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Steve MacDonald Reportedly Commits Suicide

Steve MacDonald, drummer for the long-running Canadian death metal act Gorguts, reportedly hung himself a couple of days ago after battling depression for the last few years. An official statement from the rest of the group is expected by the end of the week.

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Endthisday End It

Just two months after the release of their debut album "sleeping beneath the ashes of creation" Endthisday decided to go part ways. Here is the official statement from the band:

"It's sad to face, but we are breaking up. It was time for a couple members in Endthisday to move on and devote their attention more to other aspects of their lives, and we all respect their decision. We're pretty sad about it, but we know the time has come. Everyone is 100% on good terms with each other and will wholeheartedly support each others futures. Above all, we'd like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout our existence. We couldn't have done anything without your help. Lifeforce Records, all of the bands that we've played with, all of our friends, everyone that we've met as a result of this band, anyone who ever heard us and gave us the time of day... you mean the world to us. So, to all of those people, thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

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Gorgoroth's Ghaal In Trouble Again

Gorgoroth's vocalist, Ghaal, has been accused of another action of brutal torture-like violence very similar to the crime for which he is now spending time in jail. This go around, Ghaal has also been accused of performing satanic rituals on the victim.

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Voivod Drop Off Nile Tour

Voivod will NOT be touring North America during January/February as part of a five-band package also featuring Nile, Napalm Death, Strapping Young Lad and The Berzerker. Instead, the quartet are planning on embarking on a headlining tour of the U.S. and Europe shortly following the release of the group's next studio album, The Multiverse, tentatively due in early March through Chophouse Records. The Montreal-based band's non-participation in the Nile tour "was confirmed yesterday," a Chophouse spokesperson told Blabbermouth.net on Thursday. "They will not be doing the tour. They want to focus on the record. 100% official word."

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Queen Honored

Queen are to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The ceremony will happen on October 18, with both Brian May and Roger Taylor in attendance. The band become the 2,207th recipients of this award. And on November 6, the band will be paid a further tribute when ‘The Queen Symphony’ is performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Composed by Tolga Kashif, this is a six-movement piece that is inspired by Queen songs. This will be released by EMI on November 4.

Here is the full press release: More...

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Dying Fetus Drop off No Mercy X-Mass Festivals

Dying Fetus have withdrawn from the upcoming No Mercy X-Mass Festivals 2002 "due to problems beyond our control," according to the band's official web site. "We apologize for this but it was something out of our control. We will give you more details as we get them."

No Mercy X-Mass Festivals 2002 is set to include appearances by Six Fett Under, Marduk, Immolation, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, Impaled Nazarene, Macabre, and Ragnarok.

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Converge Cancel Tour Due to Injury

Converge has been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their European tour. Guitarist Kurt Ballou broke his left hand in an accident prior to a date in Italy earlier this week. In the interim, Ballou has actually been painfully playing full sets utilizing just two fingers. The group will now return home to the United States so that Ballou can receive proper medical attention. The following shows have been cancelled:

10.14 Belgium Messancy Pipeline
10.15 Netherlands Tilburg 0.13
10.16 Netherlands Amsterdam Winston
10.17 Germany Ibbenbüren Scheune
10.18 Germany Köln Büze Ehrenfeld
10.19 Germany Darmstadt Villa

Converge has also cancelled their performance at the Back To School Jam, which will be taking place later this month. The group will be heading to Japan this December though, playing a series of dates with Hatebreed, including an appearance at the BeastFeast Festival with Slayer and others

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Johan Rejoins The Crown

Vocalist Johan Lindstrand has officially rejoined Sweden's The Crown as the group's new permanent singer. Here is what the man himself had to say about it:

"Alright planet earth!!!! This is Johan Lindstrand speaking… I'm very proud to say that I'm back in The Crown. This time with full fuckin' force. My commitment and dedication is 110%, and I'm very excited about the future of the band. I have already rehearsed on a couple of new songs and they fuckin' blew me away. Really awesome. It feels great to scream with the band again, and I'm looking forward to see you on the road, so what I wanna say is: THE CROWN HAS RETURNED!!!!!"

