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JOEY VERA To Miss MERCYFUL FATE U.S. Tour; Replacement Announced

Bassist Joey Vera will sit out the upcoming U.S. tour from reformed Danish metal legends MERCYFUL FATE due to a scheduling conflict with his longtime band ARMORED SAINT. In 2019, it was announced Vera would be replacing original MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen for the band's summer 2020 European f...
September 27, 2022
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Watch: JOE LYNN TURNER Performs In Saint Petersburg, Russia

Fan-filmed video of Joe Lynn Turner's September 24 concert at Jagger in Saint Petersburg, Russia can be seen below. The former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE frontman broke with most international artists who canceled their live appearances in Russia in response to the global condemnation against the Kreml...
September 26, 2022
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BLACKIE LAWLESS: W.A.S.P.'s Upcoming Tour Will Be 'Part 1930s Carnival, Part 'Road Warrior', Part Voodoo Ceremony'

During an appearance on a recent episode of the "Three Sides Of The Coin" podcast, W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless spoke about what fans can expect to see on the band's upcoming 40th-anniversary tour. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "To do a 40th[-anniversary] retrospective, I think yo...
September 20, 2022
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THE OBSESSED Cancels San Francisco Concert Over COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Doom metal legends THE OBSESSED have canceled their September 20 concert in San Francisco, California. Earlier today (Wednesday, September 14),the band released the following statement via social media: "It is with regret that THE OBSESSED will not be playing the September 20th show in San Francisc...
September 14, 2022
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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Announces New Lineup, Return To Live Stage

Michigan's THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER has just announced a show in Detroit on October 28 at Saint Andrew's Hall, which will be a celebration of the life and legacy of Trevor Strnad. The concert marks the band's return to the stage after the untimely passing of their beloved frontman on May 11. Founding...
September 14, 2022
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W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Still Doesn't Give A Damn What People Think

In a new interview with Metal Edge magazine, W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless was asked how he plans to stage a "real-deal W.A.S.P. show" to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary "with the existence of cancel culture and woke culture." He responded: "That's a complicated question you just asked. Beca...
September 14, 2022
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Watch STAIND Perform In Atlantic City During Summer/Fall 2022 U.S. Tour

Fan-filmed video of STAIND's September 10 performance at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey can be seen below. Earlier this month, STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok told Western Mass News that the band is working on a new album, which he said should be released sometime next year. In a sep...
September 11, 2022
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Watch: TESTAMENT Plays First Show With SEVEN SPIRES Drummer CHRIS DOVAS

TESTAMENT played its first show with stand-in drummer Chris Dovas (SEVEN SPIRES) this past Friday (September 9) at the Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona. Dovas is sitting behind the kit for TESTAMENT on the first six dates of the summer/fall leg of "The Bay Strikes Back Tour". He is filling in for regul...
September 11, 2022
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STAIND's New Studio Album To Be Released In 2023

STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok has told Western Mass News that the band is working on a new album, which he said should be released sometime next year. In a separate interview with Atlantic City Weekly, Mushok said that both he and STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis will continue to pursue other projects —...
September 9, 2022
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TESTAMENT Recruits SEVEN SPIRES Drummer CHRIS DOVAS For First Six Shows Of 'The Bay Strikes Back Tour'

SEVEN SPIRES drummer Chris Dovas will sit behind the kit for TESTAMENT on the first six shows of the summer/fall leg of "The Bay Strikes Back Tour". He will be filling in for regular TESTAMENT drummer Dave Lombardo, who is unable to make the dates due to a scheduling conflict with the MISFITS. On Tu...
September 7, 2022
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Watch: JOHN BUSH And CHUCK BILLY Perform ANTHRAX And TESTAMENT Classics With METAL ALLEGIANCE At ROCK IN RIO 2022

METAL ALLEGIANCE performed last night (Friday, September 2) at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The band's setlist included music from METAL ALLEGIANCE's self-titled album, "Fallen Heroes" EP and "Volume II - Power Drunk Majesty", as well as a special batch of ANTHRAX and TESTAMEN...
September 3, 2022
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W.A.S.P.: New Photo Book By ROSS HALFIN Coming In November

Having sold over 12 million albums worldwide, W.A.S.P. was one of the pre-eminent major label American heavy metal bands of the 1980s. Formed in 1982 in Los Angeles California, the band built a large and dedicated global following with its eponymous debut album and subsequent releases, including "Th...
September 1, 2022
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New EDDIE VAN HALEN Photo Book 'Ed By Zloz' Due In September

A new coffee table book photo book of Eddie Van Halen, "Ed By Zloz", will be released in September. The book by legendary photographer Neil Zlozower, which contains 384 full-color pages, includes many photos that haven't appeared in Neil's previous VAN HALEN books. Most of the pictures in "Ed By Zlo...
August 29, 2022
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KING DIAMOND On MERCYFUL FATE's Comeback: This Is 'Absolutely Not A Reunion'

King Diamond has once again clarified that MERCYFUL FATE's current comeback shouldn't be viewed as a "reunion" of the influential Danish heavy metal act. When it was announced in 2019 that MERCYFUL FATE would reform for an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020, i...
August 24, 2022
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W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS: 'I Don't Ever See Myself Retiring'

During an appearance on a recent episode of the "Rock Talk With Jacqui Neal" podcast, W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless reflected on his band's 40-year career. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I'm one of those people that doesn't measure time well. I hear a lot of people say, 'It's bee...
August 23, 2022