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JOURNEY Announces New Bassist And Drummer

JOURNEY has announced the addition of bassist Randy Jackson and drummer Narada Michael Walden to the group's ranks. "Ok Friends word is out! @randyjackson RJ the Big Dawg is our new Bass player again," JOURNEY's founding member and guitarist Neal Schon wrote on social media, adding that Walden has also joined the band. "JOURNEY is ...

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SHINEDOWN's New Single 'Atlas Falls' Gets Official Release

SHINEDOWN has just released its uplifting new single "Atlas Falls". The track was previously only available as part of a t-shirt bundle for SHINEDOWN's fundraiser for humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief, during which the band has raised more than $300,000 (including a $20,000 donation from SHINEDOWN that kicked it off), helping to get key personal ...

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Rise Radiant - CALIGULA'S HORSE

The progressive-metal genre can be frustrating waters to wade into in 2020. There is a very small number of bands that are truly great, and then dozens of bands that are good-to-very good and seemingly have the tools to be truly great. For some reason or another, they are able to assemble 495 pieces of ...

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VANDENBERG: Lyric Video For New Song 'Skyfall'

The official lyric video for the song "Skyfall" from the new lineup of VANDENBERG can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming studio album, titled "2020", which will be released on May 29 via Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group. Led by master guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, the Dutch foursome released three ...

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HALESTORM's LZZY HALE: 'Most Of The Bands You Know And Love Won't Make It Out Of This'

HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale has criticized people who don't take the coronavirus pandemic seriously enough. Hale addressed the crisis just days after 48 states began easing shelter-in-place restrictions in an attempt to reinvigorate their local economies following a nearly nationwide two-month lockdown. Earlier today (Sunday, May 17), Lzzy took to her Instagram to write: "Hey ...

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AT THE GATES Has Demoed Eight Songs For Next Album

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have demoed eight songs for their next album. The upcoming disc will be the follow-up to "To Drink From The Night Itself", which came out in May 2018 via Century Media. Earlier today, AT THE GATES posted a video update from drummer Adrian Erlandsson, and included the ...

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SHINEDOWN Has Ideas 'Lying Around' For Next Album

SHINEDOWN singer Brent Smith spoke to Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station about the band's plans for the follow-up to 2018's "Attention Attention" album. Asked if he and his bandmates usually revisit old ideas when commencing a new project or if they start with a clean slate, Brent said (see video below): "A lot of ...

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SUICIDE SILENCE Announces 'Virtual World Tour'

California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE have announced a "virtual world tour" with unique sets exclusive merchandise and custom experiences in each market. Each show will feature a professionally filmed multi-camera live set along with an extensive post-performance question-and-answer session. Every market will have its ticket purchase geo-gated within a reasonable radius so that only those ...

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HALESTORM Announces #Roadiestrong Support Campaign

Grammy Award-winning rock band HALESTORM has announced the #ROADIESTRONG support campaign aimed at providing essential financial assistance to road crews all over the world who make live music possible. Under the newly launched initiative, fans can purchase #ROADIESTRONG merchandise and make donations, with all proceeds going to Live Nation's Crew Nation — a global relief ...

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JOURNEY Officially Cancels 2020 North American Tour

JOURNEY has canceled its previously announced 2020 North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. The 60-date trek with THE PRETENDERS was supposed to kick off May 15 in Ridgefield, Washington. After carefully reviewing all options, the decision has been made to cancel the entire tour to make it possible ...

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OVERKILL's BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH On What Keeps Him Going: 'What The Hell Else Am I Gonna Do?'

BackStage360 conducted an interview with OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth before the band's February 29 concert at the House Of Blues in San Diego, California. You can now watch the chat below. Asked what keeps him motivated to continue making music and touring four decades after OVERKILL's formation, Blitz said "debt," before adding more seriously: ...

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SUICIDE SILENCE Releases 'Become The Hunter' Non-Album Track 'Overlord'

California-based extreme metal titans SUICIDE SILENCE have released "Overlord", a "B-side" song from the sessions for their sixth studio album, "Become The Hunter". You can now stream the track below. Singer Hernan "Eddie" Hermida comments: "The inspiration for 'Overlord' came from the events surrounding the Heaven's Gate mass suicide in the late '90s. The lyrics ...

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GRIM REAPER, FIREWIND, CYHRA, MASTERPLAN Members Join Forces For Epic Metal Cover Of 'We Are The World'

Over 50 rock and metal musicians, including members of GRIM REAPER, FIREWIND, CYHRA and MASTERPLAN, have joined forces to record an epic metal cover of "We Are The World" while in quarantine. The project is the brainchild of Norwegian musician Marius Danielsen of the band DARKEST SINS. The original version of the star-studded charity single ...

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Black Metal - WITCHCRAFT

WITCHCRAFT has been on the cutting edge of that interesting nexus between occult rock and traditional doom since the release of their eponymous 2004 debut. Numerous musicians have been in and out of the Swedish act's revolving door since its inception 20 years ago, with one constant figure remaining throughout: Magnus Pelander, previously a member ...

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