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SODOM Recruits Drummer TONI MERKEL

German thrash metal veterans SODOM have recruited Toni Merkel as their new drummer. He joins the band as the replacement for Stefan "Husky" Hüskens, who announced his departure from SODOM earlier in the month. Says the group: "Flying under the radar for a long time, it's a dream coming true for [Toni]. Brace yourself to ...

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C'est La Vie - NOVELISTS FR

Call it djent, call it tech-metal, call it whatever the hell you want at this point: there's still a huge amount of this stuff around, isn't there? And whether you can't get enough of it or feel that this proudly state-of-the-art subgenre has long since run out of gas, NOVELISTS FR seem to have found ...

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Rebirth by Blasphemy - MIDNIGHT

You know exactly where you stand with the music of MIDNIGHT. Since giving the whole notion of old-school metal a resounding kick up the backside with their early demos and 2006's "Complete and Total Fucking Midnight" comp, Athenar's one-man mission to make metal filthy and hard as nails again has been an absolute joy to ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Weighs In On MOTÖRHEAD And THIN LIZZY's Exclusion From ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has expressed his disappointment over the fact that MOTÖRHEAD has yet to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Eligible since 2002, the Lemmy-fronted outfit was on the ballot for the class of 2020 but failed to receive enough votes. During a career-spanning interview on Dean Delray's "Let ...

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LAST IN LINE Begins Recording Third Album

LAST IN LINE has entered Steakhous studio in North Hollywood, California to begin recording its third album. The follow-up to last year's "II" is tentatively due before the end of the year via an as-yet-undisclosed record label. Speaking to Heavy New York at last weekend's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, frontman ...

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NIGHTWISH Becomes First Band Ever To Be Given Permission To Hold Shoot At London's Natural History Museum

During the making of NIGHTWISH's ninth studio album, "Human. :II: Nature.", the Finland-based symphonic metallers became the first band ever to be given permission to hold a shoot at the Natural History Museum in London, England. NIGHTWISH said: "We had 4 hours all to ourselves in this majestic building. A rare privilege!" The Natural History ...

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MASTODON's TROY SANDERS Says His First Show As Bassist For THIN LIZZY Felt 'Like A Dream'

Troy Sanders from Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON played bass for iconic rockers THIN LIZZY during their summer 2019 run of European festival appearances to commemorate 50 years since the formation of the original band and 40 years since the release of the seminal "Black Rose" album. Sanders joined guitarist Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton on keyboards, ...

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ALTER BRIDGE Releases 'Godspeed' Lyric Video

ALTER BRIDGE has released the official lyric video for the song "Godspeed". The track — described as an uplifting musical memorial for anyone who has lost someone — is taken from the band's latest album, "Walk The Sky", which was released in October via Napalm Records. According to a press release, the 14-track follow-up to ...

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Video Premiere: IN THIS MOMENT's 'The In-Between'

IN THIS MOMENT will release its seventh album, "Mother", on March 27 via Roadrunner/Atlantic. Today, the band has shared the video for first single "The In-Between", a sonically gorgeous labyrinth of sound steered by frontwoman Maria Brink's beguiling vocals, which swirl around guitarist Chris Howorth's heavier-than-granite riffing. "Mother" was once again recorded at The Hideout ...

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SCORPIONS Singer KLAUS MEINE: 'No More Farewell Tours'

In a brand new interview with "The Rick Lewis Show" on 103.5 The Fox radio station, SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine once again assured fans that there is no more talk of retirement, as there was back in 2010 with what was purported to be a final album and a farewell tour that never quite took ...

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Watch NITA STRAUSS Shred At This Year's NAMM

Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, was was again in attendance at this year's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California for the launch of the latest additions to the Ibanez Nita Strauss signature JIVA family: the new JIVA X, JIVA10 and JIVA Junior models. Video footage of Strauss shredding the ...

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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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Former CHILDREN OF BODOM Bassist Joins MOON SHOT

Former CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henri "Henkka T. Blacksmith" Seppälä has joined a brand new Finnish rock band called MOON SHOT. Completing the group's lineup are vocalist Ville Malja (LAPKO), guitarist Jussi Ylikoski and drummer Mikko Hakila (DISCO ENSEMBLE). Seppälä announced his latest project in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "Dearest COB-fans, ...

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IN FLAMES Announces Spring 2020 European Tour

Swedish metallers IN FLAMES will embark on a European headlining tour this spring. The band is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "I, The Mask", which was released in March 2019 via Nuclear Blast (worldwide, excluding North America) and Eleven Seven Music (North America). The 12-track disc reunited IN FLAMES with Grammy-nominated ...

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Video Premiere: STABBING WESTWARD's 'Cold'

Industrial rockers STABBING WESTWARD have released the official music video for "Cold", from their first collection of new music since 2001. The "Dead & Gone" EP was made available on January 3 and it contains three brand new songs ("Dead & Gone", "Cold" and "Crawl") and two remixes ("Dead & Gone" and "Crawl"). STABBING WESTWARD ...

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