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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
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PATRIK JENSEN And WITCHERY Soldier Through Lineup Changes And Pandemic To Release 'Nightside'

By David E. Gehlke "I'm a bit tired at the moment," laughs veteran Swedish riff lord Patrik Jensen. Jensen just returned from Japan with AT THE GATES, where he was tapped at the last minute to replace Jonas Stålhammar, who recently got the ax from the long-running melodic death metal innovators. Whi...
September 22, 2022
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Watch: OPETH Plays First Concert With New Drummer WALTTERI VÄYRYNEN

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH played their first concert with new drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST, BLOODBATH, BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT) on September 14 at Helitehas in Tallinn, Estonia. Väyrynen replaced stand-in drummer Sami Karppinen who has been the temporary replacement for Martin "Ax...
September 19, 2022
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Watch: Reunited GOD FORBID Plays First Show In More Than Nine Years

New Jersey melodic thrash-metal warriors GOD FORBID performed at this year's Blue Ridge Rock Festival last night (Saturday, September 10) at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The show marked GOD FORBID's first live appearance in over nine years. GOD FORBID's lineup for the conce...
September 11, 2022
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OPETH Enlists Ex-PARADISE LOST Drummer WALTTERI VÄYRYNEN

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have announced Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST, BLOODBATH, BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT) as their new drummer. Väyrynen will make his live debut with OPETH on September 14 in Tallinn, Estonia. He will replace stand-in drummer Sami Karppinen who has been the temporary rep...
September 9, 2022
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VOIVOD Announces 'Ultraman' EP

Canadian sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD will release a new EP, "Ultraman", on November 4 via Century Media Records. The effort features a highly original tribute to the "Ultraman" TV series theme as well as previously unreleased bonus live cuts, available both as a 12-inch vinyl EP or as a digital E...
September 6, 2022
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NICK HOLMES Talks BLOODBATH's Nostalgic Quest On 'Survival Of The Sickest': 'We Thought We'd Go More Retrospective'

By David E. Gehlke Swedish death metal supergroup BLOODBATH had the whole "retro" thing figured out when they formed in 1998. At the time, death metal was on the outs, deemed un-hip and out of step. The bands that pioneered the style had either broken up, gone through unrecognizable changes in style...
August 31, 2022
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MASTODON's TROY SANDERS: Going Back On Tour After Pandemic-Related Break Was 'Really Fantastic'

During an appearance on the latest episode of the "Rock & Roll Beer Guy" podcast, MASTODON singer/bassist Troy Sanders spoke about what it was like returning to the road for the first time since being forced to take a pandemic-related break. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It defi...
August 30, 2022
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Watch: AT THE GATES Enlists ATHEIST Guitarist DANIEL MARTINEZ For North American Tour

AT THE GATES has recruited Daniel Martinez (ATHEIST) to play second guitar for the band on its North American tour which kicked off last night (Wednesday, August 17) at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Fan-filmed video of the L.A. performance can be seen below. On Wednesday, Daniel shar...
August 18, 2022
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BASTARDANE Feat. JAMES HETFIELD's Son CASTOR: Video Recap Of 'BottleRock Napa Valley' Appearance

BASTARDANE, the new band featuring drummer Castor Hetfield, son of METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, has shared a video recap of its appearance at the BottleRock Napa Valley in late May at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa, California. Check it out below. BASTARDANE recently released its debut...
August 17, 2022
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Hear Late THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Frontman TREVOR STRNAD On New REVOCATION Single 'Re-Crucified'

On September 9, progressive death metal outfit REVOCATION will release its eighth full-length, "Netherheaven", via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of the album, the new single, "Re-Crucified", featuring Trevor Strnad (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) and George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher (CANNIBAL CORPSE),c...
August 9, 2022
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MARTIN 'AXE' AXENROT's Vaccination Status Led To His Exit From OPETH, Says His BLOODBATH Bandmate

Drummer Martin "Axe" Axenrot's refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 led to his exit from Swedish progressive metallers OPETH, one of his bandmates has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. THERION drummer Sami Karppinen has replaced Axenrot for OPETH's current live dates. Axenrot is also a member of BLOODBAT...
August 8, 2022
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Watch: AT THE GATES Recruits THE HAUNTED's PATRIK JENSEN For WACKEN OPEN AIR Performance

AT THE GATES recruited Patrik Jensen (THE HAUNTED) to play second guitar for the band on Friday (August 5) at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. Fan-filmed video of the performance can be seen below. The Wacken gig took place less than two weeks after AT THE GATES parted ways w...
August 6, 2022
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AT THE GATES Shares Music Video For 'Garden Of Cyrus'

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have released a music video for the song "Garden Of Cyrus" off their latest studio album, "The Nightmare Of Being". The clip, directed by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media, can be seen below. AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg comments: "For ou...
August 4, 2022
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GHOST Shares Majestic Music Video For 'Spillways'

Swedish occult rockers GHOST have released a phantasmagorical music video for "Spillways", rendering the irresistible earworm of the band's latest single in majestic visual form courtesy of director Amir Chamdin. GHOST mastermind Tobias Forge told Metal Hammer magazine about "Spillways": "This is an...
July 27, 2022