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Static-X Guitarist Busted On Sex Assault

Ken Serrano and Chris Jordan of New Jersey's Asbury Park Press have issued the following report:

He told the 14-year-old Sayreville girl he was "T-Rex" and he liked to impersonate the guitarist for the heavy metal band they both liked, STATIC-X, authorities said.

But the 39-year-old man accused of meeting the girl through the Internet, driving from Pennsylvania and sexually assaulting her in an Old Bridge shopping center in January was no impersonator, police said.

Tod Rex Salvador, who goes by the stage name Tripp Eisen, a guitarist for STATIC-X, was apprehended Thursday in Orange County, Calif. by two detectives from New Jersey, authorities said.

Salvador, of Burbank, Calif., was charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, luring to entice a minor through the Internet and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 30 years in prison on the kidnapping charge alone. More...

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The Esoteric Lose Everything In Fire

Lawrence, KS band The Esoteric have lost all of their equipment, merchandise, cash and recording gear to an early morning fire at their studio and practice space. Here's a statement from the group:

"This morning around 3 AM, The Esoteric's home, studio and practice space went up in flames and burned to the ground, leaving three members of the band homeless without food or clothes and destroying all of the band's equipment, merchandise, cash box and recording gear. Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire. So far the cause of the blaze is unknown although Lawrence Fire Department Investigators suspect faulty electrical wiring. As of now, The Esoteric plan on continuing with all tour plans for March, April and May."

If you would like to donate money to the band, they are accepting donations via PayPal at info@the-esoteric.com.

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Korn Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch Leaves

Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, a founding member of Korn, has left the band and has rededicated his life to Christianity, according to the group's management.

"Korn has parted ways with guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch, who has chosen Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end," a statement from the band reads. "Korn respects Brian's wishes, and hopes he finds the happiness he's searching for."

The announcement puts to rest weeks of rumors that Welch was unhappy with Korn's direction. On February 8, he had apparently written a "letter of resignation" to the band's management. In the note, Welch detailed a long list of reasons for leaving the band, including increased moral objections to Korn's music and videos. In particular, he was upset by how he was portrayed in the clip for their cover of Cameo's "Word Up," off their recently released Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 album. In the video, Welch's face was superimposed on a dog patrolling a strip club.

"I can go up there and play those songs and those solos but ... I distanced myself from Korn for probably a year and a half, two years. I just wanted to fade away, it was crazy. I was so gone," Welch told Bakersfield, California, radio station KRAB on Sunday. "But I found my way out and I want to help anyone that wants to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had to go through the lows to appreciate the highs and it's not perfect but it's damn near."

Welch plans on further explaining his decision to leave Korn this coming Sunday, when he'll address the congregation at the Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, California. And on February 28 he plans to leave for Israel.

The rest of the band are in the studio finishing the album which is due out in September.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Nasum Frontman Confirmed Dead

The tragic demise of Nasum frontman, Mieszko Talarczyk, has been confirmed. Talarcyzk's body has been identified and will shortly be transferred to his native country of Sweden. Talarczyk had been missing since being caught in the tsunami that struck Asia in late-December (just days after his 30th birthday). Here's what the band had to say about this development:

"His closest family and friends are in our thoughts right now. Mieszko will be missed by many. Thanks a lot for your support and your thoughts. Now a new time begins, a time we must spend alone. Please respect this wish."

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Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden to Headline Ozzfest '05

Blabbermouth is reporting that "informed sources" (read: still unconfirmed) tell them that BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN will headline the 10th anniversary edition of Ozzfest. In addition, ANTHRAX's "Among the Living" lineup — featuring vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarist Dan Spitz and bassist Frank Bello — is said to have secured a slot on the main stage at the festival, which is expected to kick off in mid-July.

According to unconfirmed reports, the Ozzfest 2005 shows will start later than the previous 9:00 a.m. kick-off time and will include more non-rotating slots on the second stage.

Prior to headlining the 2005 edition of Ozzfest, BLACK SABBATH will embark on a short European tour, which will include an appearance at the U.K.'s Download festival (where they will headline the "Ozzfest" day on June 11).

