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ENSLAVED Guitarist IVAR BJØRNSON To Sit Out North American Tour

Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson of Norwegian metal avant-gardists ENSLAVED will sit out the group's North American tour "due to immediate family issues that needed to be taken care of." His bandmates will perform as a quartet on the month-long, North American co-headline trek with INSOMNIUM, which is schedu...
April 5, 2023

ANVIL's LIPS On Bands Using Backing Tracks During Live Shows: 'I Completely Disagree With That Concept'

ANVIL frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow says that he "completely disagrees" with artists enhancing their show by using backing tracks during their concerts. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that m...
March 16, 2023

LIPS: Why ANVIL Won't Change Its Sound

In a new interview with Got Faded Japan, ANVIL frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow discussed his band's longevity, saying (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We're certainly trying to last. And we will last as long as we can and not change, stay true to ourselves and our fans. You're gonna get what peop...
February 16, 2023

ANVIL Announces Spring 2023 U.S. Tour, Begins Pre-Production For New Album

Canadian metal legends ANVIL will embark on a U.S. headlining tour this spring. The trek, which will feature support from MIDNITE HELLION, will kick off on March 31 in Providence, Rhode Island and run through May 13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In other news, ANVIL has revealed that it has begun "pre-...
January 24, 2023


Former OVERKILL and ANVIL guitarist Sebastian Marino has died at the age of 57. According to Sebastian's friend Bruce Pilato, Marino died suddenly in the early hours of January 1 after being rushed to a hospital while doing a sound job on New Year's Eve in Florida. Sebastian played on ANVIL's 1991 a...
January 2, 2023

ANVIL Documentary 'Anvil! The Story Of Anvil' To Be Released On Blu-Ray And DVD With Special Features

MVD Marquee Collection has set a January 20, 2023 release date for the "Ultimate Edition" Blu-ray and "Standard Edition" DVD of ANVIL's acclaimed documentary, "Anvil! The Story Of Anvil". The new version of the film will arrive in time for its 13th anniversary and will feature remastered picture and...
December 28, 2022

Watch 4K Video Of JUDAS PRIEST's Entire Kalamazoo Concert From Fall 2022 North American Tour

The addresses YouTube channel has uploaded 4K video of JUDAS PRIEST's entire October 21, 2022 concert at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Featured songs: * Electric Eye 0:00 * Riding On The Wind 5:15 * You've Got Another Thing Comin' 9:33 * Jawbreaker 15:31 * Firepower 19:21 * Never The He...
December 15, 2022

ENSLAVED Announces 2023 North American Co-Headlining Tour With INSOMNIUM

Norwegian metal avant-gardists ENSLAVED have announced a month-long, North American co-headline tour with INSOMNIUM. The run will take place in April 2023, shortly after the release of ENSLAVED's new studio album, "Heimdal", out March 3. Support on the trek will come from BLACK ANVIL. ENSLAVED's Iva...
December 14, 2022

LIPS: Why ANVIL Will Never Record A Live DVD Or Another Live Album

In a new interview with Germany's Rock Bottom, ANVIL frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow was asked if there are any plans for him and his bandmates to record a live album or DVD. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I have no intentions of ever doing a live DVD. I honestly don't believe in l...
December 12, 2022

BEHEMOTH's NERGAL Speaks Out Against 'Cancel Culture', Social Media Impact On Attention Span

In a new interview with ARTE Concert, BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski spoke about how the advent of social media the existence of "cancel culture" has made it more difficult for new artists to be creative and stand out in an increasingly crowded field. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH....
November 19, 2022

MATS BJÖRKMAN On 'Sweet Evil Sun': 'If You Don't Like This Album, You Don't Like CANDLEMASS'

By David E. Gehlke A Tony Iommi guest spot does not an album make, but it sure helps when getting some long-overdue recognition from the Recording Academy. Legendary Swedish doom metal pioneers CANDLEMASS earned a Grammy nomination for "Astorolus — The Great Octopus", a cut from their 2019 "The Door...
November 14, 2022

Watch JUDAS PRIEST Perform In Tucson During Fall 2022 '50 Heavy Metal Years' Tour

Fan-filmed video of JUDAS PRIEST's November 8 performance at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows, according to 01. Electric Eye 02. Riding On The Wind 03. You've Got Another Thing Comin' 04. Jawbreaker 05. Firepower 06. Nev...
November 10, 2022

ANVIL's LIPS: How I Have Evolved As A Songwriter

In a new interview with the French metal radio show "Metal Zone" on Oxygène Radio, ANVIL frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow spoke about the band's unwillingness to pay attention to music trends while working on new songs. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It was never about radio play. It was...
November 5, 2022

CANDLEMASS's MATS BJÖRKMAN Says 'Door Is Open' For Future Guest Appearances From Ex-Singer MESSIAH MARCOLIN

Former CANDLEMASS singer Messiah Marcolin and longtime CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman joined Canadian metallers ANVIL on stage on October 27 at the Slaktkyrkan venue in Stockholm, Sweden, to perform the classic ANVIL song "Metal On Metal". Messiah told BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "It's the first t...
November 4, 2022


There was always something terrifyingly real about BLACK ANVIL. Back on the NYC crew's 2008 debut album, "Time Insults the Mind", they reimagined black metal's marauding frostiness as a bitter wind that howls around turbulent urban environs, with grittiness and pain-fueled bravado in copious supply....
November 3, 2022