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METALLICA's Onetime Therapist PHIL TOWLE: 'I Have Such Deep Love And Respect For The Band, The Guys And Their Families'

METALLICA's "performance coach" Phil Towle, a former psychotherapist who was brought into the picture in January 2001 to help James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich repair their relationship with Jason Newsted, was recently interviewed on "Speak N' Destroy", a podcast about all things METALLICA, hosted by longtime journalist and METALLICA fan Ryan J. Downey. ...

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KANSAS Parts Ways With Guitarist ZAK RIZVI

KANSAS, America's legendary progressive rock band, has announced the departure of guitarist Zak Rizvi. Rizvi joined KANSAS in 2016, but his relationship with KANSAS goes back almost 20 years earlier when his band 4FRONT opened for KANSAS. Zak went on to work alongside producer Jeff Glixman on various KANSAS projects, including "There's Know Place Like ...

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CACTUS Releases Music Video For 'Tightrope' Title Track

'70s classic rock legends CACTUS have released their new album, "Tightrope", on all formats today. The band filmed a slick performance video for the title track, which offers one of the album's most killer and memorably groovy hooks. Founding member and drum legend Carmine Appice had this to say about the song: "'Tightrope' is one ...

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AS I LAY DYING's PHIL SGROSSO Launches Solo Project APATHIAN

San Diego can add a new player to the ranks of modern progressive metal with the release of APATHIAN's first single "Micro". The brainchild of multi-faceted guitarist Phil Sgrosso of AS I LAY DYING and SAOSIN, APATHIAN is an independently released solo project, created during the COVID-19 lockdown, which also challenged Phil's creative process by ...

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How METALLICA's 'Some Kind Of Monster' Became Honest Examination Of One Of World's Most Successful Heavy Metal Bands

Joe Berlinger, who co-produced the METALLICA documentary "Some Kind Of Monster", has opened up about how the film ended up becoming such an honest examination of one of the world's most successful heavy metal bands. Originally intended to be a promotional video paid for by Elektra Records to document the members of METALLICA going back ...

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TESLA's BRIAN WHEAT: Why I Dislike Term 'Hair Metal'

TESLA bassist Brian Wheat has taken issue with the label "hair metal," saying that the the pejorative term was coined in as a way to disparage acts thought to have been all flash and no substance. Speaking to "The Cassius Morris Show", Wheat said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I find [the term 'hair metal'] condescending. ...

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MONSTER MAGNET To Release Covers Album 'A Better Dystopia'

When psychedelic rock icons MONSTER MAGNET got off the plane in the USA after their "Powertrip" tour of Europe in February 2020, they already realized that they'd dodged a bullet. The band members were all healthy, despite having spent the last week of the month-long excursion gigging overseas, and at that point, many of those ...

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THE OFFSPRING Explains 'Let The Bad Times Roll' Album Title

THE OFFSPRING singer Bryan "Dexter" Holland and guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman spoke to Lou Brutus of HardDrive Radio about the band's upcoming tenth studio album, "Let The Bad Times Roll", which will arrive on April 16 via Concord Records. The follow-up to 2012's "Days Go By" was produced by Bob Rock, who also worked on ...

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LAST IN LINE Is Working On A Cover Song

LAST IN LINE drummer Vinny Appice spoke to SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk" about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's third album. The follow-up to 2019's "II" is tentatively due next year via an as-yet-undisclosed record label. "We got half the album pretty much done," Vinny said. "We're a band that ...

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A History Of Nomadic Behavior - EYEHATEGOD

It wasn't long ago that PANTERA's Phil Anselmo and LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe both filled in live on vocals for the notorious New Orleans crew EYEHATEGOD. That's because their front man was out of action due to serious health issues. Five years have passed since Mike IX Williams successfully pulled through a liver transplant ...

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