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HALESTORM Is Working On 'Fresh And Weird' New Music

HALESTORM appears to have resumed the songwriting process for its next album. On Wednesday night (March 4), guitarist Joe Hottinger shared a photo of frontwoman Lzzy Hale playing guitar and included the following caption: "The writing rocket has finally lifted off. The music is feeling fresh and weird. I love it. I can't wait for ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Drummer Slams BERNIE SANDERS As A 'Hypocrite'

SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan has slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders as a "hypocrite" after the Democratic presidential candidate rolled out a plan under which the federal government would make child care and pre-kindergarten available to all American families, with no tuition or fees. On Tuesday (February 25), Dolmayan shared a photo of Sanders ...

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MEGADETH, ANTHRAX And VENOM ReAction Figures Coming From Super7

Super7 showed off prototypes and production samples for upcoming heavy metal ReAction figures for the first time at this year's Toy Fair in New York. The prototypes include MEGADETH's mascot Vic Rattlehead, the demon from the cover of VENOM's "Black Metal" album, and the person who is featured on the cover of ANTHRAX's "Among The ...

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MIKE PORTNOY Praises OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Surprisingly Great' New Album 'Ordinary Man'

Former DREAM THEATER and current SONS OF APOLLO drummer Mike Portnoy has praised Ozzy Osbourne's new album, "Ordinary Man", calling it a "surprisingly great" effort with "some seriously poignant introspective life reflections." Earlier today, Portnoy took to his Instagram to share the "Ordinary Man" album cover and he included the following message: "In all honesty, ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Is 'Completely Blown Away' By Opportunity To Perform At PETER GREEN Tribute Concert

On February 25, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform at an all-star tribute concert to FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Peter Green at the London Palladium. The event, which is being curated by Green's fellow FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Mick Fleetwood, will feature additional appearances by Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine ...

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RATT Performs As Four-Piece In Oklahoma Following Departure Of Guitarist CHRIS SANDERS: Video, Photos

RATT played as a four-piece in Oklahoma following the departure of guitarist Chris Sanders. Singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier, drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE, RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER) and guitarist Jordan Ziff (RAZER) took the stage last night (Saturday, February 22) at Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton without a replacement for Sanders, who confirmed ...

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STRYPER Frontman's Cigar Photo Draws Ire Of Some Christian Fans

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has pushed back against criticism over a photo he posted on social media. On Monday (February 17), Sweet took to his Instagram to share a picture of him and STRYPER bassist Perry Richardson smoking cigars, along with the following caption: "We're enjoying a long overdue day off and celebrating @pastforpresent birthday ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT To Battle MRS. SMITH In Live Guitar 'Cry Baby Battle Royale' Wah-Off

Kirk Hammett's long-professed his love of the wah-wah pedal will be challenged by Mrs. Smith, the guitar virtuoso alter-ego of actor-musician David Hanbury, at the "Cry Baby Battle Royale" on March 8 at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina. The event will also include a performance by the METALLICA guitarist's THE WEDDING BAND covers project, ...

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EXODUS, TESTAMENT And DEATH ANGEL Are 'Extremely Lucky' After Surviving 'Terrifying' Sweden-Finland Ferry Ride

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt says that he and his bandmates are "extremely lucky" to have survived a ferry ride between Sweden and Finland Sunday night after Storm Ciara battered northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains. The San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends, who are currently taking part in "The Bay Strikes Back" ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Singer JESSE LEACH Collaborates With Girlfriend On Dubstep/EDM Song

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach has collaborated with his girlfriend, Philia Porphyra, on a dubstep/EDM/industrial song called "Luminescent Dreams". Check it out below. She stated about the track: "[Jesse] and I have been talking about making dubstep/EDM/industrial music since we first met. It feels so good to finally say that we've created our first song ...

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