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Classic Albums By IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, QUEEN, KISS, AC/DC and NIRVANA To Be Released As 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

Zee Productions will release eleven classic album covers as 1000-piece jigsaws in September via its Rock Saws imprint. The iconic arts of some of rock's most influential and highly regarded albums is presented in puzzle form for the first time ever. All puzzles come in a vinyl-box-set-sized box, perfect to fit alongside a vinyl record ...

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PIG DESTROYER Announces 'The Octagonal Stairway' EP

PIG DESTROYER returns with a new EP, "The Octagonal Stairway", due out on August 28 via Relapse. A blistering dose of grindcore, harsh noise, and industrial swagger, the effort features six crushing tracks from the legendary band, B-side noise tracks, and a special appearance from former SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera. Watch "The Cavalry" music video, ...

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KISS Partners With MERGE4 For New Sock Collection

If you thought you were done expecting the unexpected from Merge4, think again! Merge4 is releasing five devastatingly epic designs featuring the hottest band in the world, KISS! Not only are these the best thing to ever happen to your feet, they are pure bliss for those inclined towards serious platform-shoe action (the rocker kind, ...

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Ormskrik - ORMSKRIK

This has clearly been a superb year for thrash metal, but the majority of great works have come from the polished and modern end of the heads-down spectrum. Much as their fellow countrymen OBLITERATION have become a benchmark for the rejuvenation of real death metal values, so Norway's ORMSKRIK look likely to bring form to ...

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KISS Mourns Death Of Original Road Manager J.R. SMALLING

KISS's original road manager, J.R. Smalling, has died after a battle with bone cancer. Smalling guided the fledgling KISS from 1974 through its breakthrough with "Alive!" and "Destroyer", and is perhaps most remembered for being the man who invented perhaps the most famous concert introduction in rock: KISS's famous "You wanted the best..." intro. It ...

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LOCK UP Recruits Drummer ADAM JARVIS

Grind/death supergroup LOCK UP has recruited drummer Adam Jarvis (MISERY INDEX, PIG DESTROYER) as the replacement for the recently departed Nick Barker. Bassist Shane Embury comments: "We are extremely thrilled to welcome Adam into the ranks of LOCK UP. I have known Adam for a few years now and we just recently finished a European ...

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Damnation Is My Salvation - WITCHES HAMMER

WITCHES HAMMER first began their death rumblings way back in the mid-eighties, and now the band is simply legendary in the extreme metal underground. Their reputation has only been solidified by the fact that key member Marco Banco played on BLASPHEMY's 1990 war metal benchmark "Fallen Angel of Doom….". The guitarist looks gargantuan and Herculean ...

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Obsidian - VISCERA

So much for deathcore being a creative dead end. With plenty of bands now pushing this much-maligned subgenre into more intriguing and increasingly epic new territory, the time is perfect for VISCERA to stomp center stage and give everyone an extra size twelve up the shipped. Fronted by Jamie Graham, formerly vocalist with both SYLOSIS ...

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PAGE HAMILTON On Collapse Of HELMET's Classic Lineup: 'Money Kind Of Came In And Changed Things'

Australia's Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with HELMET frontman Page Hamilton. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On assembling a setlist for their 30th-anniversary tour where the band is playing 30 songs each night: Page: "Everything's kind of mixed together. Some ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO's SCOUR Releases Cover Of BATHORY's 'Massacre'

SCOUR — the extreme metal unit featuring Philip H. Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, SUPERJOINT), John Jarvis (AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED), Derek Engemann (PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, ex-CATTLE DECAPITATION), Mark Kloeppel (MISERY INDEX) and Adam Jarvis (PIG DESTROYER, MISERY INDEX) — will release its long-anticipated "Black" EP (the third in a ...

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ROB ZOMBIE Tells USDA To Stop Line Speeds From Hell

This Halloween, musician and horror filmmaker Rob Zombie is taking the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) to task over its high-speed slaughter program posing real-life dangers to billions of animals, workers, and consumers. On the heels of his new movie "3 From Hell", Rob Zombie appears in a new ad for Compassion Over Killing (COK), ...

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Legendary KISS, ALICE COOPER And DEEP PURPLE Producer BOB EZRIN's Rights Portfolio Acquired By PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC PUBLISHING

Publishing giant Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the music publishing and other rights of the legendary producer, arranger and songwriter Bob Ezrin. Ezrin-produced albums include Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare", KISS's "Destroyer", PINK FLOYD's "The Wall" and Andrea Bocelli's "Sí", all No. 1 albums, among many other chart toppers. Ezrin's music publishing includes ...

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PETBRICK Feat. Ex-SEPULTURA Drummer IGOR CAVALERA: 'Coming' Video

"Coming", the new Dante Vescio-directed music video from PETBRICK — the duo comprising Wayne Adams (BIG LAD, DEATH PEDALS, JOHNNY BROKE) and Igor Cavalera (SEPULTURA, SOULWAX, MIXHELL, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) — can be seen below. The track, which features a guest appearance by features vocals from Igor's wife Laima Leyton, is taken from PETBRICK's debut album, ...

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Watch HELMET Perform In Munich During 30th-Anniversary Tour

Fan-filmed video footage of HELMET's September 21 concert in Munich, Germany during the band's 30th-anniversary tour can be seen below. At each stop on HELMET's 30-city European trek, the band is performing a 30-song set with no openers. When the tour was first announced earlier this year, band leader Page Hamilton said: "The day John, ...

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Video: KISS Performs 'Beth' In Manchester

Fan-filmed video footage of KISS performing the band's hit ballad "Beth" on July 12 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user "Chromeboy2003"). In a 2014 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, KISS frontman Paul Stanley and original KISS drummer Peter Criss sparred over "Beth", which holds the distinction of ...

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DEVILDRIVER's DEZ FAFARA: Why I Became A Vegan

During a recent interview with Australia's Heavy magazine, DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara spoke at length about his decision to become a vegan four years ago. "I did that for the suffering of animals," Fafara explained," (hear audio below). "If you've ever seen how a cow suffers... Yeah, you may love cheese, but you ...

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HELMET Announces 30th-Anniversary U.S. Tour

HELMET will celebrate its 30th anniversary by embarking on a tour of Europe and the U.S. this fall. That 30-city trek will see the band perform a 30-song set each night with no openers. Band leader Page Hamilton said: "The day John, Peter and I auditioned Henry is the day I consider to be the ...

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