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BLACK SABBATH's Original Manager Receives Honorary Doctorate In Music

Jim Simpson, the original manager of BLACK SABBATH and the undisputed king promotor of jazz and blues in Birmingham, has received an honorary doctorate in music. The University of Birmingham bestowed its award on the city's famous live music impresario at a graduation ceremony yesterday — the eve of...
July 19, 2024
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SAMMY HAGAR Says JOE SATRIANI Is 'Doing EDDIE VAN HALEN Right' On 'Best Of All Worlds' Tour: 'No One Could Complain'

During an appearance on today's (Thursday, July 18) episode of SiriusXM's "Trunk Naition With Eddie Trunk", Sammy Hagar spoke about his summer 2024 tour, which kicked off Saturday night (July 13) at the 20,000-capacity iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida. For "The Best Of All W...
July 18, 2024
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DREAM THEATER's JORDAN RUDESS On Upcoming Reunion Album With MIKE PORTNOY: The 'Magic' Is 'Back'

In a new interview with Chris Akin Presents, DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess talked about the band's upcoming sixteenth album, which will mark the progressive metal legends' first LP since drummer Mike Portnoy's return to the group last October. Asked how the new album compares to the rest o...
July 18, 2024
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CHAD GRAY Wants New MUDVAYNE Music To Be 'Timeless'

In a new interview with Pablo of the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X, MUDVAYNE frontman Chad Gray spoke about the progress of the songwriting sessions for their next studio release. The reunited metallers haven't put out any new material since 2009, which means a decade and a half has gone...
July 18, 2024
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KERRY KING: 'It Wouldn't Surprise Me' If SLAYER Played Some Reunion Shows In Europe

In a new interview with Frank Godla of Metal Injection, Kerry King once again spoke about the fact that SLAYER's upcoming reunion shows were announced just weeks after he told Rolling Stone magazine that a SLAYER comeback was unlikely. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I turned [SLAYER...
July 18, 2024
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Hálios

Five years after releasing one of the most terrifying debut records in recent memory, Slovakia's CEREMONY OF SILENCE have become even more twisted. There are certainly a few moments on "Hálios" which could, at a push, be described as blackened death metal, or at least some skewed facsimile. But what...
July 18, 2024
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EXODUS/SLAYER Guitarist GARY HOLT: 'If You Really Believe In God, You Believe In Some Horrible F***ing S***'

In a new interview with the Scandalous Podcast, EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt was asked if he is spiritual at all. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Oh, fuck no. [Laughs] No, I'm an atheist. I do not believe at all. I'm not agnostic. I follow the science. If you really beli...
July 18, 2024
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EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS Releases 'R.E.D.' Single From Upcoming Debut Solo Album

EPICA singer Simone Simons has released the music video for the song "R.E.D." from her upcoming debut solo album. Due on August 23 via Nuclear Blast Records, "Vermillion" is a collaboration with Simone's longtime musical partner Arjen Lucassen (AYREON). Simons and Lucassen comment: "'R.E.D.' deals w...
July 18, 2024
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STRYPER Shares 'Loves Symphony' And 'Grateful' Singles From Upcoming 'When We Were Kings' Album

Pioneering Christian metal band STRYPER will release a new studio album, "When We Were Kings", on September 13. The LP's second and third singles, "Loves Symphony" and "Grateful", have just been made available and can be streamed below. About "Loves Symphony", STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet states:...
July 18, 2024
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BRUJERIA's CIRIACO 'PINCHE PEACH' QUEZADA Dead At 57

Longtime BRUJERIA vocalist and samplist Ciriaco "Pinche Peach" Quezada has died at the age of 57. Earlier today (Thursday, July 18),BRUJERIA's leader Juan Brujo released the following statement via social media: "I never thought I would have to do something like this. This is not easy for me. So he...
July 18, 2024
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LAMB OF GOD Shares 'Laid To Rest (Health Remix)' From 'Ashes Of The Wake (20th Anniversary Edition)'

Richmond, Virginia-based metallers LAMB OF GOD, who launch their "Ashes Of Leviathan" co-headlining tour with MASTODON tomorrow in Austin, have shared a second preview of "Ashes Of the Wake (20th Anniversary Edition)" with today's release of "Laid To Rest (HEALTH Remix)" . LAMB OF GOD singer Randy B...
July 18, 2024
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Would MUSHROOMHEAD Ever Perform Without The Masks? STEVE 'SKINNY' FELTON Responds

In a new interview with Scott Itter of Dr. Music, Steve "Skinny" Felton, drummer and founder of Cleveland theatrical art-metal ensemble MUSHROOMHEAD, was asked if he and his bandmates would ever consider performing without their trademark masks. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Ye...
July 17, 2024
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MARK MORTON Has The 'Utmost Respect' For KERRY KING: 'That Dude Is A Real One. He's An Absolute Real One'

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton and MASTODON singer-bassist Troy Sanders are featured in Heavy Consequence's "Two For The Road" series in which two artists touring together chat about playing shows, life backstage, and more. Regarding the fact that SLAYER guitarist Kerry King's new eponymous band...
July 17, 2024
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SHARON OSBOURNE Claims BRUCE DICKINSON Was 'Eaten Up With Jealousy For' OZZY During 2005 OZZFEST

Sharon Osbourne has once again accused Bruce Dickinson of being "jealous" of Ozzy Osbourne. The IRON MAIDEN singer was involved in a verbal battle with Ozzy's wife and manager nearly two decades ago when his band was pelted with eggs, lighters and ice during the final performance of its headlining p...
July 17, 2024
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MEGADETH's TEEMU MÄNTYSAARI: 'MARTY FRIEDMAN Has Been Always One Of The Guitarists Up There For Me'

In a new interview with Jorge Fretes of Spain's GoetiaMedia, MEGADETH guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari discussed his musical influences. Asked if Marty Friedman is the former MEGADETH guitarist he is "most fond of," as seems to be the case with most people, Teemu said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):...
July 17, 2024