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Merlin's drummer, Nick Byckoff, was killed in a car accident on July 13th. The band will soon issue a proper statement.
Merlin is currently recording its third album for Great White North entitled Brutal Constructor. The studio sessions should resume within the next few days/weeks. Nick's drums tracks were recorded a few weeks ago, showcasing his enormous talent.
The new album is expected to be released in the late fall.
We at metalunderground.com wish to express our sincere condolences to Nick's friends, family, and fans.
Contrary to the April 24th post by COAL CHAMBER's Meegs that read "Coal Chamber is still going strong" - the exact opposite has occured...COAL CHAMBER are no more.
Meegs recently spoke out on his new bands official site PINATA (pinatamusic.com): More...
After more than 12 years apart, Judas Peiest and original lead vocalist Rob Halford have reunited for a global live concert tour in 2004. The definitive Judas Priest lineup of Rob Halford, lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, lead guitarist K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis are back.
The original band members have been re-establishing their personal and professional relationships since 1999 along the way sparking hundreds of reunion rumors.
Several exciting projects, in addition to the 2004 world tour, are in the early planning stages. Next year's reunion tour will also celebrate the band's 30th anniversary.
Judas Priest and Ripper Owens, who replaced Halford, have parted amicably by mutual agreement. The band is very grateful for Ripper's work in helping them to continue to bring Judas Priest's music to their millions of fans and they expect big things for him in the future.
Lux Occulta, one of the most successful extreme metal acts ever to emerge from the Polish soil stated that they are stopping activities for good. Whether this means the end of the band or not, we cannot assure. All we know is that the band is stopping doing interviews, rehearsals and live shows for the moment.
On Friday June 28th 2003, members and crew of Incantation and Funerus were involved in a high speed motor vehicle accident on their way to the Bloodlust pre-show in Sydney, Australia. According to a report posted at their website (www.incantation.com), “everyone’s injuries were minor for the most part, considering the severity of the crash. Due to the accident, Incantation and Funerus were unable to play the pre-Bloodlust show in Sydney Australia, and things were not looking good for either band to play Saturdays Bloodlust festival III also in Sydney, due to Kyle’s (drummer) chest injuries. Last minute arrangements were made when Dave Haley, drummer for Psycroptic, offered his services to Incantation so they could still headline the festival and not let down any supporters that came to see them play.”
As previously reported, Incantation returns to North America with Disgorge and Funerus on July 30th for the ongoing Rotting With Your Christ world tour. The confirmed dates so far are: More...
Acclaimed power metallers ONWARD appear to have split up following a parting-of-the-ways with their label, Century Media Records.
Reactivated Swedish death metallers Dissection, now featuring guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt and ex-Emperor drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun, are looking for a rhythm/lead guitarist and bassist to complete the group's new lineup.
Jon has reportedly completed work on a pre-production recording of 11 new songs, and is expecting to enter Abyss Studios sometime next year to record the group's third full-length effort. A tentative late 2004 release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected.
The band's official web site, www.dissection.nu, has posted the following requirements for the new members: More...
Prior to releasing their highly anticipated third album, Reveille has decided not to continue making music as a band any longer. Here is the entire message from the band as posted on their website: More...
The word "headbanger" — defined as both a hard rock musician and a fan — is one of the latest additions to the Collegiate Dictionary from the folks at Merriam-Webster, according to CNN.com.
The 11th edition, available in bookstores Tuesday, includes 10,000 new words and more than 100,000 new meanings and revisions among its 225,000 definitions.
Each new word and usage — along with a snippet from the publication showing how it was used — goes into an electronic database as well as the Springfield-based industry leader's massive card files. The files, started by Webster himself, now contain more than 75 million words and their usage dating to 1790.
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate is the best-selling hard-cover dictionary on the market with more than 55 million copies sold since 1898, according to Arthur Bicknell, a spokesman for Merriam-Webster.
Read the full article at CNN.com.
Ron Lipnicki, drummer with US metallers Hades, has just undergone an operation to remove a cancerous growth form one of his kidneys and will now undergo chemotherapy.
Church and city government have forbidden the performance of Ancient Ceremony at Summerbreeze Open Air (one of Europe's biggest Metal festivals) because of the band's Satanic and blasphemous attitude. Promoters were pressured by being told the whole event was cancelled if the band was allowed to play so that the organizers had no other chance than taking them from the billing.
And you thought things like this only happened in the US...
Metallica's "St. Anger" has shifted 416,762 copies in the U.S. in its first, shortened week on the streets, landing the album on top of next week's The Billboard 200 chart, according to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS.
Metallica's last studio album, "Re-Load", sold 435,000 units during its first week, while 1996's "Load" opened at 680,000. 1991's self-titled "black album" debuted with 598,000 and has since gone on to sell more than 12 million copies in the U.S.
The Used’s frontman Bert McCracken has been hospitalised with an undisclosed illness. He collapsed after performing one song at a show in Cincinnnati recently, and was told to take a complete rest. But this doesn’t seem to have done the trick, and he’s now back in hospital in Salt Lake City.
David Rairan, founding member and guitarist of Colombian death metal band Purulent, passed away last week as a result of injuries incurred during a tour-bus crash. This happened shortly after the group's departure from this year's Fuck The Commerce festival in Neiden, Germany, where the band performed on Thursday (May 29). At the time of the accident, Purulent were about to kick off a European tour, organized by Czech Republic's Obscene Productions (www.obscene.cz).
