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SKILLET Becoming More Of A Family Affair

According to The Pulse Of Radio, SKILLET has always made music a family affair, with frontman John Cooper and his wife, keyboardist Korey Cooper, bringing their kids on the road for several years now. But the Coopers expanded on that recently by including both their son and daughter on their latest album, "Rise". John Cooper ...

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RATT Drummer Interviewed On 95-7 THE ROCK STATION (Audio)

On August 14, Spence of the 95-7 The Rock Station conducted an interview with RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Speaking to "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" this past January, Blotzer stated about the band's current status: "We're getting ready to do a ...

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TOXIK Taps Former DEATH/OBITUARY Guitarist RALPH SANTOLLA

Resurrected cult classic progressive thrashers TOXIK have recruited Ralph Santolla (ex-DEATH, OBITUARY, DEICIDE) as their new second guitarist. Josh Christian, TOXIK's founding member and lead guitarist, comments on Ralph's addition to the group: "Ralph was the first choice. I had talked to other friends about tour spots and playing as guests, but the new material ...

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'XXX: Three Decades Of Roadrunner Records' Box Coming In October

Roadrunner Records celebrates its three-decades-plus legacy as one of the most highly regarded labels in heavy metal and hard rock history by releasing a four-CD boxed set covering a broad spectrum of heavy music with tracks from dozens of the world's most legendary artists. The set, due for release on October 1, includes 54 tracks ...

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Former ROADRUNNER President JONAS NACHSIN Appointed General Manager Of SPINEFARM

Jonas Nachsin has been appointed general manager worldwide for Universal Music's Spinefarm Records. The label, an international specialist in hard rock and metal music, was founded in Finland in 1990 and has been part of Universal Music since 2002. Under Nachsin's leadership, Spinefarm Records will significantly increase its investment in A&R and build its teams ...

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RATT Drummer Interviewed In Wichita (Video)

Shabby Hasan of In The Now Magazine conducted an interview with RATT drummer Bobby "Blotz" Blotzer on July 19 at The Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking to "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" this past January, Blotzer stated about the band's current status: "We're getting ready ...

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SKILLET's 'Rise' Cracks U.S. Top 5

"Rise", the new album fom the two-time Grammy-nominated rock band SKILLET, sold 60,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD's explosive start was fueled by the success of a four-song rollout at iTunes which saw the first two ...

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TOXIK Releases First Song Snippet Off Upcoming Album

Reactivated cult classic prog-thrashers TOXIK have released a snippet of their first recorded song in twenty-four years. The fifty-second clip, which is available for streaming using the SoundCloud widget below, is a rough pre-mix demo — without vocals — of "Crooked Crosses" off the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 1989's "Think This". TOXIK's founding member and lead ...

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TOXIK Singer Interviewed By METAL RULES! TV (Video)

Metal Rules! TV recently conducted an interview with vocalist Mike Sanders of reactivated cult classic prog-thrashers TOXIK. You can now watch the chat below. TOXIK has announced the addition of SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner to the group's ranks. Guitarist and founding member Josh Christian commented on Bittner's addition: "I couldn't have hoped for a ...

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STEEL PANTHER To Perform At KROEGER-LAVIGNE Wedding

Los Angeles glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER have revealed that they will perform at the wedding of NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger and singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne. A video message from STEEL PANTHER guitarist Satchel and bassist Lexxi Foxx in which share their excitement about taking part in such an event can be seen below. Kroeger contributed ...

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RATT Performs At Auto Club Speedway In Fontana (Video)

Veteran rockers RATT got the race day started this past Sunday, March 24 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where they performed a pre-race concert at 10 a.m. on the FanZone main stage. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. Speaking to "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" this past ...

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TOXIK Taps SHADOWS FALL Drummer

Reactivated cult classic prog-thrashers TOXIK have announced the addition of SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner to the group's ranks. Guitarist and founding member Josh Christian comments on Bittner's addition: "I couldn't have hoped for a better situation. Jason is probably the best case scenario in every respect. Not only is he a sick drummer, but ...

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RATT Taps Producer BRIAN HOWES For New Album

Eric Blair of "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" conducted an interview with RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the ...

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: 'Breaking Point' Guitar Tutorial

A guitar tutorial with Michael "Padge" Paget of Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE in which he shows you how to play the band's new song "Breaking Point" can be seen below. "Breaking Point" comes off BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's fourth studio album, "Temper Temper", which will be released on February 12. The LP will ...

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TOXIK Begins Vocal Pre-Production On New Album

Reactivated cult classic prog-thrashers TOXIK are currently seeking a full-time drummer for recording and live performances. Guitarist Josh Christian comments on the hunt: "We've written a dozen plus songs for the record and we need to get the rhythm section fleshed out. Tad [Leger] is definitely going forward with LUCERTOLA so we need a recording ...

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: Part One Of New Video Interview

Part one of a new video interview in which Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE talk about their upcoming fourth studio album, "Temper Temper", can be seen below. "Temper Temper" is scheduled for release on February 12. The LP will be available in both standard and deluxe editions on RCA Records. "Temper Temper" was once ...

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TOXIK To Make Another Reunion Attempt

Legendary cult prog-thrashers TOXIK have announced their reactivation. After an aborted attempt at a reunion in 2007, founding member Josh Christian has revealed TOXIK is once again active and ready for live action as well as preparing to work on a new full-length album. Christian comments: "I've been writing this crazy heavy stuff for the ...

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, HALESTORM, YOUNG GUNS To Join Forces For 'HardDrive Live 5' Tour

United Stations Radio Networks' nationally syndicated radio show "HardDrive" has announced that Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will headline the fifth annual "HardDrive Live" tour. Support on the trek, which is produced by Ledge Entertainment, will come from HALESTORM and YOUNG GUNS. Tour dates will be announced next week at www.harddrivelivetour.com. BULLET ...

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: 'Riot' Video Released

"Riot", the new video from Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, can be seen below. The clip was filmed in November in New York City with renowned director P.R. Brown, who has previously worked with such artists as MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Prince, AUDIOSLAVE, MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M. The ...

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