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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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WEDNESDAY 13: Visualizer For New Song 'Bring Your Own Blood'

The official visualizer for the song "Bring Your Own Blood" from horror-punk stalwart Wednesday 13 can be seen below. The track is taken from his new album, "Necrophaze", which will be released on September 27 via Nuclear Blast Records. Commenting on the new song, Wednesday 13 says: "'BYOB' is one of my favorites off the ...

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VOLBEAT: Making Of 'Leviathan' Song (Video)

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Leviathan", a new song from the Danish/American hard rock group VOLBEAT, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's seventh album, "Rewind, Replay, Rebound", which was released on August 2 via Republic Records. At this point in their already storied career, VOLBEAT has opened for METALLICA, ...

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Live In Japan 2018 - RIOT V

If ever there was a band that deserved much more recognition and praise for their contribution to heavy metal, it's RIOT. Originally formed by the late, great Mark Reale in 1975, the New Yorkers were an omnipresent force for hard rocking excellence for the best part of 40 years, before their leader's untimely passing in ...

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OSCAR DRONJAK Explains HAMMERFALL's Songwriting Process: 'It's Like A Slow Grinding Wheel'

In an interview with Xander from Total Rock Radio at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany, guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metal veterans HAMMERFALL delved deep into his songwriting process. With 11 studio albums under their belt, including HAMMERFALL's forthcoming effort, "Dominion", Dronjak explained how advancements in modern technology and the band's ...

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Producer MICHAEL WAGENER On SKID ROW's Self-Titled Debut: 'To This Day, It's Still My Favorite Record That I Recorded'

In conjunction with a recent Metal Hammer retrospective on SKID ROW's self-titled 1989 debut, producer Michael Wagener spoke with writer Clay Marshall about the making of the album. Some select "outtakes" follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his first impressions of SKID ROW: Michael: "Atlantic flew me out to see SKID ROW in Jersey. I ...

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Watch WHITESNAKE's Entire Moscow Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of WHITESNAKE's entire July 17 concert at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Bad Boys 02. Slide It In 03. Love Ain't No Stranger 04. Hey You (You Make Me Rock) 05. Slow An' Easy 06. Ain't No Love In The ...

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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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DESTRUCTION: 'Inspired By Death' Visualizer Video

The official visualizer video for "Inspired By Death" from German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band's 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", which is being released today (Friday, August 9) via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded in January and February 2019 with V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Releases Music Video For New Single 'Sleeping With The Light On'

Legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker's MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST project will release its second studio album, "Revelation", on September 20 through Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss and was recorded and mixed by Voss at Kidpool Studio Greven & Kidwood Studio in Münstertal, Germany between December 2018 and March 2019. ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: 'The Verdict' Behind-The-Scenes Studio Footage

An eight-minute video featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "The Verdict", the latest album from QUEENSRŸCHE, can be seen below. "The Verdict" was released in March via Century Media Records. The disc was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, ICED EARTH, HATEBREED) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, Washington; Planet-Z in Wilbraham, ...

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Watch QUEENSRŸCHE Perform In Slovenia

Fan-filmed video footage of QUEENSRŸCHE's July 28 concert at Kino Šiška in Ljubljana, Slovenia can be seen below. QUEENSRŸCHE is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "The Verdict", which was released in March via Century Media Records. The disc was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, ICED EARTH, ...

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LEATHERWOLF Announces New Lineup

Long-running Orange County, California metal institution LEATHERWOLF has announced a new lineup, comprising drummer Dean Roberts, guitarist Geoff Gayer, and bassist Paul Carman, all of whom featured on the band's classic "Leatherwolf" ('87) and "Street Ready" ('89) releases, guitarist Rob Math and introducing new frontman Keith Adamiak. Work on a new studio album is underway ...

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