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BLIND GUARDIAN's HANSI KÜRSCH Talks 'The God Machine': 'We Said It Was Time For An Intense Album'

By David E. Gehlke German power metal veterans BLIND GUARDIAN have a defined songwriting core of vocalist/lyricist Hansi Kürsch and guitarist/composer André Olbrich. The two are responsible for some of the finest epic metal numbers of the last 30-plus years and also for some of its most orchestrated...
August 14, 2022
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Watch: NITA STRAUSS Plays First Live Show With DEMI LOVATO

Former ALICE COOPER guitarist Nita Strauss played her first full live show with Demi Lovato last night (Saturday, August 13) at the Grandstand at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois. Fan-filmed video of the concert can be seen below. Shortly after the performance, Nita took to her Twitt...
August 14, 2022
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ANTHRAX's CHARLIE BENANTE: 'For Us, The Music Always Came First'

In a recent interview with the "Talk Toomey" podcast, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante spoke about how he and his bandmates managed to weather the peaks and valleys of a four-decade career that included several singer changes and a fluctuation of heavy metal's popularity. He said (as transcribed by B...
August 13, 2022
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Animalistic

Looking back, it's remarkable how many classic hard rock artists' legendary albums were released in rapid succession. The first six KISS studio records were issued over a span of just 40 months; "Paranoid" came out only seven months after BLACK SABBATH's debut, with "Master of Reality" following a s...
August 12, 2022
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DIO: 'Donington '83' And 'Donington '87' To Be Re-Released In September

On September 23, Niji Entertainment and BMG will re-release two legendary live performances from DIO at the Castle Donington festival in the United Kingdom. "Donington '83" captures the original DIO lineup on the "Holy Diver" tour and captures a young, hungry band three months after the release of t...
August 11, 2022
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Former IN FLAMES Members Didn't 'Overthink' The Songwriting Process For THE HALO EFFECT: 'We Just Stick To What We Know Best'

THE HALO EFFECT, the new project featuring five former members of the Swedish metal band IN FLAMES — Jesper Strömblad (guitar), Daniel Svensson (drums), Peter Iwers (bass), Niclas Engelin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (vocals) — will release its debut album, "Days Of The Lost", on August...
August 11, 2022
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ROY KHAN Is 'Extremely Thankful That KAMELOT Was Able To Continue Without' Him

Roy Khan says that he is "extremely thankful" that KAMELOT was able to continue after he left the band. The 52-year-old Norwegian singer announced his exit from KAMELOT in April 2011 after taking several months off to recover from a "burnout." After his departure from KAMELOT, Khan, who is a devout...
August 10, 2022
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Days Of The Lost

As much as most of us like to see metal progress and evolve, there remains a lot to be said for getting straight to the point. THE HALO EFFECT comprises five former members of IN FLAMES, and "Days Of The Lost" is a big, brash and bombastic melodic death metal album, noticeably akin to the kind of re...
August 10, 2022
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Watch: VIO-LENCE Plays First Show With Fill-In Guitarist IRA BLACK

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans VIO-LENCE played their first show with guitarist Ira Black on Tuesday (August 9) at the Brutal Assault festival in Jaromer, Czech Republic. Fan-filmed video of the concert is available below (courtesy of Aviad Attia). Black, who grew up in the Bay Area an...
August 10, 2022
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Deceivers

ARCH ENEMY have become such an unassailable part of the heavy metal furniture that it would be easy to forget how utterly against-the-grain they seemed at the start. Eschewing the prevailing black metal winds of the day, and only paying slender regard to his past achievements in CARCASS and CARNAGE,...
August 9, 2022
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AMON AMARTH Members 'Always Get Along': 'There's Really Nothing That We Argue About', Says OLAVI MIKKONEN

In a new interview with Jorge Botas of Portugal's "Metal Global", guitarist Olavi Mikkonen of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH spoke about the interpersonal relationships within the band, especially considering the fact that the group has been in existence for three decades. "I think touring is r...
August 8, 2022
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MARK KENDALL Says New GREAT WHITE Singer ANDREW FREEMAN Is Able To Hit All The High Notes In Band's Classic Songs

This past May, GREAT WHITE announced that it had parted ways with singer Mitch Malloy and had replaced him with Andrew Freeman (LAST IN LINE). Malloy had been in GREAT WHITE for nearly four years, having joined the group in 2018 following the departure of Terry Ilous. Asked in a new interview with "...
August 7, 2022
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VIVIAN CAMPBELL Says He Hasn't Heard Good Reports About DIO 'Holy Diver' Remix, Questions Decision To Release LP Outtakes

DIO's classic debut album, 1983's "Holy Diver", was reissued last month as "Holy Diver: Super Deluxe Edition" via Rhino. The four-CD boxed set comes with two versions of "Holy Diver". The first is a new mix of the album made by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SLIPKNOT). He used the origi...
August 7, 2022
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VINNY APPICE Admits It Was 'Risky' Remixing DIO's 'Holy Diver': 'When You Mess With A Classic, You're Taking A Chance'

DIO's classic debut album, 1983's "Holy Diver", was reissued last month as "Holy Diver: Super Deluxe Edition" via Rhino. The four-CD boxed set comes with two versions of "Holy Diver". The first is a new mix of the album made by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SLIPKNOT). He used the origi...
August 6, 2022
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Watch: AMON AMARTH Plays Surprise Set At Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish melodic death metallers AMON AMARTH played a surprise set at this year's Wacken Open Air festival on Thursday, August 4 in Wacken, Germany. After the performance, the band took to its social media to share a short video of the concert, along with the following message: "Heathens! Thank you f...
August 5, 2022