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STRYPER Frontman's Cigar Photo Draws Ire Of Some Christian Fans

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has pushed back against criticism over a photo he posted on social media. On Monday (February 17), Sweet took to his Instagram to share a picture of him and STRYPER bassist Perry Richardson smoking cigars, along with the following caption: "We're enjoying a long overdue day off and celebrating @pastforpresent birthday ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT To Battle MRS. SMITH In Live Guitar 'Cry Baby Battle Royale' Wah-Off

Kirk Hammett's long-professed his love of the wah-wah pedal will be challenged by Mrs. Smith, the guitar virtuoso alter-ego of actor-musician David Hanbury, at the "Cry Baby Battle Royale" on March 8 at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina. The event will also include a performance by the METALLICA guitarist's THE WEDDING BAND covers project, ...

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AMON AMARTH To Launch 'Berserker' Mobile Game

"Berserker", the new standalone mobile game from heavy metal Vikings AMON AMARTH in conjunction with Swedish video game developer/publisher Ride & Crash Games AB, is a mini adventure in the AMON AMARTH game series, which first came to life in 2017. Set on the shores of England, as Thor you must defeat four types of ...

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Previously Unreleased Track Featuring Late CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Drummer REED MULLIN On Vocals Now Available

"Low Blow", a previously unreleased song from RIGHTEOUS FOOL, the band featuring late CORROSION OF CONFORMITY co-founding drummer Reed "The Mule" Mullin on drums and vocals, can be streamed below. Mullin passed away on January 27 at the age of 53. The news of his loss continues to stun the hardcore, punk, and metal communities, ...

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STONE SOUR Releases Demo Version Of 'Take A Number' Song

STONE SOUR has released a demo version of the song "Take A Number". The original track appeared on the band's self-titled debut album, which came out in 2002. In a statement accompanying the YouTube release of the "Take A Number" demo, STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand wrote: "When we were trying to figure out what ...

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GHOST: PAPA EMERITUS III ReAction Figure Now Available

Global Merchandising Services and Super7 have collaborated to create a 3.75-inch ReAction figure for the Swedish metal band GHOST. The figure is based on the character of the sinister pope Papa Emeritus III, who was the front man on GHOST's third album "Meliora". This ReAction figure embodies the dark themes and ominous charm of the ...

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New FOO FIGHTERS Album Is 'Finished,' Says DAVE GROHL

FOO FIGHTERS have completed work on their new studio album. The band's last full-length LP was 2017's "Concrete And Gold", which entered the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 1. FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl spoke about the group's upcoming disc during appearance on "The Bill Simmons Podcast". He said (hear audio below): "We just ...

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HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD Announces U.S. Tour With BAD WOLVES

In support of their much-anticipated sixth full-length studio album, "New Empire, Vol. 1", California's own HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD will be teaming up with rock heavyweights BAD WOLVES for an extensive co-headline tour of the U.S. this spring. FROM ASHES TO NEW and FIRE FROM THE GODS will provide direct support for select shows. The slew of ...

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EXODUS, TESTAMENT And DEATH ANGEL Are 'Extremely Lucky' After Surviving 'Terrifying' Sweden-Finland Ferry Ride

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt says that he and his bandmates are "extremely lucky" to have survived a ferry ride between Sweden and Finland Sunday night after Storm Ciara battered northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains. The San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends, who are currently taking part in "The Bay Strikes Back" ...

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