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STEVE MORSE On DEEP PURPLE: SIMON MCBRIDE 'Is Fitting Them Better Than I Was'

In July 2022, guitarist Steve Morse officially left DEEP PURPLE to care for his wife, Janine, who was battling cancer. He was replaced by Simon McBride. Morse's announcement came four months after the guitarist said that he would be taking a hiatus from the band, in the hope of rejoining his bandmat...
April 17, 2024
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Ex-DELAIN Singer CHARLOTTE WESSELS Explores 'Heavier Sound' On Upcoming Solo Album

Charismatic Dutch singer/songwriter Charlotte Wessels is set to release her new studio album on September 20, 2024 via Napalm Records. The LP's first single, "The Exorcism", will arrive on May 16, 2024. Wessels's album promises a cohesive exploration of fear and liberation, as well as spellbinding m...
April 9, 2024
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Ohio Players

Forming in the unlikely city of Akron, Ohio early in the 2000s, THE BLACK KEYS defied odds and quickly went from playing small clubs to selling out arenas. Bringing together singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, THE BLACK KEYS have consistently released new material since the...
April 1, 2024
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Invincible Shield

Despite what you may have heard, a lot of people still love heavy metal. No one, however, loves it quite as much as JUDAS PRIEST. While the creation of the genre is rightly attributed to that other band from Birmingham, England, it is surely PRIEST that have been the most effusive and militant stand...
March 5, 2024
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Anthology of Horror

VINCENT CROWLEY is best known for the three decades he was the ringleader of the blasphemous blackened death metal beast ACHERON, and from that band's ashes, he has emerged with this, his eponymous project. He's even made his mark in the pop cultural sphere, having appeared several times on popular...
February 19, 2024
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Epitome

15 years into their careers, Denmark's VANIR are still evolving. "Epitome" is the band's seventh album, and one that purposefully endeavors to cement their reputation as purveyors of epic melodic death metal with a throbbing Viking heart. Their earlier albums showcased a very different kind of moder...
February 16, 2024
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Watch Pro-Shot Video Of FRANK BELLO Performing RUSH's 'Anthem' At 'Bubba Bash 2024'

Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS), Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, OVERKILL), Jon Dinklage ("Clockwork Angels" string ensemble), Joe Bergamini (drum instructor, author), John Wesley (PORCUPINE TREE) and Seven Antonopoulos (OPIATE FOR THE MASSE...
February 16, 2024
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Watch Pro-Shot Video Of MIKE PORTNOY Performing RUSH's 'YYZ' At 'Bubba Bash 2024'

Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, OVERKILL), Jon Dinklage ("Clockwork Angels" string ensemble), Joe Bergamini (drum instructor, author), John Wesley (PORCUPINE TREE) and Seven Antonopoulos (OPIATE FOR THE MASSE...
February 11, 2024
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BORKNAGAR's ØYSTEIN G. BRUN On 'Fall' Album: 'We Need To Take The Dangerous Path Sometimes'

By David E. Gehlke Behind an embarrassment of riches for vocalists and a genre-defying, wholly consistent catalog, Norway's BORKNAGAR head into their 12th studio album, "Fall", with little left to prove. But talk to founding member and guitarist Øystein G. Brun, and you will hear something different...
January 25, 2024
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LEAVES' EYES Shares Music Video For New Single 'Realm of Dark Waves'

Symphonic metal vikings LEAVES' EYES will release their new album, "Myths Of Fate", on March 22, 2024 via AFM Records. Four years after bringing "The Last Viking" to Valhalla with their previous opus, LEAVES' EYES resurrect with "Myths Of Fate" to celebrate their 20th year of existence. With their n...
January 13, 2024
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TOTO Announces 2024 Touring Lineup

Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams have announced TOTO's band lineup for 2024 and beyond. Returning to the fold are Greg Phillinganes on keyboards and vocals alongside Shannon Forrest on drums. They join Lukather (guitar, vocals),Williams (vocals),John Pierce (bass),Warren Ham (horns, percussion,...
January 11, 2024
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Watch MIKE PORTNOY, FRANK BELLO And JASON BITTNER Perform At 2024 Tribute Concert To Late RUSH Drummer NEIL PEART

Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, OVERKILL), Jon Dinklage ("Clockwork Angels" string ensemble), Joe Bergamini (drum instructor, author), John Wesley (PORCUPINE TREE) and Seven Antonopoulos (OPIATE FOR THE MASSE...
January 7, 2024
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K.K. DOWNING Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of JUDAS PRIEST's 'Defenders Of The Faith': It's 'Probably One Of My Favorite Albums'

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing has shared a new video message in he reflects on the band's classic album "Defenders Of The Faith". In the clip, which can be seen below, the 72-year-old musician states (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Hello, everyone. It's K.K. here, just...
January 6, 2024
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ZZ TOP's BILLY GIBBONS, BAD COMPANY's PAUL RODGERS Featured In Fifth Season Of TV Show 'The Song'

The fifth season of the popular nationally syndicated music television show "The Song" will premiere with some of the biggest stars performing multiple smash hits on January 6 and January 7, 2024. The crew traveled across North America to capture intimate performances of the top artists in their res...
January 5, 2024
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DAVID ELLEFSON On His Most Recent MEGADETH Stint: 'I Feel Like There's Just A Lot That I Never Got To Say'

In a new interview with "Disturbing The Priest", the heavy metal-themed podcast run by comedian Brandon Battick, former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson spoke about how he has managed to focus on new projects and move on with his career since his exit from the Dave Mustaine-fronted outfit nearly thre...
January 5, 2024