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DAVID ELLEFSON Says METAL ALLEGIANCE Writes 'Really Compelling Music'

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson says one of the keys to supergroup METAL ALLEGIANCE is writing "really compelling music," which allows him and his bandmates to be more selective when it comes time to determine which guest vocalists will be singing on their songs. Comprised of Ellefson, ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, TESTAMENT lead guitarist Alex ...

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EXODUS Rejoined By Guitarist RICK HUNOLT For Special Appearance At METAL ALLEGIANCE Concert

Ex-EXODUS guitarist Rock Hunolt rejoined his former bandmates Gary Holt (guitar), Tom Hunting (drums) and Steve "Zetro" Souza (vocals) to perform several of the group's classic songs during last night's (Saturday, April 20) METAL ALLEGIANCE concert in San Francisco, California. The Fillmore show followed a screening of new metal documentary "Murder In The Front Row: ...

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Video Premiere: AMON AMARTH's 'Crack The Sky'

"Crack The Sky", the new video from Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Berserker", which will be released on May 3 via Metal Blade Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously ...

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Teams Up With BRIAN MAY, BRANTLEY GILBERT And KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD For Special Version of 'Blue On Black'

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has teamed up with Brian May of QUEEN and two of the biggest names in country and blues rock, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, to record a special version of the song "Blue On Black" mixed by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, SHANIA TWAIN, DISTURBED). Titans in each of their respective ...

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SANTA CRUZ Returns With New Song 'Changing Of Seasons'

SANTA CRUZ has returned with a new single, "Changing Of Seasons". The song — which was co-written and produced by Kane Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, DISTURBED, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH) — is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms. A lyric video designed by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions can ...

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Empath - DEVIN TOWNSEND

One could argue that, until now, Devin Townsend's most ambitious run of studio recordings was the four-album suite released from 2009 through 2011 under the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT banner. That set of albums began with the low-key art-rock of "Ki", ended with the simultaneous releases of the circus-metal bombast of "Deconstruction" and the ambient-rock of ...

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XENTRIX To Release 'Bury The Pain' Album This Summer

Veteran U.K. thrashers XENTRIX have inked a deal with Listenable Records. The band's new album, "Bury The Pain", will be released in the summer. The disc was produced by Andy Sneap and mastered by Russ Russell. The cover artwork for the album was created by Dan Goldsworthy and can be seen below. XENTRIX made its ...

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Listen To New BAD RELIGION Song 'Do The Paranoid Style'

"Do The Paranoid Style", a brand new song from the acclaimed Los Angeles punk rock band BAD RELIGION, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the group's upcoming album titled "Age Of Unreason", which is due on May 3 via on Epitaph Records. "When fringe groups blame shadowy forces for their problems it ...

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SENTENCED Photo Book 'Agony Walk' To Be Released In September

Vesa Ranta, drummer for long-defunct Finnish metallers SENTENCED, will release a book, "Agony Walk – On The Road With Sentenced", on September 2. A unique 100-page picture book about a band that loved playing shows but hated touring, it contains Ranta's photos of SENTENCED's daily life between the years 1995 and 2003 when the band ...

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AMON AMARTH To Release 'Berserker' Album In May; First Single, 'Raven's Flight', Now Available

Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH will release their new album, "Berserker", on May 3 via Metal Blade Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, URIAH HEEP and STONE SOUR. The album's first single, "Raven's Flight", can be streamed ...

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AMON AMARTH Teases New Song

An audio sample of a new AMON AMARTH song, apparently titled "Raven's Flight", is available below. The track, which is expected to make its online debut this Wednesday (March 20), is taken from the band's upcoming album, which is due this spring via Metal Blade Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North ...

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LAMB OF GOD's MARK MORTON Was 'Humbled' When Well-Known Guests Agreed To Appear On His Solo Album

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton recently appeared on the Detroit radio station 101 WRIF's "Talkin' Rock With Meltdown" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his new solo album, "Anesthetic": Mark: "That first Slash solo album is definitely kind of a template for at ...

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Warpaint - BUCKCHERRY

The "anti rock star" ethos of grunge was a reaction to the excess and debauchery so prevalent and definitive of late-eighties glam. Even though grunge's popularity was declining in its overt form by the end of the nineties, it planted the rhetorical seeds from which both nü-metal and pop punk would subsequently flourish. Ironically enough, ...

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LAMB OF GOD's MARK MORTON: Video Of Entire Solo Tour Kickoff

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton kicked off his solo tour Wednesday night (March 13) at The Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire concert can be seen below. Making a special guest appearance at the show for the song "The Truth Is Dead" was Mark's LAMB OF GOD bandmate, vocalist Randy ...

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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Meets With Grand Rapids Community College Leaders To Discuss Workforce

METALLICA recently gave Grand Rapids Community College a $100,000 grant to provide more opportunities for nontraditional students to get welding skills that could lead to jobs in the future. According to WZZM13.com, frontman James Hetfield met with GRCC president Bill Pink before the band's concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday (March 13) ...

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