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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH On Setlists For 2020 U.S. Festival Appearances: 'All 10 Of These Shows Will Be Different'

METALLICA announced earlier today that it will play two-night headlining slots at five music festivals in 2020. At each of the five Danny Wimmer Presents-produced events — Charlotte, North Carolina's Epicenter, Daytona Beach, Florida's Welcome To Rockville, Columbus, Ohio's Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, Louisville, Kentucky's Louder Than Life and Sacramento, California's Aftershock — ...

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Listen To New OTHERWISE Song 'Picking At Bones'

OTHERWISE's new song "Picking At Bones" can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming studio album, "Defy", which will be released on November 8 via Mascot Records, a division of Mascot Label Group. The Las Vegas hard-rockers flew out of the traps when they were heralded in their early days by ...

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DANIEL MONGRAIN Says He Was 'Pretty Worried' About Replacing DENIS D'AMOUR As Main Songwriter In VOIVOD

During an interview with The Jimmy Cabs "5150 Interview Series", guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain of Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD discussed how he approached the unenviable task of replacing founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, who passed away due to complications from colon cancer in 2005. D'Amour's unconventional brand of guitar playing was a staple of VOIVOD's ...

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Black Anima - LACUNA COIL

It may give you a headache to discover that 17 years have passed since LACUNA COIL released their breakthrough album, "Comalies". Aside from the enduring novelty of an Italian metal band enjoying any kind of meaningful global success in the first place (noted with sincere apologies to Italy and its many great metal bands, of ...

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Primal Future: 2019 - TOXIC HOLOCAUST

Has there ever been anyone more bizarrely underappreciated than Joel Grind? Ever since TOXIC HOLOCAUST emerged from Portland at the turn of the millennium, he has had arguably greater and more lasting impact on the underground metal world than any other musician: that tireless dedication to evoking the spirit of MOTORHEAD, DISCHARGE, VENOM and SODOM ...

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APOCALYPTICA To Release 'Cell-0' Album In January; 'Ashes Of The Modern World' Video Available

Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA have unveiled a brand new single, "Ashes Of The Modern World". The song is taken from the band's upcoming ninth studio album, "Cell-0", which will be released on January 10 via Silver Lining Music. The powerful "Ashes Of The Modern World" video was directed by the award-winning Finnish photographer/videographer Ville Juurikkala, ...

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THE CULT Announces December 2019 U.S. Tour Dates

As THE CULT celebrates the 30th anniversary of its seminal "Sonic Temple" album, the British group — led by vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy — has announced additional dates through the end of 2019. The new U.S. shows in December follow the band's U.K. dates and support the September 13 release of "The ...

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INSOMNIUM Drummer: 'Heart Like A Grave' Is 'Easily The Strongest Record We Have Ever Done'

Gonzalo Pozo of Sonic Perspectives recently conducted an interview with drummer Markus Hirvonen of Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On incorporating more "Finnish melancholia" into INSOMNIUM's forthcoming studio album, "Heart Like A Grave": Markus: "Basically it ...

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Love Exchange Failure - WHITE WARD

Black metal went weird a long time ago, but few bands have been so willfully irresponsible with the genre's core values as WHITE WARD. "Love Exchange Failure" is the band's second album, but it sounds like the mature and meticulous work of instinctive originals. Strap yourself in and prepare to be enjoyably freaked out. The ...

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Video Premiere: THE DARKNESS's 'Heart Explodes'

The official music video for "Heart Explodes", a brand new song from British rockers THE DARKNESS, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album "Easter Is Cancelled", which will be released on October 4 through Cooking Vinyl. "Heart Explodes" is an almighty mini-rock opera, which finds THE DARKNESS baring all ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN To Tour Europe In 2020

SYSTEM OF A DOWN will play a number of European shows in 2020. The band revealed its touring plans while announcing that it will perform at next year's Provinssi festival in Finland. The wrote on Facebook: "We are excited to announce the first of many shows in Europe next year. First up is our return ...

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OF MICE & MEN Drummer: 'We'll Never Write The Same Song Twice'

In an interview with The Sound Lab at this year's Reading Festival, drummer Valentino Arteaga of California rockers OF MICE & MEN shared how the band's music has developed since its 2009 formation, including on the group's forthcoming sixth studio album, "Earthandsky". The LP will be the second to feature bassist Aaron Pauley as lead ...

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Dawn Of Infinite Fire - ASAGRAUM

It says a lot about the strength of frontwoman Obscura's vision that ASAGRAUM are currently being talked about as major black metal contenders. As much as I'm sure the band don't need a white, middle-aged man to congratulate them for making fantastic music and possessing vaginas at the same time, it would be disingenuous to ...

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TOM KEIFER Releases Music Video For 'Rise' Title Track

The official music video for "Rise", the title track of the second solo album from CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer, can be seen below. The disc is being released today (Friday, September 13) via Cleopatra Records. The "Rise" song was written by Tom Keifer, Savannah Keifer with Keifer and Shawna Thompson of THOMPSON SQUARE. The official ...

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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR On Performing Live: 'You Let The Mask Basically Run The Show'

Prior to SLIPKNOT's September 1 performance in Bristow, Virginia, vocalist Corey Taylor was interviewed by film critic Kevin McCarthy. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the process of making the group's latest masks with actor, stunt man and special effects/prosthetic makeup artist Tom Savini: Corey: ...

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FLYING COLORS Feat. MIKE PORTNOY, STEVE MORSE, NEAL MORSE: Animated Lyric Video For 'Love Letter' Song

An animated lyric video for the song "Love Letter" from FLYING COLORS can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Third Degree", which will be released on October 4 via Music Theories Recordings. FLYING COLORS consists of guitarist Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE, DIXIE DREGS, ex-KANSAS), drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY ...

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SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS: 'The Call Of The Wild' Performance Clip From 'Living The Dream Tour' DVD

SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS will release "Living The Dream Tour" on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2 CD, 3LP black vinyl, limited-edition 3LP red vinyl, digital video and digital audio on September 20 via Eagle Vision. A new performance clip of the song "The Call Of The Wild", taken from "Living The Dream Tour", is available ...

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Video Premiere: AMARANTHE's 'Helix'

"Helix", the new video from Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE, can be seen below. The clip was once again directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES and KAMELOT, among others. "Helix" is the title track of AMARANTHE's fifth album, which was released last October ...

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