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THE ACACIA STRAIN Releases 'E' Seven-Inch And Digital Single

New England metal titans THE ACACIA STRAIN have just dropped "E", a new seven-inch and digital release, through Rise Records. It features two tracks — "Solace And Serenity" and "The Lucid Dream". The latter track features vocalist Jess Nyx of MORTALITY RATE. "I've been a fan of Jess since JUDICIARY introduced me to her voice, ...

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OVERKILL Singer BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH Doesn't Have A Problem With BOBBY GUSTAFSON: 'He Has A Problem With Me'

OVERKILL singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth says that he doesn't have a problem with the band's former guitarist Bobby Gustafson. Gustafson joined OVERKILL in 1982 and played on the band first four albums — "Feel The Fire" (1985), "Taking Over" (1987), "Under The Influence" (1988) and "The Years Of Decay" (1989) — before being shown the ...

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Obsidian - VISCERA

So much for deathcore being a creative dead end. With plenty of bands now pushing this much-maligned subgenre into more intriguing and increasingly epic new territory, the time is perfect for VISCERA to stomp center stage and give everyone an extra size twelve up the shipped. Fronted by Jamie Graham, formerly vocalist with both SYLOSIS ...

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RATT Performs As Four-Piece In Oklahoma Following Departure Of Guitarist CHRIS SANDERS: Video, Photos

RATT played as a four-piece in Oklahoma following the departure of guitarist Chris Sanders. Singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier, drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE, RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER) and guitarist Jordan Ziff (RAZER) took the stage last night (Saturday, February 22) at Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton without a replacement for Sanders, who confirmed ...

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METAL CHURCH To Release 'From The Vault' In April

West Coast metal veterans METAL CHURCH will release "From The Vault" on April 10 via Rat Pak Records. This latest release is a special edition compilation album that features 14 previously unreleased songs from the Mike Howe era, including four newly recorded studio tracks including a redux of the band's fan favorite classic "Conductor", The ...

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MICHAEL SWEET And TONY HARNELL To Team Up For 'Tour 1987' In May

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet and former TNT singer Tony Harnell will join forces for the "Tour 1987" in May. Sweet said: "I'm excited to officially announce that I'm going on tour this spring, full-band electric, with my good friend Tony Harnell, and special guest Moriah Formica! Our first round of dates are listed below. More ...

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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET: 'We Have Started Recording Our Best, Most Powerful Album Yet'

Openly Christian hard rockers STRYPER have entered SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts to begin recording their new album for a tentative summer release. On Sunday (January 19), STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet shared an Instagram photo from the studio and included the following caption: "We have started recording our best, most powerful album yet. We're ...

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RICHIE KOTZEN To Film New Music Video Next Weekend

Richie Kotzen (THE WINERY DOGS, POISON, MR. BIG) will release a new 50-song solo album, "50 For 50", on February 3, the guitarist's 50th birthday. To promote the LP's release, Kotzen will film a music video on Sunday, January 12 in Los Angeles and he is looking for extras. Anyone in the Los Angeles area ...

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STRYPER's New Album Is 'Written And Ready To Go'

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet says that he has written 11 songs for the band's next studio album. The follow-up to 2018's "God Damn Evil" will be recorded in January and February and released in the summer. It will mark STRYPER's first disc with the band's latest addition, former FIREHOUSE bassist Perry Richardson, who joined STRYPER ...

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MICHAEL SWEET Wrote Seven New STRYPER Songs In Four Days

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet says that he has already written seven songs for the band's next studio album. The follow-up to 2018's "God Damn Evil" will be recorded in January and February and released in the summer. On Thursday, Sweet took to his social media to write: "I started writing for the new STRYPER album ...

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Bassist SEAN MCNABB Quits LYNCH MOB

Bassist Sean McNabb has announced his departure from LYNCH MOB. McNabb made his exit official via a Twitter post on Tuesday (November 19). He wrote: "I'd like to thank all the fans that supported LYNCH MOB, & me being a part of it for the last eight years, and always. As of today I'll be ...

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Ex-STRATOVARIUS Guitarist TIMO TOLKKI Accuses Swedish Band ECLIPSE Of 'Ripping Off' His Song

Timo Tolkki has accused the Swedish band ECLIPSE of "ripping off" a song from his post-STRATOVARIUS project REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE. According to the guitarist, the ECLIPSE track "The Masquerade", which appears on the group's latest album, "Paradigm", is a copy of the song "Revolution Renaissance" from the band he founded after he left STRATOVARIUS in 2008. ...

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The Sound Of Scars - LIFE OF AGONY

When unexpected reunions turn into long-term campaigns, the results can be wildly variable. Perhaps surprisingly, given the media's inevitable preference for discussing Mina Caputo's personal journey rather than celebrating her music, LIFE OF AGONY have yet to drop the creative ball and arrive at their sixth studio album with reputations enhanced and credibility intact. If ...

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JINJER Releases Music Video For New Single 'On The Top'

"On The Top", the new video from Ukrainian modern metal frontrunners JINJER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Macro", which will be released on October 25 via Napalm Records. Punishing riffs, aggressively blended vocals and astonishingly deep lyrics make "Macro" JINJER's most advanced and undeniable album yet — ...

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All Flesh Is Grass - GODEATER

The UK's death metal scene is currently healthier than it has been in decades. It's also becoming increasingly diverse, which probably explains why it doesn't seem particularly weird that GODEATER's debut album is a concept record concerning veganism and notions of ecological peril. It's hard to imagine any old-school death metal band complaining about the ...

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