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GRIM REAPER, FIREWIND, CYHRA, MASTERPLAN Members Join Forces For Epic Metal Cover Of 'We Are The World'

Over 50 rock and metal musicians, including members of GRIM REAPER, FIREWIND, CYHRA and MASTERPLAN, have joined forces to record an epic metal cover of "We Are The World" while in quarantine. The project is the brainchild of Norwegian musician Marius Danielsen of the band DARKEST SINS. The original version of the star-studded charity single ...

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Watch APOCALYPTICA Play Set From Rehearsal Space

On Saturday, April 25, Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA livestreamed a performance from their rehearsal room, featuring some of the material from their recently released studio album, "Cell-0". The entire hour-long session can now be seen below. Addressing the online viewers, APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen said: "If there is somebody watching this and doesn't know that we ...

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LAST IN LINE Has Already Recorded Six Songs For Third Album

LAST IN LINE drummer Vinny Appice spoke to SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's third album. The follow-up to last year's "II" is tentatively due next year via an as-yet-undetermined record label. "We recorded six songs for the album, and we just need guitar solos and some final ...

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ARMORED SAINT Completes Mixing New Album

ARMORED SAINT has completed work on its new album for a tentative late 2020 release via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Win Hands Down" was tracked with veteran producer/engineer Bill Metoyer and bassist/producer Joey Vera and was once again being mixed by Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER, AMON AMARTH). Vera announced the ...

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EUROPE's JOEY TEMPEST And MIC MICHAELI Record Acoustic Version Of 'Walk The Earth' In Support Of 'Doctors Without Borders'

Vocalist Joey Tempest and keyboardist Mic Michaeli of Swedish hard rockers EUROPE have recorded a new, acoustic version of "Walk The Earth", the title track of the band's latest album. All proceeds generated from views and sharing of the song will be given to a charity close to EUROPE's hearts, Médecins Sans Frontières – Doctors ...

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ROSS VALORY Countersues JOURNEY's NEAL SCHON And JONATHAN CAIN

Attorneys representing Ross Valory, a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame musician and bass player for the iconic rock band JOURNEY, filed a cross-complaint in Contra Costa County Superior Court on April 6 against JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain. The cross-complaint attaches "evidence" that refutes the Schon and Cain allegations and sets ...

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GODSMACK Cancels All Touring Plans For 2020

Sully Erna says that GODSMACK has decided against scheduling any tour dates this year while the world is trying to fight and emerge victorious against the deadly COVID-19. "We were going out with THE PRETTY RECKLESS to do a major tour in July through September, but all that's gone now," the frontman told SiriusXM's "Trunk ...

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Organizers Of Canceled HELLFEST To Insurance Company: 'F**k You!'

The organizers of the French heavy metal festival Hellfest have blasted their insurance company for refusing to pay out coverage for losses tied to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this week, the French government decided to cancel the 2020 edition of Hellfest on health grounds. The 60,000-capacity event, which takes place annually in Clisson, would have ...

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HELSTAR Signs With MASSACRE RECORDS; New Album Due This Year

Texas power metallers HELSTAR have signed with Massacre Records. The band is working on new material and plans to release a new album later this year. HELSTAR's latest LP, "Vampiro", was released in August 2016 via EMP Label Group. The effort was said to be a continuation of HELSTAR's classic 1989 Metal Blade release "Nosferatu". ...

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HATEBREED's JAMEY JASTA Blasts DONALD TRUMP As A 'Fake Tan Freak' Who Is 'Bad At Stringing Together A Sentence'

HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta has blasted President Donald Trump as a "fake tan freak" who is "worse" than Joe Biden at "stringing together a sentence." Jasta made his comments after apparently watching one of Trump's daily White House briefings about the country's fight against coronavirus. On Sunday (April 5), Jamey took to his Twitter to ...

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JOURNEY Singer ARNEL PINEDA Defends Philippine President RODRIGO DUTERTE Over Coronavirus Lockdown Comments

Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who has been fronting JOURNEY since 2007, has defended Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte over comments he made in regards to violators of the country's coronavirus lockdown. In a televised address, Duterte said it was vital everyone cooperates and follows home quarantine measures, adding that he told security forces they should shoot ...

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ZAKK WYLDE Is Working On New BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Songs

Zakk Wylde has commenced the songwriting process for BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's new studio album. Earlier today, Ozzy's longtime guitarist took to his Twitter to share a video of him at the piano accompanied by his seven-year-old son, Sabbath Page Wielandt Wylde. He wrote in a caption: "BLACK LABEL SONGWRITING SESSIONS O' DOOM/DESTRUCTION/DEMOLITION & DOUBLE BUBBLE ...

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Listen To METAL CHURCH's Reimagined Version Of 'Conductor'

West Coast metal veterans METAL CHURCH have released the reimagined version of the band's classic song "Conductor". The track, originally from the band's fifth album, 1993's "Hanging In The Balance", was re-recorded for METAL CHURCH's upcoming "From The Vault" collection, due on April 10 via Rat Pak Records. Always a fan favorite, the updated version ...

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Watch NAGLFAR's Music Video For 'Vortex Of Negativity'

The official music video for "Vortex Of Negativity" from Umeå, Sweden's black metal nihilists NAGLFAR can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's seventh full-length album, "Cerecloth", which will be released on May 8 via Century Media Records. NAGLFAR comments: "Here it is: Our second video, 'Vortex Of Negativity', from our upcoming ...

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SHINEDOWN Releases Never-Before-Heard Song From 'Amaryllis' Sessions, 'Atlas Falls'

SHINEDOWN has reached into its vault to make available a never-before-heard song called "Atlas Falls". The track will benefit Direct Relief, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that is currently working to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items, including protective masks, exam gloves and isolation gowns, to U.S. and international health workers responding to ...

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