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SEVENDUST's LAJON WITHERSPOON Says He's 'Six Or Seven Songs Deep' Into First Solo Album

SEVENDUST frontman Lajon Witherspoon has confirmed he's "six or seven songs deep" into his first solo album and is collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Daniel "Sahaj" Ticotin, who recently contributed to MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Dirt" soundtrack. Witherspoon released the standalone single "Love Song" in 2017. "I'm doing some music," Witherspoon told Bladerunner Radio and KMMY FM at ...

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AVATAR Vocalist On Upcoming Tour With BABYMETAL: 'I Like The Opportunity Of Doing Something Different'

Prior to AVATAR's performance at the recent Sonic Temple Music + Art Festival in Columbus, Ohio, vocalist Johannes Eckerström spoke with Lou Brutus of HardDrive Radio. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the group's recent live release, "The King Live In Paris": Johannes: "For many ...

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Listen To New DARKTHRONE Song 'Duke Of Gloat'

Black metal veterans DARKTHRONE will release their new album, "Old Star", on May 31 via Peaceville. The band's first studio album since 2016's "Arctic Thunder" sees the Norwegian legends cut through six new epic tracks, taking in the best of the old school of heavy and extreme metal plus a large dose of doom-laden riffing, ...

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Watch YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Perform In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Fan-filmed video footage of Yngwie Malmsteen's May 26 concert at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania can be seen below (footage courtesy of YouTube user "Steve Easton"). Malmsteen told the Los Angeles Daily News about his current string of dates: "They'll be pretty much the same what I always do: just craziness, ...

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ROBERT PLANT To Launch 'Digging Deep' Podcast

LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant will launch a new podcast, "Digging Deep: The Robert Plant Podcast", on Monday, June 3 via all of the major streaming platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, Acast and YouTube. In an intro audio clip shared via his social media accounts, Plant explains: "Making records is a very personal experience. I was ...

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BRIAN TATLER On DIAMOND HEAD's Early Sound: 'I Didn't Want To Be In A Punk Band, But I Wanted To Play Fast Songs'

Michael "MettleAngel" Francisco of Sonic Perspectives recently conducted an interview with guitarist Brian Tatler of NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On "Belly Of The Beast", the opening track from the band's forthcoming "The Coffin Train" studio album: Brian: "It's ...

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DORO PESCH On GENE SIMMONS: 'He Really Was A Great Mentor'

German "metal queen" Doro Pesch (DORO, WARLOCK) recently spoke with Sally Steele of Vegas Rocks! Magazine. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the early years of her career: Doro: "We were just doing what we loved. Back then, I felt I was one of the ...

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BLAZE BAYLEY: 'It Was A Shock To Leave IRON MAIDEN'

British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN from 1994 until 1999, told filmmaker Daniel Sarkissian that his dismissal from the band 20 years ago came as a complete surprise. "It was a shock to leave IRON MAIDEN — it was an absolute shock," Blaze admitted (see video below)." But CD sales were ...

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I, The Devil - DEIPHAGO

The belligerent blackened death metal lunatics who are collectively known as DEIPHAGO have been kicking out the evil jams for three decades now, including the directly connected precursor bands SATANAS and BAALZEBUL, as well as the one year they marched under the similarly spelled moniker DEIFAGO. Originally based in Manila, the Filipino band has since ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: Second Album Completed

THE DARK ELEMENT, the project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, has completed work on its second album. The follow-up to 2017's "The Dark Element" was mixed by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT) and will tentatively arrive this fall via Frontiers Music Srl. Joining Olzon and Liimatainen in THE DARK ...

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AMY LEE Says EVANESCENCE Is Ready To Start Writing New Album

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee says that the band is about to begin working on its long-awaited follow-up to 2011's self-titled effort. EVANESCENCE spent much of the last two years recording and touring in support of 2017's "Synthesis", which contained some of the band's best-loved songs — as well as a couple of new ones — ...

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