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Original VENOM Guitarist JEFF 'MANTAS' DUNN Suffers Second Heart Attack

Original VENOM and current VENOM INC. guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn has revealed that he recently suffered another heart attack. The 63-year-old British-born musician, who currently resides with his wife in Portugal, previously suffered a heart attack and underwent a double bypass surgery in May 2018...
May 3, 2024
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TONY DOLAN Explains VENOM INC.'s Split With ABADDON, Says 'You Can Only Do So Much For Someone'

Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan says that VENOM INC.'s split with Antony "Abaddon" Bray happened because the drummer "never came back" to the band after taking a leave of absence. In early 2018, VENOM INC. revealed that it was recruiting Jeramie Kling of the Tampa-based melodic death metal group THE ABS...
April 14, 2024
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VENOM INC. Recruits Drummer MARC 'JXN' JACKSON

VENOM INC. has recruited Marc "JXN" Jackson as the band's new drummer. Jackson was previously a member of M:PIRE OF EVIL, the group formed in 2010 by ex-VENOM and current VENOM INC. members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals). In a new interview with Arrow...
April 7, 2024
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HATEBREED Announces 30th-Anniversary Fall 2024 North American Tour

Grammy-nominated hardcore icons HATEBREED will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a North American tour in the fall. The trek will kick off on September 26 in Portland, Maine and will conclude on October 27 in Norfolk, Virginia. Support on the tour will come from CARCASS, HARMS WAY and CRYPTA. A...
March 19, 2024
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LEMMY's Ashes To Be Displayed Annually At U.K.'s BLOODSTOCK Festival

Bloodstock, by arrangement with MOTÖRHEAD management, have announced that our legendary, late, great Lemmy Kilmister will be permanently memorialized at the heavy metal festival. Some of Lemmy's ashes will be housed at Bloodstock — one of only a few places globally — in a unique urn, with the festiv...
March 14, 2024
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BILL STEER: CARCASS Is Not Working On Any New Music At The Moment

In a new interview with Australia's "Everblack" podcast, guitarist Bill Steer of British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS was asked if he and his bandmates were working on the follow-up to 2021's "Torn Arteries" album. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Not at the moment. I mean, as...
March 9, 2024
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Oozing Radioactive Vomition

It is a point I'm making on an almost weekly basis, but it still bears repeating: this has been another fantastic year for death metal. And even though we're deep into December, the seemingly never-ending cavalcade of top-quality releases is still ongoing. Another monstrously impressive band from th...
December 13, 2023
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Heartrot

It seems that solo albums are like novels: everyone, the old adage goes, has got one in them, just waiting to be written. Obviously, there are plenty of examples of musicians that should probably have been discouraged from ever entertaining the idea, but that's the price of freedom, folks. Luckily,...
November 30, 2023
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SACRED REICH To Enter Studio In April 2024

Arizona thrash metal veterans SACRED REICH are planning to enter the studio in April 2024 to begin recording the follow-up to 2019's "Awakening". The band's recording plans were revealed earlier today (Thursday, November 23) in a Thanksgiving Day social media post by SACRED REICH bassist/vocalist Ph...
November 23, 2023
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Obsidian Refractions

CRUCIAMENTUM is one of death metal's most revered, underground, post-2000 bands for "those in the know." Eight years since its proper debut full-length, "Charnel Passages", CRUCIAMENTUM return with what is sure to be one of the year's best death metal albums, its sophomore effort, "Obsidian Refracti...
November 20, 2023
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Original VENOM Guitarist JEFF 'MANTAS' DUNN On 'Welcome To Hell' Album: 'That Was A Moment Captured In Time'

In an interview with Neuborn Open Air festival in Wörrstadt, Germany, original VENOM and current VENOM INC. guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn reflected on the former band's early albums, particularly 1981's "Welcome To Hell", which had a low-budget raw production that many black metal bands took influenc...
October 31, 2023
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CARCASS's BILL STEER: 'Our Music Would Sound So Different If We Started Doing It Electronically'

In an interview with Oxygène Radio's "Métal Zone" at last month's Muscadeath festival in Vallet, France, guitarist Bill Steer and drummer Dan Wilding of British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS were asked about the band's songwriting process. Wilding responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "No...
October 10, 2023
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Esto Es Brujeria

From their brutal beginnings, BRUJERIA, Spanish for "witchcraft", has commandeered a notorious reputation. The maniacal death-grind unit's over-the-top album artwork has depicted the madness of cartel violence in the least subtle manner imaginable. While the imagery overtly suggests an exclusive Mex...
September 11, 2023
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VENOM INC. Recruits Former VENOM Guitarist MIKE HICKEY For U.S. Tour

Guitarist Mike Hickey, known for his work with VENOM, CARCASS, CATHEDRAL and CRONOS, will join VENOM INC. on the band's upcoming U.S. tour. The trek, with support from SATAN, RINGWORM and 72 LEGIONS, will kick off on September 27 in New York and conclude on October 15 in Boston, Massachusetts. Hicke...
September 7, 2023
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AMORPHIS Guitarist TOMI KOIVUSAARI Launches Solo Project BJØRKØ

Best known as the driving force behind Finnish metal icons AMORPHIS, guitarist Tomi Koivusaari steps into his own spotlight with BJØRKØ, his long-awaited solo project. A journey 15 years in the making, "Heartrot", the project's debut album, will be released this December through Svart Records. The a...
September 1, 2023