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EXODUS's GARY HOLT Slams LIVE NATION For Wanting Artists To Take Pay Cuts And Cancelation Burdens For Shows In 2021

EXODUS's Gary Holt and ANTHRAX's Scott Ian are among the musicians who have slammed conceret giant Live Nation for reportedly planning to make significant changes to its policies regarding concert tours and festivals when touring is expected to resume in 2021. According to a Live Nation memo circulated to talent agencies and first

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HEATHEN: Trailer For 'Empire Of The Blind' Album

A trailer for "Empire Of The Blind", the forthcoming album from San Francisco Bay Area metallers HEATHEN, is available below. The disc is due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records. "Empire Of The Blind" is the follow-up to "The Evolution Of Chaos", which was released as a 10th-anniversary remastered reissue on January 31 ...

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PHIL DEMMEL, BRIAN TICHY, LUKAS ROSSI And PHIL BUCKMAN Team Up For Cover Of MUSE's 'Hysteria'

Bass player Phil Buckman (FUEL, PETTY CASH, ex-FILTER), guitarist Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, BPMD, ex-MACHINE HEAD), drummer Brian Tichy (SILVERTHORNE, ex-WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER, BILLY IDOL), and vocalist Lukas Rossi (ex-ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA, THE HALO METHOD) have teamed up for an "At Home/Collab-A-Jam" cover and video of the MUSE song "Hysteria". "I saw one of Phil's 'Collab-A-Jam' videos," ...

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MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, Ex-MACHINE HEAD Members Team Up For Cover Of BLACK SABBATH's Falling Off The Edge Of The World' (Video)

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel has teamed up with TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio, MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren, ANIMAL DRIVE/DIRTY SHIRLEY singer Dino Jelusić and BLEEDING THROUGH keyboardist Marta Demmel to record a "quarantine" cover version of the Ronnie James Dio-era BLACK SABBATH classic "Falling Off The Edge Of The World" as part of Phil's ...

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BPMD Feat. BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH, MIKE PORTNOY, PHIL DEMMEL And MARK MENGHI: Listen To Cover Of 'We're An American Band'

BPMD — the new heavy metal juggernaut featuring vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO), bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE) and guitarist Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD) — will release its debut album, "American Made", on June 12 via Napalm Records. The 10-track homage to some of rock ...

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OVERKILL's BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH On Coronavirus Pandemic: 'I'm Really Optimistic With Regard To Where This Is Gonna Go'

In a new interview with the "Brutally Delicious" podcast, OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth spoke about how he is dealing with the coronavirus crisis and what the touring circuit might look like post-pandemic. "We're all in this — musicians, carpenters, chefs, lawyers — everybody's in it," Bobby said (hear audio below). "I've always thought of ...

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BPMD Feat. BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH, MIKE PORTNOY, PHIL DEMMEL And MARK MENGHI: Listen To Re-Energized Cover Of 'Evil'

BPMD — the new heavy metal juggernaut featuring vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO), bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE) and guitarist Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD) — will release its debut album, "American Made", on June 12 via Napalm Records. The 10-track homage to some of rock ...

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See JUDAS PRIEST, ALICE IN CHAINS, HALESTORM, Ex-MACHINE HEAD Members Perform Cover Of THIN LIZZY's 'Bad Reputation'

Richie Faulkner (JUDAS PRIEST), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS), Lzzy Hale (HALESTORM), Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD) and Dave McClain (SACRED REICH, ex-MACHINE HEAD) recently joined forces to to record a cover version of THIN LIZZY's "Bad Reputation". The accompanying video was shot in quarantine, with each musician separated in his or her home, and ...

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VIO-LENCE Has 'Two Songs Done' For Comeback EP

Guitarist Phil Demmel of reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE spoke to EXODUS frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza's YouTube channel, Zetro's Toxic Vault, about the progress of the songwriting sessions for VIO-LENCE's new EP, tentatively due in 2021 via Metal Blade Records. He said (see video below): "We've got two songs done. We've got ideas ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Members Join Forces With SHINEDOWN Bassist For Cover Of ALICE IN CHAINS' 'No Excuses'

Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE), Marta Demmel (BLEEDING THROUGH), Dave McClain (MACHINE HEAD, SACRED REICH) and Eric Bass (SHINEDOWN) have joined forces to record a quarantine cover version of ALICE IN CHAINS' "No Excuses". Regarding how the cover came together, Demmel said: "'No Excuses' is a song I had been wanting to cover with our ...

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MIKE PORTNOY, PHIL DEMMEL And MARK MENGHI Discuss Debut BPMD Album 'American Made' In Live Chat (Video)

Earlier today (Friday, April 17), BPMD members Mike Portnoy (drums; THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO), Mark Menghi (bass; METAL ALLEGIANCE) and Phil Demmel (guitar; VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD) took part in a live chat via the Napalm Records YouTube channel. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. BPMD — which is completed by vocalist ...

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BPMD Feat. BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH, MIKE PORTNOY, PHIL DEMMEL And MARK MENGHI: 'American Made' Album Details Revealed

BPMD — the new heavy metal juggernaut featuring vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO), bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE) and guitarist Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD) — will release its debut album, "American Made", on June 12 via Napalm Records. The 10-track homage to some of rock ...

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Ex-MACHINE HEAD Guitarist PHIL DEMMEL Apologizes For Social Media Comments About His Former Band

Ex-MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel has apologized for letting his former bandmates' comments about his contributions to "The Blackening" album "get the best" of him. In a March 26 e-mail blast to its mailing list, MACHINE HEAD celebrated the 13th anniversary of "The Blackening" by stating the following, in part, about the LP: "While ex-guitarist ...

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BPMD Feat. BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH, MIKE PORTNOY, PHIL DEMMEL And MARK MENGHI: Debut Album To Be Released Via NAPALM

BPMD — the new heavy metal juggernaut featuring vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO), bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE) and guitarist Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD) — has signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records. The members of BPMD first came together in the summer of 2019 ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON And Some Of His Famous Friends Are Offering Free Music Lessons To Kids Displaced By Coronavirus

The David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, the nonprofit started in 2018 by MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, has announced the "School's Out" initiative, providing free music lessons and one-on-one mentoring sessions via Skype from major artists to students stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Skype sessions will be held by legendary rock and metal ...

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VIO-LENCE Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band's new EP is tentatively due to be recorded in the coming months. Vocalist Sean Killian comments: "My first real exposure to thrash metal was brought to me by Metal Blade Records in the form of SLAYER's 'Show No ...

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HEATHEN To Release 'Empire Of The Blind' Album

San Francisco Bay Area metallers HEATHEN have set "Empire Of The Blind" as the title of their new album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records. A flyer showing the "Empire Of The Blind" artwork can be found at the merchandise table during "The Bay Strikes Back" 2020 European tour featuring TESTAMENT, DEATH ...

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TESTAMENT Vocalist On 'Special' European Tour With DEATH ANGEL And EXODUS: 'It's Everything We Hoped It Would Be, And Better'

TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy recently spoke with Finland's Kaaos TV. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the band's recent ferry ride to Finland, which was described as "fucking terrifying" by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt: Chuck: "Oh my god. We were the ...

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Reunited VIO-LENCE To Record New EP

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE are about to sign a deal with an as-yet-undisclosed record label to release a new EP. The news of VIO-LENCE's return to the studio was broken by guitarist Phil Demmel in a recent interview with the "Talk Toomey" podcast. Speaking about his plans for the coming months, Demmel ...

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