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Is METALLICA The Biggest Band In The World?

According to the music industry trade publication Pollstar, METALLICA has sold more than 22 million concert tickets since 1982, grossing more than $1.4 billion in the process. That puts the thrash legends "just behind" U2 in tickets sold, but ahead of rock peers such as AC/DC, GUNS N' ROSES and OZZY ...

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Mourn The Southern Skies - EXHORDER

The next time somebody moans to you about long it takes GUNS 'N' ROSES, METALLICA or TOOL to make a record these days, feel free to remind them that EXHORDER are about to release their first album of new material in 27 years. Admittedly, Vinnie LaBella and Kyle Thomas's seminal crew didn't exist in any ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Members K.K. DOWNING, LES BINKS And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS To Perform Band's Classic Songs At One-Off Concert

Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) will join forces to perform "a full-length set of PRIEST classics" with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson on November 3 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. The one-off show at K.K.'s Steel Mill will feature a full band set from Ellefson's "Sleeping Giants" ...

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OF MICE & MEN Drummer: 'We'll Never Write The Same Song Twice'

In an interview with The Sound Lab at this year's Reading Festival, drummer Valentino Arteaga of California rockers OF MICE & MEN shared how the band's music has developed since its 2009 formation, including on the group's forthcoming sixth studio album, "Earthandsky". The LP will be the second to feature bassist Aaron Pauley as lead ...

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STAIND's MIKE MUSHOK Says JASON NEWSTED Shut Down NEWSTED Project Because 'It Cost Him A Ton'

STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok says that Jason Newsted shut down the NEWSTED band because it "cost him a ton" to keep the project alive. Back in February 2014, Newsted canceled an appearance at Australia's Soundwave festival with NEWSTED, citing "private and personal circumstances." The cancelation followed more than a year of intense touring and promotional ...

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KREATOR Recruits Former DRAGONFORCE Bassist FRÉDÉRIC LECLERCQ

German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have welcomed Frédéric Leclercq as their new bass player. Before joining KREATOR, Leclercq rose to fame with U.K.-based extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE for whom he handled bass duties from 2005 until last month. Commented Leclercq: "Joining KREATOR is an honor as well as a huge step up in my musical ...

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Extreme Power Metal - DRAGONFORCE

It had to happen eventually. Tucked away at the end of "Extreme Power Metal", not so much as an afterthought as a mischievous sting in the tail, is an absolutely hysterical and very, very DRAGONFORCE version of Celine Dion's immortal "My Heart Will Go On". Played at the band's trademark top speed, it's over and ...

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Sunless - PSOTY

Bands will pay the price for picking a shit name. It may have seemed terribly post-modern and in-jokey at the time, but being lumbered with a name like PET SLIMMERS OF THE YEAR was never a smart move. Sensibly, this UK-based post-metal crew have trimmed that unwieldy tag down to the simpler PSOTY: still a ...

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Rapture - BETRAYING THE MARTYRS

Metalcore and deathcore may not be quite as "hip" as they were ten, or even five, years ago, and they have certainly fallen out of favor with many. Yet the styles remain popular worldwide. France's notable export on that front, BETRAYING THE MARTYRS, has garnered praise and maintained attention and momentum by virtue of a ...

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Dawn Of Infinite Fire - ASAGRAUM

It says a lot about the strength of frontwoman Obscura's vision that ASAGRAUM are currently being talked about as major black metal contenders. As much as I'm sure the band don't need a white, middle-aged man to congratulate them for making fantastic music and possessing vaginas at the same time, it would be disingenuous to ...

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Slithering Evisceration - VISCERAL DISGORGE

It's not always obvious why particular bands end up becoming vastly more popular and acclaimed than their peers, particularly within subgenres that seem to abide by relatively strict rules. Brutal death metal has no shortage of heroes at this point, of course, and you only need to check out new albums from the likes of ...

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NAPALM DEATH's BARNEY GREENWAY On Brexit: 'I Think The Whole Thing's Really F**king Stupid'

Prior to NAPALM DEATH's appearance at the recent Motorcultor festival in Saint-Nolff, France, vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway spoke with Metal Mad TV. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what he's been listening to lately: Barney: "Because we've making a NAPALM DEATH album, [THE] YOUNG GODS. ...

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