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Amon Amarth/Diabolic Tour Cancelled

Due to lack of ticket sales, the Amon Amarth / Diabolic Tour has been cancelled as of the show on 1/31/02.

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Gorgoroth's Gaahl Faces Jail Time

Norway's Gorgoroth may experience setbacks in the recording of the follow-up to last year's Incipit Satan due to frontman Gaahl's recent imprisonment.

From what we've gathered about the incident, Gaahl was involved in a some level of fisticuffs and as a result will be in jail for an unspecified amount of time. Nuclear Blast reports, Gaahl's jail time is dependent on Norwegian courts, and if he's sentenced to a long period of time, Gorgoroth may in fact disband.

Read the full article at Digitalmetal.

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Malevolent Creation Fires Brett Hoffman

Vocalist Brett Hoffmann has been fired as his working relationship with the band has deteriorated - the permanent replacement is Kyle Symons (Hate Plow) - when the revamped lineup enters the studio in May to record their eighth album, they plan on re-recording a few songs from the third album 'Stillborn' at Kyle's request.

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Marduk Cancel North American Tour

Sweden's Marduk have been forced to cancel their North American tour with Amon Amarth and Diabolic—a trek that was originally due to start on January 11th in St. Paul, Minnesota—as a result of their inability to receive the proper paperwork from the American Embassy in order to enable them to enter the country.

Here is the band's statement: More...

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Rayna Departs Coal Chamber

Bassist Rayna Foss-Rose has left Coal Chamber to focus on motherhood and has been replaced by Nadja Puelen, who toured with the band during Foss-Rose's maternity leave. Foss-Rose gave birth to Kayla in October 1999 and has decided to devote more time to her family (husband, Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose, and their 2-year-old daughter). "This was a hard decision to make, but is one that Morgan and I feel is important to our lives and our family," Foss-Rose said in a statement. "We as a band support this decision," frontman Dez Fafara said. "Family comes first. We will miss her greatly." Puelen will make her official debut as Coal Chamber's new bassist on March 8th when the band is due to kick off its Jagermeister-sponsored tour with Drowning Pool and Ill Nino. Coal Chamber's third album, Dark Days, features Foss-Rose and is due to be released in April.

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Ex-Iron Maiden Drummer Has MS

Ex-Iron Maiden drummer, Clive Burr's, suffers from multiple schlerosis and the band has recently rearranged their schdule to help him out and set up some fund-raising events. Clive was drumming for Iron Maiden for their first three albums as far back as 1979.

Here is the full press release: More...

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Feed Drummer Found Dead

Feeder drummer Jon Lee, 33, was found dead on Monday at his home in Florida. He is thought to have committed suicide. Lee is survived by his Brazilian wife Tatiana and son Cameron. The band issued the following statement:

"We will miss him more than melody. At this dreadfully difficult time, we would ask that Jon's family and friends are afforded the utmost privacy. We're utterly devastated."

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Max Leaves Apocalyptica

Max Lilja has left Apocalyptica a short time ago and has been replaced by someone (who I do not remember) and who is not mentioned in the message I received...

Here is the message in full: More...

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Linkin Park Best Selling for 2001

While not considered to be metal by many, Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory was the best-selling album of 2001, according to SoundScan -- which reports that 4.8 million copies of the CD flew off the shelves over the course of the year. I find it impressive that such a hard album could outsell all others in the first place! Other discs making the Top 10 list of best sellers include Staind's Break the Cycle (4.2 million) and Creed's Weathered (3.5 million).

Read the full article at Rollingstone.

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Blabbermouth Bought by Roadrunner?

In an interesting turn of events, Blabbermouth.net, a (if not THE) premier metal news site seems to have been bought by Roadrunner Records. Despite their claims of mission, integrity, credibility, etc. the reader must always beware when such a partnership exists between commercial companies and the media, as almost inevitably objectivity gives way to other interests. As blabbermouth updated daily with tons of news on so many kinds of metal, I sincerely hope this is not the beginning of the end for them. They are, of course, much more optimistic in outlook. I congratulate the site owners on their success thus far and for creating a site popular enough to draw the attention of a label such as Roadrunner Records.

(This story is left intact, with this link to an update/clarification)

Here's the message on blabbermouth's site: More...

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Chuck Schuldiner Dies of Brain Tumor

Empty Words sullenly reports that Chuck Schuldiner has lost his fight against pontine glioma, a rare form of brain tumor. Head over and sign the condolenses book. (Updated: book #2 is open, as the first is full at 2000 entries).

Today we have to give you the saddest news ever. Chuck lost the fight for his life on December 13 2001 at 4 PM EST. We are all in shock and despite any expectations we had, we can't believe that this is really happening.

A farewell word has been posted on the memorial page. Needless to say, we will continue with EmptyWords to honor Chuck's memory, and the memory of the wonderful music he shared with us all.

While I am not Death's biggest fan, I have enjoyed some of their music and respect their immense contribution to the genre, and this news saddens me deeply. It reminds all of us of our mortality and humbles us when one we hold so highly passes on. More...

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Soilent Green In Crash, Cancel Tour

Soilent Green were involved in an early morning van crash on December 4th causing numerous injuries and forcing the band to cancel its touring plans for the remainder of 2001. More...

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Billboard Music Awards

Godsmack were named Rock Artist of the Year on Tuesday at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Creed picked up two trophies, including one for Catalog Artist of the Year, while Incubus' "Drive" snagged Modern Rock Single of the Year honors. Linkin Park won in the Modern Rock Artist of the Year category.

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Rage Against the Machine keeps their name

The band, which now features ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell on vocals, has decided to continue using the Rage Against the Machine moniker. The group currently is working on its first release since the departure of singer Zack De La Rocha. The disc tentatively is due to drop Feb. 26.

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Gwar Lose One

GWAR have parted with Sylmentsra Hymen, who has been an integral part of the band since their inception, both as a vocalist and dancer. No word yet on what’s caused this split. However, she might still might make occasional live appearances with the band.

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Apartment 26 Lose Drummer

Apartment 26, the band featuring Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler’s son Biff, have parted with drummer Jeremy Colson. This comes as the band prepare to record their second album, ‘Detachment’, with co-producers Jason Slater and A Perfect Circle’s Troy Van Leeuwen. Expect the album to be released next year.

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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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