully to have the latest concert banned on grounds that Manson's views were offensive to a majority of the population.
The rocker rejected the accusations, Scherrer said. Manson cited artistic freedom and said his act was meant to provoke a debate about violence and religion, the official added.
Read the full article at Yahoo News.
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed in an interview that he was sexually abused as a child by two boys who regularly waited for him as he walked home from school in Birmingham. "Two boys used to wait for me to come home after school. Then they would fu** around with me," Ozzy told The Mirror. "They didn't fu** me but they messed around with me. They would force me to drop my pants and all that sh**. They felt me and touched me and... it was terrible. The first time it happened was in front of my sister and that affected me even more. It became a regular thing on the way home from school. It seemed to go on forever."
Read the full article at Mirror.co.uk.
Three years after going on hiatus, hard rock hell-raisers Mötley Crüe plan to reunite for a tour and possible album in 2004. And, for the first time in five years, all four original members will be on board for the ride.
"Three years ago, we decided to take time off to recharge," bassist Nikki Sixx said. "We put the movie deal in place and planned on a tour when all the original bandmembers were ready to work together again. Everything is pretty much right on time."
Sixx said the 2004 world tour will coincide with the release of the big-screen version of "The Dirt," based on the band's over-the-top 2001 autobiography of the same name. The tour will feature singer Vince Neil, Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars and drummer Tommy Lee.
The reunion is surprising given the notoriously bad blood between Lee and Neil — Sixx said the two still have not spoken to each other about the dates.
"We plan on recording new music as well," Sixx said. "I'd like to see us go heavier. When the four of us are together, something magical happens. That's something I've never felt before. All the drama and bullsh-- aside ... I love playing in Mötley Crüe."
Metallian.com is reporting that the members of the defunct punk/metal fusion band Excel are considering legal action against Metallica over the latter's song "Enter Sandman" (Windows Media, Real Audio), which they claim borrows heavily from the Excel track "Tapping Into The Emotional Void" (Windows Media, Real Audio).
"Tapping Into The Emotional Void" was originally included on Excel's "The Joke's On You" LP, which surfaced in 1989 — two years prior to the release of Metallica's self-titled CD.
"Enter Sandman" currently stands as the biggest hit of Metallica's career, having peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in August 1991. Metallica's self-titled "black album" has sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Rock stars are coming out in numbers to support a "real-life" School of Rock. Little Kids Rock, an innovative non-profit that teaches low-income kids how to play and compose their own, original rock songs announced today that it will be kicking off a unique recording project this Thursday, November 20 at the fabled Plant Recording studio in Sausalito, Ca. from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The CD project, entitled "Little Kids, Big Fans: Stars United For Music Education", will feature high profile artists doing cover versions of songs written by Little Kids Rock students.
To launch the project, Tom Johnson (Doobie Brothers), JASON NEWSTED (Metallica, Ozzy Osborne), blues guitarist Roy Rogers and singer Austin Willacy will join Little Kids Rock's student songwriters for a kick-off recording session this Thursday. Other musicians on board for the project include Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel) and Kerry Livgren (Kansas).
In the coming weeks, The Manhattan Center Studios in New York City will be the site of similar sessions featuring artists from the East coast. Both The Plant and The Manhattan Center Studios are donating their time and services to the project.
"Our program is restoring music education in our public schools," says David Wish, Little Kids Rock' Executive Director and Founder. "We do this by providing children with free instruments and dedicated teachers. We also teach our kids how to write their own music. This is resonating with professional musicians and other folks in the music industry." Last month Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits paid a visit to some Little Kids Rock classes in San Francisco last month. More...
Nirvana co-founder and bassist Krist Novoselic, who announced in August that he was fed up with the music industry, says he may run for Washington state lieutenant governor, according to the Associated Press.
Already active in Democratic party circles, Novoselic indicated he was wary about challenging two-term Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, also a Democrat and occasional rock musician, but does not want to remain on the sidelines in 2004 and has been talking to party leaders.
"I've been really contemplating how I want to get involved next year and make a contribution," Novoselic told The Seattle Times. "It's going to be a big year and I'm trying to find a way to fit into it." More...
CNET Networks, Inc announced that it has acquired certain assets of MP3.com, Inc. On Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 12:00 PM PST the MP3.com website will no longer be accessible in its current form. CNET Networks, Inc. plans to introduce a new MP3 music service in the near future. If you would like to receive email updates on this service, including an invitation to a special members-only preview, sign up here. MP3.com is not transferring personal information to CNET Networks, Inc. or any other third party.
This has a HUGE effect on the metal and underground communities, as MP3.com has been host to thousands of metal band's music samples for a long time. Hopefully what this means is that aspriring artists will still have a place to post their music for download, but we will keep you up to date on this situation as we find out more.
Former Limp Bizkit and current Eat the Day guitarist Wes Borland has posted the following message on Eat the Day's web site, explaining why he's put Eat The Day on hiatus: More...