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K.K. DOWNING Says It Was 'Extremely Unfair' Of IAN HILL To Claim That None Of JUDAS PRIEST Fans Were Missing Him

Juliette Miranda of "The Unwritable Rant" podcast recently conducted an interview with former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Ken "K.K." Downing. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why he decided to open his upcoming autobiography, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest", with him walking ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Is Not Interested In Starting Brand New Band

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Ken "K.K." Downing was recently interviewed by the "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the deterioration of his relationship with JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton: Downing: "I think everyone will know ...

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K.K. DOWNING Says GLENN TIPTON 'Liked The Odd One Too Many Beers Before Going On Stage Or During' JUDAS PRIEST Concerts

Dave Kinchen of Philadelphia's WTXF recently conducted an interview with former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Ken "K.K." Downing. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his decision to leave JUDAS PRIEST in 2011: Downing: "It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, because ...

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K.K. DOWNING On IAN HILL's Explanation For Why Guitarist Wasn't Invited To Rejoin JUDAS PRIEST: 'Complete Load Of Bollocks'

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing has dismissed as a "load of bollocks" bassist Ian Hill's explanation for why he wasn't invited to rejoin the band following Glenn Tipton's decision to retire from the road due to his battle with Parkinson's disease. In a recent interview with Backstage Axxess, Hill said that the ...

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CROSSFAITH Releases 'Make A Move' Video

Japanese metal juggernauts CROSSFAITH have released their brand new video, "Make A Move". The track comes from the band's latest album, "Ex_Machina", out now via UNFD and streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. A fast-paced and blistering adventure that transports listeners to a dystopian future, "Ex_Machina" features cameos from ENTER SHIKARI frontman Rou Reynolds and ...

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FIFTH ANGEL: Lyric Video For 'Can You Hear Me'

The official lyric video for the song "Can You Hear Me" from FIFTH ANGEL can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's first new album in almost 30 years, "The Third Secret", which will be released on October 26 through Nuclear Blast Records. "The Third Secret" features the incredible talents of guitarist ...

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ACE FREHLEY Guests On New KEN SHARP Album 'Beauty In The Backseat'

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley makes a guest appearance on "Beauty In The Backseat", the new album from singer-songriter and authord Ken Sharp. The disc sheds the dark, musical blood on the tracks vibe of Ken's previous release, "New Mourning", and draws deep from his Philly roots, delivering a fresh blast of infectious soul-pop and ...

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Amoretum Vol. 2 - BLACK SPACE RIDERS

German riff masher BLACK SPACE RIDERS this year takes the same idea as BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and splits a would-be double album over two separate release dates. Naturally, there's pressure upon an artist to deliver a knockout finish when operating in this manner, and BTBAM certainly delivered the goods on "Automata Part 2". ...

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Jungle Rot - JUNGLE ROT

Call them thrash, call them death metal, call them deathcore, whatever. JUNGLE ROT has been on the scene since the early nineties, long enough to chew up 14 drummers and six bassists, prior to James Genenz, who's been in the group since 2004, firstly as a guitarist. Dave Matrise, who came to JUNGLE ROT after ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's IAN HILL On Why K.K. DOWNING Wasn't Asked To Return: 'KEN Playing GLENN's Parts Wouldn't Have Sounded Right'

Backstage Axxess recently conducted an interview with bassist Ian Hill of British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On recording their new album "Firepower" live in the studio: Ian: "We had two producers in Tom Allom and Andy Sneap. ...

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FIFTH ANGEL Rejoined By Guitarist ED ARCHER

FIFTH ANGEL recently put the finishing touches on its first new album in almost 30 years, "The Third Secret", which will be released on October 26 through Nuclear Blast Records. But before their fans can put their hands on the new record, there's more news to announce from the FIFTH ANGEL camp. Guitarist Ed Archer, ...

