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DAVID ELLEFSON Says He Was Asked To Play With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA After MEGADETH Disbanded In 2002

Shortly after MEGADETH disbanded in early 2002 due to a severe arm injury suffered by frontman Dave Mustaine, bassist David Ellefson says he was approached by then-MEGADETH lead guitarist Al Pitrelli to play with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. Although Ellefson turned the gig down, it apparently taught him a valuable lesson — he would go on to ...

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DEVILDRIVER Guitarist On Group's Forthcoming Album: 'This Is The Most Happy I've Ever Been With Any Record'

Prior to DEVILDRIVER's July 19 performance in Sioux City, Iowa, guitarist Mike Spreitzer spoke with Jeremy Lafrentz of Backstage Entertainment. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On when the group's forthcoming record will be released: Mike: "Don't ask me when that is. I'm not ...

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PHIL DEMMEL Says VIO-LENCE Is Taking 'Delicate' Approach To Reunion: 'We're Still Kind Of Feeling Each Other Out'

VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel (formerly of MACHINE HEAD) recently spoke with Australia's Heavy magazine about the group's upcoming tour of the continent. The full conversation an be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the resurrection of VIO-LENCE and upcoming Australian tour: Phil: "This whole thing kind of started slow, right ...

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SLAYER Plays Last-Ever Show In Europe

SLAYER played its last-ever concert in Europe earlier tonight (Saturday, August 3) at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Support at the show came from ANTHRAX and ALIEN WEAPONRY. Just after the gig, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante took to his Instagram to post photos of SLAYER's Tom Araya and Kerry King saying goodbye to the fans from ...

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CROBOT To Release 'Motherbrain' Album This Month; 'Low Life' Video Available

CROBOT will release its fourth album, "Motherbrain", on August 23 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. The disc sees the Pennsylvania quartet — Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals, harmonica), Chris Bishop (guitar, vocals) and Dan Ryan (drums) — striking a delicate balance between hard-charging riffs, ass-shaking funk, and out-of-this-world reflective stage attire. James Lascu and Eddie Collins ...

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Rewind, Replay, Rebound - VOLBEAT

The primary strength of Copenhagen rockers VOLBEAT — dating back to their 2005 debut, "The Strength / The Sound / The Songs" — has been their ability to juggle multiple different songwriting angles within their sound. The band's road to their modern wave of popularity has been a long and winding one, but their dexterity ...

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Watch RATT Perform In Sacramento

Fan-filmed video footage of RATT's August 2 performance at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California can be seen below. RATT singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier recently confirmed that the band is planning to release new music in 2020. "It's natural for us to, obviously, record," Croucier said during an appearance on the June ...

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Oscillation - OH HIROSHIMA

When the term "post-rock" was first coined, the records it sought to describe were invariably of a groundbreaking nature: albums by SLINT, TORTOISE, BARK PSYCHOSIS and others purposefully abandoned the usual rules of rock 'n' roll in favor of a sustained quest to imagine guitar-based music as something else, something other. More than two decades ...

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Bleeding The Stars - LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE

Persistence is invaluable when it comes to pursuing your creative instincts. Proving the point, LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE have been making dark, melancholy music since the mid-'90s, first as purveyors of classically enhanced doom, but latterly as Germany's undisputed masters of extra-morbid but fervently melodic gothic (hard) rock. The band's transition from underground metal mavens to something ...

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Recordead Live – Sexorcism In Z7 - LORDI

For metalheads of a certain age, LORDI will forever be inexorably linked to their victory in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. Proof that metal fans can be mobilized easily enough if you present them with a fun opportunity, the Finns' fan-voted moment of glory certainly enabled them to surf on a wave of notoriety for ...

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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Turns 56 On Saturday

METALLICA singer/guitarist James Hetfield turns 56 years old on Saturday (August 3). Born in 1963 in Downey, California, James was the son of a truck driver named Virgil and a singer named Cynthia. Hetfield's parents were Christian Scientists and strongly disapproved of the use of any kind of medicine or medical treatments, even when Cynthia ...

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Watch HELLYEAH Play PANTERA Covers In Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Fan-filmed video footage of HELLYEAH covering PANTERA's "I'm Broken" and "Walk" on July 30 at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user "KymPisces"). HELLYEAH's sixth studio album, "Welcome Home", will be released on September 27 via Eleven Seven Music. The disc will mark the group's final effort with drummer ...

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CLUTCH Vocalist Says Rock Is 'Pretty Piss Poor' In Regard To Keeping Up With Changes In Music Industry

Prior to CLUTCH's performance at the recent Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, vocalist Neil Fallon spoke with Shawn SixX of the Boston radio station WAAF. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On CACTUS drummer Carmine Appice's praise for CLUTCH's cover of the blues standard "Evil", ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Says Metal And Horror Are Both 'Really Good At Capturing Dark Emotions'

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett recently spoke with the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (CBC) program "Q" about his exhibit of vintage horror film posters, "It's Alive!: Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection", which is currently on display at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow ...

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NERGAL Says BEHEMOTH's Next Album Will Arrive In 2021

Following BEHEMOTH's performance in San Bernardino, California on July 27, guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski 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 group's participation in SLIPKNOT's current "Knotfest ...

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Video Premiere: ZINNGESCHREI's 'Amok'

"Amok", the new video from the Los Angeles instrumental power trio ZINNGESCHREI, can be seen below. The song is taken from "Metal Assault Mixtape - Vol. 1", Metal Assault Records' very own and very first summer compilation release, featuring nine of the finest purveyors of underground heavy music. Nine bands, nine brand new, previously unreleased ...

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