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ADEMA Will Release New Music To Coincide With 2020 Tour

This past summer, hard rock band ADEMA officially recruited longtime friend Ryan Shuck (JULIEN-K, ORGY) to take on vocals for the band's most recent tour. He joined the group as the replacement for original vocalist Mark Chavez, who returned to ADEMA in 2017 after previously exiting the group twice. Speaking with RadioactiveMike Z, host of ...

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MIKE PORTNOY And JOHN PETRUCCI Reunite For 2019 'Holiday Gathering'

Mike Portnoy reunited with John Petrucci earlier this week for what the former DREAM THEATER drummer called "the annual #PortnoyPetrucci Holiday Gathering". On Wednesday, Portnoy took to his social media to upload two photos of him and the DREAM THEATER guitarist, along with their respective families, at what appears to be the Christmas tree in ...

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MASSACRE Announces New Lineup, Begins Work On Fourth Album

Veteran Florida death metal band MASSACRE has joined forces with a new management team, Extreme Management Group, and has begun work on a new full-length album, to be released in 2020. The group has also welcomed new drummer Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) and guitarist Taylor Nordberg (THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG). MASSACRE's forthcoming album ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Announces April/May 2020 European Tour

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will return to Europe in April and May 2020 for a 16-date tour. The trek will include 12 headline shows with support from Arizona's SPIRIT ADRIFT. The remaining dates will be festival shows, including appearances at Desertfest London and Berlin. Bassist Mike Dean states: "Since the release of 'No Cross No Crown', ...

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Watch MATT SORUM And BILLY F. GIBBONS Play Special Concert For Charity

THE BFG THREE, featuring Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP), Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and Mike Flanigin, performed last night (Friday, December 13) at Norwood Space Center in Norwood, Massachusetts. All proceeds from the gig supported Music Drives Us, a Norwood-based nonprofit supplying grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for ...

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QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI Featured In Public Service Announcement For Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali appeared in a recent public service announcement (PSA) for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) as a survivor of the disease. The video kicked off a PanCAN public service campaign which ran throughout Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month during November and encouraged people to know the symptoms and risk factors of ...

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GONE IS GONE Feat. MASTODON, AT THE DRIVE-IN, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Members: Listen To New Song 'No One Ever Walked On Water'

GONE IS GONE, the project featuring MASTODON's Troy Sanders, AT THE DRIVE-IN's Tony Hajjar, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Troy Van Leeuwen and guitarist-keyboardist Mike Zarin, has released a new song called "No One Ever Walked On Water". Check it out below. "No One Ever Walked On Water" is the first new music from GONE ...

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Video Premiere: SONS OF APOLLO's 'Fall To Ascend'

"Fall To Ascend", the new Christian Rios-directed video from SONS OF APOLLO — featuring former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE) — can be seen below. The song ...

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STAIND Announces 2020 Festival Appearances

Massachusetts-based rock band STAIND will continue with more festival appearances in 2020. This year STAIND reunited for a few select shows after a five-year hiatus. After a wildly enthusiastic reception for exhilarating performances at Louder Than Life, Aftershock and two sold-out hometown concerts, STAIND will continue the charge, performing at Epicenter in North Carolina on ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Interviewed For Official TRIUMPH Documentary

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach was interviewed for "Triumph: Lay It On The Line", the forthcoming first-ever feature documentary about the dramatic career of the legendary Canadian power trio TRIUMPH. Produced by Emmy and Peabody award-winning Banger Films, "Triumph: Lay It On The Line" is a Crave original documentary that's a celebratory, exhilarating thrill ...

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JERRY CANTRELL Joined By GREG PUCIATO, GIL SHARONE, JAMES LOMENZO At Los Angeles Concert (Video)

ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell played a solo concert Friday night (December 6) at The Pico Union Project in Los Angeles, California. He was joined at the gig by ex-THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN frontman Greg Puciato, drummer Gil Sharone (ex-MARILYN MANSON, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) and bassist James LoMenzo (MEGADETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), among ...

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JOSH TODD Says BUCKCHERRY's Final Years With KEITH NELSON Were 'Really Weird': 'It Just Wasn't A Band Anymore'

BUCKCHERRY vocalist Josh Todd recently appeared on the "Appetite For Distortion" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his influences: Josh: "I guess I'm kind of a mutt, because I just crammed in all these different types of music. My foundation was really aggressive punk ...

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DEAD CROSS Feat. MIKE PATTON, DAVE LOMBARDO: Second Album In The Works

DEAD CROSS, the Southern California hardcore outfit featuring Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MISFITS), Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE, TOMAHAWK), Justin Pearson (THE LOCUST, RETOX) and Michael Crain (RETOX, FESTIVAL OF DEAD DEER), has entered the studio to begin recording its second album. Helming the disc once again is producer Ross Robinson (KORN, SLIPKNOT, LIMP ...

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