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MASTODON's BRANN DAILOR Explains 'Hushed And Grim' Album Artwork

Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON have revealed that the cover artwork for their new album, "Hushed And Grim", was partly inspired by their late manager, Nick John. John, who also managed GOJIRA, passed away in September 2018 from pancreatic cancer. The "Hushed And Grim" artwork was created by longtime MASTODON collaborator Paul Romano, who also designed ...

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SUFFOCATION To Release 'Live In North America' Album In November

New York death metal pioneers SUFFOCATION will release a live album, "Live In North America", on November 12 via Nuclear Blast Records. The official music video for the first single, "Funeral Inception", featuring photographs taken by Jason Carlson, can be seen below. SUFFOCATION created the template for the brutal death metal genre in the early ...

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Gods Of Debauchery - SEVEN SPIRES

Audacious. That's the only word for it. As virtually every band on the planet threw themselves into a lockdown-facilitated and wholly newfound world of unfettered creativity last year, we can be secure in the knowledge that there will be a lot of big records over the coming months. But very few of them will be ...

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PAPA ROACH Releases Music Video For New Single 'Kill The Noise'

California rockers PAPA ROACH have just shared "Kill The Noise", a powerful, anthemic new single and second track from their forthcoming album. The song, produced by WZRD BLD (a.k.a. Drew Fulk; A DAY TO REMEMBER, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, LIL WAYNE) and Andrew Goldstein (ALL TIME LOW, BLACKBEAR, LINKIN PARK, MAROON 5), is a powerful ...

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KIX Cancels Tour Dates After Bandmember Tests Positive For COVID-19

Veteran rockers KIX have canceled two shows due to a member of the band contracting COVID-19. The group has released the following statement regarding the matter: "KIX is canceling the following live dates due to a band member's positive COVID-19 test, despite his being vaccinated. * Friday, September 10 at Rocktember Music Fest in Hinckley, ...

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IRON MAIDEN Releases Animated Music Video For 'Stratego'

The official music video for "Stratego", a brand new song from IRON MAIDEN, can be streamed below. The track, which was written by guitarist Janick Gers and founder member/bassist Steve Harris, is taken from the band's 17th studio album, "Senjutsu", which was released on September 3 via BMG. The animated clip was made by Swedish ...

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DAVID ELLEFSON Returns With His First Post-MEGADETH Project THE LUCID

THE LUCID, the four-piece hard rock band featuring bassist David Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH), vocalist Vinnie Dombroski (SPONGE), guitarist Drew Fortier and drummer Mike Heller (RAVEN, FEAR FACTORY), will release its self-titled debut album on October 15 via SpoilerHead Records . The LP features nine heavy-hitting and emotionally charged tracks showcasing this eclectic quartet's unique sonic approach. ...

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EVANESCENCE And HALESTORM Add Dates To Fall 2021 Tour

EVANESCENCE and HALESTORM are currently preparing to kick off one of the biggest arena tours of the year and have just added additional dates in Denver, Tampa, Nashville, and Minneapolis. The trek, which kicks off November 5 in Portland, Oregon, is slated to be one of the biggest female-fronted tours in years. Newly added shows: ...

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Is This The Cover Artwork Of The New MASTODON Album?

MASTODON has released the artwork for what appears to be a new album titled "Hushed And Grim". The Atlanta progressive metallers shared the jigsaw puzzle-like pieces of the mystery image on the band's social media accounts and their fan e-mail list. No further details are currently available, but the LP is expected to be released ...

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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI Says It Was 'Really Nostalgic' Recording New Music With MIKE PORTNOY Again

A little over a year ago, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci released his second solo album, "Terminal Velocity", via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005's "Suspended Animation" featured guest musicians Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) on drums and Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. The effort marked the first time Petrucci ...

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Somnia - HAWKWIND

Half a century into their career and legendary space rockers HAWKWIND's ground-breaking, experimental madness has provided immeasurable influence on heavy progressive music. Since day one, they've contributed to the world of music by taking a left-field approach, allowing themselves to creatively wander along their path, all the while remaining on a consistent and logical trajectory ...

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TESTAMENT's CHUCK BILLY Says He Had A 'Blast' Voicing MARVEL's New Animated Series 'What If …?'

TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy has contributed "additional voices" to "What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead Of His Hands?", the fourth episode of the first season of Marvel's new animated series "What If …?" The Disney+ series devotes each of its episodes to a different alternate-universe scenario in which things are utterly changed in ways ...

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BRUCE DICKINSON Explains Why IRON MAIDEN Keeps Working With Producer KEVIN SHIRLEY

During an appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation Virtual Invasion", IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was asked why he and his bandmates keep going back to producer Kevin Shirley album after album, including the group's latest effort, "Senjutsu". Bruce said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Kevin's a very good producer; he's a very good, knowledgeable, technical producer. ...

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CROSSFAITH Releases New Single 'Slave Of Chaos'

Japanese genre-blenders CROSSFAITH have released a brand new single "Slave Of Chaos". "This is our message to the powers who try to control us," says frontman Kenta Koie. "We have been strangled by your ego and we need to take back control! 'Slave Of Chaos' mixes trap with hardcore punk and rock's attitude, so it's ...

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PAPA ROACH Teases New Single 'Kill The Noise'

PAPA ROACH has released a teaser for its next single, "Kill The Noise". The full song will be made available on Thursday, September 9. "Kill The Noise" will arrive a little over a month after the release of PAPA ROACH's previous single, "Swerve", which was a collaboration with FEVER 333 frontman Jason Aalon Butler and ...

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ANIMALS AS LEADERS Return With New Song 'Monomyth'

Groundbreaking, genre-defying instrumental trio ANIMALS AS LEADERS has dropped a brand new track, "Monomyth", its first in five years. The band also announced today that it has signed a new deal with world-renowned independent powerhouse Sumerian Records. "Monomyth" comes accompanied by a high-concept music video directed by Telavaya Reynolds and featuring choreography by Tlathui Maza ...

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AVATAR Shares Two New Songs, 'Going Hunting' And 'Barren Cloth Mother'

The heavy metal 'n' roll dark madcap visionaries collectively known as AVATAR are ambitious, Swedish rock sorcerers of the highest order. They smash the boundaries between band, theater troupe, and cinematic masterminds with a series of celebrated albums and videos, and the immersive world of Avatar Country, a fantastical land where metal rules supreme. In ...

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New FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Guitarist ANDY JAMES Will 'Bring Something Cool' To Band's Upcoming Ninth Album

During an appearance on the latest episode of the "Scandalous" podcast, British musician Andy James, who joined FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH last year as the replacement for the band's longtime guitarist Jason Hook, spoke about the songwriting process for FIVE FINGER's upcoming ninth studio album. "A lot of what's happening in the studio at the ...

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