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JUDAS PRIEST Bassist Pays Tribute To 'Brilliant' 'Painkiller' Producer CHRIS TSANGARIDES: 'It's A Great Loss To Metal'

JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill was recently interviewed by Metal Shock Finland. The full conversation can be heard at this location. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET and Metal Shock Finland): On the recent passing of Chris Tsangarides, who produced the band's albums "Painkiller" and "Jugulator": Ian: "The first ...

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Legendary Rock Producer CHRIS TSANGARIDES Dead At 61

Legendary rock producer Chris Tsangarides passed away early this morning (Sunday, January 7) after reportedly being taken ill at the start of the year. According to his daughter Anastasia Tsangarides, Chris was battling pneumonia and heart failure at the time of his death. He was 61 years old. The British Grammy-nominated record producer, sound engineer, ...

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Watch Video For New JUDAS PRIEST Song 'Lightning Strike'

The official video for "Lightning Strike", a brand new song from JUDAS PRIEST can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Firepower", which will be released on March 9 via Epic. Singer Rob Halford stated about "Lightning Strike": "To me, the overall concept of this song is to use the ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Teases 'Lightning Strike' Video

A teaser for the "Lightning Strike" video from JUDAS PRIEST is available below. The full clip will be released tomorrow (Friday, January 5). "Lightning Strike" is taken from JUDAS PRIEST's new album, "Firepower", which will be released in March. The British heavy metal legends spent much of 2017 in the studio recording the follow-up to ...

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Video Premiere: SAXON's 'Thunderbolt'

British heavy metal legends SAXON will release their 22nd studio album, "Thunderbolt", on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The follow-up to 2015's "Battering Ram" was once again helmed by producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH, ACCEPT and TESTAMENT, among others. The disc will feature original artwork by ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: Listen To Audio Sample Of 'Firepower' Title Track

An audio sample of "Firepower", the title track of the upcoming album from JUDAS PRIEST, can be streamed below. The disc will be released in March 2018. The British heavy metal legends spent the last few months in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" with the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom, ...

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Former ACCEPT Frontman UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Doesn't Want To Confuse People By Continuing Namesake 'DIRKSCHNEIDER' Band

Spark TV, which is part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark, recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider and his son Sven, who plays drums in Udo's namesake band DIRKSCHNEIDER and his long-running solo outfit U.D.O. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). ...

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SAXON To Release 'Thunderbolt' Album In February; Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

British heavy metal legends SAXON will release their 22nd studio album, "Thunderbolt", on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The follow-up to 2015's "Battering Ram" was once again helmed by producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH, ACCEPT and TESTAMENT, among others. The disc will feature original artwork by ...

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SAXON Completes Mixing 'Thunderbolt' Album

British heavy metal legends SAXON have completed mixing their new album, "Thunderbolt", for a tentative late January release. Singer Biff Byford told Canada's The Metal Voice on October 4 (see video below): "Andy [Sneap, producer] finished mixing it yesterday. The artwork's ready. I'm just doing all the credits now for the album, besides ...

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SAXON Completes Recording 'Thunderbolt' Album

British heavy metal legends SAXON have completed recording their new album, "Thunderbolt", for a tentative early 2018 release. Singer Biff Byford tells Myglobamind: "I finished doing the vocals on September 20th, and Andy Sneap is mixing it at the moment. It sounds really good. There are no big surprises on the CD. We ...

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Under Cöver - MOTÖRHEAD

Cover albums dropped during a career are often dubious contract fillers, though the exceptions can be downright glorious. THE RAMONES's "Acid Eaters" being one case, SLAYER's "Undisputed Attitude", SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES's "Through the Looking Glass" and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME's "The Anatomy Of" being others. What those ageless wonders the THE ROLLING STONES's ...

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The Solace System - EPICA

If you've been following this act since "The Phantom Agony" and "Consign to Oblivion", you'll attest to how greatly the band has matured. It's been a joy watching EPICA not merely stand toe-to-toe against anyone within its symphonic metal ranks, but prove to be a viable leader. The core team—Simone Simons, Mark Jansen and Coen ...

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UFO's Covers Album, 'The Salentino Cuts', Due In September

British rock legends UFO will release their first-ever covers album, paying homage to a dozen of their personal favorites. "The Salentino Cuts" includes several unexpected choices such as MAD SEASONS' "River Of Deceit", John Mellencamp's "Paper In Fire" and Bill Withers's "Ain't No Sunshine" alongside more traditional but nonetheless thrilling versions such as THE YARDBIRDS' ...

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SAXON: Trailer For 'The Solid Book Of Rock' 14-Disc Box Set

British heavy metal legends SAXON will release "The Solid Book Of Rock" on August 4. The set comprises fourteen discs in total — not only all nine of SAXON's studio albums from 1991 to 2009 but eight bonus tracks and two bonus CDs — "Classics Re-Recorded", originally issued with the initial pressings of "Killing Ground", ...

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SAXON's 'Thunderbolt' Album Could Feature Appearance By Late MOTÖRHEAD Icon LEMMY

"Thunderbolt", the forthcoming album from British heavy metal legends SAXON, could include a special appearance by the band's longtime friend, late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy. The follow-up to 2015's "Battering Ram", which is once again being recorded with British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT), will feature the song "They Played Rock And Roll", written about ...

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