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DOWN Confirms First Show Of 2020

DOWN has been confirmed for next year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, set to take place June 18-21, 2020 in Dessel, Belgium. The announcement of DOWN's participation in the event comes less than a month after singer Philip Anselmo revealed that DOWN was planning to reunite in 2020 for ...

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MIKE PORTNOY Looks Back On His Exit From DREAM THEATER: 'I Needed A Break From Those Guys'

Mike Portnoy spoke about his decision to leave DREAM THEATER during an appearance on the latest episode of "Drinks With Johnny", the Internet TV show hosted by AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ. Following the passing of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's founding member Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan in 2009, the band recruited his favorite drummer, Portnoy, to record ...

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Songs The Night Sings - THE DARK ELEMENT

Although her contribution to the NIGHTWISH story will be overshadowed by those of her predecessor and successor, Anette Olzon always had the right voice for bright and pop-driven symphonic metal. In many ways, THE DARK ELEMENT is a much more fitting project for her talents. On "Songs The Night Sings", the Scandinavian band keep the ...

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Angel Of Light - ANGEL WITCH

The obvious exceptions of IRON MAIDEN, SAXON and DEF LEPPARD aside, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal didn't produce much in the way of enduring heavy hitters. Righteous legends like DIAMOND HEAD and VENOM cashed in deserved credibility chips after the fact, of course, and if you don't listen to the first two TANK ...

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Vile Nilotic Rites - NILE

There has always been something reassuring about the arrival of a new NILE album. This band has stuck rigidly to their own uniquely myopic conceptual path for 20+ years now, exhibiting a huge amount of imagination and ingenuity along the way, but always remembering to crush as many skulls as possible. If you don't have ...

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Biolume Part 1 – In Tartarean Chains - MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY

Heavy metal's obsession with hell below has been well explored and overly dissected since the genre's beginnings. But for every heavy metal songwriter who praises Satan and shouts about witches, there are almost as many who look to the terrifying unknown of the stars above for their metallic inspiration. Australian musician Dis Pater has become ...

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Orificial Purge - VASTUM

The Bay Area metal scene gets the love that it deserves for its part in anchoring the 1980's U.S. thrash metal scene. It is where METALLICA found its voice, as well as propagating discussions of "The NEXT Four", which often include some combination of the area's heavyweights TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, and/or EXODUS. That region of ...

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Daemon - MAYHEM

If you're a (black) metalhead who passes time by cvlting on social media, there's a 99 percent likelihood that you've stumbled across at least half dozen "I was on my way to kill Euronymous, too" memes over the course of the last month. These memes of course stem from the recent claims of MAYHEM bassist ...

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FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Announces 2020 North American Tour Accompanied By Classical Quartet

Italian orchestral-death metal giants FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE will make their triumphant return to North America in 2020 in support of their critically lauded album "Veleno". For the first time in the band's celebrated career, they'll be doing a full tour accompanied by a classical string quartet, which will be an unprecedented experience for death metal fans. ...

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HANSI KÜRSCH Thinks 'Legacy Of The Dark Lands' Orchestral Album Is BLIND GUARDIAN's 'Magnum Opus'

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview with frontman Hansi Kürsch of German power metal veterans BLIND GUARDIAN. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On BLIND GUARDIAN's new all-orchestral album, "Twilight Orchestra: Legacy Of The Dark Lands": Hansi: "The ...

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RAMMSTEIN: Making Of 'Ausländer' Video

German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have released behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the official video for their song "Ausländer". The track is taken from the band's seventh, untitled album, which came out on May 17 via UME/Spinefarm in Europe and Caroline Records in the U.S. The band's first studio disc since 2009's "Liebe Ist Für ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Bassist: 'We Like To Show The Audience That Not Every Band Is Going To Sneer At You Or Spit On You'

Rhino Radio conducted an interview with bassist Mike D'Antonio of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE prior to the band's October 19 show at Academy in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's penchant for being "hardcore heavy" and ...

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ALTER BRIDGE's MYLES KENNEDY On Appearing In 'Rock Star' Movie: 'There Wasn't An Ounce Of Acting In It'

Masters Of Shred's "Talking Shred" recently conducted an interview with ALTER BRIDGE frontman Myles Kennedy. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the writing process for ALTER BRIDGE's latest studio album, "Walk The Sky": Myles: "This was a unique record because Mark [Tremonti, ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Calls JUDAS PRIEST's IAN HILL 'The Most Formidable, Iconic Heavy Metal Bass Player'

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has sung the praises of JUDAS PRIEST four-stringer Ian Hill, calling him the "most formidable, probably iconic heavy metal bass player." Currently the longest-tenured member of PRIEST, Hill has long been overshadowed by frontman Rob Halford and the guitar tandem of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, with Hill found permanently planted ...

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