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Bassist FITTY WIENHOLD Exits U.D.O. After 22 Years

Bassist Fitty Wienhold has announced his departure from U.D.O., the German heavy metal band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider. Fitty, who joined U.D.O. in 1996, broke the news of his exit in a four-minute video message which was posted to his YouTube channel. He said: "After 22 years being with Udo as a ...

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DISTURBED: 'A Reason To Fight' Single To Arrive This Friday

DISTURBED's new single, "A Reason To Fight", will make its online debut this Friday, September 21. It is the second single from the band's new album, "Evolution", which will be released on October 19. Like 2015's "Immortalized", DISTURBED's new album was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko. ...

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Former GORGOROTH Frontman's GAAHLS WYRD To Release Debut Album

Season Of Mist announced the signing of the Norwegian extreme metal band GAAHLS WYRD. Over the past months, the five-piece, fronted by Gaahl, has been recording its debut album at the Solslottet Studios with producer Iver Sandøy (ENSLAVED). The record is set for an early 2019 release. The band comments: "It's always been of outmost ...

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MEGADETH Invites Indonesian President To Attend Concert

MEGADETH has invited Indonesian president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to attend its upcoming concert at the JogjaROCKarta festival in Yogyakarta on October 27. "We are hoping Indonesian President Joko Widodo @jokowi and Governor Ganjar Pranowo @ganjarpranowo will accept our invitation to see us perform in Jogjakarta on Oct. 27. We can't wait to play @jogjaROCKarta and ...

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HEART's ANN WILSON To Perform On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

HEART singer Ann Wilson will perform her version of Lesley Gore's fearless 1963 hit "You Don't Own Me" tomorrow (Wednesday, September 19) on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The song is from her new album, "Immortal", that was just released last week (September 14) and has been a highlight of her live shows. The album features 10 ...

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SATYRICON Drummer Believes Veganism Is 'The Future'

Drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON spoke to Canal Metal about his appreciation for good food and his recent adoption of a mostly vegan diet. He said (see video below): "If you have started to appreciate quality in arts, like music or otherwise, it is not that far fetched that you will ...

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ACT OF DEFIANCE/Ex-SCAR THE MARTYR Singer HENRY DEREK ELIS To Release 'The Devil Is My Friend' Solo Album

Tragic themes and a folk-tinged southern gothic Americana sound form the basis of "The Devil Is My Friend", the haunting full-length solo debut by Henry Derek Elis (a.k.a. Henry Derek Bonner; ACT OF DEFIANCE, SCAR THE MARTYR), with contributions from Aubrey Richmond and John Schreffler Jr. (Shooter Jennings), Jarboe (SWANS), Tara Vanflower (LYCIA), Neal Tiemann ...

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K.K. DOWNING Says It Was 'Extremely Unfair' Of IAN HILL To Claim That None Of JUDAS PRIEST Fans Were Missing Him

Juliette Miranda of "The Unwritable Rant" podcast recently conducted an interview with former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Ken "K.K." Downing. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why he decided to open his upcoming autobiography, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest", with him walking ...

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MADBALL: 'Freight Train' Video

" Freight Train", the new video from New York hardcore veterans MADBALL, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "For The Cause", which was released on June 15 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Hardcore Lives" was co-produced by Tim Armstrong (RANCID), who also makes a guest appearance ...

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L.A. GUNS Frontman Says 'The Missing Peace' Album 'Proved' There Is 'Genuine Chemistry' Between Him And TRACII GUNS

L.A. GUNS frontman Phil Lewis says the band's next studio album will sound like BLACK SABBATH but "blacker," alluding to a possible heavier or darker style than found on their most recent LP, "The Missing Peace". In an interview with Midlands Metalheads Radio prior to the band's September 4 concert at Robin 2 in Wolverhampton, ...

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ACCEPT's MARK TORNILLO On Taking Over For UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER In 2009: 'It Could Have Gone South In A Big Hurry'

Sakis Nikas of Rockpages conducted an interview with ACCEPT frontman Mark Tornillo at this year's Rockwave festival, which took place in July in Athens, Greece. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On playing songs live from their 2017 "The Rise Of Chaos" studio album: Mark: ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Is Not Interested In Starting Brand New Band

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Ken "K.K." Downing was recently interviewed by the "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the deterioration of his relationship with JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton: Downing: "I think everyone will know ...

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Drummer Says He Would 'Really Love To See' SAVATAGE Reunite

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA drummer Jeff Plate (SAVATAGE, ex-METAL CHURCH) recently spoke with Bill Louis of the Cleveland radio station 98.5 WNCX. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On TSO's evolution: Jeff: "It's been an amazing journey. Obviously, when we started out, it was a very humble show ...

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NOTHING MORE Vocalist Recalls 'Wake-Up Call' He Got From VINNIE PAUL

NOTHING MORE vocalist Jonny Hawkins was recently interviewed by RadioactiveMike Z, host of the Riverside, California-based radio station 96.7 KCAL-FM program "Wired In The Empire". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's recent single, "Do You Really Want It?": Jonny: "Honestly, I think part ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO Says SONS OF APOLLO Will Record Sophomore Album In 2019

Vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, W.E.T., TALISMAN) recently spoke with Midlands Metalheads Radio. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his extensive discography: Jeff: "If you add all the albums I've sung lead on, not including background vocals — not just bands, but things ...

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