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DAVE GROHL Releases First And Only Live Performance Of 'Play'

The upcoming release of "The Benefit Concert Volume 20" by Warren Haynes includes a spectacular highlight: the first-ever —and only to date — performance of Dave Grohl's 23-minute instrumental epic "Play", which extends to an extraordinary 36 minutes in its live rendition. This live performance is n...
December 1, 2023

First Details Revealed About Upcoming Sequel To Cult Heavy Metal Comedy 'Heavy Trip'

Last month filming wrapped up for the sequel to the Finnish movie "Heavy Trip" about IMPALED REKTUM, an underground blackened death metal band and their search for their sound: symphonic, post-apocalyptic, reindeer-grinding, Christ-abusing, extreme war pagan, Fennoscandian metal. The 2018 film, a tr...
October 13, 2023


In a moderately unexpected turn of events, KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer has thrown himself wholeheartedly into the shadowy world of experimental electronic music. A collaboration with US composer and filmmaker Chris Hunt, VENERA switches Munky's focus from his day job's unpredictable but rel...
October 11, 2023

Watch: HALESTORM's LZZY HALE Joins AVATAR On Stage In Nashville

HALESTORM's Lzzy Hale joined Swedish metallers AVATAR on stage last night (Sunday, September 24) at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee to perform the song "Violence No Matter What". Fan-filmed video of her appearance can be seen below. Earlier today, AVATAR shared a photo from last night's co...
September 25, 2023

Sequel To Cult Heavy Metal Comedy 'Heavy Trip' Officially Wraps Filming

The sequel to "Heavy Trip", the 2018 Finnish ensemble comedy about an aspiring metal band, has officially completed filming. Earlier today (Friday, September 15),Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren, who wrote and directed the original film, shared the following update on the movie's Facebook page: "That...
September 15, 2023

KORN Guitarist JAMES 'MUNKY' SHAFFER's Experimental Electronic Project VENERA Releases 'Disintegration' Single

VENERA, a newly formed experimental electronic outfit featuring James "Munky" Shaffer (KORN) and Atlanta-based composer/filmmaker Chris Hunt, has shared the song "Disintegration". The track is the third, and final, preview of VENERA's self-titled debut album, which is due on October 13 via Ipecac Re...
September 13, 2023

KORN's JAMES 'MUNKY' SHAFFER Launches Experimental Electronic Project VENERA

VENERA, a newly formed experimental electronic outfit featuring James "Munky" Shaffer (KORN) and Atlanta-based composer/filmmaker Chris Hunt, will release its self-titled debut album on October 13 via Ipecac Recordings. VENERA enigmatically launched its debut song "Swarm" late last month. No informa...
August 16, 2023

AVATAR Announces 'Chimp Mosh Pit' September/October 2023 North American Tour

Swedish metallers AVATAR will embark on the "Chimp Mosh Pit Tour" in September. Support on the trek will come from ORBIT CULTURE and THE NATIVE HOWL. A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. EDT and end on Thursday, June 22 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prom...
June 20, 2023

Dance Devil Dance

AVATAR say they're on a mission to save heavy metal, and that's apparent on the band's ninth studio effort, "Dance Devil Dance". The Swedish metal outfit have come a long way from their early days, when vocalist Johannes Eckerström and drummer John Alfredsson started the band as teenagers, and "Danc...
February 13, 2023

AVATAR Taps HALESTORM's LZZY HALE For 'Violence No Matter What'

Swedish metallers AVATAR have unleashed yet another track from their upcoming ninth album, "Dance Devil Dance", due out February 17 via Black Waltz Records, distributed by Thirty Tigers. Today, the band has shared the new song "Violence No Matter What", a powerhouse duet with the inimitable Lzzy Hal...
January 27, 2023

TRIBULATION Announces 'Hamartia' EP, Shares 'Axis Mundi' Music Video

On April 7, TRIBULATION will unleash an new EP, "Hamartia", via Century Media Records. Last year, the Swedish quartet dropped the title track for "Hamartia" as a standalone release; now, they're back with another single/video from this record: "Axis Mundi". The clip, directed by Johan Bååth in colla...
January 26, 2023

AVATAR Announces Spring 2023 U.S. Tour With VEIL OF MAYA And ORBIT CULTURE

Swedish metallers AVATAR will embark on a U.S. tour this spring. The trek, which will feature support from VEIL OF MAYA and ORBIT CULTURE, will kick off on April 28 in Omaha, Nebraska and conclude on May 28 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Says AVATAR: "It's time to demolish some good ol' American aspha...
January 24, 2023

SODOM's THOMAS 'ANGELRIPPER' SUCH: 'After 40 Years, I Regret Nothing'

By David E. Gehlke Influential German thrashers SODOM are ringing in their 40th anniversary with the aptly named "40 Years At War – The Greatest Hell Of Sodom", a collection of deep cuts from a catalog that has withstood the test of time. SODOM may occasionally get overshadowed by their countrymen i...
November 17, 2022

Other Worlds

THE PRETTY RECKLESS formed in 2008, and "Other Worlds", their first proper set of acoustic recordings, brings together acoustic versions of previously released songs as well as covers and other reimaginings. The 11-track release is partially a response to fans' love for the band's acoustic performan...
November 1, 2022

AVATAR Announces 'Dance Devil Dance' Album, Shares Title Track

Swedish metallers AVATAR will release their ninth album, "Dance Devil Dance", on February 17 via Thirty Tigers. The NSFW and sanguine video for the LP's title track can be seen below. The clip was directed by AVATAR's longtime director Johan Carlèn. "I woke up to the truth one day," says vocalist Jo...
October 28, 2022