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BLAZE BAYLEY: 'It Was A Shock To Leave IRON MAIDEN'

British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN from 1994 until 1999, told filmmaker Daniel Sarkissian that his dismissal from the band 20 years ago came as a complete surprise. "It was a shock to leave IRON MAIDEN — it was an absolute shock," Blaze admitted (see video below)." But CD sales were ...

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DEADLAND RITUAL Feat. GEEZER BUTLER, MATT SORUM, STEVE STEVENS: First Music Video Coming Soon

DEADLAND RITUAL, the new band featuring bassist Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), guitarist Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL, VINCE NEIL), drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and singer Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA), has just filmed a music video for an as-yet-undisclosed song. Butler shared a short clip from the video set, along with the caption: "Video ...

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CHRIS JERICHO: No New FOZZY Album Before 2020

FOZZY — the band featuring former WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — will enter the studio later this year to begin recording its new album for a tentative early 2020 release. Jericho told Loudwire in a new interview: "Rich Ward [guitar] and Johnny Andrews, who produced the last ...

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Breaking The Trance - FATAL CURSE

In 2019 the saturation of newer heavy metal bands that shop for their tools at the NWOBHM store is higher than ever. Bands such as HAUNT, BLADE KILLER, POUNDER and NIGHT DEMON are on the higher end of the dozens of acts looking back to the vaunted British scene that inspired METALLICA's early mission statements. ...

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HINDER Announces 'Lucky 7' Tour

Oklahoma rockers HINDER have announced a three-month North American tour, kicking off May 30 in Marion, Illinois. The first portion of the run has openers SAVING ABEL, AMERICAN SIN and THE ADARNA, and the second leg has ROYAL BLISS kicking the evening off. "This tour is going to be an absolute blast!" says drummer Cody ...

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New AMON AMARTH Drummer Says His 'Input' Was Welcomed On 'Berserker'

AMON AMARTH drummer Jocke Wallgren recently spoke with Jake Patton of Metal Wani. The full conversation can be streamed. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On new album, "Berserker", which marks his recording debut with the group: Jocke: "I'm really stoked. I was more spooked earlier on when we started with the 'Jomsviking' ...

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NITA STRAUSS Releases Music Video For 'Mariana Trench'

Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has released a music video for her single "Mariana Trench", featuring footage from her recent headline tour, including her packed hometown show at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, Calfornia. Check it out below. As well as wowing fans all ...

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AVANTASIA's TOBIAS SAMMET: 'I Certainly Don't Intend To Retire Any Time Soon'

AVANTASIA vocalist Tobias Sammet recently spoke with writer Clay Marshall in conjunction with an OC Weekly story about the group's upcoming performance in Anaheim, California. Some select "outtakes" follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On AVANTASIA's new album "Moonglow": Tobias: "It's not trendy. It's not flavor of the week, but it's put together with a lot ...

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DREAM THEATER To Record Show On 'Scenes From A Memory' 20th-Anniversary Tour For Future Release

PureGrainAudio recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the members of DREAM THEATER leaving their families and home lives to record their latest album, "Distance Over ...

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HELLYEAH To Release 'Welcome Home' Album In September

HELLYEAH will release its sixth studio album, "Welcome Home", on Friday, September 27 via Eleven Seven Music. The official music video for the disc's title track will be made available on Friday, May 17. HELLYEAH played an emotional sold-out concert on Saturday, May 11 celebrating the life of its late drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The ...

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AMON AMARTH Guitarist Thinks New Album 'Berserker' Has Many 'Future Live Classics'

Australia's Silver Tiger Media recently conducted an interview with guitarist Johan Söderberg of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether AMON AMARTH intended to create something "bigger and better" with their new studio album, "Berserker": Johan: "That's always ...

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AVANTASIA's TOBIAS SAMMET Praises 'Focused' And 'Breathtaking' GEOFF TATE: 'He Sounds Like 1988'

AVANTASIA vocalist Tobias Sammet recently spoke with writer Clay Marshall in conjunction with an OC Weekly story about the group's upcoming performance in Anaheim, California. Some select "outtakes" follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how he would describe AVANTASIA to the uninitiated: Tobias: "It's an interesting question. I always say it's more song-oriented, less polished ...

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SLIPKNOT Sells Out Homecoming Show At IOWA STATE FAIR

SLIPKNOT has sold out its homecoming show at the Iowa State Fair. On August 10, a capacity crowd of 16,000 will pack the Grandstand for a historic moment, SLIPKNOT's first-ever show at the Des Moines, Iowa fairgrounds. The momentous performance will see SLIPKNOT celebrating the release of its long-awaited new studio album, set to arrive ...

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STRYPER Frontman MICHAEL SWEET To Release 'Ten' Solo Album In September

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will release his new solo album, "Ten", in September via Rat Pak Records. Guest musicians who appear on the disc include singer Todd La Torre (QUEENSRŸCHE), drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE), bassist John O'Boyle, and guitarists Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE, NIGHT RANGER), Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE), Marzi Montazeri (EXHORDER, PHILIP H. ANSELMO ...

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AMON AMARTH's OLAVI MIKKONEN Says Band 'Wanted To Create More Dynamics' On 'Berserker' Album

Australia's Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist Olavi Mikkonen of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH. You can listen to the entire chat via the Spreaker widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the writing process for AMON AMARTH's upcoming studio album, "Berserker": Olavi: "Since [2016's] 'Jomsviking' was a ...

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FOZZY Announces 'Unleashed In The West' September 2019 U.S. Tour

FOZZY — the band featuring former WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — has announced the "Unleashed In The West" 2019 headline tour. The U.S. trek, which includes special guest Jared Nichols James, starts on September 5 in Denver and wraps on September 28 in Atlanta. The FOZZY members will take ...

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CROSSING RUBICON Feat. Ex-ALL THAT REMAINS Bassist JEANNE SAGAN: 'Seeing Red' Album Due Later This Year

Imminence Records has announced the signing of hard rock/metal outfit CROSSING RUBICON. The band, which features former ALL THAT REMAINS bassist Jeanne Sagan, will release its new album, "Seeing Red", later this year. Says lead vocalist Scotty Anarchy (a.k.a. Scott Wawrzyniak): "In the music industry, there are few people you can trust, and even fewer ...

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Listen To New RINGWORM Song 'Dead To Me'

"Dead To Me", a new song from Cleveland's metallic hardcore legends RINGWORM, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Death Becomes My Voice", which will be released on May 3 via Relapse. The disc was recorded at Mercenary Studios and Spider Studios, mixed by Taylor Young (NAILS, TWITCHING TONGUES, ...

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