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SKILLET's JOHN COOPER Calls Vaccine Mandates 'Absolutely Insane'

John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, has once again railed against COVID-19 vaccine mandates, saying it is "absolutely insane" that the government is requiring vaccines as a way to contain the virus outbreak, which has killed nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. The 46-year-old vocalist/bassist, who previously publicly ...

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PETER TÄGTGREN Says TILL LINDEMANN Is 'A Very Smart Guy When It Comes To The Business Stuff'

In a new interview with Pete Bailey of Primordial Radio, Swedish multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren was asked if his former LINDEMANN collaborator, vocalist Till Lindemann of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN, is as "larger than life" as appears to be. "Yeah, if you see it from the outside," Peter responded. "If you know him, he's not really ...

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BILL KELLIHER: Why MASTODON Splits Songwriting Credits Equally

MASTODON guitarist Bill Kelliher spoke to the FM99 WNOR radio station about the fact that he and his bandmates decided from the beginning to split their songwriting credits equally between the four members of the group. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "In our band, when we first started, I remember when signing [a record ...

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MOTÖRHEAD: New Book 'Fast & Loose: Snapshots From The Graham Mitchell Archive, 1977-1982' Out Now

Graham Mitchell, who was MOTÖRHEAD's tour manager in the late 1970s and early 1980s, was also an avid photography enthusiast. A new large-format tabletop book, "Fast & Loose: Snapshots From The Graham Mitchell Archive, 1977-1982", collects nearly 100 of his snapshots, including many that have never been published before. "I somehow knew how important it ...

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AMARANTHE Drops Music Video For New Single 'PvP'

Swedish modern metallers AMARANTHE have dropped a music video for their latest single "PvP" (gamer speech for "Player Versus Player"). The track, which was released last month, was the official anthem for the Swedish team at the international e-sports world championship. The clip was directed by Poland's Grupa13, which previously worked with AMARANTHE on the ...

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DESTRUCTION Announces New Album 'Diabolical', Unveils Music Video For Title Track

German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will celebrate their 40th anniversary by releasing a new studio album, "Diabolical", on April 8, 2022 via Napalm Records. As one of the most legendary thrash metal bands in existence, DESTRUCTION graces the wall of fame alongside fellow German acts KREATOR, SODOM and TANKARD. On their 15th studio record, DESTRUCTION ...

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Former METALLICA Bassist RON MCGOVNEY Dismisses BIFF BYFORD's 'Electric Fan' Anecdote As 'Total Fiction'

Former METALLICA bassist Ron McGovney has dismissed SAXON singer Biff Byford's anecdote about the first show the two bands played together nearly four decades ago as "total fiction." During a new appearance on "The Chuck Shute Podcast", Byford recounted a funny incident that allegedly happened when METALLICA was the support act for SAXON at the ...

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TED NUGENT: Vegans Are 'Responsible' For The Most Animal Deaths

Ted Nugent says that vegans are "responsible" for "the most death possible" because millions of animals are killed every year to prepare land for growing crops, like corn, soybean, wheat and barley, the staples of a vegan diet. The outpoken conservative rocker and avid hunter, who is the national spokesman for pro-hunting lobbying group Hunter ...

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RUSH Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of 'Moving Pictures' By Making Rare Photo Outtakes Available

Photographer Deborah Samuel is credited for capturing the now-iconic album cover images for the RUSH albums "Permanent Waves", "Moving Pictures", "Exit…Stage Left" and "Signals". Now in the 40th anniversary year of "Moving Pictures" — long considered one of rock's all-time classic albums — fans will be able to obtain extremely rare photograph outtakes from the ...

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NONPOINT To Release 'Ruthless' EP This Month

NONPOINT will release its new EP, "Ruthless", on December 27. The official music video for single "Back In The Game" will arrive on the same day. With the roar of one word "independence", NONPOINT has transcended the underground and taken its rightful place in metal history. Even now they continue to change the rules with ...

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In Absentia Dei - BEHEMOTH

Starved of the spectacular, metal fans have had little choice but to embrace the era of live streamed events. Fortunately, our genre is far better suited to the idea than any other, and BEHEMOTH have proved themselves to be better equipped to raise the virtual roof than just about anyone else. Recorded in September 2020, ...

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EXODUS's GARY HOLT On Getting Sober: 'I Don't Crave Or Feel Any Desire For Alcohol'

During an appearance on "Talking Bollocks", the monthly metal podcast hosted by ACID REIGN frontman-turned-stand-up-comedian Howard H. Smith, EXODUS's Gary Holt once again opened up about his decision to quit drinking alcohol. The 57-year-old musician, who resides in Northern California, said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Like millions of people worldwide, I was a victim of ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD Drops Eerie, Cinematic Music Video For 'A Requiem For Tomorrow'

Cleveland masked metallers MUSHROOMHEAD have returned with a holiday gift for fans in the form of an eerie, cinematic and brutally blasphemous new music video for the "A Wonderful Life" favorite "A Requiem For Tomorrow", featuring the haunting contributions of the Cleveland Chamber Choir. Their hair-raising vocal backdrop combined with the band's trademark gruesome aesthetic, ...

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PAPA ROACH 'Went Through Hell And Heaven' To Make Upcoming Album

PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix spoke to Dammy Wimmer Presents about the band's upcoming follow-up to 2019's "Who Do You Trust?" album, tentatively due in early 2022. "We're always trying to push the bar," he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). "We're always trying to raise the bar. We're always trying to bring rock into the ...

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