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Unvaccinated SKILLET Frontman Rails Against 'Tyrannical' And 'Totalitarian' Vaccine Mandates

John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, has railed against President Joe Biden's latest vaccination push, calling it "tyrannical" and "totalitarian." Earlier in the month, Biden announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements mandating that all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for ...

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STRYPER And SKILLET Featured In 'The Jesus Music' Documentary

STRYPER and SKILLET are among the artists featured in "The Jesus Music", a Lionsgate documentary that explores the ascent in the success of Christian contemporary music (CCM) and its often untold roots. The film tells the untold story of the genre and how "the universal power of music from these artists shine through from their ...

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CARCASS Releases Music Video For 'The Scythe's Remorseless Swing'

British extreme metal veterans CARCASS have released a music video for their new single, "The Scythe's Remorseless Swing". The track is taken from the band's seventh studio album, "Torn Arteries", which is being made available today (Friday, September 17) via Nuclear Blast Records. In 2019, the band released its first single in over five years, ...

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SKILLET Frontman Agrees With NICKI MINAJ's COVID-19 Comments, Claims DR. FAUCI Has Been 'Wrong' About 'Nearly Everything'

John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, says that he agrees with rapper Nicki Minaj after she expressed concerns this week about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The rapper tweeted on Monday that she wants to do more research before getting vaccinated and claimed that a friend of her cousin's ...

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ALICE IN CHAINS' WILLIAM DUVALL Collaborates With GREG ANDERSON On THE LORD's 'We Who Walk In Light'

Composer and curator Greg Anderson (Southern Lord Recordings, SUNN O))), ENGINE KID, GOATSNAKE and more) has unveiled another new song as a part of his forthcoming explorative compositions and collaborations as THE LORD available on Bandcamp. "We Who Walk In Light" features ALICE IN CHAINS frontman William DuVall, who comments: "'We Who Walk In Light' ...

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SKILLET's JOHN COOPER: Jesus Christ 'Has Never Let Me Down'

John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, says that he gave his life to Jesus Christ when he was just five years old. Cooper discussed his intensely strict religious upbringing, where all pop music, black clothes and even Christian rock music was banned, in a brand new interview with ...

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UNLEASHED To Release 'No Sign Of Life' Album In November

Three years after the release of "The Hunt For White Christ" (2018), Swedish death metal veterans UNLEASHED return with their new studio album, "No Sign Of Life", due out November 12 via Napalm Records. Led by founding frontman Johnny Hedlund, and featuring drummer Anders Schultz and two guitarists Tomas Måsgard and Fredrik Folkare, UNLEASHED transports ...

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MIKKEY DEE Says He 'Felt As A Very Narrow Drummer' By The End Of His Time With KING DIAMOND

During a recent appearance on "Drinks With Johnny", the Internet TV show hosted by AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ, former MOTÖRHEAD and current SCORPIONS drummer Mikkey Dee discussed the evolution of his drumming style. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "If you take KING DIAMOND, DOKKEN, MOTÖRHEAD, now SCORPIONS, they have come in in the ...

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's CHRIS KAEL Has Written And Recorded Eleven New Songs During Pandemic: 'It's A Hell Of A Record To Listen To'

During a recent appearance on "Drinks With Johnny", the Internet TV show hosted by AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bassist Chris Kael discussed how he has been keeping busy during the pandemic. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Over the break [from touring], I realized that I was on the couch ...

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VIO-LENCE's SEAN KILLIAN, Who Was Hospitalized With COVID-19, Defends His Decision To Not Take Vaccine: 'It's About Freedom'

Vocalist Sean Killian of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers VIO-LENCE, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier in the month, has defended his decision to not take the coronavirus vaccine, saying "it's about freedom" for him. The 57-year-old musician, who battled stage four liver cirrhosis five years ago, revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis in a social ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's Atheist Singer Blasts SKILLET's Jesus-Loving Frontman Over Anti-Mask Comments

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre has blasted SKILLET frontman John Cooper over his comments about wearing masks, saying the Christian rocker "believes in a mythical celestial dictator but doesn't believe in science." Earlier today, BLABBERMOUTH.NET transcribed portions of the latest episode of Cooper's "Cooper Stuff" podcast in which he called the ...

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SKILLET's JOHN COOPER Explains Why He Has An 'Issue' With Mask Wearing: 'To Me, It Is Nothing More Than Theater'

John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, says that he has an issue with mask wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic, calling the subject of face coverings "nothing more than theater." During the latest episode of his "Cooper Stuff" podcast, the Memphis, Tennessee-born Cooper, who lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, addressed ...

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MASTODON's BRANN DAILOR Pays Tribute To JOEY JORDISON: He Was 'A Total Sweetheart' Whose 'Influence Is Felt In Many Different Genres'

MASTODON's Brann Dailor has paid tribute to Joey Jordison, saying the late SLIPKNOT drummer was "a total sweetheart" whose "influence is felt in many different genres." Jordison's family confirmed that he passed away "peacefully in his sleep" on July 26 of an unspecified cause. He was 46 years old. Dailor discussed Jordison's passing during a ...

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CARCASS Releases New Single 'Dance Of IXTAB (Psychopomp & Circumstance March No. 1 In B)'

British extreme metal veterans CARCASS have released an animated video — created by Costin Chioreanu (OPETH, NAPALM DEATH) — for a new single, "Dance Of IXTAB (Psychopomp & Circumstance March No. 1 In B)", from their upcoming seventh studio album, "Torn Arteries", due out September 17 via Nuclear Blast Records. CARCASS's founding vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker ...

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SERJ TANKIAN Previews New Song 'Cyber Criminal'

SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian has shared a snippet of the song "Cyber Criminal" from his next release "Cinematique". Described as an assemblage of 25 cinematic compositions that roam through classical ("Illuminate") and modern ("Violent Violins") soundscapes, it is split up into two collections that will be made available at the same time ...

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JESSE LEACH Wants To 'Break The Mold' With Next KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Album: 'It Gets Fatiguing To Do The Same Thing Over And Over Again'

During a recent appearance on "Drinks With Johnny", the Internet TV show hosted by AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ, KILLWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach spoke about his plans for the band's next studio album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "My hope with KILLSWITCH, and I've really pushed hard to add more diversity, to add ...

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SERJ TANKIAN Releases 'Cool Gardens Poetry Suite', A Collection Of Cinematic Compositions With Poetry

Serj Tankian has released "Cool Gardens Poetry Suite", a rich collection of four elegant cinematic works layered with intimate recital of poetry performed by Tankian. The Suite is available now on all major streaming platforms. The verses, which are migrated from his first ever published poetry book of the same name, complement the musical landscape. ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO Says He Is 'Anti-War': 'I Don't Like Guns Either'

In a recent interview with Brazil's Inside With Paulo Baron, former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo spoke about the lyrical inspiration for "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred", the 2003 album from his SUPERJOINT RITUAL project. "I was calling America out," he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). "That's what that record's about. The ignorance of the ...

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