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The Great War - SABATON

Despite what many mainstream metal folk will tell you, most metalheads don't particularly want anyone to move the genre forward. We are, in general, pretty happy with the wide array of subgenres that we already have, and, more importantly, we are not overly keen on our favorite bands veering wildly off the beaten track in ...

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BUCKCHERRY Announces Leg 3 Of North American 'Warpaint' Tour

California rockers BUCKCHERRY have announced the final 16 shows of the North American portion of their 2019 "Warpaint" tour. The trek, which started on March 5, will total 118 North American cities once it concludes on September 26. Following the U.S shows, BUCKCHERRY will perform shows in Australia, Japan, and the U.K. Supporting BUCKCHERRY on ...

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SONATA ARCTICA's TONY KAKKO: 'There Are A Lot of Bands Who Always Did Power Metal Much Better Than We Did'

Since its 1999 "Ecliptica" debut, SONATA ARCTICA has gradually moved away from the zippy, speedy, if not wholly saccharine, power metal sound that so defined the Finnish band's early years. Inspired heavily by their fellow countrymen STRATOVARIUS, SONATA ARCTICA rode the late '90s/early 2000s melodic and power metal resurgence alongside EDGUY, HAMMERFALL and KAMELOT. But ...

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HAMMERFALL's OSCAR DRONJAK: 'We've Always Been On The Same Path; We Haven't Deviated Much'

Record Collector recently conducted an interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the band's sound has changed since they signed to Austria's Napalm Records in 2016: Oscar: "No. Nothing has really changed. HAMMERFALL will always be the ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Says 'Writing Had Been On The Wall For A Few Years' To End DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

"BODS Mayhem Hour" recently conducted an interview with Canadian producer/musician Devin Townsend. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether his latest studio album, "Empath", took a toll on him physically and emotionally: Devin: "I think they all do to some extent, but that's just the ...

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QUEEN's BRIAN MAY Defends Timeline Inaccuracies In 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Biopic: 'We Weren't Making A Documentary'

Brian May has defended the QUEEN biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" against critics who have accused the filmmakers of twisting the band's actual timeline to create convenient drama for the movie. "We weren't making a documentary," May told Guitar World. "It wasn't supposed to be 'This happened, and then this happened.' This was an attempt ...

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Frontman: 'We're Not Stuck In This Trap Of Having To Write The Same Record A Million Times'

MM Storytime conducted an interview with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck prior to the band's April 3 concert at Dom Omladine in Belgrade, Serbia. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's current position in the metal/hard rock scene: Matt: "Since 'The ...

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RAVEN Frontman On Almost Going Into Business With OZZY And SHARON OSBOURNE: 'You Could Maybe Say We Dodged A Bullet'

Andrew McKaysmith of the "Scars And Guitars" podcast recently conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist John Gallagher of British metal legends RAVEN. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On being part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene: John: "We had the first independent metal album out in England, which was 'Rock Until ...

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DAVID DRAIMAN On DISTURBED's Maturity: 'We're More At Ease With Wearing Our Heart On Our Sleeve'

Prior to DISTURBED's performance at the recent Sonic Temple Music + Art Festival in Columbus, Ohio, vocalist David Draiman spoke with Lou Brutus of HardDrive Radio. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's recent European headline tour, their first in nearly a decade: David: ...

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ANDY SNEAP Says He Has 'No Idea' If He Will Continue Playing With JUDAS PRIEST Once 'Firepower' Tour Ends

Noted metal producer and current JUDAS PRIEST touring guitarist Andy Sneap recently spoke with Christina Rowatt of The Void With Christina. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the "most majestic moment" he's experienced while touring with PRIEST: Andy: "Just some of the size ...

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BUCKCHERRY Vocalist On Covering NINE INCH NAILS' 'Head Like A Hole': 'I Like Something Off The Beaten Path'

Andy Hall of Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 recently conducted an interview with BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd. You can listen to the entire chat via the Soundcloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's new "Warpaint" studio album: Josh: "We worked really hard on this record and we ...

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CHRIS JERICHO: No New FOZZY Album Before 2020

FOZZY — the band featuring former WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — will enter the studio later this year to begin recording its new album for a tentative early 2020 release. Jericho told Loudwire in a new interview: "Rich Ward [guitar] and Johnny Andrews, who produced the last ...

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JOAN JETT On Getting 'Destroyed' By Crowd While Touring With SCORPIONS: 'I Was Covered From Head To Toe In Dripping, Gross Loogies'

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Joan Jett recently spoke with disc jockeys Preston and Steve of the Philadelphia radio station 93.3 WMMR. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the motivation to start her own label, Blackheart Records, in 1980: Joan: "It was survival. ...

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AVANTASIA's TOBIAS SAMMET: 'I Certainly Don't Intend To Retire Any Time Soon'

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 AVANTASIA's new album "Moonglow": Tobias: "It's not trendy. It's not flavor of the week, but it's put together with a lot ...

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TOOL Performs Two New Songs, 'Descending' And 'Invincible', At WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE (Video)

TOOL performed two new songs, "Descending" and "Invincible", as part of its headlining set Sunday night (May 5) at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida. Although TOOL previously played an instrumental version of "Descending", last night's concert marked the first performance of the completed song with lyrics and vocals sung by frontman Maynard ...

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TURILLI/LIONE RHAPSODY: 'Phoenix Rising' Lyric Video

TURILLI/LIONE RHAPSODY — featuring original RHAPSODY members Luca Turilli and Fabio Lione, alongside former RHAPSODY members Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth — will release its debut album, "Zero Gravity (Rebirth And Evolution)", on June 28 through Nuclear Blast (King Records in Japan and rest of Asia). Comprised of 10 tracks, the record was ...

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