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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Blasts Bands Who Rely Heavily On Backing Tracks During Live Performances

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has blasted bands who rely heavily on pre-recorded tracks during their live performances. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for using backing tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but also more consistent. Speaking to "Live From Nerdville With Joe ...

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TOOL, PRIMUS, MASTODON And COHEED AND CAMBRIA Members Team Up For Cover Of RUSH's 'Anthem' (Video)

Danny Carey (TOOL), Les Claypool (PRIMUS), Claudio Sanchez (COHEED AND CAMBRIA), Bill Kelliher (MASTODON), Stephen Brodsky (MUTOID MAN, CAVE IN) and Jordan Olds (a.k.a. Gwarsenio Hall) have teamed up to record a quarantine cover version of RUSH's "Anthem" as part of "Two Minutes To Late Night"'s cover series. The video, which was edited by Drew ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN's JOHN DOLMAYAN Says 'Black Lives Matter' Movement 'Could Care Less' About Black People

SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan has criticized players for the Major League Baseball for taking a knee during the national anthem to take a stand against systemic racism. Major League Baseball's coronavirus-delayed season finally kicked off on Thursday with players dropping to one knee in a gesture of solidarity with the "Black Lives ...

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Listen To New (HED) P.E. Single 'First Blood'

The official lyric video for the song "First Blood" from (HED) P.E. can be seen below. The track is the first single from (HED) P.E.'s twelfth studio album, "Class Of 2020", which will be released on August 21 via Suburban Noize Records. The date also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the group's breakthrough LP, ...

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MICHAEL SWEET Defends CHRIS JERICHO Over Lip-Syncing Allegations: He 'Doesn't Have Anything To Prove As A Singer'

STRYPER's Michael Sweet has come to Chris Jericho's defense after Sebastian Bach accused FOZZY's lead singer of using pre-recorded vocal tracks during live performances. Last Thursday (July 16), Jericho challenged Bach to a "singoff" with "no effects, no tuning, no bullshit" in response to Sebastian's allegation that Chris "mimes to a tape" during FOZZY's live ...

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(HED) P.E. Announces Twelfth Studio Album 'Class Of 2020'

(HED) P.E. will release its twelfth studio album, "Class Of 2020", on August 21 via Suburban Noize Records. The date also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the group's breakthrough LP, "Broke". On "Class Of 2020", (HED) P.E. gets back to the raw essentials, utilizing old-school punk-rock guitar tones and aggressive, unfiltered vocal stylings ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN's JOHN DOLMAYAN Says 'Black Lives Matter' 'Never Had Legitimacy', Calls Movement A 'Propaganda Tool'

SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan says that the "Black Lives Matter" movement "never had legitimacy" and was "always a Democratic party fundraiser and propaganda tool." The "Black Lives Matter" movement was launched in the summer of 2013 by black organizers Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi after George Zimmerman was acquitted of ...

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Watch MACHINE HEAD's ROBB FLYNN Perform Acoustic Covers Of SLIPKNOT, PEARL JAM, DEFTONES And STAIND

Video of MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn's latest "Acoustic Happy Hour", which was originally livestreamed on Facebook Live this past Friday, June 26, can be seen below. The session includes covers of SLIPKNOT's "Snuff", PEARL JAM's "Black", DEFTONES' "Change" and STAIND's "Outside", as well as acoustic renditions of MACHINE HEAD tunes "Is There Anybody Out ...

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HALESTORM's LZZY HALE On Use Of Backing Tracks At Rock Shows: 'I'm Not A Fan Of When I Find Out My Favorite Bands Do That'

HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale spoke to "Offstage With DWP" about her band's insistence on performing completely live — without the aid of backing tracks. "We do it more selfishly, not necessarily as a statement," she said (see video below). 'But it has kind of become this interesting statement. We're very proud of that. But also, ...

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FEVER 333 Releases New Song 'Supremacy'

Grammy Award-nominated activists FEVER 333 have shared a poignant new track, "Supremacy", which is available on all streaming platforms. "Supremacy" arrives on the heels of FEVER 333's "Long Live The Innocent" full production livestream performance, which is streaming now on the band's YouTube channel. Conceived in solidarity with the communities across the county protesting for ...

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TOOL Cancels All Previously Announced 2020 Tour Dates

TOOL has canceled all of its previously announced 2020 tour dates due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweepin the globe. The band has issued the following statement regarding the matter: "As so many music lovers have come to realize over the last several weeks, there is no playbook that artists, promoters and venues can ...

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TOOL Frontman Says He's Hopeful For The Future

TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan says that he is hopeful about the future despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed deep gaps in our economy and society. Keenan explained to Apple Music's Zane Lowe: "I feel like we're going to go through a lot of changes; we're going to go through a lot ...

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TOOL Guitarist Shares Early Version Of 'Descending' Song

TOOL guitarist Adam Jones has shared a one-minute clip of an early version of "Descending", a song which is featured on the band's latest album, "Fear Inoculum". Jones posted the clip on Instagram and wrote in an accompanying message: "Early comp of what is now descending. Writing music Justin [Chancellor, bass] and I normally bring ...

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PUSCIFER To Release Fourth Album In The Fall; 'Apocalyptical' Single Now Available

PUSCIFER, the Arizona-born band led by TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan, has just released the eerily topical "Apocalyptical" single and video. A message from Keenan arrives alongside the track: "Manipulated information disseminated by kings, queens, dictators, so called leaders, supposed professionals or outliers and conspiracy theorists living underground, or in basements, is not new or ...

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TOOL's ADAM JONES Shares 'Pneuma' Guitar Tutorial Video

TOOL's Adam Jones has shared a "guitar tutorial" video for the song "Pneuma". The guitarist uploaded the video to his Instagram account and he included the following message: "A little tutorial share. Dressing room guitar lesson of the last verse in 'Pneuma' made for my guitar friend and supporter Axe Of Creation while we were ...

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This Year's LOUDER THAN LIFE Festival Is Officially Canceled

This year's Louder Than Life festival, which was scheduled to take place in September in Louisville, Kentucky, has been officially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Even though the festivals are not until September, the advanced planning realities of producing three back-to-back-to-back events have necessitated that a decision be made sooner than later. Our decision ...

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