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NORDIC UNION Feat. PRETTY MAIDS Vocalist, ECLIPSE Guitarist: 'Second Coming' Album Details Revealed

The Danish/Swedish group NORDIC UNION — which features PRETTY MAIDS vocalist Ronnie Atkins and guitarist/songwriter/producer Erik Martensson (ECLIPSE, W.E.T., AMMUNITION) — will release its sophomore album, "Second Coming", via Frontiers Music Srl on November 9. The partnership between the two Scandinavians came about sometime in 2015, when Atkins was sent a bunch of demos put ...

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FIFTH ANGEL: 'The Third Secret' Album Details Revealed

FIFTH ANGEL's first new album in almost 30 years, "The Third Secret", will be released on October 26 via Nuclear Blast. The album features the incredible talents of guitarist and lead vocalist Kendall Bechtel, bassist John Macko and drummer and backing vocalist Ken Mary. Macko says: "When we began this process, we always were mindful ...

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Listen To New KEN MODE Song 'Not Soulmates'

Canadian metallic noise rock band KEN MODE will release its seventh studio album, "Loved", on August 31 through Season Of Mist. A song from the disc, titled "Not Soulmates", can be streamed below. KEN MODE vocalist/guitarist Jesse Matthewson comments on the track: "The main 'chorus' line, I suppose you could call it, 'You're going to ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist ERIC PETERSON Says New DRAGONLORD Album 'Dominion' Is Like A Glorified Solo Project

Alex Haber of Heavy New York recently conducted an interview with guitarist Eric Peterson of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On TESTAMENT's current support slot on SLAYER's "farewell" tour: Eric: "It's going great. Well, BEHEMOTH was on the first run ...

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WILSON Releases Music Video For 'Dumptruck'

WILSON's video for the song "Dumptruck" can be seen below. The clip, conceptualized by vocalist Chad Nicefield and brought to life by Ronny Tibbs and Anthony Maiuri, puts the wacky and unadulterated WILSON spin on classic racing games such as Rad Racer, F-Zero and Grand Prix II. Viewers are taken for a ride on the ...

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Video Premiere: CROSSFAITH's 'Catastrophe'

"Catastrophe", the new video from Japanese metal juggernauts CROSSFAITH, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Ex_Machina", which will be released on August 3. The disc features lead single "The Perfect Nightmare" as well as cameos from ENTER SHIKARI frontman Rou Reynolds and industrial hip hoppers Ho99o9. On "Ex_Machina", ...

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Meanwhile, Back in the Garage - GRAHAM BONNET BAND

Now in his seventh decade, Graham Bonnet has enjoyed a modest second coming of late. The famed ALCATRAZZ, RAINBOW, MSG and IMPELLITTERI vocalist has been cropping up everywhere in retrospectives and reissues, plus a career-resurrecting run with the Michael Schenker Fest. With his self-branded band, Graham Bonnet engineers an exciting rebirth of sorts, surrounding himself ...

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NORDIC UNION Feat. PRETTY MAIDS Vocalist, ECLIPSE Guitarist: Second Album Due In November

The Danish/Swedish group NORDIC UNION — which features PRETTY MAIDS vocalist Ronnie Atkins and guitarist/songwriter/producer Erik Martensson (ECLIPSE, W.E.T., AMMUNITION) — will release its sophomore album, "Second Coming", via Frontiers Music Srl on Nov. 9. The album's cover artwork can be seen below. NORDIC UNION released its acclaimed self-titled debut album – which also featured ...

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K.K. DOWNING's Share Of Royalty Rights To JUDAS PRIEST Catalog Acquired By ROUND HILL MUSIC

According to Billboard, Round Hill Music has acquired a significant stake in JUDAS PRIEST's catalog. Former PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing's rights to 136 songs, including classic tracks like "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", were put up for sale earlier this year. The move followed last year's announcement that original Downing's luxury ...

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UNDERØATH Announces Fall 2018 Tour With DANCE GAVIN DANCE

UNDERØATH will embark on the "Erase Me" tour this fall. It is the band's first major market headline tour in support of its new album, "Erase Me" (Fearless Records), which recently debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart. The tour finds UNDERØATH returning to many markets they previously sold out on ...

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