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Blabbermouth Bought by Roadrunner?

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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Chuck Schuldiner Dies of Brain Tumor

Empty Words sullenly reports that Chuck Schuldiner has lost his fight against pontine glioma, a rare form of brain tumor. Head over and sign the condolenses book. (Updated: book #2 is open, as the first is full at 2000 entries).

Today we have to give you the saddest news ever. Chuck lost the fight for his life on December 13 2001 at 4 PM EST. We are all in shock and despite any expectations we had, we can't believe that this is really happening.

A farewell word has been posted on the memorial page. Needless to say, we will continue with EmptyWords to honor Chuck's memory, and the memory of the wonderful music he shared with us all.

While I am not Death's biggest fan, I have enjoyed some of their music and respect their immense contribution to the genre, and this news saddens me deeply. It reminds all of us of our mortality and humbles us when one we hold so highly passes on. More...

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Soilent Green In Crash, Cancel Tour

Soilent Green were involved in an early morning van crash on December 4th causing numerous injuries and forcing the band to cancel its touring plans for the remainder of 2001. More...

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Billboard Music Awards

Godsmack were named Rock Artist of the Year on Tuesday at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Creed picked up two trophies, including one for Catalog Artist of the Year, while Incubus' "Drive" snagged Modern Rock Single of the Year honors. Linkin Park won in the Modern Rock Artist of the Year category.

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Rage Against the Machine keeps their name

The band, which now features ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell on vocals, has decided to continue using the Rage Against the Machine moniker. The group currently is working on its first release since the departure of singer Zack De La Rocha. The disc tentatively is due to drop Feb. 26.

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Gwar Lose One

GWAR have parted with Sylmentsra Hymen, who has been an integral part of the band since their inception, both as a vocalist and dancer. No word yet on what’s caused this split. However, she might still might make occasional live appearances with the band.

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Apartment 26 Lose Drummer

Apartment 26, the band featuring Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler’s son Biff, have parted with drummer Jeremy Colson. This comes as the band prepare to record their second album, ‘Detachment’, with co-producers Jason Slater and A Perfect Circle’s Troy Van Leeuwen. Expect the album to be released next year.

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From Nevermore to Annihilator

Guitarist Curran Murphy has officially left Nevermore to join Annihilator. The band's current line-up consists of Joe Comeau (vocals), Russ Bergquist (bass), Jeff Waters (guitar), Curran Murphy (guitar) and Randy Black (drums). According to www.bravewords.com, Annihilator's forthcoming album, Waking The Fury, is nearly complete, with the mixing/mastering due to be done around mid-December. The full track listing for the CD is as follows: More...

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Warner Drops Beautiful Creatures

Ozzfest 2001 act, Beautiful Creatures have been dropped by their record company Warner Bros. due to the disappointing sales of their recently released debut album.

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Morbid Angel Confirm Loss

MORBID ANGEL have finally officially confirmed the departure of bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker, who originally left the band in early April due to “personal and family problems” and was subsequently replaced by HATE ETERNAL bassist/vocalist Jared Anderson. According to a statement issued by the band, “[Steve] has decided to pursue other musical and personal interests and is indeed no longer a member of MORBID ANGEL. We wish him all the best and look forward to his future musical endeavours. Any fans wishing to contact Tucker can do so by e-mailing him at hewhosleeps@hotmail.com. Jared Anderson (HATE ETERNAL) will continue to provide bass and vocal duties for the band.”

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Yahoo Purchases Launch.com

I just received a notice that Launch.com (who provides the customizable online streaming radio service, which we use here) is now owned by Yahoo. The change in ownership is not supposed to affect the service. Likely, it will mean broader licensing of music, in Yahoo's stab at the growing online media market.

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Hammerfall In Swedish Hall of Fame

Hammerfall has made it into the Swedish Hall of Fame. They’ll receive a gold album in early November for their album, Renegade, as the disc exceeded 40,000 sold in their homeland. The band is currently composing new songs and no date has been set for recording or a release.

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Ozzy OK For Mayhem

After postponing 10 dates of his Merry Mayhem Tour after suffering a stress fracture in his leg, Ozzy Osbourne has received the go-ahead from his doctors to resume touring as planned on November 29. Ozzy may still have to wear a leg brace onstage, however. There's no word yet on when the postponed dates will be rescheduled.

Read the full article at SonicNet.

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Slipknot On Cancellations

SLIPKNOT have issued the following press release explaining the reasons behind the cancellation of their US tour with IN FLAMES and 40 BELOW SUMMER:

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Chuck Schuldiner Hospitalized

An update on Chuck Schuldiner has been issued by way of Jane Schuldiner, Chuck's mother:

Dear fans and friends, I want to tell you that Chuck has been very ill for three weeks in the hospital with pneumonia, but is now on the road to recovery and will hopefully be home soon. While it was unexpected, when a person is undergoing chemotherapy, a low immune system keeps that person vulnerable to other illnesses. That is why I have not answered Chuck's email for some time, I am there with him. I will keep Yvonne posted with how he is doing. Sincerely, Jane Schuldiner

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Ozzy/Zombie Call Off Several Shows

Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to postpone ten dates of the Merry Mayhem Tour, which features Rob Zombie, Mudvayne and SOiL, due to a stress fracture in his leg. Here is how the events that caused the injury unfolded, according to the official press release:

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Police / Fire Invited To Merry Mayhem

Clear Channel Entertainment commends the peacekeepers of our nation for their amazing work over the past two months. To show our deep-felt appreciation of the dedication, Clear Channel Entertainment, in conjunction with OZZY OSBOURNE, are extending a personal invitation to all police officers and firefighters to share in the common passion for music that resonates within us all.

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Mayorga Remains With Medication

I thought it was a little presumptuous to think Roy Mayorga had left Medication after he instisted that he had not. Although he’s officially back with Soulfly, apparently this is only temporary for the band’s third album, which is currently being produced by Max Cavalera. Mayorga, though, remains a full time member of Medication, reports TotalRock.

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Mayorga Rejoins Soulfly

TotalRock reports that it's been officially confirmed that drummer Roy Mayorga will be rejoining Soulfly. There have been reports of his return to Max Cavalera but Mayorga initially denied he was quitting current band Medication.

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Ringtones Under Fire

"Ring tones are the new Napster" is the title of an article on ZDNet UK about how the RIAA has set its sites on companies selling unlicensed ringtones. Because these companies do big business over in Europe and Asia, I entirely agree with the RIAA on their actions for once. I also noticed a larger percent of the free ringtone sites disappeared in favor or pay for ringtone sites.

If you know of a good FREE ringtone site, let me know, as I'm always looking for cool rings for my Ericsson. I obviously do not disagree with trading of these tunes, but it's wrong to make money by selling alternative versions of an artists' work without their permission and without compensating them.

Read the full article at ZDNet UK.

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