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SCORPIONS Guitarist RUDOLF SCHENKER: 'Rock And Roll Never Dies'

Guitarist Rudolf Schenker of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS was interviewed at this year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting, which was held last month in Dessel, Belgium. You can now watch the chat below. SCORPIONS are celebrating 50 years of rock with the release of their 19th studio album, "Return To Forever" (Sony Music/Legacy ...

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ACT OF DEFIANCE Feat. Ex-MEGADETH, SHADOWS FALL, SCAR THE MARTYR Members: 'Throwback' Song To Debut Next Week

"Throwback", a new song from ACT OF DEFIANCE, the band featuring former MEGADETH members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), alongside ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner, and SHADOWS FALL's Matt Bachand (bass), will receive its broadcast debut on June 23, exclusively on SiriusXM's Liquid Metal. Speaking about how the ACT OF DEFIANCE ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Talks Long-Rumored Solo Album, Possibility Of New STORM CORROSION Material (Video)

RockSverige.se conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH at this year's Sweden Rock Festival, which was held last weekend in Sölvesborg. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether any progress has been made on his long-rumored solo album: ...

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THE AGONIST's VICKY PSARAKIS Sings AEROSMITH's 'Dream On' (Audio)

Singer Vicky Psarakis of Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers THE AGONIST has uploaded her vocal cover version of the AEROSMITH classic "Dream On". Check it out in the YouTube clip below. THE AGONIST's new album, "Eye Of Providence", was released on February 24 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The ...

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MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Dismisses Criticism Over OPETH's Musical Direction

Lady Obscure recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. Asked for his opinion about some OPETH fans' position that Mikael should have started a side project under a new name instead of taking the band completely away from the death metal-tinged sounds ...

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OPETH To Celebrate 25th Anniversary With Two Special U.S. Shows

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have announced details of two very special U.S. performances celebrating the group's landmark 25th anniversary. The unique shows, dubbed "An Evening With Opeth", are set for October 22 at New York's Beacon Theater and October 24 at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater and will see OPETH celebrating their remarkable career with two ...

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OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON Talks Gear At MUSIKMESSE (Video)

Guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH was interviewed by Rock Hard magazine during this year's Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. OPETH's eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK On ACT OF DEFIANCE: 'We Aren't Worried About Any Amount Of Fame Or Income'

Former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick talked to Revolver magazine about ACT OF DEFIANCE, the new band he formed with fellow ex-MEGADETH member Shawn Drover (drums), alongside ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner and SHADOWS FALL's Matt Bachand (bass). Speaking about how the ACT OF DEFIANCE material stacks up when compared to all ...

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THE AGONIST: Pro-Shot Footage Of Montreal Concert

Dr. Light Productions has uploaded professionally filmed video footage of THE AGONIST's February 27 performance at Foufounes Électriques in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Check out the clips below. THE AGONIST's new album, "Eye Of Providence", was released on February 24 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The band's first CD with singer ...

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Video Premiere: SCORPIONS' 'We Built This House'

The brand-new SCORPIONS studio album "Return To Forever" was released on February 20 on CD, Deluxe CD, vinyl, Limited Collector's Box, and several more digital and physical formats. The video for the first single, "We Built This House", can be be seen below. "Return To Forever" was recorded with Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen, ...

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SCORPIONS: Audio Samples Of Entire 'Return To Forever' Album

The brand-new SCORPIONS studio album "Return To Forever" will be released on February 20 on CD, Deluxe CD, vinyl, Limited Collector's Box, and several more digital and physical formats. The first single, "We Built This House", can be downloaded as an Instant Grat on iTunes and Amazon MP3 as of now. "Return To Forever" was ...

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THE AGONIST: 'A Gentle Disease' Video Released

"A Gentle Disease", the new video from Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers THE AGONIST, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Eye Of Providence", which will be released on February 24 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The band's first CD with singer Vicky ...

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SCORPIONS Singer KLAUS MEINE: Retiring Is 'Easier To Say Than To Do'

Vocalist Klaus Meine and guitarist Rudolf Schenker of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS took part in a press conference on February 9 in Paris, France. You can now watch video footage of the question-and-answer session below. Speaking about SCORPIONS' decision to scrap their retirement plans and record a new studio album, "Return To Forever", Meine ...

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OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON: 'Heritage' Was 'An Album That We Needed To Do'

Planet Music recently conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his contribution to OPETH's latest album, "Pale Communion": Fredrik: "Mikael [Åkerfeldt, guitar/vocals] wrote the entire album, but I think everybody in the band put ...

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OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON: We Want People To Leave Our Concerts Happy

Rock Made Of Metal in October conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On following up 2011's "Heritage" album with last year's "Pale Communion": Fredrik: "It would have been strange, in a way, if we ...

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