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Unbreakable - NEW YEARS DAY

It would be easy to be cynical about NEW YEARS DAY. From a metalhead's perspective, music this overtly commercial and expensive sounding can often seem soulless and contrived, like some ageing label executive's idea of what metal fans want to hear. "Unbreakable" certainly fits that template to a great degree. The whole thing sounds absolutely ...

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DEEP PURPLE Announces Summer/Fall 2019 U.S. Tour

British hard rock legends DEEP PURPLE will embark on the 2019 U.S. leg of their "The Long Goodbye" tour in late summer. The month-and-a-half-long trek will kick off on begins on Septeber 3 in Riverside, California and wrap on October 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It will be mark DEEP PURPLE's first American tour dates since ...

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SEPULTURA To Record New Album In August; February 2020 Release Planned

Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA will enter the studio in August to begin recording their new album for a tentative February 2020 release via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2017's "Machine Messiah" will once again be recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with SOILWORK, OPETH, KATATONIA, AMON ...

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K.K. DOWNING Says SCOTT TRAVIS And RICHIE FAULKNER Are Not Official Members Of JUDAS PRIEST: 'They Are On A Wage'

Carsten Smolinsky of Germany's Bleeding4metal.de recently conducted an e-mail interview with former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing. The original English-language version of the chat appears here in its entirety. Bleeding4metal.de: Hello, Mr. Downing, thank you very much for taking the time for an interview! I really enjoyed reading "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights ...

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Former AMON AMARTH Drummer Slams JOHAN HEGG For 'Hypocritical' Comments About Music-Streaming Payouts

Ex-AMON AMARTH drummer Fredrik Andersson says that it's "hypocritical" of singer Johan Hegg to complain about payouts from music-streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. In a recent interview with Australia's Wall Of Sound, the AMON AMARTH frontman said that the music-streaming companies "are not paying the artists nearly enough." He added that "one of ...

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WHITESNAKE's JOEL HOEKSTRA Says DAVID COVERDALE Is 'Really Great At Focusing On Positive Energy And Being A Positive Guy'

Sonic Perspectives recently conducted an interview with WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the writing process for WHITESNAKE's upcoming studio album, "Flesh & Blood": Joel: "Most of the songs would start with an idea from David [Coverdale, vocals]. Then he would ...

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SCOTT STAPP: 'My Sobriety Is The Most Important Thing In My Life'

Jave Patterson of Two Doods Reviews recently conducted an interview with CREED frontman Scott Stapp. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the meaning behind the title of his upcoming solo album, "The Space Between The Shadows": Scott: "For me, the 'space between the shadows,' I ...

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How Does DEE SNIDER Deal With Groupies?

As part of the Top 10 "Rules Of Rock" from Topgolf, TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider was asked how bands should deal with groupies. He responded (see video below): "Well, it depends. [Laughs] How do you wanna deal with 'em? You can either deal head on, or having been with the same woman 42 years, ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Pays Tribute To Late Composer/Conductor MICHAEL KAMEN

Lars Ulrich has paid tribute to late composer and conductor Michael Kamen, who spearheaded METALLICA's first performance with the San Francisco Symphony. The concert, which took place in 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theater, yielded the Grammy Award-winning live album "S&M". This September, METALLICA will once again join forces with the San Francisco Symphony for ...

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Former ACCEPT Singer DAVID REECE: Why I Slapped PETER BALTES

Ex-ACCEPT singer David Reece says that he regrets slapping Peter Baltes three decades ago. The current SAINTED SINNERS vocalist was recruited for ACCEPT's "Eat The Heat" album in 1989 following the departure of Udo Dirkschneider. Reece's higher-pitched delivery was in sharp contrast to Dirkschneider's distinctive style, and overall, the LP was a critical and commercial ...

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Luciferous - ENTERPRISE EARTH

Assuming you are willing to accept that death metal wasn't frozen in time and impervious to progress after David Vincent left MORBID ANGEL (for the first time) in 1996, these are exceptionally exciting times for fans of skull-cracking brutality. But if there is a persistent problem with the current explosion of ultramodern blasters and grinders, ...

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MR. BIG Guitarist PAUL GILBERT: 'Things Can Walk To You' Video

On May 17, Music Theories will issue "Behold Electric Guitar", Paul Gilbert's newest album with 12 new original songs, all with Paul's most expressive, and inspired guitar playing to date. Ahead of the release of the album, Paul has unveiled the official music video for another new track, "Things Can Walk To You". He states ...

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