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Titans of Creation - TESTAMENT

What the world needs now is a comfort-food thrash record that is big, dumb and absolutely killer. Sure, there are plenty of newer bands capable of generating that sort of din. It is exponentially more satisfying when that essential thrash record is put out by established genre greats. TESTAMENT long ago established why they are ...

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KISS's PAUL STANLEY: How I Wrote 'Love Gun' (Video)

KISS frontman Paul Stanley, who has spent the last "17 or 18 days" at home in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, has shared a video of him talking about how he wrote the band's classic song "Love Gun". Check out the clip below. "Love Gun" was the title track of ...

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SHINEDOWN's ZACH MYERS Defends Bands Who Use Pre-Recorded Tracks During Live Performances: 'It's All Personal Preference'

SHINEDOWN guitarist Zach Myers says that "90 percent" of rock artists use at least some pre-recorded tracks during their live performances. In recent years, more and more bands have been given a pass for using backing tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but also more consistent. Speaking to Rock ...

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KISS Guitarist TOMMY THAYER Honored As Kentucky Colonel

On February 7, Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for the legendary rock band KISS, was presented with his Kentucky Colonel Commission. The Commission was granted by former Kentucky governor Matthew G. Bevin. The presentation was made backstage prior to the KISS show in Charlottesville, Virginia on KISS's "End Of The Road" world tour. A Kentucky Colonel ...

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Listen To New TESTAMENT Song 'Children Of The Next Level'

The official visualizer for "Children Of The Next Level", a brand new song from San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Titans Of Creation", which will be released on April 3 via Nuclear Blast. The long-awaited follow-up to 2016 album "Brotherhood Of The ...

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KISS Is Rumored To Be Plotting Second Las Vegas Residency

KISS is rumored to be planning its second Las Vegas residency. On Monday (March 2), the Vital Vegas Twitter account, which has been described as "a vital resource for anybody who lives in Las Vegas or visits regularly," was updated with the following message: "Look for another KISS residency in Vegas, this time at Zappos ...

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TESTAMENT Vocalist On 'Special' European Tour With DEATH ANGEL And EXODUS: 'It's Everything We Hoped It Would Be, And Better'

TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy recently spoke with Finland's Kaaos TV. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the band's recent ferry ride to Finland, which was described as "fucking terrifying" by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt: Chuck: "Oh my god. We were the ...

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KISS Day Officially Declared In South Carolina

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster officially declared February 11, 2020 as KISS Day in South Carolina. The governor presented the proclamation to the band backstage before last night's KISS concert at Columbia's Colonial Life Arena. The proclamation asked residents to "rock and roll all night in recognition of the contributions and achievements of KISS." According ...

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Watch KISS Perform In Allentown

Fan-filmed video footage of KISS's February 4 concert at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Detroit Rock City 02. Shout It Out Loud 03. Deuce 04. Say Yeah 05. I Love It Loud 06. Heaven's On Fire 07. Tears Are Falling 08. War Machine ...

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ANGEL And STARZ To Team Up For 'Spirit Of '76' Tour

After a successful run of tour dates in December in support of its first new album in decades, "Risen", seminal rock band ANGEL will now tour more extensively in the United States with the "Spirit Of '76" 2020 tour. Kicking off in April, the bill also features STARZ, the American metal band that served as ...

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