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LES CLAYPOOL Says He 'Would Have Only Lasted For A Month Or Two' In METALLICA Before Getting Kicked Out

PRIMUS frontman Les Claypool spoke to Kerrang! magazine about auditioning for the then-vacant bassist slot in METALLICA following the September 1986 death of the group's previous bassist, Cliff Burton. Asked if it's true that when he auditioned, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield said something like,...
May 17, 2021

W.A.S.P. Guitarist DOUGLAS BLAIR Releases New SIGNAL2NOISE Single 'Generica'

In the spirit of legendary power trios such as RUSH, KING'S X, NIRVANA and PRIMUS emerges an unprecedented power duo — featuring a familiar character. Guitarist/vocalist Douglas Blair, known for his searing and emotional lead work with W.A.S.P., introduces his well-kept secret to the world — the inn...
May 11, 2021

PRIMUS Announces Rescheduled Dates For 'A Tribute To Kings' Tour Performing RUSH's 'A Farewell To Kings' In Its Entirety

PRIMUS has announced the rescheduled dates for its tour where it will pay homage to prog-rock legends RUSH. Postponed from last year, "A Tribute To Kings" is a cross-country tour that will feature the Bay Area trio playing RUSH's classic 1977 album "A Farewell To Kings" in its entirety, in addition...
April 27, 2021

POSSESSED's JEFF BECERRA Details Post-Flap Surgery Complications

Jeff Becerra of Californian death metal pioneers POSSESSED says that he is "dealing with an infection" after recently undergoing flap surgery. Jeff's operation essentially involved taking a section of skin with an intact blood supply and placing it over the injured area to repair a serious pressure...
April 25, 2021

POSSESSED's JEFF BECERRA Recovering From Flap Surgery

Jeff Becerra of Californian death metal pioneers POSSESSED is recovering after recently undergoing flap surgery. The 52-year-old revealed his latest health battle in a Tumblr blog post on Wednesday (April 14). He wrote: "Week six after surgery. Had a skin flap reconstructive surgery which essentiall...
April 15, 2021

FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES And PRIMUS Set For This Year's 'Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival'

FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, PRIMUS and INCUBUS are among the artists who are scheduled to perform at the the 2021 edition of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which takes place September 2–5 on the Bonnaroo Farm, located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, Tennessee. Tickets go on sale...
March 31, 2021

LINKIN PARK's MIKE SHINODA: 'We Played A Role In Breaking Boundaries Between Genres'

In a new interview with Kerrang! Radio, LINKIN PARK's Mike Shinoda spoke about how the band's multi-platinum-selling debut, "Hybrid Theory" helped break down the boundaries between music styles by combining different sounds within one album. "It's part of the mission statement of LINKIN PARK," he sa...
March 18, 2021


At a time when the outside world seems more menacing and hostile than ever before, "Cactides" is an album you can crawl into and hibernate from the insanity. Led by relentlessly ingenious guitarist Sally Gates, this avant-metal trio make music that defies the usual laws of melodic physics, slamming...
August 15, 2020

THE SWORD Releases Sludgy Cover Of RUSH's 'Working Man'

Texan riff masters THE SWORD have released the third and final installment of their three-song mini-series — "Conquest Of Quarantine" lockdown session — a bone-rattling cover of the RUSH classic "Working Man". THE SWORD bassist Bryan Richie comments: "In the early 2000s, we were given a CD by one of...
August 6, 2020

TOOL, PRIMUS, MASTODON And COHEED AND CAMBRIA Members Team Up For Cover Of RUSH's 'Anthem' (Video)

Danny Carey (TOOL),Les Claypool (PRIMUS),Claudio Sanchez (COHEED AND CAMBRIA),Bill Kelliher (MASTODON),Stephen Brodsky (MUTOID MAN, CAVE IN) and Jordan Olds (a.k.a. Gwarsenio Hall) have teamed up to record a quarantine cover version of RUSH's "Anthem" as part of "Two Minutes To Late Night"'s cov...
July 27, 2020

ANTHRAX Discusses PUBLIC ENEMY Collaboration In Episode Two Of 'Persistence Of Time' Video Series

ANTHRAX invites you to get the inside story behind the making and promotion of the band's fifth album, "Persistence Of Time", and its 30th-anniversary Deluxe Edition. This six-part video series is hosted by drummer Charlie Benante, who assembled and oversaw the anniversary edition. Throughout the...
July 16, 2020

DEFTONES' New Album Tentatively Due In September

DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno has offered an update on the band's follow-up to 2016's "Gore" album, which was recently recorded for a tentative late 2020 release. Speaking to Tim "Herb" Alexander for the PRIMUS drummer's "Herb's Happy Hour" show, Chino said (see video below): "We have a record that...
July 5, 2020

POWERMAN 5000 Covers THE GO-GO'S' 'We Got The Beat'

POWERMAN 5000's reimagining of the classic '80s new wave smash "We Got The Beat" will be included on the band's upcoming album "The Noble Rot". "We Got The Beat" was originally released in 1981 as part of THE GO-GO'S' multi-platinum debut album "Beauty And The Beat". POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider On...
May 13, 2020

THE SWORD Announces Two Career-Spanning Compilations

It's been two years since THE SWORD decided to take a break, but the Austin, Texas heavy rockers are unsheathed once more: two career-spanning collections will be released simultaneously, both showcasing the technically dazzling, riff-heavy and far-reaching metal that the band has been known for sin...
April 7, 2020

PRIMUS Announces 'A Tribute To Kings' Tour Performing RUSH's 'A Farewell To Kings' In Its Entirety

PRIMUS will pay homage to prog-rock legends RUSH this summer with "A Tribute To Kings", a cross-country tour that will feature the Bay Area trio playing RUSH's classic 1977 album "A Farewell To Kings" in its entirety, in addition to their own music. "A little over one year ago, Ler Lalonde and I sta...
February 18, 2020