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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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STYX Is Working On 'Really Interesting' New Album

STYX bassist Ricky Phillips has confirmed that the band is continuing to write and record material for the follow-up to "The Mission". Released in June 2017, that disc marked STYX's first new LP in 14 years. It was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, co-produced and co-written with Will Evankovich, a longtime collaborator of Tommy ...

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RUSH's GEDDY LEE To Take Part In Historic Canadian COVID-19 Broadcast

RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee is among more than four dozen big-name Canadians who have signed on for the historic broadcast "Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble". Airing commercial-free Sunday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. across all markets/7 p.m. NT and now on hundreds of platforms, Canadian artists, activists, actors, and athletes will share their stories of hope ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN's JOHN DOLMAYAN Says '...And Justice For All' Is METALLICA's Best Album: 'It's Them At Their Most Perfect'

SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan has praised METALLICA's "...And Justice For All" album, calling it "the most complete set of songs" the California metal legends have ever written. While "...And Justice For All" is considered one of METALLICA's classics, it has been criticized almost since the day it was released in 1988 for ...

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MIKE PORTNOY, PHIL DEMMEL And MARK MENGHI Discuss Debut BPMD Album 'American Made' In Live Chat (Video)

Earlier today (Friday, April 17), BPMD members Mike Portnoy (drums; THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO), Mark Menghi (bass; METAL ALLEGIANCE) and Phil Demmel (guitar; VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD) took part in a live chat via the Napalm Records YouTube channel. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. BPMD — which is completed by vocalist ...

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BPMD Feat. BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH, MIKE PORTNOY, PHIL DEMMEL And MARK MENGHI: 'American Made' Album Details Revealed

BPMD — the new heavy metal juggernaut featuring vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO), bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE) and guitarist Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD) — will release its debut album, "American Made", on June 12 via Napalm Records. The 10-track homage to some of rock ...

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LAMB OF GOD Releases 'Ghost Walker' Alcohol-Free Beer

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog and American heavy metal band LAMB OF GOD have announced the release of the world's first non-alcoholic collaboration beer, Ghost Walker. The announcement was originally planned for the start of the band's global tour that would have begun this spring, but, as a result of COVID-19 and the postponing of their ...

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ADRIAN VANDENBERG Explains How He Recruited RAINBOW Singer RONNIE ROMERO For Reactivated VANDENBERG Project

VANDENBERG's new lineup will release a studio album titled "2020" on May 29 via Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group. Joining master guitarist Adrian Vandenberg in the group's current incarnation are Chilean-born singer Ronnie Romero (Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW), bassist Randy Van Der Elsen (of NWOBHM heroes TANK) and drummer Koen Herfst (BOBBY KIMBALL, EPICA and ...

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REO SPEEDWAGON Hits Billboard Charts Following 'Ozark' Appearance

Following multi-platinum classic rock band REO SPEEDWAGON appearing in an episode of Netflix's award-winning drama "Ozark", the group finds four of its hits on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, plus an album charting on Top Rock Albums, along with Rock Producers and Rock Songwriters chart positions. "Ozark"'s episode (Season 3, Episode 3) "Kevin Cronin Was ...

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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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METALLICA's 'Now That We're Dead' Used As THE UNDERTAKER's Entrance Theme At 'WrestleMania 36'

METALLICA's "Now That We're Dead" served as the entrance and exit theme for WWE wrestler The Undertaker during his match last night (Saturday, April 4) against AJ Styles at "WrestleMania 36". METALLICA was apparently thrilled by the inclusion, tweeting out after the event: "The legacy continues. @WWE superstar The @Undertaker walked out to 'Now That ...

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