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SONATA ARCTICA's TONY KAKKO: 'There Are A Lot of Bands Who Always Did Power Metal Much Better Than We Did'

Since its 1999 "Ecliptica" debut, SONATA ARCTICA has gradually moved away from the zippy, speedy, if not wholly saccharine, power metal sound that so defined the Finnish band's early years. Inspired heavily by their fellow countrymen STRATOVARIUS, SONATA ARCTICA rode the late '90s/early 2000s melodic and power metal resurgence alongside EDGUY, HAMMERFALL and KAMELOT. But ...

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HAMMERFALL's OSCAR DRONJAK: 'We've Always Been On The Same Path; We Haven't Deviated Much'

Record Collector recently conducted an interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the band's sound has changed since they signed to Austria's Napalm Records in 2016: Oscar: "No. Nothing has really changed. HAMMERFALL will always be the ...

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Couple Filmed Engaging In Sexual Act During BEHEMOTH Concert

BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski has shared a video of a couple engaging in a sexual act while in the moshpit during the band's performance Saturday night (July 6) at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark. In an accompanying message, Nergal wrote: "Well, I'm no veteran but I've seen things. I've seen a lot... yesterday ...

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DEADLAND RITUAL Feat. GEEZER BUTLER, MATT SORUM, STEVE STEVENS: Pro-Shot Video Of HELLFEST Concert

Professionally filmed video footage of DEADLAND RITUAL's June 22 performance at Hellfest in Clisson, France can be seen below. DEADLAND RITUAL is the new band featuring bassist Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), guitarist Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL, VINCE NEIL), drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and singer Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA). DEADLAND RITUAL's setlist consists ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer MIKE MANGINI On 'Distance Over Time' Album: 'Everybody Was On The Same Page'

Prior to DREAM THEATER's performance at this year's Download festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, drummer Mike Mangini spoke with Heavy TV. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his contributions to the group's latest album, "Distance Over Time": Mike: "It's great to ...

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GEOFF TATE Says He Has Never 'Actually Spoken A Word To' SWEET OBLIVION Collaborator SIMONE MULARONI

Former QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Geoff Tate recently spoke with Sonically Disruptive. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the self-titled debut album by his new progressive metal project, SWEET OBLIVION: Geoff: "I got contacted by a gentleman from my record company in Italy [Frontiers Music Srl], who ...

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STEVE VAI On The 1990s: 'I Was The Poster Boy For Everything That Was Wrong About Playing The Guitar'

Guitarist Steve Vai recently spoke with Australia's Heavy magazine. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the recently released GENERATION AXE live album: Steve: "It was different from many things that I've done in the past, but it's always nice to kind of realize a dream, ...

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Ontario's HAIR IN THE FAIR Festival Officially Canceled

Hair In The Fair festival, which was scheduled to take place July 11-14 in Welland, Ontario, Canada, has been canceled. Organizers announced on Thursday that they were pulling the plug on the event "due to financial hardship and extremely low ticket sales." A message on the festival's official web site reads: "We deeply regret this ...

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JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES Tease 'I Want It All' Video

JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES — comprised of world-renowned guitarist John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON), bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix — have released a teaser for their next music video, "I Want It All". The clip was directed by Israel Perez Hortal and will make its online debut on July 31, ...

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AUGUST BURNS RED Vocalist Says Band's New Music Will Be 'Easier For The Listener To Really Grasp What's Going On'

AUGUST BURNS RED vocalist Jake Luhrs recently spoke with RadioactiveMike Z, host of the Riverside, California radio station 96.7 KCAL-FM program "Wired In The Empire". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's upcoming tour, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of their third album, "Constellations": ...

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Seven Pathways to Annihilation - HOWLING SYCAMORE

It was always going to be epic. Take one of the most inventive and quite possibly unhinged songwriters in extreme music history, Davide Tiso (EPHEL DUATH), and pair him with one of the greatest metal voices of all time, Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER), and then, why the fuck not, get Hannes Grossmann (HATE ETERNAL, BLOTTED SCIENCE, ...

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Help Us Stranger - THE RACONTEURS

THE RACONTEURS burst on to the hard rock scene with 2006's "Broken Boy Soldiers", a pivotal moment for co-founder Jack White. Just one year later, the final WHITE STRIPES album was released. While this turning point for White is obvious viewing things in the rearview mirror, THE RACONTEURS initially came across as a side project ...

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High Fantasy - GYGAX

If you've never had the pleasure of listening to GYGAX, go back and give "Dice Throwers and Rock 'n' Rollers", the opening track from last year's "2nd Edition", and blast at high volume. Therein lies everything you need about this band, from their unwavering devotion to the twin-lead evangelism of THIN LIZZY to their mastery ...

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Crimson Riders - BOKASSA

There are few things more likely to enhance your profile than a celebrity endorsement. He may still have an uncanny ability to generate controversy, but when Lars Ulrich declared that BOKASSA were his favorite new band, he almost certainly enabled the Norse "stoner-punks" to skip a couple of years and make a far bigger splash ...

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STITCHED UP HEART Singer Says SULLY ERNA Has Been Incredibly Supportive: He 'Likes To Help The Little Guys'

STITCHED UP HEART singer Alecia "Mixi" Demner spoke to "BODS Mayhem Hour" about her band's collaboration with GODSMACK's Sully Erna on "Lost", the first single from STITCHED UP HEART's upcoming album, "Darkness". Mixi said: "Man, he's just been incredible. We became friends a couple of years ago. We collaborated on a couple of songs. And ...

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