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Iced Earth Confirms Ripper Owens As New Singer

Iced Earth confirms what has been rumored for weeks. Ex-Judas Priest vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens is now their new lead vocalist. He has been recording a new album with the band called Glorious Burden due out on SPV in the Fall. If you'll remember, Matt Barlow announced he was leaving Iced Earth In May/June. Here's the official post by guitarist Jon Schaffer:

"Hey People,
Well the album is done, and it's not just done, it rules!! I have never been more pleased in all my years of recording.

It came out the way it was supposed to be! And now for the big news, it's Tim Owens on vocals and he did an amazing job! I know there were a lot of people hoping that this would be the case, and it is. I've asked Neil to put a sample of three of the songs for you guys to check out. SPV agreed to letting me do this as long as I did not put the whole song up. I hope you enjoy them, I know I do. I'll be in touch soon with more news and details of the release dates for the single which will be called 'The Reckoning' and the full length CD The Glorious Burden. I can honestly tell you I've never felt better and am truly looking to the future with more optimism than ever before.

Until next time,

People can hear the new sound clips here (Real Audio format, unfortunately).

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Hate Eternal Bassist Goes Into Rehab

Jared Anderson, bassist and backing volcals for Hate Eternal has issued the following statement:

Due to a continuous ongoing drug problem for the last couple of years, I've committed myself to rehabilitation. I will be leaving HATE ETERNAL due to the time and dedication it's taking to get myself back on the right track. It's a very unfortunate situation, which must be dealt with, and out of total respect for my bandmates, it's the right thing to do for I cannot be responsible for holding the band back. HATE ETERNAL has been one of the greatest things in my life for 5 years and now it must end due to my personal issues. I want to apologize to all the fans and my bandmates as well. But I can simply say that I will get well and I will be back somewhere in this scene. I wish the band all the luck in the world and thank you for the great 5 years. Blessed be and may the hatred be eternal!"

The rest of the band issued a separate statement offering their support to Anderson.

"Jared, being our bandmate as well as one of our best friends, we wish him the best with his recovery and his health and he will always be a part of what HATE ETERNAL was and is, we will miss him!

"Randy Piro (who has been filling in for Jared for the last 5 months) will be taking over on bass/backing vocals.

"HATE ETERNAL will be touring as main support for ARCH ENEMY from August 25th until September 9th, at which point touring with HATEBREED commences on September 12th through October 9th. After that, we look forward to hitting the road with DEICIDE starting on October 31st and will run through until November 27th. All tours are in North America."

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Iron Maiden Drummer Arrested

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain was arrested on an assault charge after allegedly hitting a car park attendant with his car just prior to the band’s appearance in the area. Apparently, the drummer got angry with the unnamed attendant refused to allow him to park in the VIP area, because he didn’t have the right credentials; McBrain is said to have deliberately driven his car at the 30-year-old worker. He now faces a court appearance on September 16.

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Iron Butterfly Guitarist Erik Braunn Dies At 52

Erik Braunn, the lead guitarist on IRON BUTTERFLY's classic heavy metal anthem of 1968 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", died of cardiac arrest Friday in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 52.

Braunn, considered a violin prodigy, began his musical career at age 4. He was born in Pekin, Ill., but raised in Los Angeles. He was 16 when he joined IRON BUTTERFLY and spent 1967-69 on tour with the band. The teenager said he had not been prepared for the frenetic pace of working 365 days a year in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl.

Braunn and colleagues Doug Ingle, Ron Bushy and Lee Dorman, left their mark on musical history with the 17-minute "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (later covered by SLAYER on the "Less Than Zero" soundtrack). The album went platinum and stayed on the national sales chart 2½ years, and a three-minute version also became a Top 40 radio hit.

Braunn occasionally reunited with his BUTTERFLY partners for performances, and worked as a songwriter, musician and producer until his death. During one such reunion in 1988, he spoke to The Times about his whirlwind superstardom experience 20 years earlier, saying: "My first vacation I bought a car — a Jaguar — and parked it outside the hospital where I spent two weeks for ulcers and gastroenteritis."

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Ozzy's Manager, Bobby Thomson, Passes Away

Ozzy Osbourne's longtime tour manager Bobby Thomson (50) ,who had worked for Osbourne since 1983, died in his sleep on Thursday night at the Townshend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan, after an 18 month battle with throat cancer. Thomson, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and a resident of Los Angeles, was discovered in his hotel room on Thursday morning.

In a statement Thursday, Osbourne said, "We are devastated by the loss of our dear friend Bobby. He has been a part of our family for 23 years and loved very much. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Our sincerest sympathies go out to the Thomson family."

