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SLAYER To Play 'Last French Show Ever' At Next Year's HELLFEST

SLAYER has announced that it will play its "last French show ever" at next year's Hellfest. The 2019 edition of the annual festival will be held June 21-23 in Clisson and will also include appearances by MANOWAR, CARCASS, MASS HYSTERIA and DROPKICK MURPHYS, among others. In a video announcement via Facebook, SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya ...

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Live In Overhausen - OVERKILL

You know an OVERKILL live video is not only going to be an event, it's going to knock your socks right up your chute. Revisiting a familiar haunt, Oberhausen, Germany, where, 30-years ago, the band previously filmed, the New Jersey thrash icons ripped up Turbinenhalle 2 on April 16, 2016. The occasion, to commemorate the ...

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Queen of Time - AMORPHIS

Similar to Norway's ENSLAVED, Finnish metal legend AMORPHIS has ridden a long, sometimes strange journey on its search for progression from the ashes of its charred death metal foundations. AMORPHIS has been so daring it's come close to becoming more prog than death metal (delving in pure rock on 2003's "Far from the Sun"), yet ...

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For The Cause - MADBALL

Freddy Cricien truly is, and always has been, hardcore for life. When he was just seven years old, he began touring with his older half-brother's band, none other than the pioneering underground band AGNOSTIC FRONT. The brothers are nothing short of hardcore royalty. The seeds for MADBALL were essentially planted when brother Roger Miret would ...

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Meditations - KATAKLYSM

More than a quarter century in the game, Canadian metal masher KATAKLYSM returns with its 13th album, "Meditations". By now, we've expected KATAKLYSM to be a different unit from the one that recorded the blunt and blazing "Sorcery" and "Temples of Knowledge". Still, could anyone following the band have predicted the directions KATAKLYSM has taken ...

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Dead Cross - DEAD CROSS

On paper, DEAD CROSS features one of the most impressive super group lineups in history. Oftentimes such endeavors fall short of expectations for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the world class musicians use these alternate bands as an opportunity to flex their impressive talents. This may be enjoyable for self-serving purposes, but it generally comes ...

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House of Doom - CANDLEMASS

A casino of the damned? Someone dial Anne Rice's agent; there's a potential Lestat story to be fleshed out here. In one of the weirdest experiments in metal, doom legends CANDLEMASS created a soundtrack song for an online gaming experience, "House of Doom". Now, before you trigger-happy zombie mashers get a blazing hard-on by what ...

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Disobey - BAD WOLVES

While its pedigree suggested potential success, few can honestly say they would have expected the young metal supergroup BAD WOLVES to blow up to the extent that it has. And, in a sense, it did so before the race even began with its heartfelt version of THE CRANBERRIES's classic "Zombie". The association between the song ...

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Our Raw Heart - YOB

YOB's riffs and songs are gargantuan. YOB is the heavy metal equivalent of planets colliding. Something of a similar magnitude, in a pejorative sense, impacted ring leader Mike Scheidt recently with regard to his health. He underwent a major surgery for intestinal disease, a surgery that took hours longer than expected. His health woes essentially ...

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Twisted Prayers - GRUESOME

Make no mistake about GRUESOME's intentions. The band is pure, shameless worship of the seminal band DEATH's early work. The masterminds who brought the vision to life were none other than EXHUMED's frontman Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DIVINE EMPIRE), both of whom were involved with the "Death To All" benefit tours ...

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Pain of Mind - NEUROSIS

NEUROSIS is one of the most important and forward-thinking bands in heavy music. The value of its music on its own and the impact and influence it has had on other significant artists simply cannot be overstated. The group has recently re-issued its 1987 debut album, "Pain of Mind", via its own label, Neurot Recordings. ...

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Beacon of Faith - BAPTISTS

Comparing BAPTISTS to noisecore pioneers CONVERGE is inevitable. The characteristic style and sounds remain in tow with the band's third full-length album, "Beacon of Faith", but it does more than simply chase the forefathers. BAPTISTS continues along a path that is comparatively more linear in approach yet much catchier and easily digestible. For some, album ...

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Witch Mountain - WITCH MOUNTAIN

When bands shake up their lineups, the changes can be significant as far as the nature of future output as well as public perception. The impact is oftentimes much more profound when the change involves the vocalist, especially with regard to how the audience will respond. Needless to say, it was a big deal to ...

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Bestial Hymns Of Perversion - OF FEATHER AND BONE

OF FEATHER AND BONE has come a long way. In its early days, the Colorado band was running along the path of hardcore punk and grindcore. And it did it well. The group has since transformed into a death metal band that some may describe as falling under the umbrella of "old-school death metal," which ...

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Hadeon - PESTILENCE

Members of PESTILENCE have come and gone. There has been one constant figure throughout, Patrick Mameli. The man is the heart and driving force of the legendary Netherlands death metal band. The ensemble has undergone periods of inactivity, and nonexistence, including a span that lasted 14 years following the promotional cycle of the group's groundbreaking ...

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VOLBEAT Honors VINNIE PAUL At Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING (Video)

Danish/American rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT paid tribute to Vinnie Paul Abbott during their concert Saturday night (June 23) at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium. Giant screens on either side of the stage projected the former PANTERA drummer's image while VOLBEAT performed the song "Goodbye Forever". On Friday, VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen issued a ...

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