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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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Metalunderground's "Best Metal Album of The Year"

This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.

Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...

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Novembers Doom Part Ways With Bassist

Chicago doomsters Novembers Doom have parted ways with bass player Mike LeGros. Mike played bass with the band for the past two years, and contributed to the recording of the upcoming CD, "The Pale Haunt Departure". "It was brought to our attention that he was not comfortable in the band due to creative differences, and the dedication to his instrument we required suffered because of this," the group said in a statement. "Very simply, it was time for a change, on both sides. Mike is an amazing person, and we are forever grateful for everything he did for Novembers Doom during his time with us. We wish him nothing but the best with DISINTER, NACHTMYSTIUM, and any other project he aligns himself with!

"We are in the process of filling the vacant bass position, and this will not hinder us from touring, and promoting 'The Pale Haunt Departure' in 2005. Any interested parties should email: info@novembersdoom.com."

"The Pale Haunt Departure" was mixed by Swedish producer/musician Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Edge Of Sanity, Nightingale) and is being mastered by James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Testament). An early 2005 release through The End Records is expected.

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All Hell Breaks Loose Drummer Dies

Joe Lamadrid, the drummer for Florida's All Hell Breaks Loose, passed away last weekend. Without getting into rumors, etc., Lamadrid was reportedly found dead following the band's show in Tampa, FL on November 26th. Lamadrid was 18 and services were held yesterday. Consequently, All Hell Breaks Loose will be disbanding for good. Here is a statement from All Hell Breaks Loose regarding the matter:

"All Hell Breaks Loose has decided not to continue in light of what has happened. To put any and all rumors to bed, we dont know what happened and neither does his family. I have received numerous phone calls asking about rumors and to put all rumors to sleep, we do not know what happened. Joe meant more to us than any of you will ever know. He was an incredible musician and an amazing friend. He will forever be missed and will always be in our hearts and memories. We have decided to have one more show which will be a memorial tribute for Joe. All Hell Breaks Loose will play our final show ever with the help of our friend, Rene from Target Nevada. The show will be in Miami, FL sometime in the next few weeks. All the momey that is raised from the show as well as whatever merch we sell will be donated to Joe's family. Anyone who has questions or wants to help, email us at xbandslutx@yahoo.com. Lastly, to everyone across the country who has called us the last few days, sent their best wishes, and dropped us emails, we love you all. To everyone in South Florida, thank you. From the beginning, you always supported us. We can't thank you enough. Thank you and good night. R.I.P - Joseph William Lamadrid"

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Former Tiamat Keyboardist Killed In Car Accident

Former TIAMAT touring keyboardist P.A. Danielsson was killed in a car accident in Italy on Friday, November 26th. He was 35 years old. As well as touring with Tiamat, Danielsson also collaborated on early LION'S SHARE material such as 'Scarecrow' and 'Sins Of A Father', having played on the band's 1993 demos.

Both the Tiamat and Lion's Share camps have expressed the shock and sadness at this news.

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Metallica's Welcome Home (Sanitarium) A Rip Off?

Did Metallica inadvertently "borrow" a musical idea from another band for their 1986 dark "power ballad" "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"? Several Internet reports definitely seem to suggest so.

A song called "Rainbow Warrior" by the obscure NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band Bleak House (photo) appears to contain undeniable similarities to the Metallica classic. The Bleak House track was released as a seven-inch single in 1980 via Buzzard Records, and was followed up by another seven-inch single in 1982 and various compilation appearances before the band apparently called it a day.

A self-proclaimed NWOBHM fanatic, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spent much of his time in the early '80s tracking down obscure recordings from his favorite groups of the era. Ten years after the NWOBHM's glory days of 1982, Ulrich took time out to put together a multi-band compilation, "'79 Revisited: New Wave of British Heavy Metal", along with journalist Geoff Barton, whose work in the now-defunct weekly U.K. rock paper Sounds had kept Ulrich posted while he was in the States.

Bleak House - "Rainbow Warrior" (mp3)
Metallica - "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" (Windows Media)

For more information on Bleak House, click here.

