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K.K. DOWNING Praises TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS-Era JUDAS PRIEST Albums

K.K. Downing has reflected on the albums JUDAS PRIEST made with singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, saying that fans have grown to appreciate them more in the two decades since they were released. Owens joined PRIEST in 1996 and recorded two studio albums with the band — 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition" — before PRIEST reunited ...

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K.K. DOWNING: 'When GLENN TIPTON Retired, I Fully Expected That That Would Be The Opening' For Me To Return To JUDAS PRIEST

Founding JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that it is "absolutely" not true that he retired from the music industry after his exit from the band a decade ago. Downing left PRIEST in 2011 amid claims of band conflict, shoddy management and declining quality of performance. He was replaced by Richie Faulkner, nearly three decades ...

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Former ANTHRAX Singer NEIL TURBIN Releases Debut DEATHRIDERS Single And Video, 'Never Surrender'

DEATHRIDERS, the band featuring featuring Neil Turbin (ANTHRAX) on vocals, Jonas Hornqvist of guitar, Richard Svard on bass, and Matt Thompson (KING DIAMOND) on drums, has released its debut single and video produced by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. "Never Surrender" is taken from the DEATHRIDERS' upcoming ...

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ANTHRAX Looks Back On Decision To Fire JOEY BELLADONNA In 1992: 'It Was Never Personal'

ANTHRAX is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a number of special activities and events. Each week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, ANTHRAX's social media accounts are offering a series of video testimonials sent in by former bandmembers, fellow musicians, colleagues, and industry veterans sharing behind-the-scenes stories of working with the band and what ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: Why I Don't Need A Producer Or A Co-Writer

Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has confirmed to Rob Rush Radio that he doesn't plan on bringing out a lead vocalist with him on his upcoming tour. "No. No singer. Just me," he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). "Let me make it really easy for everybody to understand: If I do something, it's because I ...

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RUSH Artist HUGH SYME To Open New Exhibit In Texas

Hugh Syme, a legendary artist renowned for creating iconic album covers and artwork for rock legends including RUSH, DREAM THEATER, AEROSMITH, QUEENSRŸCHE, IRON MAIDEN, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER and WHITESNAKE, will open a new exhibit in Texas at Austin's Ao5 Gallery. The exhibit, which will include more than 20 of Syme's works, will open with ...

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MR. BUNGLE Shares Live 'Eracist' Video

MR. BUNGLE has released "The Night They Came Home" (Ipecac Recordings), the NorCal band's first live album. The 14-song LP, accompanied by a physical-only film release, captures the band's Halloween 2020 livestream event and features the new live video for "Eracist", which can be seen below. "'Eracist' is a unique song in the 'Raging Wrath' ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD: 'Honesty Brings You Peace'

In a new interview with Marci Wiser of the 95.5 KLOS radio station, JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford spoke about his recently released autobiography, "Confess". Co-written with Ian Gittins, the book offers readers a compelling, heartfelt and honest look at the struggles the 69-year-old has faced with addiction and his sexuality as well as exploring ...

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The Night They Came Home - MR. BUNGLE

MR. BUNGLE is without a doubt one of the metal world's most bizarre and eccentric musical entities. Following 20 years of inactivity, during which time the act's key members further explored their own musical journeys, the band ended its hiatus with the 2020 release of "The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo", a reimagined ...

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Mammoth - MAMMOTH WVH

When you're the son of arguably the greatest heavy metal guitarist of all time, pursuing a career in music will always occur under unimaginable pressure. No one could criticize Wolfgang Van Halen for taking so many years to finally feel able to unleash his singular creativity, and any residual doubts will vanish quickly when people ...

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ANTHRAX Reveals More 'Among The Living' Graphic Novel Details

Z2 Comics and heavy metal titans ANTHRAX have announced the "Among The Living" graphic novel, to be released in stores globally next month. Since the first announcement of the upcoming graphic novel inspired by the band's landmark 1987 album, the project has remained one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Today, it is ...

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Family The Smiling Thrush - BOSS KELOID

When music nerds talk about bands having "their own sound," what we are generally referring to are subtle deviations from otherwise familiar blueprints, rather than wholesale bolts from the musical blue. But while educated listeners will invariably be able to attribute certain elements in BOSS KELOID's sound to specific influences, the looming reality is that ...

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ANTHRAX: Details Of 40th-Anniversary Livestream Revealed

The countdown to July 18, the 40th anniversary of thrash/metal legends ANTHRAX, is well underway and heading towards the big finale. A special worldwide livestream event, presented by Danny Wimmer Presents and originating from Los Angeles, will kick off in North America on Friday, July 16, beginning at 4 p.m. PT and 7 p.m. ET, ...

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BLACK SABBATH's TONY IOMMI And JUDAS PRIEST Back #ILoveMetal, The World's Biggest Ever Metal-Music Charity Prize Draw

BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, Nuclear Blast, MY DYING BRIDE, Laney, Epiphone, Earache, Sony/BMG, Razamataz, PRS Guitars, Live Nation/Download, 5BAM, Bravado and UK Metal Merger are among the international metal-music industry heavyweights who have donated over 1,000 items of "money-can't-buy" metal memorabilia, merchandise and rarities to #ILoveMetal, the world's biggest ever metal-music charity prize draw. In ...

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KISS Returns To Comics In New Series From DYNAMITE

The iconic band KISS return to comics in a haunting new tale, "Phantom Obsession", by writer Ian Edginton. As a young man in 1978, Darius Cho attended a concert of his favorite band, a memory that has stuck with him to this day. Now he is a massively wealthy tech giant, but mysteriously reclusive. Some ...

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TONY IOMMI Looks Back On His Brief Stint With JETHRO TULL: 'I Felt A Bit Out Of Place'

Diversion Podcasts, a division of Diversion Media, has released the latest episode of "Backstaged: The Devil In Metal". Hosted by bestselling author and music journalist, Jon Wiederhorn, this 12-episode podcast offers a one-of-a-kind journey through the history and culture of heavy metal. The podcast explores elements of darkness and extremism in the music and, examines ...

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