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MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Is 'Happy' To Get Questions About Why He Doesn't Growl On OPETH Albums Anymore

In a recent question-and-answer session posted on the YouTube channel of Nuclear Blast Records, OPETH mastermind Mikael Åkerfeldt was asked how annoying it is for him to constantly get questions about his decision to drop the "growling" vocals from the band's albums. He responded (see video below): "Well, it's not annoying. I get that question ...

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Former MORBID ANGEL Guitarist RICHARD BRUNELLE Dead At 55

Former MORBID ANGEL guitarist Richard Brunelle has died, his family has confirmed. He passed away on Monday, September 23 at the age of 55. The news of Richard's death was broken by his sister-in-law Megan Box-Brunnele. She wrote on Facebook: "This is Richie's sister-in-law. This devastating post is at the request of my husband and ...

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MAYHEM: Lyric Video For New Song 'Of Worms And Ruins'

The official lyric video for the song "Of Worms And Ruins" from Norwegian black metal veterans MAYHEM can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming album, "Daemon", which will be released on October 25 via Century Media. MAYHEM says: "Here we are, yet another chapter written in the book of MAYHEM, ...

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DRAGONFORCE Guitarist On Group's New Album: 'We Just Threw In Everything, Including The Kitchen Sink'

DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li recently spoke with Valentino Petrarca of WSOU 89.5 FM, the South Orange, New Jersey college radio station of Seton Hall University. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's new album, "Extreme Power Metal": Herman: "This, I believe, really captures the ...

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WARBRINGER Premieres Explosive New Single 'Firepower Kills'

Three weeks into the band's ongoing 54-shows-in-54-days co-headlining tour with ENFORCER, Los Angeles-based thrash quintet WARBRINGER has released a new single, "Firepower Kills". The song can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms. A lyric video — created by Hannah Left Wright of Shadowborn Group — can be seen below. "Firepower Kills" ...

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In Cauda Venenum - OPETH

If you have attended a live performance from OPETH within the last decade, you have experienced a moment that occurs during every one of their concerts. After several songs in a row from the later era of the band — a stretch that typically may also include one of the many ballads from 2003's "Damnation" ...

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SOUNDGARDEN's Career Chronicled In New Book, 'Dark Black And Blue: The Soundgarden Story'

There have been countless books penned about the leading grunge bands — namely NIRVANA and PEARL JAM. Surprisingly, few have been assembled about the mighty SOUNDGARDEN. But this is about to change, with the arrival of "Dark Black And Blue: The Soundgarden Story". Written by author/journalist (and longtime SOUNDGARDEN fan) Greg Prato, the book tells ...

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ALTER BRIDGE Frontman On Producer ELVIS BASKETTE: 'He's Not Going To Let Anything Slide By If Anybody's Tempted To Phone It In'

HardDrive Radio's Paulie Walnuts recently conducted an interview with ALTER BRIDGE vocalist Myles Kennedy and guitarist Mark Tremonti. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why ALTER BRIDGE chose to work with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette on its forthcoming album, "Walk The Sky": Myles: "He's really hard ...

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INSOMNIUM Drummer: 'Heart Like A Grave' Is 'Easily The Strongest Record We Have Ever Done'

Gonzalo Pozo of Sonic Perspectives recently conducted an interview with drummer Markus Hirvonen of Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On incorporating more "Finnish melancholia" into INSOMNIUM's forthcoming studio album, "Heart Like A Grave": Markus: "Basically it ...

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CHEVELLE Is Putting Finishing Touches On 'Melodic' New Album

CHEVELLE vocalist/guitarist Pete Loeffler spoke to Radioactive MikeZ, host of the 96.7 KCAL-FM program "Wired In The Empire", about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's new album. The disc was recorded in part this past May at Joe's House Of Compression studio in Pasadena, California with producer Joe Barresi (KYUSS, MELVINS, THE ...

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LACUNA COIL: Making Of 'Reckless' Video

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Reckless", the new video from Italian metallers LACUNA COIL, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Roberto Saku Cinardi and continues the story of previously released single "Layers Of Time". Both songs are taken from the band's forthcoming album, "Black Anima", which will be released on October ...

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AVATARIUM To Release 'The Fire I Long For' Album In November

On November 22, doom metal wizards AVATARIUM return with their dark gospel to open another chapter of their hauntingly beautiful otherworld. Only two years after taking the fans by storm with "Hurricanes And Halos", which has been named "album of the month" by magazines worldwide, the Swedes announce the completion of their fourth full-length release. ...

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Video Premiere: LEPROUS's 'Alleviate'

Norwegian rock outfit LEPROUS has released the official music video for its new single, "Alleviate". The clip was directed by directed by Troll Toftenes of the Vardøger Story Agency. The song is taken from the band's sixth and most ambitious studio album, "Pitfalls", which is due on October 25 worldwide via InsideOut Music. LEPROUS vocalist ...

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LACUNA COIL Vocalist Says Gaining Recognition In Home Country Of Italy Has 'Always Been A Bit Of A Struggle'

LACUNA COIL vocalist Andrea Ferro recently spoke with the "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On "Anima Nera", the opening track of the group's new album, "Black Anima": Andrea: "We had this piece of music that Marco [Coti Zelati, bass] came ...

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TOM KEIFER Releases Music Video For 'Rise' Title Track

The official music video for "Rise", the title track of the second solo album from CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer, can be seen below. The disc is being released today (Friday, September 13) via Cleopatra Records. The "Rise" song was written by Tom Keifer, Savannah Keifer with Keifer and Shawna Thompson of THOMPSON SQUARE. The official ...

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Video Premiere: LACUNA COIL's 'Reckless'

Italian alt-metal superstars LACUNA COIL have released the music video for their new single, "Reckless". The clip, which was directed by Roberto Saku Cinardi and continues the story of previously released single "Layers Of Time", can be seen below. Both songs are taken from the band's forthcoming album, "Black Anima", which will be released on ...

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