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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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Poison The Well Lose Bassist

Poison The Well has parted ways with their bassist Iano. The split was on friendly terms.

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Slash NOT in Supergroup

Despite an official announcement by others confirming his presence in a new supergroup, Slash has now issued a statement denying that he’s involved with Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Deen Castronova. The as yet unnamed band have been working on two songs - one of which might make an appearance on the soundtrack from the 'Spiderman' movie - but NOT with the former GNR star.

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Hagar, Slash in Supergroup

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.

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No More Dedication

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.

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Maharahj Bows Out

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.

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Beautiful Creatures Guitarist Leaves

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.

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Stabbing Westward Split Up

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.

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Botch Calls it Quits

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.

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Exodus' Paul Baloff Dies of Stroke

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.

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Not Full Devil Jacket

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.

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Kirk Hammett Wins Guitar World Award

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.

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Biohazard Injury Causes Cancellations

Biohazard were forced to cancel nine shows of their recent US tour, because guitarist Bill Graziadei suffered a leg injury.

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Amon Amarth/Diabolic Tour Cancelled

Due to lack of ticket sales, the Amon Amarth / Diabolic Tour has been cancelled as of the show on 1/31/02.

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Gorgoroth's Gaahl Faces Jail Time

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.

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Malevolent Creation Fires Brett Hoffman

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.

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