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THE ANSWER Singer Signs Solo Deal With SOCIAL FAMILY RECORDS

Cormac Neeson, the lead singer of Northern Irish rock band THE ANSWER, has inked a deal with the independent label Social Family Records (SFR). The label will be responsible for the re-release of Neeson's Americana/country soul/blues-based debut solo album, "White Feather", which has been well received in his home territory of Ireland and the U.K., ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Says K.K. DOWNING 'Looked And Sounded Great' During First Performance In 10 Years

Richie Faulkner says that K.K. Downing "looked and sounded great" when he returned to the live stage earlier this month as a special guest of ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman. Downing's August 11 appearance at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom marked K.K.'s first public performance since October 17, ...

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Dawn of the Dragonstar - TWILIGHT FORCE

You know what you're getting from a new TWILIGHT FORCE album. Ever since the Swedish crew emerged with 2014's "Tales of Ancient Prophecies", the ante for overblown, fantasy-based power metal has been robustly upped. They pulled off the same trick, albeit with even more bombast and pomp, on 2016's big-label breakthrough "Heroes of Mighty Magic"; ...

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BEAST IN BLACK Vocalist Says New Album 'From Hell With Love' 'Turned Out Even Better Than Expected'

A&P-Reacts conducted an interview with vocalist Yannis Papadopoulos of Finnish melodic metallers BEAST IN BLACK at this year's Heavy Montreal festival. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the success of their 2017 "Berserker" debut put pressure on BEAST IN BLACK for its follow-up, ...

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GWAR Announces European Tour With VOIVOD

GWAR will make its triumphant return to Europe late this November into December on as part of the "Use Your Collusion" 2019 tour. The trek, which features main support VOIVOD, begins in Bochum, Germany on November 22 and ends on December 14 in Zurich, Switzerland. Pre-sales begin today and the general public on-sale is set ...

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MR. BUNGLE To Reunite For First Shows In Nearly 20 Years

MR. BUNGLE will perform "The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny", the Eureka-born band's 1986 self-produced/released demo, in a trio of early 2020 shows: February 7 at the Fonda Theatre (Los Angeles), February 8 at the Warfield Theatre (San Francisco) and February 10 at Brooklyn Steel (New York City). The dates mark both the first ...

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K.K. DOWNING On His Return To Live Stage: 'It Was A Bit Of A Whirlwind'

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing joined ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman on stage earlier today (Sunday, August 11) at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom to perform four songs. This marked K.K.'s first public performance since October 17, 2009 when JUDAS PRIEST played the final "British Steel ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Returns To Stage For First Time In 10 Years (Video)

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing joined ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman for four songs earlier today (Sunday, August 11) at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. This marked 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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Video Premiere: STEEL PANTHER's 'Always Gonna Be A Ho'

"Always Gonna Be A Ho", the new video from California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fifth studio album, "Heavy Metal Rules", which will be released on September 27. The disc, which is described in a press release as a "heavy metal version of a ...

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K.K. DOWNING On His Business Arrangement With JUDAS PRIEST: 'They Want Me Out Of The Way, Every Speck Of Me'

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that he hasn't been approached by his former bandmates about taking part in the group's upcoming 50th-anniversary tour, which is expected to launch next spring/summer. PRIEST recently announced that it will mark the half-century milestone with a world tour in 2020, including an appearance at next year's edition of ...

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STEEL PANTHER: 10-Camera Video Edit Of New Orleans Concert

A 10-camera video edit of STEEL PANTHER's June 28 performance at The Fillmore in New Orleans, Louisiana can be seen below (courtesy of Tim Mcaskill). STEEL PANTHER will release its fifth studio album, "Heavy Metal Rules", on September 27. The disc, which is described in a press release as a "heavy metal version of a ...

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PESTILENCE Signs With AGONIA RECORDS

Long-running Dutch progressive death metallers PESTILENCE have signed a deal with Agonia Records, via the band's imprint Hadeon Records. A new album, titled "Exitivm", will be released in the coming months. Guitarist Patrick Mameli said: "PESTILENCE and Hadeon Records are very excited to be joining forces with Agonia Records in an exclusive, worldwide agreement to ...

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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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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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CYNIC's PAUL MASVIDAL Releases 'Nebula' Video

"Nebula", the new video from CYNIC frontman Paul Masvidal, can be seen below. A prominent player in the prog metal scene since he was a teenager, Masvidal reveals his songwriter roots with a solo acoustic album. Now available is the first of a trilogy of EPs, "Mythical Human Vessel", featuring a new direction that may ...

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BIFF BYFORD: Why SAXON Never Made It Big In America

Biff Byford has explained why he believes SAXON never achieved the same kind of commercial success in America as fellow British bands IRON MAIDEN and DEF LEPPARD. Although SAXON is widely recognized as one of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal's pioneering exponents, the band has failed to mirror its European success in the U.S. ...

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SAXON's BIFF BYFORD: 'We're Still Making Great Metal Albums'

"Bods Mayhem Hour" recently conducted an interview with vocalist Biff Byford of British metal legends SAXON. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what SAXON's expectations were upon the release of the band's 1979 self-titled debut album: Biff: "[When] the first album came out, we were ...

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AMON AMARTH Guitarist: 'We Always Try To Make The Next Album A Little Better Than The Previous One'

Prior to AMON AMARTH's June 11 performance in Bratislava, Slovakia, guitarist Johan Söderberg spoke with Rocker.sk. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's latest album, "Berserker": Johan: "The inspiration was, 'We're going to make the best songs we can.' That's usually always ...

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STEEL PANTHER To Release 'Heavy Metal Rules' Album In September

California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER will release their fifth studio album, "Heavy Metal Rules", on September 27. The disc, which is described in a press release as a "heavy metal version of a self-help manual and ultimate party album combined," was once again produced by Jay Ruston, who collaborated with the band on all ...

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