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SHINEDOWN's ZACH MYERS Defends Bands Who Use Pre-Recorded Tracks During Live Performances: 'It's All Personal Preference'

SHINEDOWN guitarist Zach Myers says that "90 percent" of rock artists use at least some pre-recorded tracks during their live performances. In recent years, more and more bands have been given a pass for using backing tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but also more consistent. Speaking to Rock ...

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Listen To New AUGUST BURNS RED Song 'Paramount'

AUGUST BURNS RED's new song "Paramount" can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming eighth full-length album, "Guardians", which will be released on April 3 via Fearless Records. "'Paramount' is one of my favorite songs from 'Guardians'," says guitarist JB Brubaker. "It has that classic ABR sound with a bunch of ...

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EPICA Recording Eighth Album: More Video Footage From The Studio

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA recently entered Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, Netherlands to record their new album. The follow-up to 2016's "The Holographic Principle" is once again being produced by Joost Van Den Broek (POWERWOLF, AYREON). The recording sessions for EPICA's new disc are being filmed by Panda Productions, which has shared the second studio ...

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BLACK SABBATH's TONY IOMMI And JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Discuss Early Influences, Finding Their Own Sound (Video)

In a brand new original series "The Conversation", Gibson TV gives two artists from similar genres and different generations the chance to sit down and discuss each others journey in the music business. In the latest episode, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner sits down with iconic BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi for a one-on-one conversation ...

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Video Premiere: TRIVIUM's 'What The Dead Men Say'

Florida-based metallers TRIVIUM have released the official music video for "What The Dead Men Say", the title track of their upcoming ninth album. Due on April 24 via Roadrunner Records, the LP will be the follow-up to "The Sin And The Sentence", which came out in October 2017. That effort marked the band's first release ...

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U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival Is Officially Canceled

The 2020 edition of the U.K.'s Download festival has officially been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe. The event was set to take place on June 12-14 at Castle Donington, with headlining performances by IRON MAIDEN, KISS and SYSTEM OF A DOWN. The festival organizers announced the cancelation in ...

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The Pendulum - CANDLEMASS

The elder statesmen of epic doom metal have returned hot on the heels of 2019's magnificent "The Door to Doom" with what is essentially part deux to that magnum opus with the brilliant EP titled "The Pendulum". Last year's long player found CANDLEMASS garner the grandest of heavy metal accolades in the form of their ...

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ENSLAVED To Perform At Online Music Festival Next Week

Norwegian metal avant-gardists ENSLAVED will perform at the Verftet Online Music Festival in Bergen, Norway on April 1. The online event will be streamed via BT.no and YouTube. The band states: "When the old Bergen ring-fox Mikal Telle asked us to join his and local venue USF's fantastic initiative that is this festival, we pretty ...

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SLASH Is 'Honored' Model AMBER ROSE Named Her Baby After Him

Model Amber Rose has shared a message she received from GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash after she named her child after him. Amber gave birth to Slash Electric Alexander Edwards last October. Baby Slash's dad is Def Jam label executive Alexander "A.E." Edwards. On Tuesday (March 24), Amber posted an Instragram photo of the text ...

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METALLICA Announces Rescheduled South American Tour Dates

METALLICA's South American tour, which was originally planned for April, has been rescheduled for December. Support on the trek will come from GRETA VAN FLEET. METALLICA states: "We're excited that we'll still be able to visit this year, so please hold onto your tickets for the originally scheduled shows & visit the ticketing service for ...

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BAD RELIGION And REFUSED Members Join Forces In FAKE NAMES: Debut Album Due In May

Punk rock supergroup FAKE NAMES — which includes Brian Baker (MINOR THREAT, DAG NASTY, BAD RELIGION), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., EMBRACE, ONE LAST WISH), Dennis Lyxzén (REFUSED, INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY, INVSN), and Johnny Temple (GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, SOULSIDE) — will release its self-titled debut record on May 8 via Epitaph. FAKE NAMES was formed in early ...

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BPMD Feat. BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH, MIKE PORTNOY, PHIL DEMMEL And MARK MENGHI: Debut Album To Be Released Via NAPALM

BPMD — the new heavy metal juggernaut featuring vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO), bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE) and guitarist Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD) — has signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records. The members of BPMD first came together in the summer of 2019 ...

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Order Of The Mind - IRIST

Although there have been times when it has felt like major labels are congenitally predisposed to signing as many shitty metalcore bands as possible, common sense does occasionally prevail in the metal mainstream. Despite a weirdly shrug-worthy name (it sounds like it might mean something, but not something interesting enough for anyone to investigate), IRIST ...

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HATEBREED's New Album Is 'Postponed Indefinitely'

HATEBREED's new album, which was expected later this year, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe. Singer Jamey Jasta broke the news of the postponement in a Twitter exchange with a fan earlier today. Asked when the next HATEBREED disc will be out, Jasta responded: "[The] album ...

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