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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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SYMPHONY X Singer RUSSELL ALLEN And Ex-NIGHTWISH Frontwoman ANETTE OLZON: Lyric Video For 'I'll Never Leave You' Song

The official lyric video for the song "I'll Never Leave You" from ALLEN/OLZON, the collaborative project from noted progressive metal vocalists Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) and Anette Olzon (THE DARK ELEMENT, ex-NIGHTWISH), can be seen below. The track is taken from ALLEN/OLZON's debut album, "Worlds Apart", which was released on March 6 via ...

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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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Listen To New WOLFHEART Song 'Hail Of Steel'

Finnish heavy melodic death metal unit WOLFHEART will release its new full-length album, "Wolves Of Karelia", on April 10 via Napalm Records. Today, WOLFHEART has revealed another fantastic cut from "Wolves Of Karelia", titled "Hail Of Steel". The track signals oncoming war with an ocean-like wave of rhythm and hair-raising guitars, cascading into an extreme, ...

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TRIPTYKON: Trailer For 'Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)' CD + DVD

Swiss avant-garde extreme metal band TRIPTYKON will release "Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)" on May 15 via Prowling Death Records/Century Media Records. "Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)" marks the bombastic conclusion of a project over 30 years in the making: The legendary CELTIC FROST/TRIPTYKON "Requiem" performed for the first time in its entirety and with ...

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Postpones Remainder Of 'North American Crusade' Tour With OBITUARY And LORD DYING

In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has postponed the remainder of its winter/spring 2020 "North American Crusade" tour with OBITUARY and LORD DYING. Earlier today, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman Zakk Wylde issued the following statement via social media: "Berserkers! We are postponing the remainder of our 'North American Crusade'. Rescheduled ...

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TESTAMENT's ALEX SKOLNICK Slams TRUMP Administration's Response To Coronavirus Outbreak

TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick has slammed the Trump administration's handling of the outbreak of of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus first observed in China. Earlier today, Skolnick took to his Twitter to write: "Watching this WH press briefing - every speaker praising the President's 'extraordinary leadership.' Even if that were true (which ...

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Video Premiere: JINJER's 'Retrospection'

After an incredibly successful 2019 that saw the band tour North America as well as Europe (the latter even twice) and release their new album "Macro", Ukrainian modern metal frontrunners JINJER return with the official music video for their standout track "Retrospection" — a song that touches the sensitive subject of family. The band states: ...

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Neaera - NEAERA

Near legends in their German homeland but largely unknown outside of Europe, NEAERA have arguably suffered for being far too heavy and vicious for their own good. While plenty of other bands peddle a similar blend of pumped-up melo-death and gleaming metalcore hooks, the Münster crew have always sounded ten times more pissed off and ...

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TESTAMENT's ALEX SKOLNICK Endorses ELIZABETH WARREN For President

TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick has endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president, four days after the Massachusetts senator gave a fiery debate performance in Las Vegas. Earlier today, Skolnick took to his Twitter to declare: "I'm voting for #ElizabethWarren in the New York primary." This past Tuesday (February 18), Alex tweeted out a photo of him with ...

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Feeding The Machine - WOLF

Although formed in the mid '90s, WOLF's great breakthrough moment came in 2004, when their third album, "Evil Star", seemed to single-handedly kickstart a new-wave-of-old-school heavy metal, leading to the emergence of ENFORCER, CAULDRON, WHITE WIZZARD and countless others. What discerning consumers will have noticed at the time, and this remains true, is that none ...

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III - DEMONS & WIZARDS

It was always a match made in heavy metal heaven, this eminently classy collaboration between BLIND GUARDIAN's Hansi Kürsch and ICED EARTH's Jon Schaffer. The two albums the duo released in the early '00s ("Demons & Wizards" in 2000, and "Touched by the Crimson King" in 2005) delivered exactly what this joining of forces promised: ...

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NILE Announces 'Vile Nilotic Rites Part II' North American Tour

Technical death metal Egyptologists NILE have announced the "Vile Nilotic Rites Part II" fall 2020 tour. The 43-date trek will kick off on September 26 in Durham, North Carolina and will make stops in Toronto, Denver and Atlanta before concluding in Monterey on November 14 at Explanda De Los Sultanes. Karl Sanders comments: "The members ...

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BRET MICHAELS To Sell His 'Rock Star' RV

Music icon, philanthropist, reality TV star and RV fanatic Bret Michaels is building a new custom coach tour bus as he heads out on this year's hottest stadium tour and is making a beautiful custom 2014 Entegra Aspire available at a realistic price. The RV has logged some of its 111,165 miles touring across the ...

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