July 27 - August 2: THIS WEEK IN...

July 27, 2003, 15 years ago

news metal archives this week in

... 1996, KING’S X are dropped from Atlantic Records in a massive house-cleaning.

... 1996, BRUCE DICKINSON sponsors UK fencer, James Williams, in the Olympics.

... 1996, Outlaw Records releases METALLICA’s In Words And Music, a pre- Cliff Burton recording and interview disc from 1981.

... 1996, NUNO BETTENCOURT forms the project NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE (NDE).

... 1996, PRONG frontman Tommy Victor is tackled by a stage diver, resulting in a broken middle finger on his right hand.

... 1997, HAMMERFALL become the fastest selling artist in Nuclear Blast history, hitting number 38 with their Glory To The Brave album.

... 1997, S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano announces he will retire from performing after the band’s final show on August 4th in New Jersey.

... 1997, Earache releases the BLACK SABBATH tribute, Masters Of Misery in North America.

... 1997, BOLT THROWER fire their singer, Martin Van Drunen, replacing him at the Full Force Festival with BENEDICTION screamer, Dave Ingram.

... 1997, MORBID ANGEL resign with Earache.

... 1997, GRAVE DIGGER kick bassist Tomi Gottich out of the band, replacing him with Jens Becker (ex-RUNNING WILD).

... 1997, HAREM SCAREM’s Believe album sells 100,000 copies in two weeks of release in Japan.

... 1997, Ex-WARRIOR SOUL frontman Kory Clarke names his new band the SPACE AGE PLAYBOYS.

... 1997, UGLY KID JOE split up.

... 2000, Astennu is fired from DIMMU BORGIR.

... 2000, ANGRA vocalist Andre Matos, bassist Luis Mariutti and drummer Ricardo Confessori leave the band.

... 2000, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY end their deal with Massacre Records.

... 2000, LITHIUM guitarist Patrick Hultin leaves the band to become a monk. He’s replaced by Nico Pedersen.

... 2000, Vancouver’s GOATSBLOOD sign to the UK label Rage Of Achilles.

... 2000, KREATOR ink a deal with SPV Records.

... 2001, BOLT THROWER begin recording Honour - Valour - Pride.

... 2001, CELTIC FROST guitarist Ron Marks forms a new band called SUBSONIC.

... 2001, DARKEST HOUR reach a bit of a milestone by being the first metal band signed to the well-run Victory hardcore label.

... 2001, CAGE signs a North American licensing deal with World War III Records.

... 2001, MESHUGGAH confirm on their website that bassist Gustaf Hielm has left the band.

... 2001, Nikki Sixx confirms that we won’t hear from MOTLEY CRUE for 18 months.

... 2001, AEROSMITH's ‘Jaded’ is nominated for three MTV Music Awards.

... 2001, Frontiers/Now & Then sign HORAKANE for a two album licensing deal.

... 2001, Z Records ink a deal with Japan's Marquee/Avalon label for the release of SONS OF ANGELS' Slumber With The Lion and SHY's forthcoming comeback release.

... 2001, Doug Aldrich signs to Z Records for a special as yet untitled solo release.

... 2001, The End Records signs GREEN CARNATION, NINTH LEVEL, SLEEPLESS and VIRGIN BLACK.

... 2002, Century Media Europe secures a European distribution/marketing deal for Swedish label New Hawen Records.

... 2002, Wino (ex-THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN) posts the following announcement, “Due to professional and personal reasons, I disbanded Spirit Caravan in May. I have decided to now team up with my long-time friend Victor Griffin, and join his current band Place Of Skulls.”

... 2002, SINERGY’s Kimberly Goss is asked to start writing her own monthly column for Japan’s Burrn! magazine.

... 2002, OZZY OSBOURNE annonces he will take a three week break from his headlining duties on Ozzfest 2002 to be by his wife Sharon's side while she undergoes her first course of chemotherapy treatments.

... 2002, MARBLE ARCH ink a deal with Century Media.

... 2002, OZZY OSBOURNE and family’s TV show The Osbournes receives an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality) by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

... 2002, Peaceville sign ABSCESS and ASGAROTH.

... 2002, GRAVEWORM ink a deal with Nuclear Blast.

... 2002, MOTLEY CRUE’s Nikki Sixx announces that he and wife Donna D’Errico are developing a TV sitcom, The Blonde And The Rock Star, based on their lives.

... 2002, BLACK CROWES singer Chris Robinson inks a deal with Redline Entertainment.

... 2002, producer Gus Dudgeon was killed in a road accident in Berkshire. The 59-year-old made his name working with such names as TEN YEARS AFTER, ELTON JOHN and DAVID BOWIE.

... 2002, BLACK WITCHERY sign a two-album deal with Osmose Records.



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