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Bassist FITTY WIENHOLD Exits U.D.O. After 22 Years

Bassist Fitty Wienhold has announced his departure from U.D.O., the German heavy metal band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider. Fitty, who joined U.D.O. in 1996, broke the news of his exit in a four-minute video message which was posted to his YouTube channel. He said: "After 22 years being with Udo as a ...

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DISTURBED: 'A Reason To Fight' Single To Arrive This Friday

DISTURBED's new single, "A Reason To Fight", will make its online debut this Friday, September 21. It is the second single from the band's new album, "Evolution", which will be released on October 19. Like 2015's "Immortalized", DISTURBED's new album was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko. ...

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METALLICA To Play Rare Acoustic Set For Charity In San Francisco

A little over 18 months ago, METALLICA announced the formation of All Within My Hands (AWMH), a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation focused on creating sustainable communities by tackling the issues of hunger and workforce education and encouraging volunteerism. Now the band and everyone on the All Within My Hands board are excited to celebrate the foundation's ...

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MEGADETH Invites Indonesian President To Attend Concert

MEGADETH has invited Indonesian president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to attend its upcoming concert at the JogjaROCKarta festival in Yogyakarta on October 27. "We are hoping Indonesian President Joko Widodo @jokowi and Governor Ganjar Pranowo @ganjarpranowo will accept our invitation to see us perform in Jogjakarta on Oct. 27. We can't wait to play @jogjaROCKarta and ...

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EXCITER Parts Ways With Guitarist JOHN RICCI Once Again

Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER have once again parted ways with guitarist John Ricci. The news of Ricci's exit was broken by bassist Allan Johnson, who wrote on his Facebook page: "Some rather heavy news in the EXCITER camp. Due to certain professional and personal differences, John Ricci has decided to leave the band. I ...

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HEART's ANN WILSON To Perform On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

HEART singer Ann Wilson will perform her version of Lesley Gore's fearless 1963 hit "You Don't Own Me" tomorrow (Wednesday, September 19) on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The song is from her new album, "Immortal", that was just released last week (September 14) and has been a highlight of her live shows. The album features 10 ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE, SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, ALICE IN CHAINS, GHOST Set For Australia's DOWNLOAD Festival

OZZY OSBOURNE, SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, ALICE IN CHAINS and GHOST are among the confirmed bands for the 2019 installment of Australia's Download festival, set tot take place in Sydney and Melbourne next March. Download 2019 will be a two-date, five-stage affair, hitting Sydney's Parramatta Park on Saturday, March 9 and Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse on Monday, ...

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SATYRICON Drummer Believes Veganism Is 'The Future'

Drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON spoke to Canal Metal about his appreciation for good food and his recent adoption of a mostly vegan diet. He said (see video below): "If you have started to appreciate quality in arts, like music or otherwise, it is not that far fetched that you will ...

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MINISTRY Releases 'AmeriKKKa' Visualizer

After several headlining tours of North America with the likes of such acts as CHELSEA WOLFE and DEATH GRIPS, MINISTRY will continue to support its critically acclaimed album "AmeriKKKant" with a full U.S. tour this November and December. Joining the American industrial juggernaut will be Franck Hueso, better known by his stage name Carpenter Brut, ...

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SACROSANCT Feat. Former PESTILENCE Guitarist RANDY MEINHARD: New Music On The Way

SACROSANCT, the German-Dutch progressive thrash metal outfit founded by former PESTILENCE guitarist Randy Meinhard, has signed a multi-album deal with ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. SACROSANCT returns reformed to the scene after a 25-year hiatus. Kees Harrison (formerly of Dutch prog-metal act SPHERE OF SOULS) recently joined SACROSANCT on bass: "Having been a fan of ...

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JIM PETERIK To Release New Album In 2019

Frontiers Music Srl has announced a new musical journey from the iconic songwriting maestro Jim Peterik, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter/musician behind THE IDES OF MARCH, PRIDE OF LIONS, formerly of SURVIVOR, a man who has helped write hits for THE BEACH BOYS, .38 SPECIAL, Sammy Hagar, and more. The time has now come for Jim ...

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UNEARTH To Release 'Extinction(s)' Album In November

Boston's UNEARTH will release its new album, "Extinction(s)", on November 23. For its seventh release and Century Media debut, the band worked with Will Putney (EVERY TIME I DIE, BODY COUNT, GOJIRA, THY ART IS MURDER, SILENT PLANET) at Graphic Nature Studios. Additionally, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's Adam Dutkiewicz recorded drums for the effort. According to a ...

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ACT OF DEFIANCE/Ex-SCAR THE MARTYR Singer HENRY DEREK ELIS To Release 'The Devil Is My Friend' Solo Album

Tragic themes and a folk-tinged southern gothic Americana sound form the basis of "The Devil Is My Friend", the haunting full-length solo debut by Henry Derek Elis (a.k.a. Henry Derek Bonner; ACT OF DEFIANCE, SCAR THE MARTYR), with contributions from Aubrey Richmond and John Schreffler Jr. (Shooter Jennings), Jarboe (SWANS), Tara Vanflower (LYCIA), Neal Tiemann ...

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