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STRESSBALL Guitarist LENNON LAVIOLETTE Dies At 50

Lennon Laviolette, guitarist of New Orleans band STRESSBALL, passed away at age 50 from complications from health issues involving his liver and kidneys (not COVID-19). STRESSBALL's self-titled album was released in 1993 through Pavement Music. Along with labelmates CROWBAR, they were part of the blossoming New Orleans scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...

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EXHORDER's KYLE THOMAS: 'To Have Another Opportunity To Do It Again At This Level Is Definitely A Blessing'

In a recent interview with Gabriel Gignac, frontman Kyle Thomas of New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER discussed the reasoning behind the long period of inactivity between studio albums before the release of last year's "Mourn The Southern Skies". Although EXHORDER had several reformations since its original dissolution in 1994, the band had long failed ...

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EXHORDER Parts Ways With Founding Guitarist VINNIE LABELLA

New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER have parted ways with founding guitarist Vinnie LaBella. The remaining members of the group have issued a statement saying that they will fulfill their "touring and recording obligations for 2020 and beyond." "EXHORDER and guitarist Vinnie LaBella have mutually agreed to part ways," the statement reads. "We wish the ...

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Listen To EXHORDER's New Single 'The Man That Never Was'

Just days away from kicking off their U.S. tour with OVERKILL, thrash metal legends EXHORDER have debuted a brand-new single "The Man That Never Was". The groove-laden, face-melter was recorded during the sessions for the band's recently released album, "Mourn The Southern Skies", their first in nearly three decades. Fans can stream the track now ...

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MICHAEL SWEET And TONY HARNELL To Team Up For 'Tour 1987' In May

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet and former TNT singer Tony Harnell will join forces for the "Tour 1987" in May. Sweet said: "I'm excited to officially announce that I'm going on tour this spring, full-band electric, with my good friend Tony Harnell, and special guest Moriah Formica! Our first round of dates are listed below. More ...

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TROUBLE's Next Album Will Be 'Heavier Than Ever'

Hammerheart Records has partnered with TROUBLE to re-release the legendary doom legends' entire musical catalog, in addition to their upcoming album. This partnership that will see the distribution of the band's entire library of music that spans over three decades. "We are very excited to be partnering with Hammerheart Records and joining their roster of ...

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OVERKILL Announces 'Wings Over USA' 2020 Tour With EXHORDER

Legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL have announced the "Wings Over USA" 2020 tour. Kicking off on February 26 at the House of Blues of Anaheim, the 17-date trek, which will feature special guests EXHORDER and HYDRAFORM, will make stops in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Atlanta before concluding in New Jersey. The final date will ...

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Return Fire - RETURN FIRE

They say that history is written by the victors. In heavy metal, history tends to be written — or at least made — by singers and guitarists, which means that people like Joe Nuñez tend to remain unsung heroes, with glittering resumes but little in the way of individual acclaim. You will, of course, be ...

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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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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET: Lyric Video For Solo Song 'Shine'

The official lyric video for the song "Shine" from STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet can be seen below. The track is taken from his tenth solo album, aptly titled "Ten", which will be released on October 11 via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music Srl in Europe. The follow-up to 2016's "One Sided ...

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EXHORDER Members Discuss New Single 'Hallowed Sound' (Video)

A three-minute video in which the members of EXHORDER discuss their latest single, "Hallowed Sound", can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's first album in 27 years, "Mourn The Southern Skies", which will be released on September 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band now features founding members Vinnie La Bella ...

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Listen To New EXHORDER Song 'Hallowed Sound'

"Hallowed Sound", a brand new song from New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's first album in 27 years, "Mourn The Southern Skies", which will be released on September 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band now features founding members Vinnie La Bella (guitar) and ...

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EXHORDER Members Discuss Songwriting In New Trailer For 'Mourn The Southern Skies' Album

New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER will release their first album in 27 years, "Mourn The Southern Skies", on September 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band now features founding members Vinnie La Bella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ...

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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Talks 'Social Media Wars'

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet recently spoke to "The Herman Show" about the lyrical inspiration for "One Sided War", the title track of his 2016 solo album. He said (hear audio below): "I've been writing songs lately based on the social media wars and words that are exchanged and how people are on social media. Everybody's ...

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EXHORDER To Release 'Mourn The Southern Skies' Album In September; 'My Time' Single Now Available

New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER will release their first album in 27 years, "Mourn The Southern Skies", on September 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band now features founding members Vinnie La Bella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ...

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KATAKLYSM EXHORDER, KRISIUN And HATCHET: Summer/Fall 2019 North American Tour Dates Announced

Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers KATAKLYSM will kick off their "Meditations Over North America 2019" tour on September 4 in Joliet, Illinois. The 21-date trek will make stops Portland, Dallas and Baltimore before concluding in Worcester on September 26. Joining the band as special guests will be thrash legends EXHORDER, death metal kings KRISIUN ...

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EXHORDER Completes Work On First Album In Nearly Three Decades

New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER have completed work on their third album for a late 2019 release via Nuclear Blast. The long-awaited follow-up to 1992's "The Law" was recorded at OCD Studios in Metairie, Louisiana with producer Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Jens Bogren (AMON AMARTH, OPETH, SEPULTURA) at Fascination Street Studios in ...

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