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Dark Tranquillity Drop off Arch Enemy Tour

Sweden's Dark Tranquillity have reportedly dropped off the upcoming Arch Enemy North American tour. No official reason has yet been given for the group's cancellation, but a statement on the web site of the Jaxx club in Springfield, Virginia (where the tour is scheduled to make a stop on October 31st) indicates that "immigration trouble" is to blame for the band's decision to pull out of the trek, which is due to kick off later this month. Early reports suggest that God Forbid have been tapped to replace Dark Tranquillity on the bill, but this has yet to be confirmed. An official announcement on the matter is expected shortly. More...

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The Project Hate Part with Vocalist

Sweden's The Project Hate, featuring Jörgen Sandström of Entombed/Grave fame on lead vocals, have parted ways with singer Mia Ståhl due to a "lack of commitment," according to a posting on the band's official web site. "If you wanna play with us, you have to burn for what we do, Mia doesn't do that," continues the message. "There are no hard feelings between us and this is for the best as far as TPH goes. This also means that we are now looking into a suitable replacement. If you know anyone or if you think you can answer to the standards we have, don't hesitate to e-mail us or do it thru regular mail with a sample of something you have done in the past, or now. We'll carefully go thru all submissions to find what we are looking for. Your voice doesn't have to resemble Mia's, we want someone with a personal style, and more important, someone who's willing to sacrifice their soul to be a part of our domination."

For more information, visit The Project Hate's official web site at this location.

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Music Companies Pay $143mil For Price-fixing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The world's five largest music companies and the three largest music retailers will pay $143.1 million to settle a CD price fixing case launched by New York and Florida two years ago, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Monday.

In August 2000, most U.S. states joined in a lawsuit alleging that an industry practice called ``minimum advertised pricing'' (MAP) artificially inflated the price of CDs between 1995 and 2000, violating federal and state anti-trust laws. Under MAP, the labels subsidized advertising for retailers that agreed not to sell CDs below a certain price.

The five record labels -- Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group, Sony Corp.'s Sony Music, Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Group, Warner Music Group, a division of AOL Time Warner Inc. and EMI Group Plc -- and the three retailers, Musicland Stores Corp. , Trans World Entertainment Corp. and Tower Records, agreed to stop using MAP policies as part of the settlement.

The companies, which did not admit any wrongdoing, will pay $67.4 million in cash to compensate consumers who overpaid for CDs between 1995 and 2000. The companies also agreed to distribute $75.7 million worth of CDs to public entities and nonprofit organizations throughout the country.

While it's good to see the big labels pay up, this is merely a drop in the bucket and the consumer will never see a penny of it anyway.

Read the full article at SiliconValley.com.

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Kreator/Destruction Cancel Pittsburgh Date

The Kreator/Destruction gig in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, originally scheduled for October 14th, has been cancelled. A possibility exists that the two bands will perform a replacement gig for the cancelled Poughkeepsie, New York show on that date, but this has yet to be officially confirmed.

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Drowning Pool Frontmand Died of Natural Causes

It has now been confirmed that Drowning Pool frontman Dave Williams died from natural causes, and not from anything drug or alcohol related. The 30-year-old singer was found dead on the band's tour bus on August 14, in Virginia.

UPDATE: The cause of death was determined to be Cardiomyopathy, a disorder affecting the heart muscle resulting in inadequate heart pumping. The disorder can be caused by several factors, including viral infections, heart attacks, alcoholism, and severe hypertension, among others.

Read the full article at CDNOW.

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Ozzy Voted Greatest Hell Raiser

Ozzy Osbourne was named the greatest rock hell-raiser ever by nearly a third of those polled by Internet firm blueyonder.

