Archive: Headline News
On the glam/lite metal side of things, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has confirmed that he’s teamed up with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, former Van Halen/Montrose frontman Sammy Hagar, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Dean Castronova in an as yet unnamed supergroup. They’ve already recorded two songs, ‘Vertigo and ‘Peeping Through A Hole, which they aim to get in a movie soundtrack. The music is supposedly a combination of Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and Tool.
The Dedication have decided to call it quits. After two years, a recent record on Deathwish Inc., a 7", and a demo, it appears that professional conflicts within the band have led to a split. The band's founding members, Mike and Shawn, will continue on in a new band called Ghosts, and vocalist Rich Perusi will now join his other band, Stop And Think, full-time.
Canadian metalcore outfit Maharahj are strongly rumored to have called it a day after two full-length records on New Jersey's Now Or Never Records
"Yes, it is true. After almost four years of playing together as Maharahj, we have decided to call it quits," drummer Dave Johnston said. "Everyone is still the closest of friends but we just thought that now would be a good time due to the way the band was progressing."
Apparently, Maharahj thought it best not to continue on when vocalist Garren Ustel left the band sometime after the release of their second full-length, Repetition
Read the full article at Digitalmetal.
Beautiful Creatures guitarist DJ Ashba has left the band for undisclosed reasons. However the band, recently dropped by their label Warner Bros., are determined to carry on, and will announce a new guitarist shortly.
After 12 years, the members of the Chicago industrial rock quartet, Stabbing Westward, are moving in different directions, the group announced on Saturday. The decision to disband was made a week prior to the announcement, but the band wanted the termination to marinate for a bit before going public, according to the group's manager.
The future plans aren't yet known, though it's likely that they'll stay in the musical realm, their manager said.
Read the full article at SonicNet.
Acclaimed metalcore act Botch have decided to call it a day after two unstoppable full-length albums and innumerable compilation appearances.
"I am deeply saddened to inform all concerned that Botch has decided to quit after nine years of playing together," drummer Tim Latona posted on Botch's official website. "The decision, while not completely mutual, is by far the best for all in the band. Personally, I just wanted to thank everyone who has ever put us up for the night, booked us a show, bought out record or put out one of our records. Most of all though, I want to thank everyone who has continued to support us. I hope that we have done something positive in hardcore, and hopefully have touched some of you on some level. I will continue to answer questions on the message board, and we will keep you posted on when the last show will be. Thanks again everyone."
Read the full article at Digitalmetal.
The metal world was shocked over the weekend as Exodus frontman Paul Baloff, 41, suffered a massive stroke and passed away shortly after. Exodus was major part of the 80s thrash metal explosion, encouraging the infamous "mosh pit mentality" with their anthem "The Toxic Waltz" and a string of classic albums.
Full Devil Jacket frontman Josh Brown has left the band, due to his ‘religious beliefs’. Brown is a devout Christian who apparently was only prepared to carry on with the band if they accepted his religious attitude. However, the band will continue albeit under a new name, and they’re already working with an as yet unnamed new singer.
Recognizing what Guitar World magazine editor Brad Tolinski calls 'a significant contribution to modern music', readers recently voted Kirk as the innaugural recipient of their special 'Hall Of Fame' award. Kirk is on the magazine's March cover (on newstands now) featuring in a full-scale, in-depth interview.
Biohazard were forced to cancel nine shows of their recent US tour, because guitarist Bill Graziadei suffered a leg injury.
Due to lack of ticket sales, the Amon Amarth / Diabolic Tour has been cancelled as of the show on 1/31/02.
Norway's Gorgoroth may experience setbacks in the recording of the follow-up to last year's Incipit Satan due to frontman Gaahl's recent imprisonment.
From what we've gathered about the incident, Gaahl was involved in a some level of fisticuffs and as a result will be in jail for an unspecified amount of time. Nuclear Blast reports, Gaahl's jail time is dependent on Norwegian courts, and if he's sentenced to a long period of time, Gorgoroth may in fact disband.
Read the full article at Digitalmetal.
Vocalist Brett Hoffmann has been fired as his working relationship with the band has deteriorated - the permanent replacement is Kyle Symons (Hate Plow) - when the revamped lineup enters the studio in May to record their eighth album, they plan on re-recording a few songs from the third album 'Stillborn' at Kyle's request.
Sweden's Marduk have been forced to cancel their North American tour with Amon Amarth and Diabolic—a trek that was originally due to start on January 11th in St. Paul, Minnesota—as a result of their inability to receive the proper paperwork from the American Embassy in order to enable them to enter the country.
Here is the band's statement: More...
Bassist Rayna Foss-Rose has left Coal Chamber to focus on motherhood and has been replaced by Nadja Puelen, who toured with the band during Foss-Rose's maternity leave. Foss-Rose gave birth to Kayla in October 1999 and has decided to devote more time to her family (husband, Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose, and their 2-year-old daughter). "This was a hard decision to make, but is one that Morgan and I feel is important to our lives and our family," Foss-Rose said in a statement. "We as a band support this decision," frontman Dez Fafara said. "Family comes first. We will miss her greatly." Puelen will make her official debut as Coal Chamber's new bassist on March 8th when the band is due to kick off its Jagermeister-sponsored tour with Drowning Pool and Ill Nino. Coal Chamber's third album, Dark Days, features Foss-Rose and is due to be released in April.
Ex-Iron Maiden drummer, Clive Burr's, suffers from multiple schlerosis and the band has recently rearranged their schdule to help him out and set up some fund-raising events. Clive was drumming for Iron Maiden for their first three albums as far back as 1979.
Here is the full press release: More...
Feeder drummer Jon Lee, 33, was found dead on Monday at his home in Florida. He is thought to have committed suicide. Lee is survived by his Brazilian wife Tatiana and son Cameron. The band issued the following statement:
"We will miss him more than melody. At this dreadfully difficult time, we would ask that Jon's family and friends are afforded the utmost privacy. We're utterly devastated."
Max Lilja has left Apocalyptica a short time ago and has been replaced by someone (who I do not remember) and who is not mentioned in the message I received...
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While not considered to be metal by many, Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory was the best-selling album of 2001, according to SoundScan -- which reports that 4.8 million copies of the CD flew off the shelves over the course of the year. I find it impressive that such a hard album could outsell all others in the first place! Other discs making the Top 10 list of best sellers include Staind's Break the Cycle (4.2 million) and Creed's Weathered (3.5 million).
Read the full article at Rollingstone.
In an interesting turn of events, Blabbermouth.net, a (if not THE) premier metal news site seems to have been bought by Roadrunner Records. Despite their claims of mission, integrity, credibility, etc. the reader must always beware when such a partnership exists between commercial companies and the media, as almost inevitably objectivity gives way to other interests. As blabbermouth updated daily with tons of news on so many kinds of metal, I sincerely hope this is not the beginning of the end for them. They are, of course, much more optimistic in outlook. I congratulate the site owners on their success thus far and for creating a site popular enough to draw the attention of a label such as Roadrunner Records.
(This story is left intact, with this link to an update/clarification)
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