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DREAMS OF DAMNATION Add New Vocalist

Los Angeles thrash metal act DREAMS OF DAMNATION, featuring former DARK ANGEL/current HIRAX axeman Jim Durkin, have added a new lead vocalist: Loana dP Valencia. Comented Durkin: "What can I say? We've been friends for a few years and I never even knew she sang. After hearing her at an impromptu jam session with us, ...

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COSMOSQUAD To Issue

Progressive metal/fusion triumvirate COSMOSQUAD, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (MOGG/WAY, EDWIN DARE), bassist Barry Sparks (DOKKEN, ULI JON ROTH), and drummer Shane Gaalaas (GLENN HUGHES, ULI JON ROTH), have inked a deal with Dutch-based Mascot Records for the release of their sophomore album, Squadrophenia, due out in March. Recorded at Jeff Kollman's Crumb Studios in Granada ...

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VOIVOD Jam Out On The PISTOLS At Debut Reunion Gig!

Three members of the current incarnation of VOIVODvocalist Snake (aka Denis Belanger), guitarist Piggy (aka Denis D'Amour) and drummer Away (aka Michel Langevin)will perform a 30-minute set of SEX PISTOLS songs at Montreal's Foufounes Electrique on December 30th as part of a bill that will feature 10 local acts playing covers. VOIVOD will reportedly be ...

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DRAGONLORD Postpone SF Date, DiGiorgio Explains His Absence From Touring Line-Up!

DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco Bay Area black metal project led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, have postponed their scheduled January 5th appearance at San Francisco's Covered Wagon Saloon to an as-yet-undisclosed later date. Meanwhile, TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who performed on DRAGONLORD's debut CD Rapture and who appeared live with the group at the benefit ...

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Former IRON MAIDEN Vocalist Enters Tenth Dimension!

Britain's BLAZE, led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE vocalist Blaze Bayley, will release its sophomore album, entitled Tenth Dimension, in the UK on February 4th. Tenth Dimension will receive a continental European release on January 21st through SPV/Steamhammer Records. A two-CD digipack version of the album, featuring the album, a 28-page booklet and a bonus CD ...

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Introduction to Mayhem - PRIMER 55

Hailing from Memphis, PRIMER 55 is one of Island/Def Jam's first forays into the rap/metal genre, and to these ears, it is a rather unspectacular one. Boasting a sound that can best be described as a heavier, more aggressive early LIMP BIZKIT, PRIMER 55 are by-the-numbers rapcore that invariably revolves around quieter, "rappy" verses and ...

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Archive News Dec 03, 2001

APOLLYON SUN, featuring former CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer, are currently composing and demoing new material for the group's upcoming sophomore full-length album at the band's own rehearsal studio facility (where the act have just upgraded the computer-based recording system) and at Oakland Recording, the group's long-time home when recording in ...

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Archive News Nov 26, 2001

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will be joining former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno on stage as a very special guest at the latter's headlining appearance at the Manifesto Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11th. Kisser will reportedly perform with Di'Anno at the first show of the singer's three-night stint ...

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Archive News Nov 12, 2001

NEVERMORE have dismissed as “totally false” the statement issued by the group's record company, Century Media Records, on Thursday, October 8th that indicated that the band had withdrawn from the five-date east coast/midwest tour with OVERKILL (which was scheduled to run from November 25th through December 2nd) in order to begin work ...

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Archive News Nov 09, 2001

Former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske will make a guest appearance on several tracks on the upcoming album from ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, it was announced yesterday. Although recent reports indicated that SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen would be absent from the project's recording line-up following Grapow and ...

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Archive News Nov 08, 2001

RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher has posted the following update on the band's activities at the group's official web site at www.ravenlunatics.com: “Hi!! It's been a while. Sorry to have been out of it for a while, but a lot has been happening behind the scenes... [Guitarist] Mark [Gallagher] &amp I were over ...

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Archive News Nov 06, 2001

Acclaimed rap/metal act STUCK MOJO will reunite for a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta—the first time the much-missed outfit will perform together on stage in a year and four months. According to guitarist Rich Ward, “I have spoken to [STUCK MOJO/420 MONKS frontman] Bonz and we have agreed to do ...

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Archive News Nov 02, 2001

As exclusively reported here on October 5th, and subsequently denied (falsely) by none other than Mayorga himself (see news for October 9th, 2001), SOULFLY have enlisted former skinsman Roy Mayorga to replace the recently-departed Joe Nunez. The newly revamped group are currently at Phoenix, Arizona's (Brill Street) Chaton Studios recording their third ...

