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HALESTORM's JOSH SMITH Says It's Important For Musicians To 'Use Whatever Platform They Have To Provoke Debate'

HALESTORM bassist Josh Smith has defended musicians' right to speak out on political issues, saying that "it's important that people use whatever platform they have to provoke debate." Asked in a new interview with U.K.'s Devils Gate Music about singer-songwriter Jason Isbell catching flak from some fans when he recently voiced ...

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BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT Feat. Former CHILDREN OF BODOM Frontman ALEXI LAIHO: New Music Is In The Works

BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, the new band launched by ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho, is working on material for its debut album. Joining Alexi in the group are drummer Waltteri Väyrynen, guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-SANTA CRUZ) and touring keyboardist Lauri Salomaa. In a new interview with Finland's

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SANCTUARY: 30th-Anniversary Edition Of 'Into The Mirror Black' To Include Demo Tracks, Live Recordings

SANCTUARY will release the 30th-anniversary edition of "Into The Mirror Black" on October 9. "Into The Mirror Black", originally released in 1990, is a truly special, much-revered metal record, which received massive critical acclaim back when it came out and is still loved dearly to the very day. Its gloomy atmosphere and thought-provoking lyrics, its ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's JESSE LEACH: 'If There Ever Was Time For A Revolution, That Time Is Now'

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach has blasted the "deceptive, corrupt and opportunistic government" for using "disinformation and propaganda tactics" to keep the population "in a state of paranoia and hysteria." Earlier today (Sunday, August 30), Leach took to his Instagram account to write: "One of the single most centering and incredible feelings is musical performance. ...

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JOHN 5 To Release 'Live Invasion' Next Week; Trailer Available

Former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 will release "Live Invasion" next week. Captured at different locations all over the USA during John's 2019 "Invasion" tour, the set includes — for the first time ever — the full JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES experience on DVD, bringing the fans closer than ever ...

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TOM ARAYA And KERRY KING 'Will Never Be SLAYER Again'

Kerry King's wife says that there will never be a SLAYER reunion. Ayesha King shot down the possibility of her husband and Tom Araya sharing the stage ever again under the SLAYER banner while responding to a fan on Instagram. After Ayesha shared three photos of Kerry holding their cat in slideshow-type Instagram post, a ...

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: 'A Decade Of Destruction - Volume 2' Collection To Include Four Previously Unreleased Songs

The second instalment of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's greatest-hits collection, "A Decade Of Destruction - Volume 2", is now available for pre-order on CD, orange double vinyl, plus pre-release exclusive purple double vinyl and pre-release exclusive white double vinyl from Better Noise Music. "A Decade Of Destruction - Volume 2" includes four previously unreleased tracks: ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP: 'Immortal' Cover Artwork Unveiled

Michael Schenker will release a new MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP album, "Immortal", on January 8, 2021 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork of the LP, which was created by Zsofia Dankova (POWERWOLF), can be seen below. "We have a lot of guest musicians, who will undoubtedly help to make it an exceptional success," Schenker said. "First ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT: 'Junior Dad' From 'Lulu' Album Is 'A Real Accomplishment, Just As Much As 'Ride The Lightning' Is'

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has once again defended "Lulu", the band's controversial collaborative disc with Lou Reed, calling it "a real accomplishment." "Lulu" polarized fans around the world and earned METALLICA some of the most scathing reviews of its career. The effort featured the late THE VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman's spoken-word poetry and lyrics combined with ...

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VAN HALEN: 'A Visual Biography' Due In November

Wymer Publishing has set a November 20 release date for "Van Halen: A Visual Biography". Millions of fans would attest that VAN HALEN is a band eminently deserving of a visual biography. From the single sleeves through the passes, posters and promo items and, of course, most especially David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Michael ...

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CHRIS CORNELL's Widow Clarifies 'Misinformation' About Who Is Responsible For Vandalizing Singer's Statue

Chris Cornell's widow Vicky has shot down rumors that supporters of the "Save The Children" humanitarian organization were responsible for vandalizing the singer's statue at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). Late Thursday night (August 20), Seattle station KIRO 7 News posted a photo of the statue of the SOUNDGARDEN frontman after it was painted ...

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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Doesn't Understand Why 'People Feel The Need To Post Political Hate'

Michael Sweet of openly Christian rockers STRYPER says that he can't understand why people "feel the need" to ridicule others for their political beliefs. Sweet made his comments shortly after the Republican National Convention kicked off Monday morning in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a roll call formally nominating Donald Trump to run in the November ...

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SODOM Completes Mixing 'Genesis XIX' Album

German thrash metal veterans SODOM have finished mixing their new album, "Genesis XIX", at Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, Germany with producer Siggi Bemm. The LP is expected later in the year via SPV/Steamhammer. This past January, SODOM recruited Toni Merkel as its new drummer. He joined the band as the replacement for Stefan "Husky" Hüskens, ...

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DOUG ALDRICH Mourns Death Of FRANKIE BANALI: 'You Carried The Weight Of The World On Your Shoulders'

Former WHITESNAKE, DIO and current THE DEAD DAISIES guitarist Doug Aldrich has paid tribute to Frankie Banali, who died earlier this week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Earlier today, Aldrich posted an Instagram photo of the QUIET RIOT drummer and his wife, Regina Banali, and he included the following message: "R.I.P. Frankie. You will ...

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ALTER BRIDGE's MYLES KENNEDY Begins Recording Second Solo Album

ALTER BRIDGE frontman Myles Kennedy has entered the studio to begin recording his second solo album. He is using the same team that worked on 2018's "Year Of The Tiger", including producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, engineer Jef Moll, as well as drummer Zia Uddin and bassist Tim Tournier. Earlier today, Kennedy posted a photo of ...

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SCORPIONS Are 'Making Progress' On New Album

SCORPIONS drummer Mikkey Dee has posted a short video update from Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany, where he and his bandmates are rehearsing and doing pre-production for their upcoming studio album. Tentatively due in 2021, the disc will mark the German hard rock legends' first release since 2017's "Born To Touch Your Feelings - ...

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