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SAXON: Drum Tracks Laid Down For 23rd Studio Album

SAXON's Nigel Glockler has finished laying down drum tracks for the band's 23rd studio album. According to singer Biff Byford, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt will soon "start doing guitars" with producer Andy Sneap. Byford checked in via video message on his Twitter account — his third since undergoing an emergency triple bypass surgery last ...

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Absolute - KUBLAI KHAN

KUBLAI KHAN has been kicking and screaming for nearly a decade now, but the unit's increasing profile sees them garnering significant attention and praise as of late. The band continues to forward a decidedly modern style that falls somewhere in between the realm of metallic hardcore, metalcore and extreme heavy metal on its fourth full-length ...

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GEOFF TATE Joined By Professional Opera Singer MICHELLE LAJEUNESSE For 'Suite Sister Mary' Performance In Portland (Video)

Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate was joined by professional opera singer Michelle Lajeunesse on stage on October 10 at the Star Theater in Portland, Oregon to perform the band's classic song "Suite Sister Mary". Video footage of her appearance can be seen below. Tate is still celebrating the 30th anniversary of QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime" album ...

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NIGHTWISH To Release 'Decades: Live In Buenos Aires' In December

Finnish/Dutch/British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release "Decades: Live In Buenos Aires" on December 6 as a Blu-ray digibook, 2CD digipak, Blu-ray+2CD earbook and 3LP via Nuclear Blast. The set was recorded on September 30, 2018 at Estadio Malvinas in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the "Decades" tour in support of the band's compilation album of the ...

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SAXON Begins Recording 23rd Studio Album

Biff Byford has confirmed that SAXON has commenced work on its 23rd studio album. The singer checked in via video message on his Twitter account — his first since undergoing an emergency triple bypass surgery last month. "I want to thank everybody for the brilliant messages you've sent," he said. "Brilliant. Thank you very much. ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Cancels Shows To Focus On New Studio Album

British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have announced the cancelation of three European shows, as well as a concert in Tel Aviv, "due to time restraints concerning writing and pre-production" for the band's upcoming album. CRADLE OF FILTH said in a statement: "Having played literally all over the world this year, it is unfortunate that ...

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Listen To New THE DARKNESS Song 'Live 'Till I Die'

British rockers THE DARKNESS have released another new song, titled "Live 'Till I Die". The track is taken from the band's forthcoming quasi-sci-fi concept album, "Easter Is Cancelled", which is due out on October 4 via Cooking Vinyl. Frontman Justin Hawkins spoke to Planet Rock about the concept for the cover artwork for "Easter Is ...

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DYING FETUS Song Featured In 'South Park' Episode

The DYING FETUS track "Second Skin" was featured on "South Park"'s new episode, "Band In China", last night. "Band In China", the second episode of the 23rd season of "South Park", mocks how Hollywood, specifically Disney, shapes film, TV and music to avoid Chinese censors in order to have art shown in the country. In ...

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LAMB OF GOD's 'Sacrament' Certified Gold In U.S.

LAMB OF GOD's 2006 album "Sacrament" was certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) on September 27 for sales in excess of half a million copies. The RIAA developed its gold and platinum awards program in 1958 to honor artists and create a standard by which to measure the commercial success of ...

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Watch GEOFF TATE Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of 'Operation: Mindcrime' In Santa Clarita, California

Fan-filmed video footage of Geoff Tate's September 27 performance at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, California can be seen below. Geoff has spent the last couple of years celebrating the 30th anniversary of QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime" album by performing the LP in its entirety on European and U.S. tours. In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE ...

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SAXON Frontman Recovering From Triple Bypass Surgery

SAXON frontman Biff Byford is recovering after undergoing an emergency triple bypass surgery on Monday, September 23. A heart bypass surgery, or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, is used to improve blood flow to the heart. A surgeon uses blood vessels taken from another area of the body to bypass the damaged arteries. The ...

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THE DARKNESS: 'Easter Is Cancelled' Artwork Banned By Certain Platforms For Its Religious Connotations

British rockers THE DARKNESS have released the title track of their forthcoming quasi-sci-fi concept album "Easter Is Cancelled", due out on October 4 via Cooking Vinyl. "Easter Is Cancelled" gives a taste of what to expect from the band's most diverse album yet. The song features almighty guitar solos and riffs, delicate acoustic touches, highflying ...

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Evolution - KOBRA AND THE LOTUS

Standard bearers for hard work and determination, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have taken a decade to finally reach a level of success and acclaim that their early potential hinted at. Their first efforts for Napalm Records, "Prevail I" and "II", emerged in 2017 and 2018 and showcased a greatly improved band with fistfuls of great ...

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Video Premiere: THE DARKNESS's 'Heart Explodes'

The official music video for "Heart Explodes", a brand new song from British rockers THE DARKNESS, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album "Easter Is Cancelled", which will be released on October 4 through Cooking Vinyl. "Heart Explodes" is an almighty mini-rock opera, which finds THE DARKNESS baring all ...

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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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HAMMERFALL's JOACIM CANS: 'No One Expected An Album Like 'Glory To The Brave' In 1997'

Power metal was considered outdated when HAMMERFALL released its "Glory To The Brave" debut in 1997. Save for BLIND GUARDIAN, very few power metal acts actually increased in popularity throughout the decade, with the style's pioneering band, HELLOWEEN, struggling to regain footing after lineup changes, and alternative and grunge music taking precedence, effectively pushing out ...

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M.E.T.A.L. - FREEDOM CALL

There are few things in music worse than a power metal band that puts in a half-hearted effort. Dozens of record store discount bins and single-digit viewed Bandcamp pages are loaded with album covers promising over-the-top metallic tales of adventure, mythology and epic battles, only to disappoint with a perfectly competent yet sparkless work of ...

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SAXON's PAUL QUINN: 'It Feels Great To Be Relevant Still'

Currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of its debut self-titled studio album, SAXON continues to be one of metal's most reliable bands, with 22 albums now to its credit as well as countless tours and festival appearances. While the band's age and wear-and-tear from the road would suggest SAXON should be slowing down, guitarist Paul Quinn ...

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THE DARKNESS: Making Of 'Rock And Roll Deserves To Die' Video

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the video for the song "Rock And Roll Deserves To Die" from British rockers THE DARKNESS can be seen below. The clip was created by the music and video production company Sitcom Soldiers. The song is taken from the band's band's upcoming album "Easter Is Cancelled", due out on ...

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DEMONS & WIZARDS Feat. JON SCHAFFER And HANSI KÜRSCH: Pro-Shot Video Of 'The Gunslinger' Performance From WACKEN OPEN AIR

Professionally filmed video footage of DEMONS & WIZARDS, the side project of ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer and BLIND GUARDIAN singer Hansi Kürsch, performing the song "The Gunslinger" earlier this month at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below. "What an insane roller-coaster ride. This clip is a great legacy ...

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