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HALESTORM Stays Away From Politics And Religion On Its Albums

In a brand new interview with Scotty Mars of the Live 105 radio station in Halifax, HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale was asked if it was hard to avoid writing about politics on the band's latest album, "Vicious", in light of the current political and social climates in the U.S. "Absolutely," she responded (hear audio below). ...

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LED ZEPPELIN: More 50th-Anniversary-Photo-Book Details Revealed

Due on October 9, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin" is the first and only official illustrated book by the band. It is a unique collaboration between Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, who have given Reel Art Press unrestricted access to the LED ZEPPELIN archive. Commemorating 50 years since their formation, this 400-page ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO Says SONS OF APOLLO Will Record Sophomore Album In 2019

Vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, W.E.T., TALISMAN) recently spoke with Midlands Metalheads Radio. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his extensive discography: Jeff: "If you add all the albums I've sung lead on, not including background vocals — not just bands, but things ...

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RIVAL SONS Release Music Video For New Song 'Do Your Worst'

Nashville/Los Angeles quartet RIVAL SONS has released "Do Your Worst", the first new music to be made available from the band's forthcoming LP, expected to arrive early next year on Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb's Low Country Sound imprint via Atlantic. Vocalist Jay Buchanan commented on how "Do Your Worst" was born: "Sometimes environment really ...

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Former SCORPIONS Drummer JAMES KOTTAK Says That He 'Will Be Involved' When Band Eventually Gets Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Former SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak says that he "will be involved" when the band eventually gets inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The German hard rockers, who been eligible for the honor since 1997, had been the decade-long international long shot when their 1982 album, "Blackout", blew up Top 10 in the ...

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URIAH HEEP Drummer Is 'Infuriated' By Classic Rock Radio Stations Who Won't Play Band's New Music

Drummer Russell Gilbrook of British hard rock veterans URIAH HEEP recently spoke with "The Classic Metal Show". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the high praise for the band's recent studio efforts: Russell: "It's a funny one, actually. The thing about music is it has ...

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Watch PHILIP ANSELMO Perform PANTERA Medley In San Antonio

Fan-filmed video footage of PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, the project led by the former PANTERA and current DOWN/SUPERJOINT frontman, performing a medley of classic PANTERA songs on September 7 at The Rock Box in San Antonio, Texas can be seen below. The medley consisted of the tracks "Death Rattle", "Domination" and "Hollow". PHILIP ...

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MATTHIAS JABS Says SCORPIONS 'Couldn't Continue' With Drummer JAMES KOTTAK: 'We Gave Him All The Chances, And 10 More'

Matthias Jabs says that SCORPIONS "had to make" the decision to fire James Kottak, explaining that he and his bandmates gave the drummer "all the chances" to get better. In September 2016, Kottak was dismissed from the legendary German hard rock band during his well-publicized battle with alcoholism and was replaced by former MOTÖRHEAD drummer ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO: 'Culture Shock' Video

"Culture Shock", the new video from ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, can be seen below. The song is taken from ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO's latest album, "Conundrum", which was released on September 7 via Palmetto/MRI. If you've attempted to keep up with the news cycle in recent years, then ...

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Coffin Birth - EXTREMITY

"Old School Death Metal" is a commonly discussed sub-subgenre these days, and it gives one a ballpark estimation and idea of what they're getting into. The tag brings to mind the aggressive and horrific sounds of AUTOPSY, DEATH or BOLT THROWER—or BLOOD INCANTATION as far as newer bands taking cue from the elders—rather than, say, ...

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Listen To New VREID Song 'One Hundred Years'

Norwegian metallers VREID will release their new album, "Lifehunger", on September 28 via Season Of Mist. The disc's new single, "One Hundred Years", can be streamed below. VREID comments: "Sometimes everything is so dark that you only see life. "This album is all about the primordial hunger that keeps us marching forward. It's a celebration ...

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Watch Pro-Shot Video Of GREAT WHITE Performing 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' With New Singer MITCH MALLOY

GREAT WHITE has released a performance video of its cover version of Ian Hunter's "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", featuring the band's latest addition, singer Mitch Malloy. The clip was filmed on August 18 at the Kentucky State Fair at Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall told KBACK Radio that the ...

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KINGDOM COME: More Dates Announced For 30th-Anniversary Tour

A revamped version of KINGDOM COME — comprised of guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank, drummer James Kottak, along with singer Keith St. John (formerly of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB) — will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the band's self-titled debut album by embarking on a U.S. tour ...

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STEEL PANTHER Drummer Defends 'Pussy Melter' Distortion Guitar Pedal: We 'Will Not Be Told What To Say Or Do'

STEEL PANTHER drummer Stix Zadinia has defended his group against criticism over the guitar effect preset called "Pussy Melter", saying that he and his bandmates "will not be told what to say or do." This past July, TC Electronic stopped advertising the "Pussy Melter" after a number of musicians blasted the Danish audio company for ...

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DISTURBED: Making Of 'Are You Ready' Video

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Are You Ready", the new video from DISTURBED, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober), who has previously worked with METALLICA, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON and GREEN DAY, among others. "Are You Ready" is the first single from DISTURBED's new album, "Evolution", which ...

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HIM Frontman VILLE VALO Records Album Of Previously Unreleased Songs By Finnish Singer RAULI 'BADDING' SOMERJOKI

AGENTS, the band led by guitar legend Esa Pulliainen and Ville Valo, the frontman of the recently disbanded Finnish rock act HIM, has recorded an album of songs written by legendary Finnish singer Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki. Pulliainen states: "This story begins three years ago. Upon finding three demo cassettes in my drawer which had been ...

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