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MIKE PORTNOY Wins 'Best Drummer' And 'Best Progressive Drummer' In 17th Annual 'Drummies'

Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB, FLYING COLORS) proves for a second straight year that his prog drumming makes him perhaps the most popular drummer in the world. Portnoy won "Best Drummer" and "Best Progressive Drummer", with more than 9,000 drummers voting in DRUM! magazine's 17th annual readers poll. Unlike last year when ...

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UNISONIC: Quality Video Footage Of HELLFEST Performance

Video footage of UNISONIC's June 15 performance at this year's edition of the Hellfest festival, which took place June 15-17 in Clisson, France, can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Unisonic 02. Never Too Late 03. King for a Day 04. My Sanctuary 05. March of Time (HELLOWEEN cover) 06. Over ...

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PELICAN's LAURENT SCHROEDER-LEBEC Taking Indefinite Hiatus From Band

PELICAN, the post-metal quartet from Chicago, Illinois, has released the following statement: "It is with resignation that we report that our guitarist and founding member Laurent Schroeder-Lebec is taking an indefinite hiatus from the band. Many may have already noticed his absence from live shows over the last couple of years (he stopped traveling for ...

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THERION: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Latin American Tour

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL, DIMMU BORGIR) has uploaded a 12-minute clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the Latin American leg of THERION's 25th-anniversary tour. Check it out below. THERION will celebrate their 25th anniversary by embarking on a European tour in the fall. The trek, aptly dubbed the "25th Anniversary Tour", ...

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SLAYER Drummer: How I Broke My Leg

Dries Van Damme of the Belgian national radio station Studio Brussel conducted an interview with SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo at this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, which took place June 22-24 in Dessel, Belgium. You can now watch the chat below. When asked about how he broke his leg last December, Lombardo said, "I was iceskating ...

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KING DIAMOND Drummer Answers Fan-Submitted Questions (Video)

A five-and-a-half-minute video clip in which KING DIAMOND drummer Matt Thompson answers fan-submitted questions while rehearsing for the band's summer tour dates can be seen below. Also available is fan-filmed video footage of KING DIAMOND's June 15 performance at Hellfest in Clisson, France. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. The Candle 02. Welcome Home ...

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ARTILLERY Announces New Drummer

Danish thrash metal veterans ARTILLERY have recruited drummer Josua Madsen to replace founding member Carsten Nielsen, who left the band in April "for personal reasons." Madsen previously played for the Houston, Texas-based progressive death act CONSUMED. Commented ARTILLERY: "Josua has been living the last couple of years in the U.S. playing with different bands. Last ...

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BLAZE BAYLEY Interviewed By 'The Metal Voice' (Video)

The Metal Voice recently conducted an interview with British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE). Blaze talks about his new solo album, "The King Of Metal"; his future tour plans and his struggles with depression. You can now watch the 20-minute chat below. Bayley's new studio album, "The King Of Metal", was released ...

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I AM I Parts Ways With Drummer

I AM I, the new band led by former DRAGONFORCE singer ZP Theart, has parted ways with drummer Paul Clarke Jr. for "personal reasons." A replacement drummer has already been recruited but the musician's identity has not yet been revealed. I AM I's next live appearance will take place on August 11 at this year's ...

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KING DIAMOND: Even More Footage From France's HELLFEST

Fan-filmed video footage of KING DIAMOND's June 15 performance at Hellfest in Clisson, France can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. The Candle 02. Welcome Home 03. Drum Solo 04. Voodoo 05. At The Graves 06. Up From The Grave 07. Dreams 08. Sleepless Nights 09. Guitar Solo 10. Shapes Of ...

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KATATONIA: 'Dead Letters' Lyric Video Released

The official lyric video for "Dead Letters", a brand new song from the Swedish dark rock band KATATONIA, can be seen below. The track comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Dead End Kings", which is scheduled for release on August 28 (one day earlier internationally) via Peaceville Records. The CD, which will feature a guest ...

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'Mission To Lars' Movie Star Interviewed (Video)

"Mission To Lars" — an uplifting documentary feature film about Tom Spicer, a learning-disabled man who, with his siblings help, goes on a transatlantic quest to find his much-obsessed-over hero, Lars Ulrich of METALLICA — was premiered at Hackney Picturehouse in London, England on June 6. The film is now being shown in Picturehouse theatres ...

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KING DIAMOND: More Footage From France's HELLFEST

Fan-filmed video footage of KING DIAMOND's June 15 performance at Hellfest in Clisson, France can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. The Candle 02. Welcome Home 03. Drum Solo 04. Voodoo 05. At The Graves 06. Up From The Grave 07. Dreams 08. Sleepless Nights 09. Guitar Solo 10. Shapes Of ...

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KING DIAMOND: Footage From HELLFEST Posted Online

Fan-filmed video footage of the legendary Danish/American/Swedish heavy metal band KING DIAMOND performing the song "Eye Of The Witch" this past Friday, June 15 at Hellfest in Clisson, France can be seen below. KING DIAMOND made its return to the live stage on June 9 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden. Danish heavy ...

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BLAZE BAYLEY To Embark On Acoustic Tour

Belgium-based classical guitarist Thomas Zwijsen, who has recorded an acoustic IRON MAIDEN tribute album called "Nylon Maiden", will join forces with singer Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) for an acoustic tour in July. Thomas says, "We will play [the BLAZE BAYLEY song 'Soundtrack Of My Life'] along with some other Blaze songs, some WOLFSBANE songs, ...

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DRIVER Vocalist ROB ROCK Interviewed On 'Rich Davenport's Rock Show' (Audio)

Powerhouse vocalist Rob Rock (DRIVER, IMPELLITTERI, JOSHUA, WARRIOR, AVANTASIA, AXEL RUDI PELL) was interviewed on the latest edition of "Rich Davenport's Rock Show". The program can be streamed using the Mixcloud player below. (Note: The Rock interview begins around the 24-minute mark.) DRIVER's new album, "Countdown", was released last month via Metal Heaven in Europe, ...

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MANOWAR Performs At Romania's OST FEST; Video Available

MANOWAR performed last night (Saturday, June 16) at OST Fest 2012 at the Zone Arena in Bucharest, Romania. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Manowar 02. Gates Of Valhalla 03. Kill With Power 04. Sign Of The Hammer 05. Fighting The World 06. Kings Of Metal 07. Metal Warriors 08. Sun Of Death 09. ...

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SLAYER: Ostrava Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of SLAYER's June 6 performance at Zimní stadion Sareza in Ostrava, Czech Republic can be seen below. In a recent interview with MTV's "Alternative Nation", SLAYER guitarist Kerry King stated aboutfellow SLAYER axeman Jeff Hanneman's current state of health (Jeff in January 2011 contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, ...

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DREAM THEATER: Tour Kick-Off Video Posted Online

Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATERJames LaBrie (vocals), John Myung (bass), John Petrucci (guitar and vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboards and continuum) and Mike Mangini (drums) — will launch a major North American headlining summer tour tonight (Friday, June 15) in Rochester, New York. The tour includes stops at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles ...

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LAMB OF GOD: 'Desolation' Video Released

"Desolation", the new video from Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD, can be seen below. The song comes off the band's latest album, "Resolution", which has sold 117,000 copies in the United States since its January release. "Resolution" sold around 52,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at ...

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