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HAMMERFALL Releases 'Freedom' Single From Upcoming 'Avenge The Fallen' Album

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have released "Freedom", the third single from their upcoming album, "Avenge The Fallen", which is due on August 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. When it comes to the main focus of the album, frontman Joacim Cans mentions "freedom" and the urge to let anyone be who they want...
July 3, 2024

JOACIM CANS On Why HAMMERFALL Remains Committed To True Metal: 'I Play Music That I Want To Play'

By David E. Gehlke Widely credited for the late 1990s traditional metal revival that has shown few signs of slowing down, Sweden's HAMMERFALL now finds itself back on the label where it all started: Germany's Nuclear Blast Records. Amidst the upward trajectory of parallel signees DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOC...
July 3, 2024

HAMMERFALL Joined By Fans For 'Hail To The King' Performance At SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

On Saturday, June 8, Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL brought up around 60-70 fans to the stage at this year's Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden to help them sing the backing the vocals to the song "Hail To The King", the first single from their upcoming album "Avenge The Fallen". Video of thei...
June 9, 2024

HAMMERFALL Guitarist On 'Avenge The Fallen': It's 'One Of Our Strongest Albums In Recent Years'

In a new interview with Australia's Heavy, guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL spoke about the band's upcoming album, "Avenge The Fallen", which is due on August 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We've been working on it really hard. I've...
June 7, 2024

PAUL STANLEY Says KISS Avatars 'Will Look Nothing Like' They Did In Video Preview: 'They Will Be Mind-Bogglingly Realistic'

During an appearance on the latest episode of "The Allison Hagendorf Show", Paul Stanley praised the upcoming KISS avatar show, saying it will be "a must-see for everybody." The technology being used for the KISS avatars, originally developed for ABBA's "Voyage" show in London, will allow KISS to st...
June 5, 2024

HAMMERFALL Releases Music Video For New Single 'The End Justifies'

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have released a new single, "The End Justifies". This classic HAMMERFALL anthem is the second single from the band's upcoming album, "Avenge The Fallen", due on August 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. "The End Justifies" captures the essence of HAMMERFALL's signature sound,...
June 4, 2024

TOMMY THAYER Says Las Vegas Is A 'Strong Contender' For KISS Avatar Show

Tommy Thayer says that Las Vegas is "a strong contender" for the KISS avatar show. Using cutting-edge technology, Pophouse Entertainment Group, which was founded by ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus, will create digital versions of KISS. The project was previewed at the final KISS show in New York in December 20...
May 23, 2024

Why Does Sweden Have So Many Metal Bands? AVATAR's JOHANNES ECKERSTRÖM Weighs In

In a new interview with 105.7 The Point's "The Rizzuto Show", vocalist Johannes Eckerström of Swedish metallers AVATAR was asked why he thinks Sweden has one of the most vibrant metal scenes in the world and one of the highest densities of heavy metal bands per capita. He responded (as transcribed b...
May 23, 2024

ORBIT CULTURE Announces Headline Dates Around SLIPKNOT's 25th-Anniversary Tour

Following the announcement of a support slot on SLIPKNOT's "Here Comes The Pain" 25th-anniversary North American tour, Swedish juggernauts ORBIT CULTURE have revealed that they will play select headline shows to fill out the itinerary. Regional support will come from THROWN INTO EXILE, LIFE CYCLES a...
May 22, 2024

BRUCE KULICK Says KISS's Final Concert Was 'A Missed Opportunity' To Celebrate The Band's Past

In a new interview with Finland's Chaoszine, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick once again confirmed that he wasn't asked to perform at the band's final show and wasn't invited to attend the event, which was held last December at New York City's Madison Square Garden. "I got a sense that it wasn't g...
May 15, 2024

HAMMERFALL Announces 'Avenge The Fallen' Album, Shares 'Hail To The King' Single

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL will release their 13th studio album, "Avenge The Fallen", on August 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. That's right — less than a year after taking the final bow of the "United Forces" tour, the quintet of guitarist Oscar Dronjak, singer Joacim Cans, bass player Fredrik Larss...
April 25, 2024

Next AVATAR Album Could Arrive In Late 2025, Says JOHANNES ECKERSTRÖM

In a new interview with Mexico's Summa Inferno, AVATAR frontman Johannes Eckerström was asked if it's "too soon" to think about new music from the band, seeing as AVATAR released its latest album, "Dance Devil Dance", in February 2023. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Oh, no, not...
April 17, 2024

IN THIS MOMENT And ICE NINE KILLS Announce September/October 2024 North American Tour

After their wildly successful co-headlining run last year, ICE NINE KILLS and IN THIS MOMENT have announced the "Kiss Of Death Tour Part 2". The two bands will join forces once again to bring their spectacular and highly acclaimed live shows together this summer in 21 cities across the country. Very...
April 16, 2024

GENE SIMMONS: 'The Avatars Are The Future Of KISS'

In a new interview with Henrique Inglez de Souza of Brazil's Rockast, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons spoke about the band's recent decision to sell its music catalogue, brand name and likeness to Pophouse, the company behind ABBA's hologram concerts. A biopic, an avatar show, and a KISS-themed e...
April 15, 2024

GENE SIMMONS Says KISS's Decision To Sell Catalog, Name, Likeness And More Was A 'Natural Thing' To Do

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons spoke to People magazine about the band's decision to sell its entire music catalog, likeness and brand name to Pophouse, a Swedish entertainment group. Calling it the "natural thing" to do, he explained: "Life happens while you're busy making important plans. We w...
April 5, 2024