No further mention was made of Megadeth who are also highly rumored to play the main stage this year.

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Void Of Silence Break Up After 11 Years

The following message has been posted on the official Void of Silence website:

After 11 years since we started this adventure, after 6 years since the band started its official activities and after three album released together as Void of Silence, we decided to put an end to this band.

We took this decision with sadness and bitterness, also we must admit we yet reached our initial goal.

We would like to thank our worlwide fans, those who always trusted us and those who supported us along the way.

A special thank you to Fabban and Alan Nemtheanga, who gave us the possibility to release such incredible albums and to the whole code666 staff, always supportive towards our music.

A great hail also to our old friends Andrea Toro, Alessandro Bianchi, Riccardo Tran and Fabio Restano, who were beside us in the beginning.

We are not leaving the musical scene, just we will wear different dresses and walk different ways, together as usual. Maybe one day things will run in a different way, who knows...

Bye and thanx to all.

- Riccardo Conforti and Ivan Zara.

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Warrior Soul Drummer Murdered

According to BBC News, two men and a woman from Essex have been charged with the murder of former Warrior Soul drummer Mark Evans, whose burnt body was found in a wheelie bin in an east London car park last week. Evans, 48, from Dagenham, was strangled and transported in a wheelie bin to Electric Parade, Ilford. Anthony Aldis, 38, of Goodmayes, Steven Fullerton, 28, of Gants Hill, and Leanne Terry, 26, of Seven Kings, have all been charged with his murder. All three were scheduled to appear at Waltham Forest magistrates court on Saturday (January 29). They also face charges of perverting the course of justice. A member of the public discovered the burning body on Wednesday morning (26th) after finding his garden fence on fire. Anyone wishing to send a card for Mark's family in London can do so at this address (cards will be forwarded to the family):

Johnny Ricco
Attn: Mark Evans
P.O Box 129
Radio City Station
New York, NY
10101-0129, USA

Evans appeared on the following Warrior Soul albums: "Drugs, God & The New Republic" (1991), "Salutations From The Ghetto Nation" (1992) and "Chill Pill" (1993).

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Bloodstained Dusk Frontman Dies In Car Crash

On the night of January 24, Anthony Patrick Panter (a.k.a. Daggeth), vocalist/guitarist of the Huntsville, AL-based black metal band BLOODSTAINED DUSK, was killed in a terrible car crash on his way home. He was 24 years of age.

BLOODSTAINED DUSK released two CDs on Baphomet Records: a reissue of their self-financed demo, "Thy Legions Reign Over Christendom", and the cult classic, "Dirge Of Death's Silence". They also released a number of self-financed cassette demos and appeared on numerous compilation albums. In 2003, they toured the U.S. as direct support for death metal legends MONSTROSITY. Their most recent release was 2004's "Continuance of Evil" on Black Flame Records.

A memorial for Panter was attended by his bandmates, family, friends, fans and members of acts such as FLESHTIZED, SPINECAST, CONVERGENCE FROM WITHIN, TEMPLE OF BLOOD and more.

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Founding Member Dino Cazares Quits Brujeria

Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares has quit BRUJERIA, the extreme metal project he co-founded 16 years ago.

According to Dino, he made the decision to leave the group in order to spend more time working on a new band he recently formed with ex-DIMMU BORGIR/CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker. "Sometimes you have too many projects and one always suffers," Dino explained.

Although BRUJERIA's most recent touring lineup included Barker and bassist Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH), neither musician will continue to perform with the group, according to Cazares. It is not presently clear if singer John Lepe (a.k.a. Juan Brujo) — the band's sole remaining member — will attempt to carry on with BRUJERIA using replacement musicians.

Formed in 1989, BRUJERIA released four full-length albums through the Roadrunner label and boasted a revolving lineup of high-profile musicians, including former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould and FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera.

Despite his split with BRUJERIA, Cazares will continue his involvement with ASESINO, the BRUJERIA off-shoot project that also features in its ranks STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos on bass/vocals and SADISTIC INTENT drummer Emilio Marquez.

