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EXHORDER Members Discuss Songwriting In New Trailer For 'Mourn The Southern Skies' Album

New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER will release their first album in 27 years, "Mourn The Southern Skies", on September 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band now features founding members Vinnie La Bella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Discusses Songwriting Process In New 'In Cauda Venenum' Trailer

A three-minute video in which OPETH vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt discusses the songwriting process for the band's 13th album, "In Cauda Venenum", can be seen below. The disc will be released on September 27 via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Recorded last year at Stockholm's Park Studios, "In Cauda Venenum" will be released in two versions, ...

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PHIL DEMMEL Says 'Only ROBB FLYNN' Wanted To Include 'Bastards' Song On MACHINE HEAD's 'Catharsis' Album

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel says that "Bastards", the folk-driven, political song which appears on the band's latest album "Catharsis", would have been better suited for a Robb Flynn solo project. Originally released as an acoustic version on YouTube, "Bastards" is based on a conversation about white supremacy Robb had with his sons around ...

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DRAGONFORCE Reveals Details Of New Album 'Extreme Power Metal', Launches Video For 'Highway To Oblivion'

On September 27, DRAGONFORCE will unleash its eighth full-length album, "Extreme Power Metal". Produced in Los Angeles, California by Damien Rainaud at Mix Unlimited, "Extreme Power Metal" was also recorded, in part, on guitarist Herman Li's livestream channel on Twitch with participation from the fans. For a first preview of the album, a ...

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MANOWAR Bassist's Spoken-Word Tour: More Dates Announced

For the first time ever, MANOWAR will open its vast archives and give its fans the chance to hear the official history of the band, straight from the source. The glory and the battles; the secrets, and the triumphs of steel; life on the road and in the studio... Witness MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio in ...

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DEVILDRIVER Cancels European Tour

California metallers DEVILDRIVER have been forced to cancel their previously announced European tour. The trek, which was scheduled to take place in September/October, is being called off due to "unexpected circumstances, completely out of the control of the band," according to a press release. The members of DEVILDRIVER would like to stress that they hate ...

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SKINLAB: Making Of New Album 'Venomous' Part One (Video)

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB have uploaded the first in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of their new album, "Venomous". The disc is being produced and mixed by Ulrich Wild and will be released this fall via Art Is War Records. "Venomous" will mark SKINLAB's recording debut with ...

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MARCOS CURIEL Says A Lot Of People Are Still 'Very Hesitant' To Embrace P.O.D.'s Blend Of Rap And Heavy Music

San Diego's P.O.D. was one of the biggest benefactors of the late-'90s "nu metal" trend. Part of the wave of bands who successfully crossed into the mainstream with their blend of hip-hop, heavy guitars and accessible songwriting, P.O.D. was originally formed from the ashes of ESCHATOS, a thrash band who played METALLICA and SLAYER covers. ...

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RUSH Jigsaw Puzzles Due In September

U.K.'s Zee Productions will release four classic RUSH album covers as 500-piece jigsaws later this summer. "Fly By Night", "A Farewell To Kings", "Permanent Waves" and "Moving Pictures" will be made available on September 20. The iconic art of some of rock's most influential and highly regarded albums is presented in puzzle form for the ...

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Former MARILYN MANSON Multi-Instrumentalist TIM SKÖLD Releases Music Video For SKOLD's 'Small World'

"Small World", the new video from Swedish-born multi-instrumentalist Tim Sköld, the creative force behind his namesake industrial metal project, can be seen below. The song is taken from his latest studio album, "Never Is Now", which came out in April via Cleopatra Reords. With its pulsating rhythm and massive guitar sound, "Small World" on its ...

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HAMMERFALL Frontman: 'We Write The Music That We Would Buy Ourselves If Someone Else Wrote The Songs'

Chris Akin of "The Classic Metal Show" recently conducted an interview with frontman Joacim Cans of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On HAMMERFALL being the "AC/DC of power metal": Joacim: "You should never actually change the content of anything. Imagine you go ...

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JORDAN RUDESS Says DREAM THEATER Was 'In The Mood' To Write Shorter Songs On 'Distance Over Time'

In a recent interview with Romania's ARTMania Festival, keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER spoke about the lack of ten-minute-plus "epics" on their new "Distance Over Time" studio album. The follow-up to 2016's much-debated "The Astonishing" double concept album, "Distance Over Time" finds DREAM THEATER going back to its early, ...

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ENTOMBED A.D.: 'Elimination' Music Video

The official music video for "Elimination", a brand new song from Swedish metallers ENTOMBED A.D., can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Bowels Of Earth", which will be released on August 30 via Century Media. Comments singer Lars-Göran Petrov: "Chainsaw guitars, feral vocals bark and raw blasting drums. Please ...

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Listen To New VOLBEAT Song 'Pelvis On Fire'

"Pelvis On Fire", a new song from the Danish/American hard rock group VOLBEAT, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming seventh album, "Rewind, Replay, Rebound", which will be released on August 2 via Republic Records. "It's a pure rock 'n' roller," frontman Michael Poulsen stated about the song. "When you ...

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Video Premiere: THE AGONIST's 'Burn it All Down'

"Burn it All Down", the new video from Montreal, Quebec, Canada's extreme metal juggernaut THE AGONIST, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Orphans", which will be released on September 20 via Rodeostar Records. Says Chris Kells, THE AGONIST bassist and video director: "When the band had first decided ...

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HIGH ON FIRE Parts Ways With Drummer DES KENSEL

California heavy rockers HIGH ON FIRE have parted ways with founding drummer Des Kensel. Kensel announced his departure from the group in an Instagram post earlier today. He wrote: "As a founding member of HIGH ON FIRE, I feel blessed to have spent the last 21 years traveling around the world pursuing my childhood dream ...

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K.K. DOWNING Says He Has To Accept The Fact That He Will Not Be Invited To Play With JUDAS PRIEST Again

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing will join ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman for several songs at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival on August 11 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. This will be K.K.'s first public performance since October 17, 2009 when JUDAS PRIEST played the final "British Steel 30th Anniversary" date ...

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