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MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Is 'Happy' To Get Questions About Why He Doesn't Growl On OPETH Albums Anymore

In a recent question-and-answer session posted on the YouTube channel of Nuclear Blast Records, OPETH mastermind Mikael Åkerfeldt was asked how annoying it is for him to constantly get questions about his decision to drop the "growling" vocals from the band's albums. He responded (see video below): "Well, it's not annoying. I get that question ...

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Former MORBID ANGEL Guitarist RICHARD BRUNELLE Dead At 55

Former MORBID ANGEL guitarist Richard Brunelle has died, his family has confirmed. He passed away on Monday, September 23 at the age of 55. The news of Richard's death was broken by his sister-in-law Megan Box-Brunnele. She wrote on Facebook: "This is Richie's sister-in-law. This devastating post is at the request of my husband and ...

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WARBRINGER Premieres Explosive New Single 'Firepower Kills'

Three weeks into the band's ongoing 54-shows-in-54-days co-headlining tour with ENFORCER, Los Angeles-based thrash quintet WARBRINGER has released a new single, "Firepower Kills". The song can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms. A lyric video — created by Hannah Left Wright of Shadowborn Group — can be seen below. "Firepower Kills" ...

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ABBATH Releases Music Video For 'Hecate'

Norwegian black metal titans ABBATH, the solo project of former IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name Olve Eikemo), have released the official music video for the song "Hecate", taken from the band's latest full length, "Outstrider". The clip was shot by Francisco Munoz and can be seen below. The video release comes ahead of ABBATH's North ...

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DESTRUCTION Frontman On RALPH SANTOLLA: 'He Was One Of The First Really Skilled Lead Players In Death Metal'

Andrew McKaysmith of the "Scars And Guitars" podcast recently conducted an interview with frontman Schmier of German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET) . On new second guitarist Damir Eskić: Schmier: "Damir, he's been a friend of the band. We met some years ...

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Reunited MASSACRE Signs With U.K.'s UNITED TALENT AGENCY

Resurrected Florida death metal veterans MASSACRE have been added to the roster of U.K.'s United Talent Agency, under the representation of Ben Ward for all territories (excluding North America). The current lineup of the band features three-fourths of the original team that is responsible for the classic death metal material that became the album "From ...

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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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ATHEIST's KELLY SHAEFER Says Legendary Death Metal Producer SCOTT BURNS 'Was A True Pioneer'

One of the men credited for bringing clarity to early 1990s death metal album recordings was Tampa, Florida-based producer/engineer Scott Burns. Working out of Morrisound Recordings, Burns became the go-to guy for death metal album production, handling the seminal works of ATHEIST, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CYNIC, DEATH, DEICIDE, OBITUARY and SEPULTURA, just to name a few. ...

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OBITUARY To Tour North America With ABBATH

Florida death metal legends OBITUARY will embark on a North American headlining tour in the fall. Support on the 24-date trek will come from ABBATH, MIDNIGHT and DEVIL MASTER. The tour will kick off on September 27 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and end on October 25 in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets will go on sale on ...

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SHOCK NARCOTIC Feat. Former THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Members: Debut Album Due In August

Detroit grind ensemble SHOCK NARCOTIC will release its debut full-length, "I Have Seen The Future And It Doesn't Work", on August 16 via Housecore Records. Forged in 2018, SHOCK NARCOTIC features former THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN guitarist Jeff Tuttle, CHILD BITE vocalist Shawn Knight, current SHIT LIFE/former THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER drummer Zach Gibson and ...

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Paradox - NOCTURNUS AD

NOCTURNUS was a unique gem in the fertile Florida death metal scene. Anti-religious and occult thought provided the source inspiration for many Florida death metal acts, while horror movies and real-life gore inspired others. But NOCTURNUS merged a fascination with the occult alongside science fiction themes, something that was unheard of at the time. What's ...

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NOCTURNUS AD To Release 'Paradox' Album In May

NOCTURNUS AD will release its debut album, "Paradox", on May 24 via Profound Lore Records. Resurrected from the ashes of influential death metal band NOCTURNUS, NOCTURNUS AD was initiated by founding mastermind/death metal legend Mike Browning (also co-founder of MORBID ANGEL). His intention? To continue the path laid down 28 years earlier, by the legendary ...

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MAX CAVALERA Says It Was A 'Nightmare' To Relearn Certain Songs From SEPULTURA's 'Beneath The Remains' And 'Arise'

Sticks For Stones conducted an interview with SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY frontman Max Cavalera prior to the short Australian tour where he and brother Igor Cavalera will perform select tracks from SEPULTURA's seminal "Beneath The Remains" and "Arise" albums. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by ...

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The 13th Beast - MALEVOLENT CREATION

Even though CANNIBAL CORPSE is rightfully known as a Florida death metal band, the genre leaders were actually originally from Buffalo, NY. Similarly, the long-running Florida death metal machine MALEVOLENT CREATION had originally migrated from the same city in New York. Connecting the dots on the death metal map may seem like anecdotal metal nerd ...

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SUFFOCATION And BELPHEGOR To Join Forces For European Tour

New York death metal pioneers SUFFOCATION and diabolic death/black commando BELPHEGOR have teamed up for a co-headlining tour across Europe in April 2019. Support will come from GOD DETHRONED, NORDJEVEL and DARKRISE. "Europe Under Black Death Metal Fire Tour" dates: April 04 - D - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik April 05 - D - Essen - ...

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Original MORGOTH Guitarist CARSTEN OTTERBACH Dies After Battle With Multiple Sclerosis

Founding MORGOTH member Carsten Otterbach has died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. The 48-year-old guitarist, who also headed up his own artist management company Direct Management, played on the band's first two EPs, "Resurrection Absurd" (1989) and "The Eternal Fall" (1990), as well as the first three full-length albums, "Cursed" (1991), "Odium" (1993) ...

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HATEBREED Announces 25th-Anniversary Tour For Spring 2019

HATEBREED remains one of the most relevant and impactful acts in the hard rock and metal scenes. The Connecticut band will celebrate 25 years of ruthless breakdowns, pit-stirring anthems, and poignant lyrics across eight albums and consistently sold-out shows in 2019. The band, which has gone from playing basements and backyards to being a featured ...

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PAUL MAZURKIEWICZ Thinks CANNIBAL CORPSE 'Hit The Nail On The Head' With Songwriting On 'Red Before Black'

Finnish webzine Rauta recently conducted an interview with drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz of veteran Floridian death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what has kept CANNIBAL CORPSE going for over 30 years: Paul: "I think we're doing what we've been doing since ...

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SUFFOCATION Vocalist FRANK MULLEN: 'I'd Rather Go Out When I Can Still Do It Than When I Can't'

SUFFOCATION vocalist Frank Mullen recently spoke with Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On how he decided that the upcoming "Death Chopping North America" tour would be his final tour with SUFFOCATION: Frank: "I've been talking about it [for] about ...

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Listen To New HATE ETERNAL Song 'All Hope Destroyed'

"All Hope Destroyed", a new song from Florida-based death metal extremists HATE ETERNAL, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Upon Desolate Sands", which will be released on October 26 via Season Of Mist. The spectacular artwork for the disc was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, ...

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