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ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS Announces First Part Of AMERIKAN KAOS Trilogy, 'Armageddon Boogie'

On April 26, Metal Department will release the debut album from AMERIKAN KAOS, "Armageddon Boogie". AMERIKAN KAOS is described in a press release as "the secret love child" of guitar virtuoso Jeff Waters, best known as the founder and leader of Canadian thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR. AMERIKAN KA...
April 25, 2024

GUS G. Is 'Proud' Of His Guitar Solo In OZZY OSBOURNE Song 'Let Me Hear You Scream': 'It's Just Such A Cool Track'

In a new interview with Radioactive MikeZ, host of the 96.7 KCAL-FM program "Wired In The Empire", Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., who played on Ozzy Osbourne's 2010 album "Scream", was asked if there is a "signature song" on the LP where he "really put [his] stamp" on. He responded (as transcribed by...
April 1, 2024

GUS G. Explains Why EDDIE VAN HALEN Wasn't An Early Influence On His Guitar Playing

In a new interview with "Paltrocast" host Darren Paltrowitz, Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, was asked if legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen was an early musical influence...
February 29, 2024

Stand United

Gus G was already a name before he became the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne's band in 2009, but the big gig certainly helped his notoriety. At the time, Gus G was the ringleader of Greek power metal band FIREWIND and a buzzed-about lead guitarist in the metal scene. But his gig with Ozzy took him...
February 26, 2024

WITHERING SCORN Feat. Former MEGADETH, FATES WARNING Members: Second Album In The Works

WITHERING SCORN, the new band featuring former MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover and his brother, and fellow ex-MEGADETH member, Glen Drover, along with former FATES WARNING bassist Joe DiBiase and German singer Henning Basse, who has previously played with FIREWIND, METALIUM and MAYAN, has commenced wo...
February 17, 2024

GUS G. On Being Approached To Audition For MEGADETH: 'That Was A Discussion That Basically Didn't Go Anywhere'

In a new interview with The Logan Show, Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., who spent eight years as a hired gun in Ozzy Osbourne's solo band, confirmed that he was approached about auditioning for MEGADETH in late 2014. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "What happened was [then-MEGADETH bassi...
February 16, 2024

GUS G. Says He Was Approached To Audition For MEGADETH Before KIKO LOUREIRO Joined The Band

In a new interview with The Chuck Shute Podcast, Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., who spent eight years as a hired gun in Ozzy Osbourne's solo band, was asked if he ever got approached by any other bigger artists to join them. "I had offers to… Actually, I've never told that anybody — in the press, at...
February 12, 2024

FIREWIND Shares New Song 'Chains'

FIREWIND will release a new studio album, "Stand United", on March 1, 2024 via AFM. The official lyric video for the LP's latest single, the powerful hard rock anthem "Chains", can be seen below. FIREWIND mastermind Gus G. says: "This is the last single we put out as we're getting closer to the 'Sta...
February 9, 2024

MASTERPLAN Releases New Single 'Rise Again'

MASTERPLAN, which features former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, has released a brand new song, "Rise Again". An official lyric video for the track can be seen below. Following the band's colossal anniversary edition, a reissue of their memorable debut re-released in 2023 via AFM Records, today,...
January 26, 2024

Ex-DREAM THEATER Drummer MIKE MANGINI Says He Had No Advance Notice On MIKE PORTNOY's Return: It Was 'Immediate'

In a new interview with Chris Akin Presents…, former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini was asked if he had any "advance notice" that the band's original drummer Mike Portnoy would return to the group last fall or if it was "really immediate". He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Imme...
January 23, 2024

PAUL DI'ANNO's Australian Tour Kick-Off Described By One Reviewer As 'The World's Slowest Heavy Metal Car Crash'

Fan-filmed video of ex-IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno's January 17 concert at The Gov in Adelaide, Australia can be seen below. The Adelaide show was the second stop on Di'Anno's five-date Australian tour, which kicked off on January 16 at the Amplifier Bar in Perth. In his review of the Perth gig,...
January 18, 2024

Former DREAM THEATER Drummer MIKE MANGINI Returns With Exclusive Masterclass Series

Former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini is thrilled to announce a special masterclass series, marking his return to in-person educational sessions after more than a decade-long hiatus. With a passion for sharing knowledge and fostering musical growth, the Grammy-winning drummer, composer, and musi...
January 2, 2024

MIKE MANGINI Is 'Very' Proud Of Everything He Accomplished With DREAM THEATER

In a new interview with Brazil's Ibagenscast, Mike Mangini was asked "how proud" he is of the "legacy" that he built with DREAM THEATER during his 13-year stint with the progressive metal band. He said in part (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Very. I'm so happy to have been a part of the lives...
December 15, 2023

Watch PAUL DI'ANNO Perform IRON MAIDEN Classics In Kolin, Czech Republic

Fan-filmed video of former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno performing a set of the band's classic songs on December 12 at Městský Společenský Dům in Kolin, Czech Republic can be seen below. In a recent interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, Di'Anno was asked about the status of the much-anticipate...
December 13, 2023

FIREWIND Announces Spring 2024 U.S. Tour

FIREWIND will embark on a U.S. tour in April 2024. Support on the trek will come from EDGE OF PARADISE and IMMORTAL GUARDIAN. FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. states: "We're proud and excited to bring our new album 'Stand United' world tour to America! "In 2022 we made our comeback tour after a nine-year a...
November 21, 2023