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DAVID ELLEFSON Looks Back On MEGADETH's GRAMMY Win

David Ellefson spoke to Sonic Perspectives about MEGADETH's first-ever Grammy win back in 2017 when he and his bandmates took home the trophy for "Best Metal Performance" for the title track of their latest album, "Dystopia". MEGADETH's "Dystopia" nod marked the band's twelfth Grammy nomination in the "Metal" category (including nominations in the discontinued "Best ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Rings Now Available From THE GREAT FROG

The Great Frog, which has been hand-crafting rock jewelry in Carnaby, London since 1972, has announced a collaboration with British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST. The Great Frog comments: "It is with great pleasure and excitement we announce the release of our TGF x Judas Priest collaboration. Inspired by some of the band's most iconic ...

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ROB HALFORD: GLENN TIPTON Is 'Still Fully Immersed' In JUDAS PRIEST

Rob Halford says that Glenn Tipton "still fully immersed" in the world of JUDAS PRIEST, despite the fact that he is battling Parkinson's disease. The 71-year-old guitarist announced his retirement from touring in February 2018 after revealing his unfortunate diagnosis. He passed on the torch to the producer of the "Firepower" LP, Andy Sneap. Asked ...

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EXHORDER Members Discuss Songwriting In New Trailer For 'Mourn The Southern Skies' Album

New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER will release their first album in 27 years, "Mourn The Southern Skies", on September 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band now features founding members Vinnie La Bella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Discusses Songwriting Process In New 'In Cauda Venenum' Trailer

A three-minute video in which OPETH vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt discusses the songwriting process for the band's 13th album, "In Cauda Venenum", can be seen below. The disc will be released on September 27 via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Recorded last year at Stockholm's Park Studios, "In Cauda Venenum" will be released in two versions, ...

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RUSH Jigsaw Puzzles Due In September

U.K.'s Zee Productions will release four classic RUSH album covers as 500-piece jigsaws later this summer. "Fly By Night", "A Farewell To Kings", "Permanent Waves" and "Moving Pictures" will be made available on September 20. The iconic art of some of rock's most influential and highly regarded albums is presented in puzzle form for the ...

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K.K. DOWNING Says He Has To Accept The Fact That He Will Not Be Invited To Play With JUDAS PRIEST Again

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing will join ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman for several songs at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival on August 11 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. This will be K.K.'s first public performance since October 17, 2009 when JUDAS PRIEST played the final "British Steel 30th Anniversary" date ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's Touring Guitarist ANDY SNEAP Receives Honorary Degree From University Of Derby: Video, Photos

Noted British heavy metal producer and current JUDAS PRIEST touring guitarist Andy Sneap is among six people from Derbyshire who were honored at the University Of Derby's graduation ceremonies this week. Sneap received his honorary degree on his 50th birthday (Thursday, July 18) in front of thousands of graduating students, their families and friends at ...

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EMPEROR's IHSAHN Says BEHEMOTH Puts On A Show That Is 'Everything We Could Have Dreamed Of In '93'

Prior to EMPEROR's performance at the recent French festival Hellfest, vocalist Ihsahn spoke with Jorge Fretes of Spain's GoetiaMedia.com. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether, given the fact that the group hasn't recorded an album since 2001, he considers EMPEROR to be ...

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Video Premiere: DESTRUCTION's 'Betrayal'

"Betrayal", the new video from German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION, can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band's 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", which will be released on August 9 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded in January and February 2019 with V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, BURNING WITCHES, NERVOSA) at Little ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Says JON BON JOVI Thought SKID ROW Looked 'Ridiculous' In Band's First Photo Shoot

In conjunction with a recent Metal Hammer retrospective on SKID ROW's 1989 self-titled debut, former vocalist Sebastian Bach spoke at length about the album with writer Clay Marshall. Select "outtakes" from the interview appear below (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his initial impressions of SKID ROW upon receiving the band's demo: Sebastian: "My very first ...

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METALLICA: 'Kill 'Em All', 'Ride The Lightning', 'Master Of Puppets' And '…And Justice For All' Jigsaw Puzzles Due In September

The iconic art of some of metal's most influential and highly regarded albums will be presented in puzzle form for the first time ever. U.K.'s Zee Productions will release the first four classic METALLICA album covers as 500-piece jigsaws: "Kill 'Em All", "Ride The Lightning", "Master Of Puppets" and "…And Justice For All" will be ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Discusses New Song 'Heart In Hand' (Video)

A two-minute video in which OPETH vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt discusses the band's recently released single "Heart In Hand", can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's 13th album, "In Cauda Venenum", which will be released on September 27 via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Recorded last year at Stockholm's Park Studios, "In ...

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SAXON's BIFF BYFORD: 'We're Still Making Great Metal Albums'

"Bods Mayhem Hour" recently conducted an interview with vocalist Biff Byford of British metal legends SAXON. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what SAXON's expectations were upon the release of the band's 1979 self-titled debut album: Biff: "[When] the first album came out, we were ...

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AMON AMARTH Guitarist: 'We Always Try To Make The Next Album A Little Better Than The Previous One'

Prior to AMON AMARTH's June 11 performance in Bratislava, Slovakia, guitarist Johan Söderberg spoke with Rocker.sk. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's latest album, "Berserker": Johan: "The inspiration was, 'We're going to make the best songs we can.' That's usually always ...

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EXHORDER To Release 'Mourn The Southern Skies' Album In September; 'My Time' Single Now Available

New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER will release their first album in 27 years, "Mourn The Southern Skies", on September 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band now features founding members Vinnie La Bella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ...

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Listen To New OPETH Song 'Heart In Hand'

"Heart In Hand", a new song from Swedish masters of progressive heavy rock OPETH, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's 13th album, "In Cauda Venenum", which will be released on September 27 via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Recorded last year at Stockholm's Park Studios, "In Cauda Venenum" will be ...

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