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ADEMA Teases New Singer, Fall Tour

California rock band ADEMA will reportedly hit the road this fall as the support act for POWERMAN 5000 on "The Days Of Disorder" tour. Also appearing on the bill is (HED)P.E. Based on various teasers posted on ADEMA's social media, it appears that the band's current lineup no longer includes original vocalist Mark Chavez, who ...

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CLUTCH Guitarist On 'Weathermaker Vault Series': 'We Decided To Do Something We've Never Done Before'

Maryland rockers CLUTCH will release a collection of newly recorded songs, "Weathermaker Vault Series", this summer. The effort will include the band's cover of the Willie Dixon 1950s classic "Evil" (later recorded by CACTUS), which was made available earlier this week. Earlier today (Friday, June 14), CLUTCH guitarist Tim Sult spoke to the "Mike James ...

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KORN Guitarist Defends His Jam With MIKE HUCKABEE

KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has defended his recent jam with Mike Huckabee, saying that the former Arkansas governor "has been nothing but humble and extremely kind" to him and his daughter. Welch and Huckabee made headlines earlier this month when they performed an instrumental version of the KORN classic "Blind" on Huckabee's late-night-style show ...

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Ex-KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK Aligns With W.A.S.P.'s DOUGLAS BLAIR To Conjure Victims Of Salem Witch Trials

On June 10, "Dreams In The Witch House: Sanitarium" was released and offered as a free download for the first 200 people. The track features former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, W.A.S.P. lead guitarist Douglas Blair and 1980s horror icon Courtney Gains ("Children Of The Corn", "The Burbs", "Tales From The Crypt") on lead vocals. Produced ...

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Paradox - NOCTURNUS AD

NOCTURNUS was a unique gem in the fertile Florida death metal scene. Anti-religious and occult thought provided the source inspiration for many Florida death metal acts, while horror movies and real-life gore inspired others. But NOCTURNUS merged a fascination with the occult alongside science fiction themes, something that was unheard of at the time. What's ...

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RICHIE KOTZEN Releases 'Venom' Single, Video

Guitarist Richie Kotzen (THE WINERY DOGS, POISON, MR. BIG) has released the official music video for his new single, "Venom". Check it out below. Kotzen recently told SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" that he was working on material for a possible new solo album. "I think that's what's happening," he said. "I just have such a relaxed ...

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ATREYU To Begin Work On New Music In 2020

ATREYU guitarist Travis Miguel spoke to the "Mike James Rock Show" at last month's Slam Dunk festival about the band's plans to begin work on the follow-up to 2018's "In Our Wake" album. "As of right now, we're concentrating mostly on touring as much as we can," he said (see video below). "We have this ...

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Y&T Manager Says Rising Touring Costs Have Forced Band To Offer 'Sound Check Experience' At Select Shows

Iconic Bay Area rockers Y&T, whose frontman, Dave Meniketti, has previously said he was completely opposed to fans paying for meet-and-greets, are offering a so-called "Sound Check Experience" at some of their upcoming shows. Meniketti's wife Jill, who manages Y&T, took to her Facebook page earlier today to explain the band's decision to start selling ...

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Watch KORN's BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH Play 'Blind' With Former Arkansas Governor MIKE HUCKABEE

KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee performed an instrumental version of the KORN classic "Blind" earlier this week when Welch appeared on Huckabee's late-night-style show on TBN. Check out video footage of the jam below. The former presidential candidate and father of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Huckabee ...

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FLYING COLORS Feat. MIKE PORTNOY, STEVE MORSE, NEAL MORSE: 'Third Degree' Album Due In September

FLYING COLORS — the "prog/pop" supergroup featuring guitarist Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE), keyboardist Neal Morse (THE NEAL MORSE BAND, TRANSATLANTIC, ex-SPOCK'S BEARD), bassist Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS), drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER) and vocalist Casey McPherson (ALPHA REV) — will release its third album, "Third Degree", in September via ...

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BUCKCHERRY: 'Right Now' Video Premiere

BUCKCHERRY has released the third music video from its latest album, "Warpaint". The track "Right Now" is the disc's second official single, following the arrival of "Bent" earlier in the year. The MMA-themed "Right Now" video was filmed at the Affliction Training Center in Seal Beach, California and was directed by Billy Jayne. The clip ...

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RAVEN Frontman On Almost Going Into Business With OZZY And SHARON OSBOURNE: 'You Could Maybe Say We Dodged A Bullet'

Andrew McKaysmith of the "Scars And Guitars" podcast recently conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist John Gallagher of British metal legends RAVEN. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On being part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene: John: "We had the first independent metal album out in England, which was 'Rock Until ...

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DISTURBED Teams With iHeartRadio To Continue Campaign Raising Addiction And Mental Health Awareness

DISTURBED continues its campaign to raise mental health awareness and have teamed with iHeartRadio for a radio special about the stigma of addiction, depression and PTSD. The show, which featured DISTURBED lead vocalist David Draiman and Dan Donegan, along with spokespeople from mental health organizations Camp Hope, 22 Kill and NAMI, can be seen below. ...

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DESTRUCTION: Official Visualizer For 'Born To Perish' Title Track

German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will release their 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", on August 9 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded in January and February 2019 with V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, BURNING WITCHES, NERVOSA) at Little Creek Studios in Switzerland and is the first DESTRUCTION album to feature Randy Black on drums and ...

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ACE FREHLEY Completes Work On 'Origins Vol. 2'

Ace Frehley has confirmed that he has completed work on "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist. "Pretty much the whole concept behind that album is redoing songs of bands that influenced me growing up," Ace told Oklahoma's KATT Rock 100.5 radio station in ...

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BUCKCHERRY Vocalist On Covering NINE INCH NAILS' 'Head Like A Hole': 'I Like Something Off The Beaten Path'

Andy Hall of Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 recently conducted an interview with BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd. You can listen to the entire chat via the Soundcloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's new "Warpaint" studio album: Josh: "We worked really hard on this record and we ...

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