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M.E.T.A.L. - FREEDOM CALL

There are few things in music worse than a power metal band that puts in a half-hearted effort. Dozens of record store discount bins and single-digit viewed Bandcamp pages are loaded with album covers promising over-the-top metallic tales of adventure, mythology and epic battles, only to disappoint with a perfectly competent yet sparkless work of ...

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Damned In Endless Night - WARCRAB

The metal underground is in such absurdly rude health at the moment that it's often hard to decide which brutal sub-strain to pay closest attention to. 2019 has been an exceptional year for death metal. But digging deeper reveals that there seems to be a significant resurgence in the dark art of slow-motion extremity, and ...

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Reborn To Kill - PATHOLOGY

This has plainly been a vintage year for brutal death metal already, but the genre is still more than able to sustain a fresh kick in the pants. PATHOLOGY have been a steady and reliable presence in the scene for a long time now, but it's debatable whether the San Diego crew have yet released ...

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Mother of Red Light - METH.

Oh my coagulating Christ, this is nasty. A six-man project from Chicago, METH. have two low-key releases under their belt, but "Mother of Red Light" will be most people's first taste of this band's newly birthed sonic world, and it's one that is likely to linger in the back of the throat, like some infernal, ...

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The Hand Of Violence - BOUND IN FEAR

Extreme metal is a lot like sports, in many ways: the endless contests to decide who wields the nastiest riffs, the sickest beatdowns, the fastest blasts or the most absurdly guttural or otherwise otherworldly vocals. Not that most credible acts are purposefully getting involved in a virtuoso pissing contest, but it's hard to remember the ...

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Watch LITA FORD Perform In Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Fan-filmed video footage of Lita Ford's August 28 performance at Univest Performance Center in Quakertown, Pennsylvania can be seen below. Earlier this year, Lita told The Metal Voice that she was putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2012's "Living Like A Runaway" album. Helming the new project once again is guitarist/producer Gary Hoey, ...

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KISS Sells 'Cincinnatti' T-Shirts At Cincinnati Show

When KISS's "End Of The Road" farewell tour stopped at Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center on Thursday (August 29), the band made special shirts to mark the occasion. The only problem was that KISS's t-shirt manufacturer made the mistake of spelling Cincinnati with an extra "t" ("Cincinnatti"). People on social media were quick to share photos ...

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SABATON's PÄR SUNDSTRÖM: 'I Like The Bands That Have Stayed True To Their Original Sound'

EMP Spain conducted an interview with guitarist Tommy Johansson and bassist Pär Sundström of Swedish metallers SABATON prior to their June 28 appearance at Download Spain in Madrid. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the significance of SABATON releasing its new studio album, "The Great War", ...

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SAXON's PAUL QUINN: 'It Feels Great To Be Relevant Still'

Currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of its debut self-titled studio album, SAXON continues to be one of metal's most reliable bands, with 22 albums now to its credit as well as countless tours and festival appearances. While the band's age and wear-and-tear from the road would suggest SAXON should be slowing down, guitarist Paul Quinn ...

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LACUNA COIL's CRISTINA SCABBIA: 'Being Attracted To The Darker Side Of Life Doesn't Mean You're A Negative Person At All'

TNT Radio Rock conducted an interview with vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro, and bassist Marco Coti Zelatia of heavy Italian rockers LACUNA COIL at this year's Leyendas Del Rock festival in Villena, Spain. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the writing process for the band's ...

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BLAZE BAYLEY: Multi-Camera Video Of Westland, Michigan Concert

Multi-camera video footage of former IRON MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley performing on May 9 at the Token Lounge in Westland, Michigan can be seen below (clips edited and produced by George S Pogacich). The third album in Bayley's "Infinite Entanglement" trilogy was released in March 2018. "The Redempton Of William Black" was third part of ...

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Born To Perish - DESTRUCTION

The "Big Four" of thrash is typically in reference to the American hard hitters: METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER. But thrash — and all of metal, for that matter — is a global movement. Germany has its own "Big Four," and a significant one at that: SODOM, KREATOR, TANKARD and a band from Weil am ...

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Another State Of Grace - BLACK STAR RIDERS

It can't be easy being BLACK STAR RIDERS. On the one hand, most sane people were delighted when an acceptable incarnation of THIN LIZZY mutated into its own entity and started to make records that complemented, rather than added to, the legacy of guitarist Scott Gorham's legendary former band. On the other, the task of ...

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MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Talks About Making Of 'Set The World Afire' Song For 'Death By Design' Graphic Novel (Video)

MEGADETH's 35th-anniversary greatest-hits compilation, "Warheads On Foreheads", is accompanied by a 350-page graphic anthology, featuring comic book stories inspired by the songs on the album. The collaboration, titled "Death By Design", features stories written and illustrated by top talent from the comics, film, television and music world. The project, carefully curated by MEGADETH leader Dave ...

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Watch SLIPKNOT Perform In Mansfield

Fan-filmed video footage of SLIPKNOT's August 27 concert at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts can be seen below. SLIPKNOT is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "We Are Not Your Kind", which sold 118,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 ...

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Listen To New IGGY POP Song 'Sonali'

"Sonali", a new song from Iggy Pop, can be streamed below. The track is taken from his upcoming album "Free", which is due out September 6 on Loma Vista Recordings. "Sonali" is the third song to be released in advance of the new album, and has been hailed "infectious" by Paste and by Consequence Of ...

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ALICE IN CHAINS' WILLIAM DUVALL Announces Solo Acoustic Tour

ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist/guitarist William DuVall will embark on a solo tour in October. He will be promoting his debut solo album, "One Alone", which will be released on October 4 via DVL Recordings. DuVall announced the dates via his social media earlier today. He wrote: "ATLANTA!! D.C.!! NEW YORK CITY!! PHILLY!! BOSTON!! NASHVILLE!! and ...

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TOM G. WARRIOR On Celebrating HELLHAMMER With TRIUMPH OF DEATH: 'I Really Wanted To Do This Before The End Of My Days'

Thomas Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom G. Warrior; CELTIC FROST, TRIPTYKON, HELLHAMMER) recently spoke with the "Fantasm" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below (interview starts at 3:10 mark). A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On HELLHAMMER: Thomas: "We formed the band to realize the music we'd had in our heads, which was ...

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