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MIKE PORTNOY Teases New Progressive Metal Supergroup

Mike Portnoy is making a record with as yet-undisclosed progressive metal supergroup. The former DREAM THEATER drummer revealed the news via a post on his Facebook page. He shared a photo of himself in the studio and wrote in the accompanying caption: "Hmmmm....what have we here?? I'm in L.A. recording an album with something NEW... ...

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DREAM THEATER Has 'No Plans' To Reunite With MIKE PORTNOY

John Petrucci says that there are "no plans" for DREAM THEATER to reunite with drummer Mike Portnoy for a show or a tour. Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than thirty years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, ...

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Triple Threat - ANNIHILATOR

Jeff Waters may be a mega fan of Eddie Van Halen, but his career indicates he is, to certain effects, the Prince of metal. Other than from the bottom of a finished bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon downed by yours truly in the midst of this review, where does that ridiculous claim come from, you ...

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Former LOUDNESS And YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer MICHAEL VESCERA Launches VESCERA Project

VESCERA, the new band led by acclaimed heavy metal vocalist Michael Vescera (LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, OBSESSION), has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The group — whose lineup is completed by ex-NITEHAWKS members Mike Petrone (guitar) and Frank Leone (bass), along with drummer Fabio Alessandrini, will release its debut album, "Beyond The Fight", ...

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ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS Won't Worry About Writing 'Catchy, Commercial Choruses' On Next Album

Metal Wani's Laura Vezer recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters of Canadian metal veterans ANNIHILATOR. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On ANNIHILATOR's upcoming follow-up to 2015's "Suicide Society" album: Jeff: "On the next one, the changes I'm gonna ...

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ANNIHILATOR Releases 'Sounds Good To Me' Acoustic Performance From 'Triple Threat' Collection

On January 27, 2017, Canadian thrash/heavy metal veterans ANNIHILATOR will release "Triple Threat", a three-disc collection of the band's music in a trio of very different scenarios. The main disc comprises a set of ANNIHILATOR's classics performed acoustically, with band leader/guitarist/ songwriter and vocalist Jeff Waters bringing together band members Aaron Homma and Richard Hinks, ...

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ANNIHILATOR: Trailer For 'Triple Threat' Three-Disc Set

Canadian thrash/heavy metal veterans ANNIHILATOR have lacerated many senses over the years with their supreme, aggressive metal mastery, and on January 27, 2017, their legion of loyal fans can look forward to a series of fresh sensory experiences as ANNIHILATOR proudly presents "Triple Threat", a three-disc collection of ANNIHILATOR's music in a trio of very ...

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MIKE PORTNOY: Why I Needed To Leave DREAM THEATER

On November 21, Josh Rundquist (a.k.a. That Drummer Guy) conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, METAL ALLEGIANCE). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked about his decision to leave DREAM THEATER in 2010 while he was on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ...

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ANNIHILATOR To Release 'Triple Threat' Three-Disc Set In January

Canadian thrash/heavy metal veterans ANNIHILATOR have lacerated many senses over the years with their supreme, aggressive metal mastery, and on January 27, 2017, their legion of loyal fans can look forward to a series of fresh sensory experiences as ANNIHILATOR proudly presents "Triple Threat", a three-disc collection of ANNIHILATOR's music in a trio of very ...

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RHAPSODY Announces '20th Anniversary Farewell Tour'

Fabio Lione, Luca Turilli, Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth have announced the reunion of the original members of RHAPSODY, and the relevant farewell tour of the band. The Italian band RHAPSODY, one of the greatest icons of symphonic power metal, will gather together to commemorate the 20th anniversary from their first official release, ...

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ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS Talks Playing Guitar And Singing: It's 'Incredible' What HETFIELD And MUSTAINE Do

On September 10, Alex Stojanovic of Metal Master Kingdom conducted an interview with ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters at The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On ANNIHILATOR's lack of a live presence in North America since the early ...

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Video: LACUNA COIL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ICED EARTH, Ex-SLAYER Members Take Part In '70000 Tons Of Metal All-Star Jam'

Members of LACUNA COIL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, HAMMERFALL, DELAIN, TURISAS, FIREWIND, GAMMA RAY, MOONSPELL, JAG PANZER, KRISIUN, VADER, RAVEN, DRAGONFORCE, VADER and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS took part in the "70000 Tons Of Metal All-Star Jam" aboard the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which set sail from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on February 4 and ...

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Former ANNIHILATOR Frontman DAVE PADDEN Joins THIRD ION

Prog metal outfit THIRD ION, featuring former members of THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND and INTO ETERNITY, has parted ways with singer Tyler Gilbert and has replaced him with Dave Padden (ex-ANNIHILATOR). THIRD ION has released the following statement about the lineup change: "Sadly, after our last gigs, our singer Tyler informed us he was leaving ...

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Former RAGE Guitarist's ALMANAC: 'Self Blinded Eyes' Video Premiere

ALMANAC, the new project led by former RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski, will release its debut album, "Tsar", on March 18 via Nuclear Blast. The CD's intricate cover artwork was created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (WISDOM, ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, ELEVENKING). Smolski himself was responsible for the production of the record, with mixing completed by Sebastian "Seeb" ...

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE: Audio Samples Of Entire 'Into The Legend' Album

Italian symphonic metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release their new studio album, "Into The Legend", on January 15 via AFM Records. Audio snippets of all the tracks that appear on "Into The Legend" can be streamed below. Comments RHAPSODY OF FIRE keyboardist Alex Staropoli: "After two years of intense work, including composing and arranging, ...

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE: New Song 'Distant Sky' Available For Streaming

Italian symphonic metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release their new studio album, "Into The Legend", on January 15 via AFM Records. The song "Distant Sky" can be streamed below. Comments RHAPSODY OF FIRE keyboardist Alex Staropoli: "After two years of intense work, including composing and arranging, after seven months spent in four different studios, ...

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ANNIHILATOR Planning First Concert Blu-Ray, Acoustic CD/DVD

Veteran Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have re-signed with UDR Music for two more studio albums. The band's leader, Jeff Waters, states: "That will put us at 17 studio CDs when that deal is over! Add that to the mega-package(s) we are planning in 2016 and it's gonna be a fantastic four more years with them, us ...

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE: Official Lyric Video For New Song 'Shining Star'

Italian symphonic metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release their new studio album, "Into The Legend", on January 15, 2016 via AFM Records. The official lyric video for the song "Shining Star" can be seen below. Comments RHAPSODY OF FIRE keyboardist Alex Staropoli: "After two years of intense work, including composing and arranging, after seven ...

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Former RAGE Guitarist's ALMANAC: 'Tsar' Album Details Revealed

ALMANAC, the new project led by former RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski, will release its debut album, "Tsar", on March 18, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The CD's intricate cover artwork was created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (WISDOM, ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, ELEVENKING). Smolski himself was responsible for the production of the record, with mixing completed by Sebastian ...

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MIKE PORTNOY Talks About His Tattoos (Video)

Drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, METAL ALLEGIANCE, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) recently spoke to Tattoo.com about his tattoos and current musical projects. You can now watch the chat below. Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER 30 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has ...

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