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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT 'Couldn't Stop Writing' For 'In Cauda Venenum' Album

Metal Wani's Carl Rourke recently conducted an interview with frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish masters of progressive heavy rock OPETH. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the meaning behind their new album title, "In Cauda Venenum", which, when translated to English, means "the worst is ...

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AL PITRELLI Says Late TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Mastermind PAUL O'NEILL Wanted To 'Outdo Himself Every Year'

In a recent interview with Cameron Buchholtz of the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma radio station Rock 100.5 The KATT, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Al Pitrelli discussed whether there is pressure on keeping the holiday rock touring extravaganza "fresh" after over two decades. "I don't know that there's real pressure," he said. "This is what the organization has ...

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BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH Says New OVERKILL Album 'The Wings Of War' Has A 'Certain Kind Of Committed Brutality'

Metal Exhumator conducted an interview with frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash veterans OVERKILL prior to the band's September 15 concert at Le Metronum in Toulouse, France. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what OVERKILL's "next steps" are after the release of this year's ...

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Ex-KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK Joins Horror Icons COURTNEY GAINS And JOHN FRANKLIN On New 'Dreams In The Witch House' Track

On September 23, "Dreams In The Witch House: Penitentiary" was released and offered as a free download through October 31, Halloween. The track's musicians include former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, guitarist Douglas Blair, cello sensation Tina Guo, MOTHER'S FINEST bassist Wyzard and EASY ACTION drummer Björn Höglund. Joining them on vocals ...

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GRAHAM BONNET To Undergo Spinal Surgery

Graham Bonnet will be unable to participate in MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST's U.K. dates in April 2020 because he will be recovering from spinal surgery to alleviate a pinched nerve. Bonnet will still take part in MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST's Japanese shows in March 2020. Graham regrets he is unable to make the U.K. shows and will ...

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MICHAEL GILBERT Says FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Is 'Stronger Than Ever': 'There's Not Going To Be Any Lineup Changes Anymore'

Prior to FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's performance in Toulouse, France on September 15, guitarist Michael Gilbert spoke with Metal Exhumator. The full conversation can seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's European "Killfest Part II" tour with OVERKILL and DESTRUCTION: Michael: "The first half went so well that they said, ...

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CYHRA Feat. Former IN FLAMES, AMARANTHE Members: 'No Halos In Hell' Album Due In November

CYHRA, the band featuring vocalist Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE), guitarist Jesper Strömblad (ex-IN FLAMES), guitarist Euge Valovirta (ex-SHINING) and drummer Alex Landenburg (LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY), will release its second album, "No Halos In Hell", on November 15 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2017's "Letters To Myself" was produced by Jacob Hansen and co-produced by ...

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DRAGONFORCE Guitarist On Group's New Album: 'We Just Threw In Everything, Including The Kitchen Sink'

DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li recently spoke with Valentino Petrarca of WSOU 89.5 FM, the South Orange, New Jersey college radio station of Seton Hall University. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's new album, "Extreme Power Metal": Herman: "This, I believe, really captures the ...

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DREAM THEATER Vocalist Hopes To Release New Solo Album In 2020

DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie recently appeared on the "Hyde Archives" program on the St. Albans, West Virginia radio station Rock 105. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's longevity: James: "We've had a great ride, and we're still going strong. We've been fortunate ...

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Watch SCOTT IAN's 8-Year-Old Son Play Guitar With FOO FIGHTERS

Revel Young Ian, the eight-year-old son of ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, joined the FOO FIGHTERS on stage this past Friday, September 20 at the Bourbon & Beyond festival in Louisville, Kentucky to perform "Everlong" on guitar. Scott shared video footage of the performance on his Instagram, writing in an accompanying message: "Proudest dad moment ever? ...

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JEFF 'MANTAS' DUNN Says He Has 'No Good Memories At All' Of VENOM's 'Possessed' Album

In a recent interview with Jason Saulnier, former VENOM and current VENOM INC. guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn discussed VENOM's 1984 "At War With Satan" studio album and its follow-up, "Possessed", which was the last offering to feature the band's classic lineup of Dunn, vocalist/bassist Conrad "Cronos" Lant and drummer Anthony "Abaddon" Bray before Dunn's departure ...

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SHINEDOWN Singer On Upcoming 'Attention Attention' Film: 'We Want It To Have An Authentic And Very Real Theatrical Release'

SHINEDOWN vocalist Brent Smith recently spoke with Jonathan Clarke of the New York City radio station Q104.3. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether any classic concept albums influenced the band's latest album, the conceptual "Attention Attention": Brent: "Obviously, PINK FLOYD's 'The Wall' is pretty ...

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Ex-FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Drummer On His Erotic Horror Series: 'Whatever Warped Stuff I Could Think Of, I Put On Paper'

Ex-FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer and founding member Jeremy Spencer spoke to Rock Confidential about his latest venture, a new series called "LadyKiller TV". Spencer is creator, executive producer, writer, co-director and actor on the show, which is a collection of eight erotic horror parodies based on iconic horror films and ...

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Love Exchange Failure - WHITE WARD

Black metal went weird a long time ago, but few bands have been so willfully irresponsible with the genre's core values as WHITE WARD. "Love Exchange Failure" is the band's second album, but it sounds like the mature and meticulous work of instinctive originals. Strap yourself in and prepare to be enjoyably freaked out. The ...

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