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Abyss - UNLEASH THE ARCHERS

The first thing that strikes you is how satisfyingly heavy UNLEASH THE ARCHERS have become over the years. Not that the Canadians' early albums lacked cojones, it's just that power metal has become such a sonically predictable genre over the decades, and bands with the gall to do something different are always particularly welcome. With ...

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TED NUGENT: 'NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION Is The Most Important Civil Rights Organization In The World'

Outspoken conservative rocker Ted Nugent has slammed the attorney general of New York for suing to to seek the dissolution of the National Rifle Association, alleging fraud and abuse in the way the NRA's chief executive and other officials ran the operation. New York State attorney general Letitia James's lawsuit specifically names the organization's top ...

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Rockers React To KAMALA HARRIS Being Announced As JOE BIDEN's Running Mate: 'Let's Do This'

Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, SONS OF APOLLO), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT) and Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES) are among the rockers who have reacted to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's announcement that California senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate in the 2020 presidential election. "I think @KamalaHarris is the perfect ...

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TRIUMPH's RIK EMMETT On Bands Who Use Backing Tracks During Live Performances: 'We Live In A Different World Now'

Guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett of the legendary Canadian power trio TRIUMPH has weighed in on bands who rely heavily on pre-recorded tracks during their live performances. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for using backing tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but also more ...

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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI Doesn't Want Fans To Get 'Wrong Idea' That MIKE PORTNOY Is Rejoining Band

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release his second solo album, "Terminal Velocity", on August 28 via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005's "Suspended Animation" features guest musicians Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) on drums and Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. The effort marks the first time Petrucci and Portnoy ...

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DREAM THEATER To Begin Work On New Studio Album In The Fall

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci has confirmed to Spain's Metal Hammer magazine that the band is planning to use some of its coronavirus downtime to work on the follow-up to last year's "Distance Over Time" album. "There's a lot going on musically this year," Petrucci said (see video below). "Obviously, everybody's trying to be creative. ...

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Watch DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI And MIKE PORTNOY Reunite In 'Terminal Velocity' Music Video

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release his second all-instrumental solo album, "Terminal Velocity", on all digital and streaming platforms on August 28 and on CD and vinyl on October 30 through The Orchard Music on his Sound Mind Music record label. "Terminal Velocity" was written and produced by Petrucci, recorded by James "Jimmy T" ...

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GLENN HUGHES Will Keep Writing Music Until His Final Day

In a brand new interview with the "Thunder Underground" podcast, legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes was asked if he will continue writing music up until his "final day." He responded (hear audio below): "I will. People ask me that question — not all the time, but they do ask that question. "A good friend of mine, ...

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Original MACHINE HEAD Drummer TONY COSTANZA Dead At 52

Original MACHINE HEAD drummer Tony Costanza has died. He was 52 years old. Costanza's passing was confirmed by his former CRISIS bandmate Afzaal Nasiruddeen, who wrote in a Facebook post: "It is with a very heavy heart that I have to accept and inform everyone concerned that I lost my brother, band mate, home boy ...

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HATEBREED, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN And MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE Members Team Up With MAX WEINBERG For MISFITS Cover (Video)

"Two Minutes To Late Night", which bills itself as the world's only heavy metal-themed talk show, has uploaded a cover version of the MISFITS classic "Earth A.D." recorded in quarantine by members of HATEBREED, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, along with Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E STREET BAND and father ...

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