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PHIL DEMMEL Says VIO-LENCE's Recent Concert 'Turned Out To Be' A COVID-19 'Superspreader Event': 'We All Got Sick'

VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel says that the band's recent concert in California "turned out to be a superspreader event" after which his entire household and some of his bandmates contracted COVID-19. VIO-LENCE's August 6 appearance at Strummer's in Fresno marked the first performance by the band's current lineup, consisting of Demmel, singer Sean Killian and ...

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VIO-LENCE Singer SEAN KILLIAN Hospitalized With COVID-19: 'My Lung Capacity Is Diminished'

Vocalist Sean Killian of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers VIO-LENCE has been hospitalized with COVID-19. The 57-year-old musician, who battled stage four liver cirrhosis five years ago, revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "I entered the hospital Thursday to be treated for Covid. I contracted the virus ...

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OVERKILL's New Album Is Almost Ready For Mixing

OVERKILL bassist D.D. Verni spoke to SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk" about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's new album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We're still recording. The record's done, for the most part, but we're still recording — still some bass, still some vocals, a good amount of ...

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Hear MOTÖRHEAD's 'Ace Of Spades' Played On Church Bells

As the townsfolk of Weert in the south of the Netherlands gathered for the local Torenfestival on July 17, 2021, it is fair to say they did not expect to hear MOTÖRHEAD's iconic, thunderous classic outlaw rock and roll anthem "Ace Of Spades" ringing from the church bells. Yet that is precisely what happened, as ...

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VIO-LENCE Debuts New Song At Fresno Concert (Video)

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE debuted a new song, apparently titled "Upon Their Cross", during their concert this past Friday (August 6) at Strummer's in Fresno, California. The track will appear on the band's upcoming EP, "Let The World Burn", which is due in early 2022 via Metal Blade Records. The effort was ...

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Rockers Pay Tribute To ZZ TOP Bassist DUSTY HILL

Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Stanley (KISS), Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), David Coverdale (WHITESNAKE), Flea (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) and Billy Corgan (SMASHING PUMPKINS) are among the rockers who have reacted on social media to the passing of ZZ TOP bassist Dusty Hill. Hill died in his sleep at home in Houston, Texas, according to ZZ TOP's ...

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EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, HIRAX Members Perform 'A Lesson In Violence' At TOM HUNTING Benefit Concert (Video)

Current and former members of EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, HIRAX and FORBIDDEN performed the EXODUS classic "A Lesson In Violence" with hardcore punk legends THE BONELESS ONES last night (Saturday, July 17) at Holy Diver in Sacramento, California. The event was a benefit for EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting who recently underwent a successful total gastrectomy, less ...

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RAGE Releases Music Video For New Single 'Virginity'

German metallers RAGE will release their new album, "Resurrection Day", on September 17 via SPV/Steamhammer. The official music video for the disc's first single, "Virginity", can be seen below. RAGE fans were overjoyed when in summer 2020 frontman Peavy Wagner presented the group's new lineup featuring two guitarists, announcing a return to the constellation that ...

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OVERKILL Bassist To Release Debut Album From D.D. VERNI & THE CADILLAC BAND

D.D. VERNI & THE CADILLAC BAND has released "Cadillac Man", the first single and video from their debut album, "Let's Rattle", out September 17 (via MVD). Expect high-energy original swingin' and rockin' big-band music from D.D. Verni, the songwriter/founding member/bassist for heavy metal pioneers OVERKILL who've sold millions of records worldwide and have released 19 ...

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EXODUS Drummer TOM HUNTING Undergoes Successful Total Gastrectomy

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting has undergone a successful total gastrectomy, less than five months after he started treatment for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach. Hunting's EXODUS bandmate Gary Holt took to his Instagram about 45 minutes after the completion of the surgery — which lasted between four and five hours — and said ...

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Give Us Life - SPACE CHASER

After two widely praised albums established them as a vicious new force in German thrash, SPACE CHASER are audibly well-equipped for their first big label full-length. METAL BLADE clearly know their stuff, and "Give Us Life" delivers the kind of no-nonsense, undiluted thrash assault that, for those sworn to the steel, is entirely irresistible. And ...

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RAGE To Release 'Resurrection Day' Album In September

German metallers RAGE will release their new album, "Resurrection Day", on September 17 via SPV/Steamhammer. RAGE fans were overjoyed when in summer 2020 frontman Peavy Wagner presented the group's new lineup featuring two guitarists, announcing a return to the constellation that had recorded classics such as "Black In Mind" and "End Of All Days". After ...

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VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER And ARTILLERY: Fall 2021 'MTV Headbangers Ball' European Tour Dates Announced

VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER and ARTILLERY will join forces for this year's "MTV Headbangers Ball" tour of Europe. The trek is currently scheduled to kick off on November 24 in Amersfoort, Netherlands and conclude on December 6 in Gothenburg, Sweden. So far, the following dates have been announced: Nov. 24 - Amersfoort, Netherlands - Fluor Nov. ...

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VIO-LENCE To Release 'Let The World Burn' EP In Early 2022

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE will release a new EP, "Let The World Burn", in early 2022 via Metal Blade Records. The effort was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California with producer Juan Urteaga, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD and EXODUS, among many others. Mixing duties were handled by ...

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VIO-LENCE Teases First New Music In Over 30 Years

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have shared a teaser for their new EP. Tentatively due later this year via Metal Blade Records, the effort was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California with producer Juan Urteaga, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD and EXODUS, among many others. Singer Sean Killian previously ...

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Metal Massacre XV - VARIOUS ARTISTS

Now that a sizeable chunk of the metal-loving audience is enthusiastically buying vinyl again, the lost art of the compilation album may yet experience a resurgence. With their legendary "Metal Massacre" series, METAL BLADE contributed as much as anyone to ensuring that such things were fundamentally important to the '80s underground metal's evolution. For anyone ...

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