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OVERKILL Bassist Signs Deal With MIGHTY MUSIC; Solo Album Due In October

OVERKILL songwriter and bassist D.D. Verni will release his debut solo album in October through Mighty Music. The effort features guest appearances by a number of guitarists, including Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY), Angus Clark (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Bruce Franklin (TROUBLE), Mike Romeo (SYMPHONY X), Mike Orlando (ADRENALINE MOB), Steve Leonard (ALMOST QUEEN) and ...

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CYHRA Vocalist Says Group's Goal Is 'To Make Everything Work That Did Not Work In Our Previous Bands'

During their recently completed North American tour with SABATON and KREATOR, CYHRA vocalist Jake E and guitarist Euge Valovirta were interviewed by Antihero Magazine. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the response to the group's live performances: Jake: "The reception on the shows ...

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IZEGRIM: 'Beheaded By Trust' Lyric Video

Dutch death thrash ragers IZEGRIM will release a brand new EP titled "Beheaded By Trust" on March 23. The four tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered in December 2017 at Kohlekeller Studio (ABORTED, BENIGHTED). The cover artwork was created by Kirill Semenov. "Beheaded By Trust" track listing: 01. Beheaded By Trust 02. Stain In The ...

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DESTRUCTION's SCHMIER: 'It Should Be The Law For Everybody To Travel; It Would Be A Much Better World'

Diamond Oz of Metal Underground conducted an interview with frontman Schmier of German thrashers DESTRUCTION aboard this year's installment of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which was held February 1-5. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what "Under Attack", the title of their ...

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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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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI On New Year's Eve Photo With MIKE PORTNOY: 'It's Good To Maintain Good Relationships'

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci says that fans shouldn't read anything into his recent encounter with Mike Portnoy, explaining that he continues to maintain a "good relationship" with his former bandmate. Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 30 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He ...

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DESTRUCTION Parts Ways With Drummer WAWRZYNIEC 'VAAVER' DRAMOWICZ

German thrashers DESTRUCTION have parted ways with their longtime drummer Wawrzyniec "Vaaver" Dramowicz. According to frontman Schmier, Vaaver has decided to leave the group "for family reasons." But while Schmier calls the split with Dramowicz "very sad," the bassist/vocalist is quick to add: "We won't split up and we won't do a farewell tour." Vaaver, ...

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DEATH ANGEL Guitarist: 'We Pride Ourselves In Being A Little Different From All The Other Thrash Bands'

Darko Rajić of Metal Jacket Magazine conducted an interview with DEATH ANGEL guitarist Ted Aguilar prior to the band's November 26 concert in Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia alongside TESTAMENT and ANNIHILATOR. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the variety found on DEATH ANGEL's most ...

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Video: HIRAX Performs At 'X Fest' In Los Angeles

Fan-filmed video footage of HIRAX's January 6 performance at the X Fest at the Regent in Los Angeles, California can be seen below. HIRAX's latest album, "Immortal Legacy", was released in 2014 via SPV/Steamhammer. The disc was produced by Bill Metoyer, known for his work with SLAYER, ARMORED SAINT, W.A.S.P. and SACRED REICH. HIRAX previously ...

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MIKE PORTNOY And JOHN PETRUCCI Reunited

Ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has posted a photo of him apparently hanging out with his former bandmate, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci. Portnoy wrote in an accompanying caption: "Happy New Year from MP & JP #givepeaceachance #carpediem Here's to a great 2018!" Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 30 years ago, abruptly quit ...

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For the Demented - ANNIHILATOR

Jeff Waters is in both a wonderful and awkward spot in his prolific career. He's creative control as the primary force behind a legendary metal moniker that stands for two different things: the entity itself and the conductor operating it mostly on his own like a thrasher's Lionel set. Now, if you peel open the ...

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MIKE PORTNOY On His Exit From AVENGED SEVENFOLD: 'They Just Weren't Ready To Commit Yet'

Mike Portnoy says that drummer Brooks Wackerman is "the perfect fit" for AVENGED SEVENFOLD. In 2015, Wackerman officially replaced Arin Ilejay, who was AVENGED SEVENFOLD's first full-time drummer after the passing of founding member Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan in 2009. Following Sullivan's death, AVENGED SEVENFOLD recruited his favorite drummer, Portnoy, to record the drum tracks ...

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ANNIHILATOR Releases Music Video For 'For The Demented' Title Track

Canadian metal veterans ANNIHILATOR have released a music video for the song "For The Demented". The track is the title cut of the band's sixteenth studio album, which was released on November 3 via Neverland Music/Silver Lining Music. The effort was made available in a limited-edition digipack with lenticular cover, a jewel-case CD, a twelve-inch ...

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JEFF WATERS Says He Went Back To The Sound Of ANNIHILATOR's First Eight Years For New Album 'For The Demented'

Rustyn Rose of Metalholic recently conducted an interview with mainman Jeff Waters of Canadian thrash veterans ANNIHILATOR. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On getting back to ANNIHILATOR's "roots" with their new studio album, "For The Demented": Jeff: "Just doing this for quite some time, you ...

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TESTAMENT Announces Second Leg Of European Tour; ANNIHILATOR And VADER To Support

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers TESTAMENT will return to European shores in March/April 2018. Support on the trek will come from Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR and Polish death metallers VADER. TESTAMENT is still touring in support of its critically acclaimed album "Brotherhood Of The Snake", which came out last year. Commented TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson: ...

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