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CARCASS Parts Ways With Guitarist BEN ASH; Replacement Revealed

British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS have parted was with guitarist Ben Ash and have replaced him with Tom Draper (POUNDER, ex-ANGEL WITCH, PRIMITAI). Draper, who is from the United Kingdom but currently resides in California, made his live debut with CARCASS this past weekend at the Netherlands Deathfest at 013 in Tilburg. Fan-filmed video footage ...

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DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Announces 2018 Edition Of 'Jordan Rudess's Keyfest'

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess announced details of his third annual Jordan Rudess's Keyfest, set to take place April 26-28 at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Keyfest is a three-day interactive keyboard gathering with Rudess, Tom Brislin (YES, RENAISSANCE), and Bill Laurence (SNARKY PUPPY). During the day, these three renowned keyboardists will lead workshops ...

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Watch EXODUS Perform In San Francisco

Fan-filmed video footage of EXODUS's February 25 performance at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California can be seen below. EXODUS frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza recently said that fans will have to wait until at least the end of 2019 before the band's follow-up to 2014's "Blood In Blood Out" album. Although it was originally ...

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GHOST Announces 'Rats! On The Road' U.S. Tour

Swedish occult metal band GHOST will embark on the "Rats! On The Road" U.S. tour in May. The trek will kick off on May 5 in Riverside, California and visit U.S. cities throughout the spring. Tickets and VIP packages for the "Rats! On The Road Tour" will go on sale on this Saturday, March 3 ...

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ANTHRAX Cancels European Tour Plans

According to the Facebook page of the IN FLAMES-curated Borgholm Brinner festival, ANTHRAX has canceled its plans to tour Europe this summer "due to scheduling conflicts." The bandmembers "sincerely apologize to all of their fans and hope to see them very soon," ANTHRAX says in a statement. ANTHRAX was one of several acts scheduled to ...

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MAX CAVALERA On Next SOULFLY Record: 'It's A Tribal Thrash Album. It's Never Been Done Quite Like That'

Metal Wani's Chuck Marshall recently conducted an interview with current SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and former SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the recent "Max And Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots" tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of SEPULTURA's "Roots" had an impact ...

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Listen To Snippet Of New JUDAS PRIEST Song 'Evil Never Dies'

A short preview of the song "Evil Never Dies" from British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST is available below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Firepower", which will be released on March 9 via Epic. The follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Doesn't Know Why SLAYER Is Retiring

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson says that he doesn't know why SLAYER has chosen to embark on its "farewell" tour. Last month, SLAYER, one of metal's most popular and influential bands of the past four decades, announced its "final world tour" via a 30-second video. The group also confirmed that its last-ever North American run of ...

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No New EXODUS Album Until End Of 2019 At The Earliest

EXODUS frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza says that fans will have to wait until at least the end of 2019 before the band's follow-up to 2014's "Blood In Blood Out" album. Although it was originally reported that the veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers would go into the studio last October to begin recording the new ...

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ANTHRAX Bassist: 'I Don't Think SLAYER Will Ever Die'

ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello says that SLAYER will never die, despite the fact that the Tom Araya-fronted outfit is retiring from the road. Last month, SLAYER, one of metal's most popular and influential bands of the past four decades, announced its "final world tour" via a 30-second video. The group also confirmed that its last-ever ...

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Listen To Snippet Of New JUDAS PRIEST Song 'Traitors Gate'

A short preview of the song "Traitors Gate" from British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST is available below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Firepower", which will be released on March 9 via Epic. The follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator ...

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Firepower - JUDAS PRIEST

Scrutiny follows anyone and everyone. No one is exempt from it, whether you're J.J. Abrams, a decorated Olympian or a time-honored heavy metal act. All fall under the microscope, and each have their devotees and detractors champing at the bit to toss their two cents into any forum fostering commentary. Since Rob Halford’s 2003 return ...

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TESTAMENT's ERIC PETERSON On Metal's Decline In Popularity During The '90s: 'It Was Awesome. It Kind Of Weeded Out The Weak'

Sebastiano Mereu of From Hero To Zero recently conducted an interview with guitarist Eric Peterson of San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans TESTAMENT. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the differences of being a musician today versus when TESTAMENT got their start over 30 ...

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KILLCODE To Release 'The Answer' Album

New York rockers KILLCODE will release their new album, "The Answer", on February 20. KILLCODE combines southern-infused rock/metal with modern-day vocals to create a unique style that boasts hooky, super-charged anthems, huge guitars and driving rhythms that send your adrenaline pumping the second you hear them! KILLCODE consists of Tom Morrissey (lead vocals), Chas (guitar, ...

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Members Of KREATOR, SEPULTURA, DESTRUCTION, SABATON, CANNIBAL CORPSE And Other Bands Take Part In '70000 Tons Of Metal' All-Star Jam (Video)

Fifty heavy metal musicians — including members of KREATOR, SEPULTURA, DESTRUCTION, SABATON, CANNIBAL CORPSE and METAL CHURCH — took part in this year's edition of "Jamming With Waters In International Waters", the official 70000 Tons Of Metal all-star jam hosted by ANNIHILATOR's Jeff Waters. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire event can be seen below ...

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Is 'Firepower' The Fastest JUDAS PRIEST Song? 'I Can't Think Of Another Song That's Quicker,' Says RICHIE FAULKNER

The Duke of the WSOU 89.5 FM radio station recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis and guitarist Richie Faulkner. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On JUDAS PRIEST's new album, "Firepower", being a "heavier" record than 2014's ...

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