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NICKO MCBRAIN On Joining IRON MAIDEN In 1982: 'I Was In The Right Place At The Right Time'

Tapped to replace Clive Burr in 1982 after touring activities for "Number Of The Beast" concluded, drummer Nicko McBrain brought a degree of finesse and technicality that was largely missing from IRON MAIDEN's early output. Whereas Burr was often lauded for his heavy-handed, punk-oriented style, McBrain was largely the opposite, playing with a degree of ...

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EMPEROR's IHSAHN Says BEHEMOTH Puts On A Show That Is 'Everything We Could Have Dreamed Of In '93'

Prior to EMPEROR's performance at the recent French festival Hellfest, vocalist Ihsahn spoke with Jorge Fretes of Spain's GoetiaMedia.com. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether, given the fact that the group hasn't recorded an album since 2001, he considers EMPEROR to be ...

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SLIPKNOT Announces Cities For 2020 European Tour

SLIPKNOT will embark on a European tour next year in support of its new album, "We Are Not Your Kind". The band, which recently played a month's worth of European festival dates and headline shows, has released a list of the cities where it will perform in 2020, with more information to be made available ...

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BLACK SABBATH To Release 'Vinyl Collection' With Bonus Rarities

When Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward formed BLACK SABBATH in 1968, the quartet conjured a primal sound that was heavier, louder and more menacing than anything that had come before. The band recorded a series of metal masterpieces in the '70s that became the blueprint for heavy music and influenced generations ...

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SHINEDOWN Already Has 'Some' Ideas For Next Album

SHINEDOWN singer Brent Smith says that he and his bandmates have already done "some" songwriting for the follow-up to last year's "Attention Attention" album. Asked by Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station if he is contantly working on new music and song ideas, Smith said (hear audio below): "I still do have what I call ...

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METALLICA: 'Kill 'Em All', 'Ride The Lightning', 'Master Of Puppets' And '…And Justice For All' Jigsaw Puzzles Due In September

The iconic art of some of metal's most influential and highly regarded albums will be presented in puzzle form for the first time ever. U.K.'s Zee Productions will release the first four classic METALLICA album covers as 500-piece jigsaws: "Kill 'Em All", "Ride The Lightning", "Master Of Puppets" and "…And Justice For All" will be ...

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COLD Announces First U.S. Tour In Over Eight Years

In support of their forthcoming Napalm Records debut, "The Things We Can't Stop", alternative rockers COLD will hit the road late this summer and into early fall. Dubbed the "Broken Human Tour", the band's first trek in over eight years kicks off August 29 in Teaneck, New Jersey and runs through October 20 in Lexington, ...

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BIFF BYFORD: Why SAXON Never Made It Big In America

Biff Byford has explained why he believes SAXON never achieved the same kind of commercial success in America as fellow British bands IRON MAIDEN and DEF LEPPARD. Although SAXON is widely recognized as one of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal's pioneering exponents, the band has failed to mirror its European success in the U.S. ...

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BAD RELIGION Announces Fall 2019 U.S. Tour

Punk rock legends BAD RELIGION will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in September. The trek will kick off on September 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and wrap on October 8-9 with a two-night stand in Santa Ana, California. Tour dates: Sep. 17 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Sep. 18 - St. Petersburg, FL ...

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SAXON's BIFF BYFORD: 'We're Still Making Great Metal Albums'

"Bods Mayhem Hour" recently conducted an interview with vocalist Biff Byford of British metal legends SAXON. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what SAXON's expectations were upon the release of the band's 1979 self-titled debut album: Biff: "[When] the first album came out, we were ...

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AMON AMARTH Guitarist: 'We Always Try To Make The Next Album A Little Better Than The Previous One'

Prior to AMON AMARTH's June 11 performance in Bratislava, Slovakia, guitarist Johan Söderberg spoke with Rocker.sk. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's latest album, "Berserker": Johan: "The inspiration was, 'We're going to make the best songs we can.' That's usually always ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Singer On 'Atonement' Album: 'It's Musically The Most Diverse Record We've Done As A Band'

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Jesse Leach recently spoke with United Rock Nations. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's forthcoming album, "Atonement": Jesse: "I think it's musically the most diverse record we've done as a band, and lyrically, I feel like I really captured different ...

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SLIPKNOT: Official Video Recap Of European Tour

A three-minute official video recap of SLIPKNOT's just-completed European tour can be seen below. SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor recently spoke to BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter" about the band's new live show, which received its world premiere on June 7 at Rockfest in Hyvinkää, Finland. "It's been really good," he said. ...

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BUCKCHERRY Announces Leg 3 Of North American 'Warpaint' Tour

California rockers BUCKCHERRY have announced the final 16 shows of the North American portion of their 2019 "Warpaint" tour. The trek, which started on March 5, will total 118 North American cities once it concludes on September 26. Following the U.S shows, BUCKCHERRY will perform shows in Australia, Japan, and the U.K. Supporting BUCKCHERRY on ...

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Listen To New OBITUARY Song 'A Dying World'

"Adult Swim Singles" has teamed with death metal progenitors OBITUARY for the 47th installment of the current program. "A Dying World" is the first new song from the massively influential quintet since its self-titled tenth album's release by Relapse Records. The standalone new single couples its infectious main riff with a ferocious dose of hardcore ...

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FERNANDO RIBEIRO On MOONSPELL: 'I Don't Know If The Future Is Dark Or Not, But It's Also Not Bright'

Loud TV conducted an interview with frontman Fernando Ribeiro of Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL at this year's Hellfest in Clisson, France. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the songs from 2017's "1755" are more "symphonic" and "theatrical" onstage: Fernando: "Yeah, I think with the ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer MIKE MANGINI On 'Distance Over Time' Album: 'Everybody Was On The Same Page'

Prior to DREAM THEATER's performance at this year's Download festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, drummer Mike Mangini spoke with Heavy TV. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his contributions to the group's latest album, "Distance Over Time": Mike: "It's great to ...

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