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U.D.O. Announces New Guitarist And Bassist

U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, has announced the addition of Dee Dammers on guitar and Tilen Hudrap on bass. The group states: "Both are very talented musicians and we are really excited to have them in U.D.O. "We hope that you will enjoy the new lineup, and that ...

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Former ACCEPT Singer DAVID REECE: 'A Perfect Apocalypse' Video

The official music video for the song "A Perfect Apocalypse" from former ACCEPT and BONFIRE singer David Reece can be seen below. The track is taken from Reece's new solo album, "Resilient Heart", which will be released on November 9 through Mighty Music. The follow-up to 2013's "Compromise" is an LP "rich on full-blown melodic ...

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K.K. DOWNING Believes That All Living Former Members Of JUDAS PRIEST Should Be Involved In 50th-Anniversary Celebration

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing believes that all of the band's living former and current members should be involved in the group's upcoming 50th-anniversary celebration. Downing, who announced his retirement from PRIEST in April 2011 after nearly 42 years on the job, was asked by Eddie Trunk in a new SiriusXM interview where he ...

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LIV SIN Begins Recording Second Album

LIV SIN, the Swedish band led by former SISTER SIN vocalist Liv "Sin" Jagrell, has entered the studio to begin recording its sophomore album. The follow-up to 2017's "Follow Me" is being helmed by producer Emil Nödtveidt (DEATHSTARS) at Black Syndicate Studios. Regarding why LIV SIN chose to work with Nödtveidt this time around, Jagrell ...

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Future Cult - THE LION'S DAUGHTER

The history of heavy metal is peppered with instances of bands whose careers truly launched only after making a hard pivot stylistically. JUDAS PRIEST and ACCEPT started off as competent rock-and-rollers before embracing metallic power and speed. DARKTHRONE's earliest output was expertly executed death metal, but it was the band's embrace of black metal noise ...

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Former QUIET RIOT And ROUGH CUTT Members Join Forces In ROUGH RIOT

Former members of QUIET RIOT and ROUGH CUTT have joined forces in a "supergroup" called ROUGH RIOT. The new band consists of lead vocalist Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT), guitarists Chris Hager (MICKEY RATT, ROUGH CUTT, STEPHEN PEARCY) and Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT, RATT), bassist Sean McNabb (QUIET RIOT, LYNCH MOB, DOKKEN, ROUGH CUTT) ...

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PESTILENCE Parts Ways With Bassist, Announces Replacement

Dutch death metal veterans PESTILENCE have parted ways with bassist Tilen Hudrap due to "scheduling differences" and have replaced him with Edward Negrea (NECROVILE). Tilen states: "Thanks to all our fans all over the world for mega support this year! It's appreciated more than you can imagine! It was an insane year, a crazy ride ...

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WOLF HOFFMANN Has 'Lots Of Thoughts' About UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Performing Only ACCEPT Songs On Tour

ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann says that he has "lots of thoughts" about Udo Dirkschneider's decision to embark on one final tour during which the singer is performing nothing but ACCEPT songs. The DIRKSCHNEIDER tour, which was launched in early 2016, was originally supposed to conclude with the band's North American run in January/February 2017, has ...

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Video Premiere: SAXON's 'Predator'

British heavy metal legends SAXON have released the official music video for the song "Predator". The track, which is taken from the band's latest album, "Thunderbolt", features a guest appearance by AMON AMARTH frontman Johan Hegg. SAXON singer Biff Byford commented: "Great fun doing the new video for 'Predator'. Big thanks to Johan for doing ...

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Bassist FITTY WIENHOLD Exits U.D.O. After 22 Years

Bassist Fitty Wienhold has announced his departure from U.D.O., the German heavy metal band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider. Fitty, who joined U.D.O. in 1996, broke the news of his exit in a four-minute video message which was posted to his YouTube channel. He said: "After 22 years being with Udo as a ...

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MEGADETH Invites Indonesian President To Attend Concert

MEGADETH has invited Indonesian president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to attend its upcoming concert at the JogjaROCKarta festival in Yogyakarta on October 27. "We are hoping Indonesian President Joko Widodo @jokowi and Governor Ganjar Pranowo @ganjarpranowo will accept our invitation to see us perform in Jogjakarta on Oct. 27. We can't wait to play @jogjaROCKarta and ...

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METAL ALLEGIANCE To Perform BLACK SABBATH's Entire Debut Album At Brooklyn Concert

METAL ALLEGIANCE — the all-star collective anchored by Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and Mark Menghi — will perform BLACK SABBATH's debut album in its entirety during the band's October 27 performance at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York. The group will also perform a "special ...

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Former PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Is Working On Second Solo Album

Rex Brown working on material for his second solo album. The former PANTERA and DOWN bassist wrote on Instagram: "Slugging it out in the studio, writing & recording Solo record #2...Stay tuned Folks, this is getting Good!!! #rexbrown #pantera" Rex's debut solo disc, "Smoke On This…", was released in July 2017 via Entertainment One (eOne). ...

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DAVID ELLEFSON: 'METAL ALLEGIANCE Is About Not Repeating What I Do In MEGADETH'

Ladies In Rock recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson about METAL ALLEGIANCE, the all-star project that also features TESTAMENT lead guitarist Alex Skolnick, SONS OF APOLLO drummer Mike Portnoy and Mark Menghi. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On ...

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ACCEPT's MARK TORNILLO On Taking Over For UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER In 2009: 'It Could Have Gone South In A Big Hurry'

Sakis Nikas of Rockpages conducted an interview with ACCEPT frontman Mark Tornillo at this year's Rockwave festival, which took place in July in Athens, Greece. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On playing songs live from their 2017 "The Rise Of Chaos" studio album: Mark: ...

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