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DEVILDRIVER To Release 'Dealing With Demons I' In October

DEVILDRIVER has spent almost the last two decades pursuing a course of uncompromising artistry and nonsense-free dedication to the road. Led by the prolific Dez Fafara, the Californian crew has earned their reputation as one of the hardest working bands on the planet, while issuing a steady succession of brutal but distinctive albums along the ...

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TESTAMENT's ALEX SKOLNICK Doesn't Believe In Hologram Shows

TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick says that he doesn't "believe in hologram shows." Over the course of the past four years, former BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who died in 2010 at the age of 67, has been the subject of a touring show in which his three-dimensional representation is backed by members ...

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Listen To New AUTOGRAPH Single 'Souls On Fire'

Classic rockers AUTOGRAPH have just released their new single, "Souls On Fire", via EMP Label Group. Proceeds from the single, featuring artwork by Melody Myers (ELLEFSON, ALTITUDES AND ATTITUDE, ESCAPE THE FATE), will go to Trinity Health Of New England, benefitting front line nurses and health-care workers, with the ability to purchase PPE and other ...

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How PAUL RODGERS Preserves His Voice As He Ages

In the latest episode of "Ask Bad Company", BAD COMPANY frontman Paul Rodgers was asked what he does to keep his voice in such great shape after five decades. He responded (see video below): "It's something you live with, really. I do a lot of warming up before I go on stage. Actually, if I've ...

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AUTOGRAPH To Release 'Souls On Fire' Single

Classic rockers AUTOGRAPH will release their new single, "Souls On Fire", on Friday, May 15 on Bandcamp (all other digital outlets 5/29) via EMP Label Group. Proceeds from the single, featuring artwork by Melody Myers (ELLEFSON, ALTITUDES AND ATTITUDE, ESCAPE THE FATE), will go to Trinity Health Of New England, benefitting front line nurses and ...

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Listen To New HOUSE OF LORDS Song 'Chemical Rush'

"Chemical Rush", a new song from HOUSE OF LORDS, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's 10th studio album, "New World - New Eyes", which will be released on June 12 via Frontiers Music Srl. Recorded and produced by the band's singer and mastermind, James Christian, the follow-up to 2017's "Saint ...

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Former BAD COMPANY Singer BRIAN HOWE Dead At 66

According to TMZ, former BAD COMPANY singer Brian Howe has died at the age of 66. Howe passed away Wednesday (May 6) at his home in Florida after suffering cardiac arrest. He had a history of heart issues, having previously had a heart attack in 2017. The singer was reportedly involved ...

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GRIM REAPER, FIREWIND, CYHRA, MASTERPLAN Members Join Forces For Epic Metal Cover Of 'We Are The World'

Over 50 rock and metal musicians, including members of GRIM REAPER, FIREWIND, CYHRA and MASTERPLAN, have joined forces to record an epic metal cover of "We Are The World" while in quarantine. The project is the brainchild of Norwegian musician Marius Danielsen of the band DARKEST SINS. The original version of the star-studded charity single ...

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ALICE COOPER And KLAUS MEINE Among Guest Singers In Video For WINGER's All-Star Version Of 'Better Days Comin''

WINGER recently invited artists, friends and fans to sing along to "Better Days Comin'", the title track of the band's sixth studio album, which was released in April 2014 via Frontiers Music Srl. The accompanying music video, which can be seen below, features the following guest artists in order of appearance: * Chip Z'Nuff (ENUFF ...

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DAVID DRAIMAN's Performance On 'The Sound Of Silence' Is 'Perhaps The Greatest Rock Vocal Ever,' Says Actor RUSSELL CROWE

Russell Crowe has praised David Draiman's performance on DISTURBED's cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL's "The Sound Of Silence" as "perhaps the greatest rock vocal ever." The Oscar-winning actor, best known for playing Gen. Maximus Decimus Meridius in "Gladiator" and Sgt. Wendell "Bud" White in "LA Confidential", made the comment on Twitter while sharing a new ...

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DIO's 1996-2004 Studio Album Collection Lands On Charts Around The Globe

DIO's recently reissued 1996-2004 studio albums have been met with an amazing worldwide reception, particularly in the United States, Germany and Spain, where all four albums have debuted at impressive chart positions, even surpassing the original releases' chart positions. "Master Of The Moon" (2004) were released March 20 by BMG in newly remastered versions with ...

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VAN HALEN Producer TED TEMPLEMAN To Release Memoir In April

ECW Press has set an April 21 release date for "A Platinum Producer's Life In Music", the new memoir from legendary music producer Ted Templeman. Crafting smash hits with VAN HALEN, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, Nicolette Larson and VAN MORRISON, Templeman changed the course of rock history This autobiography — as told to Greg Renoff — ...

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SOILWORK Releases New Single, 'Desperado'

Swedish metallers SOILWORK have released a brand new song called "Desperado". It is the second installment in SOILWORK's "Feverish" triology, which might also eventually end up becoming a so far unknown entity. Commented the band: "'Desperado', just like 'Feverish', is a song about how a single emotion can overtake your entire being, and consume you ...

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HOUSE OF LORDS To Release 'New World - New Eyes' Album In May

HOUSE OF LORDS' 10th studio album, "New World - New Eyes", will be released on May 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. Recorded and produced by the band's singer and mastermind, James Christian, the follow-up to 2017's "Saint Of The Lost Souls" has an incredible flow of up-tempo and mid-tempo rockers mixed with power ballads, which ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund' Commemorates 10th Anniversary With Awards Gala And Live Concert

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, commemorated the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with its 10th Anniversary Memorial Awards Gala held on February 20 at the Avalon Hollywood. Hosted by radio and television personality Eddie Trunk, ...

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