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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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RICHIE FAULKNER On K.K. DOWNING's Negative Comments About JUDAS PRIEST: 'It's A Disappointment More Than Anything'

Richie Faulkner says that "it's a disappointment more than anything" to see Kenneth "K.K." Downing making derogatory comments about JUDAS PRIEST in the press. Ever since the release of his autobiography last summer, Downing has been taking jabs at his former bandmates, saying that he left the group in 2011 over band conflict, shoddy management ...

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First Look At VINNIE PAUL's Grave Marker

A couple of photos of Vinnie Paul Abbott's soon-to-be-installed grave marker can be found below. The PANTERA Facebook page released a full picture of the marker after a couple of "unauthorized" photos were posted online without the permission of Vinnie Paul's estate. "There is a lot of bad info floating around about Vinnie Paul's grave ...

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KURT COBAIN's Final Photo-Shoot Cardigan Sold For $75,000

Julien's Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house, held its marquee music auction event "MUSIC Icons" on Saturday, May 18 live in Hard Rock Café Times Square in front of a packed crowd of collectors and music fans bidding live on the floor, online and on the phone across the globe. The mega-star lineup featured 670 ...

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AMY LEE Says EVANESCENCE Is Ready To Start Writing New Album

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee says that the band is about to begin working on its long-awaited follow-up to 2011's self-titled effort. EVANESCENCE spent much of the last two years recording and touring in support of 2017's "Synthesis", which contained some of the band's best-loved songs — as well as a couple of new ones — ...

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Video Premiere: HELLYEAH's 'Welcome Home'

HELLYEAH's official music video for "Welcome Home", the title track of its sixth studio album, can be seen below. The clip was directed by William "Wombat" Felch and Sebastien Paquet. "Welcome Home" will be released on September 27. The disc contains the final recordings by late HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who died in June ...

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TESLA's DAVE RUDE Gets Signature Flying V Guitar From EPIPHONE

Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional instruments proudly presents the limited-edition Dave Rude Flying V Outfit, the debut Epiphone signature guitar from TESLA's guitarist. Featuring a classic Flying V in an Alpine White finish with a striking red pearloid pickguard, ProBucker humbuckers with coil-splitting, Grover Rotomatic machine heads, jumbo frets, a GraphTech nut, and an ...

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Watch SLAYER Perform In Columbia, Maryland

Fan-filmed video footage of SLAYER's May 14 concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Repentless 02. Evil Has No Boundaries 03. World Painted Blood 04. Postmortem 05. Hate Worldwide 06. War Ensemble 07. Gemini 08. Disciple 09. Mandatory Suicide 10. Chemical Warfare 11. ...

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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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CHRIS CAFFERY On Late TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Mastermind PAUL O'NEILL: 'His Vision' Was 'So Magical'

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SPIRITS OF FIRE) recently appeared on "The Metal Command" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the origins of SPIRITS OF FIRE, his project with Tim "Ripper" Owens, Mark Zonder and Steve Di Giorgio: Chris: "I love playing with ...

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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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AMY LEE: EVANESCENCE Will 'Hopefully' Release New Album In 2020

Amy Lee says that EVANESCENCE will spend much of 2019 working on material for the follow-up to 2011's self-titled effort. Speaking to SiriusXM's Grant Random at this weekend's Epicenter festival in Rockingham, North Carolina, the singer said (see video below): "This is sort of a creation year for us. We're playing a few festivals and ...

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PAUL STANLEY's 'Backstage Pass' Book Sells More Than 11,000 Copies In First Week

KISS frontman Paul Stanley's second book, "Backstage Pass", sold more than 11,000 copies in its first week of release. The title arrived on April 30, 2019 via HarperOne, HarperCollins's San Francisco-based unit that specializes in publishing books in religion, spirituality, and personal growth. Earlier today, Stanley tweeted: "TEN THOUSAND hardcovers, over FIVE HUNDRED ebooks and ...

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BABYMETAL Announces Summer/Fall U.S. Tour With AVATAR

Japanese pop metal act BABYMETAL will embark on a fall 2019 U.S. headlining tour in support of its upcoming album. The band's first-ever full-scale headlining U.S. tour will kick off on September 4 in Orlando, Florida, and run through an October 16 in Seattle, Washington. The trek includes the previously announced October 11 gig at ...

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