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SKILLET's JOHN COOPER Defends DAVE CHAPPELLE Over LGBTQ+ Controversy: 'He's Outrageously Hilarious'

John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, has offered a surprisingly strong defense of Dave Chappelle amid the uproar over the comedian's Netflix special. Critics have decried "The Closer" as "dangerously transphobic" over several of Chappelle's jokes, specifically around the "thin skin" of trans people and the effects of ...

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OBITUARY And MUNICIPAL WASTE Announce 2022 'Decibel Magazine Tour'

The tour that would not stay dead is back for revenge! Decibel magazine's now decade-long "Decibel Magazine Tour" returns this January with a bloodthirsty co-headlining bill starring Tampa death metal legends OBITUARY and Richmond thrash metal heroes MUNICIPAL WASTE in a killer double feature. Tour support comes from Arizona desert death-crushers GATECREEPER and Virginia crossover ...

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Diorama - MØL

Denmark's resurgence as a major force in heavy music continues apace, with MØL firmly at the forefront of that nation's creative surge. It was obvious from 2018's debut album "Jord" that this band were injecting some much-needed originality into an increasingly stagnant post-black metal/shoegaze scene (if, indeed, something so hazy and non-committal could ever be ...

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EXODUS's GARY HOLT Says He Will Still Be 'An A**hole' Onstage, Even After Giving Up Alcohol

EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt has once again opened up about his decision to quit drinking alcohol. The 57-year-old musician, who resides in Northern California, discussed his newfound sobriety in a new interview with "The Jasta Show", hosted by HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta. Holt said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I've found that there's really ...

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SAXON Announces 'Carpe Diem' Album, Releases First Single

British heavy metal legends SAXON will release their 23rd studio album, "Carpe Diem", on February 4, 2022 via Silver Lining Music. Comprised of 10 titanic tracks bristling with seel-clad riffery and pround intent, the Barnsely, U.K.-born band draw on a variety of integredients from the career to forget what is their most dynamic release in ...

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Watch First Episode Of IRON MAIDEN Singer BRUCE DICKINSON's 'Psycho Schizo Espresso' Video Podcast

The first episode of "Psycho Schizo Espresso", a brand new podcast from IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson and Oxford University psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Dutton, officially launched across all podcast platforms on Sunday, October 31. New episodes will be made available every other Tuesday. Episode One features New Testament scholar Professor Steven J. Friesen ...

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BEAST IN BLACK Releases 'Hardcore' Music Video

BEAST IN BLACK, the Helsinki, Finland-based metal group led by former BATTLE BEAST guitarist Anton Kabanen, released its third album, "Dark Connection", last Friday (October 29). The official music video for the LP's third single, "Hardcore", can be seen below. Kabanen comments: "Welcome to the next century. Dark connections and prohibited pleasures is the name ...

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PORCUPINE TREE Shares First New Song In Nearly 12 Years; New Album Announced

Grammy Award-nominated British rock band PORCUPINE TREE has returned with its first new music in close to 12 years. "Harridan" premieres today at all DSPs and streaming services. An epic, eight-minute-long reintroduction to PORCUPINE TREE's truly singular sound, "Harridan" is joined by an official lyric video, streaming now via YouTube. "Harridan" heralds the release of ...

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THE HALO EFFECT Feat. Former IN FLAMES Members: Record Label Home And First Tour Announced

THE HALO EFFECT, the new project featuring five former members of the Swedish metal band IN FLAMESJesper Strömblad (guitar), Daniel Svensson (drums), Peter Iwers (bass), Niclas Engelin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (vocals) — has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast. THE HALO EFFECT's debut single, "Shadowminds", will arrive on November 9. THE HALO ...

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NERGAL Says It 'Feels Very Fulfilling To Be Part Of' BEHEMOTH's 30-Year History

Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH will celebrate their 30-year career with a massive livestream event called "XXX Years Ov Blasphemy" this Halloween, October 31. The event will feature three separate sets in three spectacular locations, commemorating the band's three decades making music and art. In the nine-minute video below, BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski looks back ...

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Lucifer IV - LUCIFER

LUCIFER have never been shy about proudly wearing their influences on their sleeves. The European group's latest record — simply titled "Lucifer IV" — sees vocalist Johanna Sadonis, drummer Nicke Andersson (THE HELLACOPTERS/ex-ENTOMBED), and returning guitarists Martin Nordland and Linus Björklund once again filtering those inspirations in a manner that capably overlays an aura of ...

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KREATOR To Release 20th-Anniversary Edition Of 'Violent Revolution' With Bonus Tracks

German thrash metal veterans KREATOR will re-release their 2001 masterpiece "Violent Revolution" for its 20th anniversary. Due on January 21, 2022 through Nuclear Blast Records, it will include a huge selection of assorted live bootleg recordings, grouped together under the name "Bootleg Revolution". The 20th-anniversary edition of "Violent Revolution" will be available on various formats, ...

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AVATAR Shares New Song 'So Sang The Hollow'

Swedish heavy metal 'n' roll dark madcap visionaries collectively known as AVATAR — vocalist Johannes Eckerström, guitarists Jonas Jarlsby and Tim Öhrström, bassist Henrik Sandelin and drummer John Alfredsson — are ambitious rock sorcerers of the highest order. They are known to smash the boundaries between band, theater troupe, and cinematic masterminds with a series ...

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A Dying Wish - THULCANDRA

There is a lot to be said for slamming your cards down on the table on day one. THULCANDRA always made it plain where their allegiances lay: to DISSECTION's frosty spite and, to a lesser extent, SACRAMENTUM, with all the insidious melodies and fiery riffing that such a salute entails. Over the course of three ...

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VOLBEAT Shares Another New Song 'Becoming'

Danish/American rock and rollers VOLBEAT have released a new song called "Becoming". The track is taken from the band's eighth studio album, "Servant Of The Mind", which is due on December 3 via Republic Records. The effort will be available in standard CD, deluxe 2LP vinyl (in various limited-edition variants) and a deluxe digital edition. ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer BILL WARD Shares Three New Halloween Poems

Founding BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has shared three new original poems apparently titled "Halloween 2021", "A Walk Home" and "Cold… And Dark". Check them out below. Ward has released a number of poems in recent months, some inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and others celebrating the fall–winter holiday season, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bill ...

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IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON On Satanic Imagery In Heavy Metal: It 'Shocked People'

"Psycho Schizo Espresso", a brand new podcast from IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson and Oxford University psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Dutton, will launch across all podcast platforms on October 31, 2021. New episodes will be made available every other Tuesday. Episode One features New Testament scholar Professor Steven J. Friesen from the University of ...

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