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SAXON Begins Recording 23rd Studio Album

Biff Byford has confirmed that SAXON has commenced work on its 23rd studio album. The singer checked in via video message on his Twitter account — his first since undergoing an emergency triple bypass surgery last month. "I want to thank everybody for the brilliant messages you've sent," he said. "Brilliant. Thank you very much. ...

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CHRIS IMPELLITTERI Slams 'Larger Metal Sites' For Not Promoting His Latest Video: 'They Either Hate Us Or We Do Not Conform To Their Standards'

**UPDATE** Chris Impellitteri has made a new Instagram post saying that the Impellitteri Twitter account calling out BLABBERMOUTH.NET directly for not covering his band's latest video was fake (and it has since apparently been deleted). However, he did stand by the rest of the original message on the aforementioned Twitter account as it relates to ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Dismisses 'K.K. DOWNING Clone' Accusations: 'I Didn't Try To Copy Him'

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner has dismissed the criticism he received for supposedly trying to look too much like the man he replaced, original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing. Nearly three decades Downing's junior, Faulkner joined PRIEST in 2011 after previously playing guitar in the backing group for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist ...

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DANIEL MONGRAIN Says He Was 'Pretty Worried' About Replacing DENIS D'AMOUR As Main Songwriter In VOIVOD

During an interview with The Jimmy Cabs "5150 Interview Series", guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain of Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD discussed how he approached the unenviable task of replacing founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, who passed away due to complications from colon cancer in 2005. D'Amour's unconventional brand of guitar playing was a staple of VOIVOD's ...

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WILLIAM DUVALL Looks Back On Making Of ALICE IN CHAINS' 'Black Gives Way To Blue' Album: 'It Was Intense Emotionally'

Kyle Meredith recently conducted an interview with ALICE IN CHAINS frontman William DuVall. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On always being a "band guy" and now releasing his first solo album, "One Alone": William: "I've always been a band guy since I was a teenager. ...

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LORDI To Release 'Killection' Album In January

Finnish hard rock/heavy metal monsters LORDI will release their new album, "Killection", on January 31, 2020 via AFM Records. Once more Mr. Lordi, the master of the masquerade, presents us with one of his ideas, absurd and genius at the same time, and comes up with a concept that has never been done before in ...

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LACUNA COIL's CRISTINA SCABBIA Says Next Generation Is 'F**ked' Because Of Social Media: 'They Have No Idea How Real Life Is'

France's Loud TV recently conducted an interview with frontwoman Cristina Scabbia of Italian alternative metallers LACUNA COIL. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether their forthcoming "Black Anima" studio album is "angrier" than 2016's "Delirium": Cristina: "Of course it's the next step, ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH On Performing With Symphony: CLIFF BURTON 'Was Definitely The Gateway To A Lot Of That Classical Stuff'

Last month, METALLICA played two shows with the San Francisco Symphony for the grand opening of Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors. The concerts, conducted by Edwin Outwater with a special appearance by Michael Tilson Thomas, marked the 20th anniversary of METALLICA's first performance with the symphony at the Berkeley Community ...

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YES To Perform Entire 'Relayer' Album On U.K. Tour

YES, one of the most innovative of all prog-rock bands, has announced an eight-date U.K. tour for May and June of 2020. "The Album Series 2020 Tour" will feature YES's 1974 "Relayer" album performed in its entirety together with a selection of other classic YES favorites. An extensive European tour will be announced soon. This ...

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GODSMACK Performs Acoustic Version Of 'Under Your Scars' On SiriusXM's Octane Unleaded (Video)

Video footage of GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna and guitarist Tony Rombola performing an acoustic version of the song "Under Your Scars" on SiriusXM's Octane Unleaded can be seen below. "Under Your Scars" is taken from GODSMACK's latest album, "When Legends Rise", which came out last year. The disc was recorded at GODSMACK's headquarters (GSHQ) in ...

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Two FRANK ZAPPA Books Set For Release This Fall

The Zappa Trust has announced the release of two books honoring legendary musician and composer Frank Zappa's legacy: "Zappa Gear: The Unique Guitars, Amplifiers, Effects Units, Keyboards And Studio Equipment" by Mick Ekers with foreword by Dweezil Zappa; and "The Hot Rats Book", in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Frank Zappa's "Hot Rats" album ...

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JASON NEWSTED Takes Credit For 'The Stabilization' Of METALLICA

Jason Newsted says that he "would like to take some credit" for the "stabilization" of METALLICA after the passing of Cliff Burton. Burton played on METALLICA's first three studio albums — "Kill 'Em All", "Ride The Lightning" and "Master Of Puppets" — and co-wrote classic songs like "Ride The Lightning", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", ...

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PETBRICK Feat. Ex-SEPULTURA Drummer IGOR CAVALERA: 'Coming' Video

"Coming", the new Dante Vescio-directed music video from PETBRICK — the duo comprising Wayne Adams (BIG LAD, DEATH PEDALS, JOHNNY BROKE) and Igor Cavalera (SEPULTURA, SOULWAX, MIXHELL, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) — can be seen below. The track, which features a guest appearance by features vocals from Igor's wife Laima Leyton, is taken from PETBRICK's debut album, ...

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HOLE Members Reunite For Rehearsal Session In Los Angeles

The much-rumored HOLE reunion finally appears to be a reality. On Monday (October 7), Courtney Love posted a since-deleted Instagram photo of her, drummer Patty Schemel and bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur playing together on a studio stage. Love captioned the post, "Whose rusty af? Ladies !!!" and included the hashtags "#hole #rehearsal # tonight ...

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