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DRESS THE DEAD Recruits Ex-INSOLENCE Guitarist MIKE ROWAN

DRESS THE DEAD, the band featuring ex-FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and WITCH MOUNTAIN singer Kayla Dixon, has recruited guitarist Mike Rowan. He replaces original DRESS THE DEAD guitarist Dan Delay, who left the group in June. Locicero stated about DRESS THE DEAD's latest addition: "Mikey is a very well-known guitarist here in the [San Francisco] ...

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Current/Former Members Of MACHINE HEAD, DREAM THEATER, OVERKILL Unite In New Project

According to several posts on various social media platforms, former MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel is working on a new project with drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER), vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL) and bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE). On July 21, Portnoy posted a picture of the quartet with ...

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PHIL DEMMEL Says VIO-LENCE Is Taking 'Delicate' Approach To Reunion: 'We're Still Kind Of Feeling Each Other Out'

VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel (formerly of MACHINE HEAD) recently spoke with Australia's Heavy magazine about the group's upcoming tour of the continent. The full conversation an be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the resurrection of VIO-LENCE and upcoming Australian tour: Phil: "This whole thing kind of started slow, right ...

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PHIL DEMMEL Says 'Only ROBB FLYNN' Wanted To Include 'Bastards' Song On MACHINE HEAD's 'Catharsis' Album

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel says that "Bastards", the folk-driven, political song which appears on the band's latest album "Catharsis", would have been better suited for a Robb Flynn solo project. Originally released as an acoustic version on YouTube, "Bastards" is based on a conversation about white supremacy Robb had with his sons around ...

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HEATHEN In Pre-Production For First Album In A Decade

San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans HEATHEN are in the studio working on a new album. A one-minute video in which vocalist David White and guitarist Kragen Lum reveal that they are in pre-production for the follow-up to "The Evolution Of Chaos" LP can be seen below. HEATHEN is often credited — alongside EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ...

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MEGADETH And OPETH To Headline PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2019

Psycho Las Vegas continues to make waves as it announces its full artist lineup for this year's festival at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino August 16 – 18. From OPETH's only U.S. performance of 2019 and MEGADETH performing their only Vegas show of the year, to the return of fan favorite ELECTRIC WIZARD, the lineup ...

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Three-Fourths Of MACHINE HEAD's 'Burn My Eyes' Lineup To Reunite For 25th-Anniversary Tour

Three-fourths of MACHINE HEAD's "Burn My Eyes" lineup will reunite to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic debut album by performing the record on tour. Joining guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern will be returning members Logan Mader (guitarist) and Chris Kontos (drums). So far, two dates have been leaked, both in Italy: ...

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MACHINE HEAD Is Holding Auditions For New Guitarist And Drummer

MACHINE HEAD has begun holding auditions to find replacements for drummer Dave McClain and guitarist Phil Demmel, who left the band last fall. During an Instagram live stream, frontman Robb Flynn revealed that the sessions are taking place at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with engineer Zack Ohren, who worked on the group's latest album, ...

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CRAIG LOCICERO: 'I Am Not Joining MACHINE HEAD'

Craig Locicero says that he is not joining MACHINE HEAD as the replacement for the recently departed Phil Demmel. The guitarist, who previously played with MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn in FORBIDDEN, addressed the issue in response to comments from various fans who have inquired about the possibility of the two musicians rejoining forces in ...

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MACHINE HEAD Is Laying Down 'Some New Heaviness'

MACHINE HEAD has uploaded a short Instagram Story video of the band recording new music in the studio. Frontman and founder Robb Flynn said the group was "laying down some tracks" that he referred to as "new heaviness," but did not offer any more details on when the songs will be released to the public. ...

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