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PERIPHERY Announces Summer/Fall 2019 North American Tour

PERIPHERY has announced its first North American headlining tour in support of its new album, "Periphery IV: Hail Stan", kicking off a month of shows on September 9. "We're very pleased to announce that PERIPHERY is heading out with VEIL OF MAYA and COVET this September!" said guitar player Jake Bowen. "We've been fans and ...

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Former FIREWIND, HAMMERFALL Members Join Forces In THE SIGN

THE SIGN is a new multinational rock band formed by Swedish virtuoso bassist Magnus Rosén (ex-HAMMERFALL, BILLIONAIRES BOYS CLUB) and Sri Lankan-born veteran vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (RED CIRCUIT, ex-AVALON, FIREWIND), with the lineup completed by Rosén's fellow countryman, the versatile session guitarist Jörgen Alnevall. Influenced by '70s classic rock bands such as BAD COMPANY, ...

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QUEEN's BRIAN MAY Defends Timeline Inaccuracies In 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Biopic: 'We Weren't Making A Documentary'

Brian May has defended the QUEEN biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" against critics who have accused the filmmakers of twisting the band's actual timeline to create convenient drama for the movie. "We weren't making a documentary," May told Guitar World. "It wasn't supposed to be 'This happened, and then this happened.' This was an attempt ...

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Ex-KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK Aligns With W.A.S.P.'s DOUGLAS BLAIR To Conjure Victims Of Salem Witch Trials

On June 10, "Dreams In The Witch House: Sanitarium" was released and offered as a free download for the first 200 people. The track features former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, W.A.S.P. lead guitarist Douglas Blair and 1980s horror icon Courtney Gains ("Children Of The Corn", "The Burbs", "Tales From The Crypt") on lead vocals. Produced ...

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POISON Drummer RIKKI ROCKETT's Immunotherapy Story (Video)

When oral cancer threatened to leave Rikki Rockett speechless, the drummer for POISON found an immunotherapy clinical trial. In June 2015, Rikki visited his primary care doctor with a sore throat. His doctor found a small tumor at the base of his tongue, and Rikki learned he had human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oral cancer. He endured ...

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Tenderness - DUFF MCKAGAN

The immediate mental image most of us draw of Duff McKagan traces back 30 years. The 20-something was draped with a hairspray-stiff mane. A cigarette regularly dangled from his lips. He was — and once again is — a key member of dirty hard rock/heavy metal icons GUNS N' ROSES. He looked the part. He ...

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Old Star - DARKTHRONE

The progression of extreme metal legends DARKTHRONE from black metal genre pioneer to ambassadors of pure heavy metal expression has been fun to experience. While some of their contemporaries continue to put out competent-yet-watered-down rehashes of works that defined the genre and others self-destructed under the weight of their own psychological excesses, Fenriz and Nocturno ...

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The Blind Leading The Blind - 1914

Formed just over five years ago by a gaggle of Ukrainian underground metal veterans, 1914 immediately sound like a band with a bright future. Heavy music doesn't need to be complicated, and this band are not inclined to stray from the extreme metal basics, but there is something undeniably fresh and invigorating about the way ...

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Tropical Sun - FULCI

From Ozzy Osbourne's iconic cry, "Oh no, please god, help me!" onwards, heavy metal has always been primarily concerned with confronting horrors, both real and imagined. The genre's close, almost symbiotic relationship with horror literature and film hardly needs restating here, but there is a world of difference between propagating familiar gore and occult tropes ...

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Paradox - NOCTURNUS AD

NOCTURNUS was a unique gem in the fertile Florida death metal scene. Anti-religious and occult thought provided the source inspiration for many Florida death metal acts, while horror movies and real-life gore inspired others. But NOCTURNUS merged a fascination with the occult alongside science fiction themes, something that was unheard of at the time. What's ...

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Frontman: 'We're Not Stuck In This Trap Of Having To Write The Same Record A Million Times'

MM Storytime conducted an interview with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck prior to the band's April 3 concert at Dom Omladine in Belgrade, Serbia. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's current position in the metal/hard rock scene: Matt: "Since 'The ...

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