Further information about the crash and contact details for the band will follow shortly. However, things are all a bit up in the air right now as the group and the promoters are clearly shaken by the events unfolding and somewhat stranded at the moment. For the record, other members of the Purulent and Obscene Productions entourage appear to be in good shape.
We wish to pass our condolences to all members, friends, and families of the Purulent crew.
Austrian black metal outfit Abigor have officially split up, according to mainman Peter Kubik. "There are different reasons for my decision, mainly because I am pissed by the entire Black-Metal genre," Kubik explained in a statement announcing the group's decision to disband. "I simply can't identify myself, nor Abigor with today's Black-Metal genre anymore — it simply limits my creativity in so many ways, and I guess too many people and fans won't be able to understand the new material, because it's by far too untypical, technical and complex. Too many are addicted to old values, and our previous releases, while I hate stagnation and I am not willed to compose a copy of any previous record just to satisfy the need of the people, and our distributions!
"Abigor was deeply rooted within Black-Metal, within its true values — not addicted to sale-rates, not addicted to the opinion & reviews of magazines, and fucking not addicted, nor interested in the views & opinions of x-hundred fans, that tried to tell us how we should create music that they like it. Abigor stud for individuality! We never set us any limits, it was the union of quite different and insane individuals that tried to realize their visions through music — self-realization — as I called it throughout the years — all on a very personal level. To sum it up, ABIGOR was the expression of extreme mental attitudes through extreme music, based on a satanic, blasphemic & misanthropic background. However, I won't discuss about decisions anymore, just accept it — Abigor is dead & gone! More...
Vocalist Matt Barlow has announced his departure from Iced Earth in order to pursue a career doing administrative work for the Department of Homeland Security.
The following is Barlow's official statement on the matter:
"In December of last year, prior to Iced Earth signing a new record deal, [Iced Earth mainman] Jon [Schaffer] and I had a sit-down concerning what I felt was best for my future and the future of Iced Earth. I told him that my heart was no longer into performing music and I intended to stand down from my position in the band in pursuit of what I felt would be a more satisfying career and consequently a more fulfilled life. Jon was very adamant that I should not leave the band, and asked me not to do something that I might live to regret. I was compelled to stay with it, but as it turns out my course had remained altered.
"For you to understand my position on this matter, I feel I must explain myself. As for many people, in and outside of the United States, the events of September 11, 2001 had a profound impact. For me personally, it shined a new light on life. It forced me to realize how precious and how short life is. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of something that has affected so many throughout the world, but I believe that what I am striving for will also reflect positively on those I come in contact with.
"I am presently going to school in order to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. When I have received my degree, I intend to follow with a career in law enforcement administration.
"I realize that it may be difficult for some of you to understand the decision that has been made, but please believe that it has been made to preserve the integrity of Iced Earth. I know that there will be people who bad-mouth the band and me for this and that there will never be a good enough explanation. For those people, I feel pity that they must live through others and I hope that someday they will find themselves in another place. I have been on a great ride with all of you and I have not a single regret. There are great things to come from Iced Earth and we will all be there to witness them.
I wish Jon and the guys well and I thank you in advance for your support and understanding.
Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer followed up Matt's statement with this posting to the band's official web site: More...
The St. Anger video that was filmed at San Quentin State Prison was unleashed to the world on Tuesday May 27th. Metallica and directors the Malloy Brothers spent 18 hours at the 'BIG HOUSE' last month to film the title track. The video was shot with the band performing at various locations throughout the compound. From outside, during the prisoners lunch break, to inside the cell block.
If you don't have MTV/2, you can check out the video here on Metallica.com.
Let me take a moment and give a little editorial/impression as well. In the long time since Metallica has released an original album, they have done things that have brought them under intense scrutiny both as a band and individually. While I'm one to have admittedly become disgruntled with Metallica musically (if not with the lawsuits and ego-biz), I am happy that they have returned to heavy form with St. Anger. It is not Master of Puppets form, and not the "old" Metallica. But St. Anger comes off heavy with some good riffs, double-bass drums and yes, speed, all the while mixing in some new-style melodic elements and alternative elements. I am slightly optimistic about this new Metallica. Go check out that video.
After Phil's comments, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul has cast more doubt on the future of the band. "There is no future for Pantera right now,” he told Revolver recently. There is no commitment from Philip or Rex to Pantera and our great fans."
Vinnie Paul and his guitarist brother Dimebag Darrell are currently working on their Newfound Power side-project in Dallas (with former Halford guitarist pat Lachman on vocals), and plan to play some shows this summer.
Vocalist Phil Anselmo says that he is done with Pantera and he intends to focus all his time and energy on Superjoint Ritual. "There was a lot of business with Warner Bros. and this and that Down and Pantera and this and that, and etc. etc." Anselmo was quoted as saying by MetalIndex.com. "Whatever. Pretty much what I'm doing here is I'm sticking with Superjoint, and I'm not doing fuckin' anything else. This is where I'm most comfortable and this it the type of music that I wanna do, you know?"
Anselmo says that he is proud of what Pantera achieved and is also proud that they pulled the plug rather than faded away. "If you think about it, Pantera never went away until we personally said, 'Fuck it'."
Asked if he sees patching up differences and rejoining Down or Pantera, Anselmo said, "Never say never... [but] not right now." More...
Ozzy Osbourne has left Epic Records, ending an association of 23 years. So far, there’s no sign of the Prince Of Darkness getting a new deal.