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EXHORDER Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER have signed to Nuclear Blast Records. EXHORDER now features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums. Comments Thomas: "The excitement level of ...

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LIGHT THE TORCH Vocalist HOWARD JONES Talks Demise Of DEVIL YOU KNOW: 'It Was A Rough Ride'

Prior to LIGHT THE TORCH's October 19 performance in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, vocalist Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) spoke with Cameron Buchholtz of the city's 100.5 The KATT radio station. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the delay between the release of the group's debut album, ...

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HUNTRESS Singer JILL JANUS Dies By Suicide

HUNTRESS singer Jill Janus has died by suicide. She was only 42 years old. Jill's family and bandmates have released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Jill Janus — frontwoman for the California heavy metal band HUNTRESS — passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A longtime ...

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH Featured In 'The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal': Part One Of Doc Series Due In January

Throughout history, the San Francisco Bay Area has long been deemed as the epicenter for thrash metal, whereas Los Angeles has invariably been considered the stomping ground for glam and hair metal. True, San Francisco has birthed many exceptional thrash bands since the early '80s, but the fact remains — Los Angeles is the rightful ...

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MIKE PORTNOY On SHATTERED FORTRESS Tour: 'It Is Very Possible I'll Never Play Some Of These Songs Ever Again'

Mike Portnoy has posted a video recap of the just-completed SHATTERED FORTRESS tour during which he performed DREAM THEATER's "12 Step Suite" in its entirety for the first time ever. The music documents the drummer's battle with alcoholism, and is an ensemble of five songs recorded by DREAM THEATER from 2002 to 2009, with titles ...

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Old Scars, New Wounds - ACT OF DEFIANCE

True supergroups, those including exceptionally talented songwriters and/or musicians, sometimes come across as frivolous affairs that feel like nothing more than side projects. But with an act like ACT OF DEFIANCE, it's perhaps because the band's members are now predominantly focused on this entity that their expression here exudes a strong sense of earnestness, certainly ...

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ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT

Nuclear Blast Entertainment has announced the signing of Canadian newcomers ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN. "We are incredibly excited to be signed with Nuclear Blast," states the band. "To work with a team that has not only been a leader in the industry, but has helped develop and give the world so many bands that are extremely ...

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KHEMMIS Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT

Nuclear Blast Entertainment,‎ via a licensing deal with 20 Buck Spin, has announced the worldwide (excluding North America) signing of Denver, Colorado-based multifarious doomed heavy metal quartet KHEMMIS. KHEMMIS is currently working on new material for its third record, to be released in 2018 via 20 Buck Spin in North America and via Nuclear Blast ...

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FALLUJAH Parts Ways With Singer ALEX HOFMANN

Progressive death metallers FALLUJAH have announced the departure of their vocalist Alex Hofmann. The band said in a statement: "A decade-long journey has just ended for one of our founding members, and now he begins a new path separate from our own. His dedication and creativity have been a vital part of FALLUJAH for the ...

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PALLBEARER To Release 'Heartless' Album In March

Nuclear Blast Entertainment has announced the signing of ruminant Arkansas progressive doom quartet PALLBEARER for the territories of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The band's third record, titled "Heartless", will be released on March 24, 2017. The effort will be made available via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and via Profound ...

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Former KYUSS Frontman JOHN GARCIA Releases 'Kylie' Video

The official video for the song "Kylie" from former KYUSS frontman John Garcia can be seen below. The track is taken from his new studio album, "The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues", which will be released on January 27 via Napalm Records. Normally you would expect some heavy guitars, pounding drums and fuzzy tunes from ...

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