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Acoustic Adventures - Volume One - SONATA ARCTICA

For melodic heavy metal bands with a substantial catalogue, the lure of the acoustic album is hard to resist. SONATA ARCTICA are more suitable candidates than most, thanks in part to the elegant, lyrical way in which frontman Tony Kakko writes songs. As much as the Finns are able to blow people away with nuts-out ...

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STEVE VAI And IBANEZ Reveal 'Hydra' One-Of-A-Kind Instrument

Steve Vai and Ibanez have revealed the "Hydra." This one-of-a-kind instrument is the realized vision of a collaboration that's been five years in the making. It is a beast of an instrument — a one-bodied, two-headstock-ed, three-neck-ed creature that encompasses, among other things: 7 and 12-string guitars; a 4-string ¾ scale length bass; 13 sympathetic ...

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JETHRO TULL's IAN ANDERSON Pokes Fun At Guitarists Who Rely On Roadies To Tune Their Instruments: 'What Wimps'

In a new interview with Darren Paltrowitz, host of the "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz", JETHRO TULL's Ian Anderson was asked about his decades-long reputation as someone who doesn't shake hands with people. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I've suffered from chest infections since I was quite young, and throat infections and upper respiratory tract ...

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Watch VIVIAN CAMPBELL And VINNY APPICE Perform DIO Classics With LAST IN LINE At Florida's ROKISLAND FEST

Fan-filmed video of LAST IN LINE's performance on Sunday, January 16 at RokIsland Fest in Key West, Florida can be seen below. Formed in 2012 by bassist Jimmy Bain, drummer Vinny Appice and guitarist Vivian CampbellRonnie James Dio's co-conspirators and co-writers on the "Holy Diver", "Last In Line" and "Sacred Heart" albums — ...

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Watch TOOL Perform 'Culling Voices' Live For First Time

TOOL performed the song "Culling Voices" for the first time ever during the band's concert this past Saturday, January 15 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. Fan-filmed video of the performance, which started off with all the members seated at the front of the stage and drummer Danny Carey playing guitar alongside Adam Jones, ...

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THE RASMUS Releases New Single 'Jezebel'

Finnish rock band THE RASMUS recently entered Finland's annual Eurovision selection contest, "Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu" (UMK; The New Music Competition). The band has just released its Eurovision entry bid and new single, "Jezebel", via Playground Music. "Jezebel" was co-written and produced by Desmond Child, who collaborated with THE RASMUS on their seventh studio album "Black ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Saw Tensions Brewing Between K.K. DOWNING And GLENN TIPTON During Making Of 'Demolition'

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has once again defended Kenneth "K.K." Downing over the comments the ex-PRIEST guitarist made about his former bandmates in his 2018 autobiography, explaining that Downing is just telling the truth. K.K. departed the iconic band 11 years ago but looked back on his time with the British metal ...

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Watch JUDAS PRIEST's Entire Concert In Virginia Beach From Fall 2021 Leg Of '50 Heavy Metal Years' Tour

YouTube registered user Dennis Justus has just uploaded fan-filmed video of JUDAS PRIEST's entire September 9, 2021 concert at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Virginia. You can watch the footage below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Battle Hymn/One Shot At Glory 02. Lightning Strike 03. You've Got Another Thing Comin' ...

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THE WINERY DOGS' Third Studio Album Is '85 Percent Done'

During an appearance this past Monday (January 10) on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen spoke about the progress of the recording sessions for the third album from THE WINERY DOGS, his power trio with legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED ...

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STEVE VAI Releases Visualizer For New Song 'Zeus In Chains'

Steve Vai and Favored Nations / Mascot Label Group have released an official visualizer for "Zeus In Chains". The composition is featured on Vai's upcoming studio album titled "Inviolate" which will be released digitally and on CD on January 28. The vinyl will follow on March 18. Vai states: "The title for this track 'Zeus ...

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Original KITTIE Lineup Reunites For Online Chat To Celebrate 22nd Anniversary Of 'Spit' Album (Video)

The original lineup of the Canadian all-girl metal band KITTIEMorgan Lander (guitar, vocals), Mercedes Lander (drums), Fallon Bowman (guitar) and Tanya Candler (bass) — reunited last night (Tuesday, January 11) for an online chat to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of its gold-certified 2000 debut album, "Spit". You can now watch the discussion below. ...

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THE RASMUS Parts Ways With Founding Guitarist PAULI RANTASALMI, Announces Replacement

Finnish rock band THE RASMUS has entered Finland's annual Eurovision selection contest, "Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu" (UMK; The New Music Competition). The band has also announced the release of its Eurovision entry bid and new single, "Jezebel", which will be available on January 17, 2022 via Playground Music. "Jezebel" was co-written and produced by Desmond Child, ...

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The Chosen - ENTERPRISE EARTH

It was obvious from their widely acclaimed debut album "Patient 0" that ENTERPRISE EARTH were a deathcore band with unusual focus and fierce individuality. Seven years on, and nothing much has changed in that regard. In keeping with the fervent development showcased on 2019's "Luciferous", the Spokane crew have made another dramatic leap forward on ...

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Watch TOOL Play First Concert In Nearly Two Years

TOOL kicked off its 2022 tour in support of the "Fear Inoculum" album Monday night (January 10) at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. It marked the band's first live appearance since March 2020 when TOOL's trek was cut short following a gig in Portland, Oregon due to the burgeoning pandemic. The setlist for ...

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Original KITTIE Lineup To Celebrate 22nd Anniversary Of 'Spit' With Online Chat

The original lineup of the Canadian all-girl metal band KITTIEMorgan Lander (guitar, vocals), Mercedes Lander (drums), Fallon Bowman (guitar) and Tanya Candler (bass) — will reunite for an online chat to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of its gold-certified 2000 debut album, "Spit". Earlier today, KITTIE posted the following message on its Instagram account: ...

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ANDY SNEAP Is 'Incredibly Disappointed' But Respectful Of JUDAS PRIEST's Decision To Tour As Quartet

Former JUDAS PRIEST touring guitarist Andy Sneap says that he is "incredibly" disappointed by the band's decision to perform as a quartet on its upcoming tour. Sneap, who co-produced PRIEST's latest album, "Firepower", began touring with the band four years ago after longtime guitarist Glenn Tipton — who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease eight years ...

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