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GORGOROTH's Controversial Gig In Poland Ranked As One Of Top 50 'Most Metal Moments'

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH's controversial gig in Krakow, Poland has been ranked as the 45th "most metal moment" on VH1. Follow this link to check it out at VH1's web site. GORGOROTH drew international attention in early February after they were accused of "offending religious feelings" dur...
June 5, 2004

GORGOROTH Launch Search For New Drummer

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH are currently looking for a drummer for their upcoming European tour, tentatively scheduled for this fall. "If you are interested you can send your demo tape, CD, video, CV, etc. to [guitarist] Infernus," the band write on their web site. "Contact him by e-mail (i...
May 28, 2004

Former ABIGOR Leader Says He Had Nothing To Do With NAPALM RECORDS Reissue

Former ABIGOR mainman Peter Kubik has posted the following message on the now-defunct band's official web site: "Referring to the email bombardments of scorn and judgement concerning ABIGOR's 'Orkblut/Nachthymnen' re-release I must sum up that I quit the deal with Napalm Records in spring 2003. I do...
May 27, 2004

LANA LANE: Live Album, DVD Due In July

Frontiers Records will be issuing LANA LANE's newest live release, "Return to Japan", a double CD release over two hours in length that chronicles the vocalist's last four Japanese tours from 1998 to 2002. Disc One contains full band performances from the concerts at Club Citta (2002) and Club Quatt...
May 21, 2004

GORGOROTH Singer Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison

GORGOROTH singer Gaahl was sentenced Tuesday (May 4) to 18 months in a Norwegian prison on charges that he beat a 41-year-old man in what the victim called a ritual attack. The 28-year-old black metal vocalist (view photo taken in court earlier today),who has several prior convictions including one...
May 4, 2004

GAAHL's Mother Defends GORGOROTH Singer Against Blood-Drinking Charges: 'My Son's A Vegetarian'

GORGOROTH singer Gaahl is facing 18 months in a Norwegian prison on charges that he beat a 41-year-old man in what the victim called a ritual attack. The 28-year-old had originally faced up to nine years for threats and violence, but the prosecution asked for a much shorter sentence at the close of...
April 28, 2004

IMAGIKA Finalize Title, Track Listing For New CD

San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA have set "Devils on Both Sides" as the title of their fourth full-length album, tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. "[Producer] Neil Kernon [NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE] has been working on the new CD tying up a...
April 14, 2004


SLAYER, SUM 41, CRADLE OF FILTH, MONSTER MAGNET, ILL NINO and GODSMACK have all been confirmed for the main stage of this year's mega metal Download Festival in Donington, England. Newly added to the Game On Stage are AKERCOCKE, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MILLION DEAD, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, H.I.M., DAMAGE...
March 18, 2004

RUSH: European Tour Dates Announced

RUSH have announced the details of their upcoming European tour — the band's first trip to the continent since 1992. RUSH "30th Anniversary Tour" European dates: Sep. 08 – London, UK - Wembley Arena Sep. 09 - London, UK - Wembley Arena Sep. 11 – Birmingham, UK - NEC Arena Sep. 12 – Manchester, UK .....
March 16, 2004

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: Lineup Changes Suck

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site (as part of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail"): "Comrades, the emails have been pouring in and I'd like to thank you all very much for your words of support. Seriously, thank you so much. I read...
March 10, 2004

DREAM THEATER: New Batch Of 'Official Bootlegs' Now Available

Ytsejam Records is now accepting pre-orders for the second installment of the DREAM THEATER "official bootlegs", which include: "When Day and Dream Unite Demos 1987-1989" (Demo Series),"Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95" (Live Series),and "Master of Puppets" (Covers Series). Pre-orders are expected to begin s...
March 8, 2004

LIVE AID Concert Featuring SABBATH, PRIEST, ZEPPELIN To Be Released On DVD

The historic Live Aid concert, featuring performances by BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, QUEEN, THE WHO and LED ZEPPELIN, will be released on DVD after chief organizer Bob Geldof discovered pirate copies were being sold on the Internet, according to the Scotsman. The 1985 event, which was held in Londo...
March 8, 2004

Former NIRVANA Bassist To Tie The Knot?

According to an article in the Tacoma News Tribune, former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic has applied for a marriage license through the Pierce County Auditor's office on Feb. 23. The female applicant is listed as 41-year-old artist Darbury Ayn Stenderu. The couple could not be reached for comment,...
March 8, 2004

Review: VELVET REVOLVER Meet The Challenge On Much-Anticipated 'Contraband'

Jon Wiederhorn of has posted a review of VELVET REVOLVER's much-anticipated debut album, "Contraband", due on May 18 through RCA Records. "In some ways 'Contraband' is the sum of its parts," he writes. "Slash fires off an arsenal of bluesy metal riffs and serpentine solos, [Duff] McKagan and...
March 1, 2004


METALLICA have made it to No. 5 on Rolling Stone magazine's "2004 Rock Rich List", with an estimated income last year of $39.1 million. "METALLICA rank with THE BEATLES in the top five catalog sellers of the year, with 1.6 million copies of their old albums moving in the U.S.," the magazine writes....
February 26, 2004