Read the full article at Launch.com.

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Savatage To Perform For First Time In 8 Years

For the first time in eight years, bassist Johnny Lee Middleton and drummer Steve "Doc" Wacholz will join vocalist Jon Oliva and guitarist Chris Caffery on stage for the Criss Oliva 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert to remember and celebrate the life and contributions of Jon's brother, late SAVATAGE guitarist Christopher Michael Oliva.

The concert will take place on Friday, October 17, 2003 at the Green Parrot Pub in Largo, Florida and pre-show tickets for the event will go on sale Friday, August 1, 2003 through www.crissoliva.com. Proceeds will be donated in Criss' memory to the CADD/Alcohol Free Kids Organization. Special-edition, limited merchandise will be available at the show and will include an AVATAR DVD with a 25-minute-long memorial of Criss.

As most SAVATAGE fans know, in the early morning hours of October 17, 1993 Criss Oliva and his wife Dawn were en route to the Livestock Festival in Zephyrhills, Florida when tragedy struck. They were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Criss was killed and his wife Dawn suffered severe injuries.

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Immortal Finished For Good

Norwegian black metallers Immortal have reaffirmed their decision to break up, despite a statement from the band's record company yesterday indicating that the group were merely taking a long break.

The following is the latest update from the Nuclear Blast Records web site:

"Well, sad news… Although stated differently earlier as it seemed as if the band only wanted to take a long break, here's the 100% official news, directly from the band and management:

" 'After 13 years and 7 albums we have decided to stop working with Immortal due to personal reasons. A great thanks to all our fans worldwide who helped us making Immortal superb through all this time. Abbath, Demonaz, Horgh' "

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Windir Singer Breaks Jaw

Windir, who will be one of the bands headlining this years Milwuakee metalfest, will be one short, as their vocalist broke his jaw only 1 week before the show. Someone else in the band(not sure yet) will be replacing him doing vocals.

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Immortal Discover Mortality, Break Up

After 13 years, the Norweigan black metal band Immortal have broken up. Here's the official statement:

"After 13 years and 7 albums we have decided to stop working with Immortal due to personal reasons. A great thanks to all our fans worldwide who helped us making Immortal superb through all this time.

Abbath, Demonaz, Horgh."

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Pressure 4-5 Break Under Pressure

Ozzfest 2001 alumni PRESSURE 4-5 have decided to call it quits. Guitarist Mark Berry has posted on the recently confirmed rumors on the band's official message board: "I know there have been a lot of rumors flying around this message board for the last few months. Unfortunately about 90% of them are true, and Pressure4-5 is no more. After our last show here in SB, Adam decided to call it quits to pursue other goals, and the rest of us have decided to do the same. I personally want everyone to know how much I appreciate all the support over the last five years. Thanks for coming out and rocking at our shows, for helping us spread the word about P:4-5 (especially the street team members) and thanks to my bros who built and helped run the web site. All of your help and support will never be forgotten. Sorry about all of the silence but it was out of our control. There were some things to take care of before we could make the final announcement. We're also sorry about all of the second hand info you've been getting from the Message board. We agreed that everyone 'deserved to know' what was going on, and no one was being 'kept in the dark' on purpose, because like I said, it was out of our hands. I'm going to be on AIM from time to time (BandP45) if any of you want to keep in touch. Also, feel free to email us anytime (Pressure45band@hotmail.com). I don't think the message board will be taken down anytime soon, if at all, so I encourage everyone to drop by every once in awhile and say what up. I know I'll keep checking in. Again thanks for everything." The band had initially planned to record & release a brand new album through Dreamworks sometime this year, but with the recent departures of their vocalist, bassist, and drummer, this was not possible.

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Producer John Purdell Loses Battle With Cancer

Producer John Purdell passed away from cancer late last week. His death was unexpected, for he was on tour with the Lou Gramm band until being hospitalized in Quebec two weeks ago. His works inlcude albums from the likes of Poison, Foreigner, Dream Theater, Ozzy Osbourne, Heart, Brett Walker, Cincerella, Kix, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, LA Guns, Tangier, Bonham and Britny Fox. He also played on tracks from Night Ranger, Stryper, Quiet Riot, Love/Hate, Junkyard and Poison.

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Merlin Drummer Killed In Car Accident

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.

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Coal Chamber Splits Up

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...

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Rob Halford, Judas Priest Reunion

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.

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Lux Occulta To Disband?

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.

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Incantation Involved in Crash

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...

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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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