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CRONOS: VENOM Is Putting Finishing Touches On New Studio Album

VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant has confirmed that the band is putting the finishing touches on a new studio album. Speaking at this weekend's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany, he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We had a bit of a hassle because of the pandemic; we couldn't...
August 6, 2022
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Westgate Under Fire

Not content with being a world-class frontman in the greatest festival party band on the planet (that's SKINDRED, fact fans),  Benji Webbe returned to a rejigged DUB WAR in 2015 and "Westgate Under Fire" is the long-awaited result. The Welshman's former band briefly threatened to bother the mai...
August 4, 2022
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ARCH ENEMY, TRIVIUM, DARK TRANQUILLITY Singers To Perform At 'Metal: Hellsinger' Concert At GAMESCOM

Metal: Hellsinger, the heavy metal rhythm shooter from publisher Funcom and developer The Outsiders, will take to the stage at Gamescom, Europe's leading trade fair for digital games culture, on August 25 in Cologne, Germany in the largest live concert ever seen at the event. Several of the game's c...
August 4, 2022
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The Great Heathen Army

Rhetorical question incoming: has there ever been a more joyful phenomenon than the rise and rise of AMON AMARTH? As if to prove beyond doubt that the route to glory involves hard work, persistence and a cast-iron identity, the Swedes have become one of the biggest metal bands on the planet by ruthl...
August 2, 2022
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AUTOPSY To Release New Studio Album 'Morbidity Triumphant' In September

Death metal veterans AUTOPSY will release their new album, "Morbidity Triumphant", on September 30 through Peaceville Records. Since first bursting onto the death metal scene with the now-genre-classic "Severed Survival" back in 1989 and following up with the equally revered "Mental Funeral" album,...
July 27, 2022
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SATYRICON's FROST Says His Band Is 'Always Going Through A Constant Evolution'

Drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON spoke to Heavy New York about how he and his bandmates have progressed musical since the group's inception three decades ago. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "The way I see it, SATYRICON is always going thro...
July 21, 2022
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Pain Is Forever And This Is The End

Two-man bands have become so ubiquitous in heavy music over the last decade that it would be easy to forget how much MANTAR always stood out from the four-legged throng. The German duo's recorded works to date have been typified by an unparalleled, gung-ho approach, with a black metal and rock 'n' r...
July 14, 2022
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Hell Is In Your Head

It's difficult to make heads or tails of SENSES FAIL's eighth full-length. Dotted with references to T.S. Elliot and Robert Frost, "Hell Is In Your Head" touches on death and existential dread on individual and global scales. Subject matter ranges from personal loss to the cataclysmic consequences o...
July 12, 2022
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Watch: VENOM Performs At Italy's ROCK THE CASTLE Festival

Black metal pioneers VENOM performed at this year's Rock The Castle festival on Friday, June 24 in Villafranca di Verona, Italy. Fan-filmed video of the concert can be seen below. VENOM formed in 1979 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal...
July 2, 2022
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Watch JEFF BECK And JOHNNY DEPP Perform In Copenhagen During Summer 2022 European Tour

Fan-filmed video of Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp performing on June 28 at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below. Beck and Depp will release a collaborative album, "18", on July 15. Beck found a kindred spirit in Depp when the two met in 2016. They bonded quickly over cars and guitars and...
June 29, 2022
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JEFF BECK And JOHNNY DEPP Release Visualizer For Cover Of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND's 'Venus In Furs'

Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp will release a collaborative album, "18", on July 15. A visualizer for their cover of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND's "Venus In Furs", which is featured on the LP, can be seen below. Beck found a kindred spirit in Depp when the two met in 2016. They bonded quickly over cars and gu...
June 17, 2022
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JOAN JETT Fires Back At TED NUGENT: He 'Has To Live With Being TED NUGENT, So That's Punishment Enough'

Joan Jett has fired back at Ted Nugent over his recent criticism of Rolling Stone magazine for including Jett on its list of "100 Greatest Guitarists". In December, the 73-year-old rocker, whose recent time in the spotlight has been more for his political views than his music, railed against Jett's...
May 3, 2022
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The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain

Any kind of extreme music act that sticks around for several years faces the challenge of knowing how to proceed once it is three or four albums deep into its career. Pushing the intensity, whether it's speed or heaviness or whatever, will reach a ceiling at some point, but Scandinavian black metal...
April 25, 2022
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ANDREAS GEREMIA Says TANKARD 'Failed' At Shedding 'Beer Metal' Image In The 1990s

By David E. Gehlke Frankfurt, Germany's TANKARD enjoyed the kind of hands-off relationship with their first record company, Noise Records, that their labelmates in CELTIC FROST, HELLOWEEN and KREATOR could have only dreamed of. Notoriously acerbic Noise head Karl-Ulrich Walterbach made it a point to...
April 19, 2022
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Watch: VENOM Performs At Norway's INFERNO Festival

Black metal pioneers VENOM performed at this year's Inferno festival on Thursday, April 14 at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway. Fan-filmed video of the concert can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube channel Mo blackmetalbitch). VENOM formed in 1979 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the...
April 18, 2022