Dino's as-yet-unnamed collaboration with Barker recently recorded a two-song instrumental demo with producer James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) and is currently seeking a bassist and singer.

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Pentagram Singer ODs, Shows Cancelled

US doom metalers Pentagram have cancelled their UK gigs, due to happen in March. Apparently mainman Bobby Liebling shot up [on heroin] before the Washington, DC show and had to be revived from an overdose just to get him to the stage. The paramedics had taken him to the hospital, and nobody seemed to know how he was doing. Fortunately, he has survived, but the future of the band now hangs in the balance. One of the dates in Britain was supposed to be at The Peel in KIngston on March 26. The date, an all-day event, will now be headlined by Orange Goblin. Also on the bill are Pig Iron, End Of Level Boss, Centurions Ghost, The River and Sada.

You can read a review of the Washington, DC show at Hellride Music.

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Mork Gryning Split Up

Swedish Black metallers MÖRK GRYNING have officially split up. The following has been posted by one of the band's founding members- Jonas Berndt (a.k.a. Goth Gorgon):

"Mörk Gryning is no more. Yesterday I called everyone in the band and told them I'm leaving. I know many people will be dissapointed because of this decision I've made, but I'm afraid it was something I had to do."

Black or death metal simply doesn't attract me in the way it used to do. I've always loved what we have done but I have lost the spark you so dearly need when you're in a band like this.

Thanks to all old and new fans who has supported us during the years.
We have decided to publish the material we have been working on the
latest months, and you can download the songs below."

Hope you enjoy it. Cheers// Mörk gryning.

Songs for download:

1. The Aurora
2. All Discarded
3. Disguise My Parting
4. Pure

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Stratovarius Reunites

The following message has been posted on Stratovarius' official website:

After all the turmoil of 2004, we are happy to announce that Stratovarius has reunited with the classic line-up: Timo Tolkki, Timo Kotipelto, Jörg Michael, Jari Kainulainen and Jens Johansson.

Since his breakdown in April, we have patiently been waiting for Timo Tolkki's health to improve. It has been, and since about 6 weeks he has been strong enough to go back to work.

Also during the past months, after much talk, soul-searching and reflection most of the damage within the band has been repaired. The rest of us now understand Timo's condition, and have slowly come to terms with it. There has been forgiveness, and everyone has a good relationship again.

Many of the immense problems we were facing have now found concrete solutions.

Lastly, we can announce that work is already in progress on completely new material.

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Morgion Split Up

Californian death-doomsters MORGION have officially split up, according to a statement released by the group's record label, Dark Symphonies. The message reads as follows:

"After a five-year hiatus, a successful tour of Europe in 2003 with the Doomination Tour, and their most successful and critically acclaimed release with 'Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth' (Dark Symphonies), the band have mutually agreed to call it a day. The band members are currently working on separate musical projects, and these will hopefully surface in the near future. It was a pleasure working with the band, and all of us at Dark Symphonies wish Dwayne, Gary, Justin, and Rhett nothing but the very best!"

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Death Threat Breaking Up

Connecticut hardcore band Death Threat is reportedly calling it quits, after roughly eight years together. An official announcement hasn't yet been made, but the group will reportedly play their final show on January 29th at the Knights Of Columbus in Wallingford, CT, alongside Madball, 100 Demons, Death Before Dishonor, and others.

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Nasum Vocalist Missing In Thailand

NASUM singer/guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk is among the 800 Swedes still missing in Thailand following the massive undersea earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale and resulting tsunamis along South Asia's coasts. The latest estimates are that over 23,000 have perished in the region.

The remaining members of NASUM have posted the following message on their web site:

"It's very hard for us to make this announcement, but since rumours are already out on the Internet we must make an official statement: Mieszko Talarczyk is missing in Thailand.

Mieszko and his girlfriend went to Thailand to spend the holidays. They left a few days before Christmas and were scheduled to return right after New Year's Eve.

