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Watch: Progressive Metal Legends WATCHTOWER Perform In Austin

The Ed Morales and montopolisTHRASHER YouTube channels have uploaded video of WATCHTOWER's January 5 performance at Come And Take It Live in Austin, Texas. You can now watch the clips below. WATCHTOWER played its first reunion concert with singer Jason McMaster on September 8, 2023 at Fitzgeral...
January 6, 2024

KIKO LOUREIRO On His Replacement In MEGADETH: 'I Thought Bringing MARTY FRIEDMAN Back Would Be Amazing'

In a new interview with Guitar World magazine, guitarist Kiko Loureiro, who announced his exit from MEGADETH last September, revealed that he recommended to Dave Mustaine that he be formally replaced by one of his predecessors, Marty Friedman. The gig eventually went to Finnish guitarist Teemu Mänty...
January 4, 2024

'How Women Are Conquering Metal': New Documentary Features DORO PESCH, BURNING WITCHES And NERVOSA, Among Others

German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has shared a 26-minute documentary exploring "the history of women in the metal scene". In a description accompanying the YouTube release of the documentary, titled "How Women Are Conquering Metal", Deutsche Welle writes: "Metal bands are tough, hairy, lo...
December 24, 2023

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Announces Spring/Summer 2024 European Tour

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will embark on a full European tour of headline dates as well as festival appearances next summer, bringing its latest album, "Afterlife", and all the band's classic hits to the most iconic stages across 20 European countries between May and July 2024. The tour also coincides...
December 12, 2023

The Shadow Inside

For those that worship at the dual altars of thrash and death metal, SADUS are an unassailable benchmark. The Californians' first three albums — "Illusions" (1988),&nbsp "Swallowed In Black" (1990) and "A Vision of Misery" (1992) — are all stone-cold classics, and even though their output fizzled to...
November 14, 2023

Watch Reunited WATCHTOWER Perform At Germany's KEEP IT TRUE Festival

Progressive metal legends WATCHTOWER performed at Germany's Keep It True festival on October 7 at Posthalle in Würzburg. Fan-filmed video of the concert can be seen below. Featured songs: 00:00 Asylum 02:32 The Eldritch 06:32 Instruments Of Random Murder 10:48 Argonne Forest 16:10 Energetic Disassem...
October 17, 2023

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Launches 'Melodic Rock' Project SOLEDRIVER

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the upcoming debut album from SOLEDRIVER, a collaboration between two extremely talented and prolific songwriters, musicians and producers, Michael Sweet (STRYPER, BOSTON, ICONIC, SWEET & LYNCH) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (EDGE OF FOREVER, HARDLINE, JORN). The...
September 30, 2023

BLAZE BAYLEY: IRON MAIDEN Is 'The Most Important Heavy Metal Band In The World'

In a new interview with SoundMojo's "Innersleeve" music podcast, former IRON MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley spoke about how he balances honoring his time with the legendary British heavy metal band during his concerts while also promoting his more recent solo output. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMO...
September 24, 2023

BRENDON SMALL Talks DETHKLOK's Ongoing Relevance To Metalheads: 'It Speaks To An Audience That Isn't Spoken To'

By David E. Gehlke After several years of dormancy, the fictional metal band DETHKLOK has returned with a new album, "Dethalbum IV" and an animated movie, "Metalocalypse: Army Of The Doomstar". It was hard fought since the Adult Swim television network abruptly pulled the plug on the "Dethklok: Meta...
September 20, 2023

MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE: Playing With MARTY FRIEDMAN Again Was 'Very Sentimental'

In a new interview with Czech Republic's Metalshop, MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine was asked how he "enjoyed" reuniting with ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman twice on stage over the course of a six-month period earlier this year — first in February at Tokyo, Japan's famed Budokan and then in earl...
September 10, 2023

Watch: Progressive Metal Legends WATCHTOWER Play First Reunion Concert With Singer JASON MCMASTER

Progressive metal legends WATCHTOWER played their first reunion concert with singer Jason McMaster last night (Friday, September 8) at Fitzgerald's Bar & Live Music Venue in San Antonio, Texas. This marked WATCHTOWER's first appearance with McMaster since the band's performances at Germany's Ban...
September 9, 2023

MARTY FRIEDMAN Enjoyed His Two Guest Appearances With MEGADETH 'Immensely': 'It Was Wonderful'

In a new interview with Metalhead Marv of This Day In Metal, ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman was asked what it was like to rejoin his former band twice on stage in six months earlier this year — first in February at Tokyo, Japan's famed Budokan and then in early August at the Wacken Open Air fe...
September 8, 2023

Ala Mai

A five-piece Polynesian band from South Auckland, New Zealand, SHEPHERDS REIGN are fascinating on paper and almost as intriguing in reality. With members of Pacific Islander, Maori and Asian descent, they are already doing much for diversity in the metal scene, and "Ala Mai" seems certain to expand...
August 25, 2023

Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival Halts Admissions After Heavy Rain Turns Site To Mud

The organizers of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival have stopped admissions to the event after heavy rain turned the grounds to mud. Although a sellout crowd of 85,000 was originally expected at festival, which is scheduled to start today (Wednesday, August 2),only an estimated 50,000 people made...
August 2, 2023


British guitar sensation Sophie Lloyd has dropped her brand new single and video for "Runaway", featuring Michael Starr. Teaming up with the STEEL PANTHER frontman, the collaboration tells the story of a young girl born to rock and her metalhead parents, who goes on to pursue her destiny as a shred...
July 28, 2023