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LOUDNESS Cancels European Tour Due To 'Skyrocketing' Post-Pandemic Costs

Japanese heavy metal veterans LOUDNESS have canceled their previously announced European tour. The trek was most recently scheduled to kick off on April 6 in Essen, Germany and conclude on April 22 at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. On March 23, LOUDNESS released the followi...
March 26, 2023

'Rock For Ronnie' Concert To Benefit RONNIE JAMES DIO 'Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund'

"Rock For Ronnie Concert In The Park" will take place on Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2023 at Los Encinos Historic Park in Encino, California. The event, slated to be an afternoon of live rock music, silent and live auctions, food trucks and fun geared to the entire family, will benefit the Ronnie James...
March 15, 2023

THE GUESS WHO Announces New Album 'Plein D'Amour', Shares 'The King' Single

Legendary Canadian band THE GUESS WHO will release a new studio album, "Plein D'Amour", later in the year through its new partnership with Deko Entertainment. The official music video for the LP's first single, "The King", can be seen below. THE GUESS WHO enjoyed chart-topping hits in the late 1960s...
February 10, 2023

The Genius Of DEVIN TOWNSEND Meets The World Of Sci-Fi In New 'Ziltoid The Omniscient' Comic Series

From the mind of Devin Townsend, one of the most colorful and prolific heavy metal musicians, comes the bizarre and whimsical Ziltoid The Omniscient. Known for his high-concept albums and experimental approach, Townsend brings his unique sensibilities to the comics medium with the launch of this new...
February 10, 2023

MEGADETH's DIRK VERBEUREN Teams Up With ROPPONGI ROCKS To Launch Drum Key For Japanese Market

MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren has teamed up with Roppongi Rocks in Japan to launch a collectable limited-edition drum key for the Japanese market. "Dirk Verbeuren has been a friend of ours for many years, even prior to him joining MEGADETH," says Roppongi Rocks founder Stefan Nilsson. "He is not o...
February 6, 2023

Homicidal Ecstasy

It was arguably little more than a ridiculous name that lured death metal fans into their grimy slipstream, but SANGUISUGABOGG were deservedly hailed for the sheer knuckleheaded belligerence of their 2021 debut, "Tortured Whole". Having weathered the departure of guitarist and titular figurehead Cam...
February 2, 2023


An unexpected treat from the Steve Vai archives, "Vai/Gash" reveals a rarely seen side to the legendary guitarist. Recorded back in 1991, somewhere between "Passion and Warfare" and the Devin Townsend-augmented "Sex and Religion", this 30-minute project was conceived to provide Vai with some suitabl...
January 25, 2023

LAMB OF GOD's JOHN CAMPBELL Doesn't Rule Out 'Something Special' For 20th Anniversary Of 'As The Palaces Burn' Album

In a recent interview with Heavy New York, LAMB OF GOD bassist John Campbell was asked if there are any plans for him and his bandmates to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their third album, "As The Palaces Burn", which came out in May 2003 via Prosthetic Records. He responded (as transcribed...
January 7, 2023

DEVIN TOWNSEND Explains Why He Turned Down Chance To Audition For JUDAS PRIEST

Devin Townsend has confirmed that he was on the list of candidates when JUDAS PRIEST was looking for a new vocalist to fill the massive shoes of Rob Halford in the early 1990s. The 50-year-old Canadian musician/producer discussed the hypothetical pairing during an appearance on the latest episode of...
January 5, 2023

DEVIN TOWNSEND Says 'Brilliant' CHAD KROEGER Is 'Much More Of A Metalhead' Than He Is

Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend found an unlikely supporter in oft-reviled NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger, who offered Townsend some key bits advice before Devin embarked on the songwriting process for his "Empath" 2019 studio album. Opposites in many respects, Townsend originally connec...
January 2, 2023

DINO CAZARES Says FEAR FACTORY Won't Take Part In Any Paid Meet-And-Greets During 'Rise Of The Machine' Tour

Dino Cazares says that FEAR FACTORY won't be taking part in any paid meet-and-greets during the band's upcoming North American tour with STATIC-X, MUSHROOMHEAD and DOPE. Earlier today (Tuesday, December 27),Dino took to his Twitter to write: "If anyone bought VIP tix for the upcoming 'Rise Of The M...
December 27, 2022

DEVIN TOWNSEND Doesn't Blame People For Not Understanding Why He Can't Make New STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Music

Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend once again reiterated that he has no interest in reforming STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, the seminal industrial metal outfit he fronted until 2007. Since the band's dissolution, Townsend has been asked repeatedly whether he would reform STRAPPING, only to cite the me...
December 26, 2022

Reunited DÉTENTE To Perform Entire 'Recognize No Authority' Album At 2023 METAL THREAT FEST

After being inactive for over a decade, DÉTENTE will reunite to perform its classic album "Recognize No Authority" in its entirety at the Metal Threat Fest on April 16, 2023 in Lombard, Illinois. DÉTENTE is Dennis Butler (drums),Steve Hochheiser (bass),Caleb Quinn (guitar) and Tiina Teal (vocals)....
December 22, 2022

FEAR FACTORY's DINO CAZARES On Pandemic-Era Touring: 'People Don't Understand The Cost That Goes Into Doing These Tours'

In a new interview with the "Vulgar Display Of Podcast", FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares opened up about the realities of post-pandemic touring, including increased travel expenses — gas, tour buses, hotels and flight costs. Speaking about FEAR FACTORY's upcoming tour with STATIC-X, which was or...
December 21, 2022

SEBASTIAN BACH: What I Miss About The Late '80s/Early '90s Music Industry

As part of Jonathan Montenegro's "My 3 Questions To" series, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach was asked what he misses about the music industry of the late '80s and early '90s. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I would say what I miss about the music industry is the music indu...
December 19, 2022