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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Talks 'Social Media Wars'

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet recently spoke to "The Herman Show" about the lyrical inspiration for "One Sided War", the title track of his 2016 solo album. He said (hear audio below): "I've been writing songs lately based on the social media wars and words that are exchanged and how people are on social media. Everybody's ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST: Making Of 'Rock Steady' Video

Behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot for "Rock Steady", the latest single from legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker's MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST project, can be seen below. The song is taken from MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST's second studio album, "Revelation", which will be released on September 20 through Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by Michael Schenker ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Releases 'Bent' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for the QUEENSRŸCHE song "Bent" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "The Verdict", which was released in March via Century Media Records. The disc was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, ICED EARTH, HATEBREED) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, Washington; Planet-Z ...

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JOE BONAMASSA Announces Spring 2020 U.S. Tour Dates

Two-time Grammy-nominated blues-rock sensation Joe Bonamassa has announced U.S. tour dates for spring 2020, as he gears up for his summer tour embarking on major venues across the East Coast and Midwest in North America. For the newly announced dates next year, Bonamassa leaves no fans behind, making stops through the South and Midwest with ...

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BREAKING BENJAMIN's Acoustic Album To Feature Guest Appearances By RED, UNDEROATH, Ex-FLYLEAF, THREE DAYS GRACE Members

BREAKING BENJAMIN frontman Benjamin Burnley spoke to HardDrive Radio about the band's upcoming acoustic album. The effort, which is tentatively due before the end of the year, will feature mostly reworked versions of the band's notable hits, including a couple from last year's "Ember" LP, plus one new song. "They all have orchestration on 'em ...

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DAVE 'SNAKE' SABO Reveals What SKID ROW Learned From DEF LEPPARD

In conjunction with a recent Metal Hammer retrospective on SKID ROW's self-titled 1989 debut, guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo spoke at length about the making of the album with writer Clay Marshall. Some select "outtakes" from the interview appear below (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why "Skid Row" was recorded in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: Snake: "The ...

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Watch FOREIGNER Perform At U.K.'s RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR

Fan-filmed video footage of FOREIGNER's July 21 performance at the Ramblin' Man Fair festival at Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom can be seen below. This past April, FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson confirmed that there are no plans for the band to make a new studio album anytime soon. "We have had new songs ...

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SANCTUARY's JOSEPH MICHAEL: 'I'm In No Way A Replica' Of WARREL DANE

SANCTUARY vocalist Joseph Michael has confirmed that the band is continuing work on material for a new full-length album, "Transmutation", tentatively due in 2020. On December 13, 2017, Warrel Dane, the legendary lead singer of SANCTUARY and NEVERMORE, passed away while recording his posthumously released studio album "Shadow Work". At that time, SANCTUARY had already ...

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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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Reunited MASSACRE Signs With U.K.'s UNITED TALENT AGENCY

Resurrected Florida death metal veterans MASSACRE have been added to the roster of U.K.'s United Talent Agency, under the representation of Ben Ward for all territories (excluding North America). The current lineup of the band features three-fourths of the original team that is responsible for the classic death metal material that became the album "From ...

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Watch WHITESNAKE Perform At Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR

Fan-filmed video footage of WHITESNAKE's July 13 performance at the Sauna Open Air festival in Tampere, Finland can be seen below. WHITESNAKE is touring in support of its latest album, "Flesh & Blood", which was released on May 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc follows the 2011 critically acclaimed studio album "Forevermore" and 2015's ...

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SEVENDUST To Record New Album In October

SEVENDUST will enter the studio in October to begin recording its new album for an early 2020 release. The follow-up to last year's "All I See Is War" will once again be tracked at Studio Barbarosa in Gotha, Florida with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who has previously worked with ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH, among others. ...

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ANACRUSIS To Reunite For Special Hometown Show In December

St. Louis, Missouri-based progressive/melodic thrash metallers ANACRUSIS will once again take the stage for a special hometown show to celebrate the reissue of their entire catalog on Metal Blade Records later this year. The December 7 concert at Delmar Hall will be a three-part performance featuring all original members from the band's 1986-1993 run. Come ...

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METALLICA To Release Unique ABC Book With PERMUTED PRESS

"The ABCs Of Metallica", an alphabetical history of one of rock's heaviest bands, METALLICA, will be released on November 26 via Permuted Press. Featuring hard-rocking rhymes and bold illustrations, "The ABCs Of Metallica" looks back at the remarkable history of one of rock 'n' roll's most celebrated groups. Each letter of the alphabet highlights a ...

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STEEL PANTHER To Release 'Heavy Metal Rules' Album In September

California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER will release their fifth studio album, "Heavy Metal Rules", on September 27. The disc, which is described in a press release as a "heavy metal version of a self-help manual and ultimate party album combined," was once again produced by Jay Ruston, who collaborated with the band on all ...

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Watch SEBASTIAN BACH Perform At Italy's ROCK THE CASTLE Festival

Fan-filmed video footage of Sebastian Bach's July 6 performance at the Rock The Castle festival at Castello Scaligero in Villafranca Di Verona (VR), Italy can be seen below. Bach recently issued an "open invitation" to the other members of SKID ROW's classic lineup to "get onstage and jam" during the vocalist's upcoming tour, in which ...

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HAMMERFALL's OSCAR DRONJAK: 'We've Always Been On The Same Path; We Haven't Deviated Much'

Record Collector recently conducted an interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the band's sound has changed since they signed to Austria's Napalm Records in 2016: Oscar: "No. Nothing has really changed. HAMMERFALL will always be the ...

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