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Onward Split After Leaving Century Media

Acclaimed power metallers ONWARD appear to have split up following a parting-of-the-ways with their label, Century Media Records.

The following is the official statement on the matter from ONWARD guitarist Toby Knapp (as posted on the group's official web site: More...

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Dissection Seeking New Members

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...

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Reveille Call It Quits

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...

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'Headbanger' Added To Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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.

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Hades Drummer Has Operation

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.

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Ancient Ceremony Forced Out of Summer Breeze

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...

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Metallica's St. Anger Debuts At #1

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.

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The Used Frontman Hospitalized

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.

Updated: Bert has been diagnosed with 'acute pancreatitis'

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Purulent Guitarist Dies in Tour bus Crash

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.

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Abigor Call it a Day

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...

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Matt Barlow Leaves Iced Earth

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.
"Best wishes,

Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer followed up Matt's statement with this posting to the band's official web site: More...

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Metallica's St. Anger Video Released

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.

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Vinnie - "No future for Pantera right now"

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.

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Anselmo Done with Pantera?

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...

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Ozzy Leaves Epic Records

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.

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Metal Gods Tour Cancelled

Halford's manager, John Baxter, has announced cancellation of the Metal Gods Tour:
"I'm sorry to have to report the following, but the tour has to be brought to an end; after this weekend's New York performances because of contractual difficulties.

I learned on Tuesday, that inappropriate activity had been carried out days prior to the Chicago show, without my knowledge and approval. The unapproved activity has financially affected the tour. To be clear, the malpractice was not carried out by any of the participating bands, their labels and management.

For legal reasons nothing further can be said for the moment. A formal press statement will be prepared after we obtain additional instruction from counsel.

We know ultimately this affects each of you, so I will look at re-booking some / all of the dates. The dates however, will not include The Metal Gods lineup.

Please try and provide me w. your patience while I review and determine how best to move forward.

Thank you.
John Baxter"

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Cannibal Corpse Hit One Million

Legendary death metalheads Cannibal Corpse have reached the one million mark in catalog sales. The band's extensive discography includes: '90's Eaten Back to Life, '91's Butchered At Birth, '92's Tomb of the Mutilated, '94's Bleeding, '96's Vile, ''98's Gallery Of Suicide, '99's Bloodthirst, 2000's Live Cannibalism and '02's Gore Obsessed. More...

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Morpheus, Grokster Ruled Legal

On Friday U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled that file-sharing programs Morpheus and Grokster are legal, even though they are often used to copy songs and movies illegally. Unlike Napster, which was ruled illegal, Morpheus and Grokster are not liable for user violations because the software/networks do not monitor or control what people do with them. This is considered by many a major setback for the entertainment industry which claims to have lost millions in the last couple years because of the file-sharing practice. The decision applied the same principle that the 1984 Sony Betamax ruling did, that video cassette recorders were legal even though people could use them to violate copyright law.

That's an interesting interpretation of the law, and I think a fair one as well. But we all know the reocding industry has the money for many, many more appeals...

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Twisted Sister Officially Reunite

Finally, the one wish of the die-hard fans of Twisted Sister has come true. The New York-based, multimillion-selling heavy metal band Twisted Sister is officially reuniting after more than 16 years apart.

The classic lineup of lead vocalist Dee Snider, co-lead guitarist/vocalist Jay Jay French, co-lead guitarist/vocalist Eddie Ojeda, bass guitarist/vocalist Mark "The Animal" Mendoza and drummer/vocalist A.J. Pero is ready to explode with a reunion tour. The band will hold a news conference to talk about the reunion on Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, located at Pier 86 at 12th Avenue and 46th Street in New York City.

Twisted Sister's current tour plans include USO shows in South Korea in May and select headlining dates in the United States and Europe this summer. A DVD from the summer shows, along with behind-the-scenes and heritage footage, is being planned for a fall release. Several record labels have approached Twisted Sister about making a studio album, but right now there are no plans to release a new one. More...

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Lamb Of God Frontman Breaks Collarbone

Randy Blythe, frontman with Lamb Of God, broke his collarbone when he dived offstage during a show in Brooklyn. However, he is to carry on performing with the band on their ongoing US tour.

These guys are crazy, but it's good to see them continue on their tour and not lose momentum over the incident. If you haven't had the chance to see Lamb of God, go see them.

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