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SKID ROW Singer ERIK GRÖNWALL Shares His Cover Of JUDAS PRIEST's 'Painkiller'

SKID ROW singer Erik Grönwall has shared his cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Painkiller". The track, which features Love Magnusson on lead guitar and Erik Modin on drums, was produced, mixed and mastered by Jona Tee. Erik, who made his recording debut with SKID ROW on the recently release...
January 28, 2023

AVATAR Taps HALESTORM's LZZY HALE For 'Violence No Matter What'

Swedish metallers AVATAR have unleashed yet another track from their upcoming ninth album, "Dance Devil Dance", due out February 17 via Black Waltz Records, distributed by Thirty Tigers. Today, the band has shared the new song "Violence No Matter What", a powerhouse duet with the inimitable Lzzy Hal...
January 27, 2023

HALESTORM Is Already Coming Up With Ideas For Follow-Up To 'Back From The Dead'

In a new interview with Troy Culpan of May The Rock Be With You, HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale expressed her hope that she and her bandmates will have "a new record — kind of — set and figured out" by the end of 2023. And "maybe [even] done," HALESTORM guitarist Joe Hottinger said, adding that "the...
January 26, 2023

DEATH ANGEL's ROB CAVESTANY Is 'Excited' To Start Working On More New Music

EXODUS frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza's YouTube show, "Zetro's Toxic Vault", has uploaded a new episode featuring a three-part interview with DEATH ANGEL guitarist Rob Cavestany. During the lengthy chat, which was conducted last October, Rob said that he and his bandmates are "definitely overdue" for...
January 24, 2023

IRON MAIDEN Offers Fans Chance To Buy Jewelry Made From Bandmembers' Used Guitar Strings

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have teamed up with The Guitarwrist, a not-for-profit company, to reduce the amount of strings metal ending in landfill, while raising money for Heavy Metal Truants, a charity cycling group co-founded by Metal Hammer's former editor-in-chief Alexander Milas an...
January 18, 2023


In a new interview with Czech Republic's Backstage TV, DEATH ANGEL singer Mark Osegueda spoke about his appreciation for British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "JUDAS PRIEST is my favorite heavy metal band of all time. When you say heavy metal, they a...
January 10, 2023

DAUGHTRY Teams Up With LZZY HALE For Cover Of JOURNEY's 'Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)'

Multi-platinum rock band DAUGHTRY has released a new cover song, "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)", a tribute to legendary rock band JOURNEY featuring vocals from Lzzy Hale, lead singer of HALESTORM. The cover releases exactly 40 years to the day that the original song was released on January 5, 1983....
January 5, 2023

AREJAY HALE Says 'Back From The Dead' Is HALESTORM Album With 'The Most Live Energy'

In a new interview with MetalTalk's Dany Jones, HALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale was asked how he feels about some fans calling the band's latest album, "Back From The Dead", HALESTORM's heaviest effort to date. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I can see that being the case. In my ex...
December 31, 2022

ERIK GRÖNWALL Admits He Was 'Scared' Before Performing With SKID ROW For First Time

New SKID ROW singer Erik Grönwall, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2021, spoke to Australia's Metal-Roos about how his cancer battle affected his outlook on his music career, particularly as it relates to the passion that he puts into his vocal performance. He said (as t...
December 30, 2022

HALESTORM's JOSH SMITH On Post-Pandemic Touring: 'Everything Costs More' Now

In a new interview with Primordial Radio, HALESTORM bassist Josh Smith and drummer Arejay Hale spoke about the realities of post-pandemic touring, including increased travel expenses — gas, tour buses, hotels and flight costs. Josh said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We're navigating the tro...
December 29, 2022

Japan's All-Female Metal Band LOVEBITES Returns With New Bassist And 'Judgement Day' Music Video

LOVEBITES, the all-female heavy metal band from Tokyo, Japan, has returned from its hiatus with a new member, a new music video and news of a fourth studio album coming in February 2023. The LP is also available to preorder today from JPU Records, and is available physically in three editions. "Judg...
December 23, 2022

APOCALYPTICA's EICCA TOPPINEN Explains 'Rise Again' Collaboration With EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS (Video)

Last week, Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA released a new song, "Rise Again", featuring a guest appearance by Simone Simons of EPICA on vocals. Accompanied by an artistic and unique music video directed by Lisa Mann, "Rise Again" is a new version of APOCALYPTICA's instrumental track "Rise", taken...
December 22, 2022

SKID ROW's DAVE 'SNAKE' SABO Opens Up About His Upcoming Neck Surgery: 'I'm Looking Forward To It'

Last month, SKID ROW postponed its previously announced tour of Australia in order to allow guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo "the proper time to heal" from his "rescheduled neck surgery." The dates, which were originally slated to happen in December, will now take place in May 2023. Sabo opened up about...
December 16, 2022

APOCALYPTICA Releases New Single 'Rise Again' Featuring EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS

Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA have released a new song, "Rise Again", featuring a guest appearance by Simone Simons of EPICA on vocals. Accompanied by an artistic and unique music video directed by Lisa Mann, "Rise Again" is a new version of APOCALYPTICA's instrumental track "Rise", taken from...
December 16, 2022


KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, IRON MAIDEN and SLIPKNOT will headline next year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place June 15-18, 2023 in Clisson, France. Also scheduled to appear are DEF LEPPARD, PANTERA, HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, PORCUPINE TREE, AMON AMARTH, ALTER BRIDGE and WITHIN TEMPTATION, among many others....
December 15, 2022