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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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Slayer Wins Lawsuit

A San Luis Obispo (California) Superior Court judge threw out on Monday a lawsuit accusing SLAYER, Columbia Records and other industry entities of marketing and distributing music that inspired three boys to murder 15-year-old Elyse Pahler in 1995. However, the precedent-setting case appears to be far from over, as the plaintiff's lawyer said he intends to file an appeal. According to an MTV News report, Judge E. Jeffrey Burke didn't consider SLAYER's music obscene, indecent or directly harmful to minors, so the marketing of such music to minors was therefore ruled to be legal.

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Powerman 5000 Lose Two

POWERMAN 5000 have parted ways with bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Al Pahanish, according to informed sources.

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Nightwish Bassist Departs

Nightwish bassist Sami Vänskä has been replaced by Marco Hietala (Tarot, Sinergy). Spinefarm's Ewo Rytkönen has also been brought on board as manager and the band is currently arranging and rehearsing the songs for their next album.

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Guidance Of Sin Split

The Swedish band GUIDANCE OF SIN have decided to split up. We have some other projects going on,but the only one worth mention right now are Linus Nirbrants & Tob Sillmans project THE DEAD. They have released a split-CD with BIRDFLESH on Nocturnal music. They have also been in the studio again and have just recorded a MCD (6 new brutal songs). For info about The DEAD send e-mails to: deadthe@hotmail.com or rich@nocturnalmusic.net

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MP3.com Splits

MP3.com is creating a new division, dubbed MP3 Technologies, which will provide the technology for MP3.com and other Web sites, including the forthcoming Pressplay online subscription service. The Mp3.com web site will still will still give customers a place to listen to music, however.

"We've always seen ourselves as really a technology company," Kostello said. "Now, as part of the larger Vivendi Universal family, we have new customers; so it makes sense to have a separate division."

Read the full article at c|net.

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Message From Chuck Schuldiner

Here is a message from Chuck Schuldiner, of Death and Control Denied:

I want to thank everybody for your much appreciated words of support from all over the world, it has been immensely welcomed. I also want you to know that I'm finally making good progress on the road to recovery. I was able to begin the new treatment of chemo that has really made the difference, and for that I thank Chuck Billy and his wife for their great generosity in sharing the benefits from the concert and the fans and friends who were there to make it all possible. I am looking forward to seeing you in the not too distant future. And remember, support music, not rumors!!!! Chuck

As always, our best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery go out to Chuck!

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Bloodwurm Vocalist Overdoses

According to Bravewords, Bloodwurm vocalist Vince died of a heroin overdose on October 14th.

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