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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Talks 'Basstory' Tour, EMP Record Label And Playing With Other Bands

Germany's Moshpit Passion recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how MEGADETH got permission to include songs from the various record companies it has done business with for its 35th-anniversary greatest-hits compilation, "Warheads On Foreheads": David: ...

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SOULFLY Guitarist MARC RIZZO To Release 'Rotation' Solo Album In March

SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY guitarist Marc Rizzo will release his new solo album, "Rotation", on March 30 via Combat Records/EMP Label Group/Amped in North America, and Combat/SPV in Europe. "Rotation" is the fourth solo release for Rizzo, following 2004's "Colossal Myopia", 2006's "The Ultimate Devotion" (both released by legendary shred label Shrapnel), and the independently ...

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MEGADETH Bassist To Relaunch COMBAT RECORDS

EMP Label Group, the U.S.-based label of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has announced the relaunch of Combat Records, the seminal punk/thrash label that started MEGADETH's career. Most will remember Combat as one of the seminal thrash labels of the 1980s, their most prominent artist being, of course, MEGADETH. Combat was also home to HELSTAR, CIRCLE ...

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HELSTAR Releases 'Awaken Unto Darkness' Video

Texas power metal kings HELSTAR have released the video for "Awaken Unto Darkness", the new single from their current LP, "Vampiro", a continuation of their classic 1989 Metal Blade release "Nosferatu". Mixed by legendary metal producer Bill Metoyer (with HELSTAR's Larry Barragan) who also produced and mixed "Nosferatu", "Vampiro" has been critically acclaimed, heralded as ...

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MALICE Guitarist MICK ZANE Dies After Battle With Cancer

Michael Landauer (a.k.a. Mick Zane), one of the founding members of '80s metal masters MALICE, died earlier today. He was battling what he was told was an inoperable brain tumor and was said to be receiving the same new miracle drug that recently helped former president Jimmy Carter cure his brain cancer. HELSTAR singer James ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Announces Fall 2016 U.S. Headlining Tour

Veteran Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, currently on tour in Europe, have announced the first batch of dates for year-end headlining dates as part of their the "Touring the Forbidden Territories Tour 2016/7". Joining FLOTSAM on the run will be old and new friends in the form of Texas old-schoolers HELSTAR and Bay Area thrash ...

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From Worlds Beyond - MASTERS OF METAL

Showtime has "Masters of Horror" and "Masters of Sex". Heavy music has MASTERS OF METAL. Without making too light of things, the side project of AGENT STEEL members Robert Cardenas, Bernie Versailles, Rigo Amezcua and Juan Garcia has whipped up a buzz in the underground. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of MASTERS OF ...

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HELSTAR To Release 'Vampiro' Album

Texas heavy metal veterans HELSTAR have signed with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson's EMP Label Group. The band's new album, "Vampiro", is due later in the year. A single, "Black Cathedral", will precede the full-length effort on April 9. "Vampiro" is being mixed by Bill Metoyer, who has previously worked with SLAYER, ARMORED SAINT, W.A.S.P. and ...

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SEVEN WITCHES To Release 'The Way Of The Wicked' Album In September

Led by guitarist Jack Frost (SAVATAGE, BELLADONNA, THE BRONX CASKET CO., METALIUM, SPEEED), SEVEN WITCHES has been one of America's best classic '80s-inspired metal bands — specializing in American traditional power metal, reminiscent of bands such as HELSTAR, MANOWAR and METAL CHURCH. And on September 18, the group will issue its latest album, "The Way ...

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New Song Premiere: MASTERS OF METAL's 'Evolution Of Being'

MASTERS OF METAL, the Los Angeles-based thrash metal outfit launched by seasoned veterans and members of AGENT STEELJuan Garcia (guitars), Bernie Versailles (guitars, vocals), Robert Cardenas (bass, backing vocals) and Rigo Amezcua (drums) — will release its full-length debut, "From Worlds Beyond", in North America on September 18 via Metalville Records. The eleven-song ...

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MASTERS OF METAL Feat. AGENT STEEL Members: 'From Worlds Beyond' Album Due In September

MASTERS OF METAL, the Los Angeles-based thrash metal outfit launched by seasoned veterans and members of AGENT STEELJuan Garcia (guitars), Bernie Versailles (guitars, vocals), Robert Cardenas (bass, backing vocals) and Rigo Amezcua (drums) — will release its full-length debut, "From Worlds Beyond", in North America on September 18 via Metalville Records. The eleven-song ...

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This Wicked Nest - HELSTAR

The metal pride of Houston, HELSTAR, are back once more with the core lineup of James Rivera, Larry Barragan and Rob Trevino, while bassist Jerry Abarca remains out on extended leave due to a reported stomach-related illness. Subbing for Abarca onstage is Mike LePond, while Mikey Lewis continues to hold court over the drum kit. ...

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HELSTAR: Audio Samples Of Entire 'This Wicked Nest' Album

Texas-based metal veterans HELSTAR will release their new studio album, "This Wicked Nest", on April 25 via AFM Records. It will be available on CD and vinyl. Audio samples of all nine tracks that will appear on the album can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. "This Wicked Nest" track listing: 01. Fall Of ...

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HELSTAR: New Album Title, Cover Artwork, Release Date

Texas-based metal veterans HELSTAR will release their new studio album, "This Wicked Nest", on April 25 via AFM Records. It will be available on CD and vinyl. The cover artwork for the effort can be seen below. Bassist Jerry Abarca is taking an extended break from the HELSTAR for health reasons and was temporarily replaced ...

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SEVEN WITCHES: 'Stand Or Fall' Video Released

"Stand Or Fall", the new video from SEVEN WITCHES, can be seen below. The song comes off the band's ninth studio album, "The Rebirth", which was released on July 16 through Entertainment One's FrostByte Media imprint. The CD was recorded at Canyon Music in Toms River, New Jersey and was mixed at Sonorous studio in ...

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MASTERS OF METAL: 'MK Ultra' Lyric Video Released

The official lyric video for the song "MK Ultra" from MASTERS OF METAL, the new band formed by current members of AGENT STEEL: Juan Garcia (guitars), Bernie Versailles (guitars and lead vocals), Robert Cardenas (bass and backing vocals), Rigo Amezcua (drums), can be seen below. The track comes off MASTERS OF METAL's debut EP, which ...

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HELSTAR: 'Eight Songs In The Can' For Next Studio Album

Texas-based metal veterans HELSTAR are in pre-production for their new album, tentatively due in erly 2014 via AFM Records. According to the band, "eight songs [are] in the can, with just a few more to go." Bassist Jerry Abarca is taking an extended break from the HELSTAR for health reasons and was temporarily replaced for ...

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SEVEN WITCHES: 'Claustrophobic' Video Released

SEVEN WITCHES will release its ninth studio album, "The Rebirth", on July 16 through Entertainment One's FrostByte Media imprint. The CD was recorded at Canyon Music in Toms River, New Jersey and was mixed at Sonorous studio in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. "The Rebirth" track listing: 01. Man In The Mirror (Enemy Within) 02. Claustrophobic (No ...

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AGENT STEEL Members Launch MASTERS OF METAL

MASTERS OF METAL is the new band formed by current members of AGENT STEEL: Juan Garcia (guitars), Bernie Versailles (guitars and lead vocals), Robert Cardenas (bass and backing vocals), Rigo Amezcua (drums). The Los Angeles-based group had been working on new the material for sometime and recently decided to move forward and complete the recordings ...

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