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Snapcase Planning Final Show

Snapcase guitarist Frank Vicario recently posted a few messages on the group's website suggesting that the band will soon be calling it quits and are in the process of scheduling their final show, which will apparently take place in mid-January in Buffalo, NY. More specifically, here are some postings by Vicario:

"Snapcase isn't broken up... yet. We're in the process of organizing last show(s) for early next year. So for all intents and purposes we're pretty much done... [later] Unfortunately it's looking more and more like it will be one last show in our hometown and that's it. Look for an announcement soon and for those who are still interested in seeing Snapcase play one last time, keep your schedules open in mid-January. It's no mystery that the popularity of the band has been waning over the past few years and it's tough to keep flogging a dead horse when hearts are in other places, whether that be with family, jobs and/or other bands. We reached an impasse where our core fan-base had been dwindling due to disenfranchisement with our newer material and since we were a band who had been around for a while, many people had already pigeonholed what they perceived our sound to be and were reluctant to give us a chance. You know how it is? We sure do."

Meanwhile, it appears that Vicario will be playing full-time with his new band, Ourselves, which also features Snapcase members Ben Lythberg and Dustin Perry. Check out their Purevolume page here.

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Murder Weapon To Break Up

Murder Weapon have officially decided to disband. Since forming in 2002, the hardcore group has released material with Martyr Records. The band will play one final show at Alley Katz in Richmond, VA on December 26th. Here's a statement from the group:

"It's true. Murder Weapon has decided to call it quits. We’ve had a great time doing the band, but like they say, all good things must come to an end. There's no 'bad blood' (pardon the pun) between any of the band members. We all are still friends. All of us have a lot of responsibilities (work, school, etc.) outside of Murder Weapon which essentially led to the break up. We regret not touring as much and not getting a chance to record our new material, but that's how it goes."

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Forever Is Forgotten To Disband

Milwaukee's Forever Is Forgotten are reportedly calling it quits. Here's a statement from guitarist Jerry Hauppa:

"Forever is Forgotten finally decided to call it quits. with all the difficulties we've been through in the last year, its probably for the best we hang it up now. As for what's going on with us individually, Scott is playing drums in Bosio and has an upcoming tour planned for January, Jim and I have Concentric and other individual projects, and John is arranging a final Summary Execution show in Minneapolis at the end of the month. It was a really difficult desicion for all of us, but rest assured that musically you havent heard the last from any of us. We do plan to record the last songs we wrote as a band and play a final show in Milwaukee, so we'll be sure to keep you updated on that. Thanks for the support guys."

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Cold Fire Guitarist

Cold have fired guitarist Eddie Rendini, although as yet the band have given no reason for this decision. The former Darwin's Waiting Room man joined Cold earlier this year, replaced Terry Balsamo, who joined Evanescence. The band are currently working on their new album, 'And A Sad Song Lives On' with producer Michael Baskette.

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Notre Dame Splits

Drummer Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Memento MoriI, Dream Evil) has announced that Notre Dame's Halloween show in Gothenburg, Sweden on November 6, 2004 was the band's final gig. The show, which coincided with the group's six-year anniversary, was recorded and filmed, and parts of it will be included on the band's posthumous DVD and live CD release, "Creepshow Freakshow Peepshow".

Notre Dame's latest CD, "Demi Monde Bizarros", was released earlier in the year through Osmose Productions.

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Gorgoroth Causes Riots In El Salvador

Gorgoroth made the headlines in the major papers in Latin America after performing a show which created big riots in San Salvador. The audience got so extatic over the presence of the first black metal act visiting their country that the situation got totally out of control. The secutity and the police could not handle the people outside the venue so they had to call in the special forces "del cuerpo de Proteccion a Personalides Importantes" (PPI). When the PPI reached the venue the masses of people not getting a ticket for the already sold out show kicked in the entrancedoor and lots of fighting between the audience began. The audience started to kick in doors and toilets, several injuries occured and major damages to the venue. The PPI decided in the end to use gas on the audience to get the situation under control. When Gorgoroth entered the stage 30 security people had to be on stage preventing the audience to enter it. The fighting maintained through Gorgoroths performance and the PPI and the police had to hold the audience inside the venue with firearms to get the band in safety. Gorgoroth came from the incident without any injuries.

Pictures and links will come later (at gorgoroth.org)

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