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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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
Mega selling US band Evanescence have become embroiled in controversy because of their former Christian roots. The band were apparently known for openly being a Christian rock act prior to the release of current album ‘Fallen’. But now they seem keen to distance themselves from their past. As a result, their label Wind-Up, intend to pull all copies of the album from Christian-related shops.
Rock musician Tommy Lee was not to blame for the drowning of a 4-year-old boy during a children's birthday party at his home, a jury concluded.
The panel of nine women and three men deliberated less than three hours Thursday before unanimously rejecting the wrongful death lawsuit brought by actress Ursula Karven and TV producer James Veres.
The couple's son, Daniel Karven-Veres, drowned on June 16, 2001, during a birthday party for Lee's son Brandon.
"Although I am relieved that the court has found me not negligent, there are no winners in this sad situation," Lee said in a statement.
Daniel's parents left court without commenting. More...
Quinn Allman, guitarist with The Used, was arrested after a show in Jacksonville, Florida. He was charged with ‘opposing’ a police officer and spent 24 hours in jail, before being fined $153. Allman claims that he was trying to prevent a fan from being arrested while asking for his autograph.
Glassjaw have once again been forced to cancel the rest of their British tour. This is because once again frontman Daryl Palumbo has been hospitalised with Crohn's Disease.
Fate’s Warning have just been confirmed as the opening act on the Queensryche/Dream Theater Summer American tour, but they’ll be doing it without drummer Mark Zonder. He’s taking a break from the band for ‘personal reasons’. A replacement has yet to be announced.
Finland’s H.I.M can now legally release records in America under their name. The band were being prevented from doing this by a Chicago group, who insisted they had a prior claim to that monicker. The Finns, in fact, were prepared to issue their records Stateside using the name HER.
Portugal’s Moonspell have parted with bassist Sergio Crestana. This comes at a bad time, as the band are currently recording their new album. However, they’ve brought in Amorphis’ Niclas Etelavuori to help their out in the studio. The as yet untitled album is being produced by Hilli Hillesma in Finland.
Voivod are to replace TRUSTCompany on the second stage for this year’s US Ozzfest tour. This means that bassist Jason Newsted will be doing double duty, as he’s also a member of Ozzy’s band.
Somnium, guitarist with both Finntroll and Impaled Nazarene, has died after an accident that seems to have been alcohol related. Somnium, whose real name was Teemu Raimoranta, was 25 years old.
Diecast vocalist Colin Schleifer will be parting ways with the band due to outside interests unrelated to the music business - Colin will perform with Diecast at the March 28th CBGB show and New England Metal & Hardcore Fest.