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MIKE PORTNOY Looks Back On His Exit From DREAM THEATER: 'I Needed A Break From Those Guys'

Mike Portnoy spoke about his decision to leave DREAM THEATER during an appearance on the latest episode of "Drinks With Johnny", the Internet TV show hosted by AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ. Following the passing of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's founding member Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan in 2009, the band recruited his favorite drummer, Portnoy, to record ...

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Songs The Night Sings - THE DARK ELEMENT

Although her contribution to the NIGHTWISH story will be overshadowed by those of her predecessor and successor, Anette Olzon always had the right voice for bright and pop-driven symphonic metal. In many ways, THE DARK ELEMENT is a much more fitting project for her talents. On "Songs The Night Sings", the Scandinavian band keep the ...

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Angel Of Light - ANGEL WITCH

The obvious exceptions of IRON MAIDEN, SAXON and DEF LEPPARD aside, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal didn't produce much in the way of enduring heavy hitters. Righteous legends like DIAMOND HEAD and VENOM cashed in deserved credibility chips after the fact, of course, and if you don't listen to the first two TANK ...

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Vile Nilotic Rites - NILE

There has always been something reassuring about the arrival of a new NILE album. This band has stuck rigidly to their own uniquely myopic conceptual path for 20+ years now, exhibiting a huge amount of imagination and ingenuity along the way, but always remembering to crush as many skulls as possible. If you don't have ...

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Biolume Part 1 – In Tartarean Chains - MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY

Heavy metal's obsession with hell below has been well explored and overly dissected since the genre's beginnings. But for every heavy metal songwriter who praises Satan and shouts about witches, there are almost as many who look to the terrifying unknown of the stars above for their metallic inspiration. Australian musician Dis Pater has become ...

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Orificial Purge - VASTUM

The Bay Area metal scene gets the love that it deserves for its part in anchoring the 1980's U.S. thrash metal scene. It is where METALLICA found its voice, as well as propagating discussions of "The NEXT Four", which often include some combination of the area's heavyweights TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, and/or EXODUS. That region of ...

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Daemon - MAYHEM

If you're a (black) metalhead who passes time by cvlting on social media, there's a 99 percent likelihood that you've stumbled across at least half dozen "I was on my way to kill Euronymous, too" memes over the course of the last month. These memes of course stem from the recent claims of MAYHEM bassist ...

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SAINT ASONIA's ADAM GONTIER: 'I've Always Been Pretty Transparent As To What The Songs Are About'

Australia's Keen Eye 4 Concerts recently conducted an interview with SAINT ASONIA frontman Adam Gontier. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the songwriting and creation of SAINT ASONIA's sophomore studio album, "Flawed Design": Adam: "Specifically 'Sirens' was ...

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FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Announces 2020 North American Tour Accompanied By Classical Quartet

Italian orchestral-death metal giants FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE will make their triumphant return to North America in 2020 in support of their critically lauded album "Veleno". For the first time in the band's celebrated career, they'll be doing a full tour accompanied by a classical string quartet, which will be an unprecedented experience for death metal fans. ...

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HANSI KÜRSCH Thinks 'Legacy Of The Dark Lands' Orchestral Album Is BLIND GUARDIAN's 'Magnum Opus'

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview with frontman Hansi Kürsch of German power metal veterans BLIND GUARDIAN. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On BLIND GUARDIAN's new all-orchestral album, "Twilight Orchestra: Legacy Of The Dark Lands": Hansi: "The ...

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JASTA To Release 'The Lost Chapters - Volume 2' In December

The name "Jamey Jasta" represents one of music's most prolific and powerful reputations. As the founder and frontman for Grammy-nominated monoliths HATEBREED alongside his countless collaborations with everyone from DJ Khaled and Lights to FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, Jasta's reputation extends well beyond music. From stints as the four-year host of MTV's "Headbanger's Ball" to ...

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GIBSON Plays It Forward With GUITARS FOR VETS

Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand, has partnered with Guitars For Vets to bring the power of music to returning U.S. military veterans. Gibson opened the doors of its Custom Shop in Nashville to debut a donation of 48 guitars and 19,000 string sets as well as pledge their continued support to Guitars For Vets. ...

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During an appearance earlier today (Monday, November 11) on "State Of Amorica: A Black Crowes Podcast", former THE BLACK CROWES drummer Steve Gorman was asked for his opinion on the announcement that brothers Chris and Rich Robinson were teaming up with new musicians to perform the band's entire debut album, "Shake Your Money Maker", on ...

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RAMMSTEIN: Making Of 'Ausländer' Video

German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have released behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the official video for their song "Ausländer". The track is taken from the band's seventh, untitled album, which came out on May 17 via UME/Spinefarm in Europe and Caroline Records in the U.S. The band's first studio disc since 2009's "Liebe Ist Für ...

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UFO To Continue 'Last Orders' Tour In 2020

UFO just wrapped the initial North American leg of the "Last Orders" tour, but fear not, the tour is not over yet and the band is pleased to announce new North American tour dates for 2020. These shows kick off February 13 in Medina, Minnesota and run through March 2. Included in this run is ...

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KIM THAYIL Says 'It's Entirely Possible' That An All-New SOUNDGARDEN Album Featuring CHRIS CORNELL Will Be Released

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation LA Invasion", SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayil was asked if it is possible that a new album will see the light of day featuring some of the final recordings Chris Cornell was working on before his death. Thayil responded (see video below): "It is entirely possible, because that's ...

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BRING ME THE HORIZON Releases 'Ludens' Music Video

British rockers BRING ME THE HORIZON have released the official music video for their new song called "Ludens". The track is the latest offering from the upcoming "Death Stranding: Timefall (Original Music From The World Of Death Stranding)" soundtrack, featuring original music inspired by the upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) video game "Death Stranding". Last month ...

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