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HELLOWEEN Is Working On Material For Next Studio Album

In a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske was asked if he and his bandmates have commenced work on material for the follow-up to their self-titled effort, which came out in 2021. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Actually, 10 days ago, or maybe a w...
March 20, 2023

FOZZY's CHRIS JERICHO Gets Street He Grew Up On Renamed After Him

FOZZY frontman and wrestling superstar Chris Jericho was honored by Scott Gillingham, mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with a street named after him. He was also presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal by Manitoba premier Heather Stefanson. On Wednesday morning (March 15),se...
March 15, 2023

The Awakening

The role of vocals in KAMELOT — whether handled by Roy Khan and now Tommy Karevik — hasn't required the heavy lifting associated with melodic metal bands of a similar thread, i.e., early HELLOWEEN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE and STRATOVARIUS. The heavily orchestrated quality of KAMELOT's music meant Khan and...
March 13, 2023

KAMELOT's THOMAS YOUNGBLOOD: 'I've Never Allowed Someone Else To Dictate My Path'

By David E. Gehlke When KAMELOT was shopping for a record deal in the desolate, unforgiving mid-1990s, founding member and guitarist Thomas Youngblood was thinking long term. Rather than signing with a stateside label that may not understand KAMELOT's brand of melodic metal, Youngblood and company h...
March 7, 2023

Out Of The Dark

Still best known, internationally at least, for being Norway's entry for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, WIG WAM are a big, colorful and knowingly dumb hard rock band with a history of great success and several acclaimed albums under their studded leather belts. Between 2001 and 2014 they were a s...
February 8, 2023

RONNIE ROMERO Says He Contemplated Suicide Over Critiques Of His RAINBOW Performances

Ronnie Romero says he contemplated committing suicide twice over Internet critiques of his performances with the Ritchie Blackmore-led RAINBOW, with whom he played live shows between 2015 and 2019. In a recent interview with BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Romero, who is originally from Chile but is now settled i...
January 27, 2023

HELLOWEEN's ANDI DERIS On MICHAEL KISKE: 'It's A Shame That We Did Not Know Each Other For Decades'

Vocalist Andi Deris of veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN recently spoke to El Cuartel Del Metal about his personal chemistry with fellow HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske, who rejoined the band several years ago in time for the "Pumpkins United" tour. Asked if he was nervous about working with K...
January 15, 2023


By this point, it should be obvious that old-school heavy metal will never die. Despite what certain media outlets would prefer us to believe, there will always be bands emulating the '80s glory days. Because for all the myriad subgenres and offshoots that heavy music has served up over the decades,...
January 10, 2023


Reported to have been snapped up by a bigger label, TAILGUNNER are heavy metal purists on a mission. Formed in 2019, the British quintet have released a handful of singles to date, all included on this all-too-brief introductory EP. Yes, they do sound as if the last 30 years never happened, but unli...
December 11, 2022

ANTHRAX Cancels BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR Appearance Due To 'Logistical Issues'

ANTHRAX has canceled its appearance at next year's Bloodstock Open Air festival due to "logistical issues beyond [the band's] control". The thrash metal veterans were scheduled to perform on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on August 12, 2023. ANTHRAX has been replaced on the Bloodstock Open Air bill...
December 8, 2022

Watch HELLOWEEN Perform In Sofia, Bulgaria During Fall 2022 European Tour

Fan-filmed video of HELLOWEEN's October 13 concert at Arena Armeec Sofia in Sofia, Bulgaria can be seen below (courtesy of Bernd J. Schuster's YouTube channel). As previously reported, HELLOWEEN will embark on the "United Forces" tour of North America in May 2023. Support on the 13-date trek will co...
October 15, 2022

STRATOVARIUS's JENS JOHANSSON Brushes Off TIMO TOLKKI Reunion Talk: 'You Can't Turn Back Time'

By David E. Gehlke One of the measures by which metal keyboardists are judged, Jens Johansson is well beyond his days of playing underneath his keyboard stand with Yngwie Malmsteen or serving as a finalist for Kevin Moore's open spot in DREAM THEATER. The Swedish Johansson has since settled into his...
October 10, 2022


GRIM REAPER's founding guitarist Nick Bowcott took part in a special tribute concert to the band's late singer Steve Grimmett at this year's Keep It True Rising festival, which is being held from September 30 to October 2 in Würzburg, Germany. Joining Bowcott at the event were the surviving members...
October 2, 2022

HELLOWEEN Announces Spring 2023 North American Tour With HAMMERFALL

German power metallers HELLOWEEN will embark on the "United Forces" tour of North America in May 2023. Support on the 13-date trek will come from Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m. local time. HELLOWEEN singer Andi Deris comments: "We can't wait...
September 27, 2022

AVANTASIA Releases New Single 'The Inmost Light' Featuring HELLOWEEN's MICHAEL KISKE

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project will release its ninth album, "A Paranormal Evening With The Moonflower Society", on October 21 via Nuclear Blast. The disc will be the follow-up to "Moonglow", which came out in 2019. The official video for the LP's latest single, "The Inmost Light",...
September 23, 2022