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GOJIRA's MARIO DUPLANTIER Releases 'Minotaur' Drum Composition

Drummer Mario Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA has released a drum composition he recently created. Dubbed "Minotaur", the solo "has been composed around a drum pattern I particularly love, the alternate single stroke roll 'between the hands and the feet,'" he explained. "I've never used it with GOJIRA, but this effect can be spectacular." ...

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Watch GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA Sing ALICE IN CHAINS' 'Man In The Box'

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna made an appearance at this past Wednesday's (January 29) weekly "Soundcheck Live" event at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, California. Erna joined event curator Nuno Bettencourt (EXTREME), along with Glen Sobel (drums), Derek Frank (bass) and Steve Fekete (guitar), on covers of ALICE IN CHAINS' "Man In The Box" and ...

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DRAGONFORCE's SAM TOTMAN Says Former Bassist FRÉDÉRIC LECLERCQ Was 'Never The Biggest Fan' Of Power Metal

DRAGONFORCE guitarist Sam Totman spoke to the "Scars And Guitars" podcast about the band's latest addition, bassist/vocalist Alicia Vigil (VIGIL OF WAR). Asked if she is a permanent replacement for DRAGONFORCE's longtime bassist Frédéric Leclercq, who left the band last August, Totman said: "Well, we're gonna try it out. You don't ...

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TOM KEIFER Releases Music Video For 'Hype'

CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer has released a compelling, high-energy music video for "Hype", the raucous, heavy, second single from his sophomore solo album, "Rise". The song and video speak directly to life in our current culture. "'Hype' reflects the over-stimulation, endless information and clever deception that we are bombarded with in today's society," explained Keifer. ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Pays Tribute To REED MULLIN: 'Thank You For Making CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Swing Like Nothing Else'

METALLICA's Lars Ulrich has paid tribute to CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin who died on Monday, January 27. He was 53 years old. Earlier today (Tuesday, January 28), Ulrich took to his Instagram to write: "Reed.. Thank you for the crazy good times we had together. Thank you for always having the biggest smile ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Drummer REED MULLIN Dead At 53

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has died. He was 53 years old. His bandmates confirmed his passing in a social media post earlier tonight. They wrote: "Reed, It's with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Love and condolences to the family, friends and fans who will miss ...

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MIKE PORTNOY Blasts AEROSMITH For Refusing To Allow JOEY KRAMER To Perform At GRAMMY AWARDS: 'Where's The Loyalty?'

Mike Portnoy has blasted AEROSMITH for not allowing drummer Joey Kramer to perform with the band at this weekend's Grammy Awards. Earlier this week, Kramer sued his bandmates, claiming he is being blocked from playing at the Grammys. An original member of the legendary rock group, Kramer last performed with AEROSMITH in April 2019 before ...

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Space Ninjas From Hell - VICTORIUS

No one is going to accuse VICTORIUS of not putting enough effort in. The Germans' fifth studio album follows four relatively well-received efforts that have nudged them towards the front of the aspiring power metal pack, and you don't have to spend much time with "Space Ninjas From Hell" to realize that's it's a very ...

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RAMMSTEIN Announces Summer/Fall 2020 North American Tour

This year will see the North American debut of the most extreme spectacle in live music, when RAMMSTEIN brings its full-scale stadium production to this continent for the first time ever. Rock and roll's most ambitious pyro-theatrical experience will be on display for a series of 10 open-air dates beginning August 20 at Parc Jean-Drapeau ...

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Kaoteon - KAOTEON

Any band that manages to forge a career in heavy music while living in the Middle East deserves our applause and endless respect. KAOTEON have already cursed a significant stir, primarily in Europe, with their 2018 album "Damnatio Memoriae", and not just because credible extreme metal bands from Lebanon are still, to put it mildly, ...

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SUICIDE SILENCE Releases Music Video For 'Two Steps'

California-based extreme metal titans SUICIDE SILENCE have released the official music video for the song "Two Steps". The track is taken from the band's sixth studio album, "Become The Hunter", on February 14 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SEPULTURA, HATEBREED) at The Omen Room and mixed ...

