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TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN Has 'Written About 80 Or 90 Percent Of The Material' For Next NIGHTWISH Album

Earlier this month, NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen took part in a question-and-answer session at the Kitee International Music And Art Festival in Kitee, Finland. You can now watch the discussion below. Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for NIGHTWISH's follow-up to 2015's "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" record, Tuomas said: "The next album is ...

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METAL ALLEGIANCE Feat. MEGADETH, TESTAMENT Members: Second Trailer For 'Power Drunk Majesty' Album

METAL ALLEGIANCE — with its four core members: David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER) and Mark Menghi — began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community's most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and ...

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NIGHTWISH Vocalist FLOOR JANSEN On Choosing Setlist For 'Decades' Tour: 'You Can Never Please Everybody; It's Impossible'

NIGHTWISH vocalist Floor Jansen participated in a question-and-answer session prior to the band's appearance at this year's FortaRock festival, which was held last month at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Video footage can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On choosing the setlist for the group's current tour in support ...

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EPICA's Story To Be Told In 'The Essence Of Epica' Official Book

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA are working on their first-ever book, "The Essence Of Epica". This unique book tells the story of the remarkable musical journey of EPICA in the bandmembers' own words, and is illustrated throughout with rare, candid and classic photographs. "The Essence Of Epica" will contain first-person testimony from Mark Jansen (vocals, guitars), ...

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TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN Has '70, 80 Percent Of The Material Written' For Next NIGHTWISH Album

Metal Wani's Prathamesh Hoshing conducted an interview with NIGHTWISH keyboardist/songwriter Tuomas Holopainen at this year's Hellfest, which was held last month in Clisson, France. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On playing some of NIGHTWISH's lesser-known and deep catalog songs during their recent "Decades" tour: Tuomas: ...

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METAL ALLEGIANCE Feat. MEGADETH, TESTAMENT Members: First Trailer For 'Power Drunk Majesty' Album

METAL ALLEGIANCE — with its four core members: David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER) and Mark Menghi — began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community's most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and ...

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METAL ALLEGIANCE's 'Volume II - Power Drunk Majesty' To Feature Members Of OVERKILL, NIGHTWISH, ACCEPT, Others

METAL ALLEGIANCE — with its four core members: David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER) and Mark Menghi — began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community's most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and ...

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MAYAN Feat. EPICA's MARK JANSEN: 'Dhyana' Album Due In September

MAYAN — the band featuring EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst — will release its new album, "Dhyana", on September 21 via Nuclear Blast. Through his musical contributions in EPICA, AFTER FOREVER and MAYAN, Jansen has introduced another piece of knowledge, spirituality and mystery into the Dutch metal scene. ...

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THE LOCAL BAND Feat. CHILDREN OF BODOM, THE 69 EYES, RECKLESS LOVE Members: Video Of June 2018 Helsinki Concert

THE LOCAL BAND, the Finnish covers act featuring Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM), Jussi 69 (THE 69 EYES), Olli Herman (RECKLESS LOVE) and Archie Kuosmanen (SANTA CRUZ), performed on June 10 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland as the support act for the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire concert can be seen ...

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DEE SNIDER Says JAMEY JASTA's 'Positive Energy' Convinced Him To Make 'True Metal' Solo Album

Former TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider recently appeared on "The Jasta Show", the podcast hosted by HATEBREED's Jamey Jasta, who produced Snider's new solo album, "For The Love Of Metal". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On deciding to make a metal album after Jasta challenged ...

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SPOCK'S BEARD: 'Somebody's Home' Lyric Video Released

U.S. progressive rockers SPOCK'S BEARD will release their 13th studio album, "Noise Floor", on May 25. For this disc, Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros and Ryo Okumoto are joined in the studio once again by drummer and original member Nick D'Virgilio. The official lyric video for the song "Somebody's Home" can be seen below. ...

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EPICA Releases 'Universal Love Squad' Video

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA have released a brand new music video for the song "Universal Love Squad". The clip was filmed at the band's recent sold-out 1000th-show-anniversary concert at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands in front of 3,000 ecstatic fans. "Universal Love Squad" shows a different and more intimate side to the band, as it is ...

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CYHRA Parts Ways With Ex-IN FLAMES Bassist PETER IWERS

Former IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers has announced his departure from CYHRA, the band featuring vocalist Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE), guitarist Jesper Strömblad (ex-IN FLAMES), guitarist Euge Valovirta (ex-SHINING), and drummer Alex Landenburg (LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY). CYHRA will continue as a four-piece but Peter's bass lines will still be heard at the band's upcoming shows. Instead ...

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KISS Manager On Why He Believes Band Can Continue Without Original Members: This Isn't 'Dark Side Of The Moon'

Veteran talent manager Doc McGhee (KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, BON JOVI) was recently interviewed by Juliette Miranda of "The Unwritable Rant" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On his early days as a manager: Doc: "You start [by] learning what not to do. If you have ...

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Watch ANTHRAX Perform 'Madhouse' From 'Kings Among Scotland' DVD

Multi-Grammy-nominated thrash icons ANTHRAX have just released "Kings Among Scotland", the band's long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, via Megaforce. Captured on February 15, 2017 at the band's sold-out concert at Glasgow's historic venue Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour "Kings Among Scotland" incorporates the band's entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the ...

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Watch ANTHRAX Perform 'Indians' From 'Kings Among Scotland' DVD

Multi-Grammy-nominated thrash icons ANTHRAX will see "Kings Among Scotland", the band's long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, arrive in stores and online on April 27 (Megaforce). Captured on February 15, 2017 at the band's sold-out concert at Glasgow's historic venue Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour "Kings Among Scotland" incorporates the band's entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage ...

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