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SONS OF APOLLO Completes 'Intense Writing Session' For Second Album

SONS OF APOLLO — the progressive metal supergroup featuring former DREAM THEATER bandmates Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, as well as guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T., TALISMAN) — is working on its second album. Portnoy wrote on his Facebook ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Release 'Empath' Album In March; Details Revealed

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend will release his new album, "Empath", on March 29 via InsideOut Music. In the lead-up to the album's release, Devin will walk fans through how "Empath" came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch him explain more ...

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG To Record New Album In April

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG will enter the studio in April with producer Fred Purser (previously a TYGERS OF PAN TANG member himself) to record their new album. Søren Andersen of Denmark's Medley Studio (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp) will once again handle the mixing duties. The follow-up to TYGERS ...

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THE CRANBERRIES To Release Final Album, 'In The End', In April

Thirty years after forming in Limerick (initially as The Cranberry Saw Us) THE CRANBERRIES are set to release their eighth and final album, "In The End", on April 26. With Stephen Street once again taking producer duties, the 11-track record brings a remarkable career to a fitting and powerful closure. Announcing the album, the band ...

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NICKELBACK Bassist Says VINNIE PAUL 'Didn't Really Wanna Be Alive Anymore' After Witnessing His Brother's Murder

NICKELBACK bassist Mike Kroeger spoke to Australia's Silver Tiger Media about last year's passing of PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The 54-year-old musician, who saw his brother, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, killed onstage by a fan in 2004, died in June 2018 of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe ...

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MIKE PATTON Cancels National Anthem Performance At NFL Playoffs

FAITH NO MORE frontman Mike Patton has announced a last-minute cancelation of his national anthem performance at today's (Saturday, January 12) NFL playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys. "Sorry, football folks, I woke up feeling horrible," he wrote in a Facebook message this afternoon. "No anthem today for me!" Patton was ...

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RAVEN's JOHN GALLAGHER On Group's New 'Warts-And-All' Live Album: 'It's Real, And That's Why It Works'

John Gallagher, the bassist/vocalist of British/American heavy metal veterans RAVEN, recently spoke with Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's new live album, "Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg": John: "We didn't plan on doing this, ...

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FAITH NO MORE's MIKE PATTON To Sing National Anthem At Los Angeles Rams Vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Playoff Game

FAITH NO MORE frontman Mike Patton will sing the U.S. national anthem at tomorrow's (Saturday, January 12) NFL playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys at LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Patton will voice his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to kickoff, which is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET ...

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LAMB OF GOD Guitarist Says CHESTER BENNINGTON Was 'Very Excited' About Screaming And 'Doing Something Heavier' Than LINKIN PARK

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton spoke to Kerrang! magazine about his collaboration with LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington on a song for his upcoming solo album, "Anesthetic", which will be released on March 1 via WPP Records and Spinefarm Records. "I didn't even know if I was on his radar at all, but through ...

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THE NEAL MORSE BAND: 'Welcome To The World 2' Video

THE NEAL MORSE BANDNeal Morse (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Randy George (bass), Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals), Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals) — will take fans on "The Great Adventure" with its latest double concept album, due out January 25 on Radiant Records via Metal Blade worldwide. It will be available ...

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Listen To New BUCKCHERRY Song 'Bent'

"Bent", a new song from Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming studio album, "Warpaint", which will be released on March 8 via Century Media/RED Music. The 12-song disc, featuring 11 new BUCKCHERRY songs along with a cover of the NINE INCH NAILS classic "Head Like A ...

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Ex-KORN Drummer DAVID SILVERIA Looks Back On Making Of 'Follow The Leader': 'It Was Pretty Much Complete Chaos Every Day And Every Night'

Former KORN drummer David Silveria spoke to RadioactiveMike Z, host of the Riverside, California radio station 96.7 KCAL-FM program "Wired In The Empire", about his memories of making the band's "Follow The Leader" album, which recently celebrated 20th anniversary. "When we did 'Follow The Leader', it was pretty much complete chaos every day and every ...

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DEREK SHERINIAN Says SONS OF APOLLO Won't Perform DREAM THEATER Material Moving Forward

SONS OF APOLLO keyboardist Derek Sherinian (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, ex-DREAM THEATER) recently spoke with Greece's Rockpages TV. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his initial goals when writing the music for what would become SONS OF APOLLO's debut album, "Psychotic Symphony": Derek: "I ...

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DISTURBED Guitarist On Writing Process: 'I Don't Think About What The Expectations Are From The Record Label Or Management'

Australia's Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the fact that DISTURBED's latest album, "Evolution", features as many acoustic-rooted ballads as it does hard-riffing rockers: Dan: "For many years, we've been talking about wanting ...

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