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Listen To New PRAYING MANTIS Song 'Keep It Alive'

British rockers PRAYING MANTIS will release their 11th studio album, "Gravity", on May 11 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc's opening track, "Keep It Alive", can now be streamed below. "Gravity" track listing: 01. Keep It Alive 02. Mantis Anthem 03. Time Can Heal 04. 39 Years 05. Gravity 06. Ghosts Of The Past 07. ...

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Video Premiere: TREMONTI's 'Take You With Me'

The official John Deeb-directed video for "Take You With Me", a new song from TREMONTI, the band comprised of Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, and Garrett Whitlock on drums, can be seen below. The track is taken from the group's fouth album, "A Dying Machine", which will be released on June 8 ...

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EMPEROR's IHSAHN On Being Considered An 'Icon' Of Black Metal: 'It Has Nothing To Do With Me As A Person'

Carla Morton of Antichrist Magazine recently conducted an interview with EMPEROR frontman Ihsahn (real name: Vegard Sverre Tveitan) about his forthcoming new solo album, "Ámr". You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the diverse nature of "Ámr": Ihsahn: "It's basically just an element of ...

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OVERKILL: Second Trailer For 'Live In Overhausen'

The second trailer for "Live In Overhausen" from legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL can be seen below. The set will be released on May 18 via Nuclear Blast. Celebrating the band's history, "Live In Overhausen" captured not one but two album anniversaries. Fans assembled on April 16, 2016 at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen, Germany for ...

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BIFF BYFORD Says Timeless Songs Are Key To SAXON's Success

SAXON frontman Biff Byford was recently interviewed by Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. Asked what has been the key to SAXON's success, Biff said: "I think just keep releasing great albums, really — trying to make the music that you write as ...

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NITA STRAUSS Says 'Crossroads' Movie Changed Her Life: 'All I Did From That Moment Forward Was Play The Guitar'

Guitarist Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER, WE START WARS) was recently interviewed by Sweetwater's Nick Bowcott. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On what motivates her: Nita: "I guess sheer force of will and stubbornness. I've never met a girl in my life that wasn't pretty stubborn ...

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RICHIE FAULKNER On Performing JUDAS PRIEST Classics: 'The Challenge Is Capturing The Vibe Of The Original'

Lana of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin radio station 102.9 The Hog recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Asked which PRIEST song has been most challenging for him to play, Faulkner said: "They're not challenging in the sense of… PRIEST were ...

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Conqueror's Oath - VISIGOTH

Someone apparently needs to claim MANOWAR's torch following that band's "Final Battle" farewell pillage. IRON FIRE is one contender, PRIMAL FEAR and ANGEL DUST are others. 3 INCHES OF BLOOD had its chance. HAMMERFALL is the most logical successor to the leftover vacancy in sword and sorcery-themed power metal, but don't tell VISIGOTH that. History ...

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AMON AMARTH's JOHAN HEGG: 'If I Don't Have The Connection With The Audience, I Feel That I Failed As A Frontman'

Ben of Australia's "The Moshpit Backstage" podcast recently conducted an interview with frontman Johan Hegg of Swedish death metal veterans AMON AMARTH. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how he prepares for an AMON AMARTH live show: Johan: "I think it's different for all of ...

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TREMONTI: 'A Dying Machine' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for "A Dying Machine", the title track of the fourth album from TREMONTI, the band comprised of Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, and Garrett Whitlock on drums, can be seen below. Due on June 8 via Napalm Records, the disc was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who has ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Unveils Cover Art For U.S. Edition Of 'Heavy Duty' Autobiography

The cover art of the U.S edition of former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing's forthcoming autobiography can be seen below. "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest" will be released on September 18 via Da Capo Press. The book was co-written by the Scottish author and journalist Mark Eglinton, whose previous collaborations include "Official ...

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OTEP Announces 'Fire & Fury' U.S. Tour Dates

OTEP, the band led by singer, poet, illustrator, author and activist Otep Shamaya, recently announced the release of its eighth full-length album, due later this year via Napalm Records. Shamaya says: "After every album, there's an overwhelming sense of excitement, but this time it's in the stratosphere. This time, we hold nothing back. It's an ...

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ANTHRAX Drummer Discusses Making Of 'Kings Among Scotland' DVD In New Trailer

Multi-Grammy-nominated thrash icons ANTHRAX will see "Kings Among Scotland", the band's long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, arrive in stores and online on April 27 (Megaforce). Captured on February 15, 2017 at the band's sold-out concert at Glasgow's historic venue Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour "Kings Among Scotland" incorporates the band's entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage ...

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POWERWOLF Unveils 'The Sacrament Of Sin' Cover Artwork, Track Listing

German metallers POWERWOLF will release their seventh album, "The Sacrament Of Sin", later in the year via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Blessed & Possessed" was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with KREATOR, DRAGONFORCE, SEPULTURA and PARADISE LOST, among others. Guitarist Matthew Greywolf ...

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MICHAEL SWEET: 'Controversy Follows STRYPER'

Bay Ragni of Totally Driven Radio recently conducted an interview with STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether STRYPER is always "one of controversy": Michael: "[Laughs] Well, controversy follows STRYPER, we don't follow it. It's just kind of par for the ...

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BIFF BYFORD On SAXON's Struggles During Mid-1980s: 'I Think Everybody Lost Their Way A Bit Around That Time, Actually'

Tony Heare of Midlands Metalheads Radio's "The Breakfast Show" conducted an interview with frontman Biff Byford of British metal legends SAXON during a recent stop on their European tour with DIAMOND HEAD and ROCK GODDESS. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On ...

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ANTHRAX: First Trailer For 'Kings Among Scotland' DVD

Multi-Grammy-nominated thrash icons ANTHRAX will see "Kings Among Scotland", the band's long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, arrive in stores and online on April 27 (Megaforce). Captured on February 15, 2017 at the band's sold-out concert at Glasgow's historic venue Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour "Kings Among Scotland" incorporates the band's entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage ...

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