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Archive News Oct 31, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider One confirmed, in an online posting at the group's official web site at www.powerman5000.com, that the group have parted ways with bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Al Pahanish, a move that was first reported here on Monday, October 29th. Here is the vocalist's statement in its entirety:

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Archive News Oct 25, 2001

Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM have finally broken their silence regarding the recent reports of vocalist Maniac's departure and rumors of a possible split. According to the band's official web site, “MAYHEM is NOT breaking up, nor is Maniac leaving.” Commented guitarist Blasphemer (aka Rune Erickson): 'Maniac felt tired and fed up ...

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Archive News Oct 24, 2001

Due to a technical problem at the server side (completely out of our control), we were unable to post any updates to these pages during the last two days. Although the problem appears to have been resolved, there is no guarantee that this sort of thing will not happen again in the ...

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Archive News Oct 18, 2001

The official web site of the heavy metal band ANTHRAX at www.anthrax.com has reportedly received 8 million hits in the last two weeks, with 325,000 unique visitors connecting to the site in the wake of the recent anthrax bacteria terrorist scare that has sent fear and panic through the streets of America. ...

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Archive News Oct 17, 2001

KUSH, the long-running project of FEAR FACTORY bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter and CYPRESS HILL frontman B-Real, will be appearing at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California on October 27th.


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Archive News Oct 05, 2001

SOULFLY have replaced drummer Joe Nunez with returning skinsman Roy Mayorga, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. As first reported here three days ago, Nunez left, or was fired from (depending on whom you talk to), SOULFLY after insisting on re-negotiating his financial arrangement with the group, which is said to have barely allowed him the ...

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Archive News Oct 02, 2001

Drummer Joe Nunez is strongly rumored to have left SOULFLY after a disagreement with band manager Gloria Cavalera over the financial terms of his most recent arrangement with the group. According to a source close to Nunez, the skinsman had signed a contract with SOULFLY that had barely enabled him to survive during the ...

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Archive News Sep 26, 2001

Rumors of an imminent reunion of the most celebrated line-up of Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS were given new life recently when former vocalist Messiah Marcolin took the stage with a CANDLEMASS cover band in Gothenburg, Sweden to perform five songs with the group while dressed in full monk regalia that had been become the singer's ...

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Archive News Sep 17, 2001 - update 1

SLAYER will reportedly carry on with their planned appearance at the revised dates on the upcoming European Tattoo The Planet tour, following PANTERA and STATIC-X's decision to pull out of the trek. According to reports, SLAYER will head to Europe early next week to belatedly kick off the tour on Tuesday, September 18th in ...

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Archive News Sep 03, 2001

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett got up on stage to jam with METALLICA cover band CREEPING DEATH at Metallibash 2001, a METALLICA fan gathering which was held at San Francisco's Maritime Hall on Saturday, September 1st. According to reports, Ulrich and Hammett appeared at the event about 1 ½ hours into ...

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Archive News Aug 31, 2001

The reunited EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, FORBIDDEN and SADUS are tentatively set to join forces in a combined touring package that is due to go out under the moniker Bay Area Invasion, and which is presently being put together by Walter Morgan's Deadly Embrace Productions (the people behind this month's Thrash Of The Titans benefit ...

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Archive News Aug 30, 2001

According to early reports from national retail accounts, SLIPKNOT's Iowa opus will have shifted between 350,000 and 400,000 copies during its first week of release, virtually ensuring it the #1 slot on the Billboard Pop Album chart when the final numbers are released in the middle of next week. Meanwhile, Iowa's closest competitor, MARY ...

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Archive News Aug 29, 2001

The full track listing for ROB ZOMBIE's upcoming The Sinister Urge CD has been announced. The song titles are as follows:

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01. Sinners Inc.

02. Demon Speeding

03. Dead Girl Superstar (feat. Kerry King)

04. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)

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Archive News Aug 27, 2001 - update 1

Based on recent “off the record” statements made by drummer Michel Langevin (aka Away), the current incarnation of VOIVOD—which includes Langevin, guitarist Denis D'Amour (aka Piggy), and returning frontman Denis Belanger (aka Snake)—will take up to a year composing material for the group's upcoming studio album and will likely complete most of the initial ...

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Archive News Aug 20, 2001

Sweden's high-tech thrashers MESHUGGAH have been confirmed as the support band for TOOL's upcoming headlining US tour, beginning with the September 6th show in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here are the announced dates for the trek:

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Sept. 06 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

Sept. 07 - Madison, ...

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Archive News Aug 17, 2001

Former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that he is currently working on a brand new project called E-FORCE (as first reported here on August 7th), in which he is accompanied by guitarist Bryan Donahue (formerly of HOMICIDE) and guitarist/drum programmer Dan Lauzon (formerly of ENTROPY). According to Forrest, the band has ...

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