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MEGADETH's DIRK VERBEUREN Brings Climate Change Fight To Metal Scene With SAVAGE LANDS

By David E. Gehlke Environmental topics in metal are nothing new — ANNIHILATOR has "Stonewall", OBITUARY made a rare topical salvo with "Don't Care" and GOJIRA has been writing about saving the whales and the oceans for years. Penning metal songs about the challenges the earth faces against relentle...
May 14, 2024

ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS Announces First Part Of AMERIKAN KAOS Trilogy, 'Armageddon Boogie'

On April 26, Metal Department will release the debut album from AMERIKAN KAOS, "Armageddon Boogie". AMERIKAN KAOS is described in a press release as "the secret love child" of guitar virtuoso Jeff Waters, best known as the founder and leader of Canadian thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR. AMERIKAN KA...
April 25, 2024

Watch: OVERKILL Performs In Quito With Ex-MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON

Fan-filmed video of OVERKILL's April 19 concert at The Metal Fest at Parque Bicentenario in Quito, Ecuador can be seen below. In a recent interview with The Metal Podcast, David Ellefson spoke about the announcement that OVERKILL recruited him to play bass on the New Jersey thrash metal veterans' "S...
April 21, 2024

DAVID ELLEFSON Praises OVERKILL: 'They Don't Have A 'Risk' Or A 'St. Anger' Anywhere In Their Catalog'

In a new interview with The Metal Podcast, David Ellefson spoke about the recent announcement that New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL have recruited him to play bass for the band on their "Scorching Latin America 2024" tour. The former MEGADETH member is filling in for original OVERKILL bassi...
April 13, 2024

AWAY Says VOIVOD's Long-Awaited Official Documentary Is 'Almost Done'

In a new interview with Jimmy Kay of Canada's The Metal Voice, VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin spoke about the status of the band's long-awaited documentary official documentary. Tentatively titled "We Are Connected", the film will cover VOIVOD's history from unlikely origins in northern Québe...
April 8, 2024

VOIVOD's Long-Awaited Official Documentary 'We Are Connected' To Premiere At Festivals This Summer

Canadian prog-metal stalwarts VOIVOD have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to help them finance their official documentary film. From unlikely origins in northern Québec at the height of the Cold War, VOIVOD's post-apocalyptic sci-fi aesthetic fueled by a youthful obsession with their instruments...
March 6, 2024

K.K. DOWNING Talks About Evolution From Early Rock To Modern Heavy Metal

In a new interview with The Times, original JUDAS PRIEST and current KK'S PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing was asked what he thinks makes metalheads unique. He responded: "It's just getting into those bands that evolved, that took music from blues and progressive blues in the late '60s and early '70s....
February 26, 2024

Drummer RAY HARTMANN Pulls Out Of ANNIHILATOR's 'Alice In Hell' 35th-Anniversary Concert

Ex-ANNIHILATOR drummer Ray Hartmann will not join his former band for the group's previously announced appearance at the Topfest in Slovakia this coming June. The show will celebrate the 35th anniversary of ANNIHILATOR's classic debut album, "Alice In Hell", with former ICED EARTH frontman Stu Block...
February 4, 2024

ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS Has Finished Three Solo Albums: I Wanted To 'Do Something Outside Of The Heavy Metal Thing'

In a new interview with The Metal Voice conducted at last month's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California, ANNIHILATOR leader Jeff Waters was asked if he is working on any new music. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "New music, yes, [but] not with ANNIHILATOR. I've been doing this A...
February 1, 2024

ANNIHILATOR To Celebrate 35th Anniversary Of 'Alice In Hell' With Special Concert In June 2024

35 years after releasing the legendary "Alice In Hell" album, ANNIHILATOR will play it all at an exclusive appearance at Topfest 2024 in Slovakia next June. Former ICED EARTH frontman Stu Block will sing the entire "Alice In Hell" record, along with the return of original drummer Ray Hartmann. Ther...
December 22, 2023

VOIVOD And PRONG Announce February/March 2024 North American Co-Headline Tour

Legendary bands VOIVOD and PRONG have announced co-headline tour, set to take place in 2024. This trek marks a reunion of sorts for the two bands, who have long admired each other's work and have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to hit the road together once again. Tickets will be available at...
December 14, 2023

JAMES LABRIE Is 'Overwhelmed' By 'Incredible' Response To DREAM THEATER's Reunion With MIKE PORTNOY

James LaBrie says that he has been "overwhelmed" by the "incredible" response to DREAM THEATER's announcement that the band was reuniting with original drummer Mike Portnoy. Earlier today (Saturday, November 4),the 60-year-old Canadian-born singer, who has been fronting DREAM THEATER since 1991, to...
November 4, 2023

VOIVOD Shares Music Video For 'Fix My Heart (2023 Version)' From 'Morgöth Tales' Album

Canadian sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD celebrated 40 eventful years of existence in 2023 with a special anniversary studio album titled "Morgöth Tales", which was released on July 21 via Century Media Records. The LP's latest single is "Fix My Heart (2023 Version)", accompanied by a video directed...
September 5, 2023

VOIVOD Releases 'Thrashing Rage' Live Video From Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Canadian sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD celebrated 40 eventful years of existence in 2023 with the release of their special anniversary studio album titled "Morgöth Tales". The LP, which is out now via Century Media Records, entered the official album sales charts in Germany at No. 36 and in Switzer...
August 2, 2023

VOIVOD's MICHEL 'AWAY' LANGEVIN: Artificial Intelligence Can 'Definitely' Be 'An Amazing Tool'

In a new interview with FaceCulture, VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin spoke about the potential risks and challenges associated with the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It's definitely an amazing tool in the sense...
July 23, 2023