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GENE SIMMONS Says Latest Coronavirus Death Projections Are 'Not Good'

Gene Simmons has expressed his sadness over the fact that coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are expected to nearly double as states continue to ease social distancing restrictions. The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) released a revised mortality model predicting coronavirus deaths will reach 135,000 by August, up considerably from ...

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LOCK UP Recruits Drummer ADAM JARVIS

Grind/death supergroup LOCK UP has recruited drummer Adam Jarvis (MISERY INDEX, PIG DESTROYER) as the replacement for the recently departed Nick Barker. Bassist Shane Embury comments: "We are extremely thrilled to welcome Adam into the ranks of LOCK UP. I have known Adam for a few years now and we just recently finished a European ...

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THE PRETTY RECKLESS Signs U.S. Deal With FEARLESS RECORDS

THE PRETTY RECKLESS has inked a U.S. deal with Fearless Records. The band, which is signed to Century Media Records for territories outside the USA, will release its fourth album, "Death By Rock And Roll", later in the year. The disc's first single will arrive soon. In other news, THE PRETTY RECKLESS singer Taylor Momsen ...

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Former L.A. GUNS Guitarist To Release Debut MICHAEL GRANT & THE ASSASSINS Album, 'Always The Villain'

Frontiers Music Srl will release "Always The Villain", the debut album from MICHAEL GRANT & THE ASSASSINS, on July 10. MICHAEL GRANT & THE ASSASSINS play a diverse and exciting brand of hard rock music incorporating elements from alternative rock and metal, while exploring different textures, genres, and influences. Band mastermind Michael Grant (who plays ...

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New App Aims To Gather 'All Things Metal' In One Place

DARK TRANQUILLITY keyboardist Martin Brändström has launched Bandbond, a new smartphone app that is being billed as a "revolution for the metal community." The idea of Bandbond started out of frustration some years ago when Brändström was in charge of the band's online social media. It quickly became clear to him that the communication with ...

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Leaves Of Yesteryear - GREEN CARNATION

A whopping 14 years have passed since GREEN CARNATION's last release. A lot has changed since then, including a lengthy, six-year period during which time they were broken up following 2006's entirely acoustic affair "Acoustic Verses". They are virtually unrecognizable from their initial death metal format, having drifted through periods that touched upon styles as ...

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Looks Back On 'Coming Down' Video In Latest Episode Of 'Quarantine Theater 2020'

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has launched the ninth episode of its "Quarantine Theater 2020" series. Taking inspiration from "Mystery Science Theater 3000", it features frontman Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory and bassist Chris Kael offering commentary on the band's past music videos. The latest episode in the series focuses on the video for "Coming Down", ...

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Celebrate The Loudest Day Of The Year: MOTÖRHEAD Day

"Ace Of Spades" — the title track of MOTÖRHEAD's 1980 iconic, game changing album — isn't just one of the greatest hard rock songs ever written, it has truly become a lifestyle anthem for several generations of rockers, metalheads, punks, bikers, athletes, rebels, outcasts, and freethinkers all around the world. Few songs in modern history ...

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STYX's TODD SUCHERMAN Releases Lyric Video For 'Sacred Book Of Favorite Days' From Debut Solo Album

STYX drummer Todd Sucherman has just released his debut solo album, "Last Flight Home", via Aqua Pulse Records. The official lyric video for the disc's second single, "Sacred Book Of Favorite Days", can be seen below. CDs, high-resolution audio WAV downloads, and limited-edition signed and numbered 180-gram vinyl LPs are available now on all digital ...

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OVERKILL's BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH On What Keeps Him Going: 'What The Hell Else Am I Gonna Do?'

BackStage360 conducted an interview with OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth before the band's February 29 concert at the House Of Blues in San Diego, California. You can now watch the chat below. Asked what keeps him motivated to continue making music and touring four decades after OVERKILL's formation, Blitz said "debt," before adding more seriously: ...

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Hear MARISSA NADLER's Cover Of METALLICA's 'Nothing Else Matters'

Singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler has covered METALLICA's "Nothing Else Matters" for her new EP, which she made available today (May 1) for Bandcamp's second revenue-waiving day. In addition to the METALLICA song, "Covers 3" features Nadler's takes on Townes Van Zandt's "My Proud Mountains", Bob Dylan's "I Was Young When I Left Home" and KING CRIMSON's ...

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Looks Back On 'Never Enough' Video In Latest Episode Of 'Quarantine Theater 2020'

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has launched the eighth episode of its "Quarantine Theater 2020" series. Taking inspiration from "Mystery Science Theater 3000", it features frontman Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory and bassist Chris Kael offering commentary on the band's past music videos. The latest episode in the series focuses on the video for "Never Enough", ...

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ALAIN JOHANNES To Release 'Hum' Solo Album In July

Alain Johannes, co-creator of the highly influential '90s alternative rock band ELEVEN as well as a key contributor on releases from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, THEM CROOKED VULTURES and Chris Cornell, will release "Hum", his third solo album, on July 31 via Ipecac Recordings. "It's more about me than probably any album I've ever ...

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Redneck Vikings From Hell - AETHER REALM

It might be a slight exaggeration to say that AETHER REALM are attempting to be all of your favorite bands at the same time, but they're certainly demonstrating a phenomenal grasp of multiple metallic disciplines on "Redneck Vikings From Hell". Perhaps mindful that bands from the US generally don't sound like they've been brandishing swords ...

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KROKUS Postpones Summer/Fall 2020 North American Tour

Swiss hard rock legends KROKUS have potponed their last-ever concerts in USA and Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. The 13-date trek was originally scheduled to kick off at Canton Hall in Dallas, Texas on September 18 and conclude at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California on October ...

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Solitude In Madness - VADER

Extreme metal is supposed to get the blood pumping. It should make you feel ten-feet tall and bulletproof. It might even make you drive in a reckless manner from time to time. These are the rules. Don't shoot the messenger. The problem comes when you spend a large chunk of every day listening to brutal, ...

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