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BILLY SHEEHAN Is Willing To 'Bet' CHESTER BENNINGTON Was 'On Psychiatric Medication' At Time Of Suicide

Billy Sheehan says that he is willing to "bet ten thousand dollars" that Chester Bennington was taking psychiatric medication just prior to committing suicide in July. The legendary bassist is an avowed member of the Church Of Scientology, which decries the practice of psychiatric medicine and whose members believe that all anti-depressants and ...

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WARLORD Signs With FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL; New Album Due In 2018

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of legendary U.S. metallers WARLORD for the release of a new studio album in 2018. Long admirers of the band and having gotten to know drummer Mark Zonder through his work with GRAHAM BONNET BAND and the upcoming group SPIRITS OF FIRE (which also features Tim "Ripper" Owens, ...

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Singer DIANNE VAN GIERSBERGEN Officially Exits XANDRIA, Says Being In The Band Was Bad For Her Health

Dutch singer Dianne Van Giersbergen has announced her departure from German symphonic metallers XANDRIA. The news comes just one day after XANDRIA canceled its previously announced U.S. tour, which was scheduled to kick off on September 29 in Buffalo, New York and conclude on October 21 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dianne says in a statement (hear ...

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REDEMPTION Parts Ways With FATES WARNING's RAY ALDER, Recruits EVERGREY's TOM ENGLUND

REDEMPTION, the U.S. progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nick Van Dyk, has parted ways with FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder and has replaced him with EVERGREY's Tom Englund. REDEMPTION's current lineup — which is rounded out by Sean Andrews (bass) and Chris Quirarte (drums) — has finished recording its seventh full-length album, "Long Night's ...

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WITHERFALL Signs With CENTURY MEDIA

U.S. progressive metallers WITHERFALL — the collective brainchild of guitarist Jake Dreyer (ICED EARTH, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, WHITE WIZZARD), singer Joseph Michael (WHITE WIZZARD) and the late Adam Sagan (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, INTO ETERNITY)— have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media. The band, whose debut album was independently released this past February, has ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS, CHRIS CAFFERY, STEVE DIGIORGIO And MARK ZONDER Join Forces In SPIRITS OF FIRE

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED) have joined forces in a new band called SPIRITS OF FIRE. The group, which is completed by the powerhouse rhythm section of bassist Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, DEATH, SEBASTIAN BACH, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED) and ...

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AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION Releases Statement On CHESTER BENNINGTON's Death

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has released the following statement regarding the passing of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington: "We recently learned of the death of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of LINKIN PARK. Based on reports, we understand that Mr. Bennington died by suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers its ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS And CHRIS CAFFERY Joined In New Project By STEVE DIGIORGIO And MARK ZONDER

Frontiers Music Srl has signed a handful of American metal musicians to collaborate on a new musical project. The songs that will comprise the first album are being composed by guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED). Enlisted to help with the ...

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The Last Real Rock n' Roll - RHINO BUCKET

Let's be real here. For every ten hard rock and metal bands out there, eight are Jonesing to be one of the following: METALLICA, BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER, MOTORHEAD, IRON MAIDEN, FATES WARNING, JUDAS PRIEST or AC/DC. Indeed, the most emulated of these is AC/DC, a band that struck the right chord with the right rock ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer And Ex-PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS Guitarist: Entire 'The Uprising' EP Available For Streaming

"The Uprising", the six-song EP from former SUPERJOINT RITUAL and PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS guitarist Marzi Montazeri and ex-JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, can be streamed below. Released on June 23 via Montazeri's recently launched Crunchy Western Records, the effort was recorded at Matherne Studios by Kevin Matherne in ...

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CHRIS CORNELL's Final Music Video Released: 'The Promise'

Chris Cornell's official music video for his song "The Promise" was released this morning by Survival Pictures. "The Promise" was Cornell's last release prior to his passing. "Chris Cornell was not only a dear family friend for many years, but he was also a once-in-a-generation talent who is missed more than words can convey. It ...

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FATES WARNING Guitarist's TUESDAY THE SKY: 'Vortex Street' Video

TUESDAY THE SKY, the new ambient instrumental rock project led by FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, will release its debut album, "Drift", on June 30 via InsideOutMusic. A video for the disc's second single, "Vortex Street", can be seen below. The clip was directed by David Brodsky of MyGoodEye. Matheos checked in with the following ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer And Ex-PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS Guitarist Release 'A Monster Within' Song

Former SUPERJOINT RITUAL and PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS guitarist Marzi Montazeri has joined forces with ex-JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens to record a six-song EP, "The Uprising". Due on June 23 via Montazeri's recently launched Crunchy Western Records, the effort was recorded at Matherne Studios by Kevin Matherne in ...

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BILLY SHEEHAN Blames Pharmaceutical Industry For CHRIS CORNELL's Death: 'It's A Terrible, Unnecessary Loss'

Legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG) says that the death of Chris Cornell was "a terrible, unnecessary loss" and he blames the U.S. pharmaceutical industry for the prescription drug abuse epidemic that is sweeping the nation. Cornell's family said they believe that the side effects of the prescription drug Ativan — which ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Taps MISSING PERSONS Drummer ANDY SANESI

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has recruited Andy Sanesi to play drums in his solo band. Bach says: "Andy Sanesi was recommended to me by my friend Adam Jones from the band TOOL. Andy Sanesi is the drummer who replaced Terry Bozzio in the incredible Los Angeles band MISSING PERSONS. He is a great ...

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Reaching into Eternity - DRAGONFORCE

Now on its seventh album, DRAGONFORCE has a lot to live up to: namely its members' rep as meta-human musicians. The decision-making process on whether to continue dropping albums slung at two hundred miles an hour each must be as nerve-racking as coming up with extravagant guitar solos not yet heard by the metal public. ...

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Germany's ROCK AM RING Festival Resumes After Terror Threat Is Cleared

Germany's Rock Am Ring festival resumed earlier today after police had to evacuate the site because of a "potential terrorist threat." Intensive searches were carried out by police before performances continued early Saturday afternoon. More than 80,000 fans are reportedly attending the three-day event near the Nürburgring race track which was supposed to feature RAMMSTEIN ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Joins Forces With Ex-PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS Guitarist

Former SUPERJOINT RITUAL and PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS guitarist Marzi Montazeri has joined forces with ex-JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens to record a six-song EP, "The Uprising". Due on June 23 via Montazeri's recently launched Crunchy Western Records, the effort was recorded at Matherne Studios by Kevin Matherne in ...

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ROCK ON THE RANGE Festival Evacuated Due To Severe Weather

The organizers of this weekend's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio have evacuated attendees due to a severe thunderstorm warning in effect. Attendees were asked to exit MAPFRE Stadium and seek shelter in their vehicles. Music fans who did not have a vehicle on-site were asked to seek shelter at the Lausche Building, ...

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Emperor of Sand - MASTODON

Oh, the dilemmas of high-profile tech wizards who, 30 years ago, would've faced less scrutiny than they do in the face of a sophisticated and far more opinionated metal community. Then again, people cried foul at IRON MAIDEN for utilizing synthesizers and writing a rock-friendly tune on "Somewhere in Time". That was an album viewed ...

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