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RIOT V To Release 'Mean Streets' Album In February

RIOT V, the band featuring members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT, will release a new studio album, "Mean Streets", on February 16, 2024 via Atomic Fire Records. The follow-up to 2018's "Armor Of Light" contains 12 tracks which were recorded by Bruno Ravel in New Jersey. Ravel also mixed the LP wh...
December 3, 2023


METALLICA, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, THE PRODIGY and MACHINE HEAD are among the newly confirmed artists for the 2024 edition of Hellfest, set to take place June 27-30 in Clisson, France. Several dozen more artists were added to the event, including FEAR FACTORY, SAXON, ENTER SHIKARI, Corey Taylor, Tom More...
November 28, 2023

Ex-STRATOVARIUS Guitarist TIMO TOLKKI Gets Suspended Prison Sentence For Fraud And Forgery

According to Seiska and Helsingin Sanomat, former STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has been sentenced in Helsinki District Court to 45 days' suspended imprisonment for fraud and forgery. The fraud conviction arose when Tolkki wrongfully applied for income support worth more than €3,000 (approximat...
November 13, 2023

ROBERT TRUJILLO Recalls Getting Hit In The Head With A Bottle At SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Concert: 'My Face Was Bleeding'

In a new interview with Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station, METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo reflected on the time he was hit in the head with a bottle prior to his performance with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES on July 1, 1989 at the Giants Of Rock festival in Finland. Also appearing on the bill were...
November 11, 2023

SONATA ARCTICA Shares New Single 'First In Line'

After releasing two acoustic albums, Finnish metallers SONATA ARCTICA have been secretly working on a new full-length. Fans can expect a return to their golden power metal roots on the group's forthcoming opus. Slated for release in the spring of 2024 via Atomic Fire, the band has unveiled a first t...
October 13, 2023


The "Dreamspace" lineup of STRATOVARIUS, which recently reformed under the moniker TIMO TOLKKI'S STRATO, has signed a multi-album deal with ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records! Details of the band's debut LP, which was previously said to be titled "Return To Dreamspace", will be revealed soon. TIMO TOLKKI'...
October 5, 2023


Best known as the driving force behind Finnish metal icons AMORPHIS, guitarist Tomi Koivusaari steps into his own spotlight with BJØRKØ, his long-awaited solo project. A journey 15 years in the making, "Heartrot", the project's debut album, will be released this December through Svart Records. The a...
September 1, 2023

STRATOVARIUS's 'Dreamspace' Lineup Reunites As TIMO TOLKKI'S STRATO

The "Dreamspace" lineup of STRATOVARIUS has reformed, returning under the moniker TIMO TOLKKI'S STRATO. Featuring Timo Tolkki (vocals and guitar),Tuomo Lassila (drums) and Antti Ikonen (keyboards),these members recorded the classic "Fright Night", "Twilight Time", "Dreamspace" and "Fourth Dimensio...
June 2, 2023

STRATOVARIUS And SONATA ARCTICA Announce 'Nordic Power Metal Titans' Fall 2023 European Tour

Since putting their mark on the map of heavy music in the mid/late-'90s, Finnish melodic metal whirlwinds SONATA ARCTICA have consistently expanded their following, not only by releasing a colorful range of works (ten studio albums, two acoustic albums etc.),but also by performing countless shows....
May 12, 2023

JOE LYNN TURNER Says RITCHIE BLACKMORE 'Wasn't Playing Well' During RAINBOW's Latest Concerts: 'There Was No Fire'

Former RAINBOW singer Joe Lynn Turner has once defended his comments about Ritchie Blackmore's decision to go out and play the band's classic material with a new group of musicians, saying Ritchie "wasn't playing well" and "there was no fire" in RAINBOW's performances. Blackmore stepped away from hi...
April 23, 2023

Angus McSix and the Sword of Power

Once upon a time, a dead Scottish prince decided to rise from the grave. He travelled back through the depths of hell, drew the mighty sword "Sixcalibur" from its stony prison and then roared back into existence with an album full of giant, fantasy-via-videogame-influenced power metal anthems. Or so...
April 18, 2023

The Awakening

The role of vocals in KAMELOT — whether handled by Roy Khan and now Tommy Karevik — hasn't required the heavy lifting associated with melodic metal bands of a similar thread, i.e., early HELLOWEEN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE and STRATOVARIUS. The heavily orchestrated quality of KAMELOT's music meant Khan and...
March 13, 2023

KAMELOT's THOMAS YOUNGBLOOD: 'I've Never Allowed Someone Else To Dictate My Path'

By David E. Gehlke When KAMELOT was shopping for a record deal in the desolate, unforgiving mid-1990s, founding member and guitarist Thomas Youngblood was thinking long term. Rather than signing with a stateside label that may not understand KAMELOT's brand of melodic metal, Youngblood and company h...
March 7, 2023

JOE LYNN TURNER Has 'Nothing But Good Things' To Say About RITCHIE BLACKMORE

In a new interview with the WHMH FM Rockin' 101 radio station, former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner was asked about his experience working with the notoriously moody guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Oh, man, I've got nothing but good things...
March 2, 2023

RONNIE ROMERO Says He Contemplated Suicide Over Critiques Of His RAINBOW Performances

Ronnie Romero says he contemplated committing suicide twice over Internet critiques of his performances with the Ritchie Blackmore-led RAINBOW, with whom he played live shows between 2015 and 2019. In a recent interview with BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Romero, who is originally from Chile but is now settled i...
January 27, 2023