Osbourne took 31% of the votes, while Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger managed 17%.

The late Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, came in third while Robbie Williams placed fourth.

Chad Raube of Telewest Broadband — whose high speed internet arm is blueyonder — said: "Despite what they may think, the stars of today really can't compete with our ageing rock legends."

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Judas Priest to take a Break

Judas Priest have announced that they will be taking a lengthy break following the completion of the group's recent world tour to rest before beginning work on the band's next album, which is not expected to surface before late 2004.

"I want to make at least two more albums with Judas Priest," guitarist Glenn Tipton recently told Metal Hammer magazine. "It is wonderful to have a part in creating the music of Judas Priest — I enjoy it and, as always, I would like to do at least one more tour. Also, I want to [pursue] a few solo [projects] — especially the album that I had recorded with [drummer] Cozy Powell, who tragically passed away four years ago. I would like to finish it and dedicate it to his memory, because he was a good friend of mine and he did a fantastic job [on the album], and I want people to hear it. I also have some solo projects that I will try to [pursue] if I get the chance, but Judas Priest are my first priority. I still want to produce other bands and I am interested in composing music for films."

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Generation Armageddon Fest Cancelled

The Generation Armageddon Festival - Part 1 European tour, which was set to feature Sweden's Impious, Norway's Blood Red Throne, Greece's Septic Flesh, Ireland's Primordial, Belgium's Ancient Rites, and Sweden's Dismember has been cancelled. No reason was given for the cancellation.

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Season of Fire Burns Out

Minnesota's Season Of Fire's has decided to break up after two years and one release on Goodfellow Records. Founded by ex-Harvest and ex-Krakatoa members, the group will be playing two final shows in early-October. Here is the official statement:

"After just a couple years as a band, Season of Fire has decided to call it quits. We based this on a lack motivation and enthusiasm. We have all learned very much from this band, and will look back on the things we have experienced with nothing but smiles. We would like to thank anyone who has ever set up a show for us, gone to one of our shows, bought any of our merch, or was just there to offer words of encouragement or advice. We appreciate all that Goodfellow Records has done and to all those who supported us in Canada. You were amazing. We will all be continuing other musical endeavors and hope that we'll see many of you again soon. We are ending it with two final shows taking place in MN on October 4th and 5th. Please check our web site in a few days for information on those shows as they are finalized. Thank you so much for everything."

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In Dying Days to Call it Quits

Montreal's In Dying Days will be officially breaking up later this year. Before that time though, the band has plans to release a five-song CDEP, with all new material, written this past year. The band will be entering the studio in late-October and the CDEP, entitled After the Fire, will be released on One Day Savior Recordings in late Fall/early Winter. They will also be playing a handful of shows, including an appearance at the upcoming One Day Savior Fest, in addition to a final mini-tour of Ontario and Quebec late this Fall. Here's an excerpt from the band's statement regarding their impending breakup: More...

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Candiria in Accident, Tour Cancelled

Members of Candiria were involved in a serious vehicle accident when their tour van was rear-ended in New York State near Buffalo. Consequently, their current tour with 40 Below Summer has been cancelled. Their van was reportedly hit by a truck, whose driver has admitted liability. John LaMacchia and Carley Coma were both reportedly flown by helicopter to a trauma center with injuries, now being described as "non-critical" (LaMacchia has a broken collarbone). The band was en route from a show in Albany to a show in Cleveland. We'll have more details as soon as we get them.

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Heartscarved Breaks Up

Winston-Salem, NC hardcore/metal band Heartscarved has decided to break up. The band had previously released an MCD on Tribunal Records last year, entitled "...And Tomorrow We Escape." Fans of the group will be glad to know that they will be releasing one last CD on Tribunal, which will include the last three songs they had written and recorded. Look for that one to hit stores on November 26th. The band will be playing their final show at the upcoming Tribunal showcase in early-October.

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