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JOHANNES ECKERSTRÖM On New AVATAR Album 'Avatar Country': 'It's A Heavy Metal Celebration'

Vocalist Johannes Eckerström of Swedish metallers AVATAR was interviewed on the February 16-18 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the lyrical approach of the band's new "Avatar Country" studio album, which is ...

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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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OZZY OSBOURNE Featured In METAL CASINO's U.K. Social Media Campaign

The world's only online casino for hard rockers — Metal Casino — is now boosting its marketing outreach with ambassador and partner Ozzy Osbourne in a unique campaign. Starting February 26, the casino is going to be increasingly visible on both Facebook and Instagram. After the casino's successful launch in August 2017, Metal Casino will ...

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KATAKLYSM: 'Meditations' Cover Artwork, Track Listing Unveiled

Montréal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers KATAKLYSM have completed work on their new album, "Meditations", due later in the year via Nuclear Blast. The 10-song disc was produced by the band's guitarist Jean-François Dagenais and drummer Oli Beaudoin, and was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR). Mastering duties were handled by Paul Logus (PANTERA). ...

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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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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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DANKO JONES Begins Recording New Album

According to multiple Instagram posts made by the band, Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES has entered The Farm Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia to record a new album with producer Garth "GGGarth" Richardson (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, TESTAMENT, THE MELVINS), presumably for release later this year. DANKO JONES's eighth studio album, "Wild Cat", came ...

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