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AVANTASIA's TOBIAS SAMMET: 'I Certainly Don't Intend To Retire Any Time Soon'

AVANTASIA vocalist Tobias Sammet recently spoke with writer Clay Marshall in conjunction with an OC Weekly story about the group's upcoming performance in Anaheim, California. Some select "outtakes" follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On AVANTASIA's new album "Moonglow": Tobias: "It's not trendy. It's not flavor of the week, but it's put together with a lot ...

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ENTOMBED A.D. To Release 'Bowels Of Earth' Album In August

Swedish metallers ENTOMBED A.D. will release their new album, "Bowels Of Earth", on August 30 via Century Media. According to a press release, the follow-up to 2016's "Dead Dawn" "represents a huge leap forward for these gnarly veterans. Faster, tighter and more viscerally crushing than anything they have produced before." Comments singer Lars-Göran Petrov: "We ...

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SHINEDOWN Announces Fall 2019 North American Tour Dates

SHINEDOWN has announced new fall tour dates on its 2019 "Attention Attention" world tour, produced by Frank Productions, beginning September 17 and ending on October 19. PAPA ROACH, ASKING ALEXANDRIA and SAVAGE AFTER MIDNIGHT will support on select dates. SHINEDOWN has been selling out arenas and receiving rave reviews during its tour, backed by its ...

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SLIPKNOT Teases Announcement; New Masks To Be Revealed On Thursday?

SLIPKNOT has shared a cryptic teaser video for a special announcement that will apparently be delivered later this week. The one-minute clip, which can be seen on SLIPKNOT's official web site, features brief teases of the members' new masks interspersed with footage from previous years. Also included is a counter that begins rapidly counting up ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Announces First Dates Of Summer 2019 'Basstory' Tour

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has announced the first dates for his summer 2019 "Basstory - More Life With Deth" tour. The shows will feature a question-and-answer session/discussion with co-author and partner Thom Hazaert about Ellefson's upcoming memoir, "More Life With Deth", and a full live-band set including songs from the companion album "Sleeping Giants". Dates ...

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DEE SNIDER Accuses AVIANCA AIRLINES Of 'Sharing Sensitive Information' And 'Judging' His Daughter's Appearance

Dee Snider claims to have reported Avianca Airlines to Twitter for "sharing sensitive information" after he accused the airline of improperly denying his daughter her airline tickets. On Saturday, the TWISTED SISTER frontman, who lives part time in Belize, tweeted that the second-oldest airline in the world and national carrier of Colombia since 1919 refused ...

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TRIUMPH's MIKE LEVINE: 'We Touched People's Lives'

Iconic Canadian rockers TRIUMPH were honored with the "Legends Of Live" award at the 2019 Live Music Industry Awards on Friday, May 10 in the Osgoode East Ballroom at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The award recognizes artists who have made great contributions to the Canadian music industry through live music touring and ...

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Watch JUDAS PRIEST Perform In Washington, D.C.

Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST's May 12 concert at the Anthem in Washington, D.C. can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user Steve Easton). The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Necromancer 02. Heading Out To The Highway 03. The Sentinel 04. Spectre 05. (Take These) Chains 06. Judas Rising 07. Out In The ...

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HATE: 'Sovereign Sanctity' Video Released

"Sovereign Sanctity", the new music video from Polish death metallers HATE, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's 11th full-length album, "Auric Gates Of Veles", which will be released on June 14 via Metal Blade Records. The "Sovereign Sanctity" clip was produced by 9LITER FILMY and filmed by Blazej Jankowiak. Vocalist/guitarist ...

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Berserker - AMON AMARTH

If we are all being honest with ourselves, if you clicked on the link that opens this review page, you likely already know exactly what AMON AMARTH sounds like. While other younger bands take a few albums to find their groove, and other veteran bands feel a need to experiment unnecessarily, these Swedish stalwarts figured ...

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Unbreakable - NEW YEARS DAY

It would be easy to be cynical about NEW YEARS DAY. From a metalhead's perspective, music this overtly commercial and expensive sounding can often seem soulless and contrived, like some ageing label executive's idea of what metal fans want to hear. "Unbreakable" certainly fits that template to a great degree. The whole thing sounds absolutely ...

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DREAM THEATER To Record Show On 'Scenes From A Memory' 20th-Anniversary Tour For Future Release

PureGrainAudio recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the members of DREAM THEATER leaving their families and home lives to record their latest album, "Distance Over ...

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GRETA VAN FLEET Announces Fall 2019 U.S. Tour

Grammy-winning rock 'n' roll band GRETA VAN FLEET has announced a three-week fall North American leg of its "March Of The Peaceful Army" tour, set to kick off in Kansas City on Saturday, September 21. The tour will include first-time visits to Kansas City and Irvine, and the band performing a blend of fan-favorites and ...

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CHRIS CAFFERY On Late TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Mastermind PAUL O'NEILL: 'His Vision' Was 'So Magical'

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SPIRITS OF FIRE) recently appeared on "The Metal Command" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the origins of SPIRITS OF FIRE, his project with Tim "Ripper" Owens, Mark Zonder and Steve Di Giorgio: Chris: "I love playing with ...

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HELLYEAH To Release 'Welcome Home' Album In September

HELLYEAH will release its sixth studio album, "Welcome Home", on Friday, September 27 via Eleven Seven Music. The official music video for the disc's title track will be made available on Friday, May 17. HELLYEAH played an emotional sold-out concert on Saturday, May 11 celebrating the life of its late drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The ...

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LIGHT THE TORCH Frontman HOWARD JONES On Listening To Hip-Hop: 'It's A Way To Get Away From Heavier Music For A Little While'

Former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and current LIGHT THE TORCH and vocalist Howard Jones recently spoke with Metal Nexus. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he enjoys performing more when venues are sold out: Howard: "I don't really think that way. It doesn't matter ...

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AMON AMARTH Guitarist Thinks New Album 'Berserker' Has Many 'Future Live Classics'

Australia's Silver Tiger Media recently conducted an interview with guitarist Johan Söderberg of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether AMON AMARTH intended to create something "bigger and better" with their new studio album, "Berserker": Johan: "That's always ...

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MERGING FLARE Feat. BEAST IN BLACK Guitarist KASPERI HEIKKINEN: 'Revolt Regime' Album Due In June

Finnish metallers MERGING FLARE, who are led by former U.D.O./ DIRKSCHNEIDER and current BEAST IN BLACK guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen, will release their second album, "Revolt Regime", on June 14 via Ram It Down Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Reverence" was recorded by Eero Kaukomies and mixed by Mattes Pfeiffer, whom Heikkinen got to know during ...

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BLACK SABBATH Reunites With BILL WARD At 'Grammy Salute To Music Legends' In Los Angeles

BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) reunited with their estranged drummer Bill Ward at last night's (Saturday, May 11) "Grammy Salute To Music Legends" awards ceremony and live tribute concert at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. RIVAL SONS performed a medley of "War Pigs", "Changes" and "Paranoid" for Iommi, Butler ...

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ZAKK WYLDE: I'll Put OZZY's Vocal Performance On First BLACK SABBATH Album Up Against Any Of His Peers

Zakk Wylde says that he would put Ozzy Osbourne's vocal performance on BLACK SABBATH's 1970 self-titled debut up against any other singers within the rock genre. While not considered the most technically proficient of vocalists, Osbourne's distinctive wail and phrasing helped define early heavy metal, subsequently blazing a trail for similar singer — especially within ...

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