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KREATOR Releases Video For 'Violent Revolution' From 'London Apocalypticon - Live At Roundhouse'

German trash metal veterans KREATOR will release a new live set, "London Apocalypticon - Live At The Roundhouse", on February 14 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was professionally filmed and recorded on December 16, 2018 at the Roundhouse in London, England. The London show closed out KREATOR's European co-headlining tour with DIMMU BORGIR. Also appearing ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN's Iconic 'Frankenstein' Guitar Arrives With Price Tag Everyday Musician Can Afford

EVH has revealed the all-new Striped Series Frankie, refreshed Wolfgang WG Standard models including the all-new Wolfgang WG Standard Exotic Spalted Maple and new colors for the Wolfgang Special. Widely regarded as the most recognizable electric guitar ever, Eddie Van Halen's iconic and revered Frankenstein guitar has arrived with a price tag the everyday musician ...

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DRAGONFORCE Recruits Bassist ALICIA VIGIL

This past September, DRAGONFORCE unleashed its eighth full-length, "Extreme Power Metal", worldwide. In support of this release, the band will head out on the road next month in Europe, before touring the USA with UNLEASH THE ARCHERS and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. Both of these treks will see Alicia Vigil (VIGIL OF WAR) handling bass and ...

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Rumor: DRAGONFORCE Guitarist HERMAN LI Leaves IBANEZ

DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li is rumored to have left Ibanez, the legendary Japanese guitar firm he has been endorsed by for a decade and a half. Li, who was born in Hong Kong and moved to England during his teenage years, is said to be working on a new signature guitar with an as-yet-undisclosed company. ...

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Video Premiere: BEHEMOTH's 'Rom 5:8'

On January 24, Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH will release the "I Loved You At Your Darkest Tour Edition" featuring the "I Loved You At Your Darkest" album with brand new, alternate artwork by Nicola Samori, plus an exclusive BBC Radio 1 session and previously unreleased documentary, "Thou Darkest Art", taken from the band's career-affirming 2018 ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE Says DIRK VERBEUREN's Drumming On MEGADETH's New Album Is 'Exceptional'

Dave Mustaine has praised Dirk Verbeuren's drumming on MEGADETH's new album. Earlier today, the MEGADETH leader took to his Twitter to wish the Belgian-born-and-now-Los-Angeles-based drummer a happy 45th birthday. He wrote: "Happy birthday to my drummer extraordinaire, Dirk Verbeuren! You are a powerhouse and your drumming on the new record is exceptional. Have a great ...

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BENEDICTION Singer's 'Serious Health Problems' Force Postponement Of South American Tour

BENEDICTION's previously announced South American tour has been postponed as a result of "serious health problems" suffered by vocalist Dave Ingram. The long-running Birmingham, U.K.-based extreme metallers announced the cancelation in a social media post earlier today. They wrote: "Due to serious health problems suffered by vocalist Dave Ingram, the upcoming BENEDICTION tour of Latin ...

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MOONSPELL Drummer Says His Band Helped Create Goth Metal With 1996's 'Irreligious' Album

Charlene from Austria's Metal Underground conducted an interview with drummer Miguel Gaspar of Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL prior to the band's November 21 show at SimmCity in Vienna, Austria. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On MOONSPELL's ever-changing style and thirst for experimentation: Miguel: ...

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SATYRICON Bassist ANDERS ODDEN Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

Norwegian heavy metal musician Anders Odden is preparing to undergo surgery for colon cancer. The procedure, which is scheduled for next Monday (January 6), is expected to remove the malignant tumors and any nearby lymph nodes. Odden, the co-founder and guitarist of the death metal band CADAVER and the bass player for the legendary black ...

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BLACK BREATH Drummer Pays Tribute To Bassist ELIJAH NELSON: 'His Kindness, Generosity And Beauty Cannot Be Overstated'

Seattle death metal band BLACK BREATH has thanked fans for their support following the passing of the band's bassist, Elijah Nelson (pictured). Late last night, BLACK BREATH drummer Jamie Byrum took to the group's social media to write :"As some of you may already know, our brother and bassist Elijah Skye Nelson passed away on ...

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