They were staying in a bungalow at Phi Phi Island and when the big wave came and swept the bungalow away the two were separated. Mieszko's girlfriend is being reported hospitalized 'badly injured' but she has been in contact with among others Mieszko's sister who has been posting an 'I'm looking for...' at the Phuket Disaster Forum.

This is everything we know right now. Since we are all shocked by this surreal situation we strongly advise fans of NASUM to respect the anxiety we and the Talarczyk and Thorén families feel at this time, and NOT post questions by email or in the guestbook at Nasum.com. We will post all sorts of news on the website, but again, please respect our wish in this uneasy time.

Sincerely, Anders, Jon and Urban of NASUM."


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Satyricon Members Arrested, Tour Scrapped

Guitarists for Norwegian black metal band Satyricon have been arrested in Toronto, Canada for allegedly drugging and raping a woman following a show at Fun Haus in Toronto earlier this week. The Toronto woman claims that she was with Satyricon's A.O. Gronbech and Steinar Gundersen (also of Spiral Architect) in their tourbus, but eventually woke up somewhere else and had been sexually assaulted. The guitarists are currently being detained and DNA samples have been taken. The Norwegian embassy was told of the arrest and has been working with Canadian officials on behalf of those charged. If convicted, the two could each face up to ten years in prison. Needless to say, the group's remaining tour dates with 3 Inches Of Blood were subsequently cancelled. If you're fluent in Norwegian, you can view more details here.

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Powerhouse Bassist Passes Away

Powerhouse bassist and West Coast hardcore stalwart Ernesto "Ernie" Cortez passed away earlier this week following a battle with cancer. For additional information, etc., go here. Funeral services will begin at 1 PM on Tuesday, December 21st at the Sunset View Cemetary in El Cerrito. The funeral will be open to the public.

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Withering Surface Quits

Since the foundation of the band in 1994, Withering Surface committed them selves to melodic death metal. Seen by many as the Danish pioneers of the genre, they gained a large following from the early stage.

Lots of great experiences and events have taken place for the band. Most memorable are the concerts at the Roskilde Festival in 1999 and at Wacken Open Air in 2002, the tour with Dimmu Borgir and Old Man's Child in 1997 and the tour with Opeth and Arch Enemy in 2002. Plus of course the joy of having created, recorded and released the four albums, "Scarlet
Silhouettes" (1997), "The Nude Ballet (1998), "Walking On Phantom Ice" (2001) and "Force The Pace" (2004).

However, in December 2004 the five current members, Nikolaj Borg (drums), Jacob Krogholt (guitar), KB Larsen (bass), Allan Tvedebrink (guitars) and Michael H. Andersen (vocals) jointly decided to split up the band.

The most obvious reasons for the split are lack of inspiration and different opinions on the mission for the band.

The band would like to thank all the people who supported the band during the last decade and hope their music will live on forever. All (ex-) members of Withering Surface will continue with other musical projects.

The band will play a farewell concert in Copenhagen in the beginning of 2005.

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Mr. Bungle Is Officially Done

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, vocalist Mike Patton confirmed the demise of Mr. Bungle, who haven't released an album in five years. Here's what Patton had to say:

"I'm at a point now where I crave healthy musical environments, where there is a genuine exchange of ideas without repressed envy or resentment, and where people in the band want to be there regardless of what public accolades may come their way. Unfortunately, Mr. Bungle was not one of those places... We could have probably squeezed out a couple more records but the collective personality of this group became so dysfunctional. This band was poisoned by one person's petty jealousy and insecurity, and it led us to a slow, unnatural death. And I'm at peace with that, because I know I tried all I could."

Patton will continue with his myriad projects, including Peeping Tom, Fantomas, and Tomahawk, in addition to running his record label, Ipecac Recordings.

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Dimebag Darrell Dies In Gunshooting

A gunman opened fire Wednesday night during a heavy metal concert in Columbus, killing four people -- including at least one member of the band -- and critically wounding at least two others before a police officer shot and killed him, according to Columbus police.

The attacker leapt onstage as the group, Damageplan, performed, and began "targeting members in the band," Sgt. Brent Mull said.

Two others were injured in the incident, although the nature of their injuries was not clear. More...

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