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METALLICA Frontman Says KIRK HAMMETT's 'Riffs Weren't There' During 'Hardwired' Songwriting Process

James Hetfield says that Kirk Hammett "wasn't involved" in the songwriting process for METALLICA's new album because his "riffs weren't there." Hammett has penned plenty of great instrumental parts over the years for METALLICA alongside the songwriting team of Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, but that's not the case for "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct". Hetfield told ...

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LAST IN LINE To Record Second Album In 2017

Vivian Campbell has confirmed that there are plans for his band LAST IN LINE to record a second album to follow this year's "Heavy Crown". Cambell, along with drummer Vinny Appice and bassist Jimmy Bain, was part of the original DIO lineup, which reunited in 2012 alongside singer Andrew Freeman to form LAST IN LINE. ...

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JAKE E. LEE's RED DRAGON CARTEL Is Working On Second Album

RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, has begun writing material for its second album, tentatively due next year. Back in September 2015, RED DRAGON CARTEL was rejoined by singer Darren James Smith after a period of several months during which the band played shows with ...

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KORN's MUNKY: 'I Think It's Difficult To Put Us In A Category'

KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer was interviewed on the November 28 edition of "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KORN not getting the recognition it deserves for its musicality: Munky: "I think ...

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THUNDER To Release 'Rip It Up' Album In February

THUNDER will release a brand new studio album, "Rip It Up", on February 10, 2017 through earMUSIC. The disc, the band's eleventh, features eleven brand new songs recorded in 2016, and is proof positive that this is a band that exists only to push itself and aim higher. Following on from the Top Ten success ...

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RITCHIE BLACKMORE's RAINBOW Announces U.K. Tour

Following the triumphant sold-out show at the Birmingham Genting Arena earlier this year, Kennedy Street and Kilimanjaro have announced Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW will be returning to tour the U.K. in June 2017. The very special opening night will see them headlining the second annual Stone Free Festival at The O2, London, which will be Blackmore's ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO, LEMMY KILMISTER, RANDY RHOADS To Be Inducted Into 'Hall Of Heavy Metal History'

Legendary musicians and music industry executives will join together to be inducted into the annual Hall Of Heavy Metal History on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center, Anaheim California. Television and radio personality Eddie Trunk will host the event. Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE: 'I Have Tremendous Respect For KIRK HAMMETT'

Dave Mustaine says that he has "tremendous respect for Kirk Hammett," claiming that the METALLICA guitarist was "almost 100% accurate" in his recent assessment of the MEGADETH mainman's relationship with his former band. Mustaine, who was the original lead guitarist of METALLICA, was dismissed from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983. He was ...

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METALLICA: Watch Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Making Of New Song 'Confusion'

An eight-minute clip featuring footage filmed at METALLICA's San Rafael, California headquarters during the writing and recording of "Lima", the song that later became "Confusion" on the band's "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" album can be seen below. The official video for "Confusion", in which one soldier's civilian life blurs into a battlefield, was directed by Claire ...

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