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Watch KIKO LOUREIRO's 2015 MEGADETH Audition Video

In April 2015, it was announced that Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro had joined MEGADETH, replacing Chris Broderick, who had left the band five months earlier. In the nine-minute video below, Kiko reveals the story behind his audition for MEGADETH, and shares a clip he sent to David Ellefson and Dave Mustaine of him performing the ...

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Video Premiere: HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD's 'Nightmare'

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD's official music video for the song "Nightmare", can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's sixth full-length studio album, "New Empire, Vol. 1", which was released on February 14 via Dove & Grenade Media/BMG. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD stated about the "Nightmare" clip, which was shot in quarantine: "Nightmares are defined as ...

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STONE SOUR Releases Demo Version Of 'Your God' Song

STONE SOUR has released a demo version of the song "Your God". The original track appeared on the band's sophomore album, "Come What(ever) May", which came out in 2006. In a statement accompanying the YouTube release of the "Your God" demo, STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand said: "Here is the 2005 recording of 'Your God'. ...

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ENSLAVED Explains 'Utgard' Album Title

Norway's avantgarde metal heroes ENSLAVED will release their new album, "Utgard", in the fall via Nuclear Blast. The band commented: "'Utgard' bears countless meanings to us; an image, metaphor, an esoteric 'location', a word on its own, etc. — on different levels and layers. From Norse mythology we know it as a landscape were the ...

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Summer NAMM Show Canceled Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

The summer's NAMM show, which was scheduled to take place July 9-11 in Nashville, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. The cancelation of the smaller of the two NAMM conventions that take place each year — the larger being winter NAMM in January, held at California's Anaheim Convention ...

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Hear MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON's New Solo Single, 'Simple Truth'

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has released "Simple Truth", the new single from his solo band ELLEFSON, with all proceeds going to Italian COVID-19 relief. The track, co-written by Ellefson and vocalist Thom Hazaert, with Italian guitarist and drummer Andy Martongelli and Paolo Caridi, will appear on the upcoming full-length follow-up to the 2019 release "Sleeping ...

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HELSTAR Signs With MASSACRE RECORDS; New Album Due This Year

Texas power metallers HELSTAR have signed with Massacre Records. The band is working on new material and plans to release a new album later this year. HELSTAR's latest LP, "Vampiro", was released in August 2016 via EMP Label Group. The effort was said to be a continuation of HELSTAR's classic 1989 Metal Blade release "Nosferatu". ...

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Video Premiere: GODSMACK's 'Unforgettable'

GODSMACK has released the official music video for its latest single "Unforgettable", taken from the band's most recent album, "When Legends Rise". With music programs continuing to be at risk in schools across the U.S., it was important for the band — Sully Erna (vocals, guitar), Tony Rombola (guitar), Robbie Merrill (bass) and Shannon Larkin ...

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Watch FEAR FACTORY's DINO CAZARES Break Down Riff From 'Replica'

FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares has uploaded a six-minute video of him breaking down the riff from the band's song "Replica", taken from the 1995 album "Demanufacture". Check it out below. In a November 2018 interview, FEAR FACTORY singer Burton C. Bell said that the band had completed a new album tentatively titled "Monolith". He ...

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STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH Members Reunite To Record 'Quarantine Version' Of 'March Of The S.O.D.' (Video)

Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and Dan Lilker (NUCLEAR ASSAULT, ex-ANTHRAX) have shared a "quarantine version" of the STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH instrumental song "March Of The S.O.D.", recorded with each member separated in their own homes. Benante uploaded a video of the performance to his YouTube channel, writing in an accompanying message: "A message ...

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MACHINE HEAD Announces Fall 2020 European Tour Dates

MACHINE HEAD has announced the rescheduled dates for the second European leg of its 25th-anniversary tour for the band's classic debut album, "Burn My Eyes". The second run of dates, which was postponed due to a fast-spreading outbreak of the new coronavirus, was originally scheduled to kick off in Zaragoza, Spain on April 19, continuing ...

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Opulent Decay - SPELL

It is very easy to appreciate the bands that write about fantastical elements derived from fantasy and sci-fi inspirations, and match that with an equally over-the-top musical presence. There are a number of bands though that are capable of luring you into their odes to bewitching enchantresses and magical wizards via a more subdued rock ...

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Human. :II: Nature. - NIGHTWISH

From their massive international fanbase to the flagrant extravagance of their music, everything about NIGHTWISH is righteously, riotously big. Easily one of the biggest metal bands on the planet and clearly riding a wave of creative momentum, they would have surprised everyone a lot more if they had made a new album that wasn't even ...

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KITTIE's MORGAN LANDER Teases WINTERLVST Project

KITTIE vocalist/guitarist Morgan Lander has shared a teaser for new project WINTERLVST, tentatively due this summer. Check it out below. Morgan apparently discussed the project in a 2018 interview with CrypticRock.com. She stated at the time; "It is with a few members of BLACKGUARD from Montreal. We toured with them back in 2012. With Justine ...

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GENE SIMMONS On Religious Groups Battling Orders To Close Services: God Is Saying, 'Stay Home. Don't Go To Church'

Gene Simmons has implored everyone to stop complaining about having to stay indoors during the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking to TMZ Live earlier today, the KISS bassist/vocalist said that we don't have much to be unhappy about. "All of us have the burden," he said (see video below). "What's the burden? The burden ain't much of ...

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