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GRAVEYARD Begins Recording Comeback Album

Swedish rockers GRAVEYARD have entered Park Studios in Stockholm to record their as-yet-untitled new album for a late spring/early summer release. The disc is being produced by Chips Kiesbye (THE HELLACOPTERS, MICHAEL MONROE, THE NOMADS) and engineered by Stefan Boman (BURT BACHARACH, ALICE COOPER, DEF LEPPARD, KENT). Commented the band: "It's great to be back ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Announces Spring 2018 European Headlining Tour

MONSTER MAGNET will embark on a European tour in May and June, visiting the biggest cities in Europe to promote its recently announced 11th album, "Mindfucker". Confirmed tour dates: May 03 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof May 04 - Berlin, Germany - Desertfest Berlin May 05 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje May 06 - London, ...

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Denmark Invented 'Hard Rock Diplomacy' By Giving Indonesian President Signed METALLICA Box Set

Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen spoke to Channel NewsAsia‏ about his decision to give Indonesian president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo a METALLICA "Master Of Puppets" box set during a recent diplomatic state visit. Confirming that the box set was "signed by Lars Ulrich, the drummer who originally invented METALLICA," Rasmussen said that he chose the ...

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Bomb-Sniffing Dogs A Requirement At FOO FIGHTERS Shows

According to The Pulse Of Radio, organizers of a FOO FIGHTERS concert last Saturday (December 9) in Billings, Montana scrambled at the last minute to find a bomb-sniffing dog as per the band's security requirements. Local TV station KTVQ reported that a local dog group fell through and the arena staff made calls ...

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Kingdoms Disdained - MORBID ANGEL

The seemingly commercialized industrial metal abomination that was "Illud Divinum Insanus" stands as one of metal history's most notorious left turns and blunders that a band has made. It's MORBID ANGEL's "Cold Lake". The genre-leading band that was once steeped in occultism and anti-Christian thought before morphing toward mainman Trey Azagthoth's obsession with ancient Sumerian ...

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For the Demented - ANNIHILATOR

Jeff Waters is in both a wonderful and awkward spot in his prolific career. He's creative control as the primary force behind a legendary metal moniker that stands for two different things: the entity itself and the conductor operating it mostly on his own like a thrasher's Lionel set. Now, if you peel open the ...

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Psychosis - CAVALERA CONSPIRACY

We're not going to start this review with the unnecessary "us vs. them" preamble. Max and Igor Cavalera are one hundred percent at peace, as brothers and artists, and with their trusted sidearm, Marc Rizzo, IMO one of the greatest guitarists on the planet still failing to be suitably glorified, the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY has already ...

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The Dusk in Us - CONVERGE

CONVERGE isn't just any band. It has helped expand heavy music's boundaries since the late nineties. The band's characteristic belligerence remains on "The Dusk in Us", but it's as restrained as you'd expect from a hardened inmate who has successfully done time and is prepared for re-integration into society. In other words, it isn't too ...

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Wizard Bloody Wizard - ELECTRIC WIZARD

ELECTRIC WIZARD is unquestionably one of modern doom's most influential acts. Decades after its inception, it's becoming increasingly clear that the Dorset, England-based band has been morphing into a stripped-down psychedelic and horror-fueled seventies-styled rock band. The seeds were planted with 2007's "Witchcult Today". In spite of this increasingly obvious direction, 2014's "Time to Die" ...

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Fatal Command - PÄNZER

Schmier's a busy fella these days. Following DESTRUCTION's outstanding Under Attack" from last year, the legendary thrash band is about to uncork another batch of re-recordings from its vault with "Thrash Anthems II". Meanwhile, Schmier's other band, PÄNZER, may be suffering the departure of ACCEPT and VICTORY icon, Herman Frank, but that's not stopping him ...

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The Sin and the Sentence - TRIVIUM

Every time I come across a new TRIVIUM album across my desk for review, I smile greater than I do with many others. I tell the story frequently and it's merely for my own kick since the band did it all on their own and then some. Yet I called it in the parking lot ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Defends 'Groundbreaking' RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram Tour, Says WENDY DIO 'Wants To Please The Fans'

Tim "Ripper" Owens has defended DIO DISCIPLES' decision to go on the road with a hologram of Ronnie James Dio, saying that the "groundbreaking" tour's ultimate goal is to please fans of the legendary heavy metal vocalist. For the past several years, the former JUDAS PRIEST singer has played sporadic shows with DIO DISCIPLES, which ...

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EKTOMORF Loses Guitarist, Bassist, Drummer; New Lineup Revealed

Hungarian metallers EKTOMORF have parted ways with Tamás Schrottner (guitar), Szabolcs Murvai (bass) and Róbert Jaksa (drums) due to "personal differences" and have replaced them with Szebasztián Simon, Attila Asztalos and Dániel Szabó, respectively. EKTOMORF guitarist/vocalist Zoltán Farkas states: "After many years of touring and playing together, Tomi, Robi and Szabi decided to leave the ...

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Former A LIFE ONCE LOST, FURY OF FIVE Members Join Forces In VEXES

From the ashes of renowned Pennsylvania/New Jersey-based rock and metal groups A LIFE ONCE LOST, FURY OF FIVE, VESSL and DOWNSTAGE rises a vital new lifeform, VEXES — the experimental, eclectic, groove-infused new post-rock outfit featuring frontman Charlie Berezansky, guitarist John Klagholz, drummer Justin Graves, and the band's newest member, bassist Bobby Carpenter. VEXES' debut ...

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TARJA TURUNEN Performs With NIGHTWISH's MARCO HIETALA For First Time In 12 Years (Video)

Longtime NIGHTWISH bandmates Marco Hietala and Tarja Turunen performed live together for the first time in 12 years during this past Thursday's (December 14) "Raskasta Joulua" concert at the Elenia Areena in Hämeenlinna, Finland. "Raskasta Joulua", which translates to "Heavy Christmas," is an all-star symphonic Christmas rock project which consists of Finland's leading heavy metal ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Performs BLACK SABBATH Favorites, Solo Classics With ROYAL MACHINES (Video)

Ozzy Osbourne joined ROYAL MACHINES on stage last night (Saturday, December 16) at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California to perform six songs, including "I Don't Know" and the BLACK SABBATH classics "Paranoid" and "Iron Man". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. ROYAL MACHINES is the "all-star covers fun-times band" featuring ...

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GENE SIMMONS Denies Sexual Battery Allegations, Says Evidence Will Prove His Innocence

Gene Simmons has denied groping and making "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" toward a radio and television broadcaster during a November 1 interview. The woman, identified as "Jane Doe," filed a lawsuit against Simmons in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday (December 15), alleging that the KISS bassist/vocalist grabbed her hand multiple times and "forcefully placed ...

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STEVE TUCKER Says MORBID ANGEL Doesn't Discuss 'Illud Divinum Insanus': 'It's Like Sitting And Talking With Your Girlfriend About Her Ex-Boyfriend'

James Geiser of AntiHero Magazine recently conducted an interview with frontman Steve Tucker of veteran Floridian death metallers MORBID ANGEL. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On MORBID ANGEL's mentality during the making of their new "Kingdoms Disdained" studio album: Steve: "Honestly, I think ...

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