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K.K. DOWNING Praises TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS-Era JUDAS PRIEST Albums

K.K. Downing has reflected on the albums JUDAS PRIEST made with singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, saying that fans have grown to appreciate them more in the two decades since they were released. Owens joined PRIEST in 1996 and recorded two studio albums with the band — 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition" — before PRIEST reunited ...

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Former VOIVOD Frontman ERIC FORREST's E-FORCE To Release 'Mindbender' Album

Mighty Music has announced the signing of E-FORCE, the band led by ex-VOIVOD vocalist/bassist Eric Forrest. The first release under this partnership will be E-FORCE's fifth studio album, "Mindbender", to be released on November 19. Forrest comments: "Very proud to announce the fact that the new E-FORCE 'Mindbender' release will be a collaboration/cooperation with Mighty ...

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SHADOWS FALL Announces December 2021 Reunion Show

SHADOWS FALL, the Massachusetts metal band which was at the forefront of the New Wave of American Metal scene that dominated the '00s, will reunite to play a one-off show at The Palladium in Worcester in their native Massachusetts. The show is set for Saturday, December 18, 2021. UNEARTH, DARKEST HOUR, WITHIN THE RUINS, SWORN ...

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Bassist MIA WALLACE Rejoins ABBATH

Bassist Mia Wallace has rejoined ABBATH, the solo project of former IMMORTAL frontman Abbath. The Italian-born musician, who has been a member of NERVOSA since last May, confirmed her returned to ABBATH in an Instagram post on Monday (June 21). After Wallace shared another "throwback" photo from her time with ABBATH, writing, "we will be ...

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K.K. DOWNING: 'When GLENN TIPTON Retired, I Fully Expected That That Would Be The Opening' For Me To Return To JUDAS PRIEST

Founding JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that it is "absolutely" not true that he retired from the music industry after his exit from the band a decade ago. Downing left PRIEST in 2011 amid claims of band conflict, shoddy management and declining quality of performance. He was replaced by Richie Faulkner, nearly three decades ...

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DORO To Release 'Triumph And Agony Live' In September

In celebration of 35 years of WARLOCK's "Triumph And Agony" album, Doro Pesch will release "Triumph And Agony Live" in various formats, including CD, vinyl, cassette, DVD, Blu-ray, and a huge box set, on September 24 through Doro's own label, Rare Diamonds Productions. Doro says: "It was always my dream to play the 'Triumph And ...

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FOZZY Announces Fall 2021 Tour Of U.K. And Ireland

American rockers FOZZY are smashing their way out of 2021 with an exclusive eleven-date tour of the U.K. and Ireland. The trek will kick off on November 30 in Manchester and make stops in Newcastle, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, Chester, Birmingham, Bournemouth Swansea and Nottingham before finishing in London on December 12. Support will come from ...

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DEF LEPPARD's RICK ALLEN: 'Isolation Is A Terrible Thing'

DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen went on "Side Jams With Bryan Reesman" to talk about his painting and photography work. He also addressed what his life has been like under the pandemic, including reconnecting with an old friend who became a famous golfer. Allen is known for his charity work with people suffering from PTSD, ...

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How RONNIE JAMES DIO Popularized 'Devil's Horns' Hand Gesture

In a new interview with Rolling Live Studios, Ronnie James Dio's former wife and longtime manager Wendy Dio spoke about how he popularized the the so-called "devil's horns" hand gesture. She said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "A lot of people claim that it was theirs, and it's okay. It wasn't Ronnie's. It's an old Italian ...

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Watch HELLOWEEN's Lyric Video For 'Best Time'

The reunited expanded classic lineup of German power metallers HELLOWEEN has just released its self-titled album Nuclear Blast Records. The official lyric video for the disc's third single, "Best Time", can be seen below. The cover artwork for "Helloween", which can be seen below, was painted by artist Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ...

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