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Fractures - DAKESIS

It's easy to be blown away by the bombastic, big-budget efforts of bands like NIGHTWISH and BLIND GUARDIAN, but there is an equal amount of magic and joy to be found in records like this. DAKESIS are much-loved stalwarts of the UK heavy metal underground and one of the few bands from the country that ...

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Original RIOT Guitarist LOU 'L.A.' KOUVARIS Dies At 66

Original RIOT guitarist Lou "L.A." Kouvaris has passed away. He was 66 years old. No cause of death has been revealed, but RIOT's manager Giles Lavery said Lou developed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, over a week ago. Kouvaris's passing was confirmed by RIOT, who wrote on social media: "Lou ...

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SYMPHONY X Singer RUSSELL ALLEN And Ex-NIGHTWISH Frontwoman ANETTE OLZON: Lyric Video For 'I'll Never Leave You' Song

The official lyric video for the song "I'll Never Leave You" from ALLEN/OLZON, the collaborative project from noted progressive metal vocalists Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) and Anette Olzon (THE DARK ELEMENT, ex-NIGHTWISH), can be seen below. The track is taken from ALLEN/OLZON's debut album, "Worlds Apart", which was released on March 6 via ...

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THE RODS Announce New Lineup

American old-school classic heavy metal band THE RODS has unveiled its new band lineup. Joining guitarist/vocalist David "Rock" Feinstein and drummer Carl Canedy are vocalist Michael San Ciro (TOTALLY LOST CAUSE, CANEDY) and bassist Freddy Villano (QUIET RIOT, Dee Snider's WIDOWMAKER). THE RODS are currently writing songs for their new album, "Shockwave", tentatively due in ...

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Spirituality And Distortion - IGORRR

From shadowy internet semi-sensation to his current status as Metal Blade's most determinedly eccentric act, IGORRR's Gautier Serre has played his cards beautifully so far. Steadily progressing from the unmistakably clinical clatter of a studio-bound fever dream to the more sophisticated, semi-organic and musically rich incarnation that emerges on "Spirituality and Distortion", IGORRR are exactly ...

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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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SCOTT STAPP Announces Fall 2020 European Headlining Tour

Scott Stapp has announced the European leg of "The Survivor Tour", dubbed after the upcoming single, "Survivor". The 22-date trek will kick off on October 26 in London, U.K. and lead the multi-platinum-selling artist through 13 countries. Audiences can expect the extraordinary singer to perform a selection of No. 1 hits of his own catalog ...

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MARK LANEGAN And WESLEY EISOLD Reveal 'Plague Poems'

Mark Lanegan and Wesley Eisold have come together to present words of dystopian desolation — well timed, no doubt. "Plague Poems" is a collection of 23 poems written by each, for love: lost, losing, and even sometimes found. Written in February and March of 2020, the sub-conscious presents a narrative of love in the end ...

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Video Premiere: PARADISE LOST's 'Fall From Grace'

The official music video for "Fall From Grace", the new single from British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Obsidian", which will be released on May 15 via Nuclear Blast. The group's sixteenth studio LP, which was recorded with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, ...

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ALEXI LAIHO Doesn't See Any Reason Why He Shouldn't Perform CHILDREN OF BODOM Songs With His New Band

Ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho says that he will not shy away from performing his former band's songs when he launches his new group, BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, with several festival appearances this summer. Joining him in BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT are guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST), bassist Mitja Toivonen ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Launches 'Quarantine Project'

Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend has launched the "Quarantine Project" as a way of thanking fans for their support after he was recently forced to postpone the remaining dates on his North American tour. Townsend took a huge financial hit for scrapping the dates after more than a year's work in preparing for ...

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Former CHILDREN OF BODOM Frontman ALEXI LAIHO Launches New Band, BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT

Former CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho has launched a new band called BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT. Joining him in the group are guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-SANTA CRUZ) and touring keyboardist Lauri Salomaa. The blood in most musicians' veins would curdle if they all of ...

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