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Watch: TESTAMENT, MASTODON, SEPULTURA, OVERKILL, EXODUS Members Perform With METAL ALLEGIANCE At 10th-Anniversary Concert

On January 25, 2024, METAL ALLEGIANCE reassembled at the House Of Blues Anaheim for the band's 10th-anniversary celebration (which also coincided with the return of the winter NAMM show). The night was sponsored by Dean Guitars, ddrum and Heavys Headphones, with opening acts being DIETH, HELD HOSTAG...
January 26, 2024
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DOLLY PARTON On ROB HALFORD: 'I Just Loved Him'

In a new interview with SiriusXM's Eddie Trunk to promote Dolly Parton's rock album "Rockstar", the country icon discussed her duet with JUDAS PRIEST's Rob Halford on a song called "Bygones". On "Bygones", Dolly and Rob sing about apologizing to an unnamed party who refuses to forgive them and "let...
November 18, 2023
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Former DREAM THEATER Singer CHARLIE DOMINICI Dies

Former DREAM THEATER singer Charlie Dominici has died. He was reportedly 72 years old. The news of Charlie's passing was broken by DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, who took to his social media earlier today (Friday, November 17) to share a few photos of DREAM THEATER with Charlie, and he included...
November 17, 2023
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DREAM THEATER Announces Return Of Drummer MIKE PORTNOY

Grammy-winning progressive music titans DREAM THEATER have announced the return of drummer Mike Portnoy to the group. Portnoy will reunite with guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung — the trio formed the band at the Berklee College Of Music in 1985 — along with longtime members, vocalist Ja...
October 25, 2023
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METAL ALLEGIANCE Feat. ELLEFSON, PORTNOY, SKOLNICK: 10th-Anniversary Show Announced

METAL ALLEGIANCE began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community's most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself. On January 25, 2024, METAL ALLEG...
October 9, 2023
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The Sinner Rides Again

One of the greatest surprises of recent years, 2021's "Sermons Of The Sinner", was such a strong debut that it defied cynicism and made it plain that KK'S PRIEST was going to be a band worth taking seriously. Regardless of any lingering bitterness or animosity between K.K. Downing and the JUDAS PRIE...
September 26, 2023
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VILLE VALO Announces April/May 2024 European Tour

And so ends a new beginning. Nine short months have passed since "Neon Noir" cast its goth-inflected enchantments on the world. As a record, it was more than twelve wrought-iron statements of intent. It marked a triumphant return of HIM frontman Ville Valo to the live stage, and the ensuing seasons...
September 12, 2023
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Dethalbum IV / Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar

There has been an extended silence, but "the most successful entertainment act on the planet and the seventh largest economy" is set to return in a big way. DETHKLOK, the humorous and insane band featured in Adult Swim's animated series "Metalocalypse", is back with its first batch of new music in n...
August 21, 2023
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Shades Of Sorrow

Barely two years into their existence, CRYPTA already sounded like a finished, old-school death metal article. The Brazilians' 2021 debut album, "Echoes of the Soul", was an exhilarating revelation when it came out with rather less fanfare than it arguably deserved. With a sound that tapped into the...
August 1, 2023
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Morgöth Tales

Despite emerging from the well-populated thrash metal explosion of the mid-'80s, VOIVOD never sounded remotely like anyone else. Courtesy of the late, great Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, even the band's first few records were defiant in their refusal to rely on the same musical tropes that everyone else wa...
July 18, 2023
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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI: Playing Eight-String Guitar 'Helped Open Up A New World Of Dimension And Range With The Instrument'

During an appearance on the latest episode of the "Iron City Rocks" podcast, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci was asked how playing an eight-string guitar has changed the way he approaches writing songs, having that extra dimension to the instrument. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH...
June 21, 2023
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70000 TONS OF METAL's ANDY PILLER Takes On Cruise Criticism: 'The Line Ends With Me'

By David E. Gehlke After a two-year pandemic-related break, the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise returned to action in January. The brainchild of Swiss promoter Andy Piller, the cruise has its selling points as a five-day jaunt in warm, beautiful weather, surrounded by fellow music fans, 60 bands and coun...
March 24, 2023
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ROB HALFORD Says He Was Approached About Contributing To DOLLY PARTON's Rock Album

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford joined country legend Dolly Parton on stage last November at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony to perform her classic song "Jolene". Also appearing with them as part of a "super jam" performance were some of the other Rock Hall inductees, including Pat...
March 6, 2023
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ROB HALFORD On Sharing Microphone With DOLLY PARTON At ROCK HALL: 'I May Have Overstepped My Mark'

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford joined country legend Dolly Parton on stage last November at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony to perform her classic song "Jolene". Also appearing with them as part of a "super jam" performance were some of the other Rock Hall inductees, including Pat...
February 25, 2023
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DISTURBED's DAN DONEGAN Is 'Glad' PANTERA Is Playing Shows Again: 'It's Paying Respect And A Tribute To That Band'

DISTURBED's Dan Donegan has weighed in on the fact that PANTERA's surviving members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass) have united with guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) for a world tour under the PANTERA banner. Anselmo and Bro...
February 11, 2023