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Tom Araya Hospitalized In Australia


American Thrash Metal band SLAYER has cancelled its appearance at the Sydney, Australia stop of the Soundwave Festival after Tom Araya(Bassist/Vocalist) was admitted to the hospital where he will be kept overnight. The Sydney appearance on Sunday, 27th February 2011 would have marked SLAYER's second show on the annual festival tour. No further details are currently available regarding Araya's condition or the exact nature of his ailment.

Araya underwent back surgery in early 2010 which forced the band off the road for a period of several months. He stated about the procedure in an interview, "I apparently had compressed discs on my neck which caused bone spurs. The compressed discs were causing compression on my nerves that was affecting my left side, and basically that was it. I was in Australia, and that's when I... I mean it was severe pain. I had had a case of pain here and there, but this was non-stop. It got to a point where by the time I got to Japan, I hooked up with a doctor, and was able to make an appointment. As soon as I got home, I went and saw him. I had three discs that were compressed, and they removed them, and put a plate in."

Regarding what the surgery itself entailed, Araya said, "It entailed them cutting a small little hole in my throat, moving everything to one side, clearing out cartilage in between the discs, putting bone spacers in there, and putting the plate in. That's a two-to-two-and-a-half-hour procedure. Yeah, it was pretty serious. You could say I'm a true metalhead now, I guess (laughs)."

SLAYER is currently on the road without founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who underwent emergency surgery on his right arm late last month after contracting a serious infection, possibly caused by a spider bite. He is now recuperating at home and is expected to make a full recovery. He will return to the SLAYER lineup as soon as he has fully recovered.

Hanneman's temporary replacement for the Soundwave Festival is Gary Holt from veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS.


Ginger Fish Quits Marilyn Manson


Drummer of the band MARILYN MANSON, Ginger Fish(real name: Kenneth Robert Wilson) has issued the following statement:
"After much deliberation and constant reflection of where my life has been and where it could or should be heading, I am regretful to inform the general population, and the fans, that I have decided to step down as a member of MARILYN MANSON and see where my life, and the knowledge of my availability cares to take me. I can't stand by to watch opportunities pass me by simply because the knowledge of my availability wasn't clearly expressed by me. I wish my brothers well, and I expect nothing but great things from them. Any inquiries can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ."


Uriah Heep Reveals Into The Wild Details


British Hard Rock band URIAH HEEP will release their 23rd studio album, INTO THE WILD on 15th April 2011 in Europe and 3rd May 2011 in North America via FRONTIER RECORDS. The CD was produced by Mike Paxman(STATUS QUO, ASIA) and the cover artwork was designed by the renowned Greek-American artist Ioannis (LYNYRD SKYNYRD, STYX, SAGA).


Hrizg Inks Deal With Moribund Records


Black Metal band HRIZG from Spain has recently announced a deal with MORIBUND RECORDS.


Download: Army Of Christ-Reign Of The Righteous(Compilation)


Army Of Christ releases its first digital compilation titled REIGN OF THE RIGHTEOUS. It features 14 of the most intense Indian Christian Metal/Rock bands. Download the compilation for FREE. CHEERS!


Forsaken Releases New Single Built By Sand


Bangalore based Experimental/Melodic Death Metal band FORSAKEN is out with their new single titled BUILT BY SAND online recently.


Gig Alert: Apratim 2011(Chandigarh)


The Rock Band competition of APRATIM-2011,the inaugural Techno-Cultural fest of CCET is HERE!

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