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GEOFF TATE Thinks 'It's A Great Idea' For Singers To Rely On Backing Tracks During Live Shows

Original QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate says that it is "a great idea" for singers to rely on backing tracks to enhance their lead vocals during their concerts. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technol...
February 28, 2024
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ACCEPT Shares Music Video For Title Track Of Upcoming Album 'Humanoid'

Legendary German/American heavy metal titans ACCEPT have shared the official music video for "Humanoid", the title track of their upcoming album. The hard-hitting first single features razor-sharp riffs in true ACCEPT style and comments on our reliance on technology. The dystopian atmosphere of the...
February 28, 2024
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DEF LEPPARD Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of 'Pyromania' With Deluxe Expanded Edition

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their iconic album "Pyromania", veteran British rockers DEF LEPPARD will release a deluxe expanded edition in April 2024. Fans can listen to "Photograph - Rough Mix Version (Unfinished Vocal)" on all streaming platforms on March 1. The track is an unreleased demo...
February 28, 2024
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ZAKK WYLDE On Playing With Reformed PANTERA: 'It's A Beautiful Thing, Man'

In a new interview with Chuck Armstrong of Loudwire Nights, Zakk Wylde was asked about his involvement with the reformed PANTERA, in which he is joined by the band's surviving members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass),alongside ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante. The guitarist said (as tran...
February 28, 2024
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ELOY CASAGRANDE On His Exit From SEPULTURA: 'Decisions Needed To Be Made Thinking About New Cycles That Will Come'

Drummer Eloy Casagrande says that his decision to leave SEPULTURA was made "with a view toward new cycles that will come." The news of Eloy's exit from SEPULTURA came just two months after the band announced it would celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2024 by embarking on a "farewell tour" which will...
February 27, 2024
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K.K. DOWNING Explains How Guitar Playing In JUDAS PRIEST Was 'Lopsided' Compared To That In KK'S PRIEST

In a new interview with Joe Rock of the WBAB radio station, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing spoke about the musical chemistry between him and his KK'S PRIEST bandmate, guitarist A.J. Mills. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I've known A.J. since he was in [a band called HOSTI...
February 27, 2024
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AS I LAY DYING Announces Summer 2024 U.S. Tour With CHELSEA GRIN And ENTHEOS

AS I LAY DYING has announced a U.S. summer 2024 tour. The 26-date trek will kick off July 9 on the West Coast with major market performances in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles before concluding at a hometown show on August 10 at The Observatory Northpark. Support on the tour will come from CHELSE...
February 27, 2024
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EXODUS To Enter Studio In May

In a new video uploaded to his Zetro's Toxic Vault YouTube channel, EXODUS frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza offered an update on the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2021's "Persona Non Grata" album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We're writing new EXODUS right now and I...
February 27, 2024
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OZZY OSBOURNE Explains Why He Turned Down KANYE WEST's Sample Request

Ozzy Osbourne has spoken to Rolling Stone magazine about the decision to refuse permission to Kanye West to sample an Ozzy song at a listening event for the rapper's new album in Chicago. West, who is now known as Ye, and Ty Dolla $ign hosted the listening party at the United Center earlier in the m...
February 27, 2024
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Drummer ELOY CASAGRANDE Quits SEPULTURA To Join 'Another Project'

Drummer Eloy Casagrande has left SEPULTURA to join "another project", with some fans speculating that he will be the new drummer of SLIPKNOT. The news of Eloy's exit from SEPULTURA comes just two months after the band announced it would celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2024 by embarking on a "farew...
February 27, 2024
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P.O.D. Announces 'I Got That' Tour With BAD WOLVES, NORMA JEAN And BLIND CHANNEL

Platinum-selling rock juggernaut P.O.D. — Sonny Sandoval (vocals),Marcos Curiel (guitar) and Traa Daniels (bass) — will embark on a headline North American tour this spring in support of the band's 11th album, "VERITAS", due on May 3 via Mascot Records. Also appearing on the bill will be BAD WOLVES...
February 27, 2024
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TONY KAKKO On SONATA ARCTICA's Return To Power Metal On 'Clear Cold Beyond': 'It Was Like Riding A Bike'

By David E. Gehlke Finland's SONATA ARCTICA were on a four-album winning streak by the time the touring cycle for 2004's "Reckoning Night" concluded. With countrymen STRATOVARIUS consumed by lineup instability, SONATA ARCTICA stepped up to the plate with a series of LPs that were shamelessly fast, o...
February 27, 2024
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JUDAS PRIEST's IAN HILL On Recording Process For 'Invincible Shield': 'It Was Different'

In a new interview with Nicholas Kobe of WOUB.org, JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill spoke about the songwriting process for the band's upcoming album, "Invincible Shield", which will arrive on March 8 via Sony Music. He said: "Well, I'm not one of the writers. That'll be Richie [Faulkner, guitar], Glen...
February 26, 2024
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MIKE PORTNOY Denies His Return To DREAM THEATER Had Anything To Do With SONS OF APOLLO's 'Demise'

Mike Portnoy has shot down the suggestion that his return to DREAM THEATER is the reason for the end of his progressive metal supergroup SONS OF APOLLO. SONS OF APOLLO, which also featured guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES),bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS),keyboardi...
February 26, 2024
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METALLICA And BLACKENED Share 'The Core Of Collaboration' Episode Of 'The Blending Sessions' Video Series

Blackened master distiller and blender Rob Dietrich and METALLICA have shared "The Core Of Collaboration", a new episode in an exclusive series of conversations titled "The Blending Sessions" in which they reveal what goes into making music and whiskey. Tune in to learn more about their creative pro...
February 26, 2024