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Ex-MACHINE HEAD Guitarist PHIL DEMMEL Apologizes For Social Media Comments About His Former Band

Ex-MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel has apologized for letting his former bandmates' comments about his contributions to "The Blackening" album "get the best" of him. In a March 26 e-mail blast to its mailing list, MACHINE HEAD celebrated the 13th anniversary of "The Blackening" by stating the following, in part, about the LP: "While ex-guitarist ...

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GRAHAM BONNET Says RUSH Was 'The Most Incredible Band Ever'

In a recent interview with "The Blairing Out With Eric Show", legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) spoke about the passing of iconic RUSH drummer Neil Peart. Asked what kind of influence RUSH had on his life, Graham said (see video below): "On my life, not very much. But I love the ...

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Watch NAGLFAR's Music Video For 'Vortex Of Negativity'

The official music video for "Vortex Of Negativity" from Umeå, Sweden's black metal nihilists NAGLFAR can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's seventh full-length album, "Cerecloth", which will be released on May 8 via Century Media Records. NAGLFAR comments: "Here it is: Our second video, 'Vortex Of Negativity', from our upcoming ...

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RUSH: 'Permanent Waves' 40th-Anniversary Expanded Reissue Pushed Back To May; Complete Details Revealed

On May 29, UMe/Mercury/Anthem label group continues its extensive RUSH 40th-anniversary album series with a new, imagination-capturing expanded edition of all the magic music that comprises the band's remarkable 1980 release, "Permanent Waves". "Permanent Waves", RUSH's seventh studio album, was originally released in January 1980, and its forward-thinking music signalled a new direction for the ...

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U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival Is Officially Canceled

The 2020 edition of the U.K.'s Download festival has officially been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe. The event was set to take place on June 12-14 at Castle Donington, with headlining performances by IRON MAIDEN, KISS and SYSTEM OF A DOWN. The festival organizers announced the cancelation in ...

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ENSLAVED To Perform At Online Music Festival Next Week

Norwegian metal avant-gardists ENSLAVED will perform at the Verftet Online Music Festival in Bergen, Norway on April 1. The online event will be streamed via BT.no and YouTube. The band states: "When the old Bergen ring-fox Mikal Telle asked us to join his and local venue USF's fantastic initiative that is this festival, we pretty ...

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BAD RELIGION And REFUSED Members Join Forces In FAKE NAMES: Debut Album Due In May

Punk rock supergroup FAKE NAMES — which includes Brian Baker (MINOR THREAT, DAG NASTY, BAD RELIGION), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., EMBRACE, ONE LAST WISH), Dennis Lyxzén (REFUSED, INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY, INVSN), and Johnny Temple (GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, SOULSIDE) — will release its self-titled debut record on May 8 via Epitaph. FAKE NAMES was formed in early ...

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Fifth And Final Product Delivery In METALLICA-Inspired Collection From BILLABONG LAB Now Available

Billabong LAB has announced the fifth and final product delivery in the Billabong x Metallica 2019-2020 Collection of menswear. Titled "...And Justice For All", this latest selection of apparel is inspired by METALLICA's fourth studio album and features previously unreleased concept art by boardsports-affiliated artist Pushead in a limited release of cross-branded surf trunks, T-shirts, ...

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THE ACACIA STRAIN Releases 'E' Seven-Inch And Digital Single

New England metal titans THE ACACIA STRAIN have just dropped "E", a new seven-inch and digital release, through Rise Records. It features two tracks — "Solace And Serenity" and "The Lucid Dream". The latter track features vocalist Jess Nyx of MORTALITY RATE. "I've been a fan of Jess since JUDICIARY introduced me to her voice, ...

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Coronavirus: Death Metal Guitarist Plays SLAYER's 'Raining Blood' From Balcony As Italy Stays Under Lockdown

In recent days, a number of videos have gone viral of Italian citizens singing or playing music in solidarity as a growing reaction to the coronavirus lockdown in the country. The clips usually show residents of apartment buildings and tower blocks singing or playing instruments from their balconies in an effort to entertain each other ...

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VAN HALEN Producer TED TEMPLEMAN To Release Memoir In April

ECW Press has set an April 21 release date for "A Platinum Producer's Life In Music", the new memoir from legendary music producer Ted Templeman. Crafting smash hits with VAN HALEN, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, Nicolette Larson and VAN MORRISON, Templeman changed the course of rock history This autobiography — as told to Greg Renoff — ...

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EVANESCENCE And WITHIN TEMPTATION Postpone European Tour

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of current events, EVANESCENCE and WITHIN TEMPTATION have been forced to postpone their massive co-headline European tour. The "Worlds Collide" trek, which was due to kick off in Brussels on April 4, will now move to later this year. Specific information dates for the rescheduled shows will be available ...

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OVERKILL Singer BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH Doesn't Have A Problem With BOBBY GUSTAFSON: 'He Has A Problem With Me'

OVERKILL singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth says that he doesn't have a problem with the band's former guitarist Bobby Gustafson. Gustafson joined OVERKILL in 1982 and played on the band first four albums — "Feel The Fire" (1985), "Taking Over" (1987), "Under The Influence" (1988) and "The Years Of Decay" (1989) — before being shown the ...

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MAGNUM Won't Cancel European Tour: 'F**k Coronavirus'

British rock icons MAGNUM have vowed to play all the scheduled shows on their previously announced European tour despite coronavirus concerns. Earlier today, the band issued the following statement via social media: "A statement regarding the impact of Covid-19 on the forthcoming tour. "Let's get this right out there: "The band are NOT going to ...

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Video Premiere: OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Ordinary Man'

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne has released the official music video for "Ordinary Man", the title track of his new album. In the clip, directed by Stephen Lee Carr and produced by Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Peter Glowski, R. Greg Johnston and Stephen Lee Carr, Ozzy ...

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THUNDERSTICK Feat. Former SAMSON And IRON MAIDEN Drummer: 'Something Wicked This Way Came' Live Album Due This Month

British drummer Barry Graham Purkis, better known as Thunderstick, who played with a developing IRON MAIDEN in the seventies and then moved on to SAMSON (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson), will release the first official live album from his eponymously named band on March 20 via Roulette Records. Purkis states: "I ...

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