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ANTHRAX's BENANTE On ARTISTDIRECT: WE Don't Want Any Problems

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante has officially confirmed the termination of the group's contract negotiations with ArtistDirect Records (as exclusively reported here yesterday). "ArtistDirect has problems, [and] we don't want to be associated with any problems," Benante explained in an e-mail to a fan. "We're going elsewhere. Can't say where just yet." ANTHRAX's new ...

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ANTHRAX: ARTISTDIRECT Deal A No-Go

Contrary to previously published reports, ANTHRAX have NOT signed a North American record deal with ArtistDirect Records and are no longer involved in contract negotiations with the label, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. It is not presently clear how this latest development will affect the projected release date for the group's new album, ...

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MCBRAIN, ELLEFSON Deny Having Joined New Band Of Ex-ANTHRAX Guitarist

Despite previous reports to the contrary, IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain and former MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson have no intentions of becoming full-time members of the new band formed by ex-ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz. The following is the official statement released by Sanctuary Artists Management on behalf of McBrain and Ellefson: "Sadly for all you ...

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INFERNAL COMBUSTION Announces Partnership With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Infernal Combustion, the satirical heavy metal webzine often called "The Onion of metal," announced last week that it has partnered with leading hard rock label Roadrunner Records. Under the new deal, Roadrunner will design and host the site, which has been relaunched in a weekly format, while founder Keith Bergman maintains total editorial control. "The ...

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Former ANTHRAX Guitarist To Perform Live On TNT

Former ANTHRAX guitarist Paul Crook will be performing live with MEAT LOAF on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest in Atlanta at Philips Arena. The event will be broadcast live on TNT at 8:00 p.m., with MEAT LOAF scheduled to take the stage at approximately 9:30 p.m. ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH DVD Single To Surface In March

CRADLE OF FILTH's upcoming DVD single, "Babalon AD (So Glad For The Madness)" , will include the "Babalon AD…" video, a "Serpent Tongue" two-minute snippet with animation by the band, a photo gallery (10 shots), a merchandise details screen, and a band biography. It is due on March 3 through Sony Music. CRADLE OF FILTH's ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH: New Song Posted Online

A brand new CRADLE OF FILTH track, entitled "Presents From The Poison-Hearted", has been made available for download at this location. "Presents From The Poison-Hearted" comes off the group's much-anticipated "Damnation And A Day" CD, due on March 10 via Sony Music. "Damnation And A Day", which was recorded in part at Parkgate ...

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ANTHRAX To Include Bonus CD With 'We've Come For You All'

The following is a re-posting of the latest installment of ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante's regular online update, as it appears on the group's official web site at www.anthrax.com: "THOSE WHOM WE COMETH FOR- "Yo, just wanted to drop a quick line about the US release for the new album. All that stuff people have been ...

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ANTHRAX: Complete European Tour Schedule Announced

ANTHRAX have finalized the dates for their upcoming European tour, set to kick off in early March. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 05 - Dublin, IRE @ Ambassador Theater Mar. 07 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage Mar. 08 - Bradford, UK @ Rios Mar. 09 - Bristol, UK @ Bierkeller Mar. 11 - Wolverhampton, ...

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: 'I'm Fucking Stoked!'

The following is a re-posting of the latest installment of ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian's regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail", as it appears on the group's official web site at www.anthrax.com: "Comrades, gutten tag. Tenth day in Europe on the 'No Sleep 'Til Donzdorf' promo trip. 230 interviews as of today. That's a ...

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Former ANTHRAX Guitarist Lines Up European Appearances

Former ANTHRAX and current MEAT LOAF touring guitarist Paul Crook has lined up the following European appearances during January: Jan. 24: "Wetten Das" (TV variety show) in Boblingen, Germany. Hosted by Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Speilberg. The bill is: MEAT LOAF, FAITH HILL, CHRISTINA AGUILERA and TOM JONES. Jan. 27: Theatre am Tranzbrunnen ...

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IN FLAMES, LACUNA COIL, ANTHRAX Euro Tour A No-Go

Contrary to a posting on the SHADOWS FALL web site (which has since been removed), there is no truth to the rumor that IN FLAMES, LACUNA COIL, ANTHRAX and SHADOWS FALL are planning a European together. In an e-mail to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, a spokesperson for Direct Management — who handle IN FLAMES and LACUNA COIL, among ...

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Former MEGADETH Bassist Explores New Avenues

In the ten months that have passed since MEGADETH announced their decision to disband, bassist David Ellefson has kept a relatively high — albeit primarily behind-the-scenes — profile, involving himself with a production company and committing himself to several recording projects that have yet to see the light of day. Ellefson's busy schedule and the ...

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M.O.D. Complete Basic Tracks For 'The Rebel You Love To Hate'

M.O.D., the band led by former S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano, have competed the basic tracks for their new album, titled "The Rebel You Love To Hate", due in April through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD, which was recorded at Wayne Manor studio with producers Paul Crook (ex-ANTHRAX guitarist) and Scott Metaxas (ex-NUCLEAR ASSAULT bassist), will ...

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ANTHRAX Push Back Release Date For 'We've Come For You All'

ANTHRAX have pushed back the release date for their new CD, "We've Come For You All", until Apr. 15 in all territories outside Japan and Europe, where it is still scheduled to surface on Feb. 4 and Feb. 24, respectively. "We've Come For You All" will be issued through ArtistDirect/BMG Records in North America and ...

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Former ANTHRAX Guitarist Joins MEAT LOAF!

Former ANTHRAX and current SEBASTIAN BACH guitarist Paul Crook has joined MEAT LOAF's touring band. Having previously worked with the likes of Bach, ANTHRAX, GLENN HUGHES and movie director John Carpenter, Crook couldn't be more excited to work with MEAT LOAF and such a talented group of musicians. "First off, I am honored to play ...

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ANTHRAX: New Music Posted Online

A brand new ANTHRAX track, titled "What Doesn't Die", can be heard in streaming audio via the Nuclear Blast Records web site at this location. "What Doesn't Die" comes off the group's "We've Come For You All" CD, slated for release on Apr. 1 in all territories outside Japan and Europe, where it ...

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Former MEGADETH Bassist Joins Forces With Ex-ANTHRAX Guitarist, IRON MAIDEN Drummer In New Band

Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has reportedly joined the new project formed by ex-ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz and IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain. The as-yet-unnamed group, who are said to follow an "extremely heavy" musical direction, commenced the recording sessions for their debut album six months ago and have thus far completed the ...

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