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Original RIOT Guitarist LOU 'L.A.' KOUVARIS Dies At 66

Original RIOT guitarist Lou "L.A." Kouvaris has passed away. He was 66 years old. No cause of death has been revealed, but RIOT's manager Giles Lavery said Lou developed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, over a week ago. Kouvaris's passing was confirmed by RIOT, who wrote on social media: "Lou ...

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EPICA Recording Eighth Album: More Video Footage From The Studio

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA recently entered Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, Netherlands to record their new album. The follow-up to 2016's "The Holographic Principle" is once again being produced by Joost Van Den Broek (POWERWOLF, AYREON). The recording sessions for EPICA's new disc are being filmed by Panda Productions, which has shared the second studio ...

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VANDENBERG Announces '2020' Album, Unveils New Lineup

VANDENBERG returns with a new lineup, and studio album titled "2020", which will be released on May 29 via Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group. Led by master guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, the Dutch foursome released three quality albums during the early to mid-'80s, namely, the self-titled 1982 debut (spawning the U.S. hit single "Burning Heart"), ...

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KISS's PAUL STANLEY On Coronavirus Pandemic: 'People Doing All They Can To Be Safe Are Being Compromised By Idiots'

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has slammed people across the U.S. who are not taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously enough. Earlier today, Stanley took to his Twitter to write: "Self-educated internet 'expert' clowns are as dangerous as this virus. Those not abiding by & supporting what health officials are saying UNANIMOUSLY would be served justice by ...

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GODSMACK Is Using Coronavirus Downtime To Work On New Music

GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin has confirmed that the band is working on material for the follow-up to 2018's "When Legends Rise" album. In a video message shared via the Twitter account of SiriusXM, Larkin said: "We're spending our time right now trying to write some new music for y'all, because we can't tour right now. ...

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WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE To Undergo Surgery For Bilateral Inguinal Hernia; U.S. And European Tour Dates Canceled

All of WHITESNAKE's previously announced touring activities, including this summer's U.S. trek with SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE and NIGHT RANGER, have been canceled so that frontman David Coverdale can undergo surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia. Coverdale announced the cancelations in a statement released via social media earlier today. He said: "Once again it breaks ...

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TESTAMENT Singer CHUCK BILLY Tests Positive For Coronavirus

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The band said he received his test results on Saturday (March 21). According to TESTAMENT, Billy had "been feeling unwell" since returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area last week following the completion of "The Bay Strikes Back ...

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FLAT EARTH Feat. Former HIM And AMORPHIS Members: 'Draining By Your Flame' Lyric Video

FLAT EARTH, the new band featuring former HIM members Mikko "Linde" Lindström (guitar) and Mika "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen (drums) alongside ex-AMORPHIS bassist Niclas Etelävuori and POLANSKI singer Anttoni "Anthony" Pikkarainen, has released the official lyric video for its new single, "Draining By Your Flame". The song is taken from FLAT EARTH's upcoming second album, due ...

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Video Premiere: FIREWIND's 'Rising Fire'

FIREWIND, the band featuring former OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G., has released the official music video for the song "Rising Fire". The track is taken from the band's ninth, self-titled studio album, which will be made available on May 15. Says the band: "Hey everyone! We're finally back with some new music for you! 'Rising ...

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Listen To New CONCEPTION Song 'By The Blues'

"By The Blues", a new song from reactivated Norwegian progressive metallers CONCEPTION, who feature in their ranks former KAMELOT singer Roy Khan, can be streamed below. The track is taken from CONCEPTION's upcoming album, "State Of Deception". Due on April 3, the band's first full-length offering in over two decades follows on from 2018's successful ...

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ALKALINE TRIO Releases New EP

Chicago cult rock heroes ALKALINE TRIO have released a new digital three-song EP. "With the tour postponed and the current state of the world, we feel and hope that some new music will help people transcend the uncertainty and possible fear they might be feeling, if even for a few minutes," ...

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