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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN On Former Bandmates: 'They Like To Say Bad Things About Me,' But 'I Wish Them All The Best'

VikingDave recently conducted an interview with legendary Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie J. Malmsteen. You can listen to the chat in two parts below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the inspiration behind his new blues album, "Blue Lightning": Yngwie: "It's interesting because for the last, I don't know, 30 years, people always say ...

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ABBATH To Tour Europe With VLTIMAS And 1349

ABBATH, the solo project of former IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name Olve Eikemo), will embark on a European tour in January 2020. Support on the trek will come from VLTIMAS and 1349. The "Outstrider" European rampage will kick off at the Matrix in Bochum, Germany on January 24 and hit 11 more countries until a ...

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TOOL's New Album Gets Official Release Date

TOOL's long-awaited new album will arrive on August 30. The band confirmed the release date Tuesday night (May 7) at its concert in Birmingham, Alabama. According to fans who attended the show, a video screen flashed the date "August 30th" before the set's encore. Frontman Maynard James Keenan then encouraged fans to share the news ...

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CULT OF LUNA Releases 'The Silent Man' Single

CULT OF LUNA has released a new single, "The Silent Man" — the group's first taste of new material under their sole name since "Vertikal 1&2" (2013). The track will also appear on CULT OF LUNA's upcoming album, which will be released in the fall via Metal Blade. For almost 20 years, CULT OF LUNA ...

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DEEP PURPLE Announces Summer/Fall 2019 U.S. Tour

British hard rock legends DEEP PURPLE will embark on the 2019 U.S. leg of their "The Long Goodbye" tour in late summer. The month-and-a-half-long trek will kick off on begins on Septeber 3 in Riverside, California and wrap on October 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It will be mark DEEP PURPLE's first American tour dates since ...

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Reformed LAST CRACK Releases Music Video For New Song 'Icicle'

"Icicle", the new video from reformed '90s Madison, Wisconsin alternative hard rockers LAST CRACK, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's long-awaited third full-length album, "The Up Rising", which will be released on May 31 via EMP Label Group, the U.S.-based label of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. Recorded during 2017-2019 at ...

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SKINTRADE Is Back With New Single, 'Woman'

Swedish hard rockers SKINTRADE have returned with a new single, "Woman", via Ninetone Records. You can listen to the song below. SKINTRADE was formed in 1992 by Matti Alfonzetti (vocals), George Bravo (guitar, backing vocals), Stefan Bergström (guitar, backing vocals), Hakan Calmroth (bass) and Håkan Persson (drums, backing vocals). The group's self-titled debut was released ...

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TOBIAS SAMMET Says 'So-Called Business Experts' Doubted That AVANTASIA Would Succeed In America

AVANTASIA vocalist Tobias Sammet recently spoke with writer Clay Marshall in conjunction with an OC Weekly story about the group's upcoming performance in Anaheim, California. Some select "outtakes" follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the ongoing "Moonglow" world tour: Tobias: "It's a triumphant march. So many sold-out places. Here in Europe, [we're playing] the biggest ...

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METALLICA Kicks Off Spring/Summer 2019 European Leg Of 'WorldWired' Tour In Lisbon: Video, Photos

METALLICA kicked off the spring/summer 2019 European leg of its "Worldwired" tour Wednesday night (May 1) at the Estádio Do Restelo in Lisbon, Portugal. The band's 18-song setlist included three tracks that hadn't been performed for a number of years: "Disposable Heroes", which was last played electrically in 2015; "The God That Failed", which was ...

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Video Premiere: SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS' 'Boulevard Of Broken Hearts'

SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS have released an official live video for "Boulevard Of Broken Hearts", recorded at the band's sold-out live performance at The Eventim Apollo in London on February 20. The stunning clip features the album version of the song overlaid with intimate backstage footage and live footage from the Eventim ...

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SEPTICFLESH Guitarist: 'An Orchestra Is A Big Weapon For Us; It's Our Fifth Member'

Metal Wani's Carla Morton conducted an interview with guitarist Christos Antoniou of Greek symphonic death metallers SEPTICFLESH prior to the band's March 31 concert at Quantic Pub 2 in Bucharest, Romania. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the response to SEPTICFLESH's 2017 studio album, "Codex ...

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Listen To New XENTRIX Single 'Bleeding Out'

Veteran U.K. thrashers XENTRIX will release their new album, "Bury The Pain", on June 7 in Europe and June 21 in North America via Listenable Records. The disc was produced by Andy Sneap and mastered by Russ Russell. The cover artwork for the album was created by Dan Goldsworthy. The disc's first single, "Bleeding Out", ...

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Heavy Metal Is Fastest-Growing Genre, According To Digital Music Distribution Company TuneCore

TuneCore, the global platform for independent musicians to build audiences and careers, today announced that its artists earned $83 million in the first quarter of 2019, a 21% increase over Q1 2018. This brings total distribution revenue to $1.5 billion, 100% of which was paid to TuneCore artists. Distribution income for artists reached $308 million ...

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CRYPTOPSY Vocalist Says It Was A 'Struggle' To Sing Songs From 'Book Of Suffering - Tome II' EP

Stephanie Jensen of Infernal TV conducted an interview with frontman Matt McGachy of Canadian extreme metal veterans CRYPTOPSY prior to the band's April 10 concert at The Haven in Orlando, Florida, alongside ABORTED. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On performing songs from CRYPTOPSY's 2018 ...

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SEPULTURA: Lebanese Concert Cancelation Was Caused By 'False Interpretation Of Our Purposes And Values'

SEPULTURA has expressed its "deep dissatisfaction" with the Lebanese authorities for banning the band from performing in the country. Earlier in the month, concert promoters Skull Session announced that authorities refused to process the bandmembers' visas, forcing them to cancel a planned SEPULTURA gig in Beirut's Hamra district on April 28. According to Skull Session, ...

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AMON AMARTH's OLAVI MIKKONEN Says Band 'Wanted To Create More Dynamics' On 'Berserker' Album

Australia's Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist Olavi Mikkonen of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH. You can listen to the entire chat via the Spreaker widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the writing process for AMON AMARTH's upcoming studio album, "Berserker": Olavi: "Since [2016's] 'Jomsviking' was a ...

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IMMOLATION Has 'Three Songs Ready' For Next Studio Album

Bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan of veteran New York death metallers IMMOLATION has confirmed that the band has started work on the follow-up to 2017's "Atonement". The band's tenth studio album, "Atonement" was the first to feature former INCANTATION guitarist Alex Bouks. Speaking to the "Fantasm" podcast during the recently completed "Decibel Magazine Tour" with CANNIBAL CORPSE ...

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