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BI*AS Feat. Former KORN Drummer DAVID SILVERIA: 'Hesitation' Video Released

BI*AS, the new band featuring former KORN drummer David Silveria, has released the official Matt Zane-directed music video for its latest single, "Hesitation". David is joined in the Orange County, California-based group by bassist Chris Dorame, guitarists Joe Taback and Mike Martin and singer Rich Nguyen. Silveria, Dorame and Taback previously played together in CORE ...

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BUCKCHERRY Singer And Guitarist Open Up About Band's Challenges, Memories And Future

In the eight-minute video below, BUCKCHERRY members Josh Todd (vocals) and Stevie Dacanay (a.k.a. Stevie D., guitar) open up about the band's challenges, memories and future. BUCKCHERRY's latest album, "Warpaint", was released in March via Century Media/RED Music. The 12-song disc, featuring 11 new BUCKCHERRY songs along with a cover of the NINE INCH NAILS ...

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DRESS THE DEAD Recruits Ex-INSOLENCE Guitarist MIKE ROWAN

DRESS THE DEAD, the band featuring ex-FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and WITCH MOUNTAIN singer Kayla Dixon, has recruited guitarist Mike Rowan. He replaces original DRESS THE DEAD guitarist Dan Delay, who left the group in June. Locicero stated about DRESS THE DEAD's latest addition: "Mikey is a very well-known guitarist here in the [San Francisco] ...

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Current/Former Members Of MACHINE HEAD, DREAM THEATER, OVERKILL Unite In New Project

According to several posts on various social media platforms, former MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel is working on a new project with drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER), vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL) and bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE). On July 21, Portnoy posted a picture of the quartet with ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's JUSTIN FOLEY Says Touring With IRON MAIDEN Was 'Really Inspiring'

Jimmy Kay of The Metal Voice conducted an interview with drummer Justin Foley of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE at this year's Heavy Montreal festival. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's forthcoming studio album, "Atonement": Justin: "The songs are different. [Laughs] I don't ...

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MIKE MUSHOK Hopes STAIND Will Remain Active After Fall Shows

Massachusetts-based rockers STAIND will reunite for a few select dates this fall after a five-year hiatus. With more than 15 million albums sold worldwide, original members Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok and Johnny April along with longtime drummer Sal Giancarelli, will play some select shows, including the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky in September ...

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Video Premiere: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's 'I Am Broken Too'

The official music video for "I Am Broken Too", the new single from Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, can be seen below. The song is taken from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's new album, "Atonement", which will be released on August 16 via Metal Blade Records in the U.S. and Sony Music Entertainment in the rest of the world. ...

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DEVILDRIVER Guitarist On Group's Forthcoming Album: 'This Is The Most Happy I've Ever Been With Any Record'

Prior to DEVILDRIVER's July 19 performance in Sioux City, Iowa, guitarist Mike Spreitzer spoke with Jeremy Lafrentz of Backstage Entertainment. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On when the group's forthcoming record will be released: Mike: "Don't ask me when that is. I'm not ...

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MERCYFUL FATE Bassist TIMI HANSEN Is Battling Cancer

MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen has revealed that he is battling cancer. Hansen went public with his diagnosis after it was announced that he wouldn't participate in MERCYFUL FATE's 2020 reunion. Filling in for him will be ARMORED SAINT and FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera. On Thursday (August 1), Timi released a statement via the ...

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THE FERRYMEN Feat. RAINBOW Singer, PRIMAL FEAR Guitarist: 'A New Evil' Album Due In October

Frontiers Music Srl will release THE FERRYMEN's sophomore album, titled "A New Evil", on October 11. The band, featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson (MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL, PRIMAL FEAR), vocalist Ronnie Romero (RAINBOW, LORDS OF BLACK) and drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, RAGE, AXEL RUDI PELL, VISION DIVINE), has also released a music video for the title ...

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BLACK CROWN INITIATE Signs With CENTURY MEDIA

Having released two critically hailed, fan-worshipped works of progressive death metal, 2014's "Wreckage Of Stars" and its 2016 follow-up "Selves We Cannot Forgive", BLACK CROWN INITIATE has found a new label home with Century Media. Formed in Reading, Pennsylvania in 2012, BLACK CROWN INITIATE has created a stir that's stretched far beyond the underground with ...

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STAIND Announces Only Northeast Concert Of 2019

STAIND will perform at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on October 5. It will mark the band's only Northeast concert in 2019. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 2. The Foxwoods show was announced by STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis during his solo performance at the venue Sunday night. He was joined onstage at ...

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Video: KISS Performs 'Beth' In Manchester

Fan-filmed video footage of KISS performing the band's hit ballad "Beth" on July 12 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user "Chromeboy2003"). In a 2014 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, KISS frontman Paul Stanley and original KISS drummer Peter Criss sparred over "Beth", which holds the distinction of ...

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BREAKING BENJAMIN's Acoustic Album To Feature Guest Appearances By RED, UNDEROATH, Ex-FLYLEAF, THREE DAYS GRACE Members

BREAKING BENJAMIN frontman Benjamin Burnley spoke to HardDrive Radio about the band's upcoming acoustic album. The effort, which is tentatively due before the end of the year, will feature mostly reworked versions of the band's notable hits, including a couple from last year's "Ember" LP, plus one new song. "They all have orchestration on 'em ...

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SORCERER Begins Recording New Album

Swedish epic doom metallers SORCERER have entered the studio to begin recording their new album. This will be the band's third LP for Metal Blade and follow-up to the critically acclaimed "The Crowning Of The Fireking", which came out in 2017. A spring 2020 release is expected. Drums were recorded last week at SolnaSound Recording, ...

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Video Premiere: DESTRUCTION's 'Betrayal'

"Betrayal", the new video from German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION, can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band's 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", which will be released on August 9 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded in January and February 2019 with V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, BURNING WITCHES, NERVOSA) at Little ...

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Watch SONS OF APOLLO Perform DREAM THEATER's 'Just Let Me Breathe' From 'Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony'

SONS OF APOLLO — the progressive metal supergroup featuring former DREAM THEATER bandmates Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, as well as guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T., TALISMAN) — will release "Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony" on August 30. ...

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