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Denmark Invented 'Hard Rock Diplomacy' By Giving Indonesian President Signed METALLICA Box Set

Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen spoke to Channel NewsAsia‏ about his decision to give Indonesian president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo a METALLICA "Master Of Puppets" box set during a recent diplomatic state visit. Confirming that the box set was "signed by Lars Ulrich, the drummer who originally invented METALLICA," Rasmussen said that he chose the ...

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH Featured In 'The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal': Part One Of Doc Series Due In January

Throughout history, the San Francisco Bay Area has long been deemed as the epicenter for thrash metal, whereas Los Angeles has invariably been considered the stomping ground for glam and hair metal. True, San Francisco has birthed many exceptional thrash bands since the early '80s, but the fact remains — Los Angeles is the rightful ...

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BLITZKRIEG Releases Music Video For 'Reign Of Fire'

NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) veterans BLITZKRIEG have released the official music video for their new song "Reign Of Fire". The track is the title cut of the band's new single, which was released as a seven-inch vinyl EP on December 8 in a limited edition of five hundred copies embraced by amazing ...

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MANTICORA Signs With VICISOLUM RECORDS; New Album Due In April

Danish thrash/power metallers MANTICORA have inked a deal with ViciSolum Records for the release of their upcoming eighth and ninth albums — the first material from the band in almost eight years. The two albums, which are a part of a grandiose concept based on the thriller/horror novel that lead singer Lars F. Larsen has ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE Reveals Dispute Over METALLICA Songwriting Credits May Have Contributed To Shelving Of Expanded 'No Life 'Til Leather' Release

Dave Mustaine has revealed that a dispute over songwriting credits may have contributed to the shelving of the previously announced expanded version of METALLICA's 1982 demo tape, "No Life 'Til Leather". "No Life 'Til Leather" was released as a limited-edition cassette for Record Store Day in April 2015, available exclusively in independent record stores. It ...

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LARS ULRICH: 'We're Having The Best Year For METALLICA In Probably A Quarter Of A Century'

On November 9, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was interviewed by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff as part of this year's Dreamforce, Salesforce's annual user conference, in San Francisco, California. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how METALLICA's music has managed to survive and grow, crossing generations: ...

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Indonesian President May Have To Give Up METALLICA Box Set He Received From Danish Prime Minister

Indonesian president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will file a report with the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) regarding the METALLICA "Master Of Puppets" box set he received from Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Since the gift technically constitutes a form of gratification, it must legally be reported to the KPK, according to Coconuts ...

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Danish Prime Minister Surprises Indonesian President With METALLICA 'Master Of Puppets' Box Set

Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen presented Indonesian president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo with a signed box set of METALLICA's seminal third album "Master Of Puppets" during a state visit earlier today (Tuesday, November 28) at the Bogor Palace in Indonesia. In return, Jokowi, gave Rasmussen a rencong (traditional dagger from Aceh), according to

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Influential NWOBHM Band TRESPASS Releases 'Momentum' Video

Classic NWOBHM outfit TRESPASS has released a new music video for the song "Momentum". A hard-rocking British metal song with an old-school '80s JUDAS PRIEST vibe, it is taken from TRESPASS's upcoming comeback album, "Footprints In The Rock", which will be released on January 12, 2018 via Mighty Music. TRESPASS was formed in Sudbury, Suffolk, ...

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Members Of SLIPKNOT, KORN, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, POISON, Others React To Passing Of MALCOLM YOUNG

Members of SLIPKNOT, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, WHITESNAKE, POISON, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, STRYPER, KORN, OVERKILL, KREATOR, SEPULTURA and VOLBEAT are among the rock musicians and scores of other artists who reacted on social media to the passing of Malcolm Young. The 64-year-old guitarist and co-founder of the legendary Australian hard rock band AC/DC had been suffering ...

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LARS ULRICH Says METALLICA's 'Whole Business Model Changed' After Getting Rights To All Of Band's Master Recordings

During an interview on November 5 at 92Y in New York City, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about how important achieving independence by owning all of the band's master recordings — including both music and long-form videos — has been in having a long and successful career. "[METALLICA's longtime managers, Q Prime founders] Cliff [Burnstein] ...

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What Would CLIFF BURTON Think About METALLICA's Music If He Was Still Alive? 'It's A Great Question,' Says LARS ULRICH

During a career-spanning interview on November 5 at 92Y in New York City, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was asked which songs from the band's "Black", "Load" and "Reload" albums late METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton would have liked. "I've got an easy answer: all of 'em," Lars responded. Next [question]! No. Listen, it's a great question. ...

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METALLICA: Two-Part 'Master Of Puppets' Special To Air On LARS ULRICH's 'It's Electric!' Show

Lars Ulrich will treat listeners to part one of a very special two-part series commemorating the reissue of METALLICA's 1986 album, "Master Of Puppets", on this week's episode of "It's Electric!", the METALLICA drummer's online radio show on Apple Music's Beats 1. From Antwerp, Belgium inside the Sportpaleis arena, Lars is joined by James Hetfield, ...

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