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Ex-VENOM Drummer ABADDON: 'I Don't Think Artificial Intelligence Has Any Place In Our Form Of Music'

In a new interview with Get Heavy UK, former VENOM and VENOM INC. drummer Abaddon (real name: Antony Bray) weighed in on a debate about people using an A.I. (artificial intelligence) music generator as a tool to create melodies, harmonies and rhymes based on artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms a...
June 17, 2024
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Contempt

At a time in history when common sense dictates that people should be fucking furious at the state of the world and society's powerlessness to affect lasting change, bands like BAD BREEDING are still in woefully short supply. A resolute force for good for the last decade, this UK quartet have spent...
June 12, 2024
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KERRY KING On Use Of Fire During Live Shows: 'It Goes Hand In Hand With This Kind Of Music'

In a new interview with Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King spoke about his love of concert pyrotechnics and the use of fire in the "Residue" music video from his solo band. Asked where his love of pyro started and what types of things he likes to see th...
May 22, 2024
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Under The Crooked Claw

There is no such thing as too much heavy metal. Ryan Waste knows this. With a laudable legacy as guitarist with MUNICIPAL WASTE, who almost single-handedly put crossover thrash back on the map back in the mid-'00s, he has already earned hero status. BAT may have been a low-key concern until recently...
May 16, 2024
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DIMMU BORGIR's SILENOZ: 'We Have Been Working On' New Music 'For Quite A While'

In an interview with Jerry Kurunen of Finland's Rauta conducted at this year's Inferno festival, which took place in March 2024 in Oslo, Norway, DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz spoke about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's long-awaited new studio album. He said (as transcribed b...
May 9, 2024
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MICHAEL 'MOOSE' THOMAS Says He 'Couldn't Go Back' To BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Now: 'They've Lost Their Way A Bit'

In a new interview with Graham Finney of V13, founding BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas was asked how being in his current band KILL THE LIGHTS is different from how it was with his former group. He said: "It's just fun. [There's] no, 'You can't do this. You can't do that.' You...
May 8, 2024
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Original VENOM Guitarist JEFF 'MANTAS' DUNN Suffers Second Heart Attack

Original VENOM and current VENOM INC. guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn has revealed that he recently suffered another heart attack. The 63-year-old British-born musician, who currently resides with his wife in Portugal, previously suffered a heart attack and underwent a double bypass surgery in May 2018...
May 3, 2024
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The Gods Below

A desire to invoke darkness drives every black metal band, but OSSILEGIUM ooze impenetrable, black horror from every pore. The full-length follow-up to a couple of low-key releases, "The Gods Below" begins with a sustained blast of monochrome violence, immediately setting the tone for an album that...
May 1, 2024
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TONY DOLAN Explains VENOM INC.'s Split With ABADDON, Says 'You Can Only Do So Much For Someone'

Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan says that VENOM INC.'s split with Antony "Abaddon" Bray happened because the drummer "never came back" to the band after taking a leave of absence. In early 2018, VENOM INC. revealed that it was recruiting Jeramie Kling of the Tampa-based melodic death metal group THE ABS...
April 14, 2024
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VENOM INC. Recruits Drummer MARC 'JXN' JACKSON

VENOM INC. has recruited Marc "JXN" Jackson as the band's new drummer. Jackson was previously a member of M:PIRE OF EVIL, the group formed in 2010 by ex-VENOM and current VENOM INC. members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals). In a new interview with Arrow...
April 7, 2024
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Rankarumpu

Standard bearers for a genre that was routinely decried as too silly to last, KORPIKLAANI have survived for over 20 years and appear to be gaining fresh momentum as they hurtle toward veteran status. Less dark than FINNTROLL, and less overtly metallic than ENSIFERUM, the Finns exist in a laidback sw...
April 3, 2024
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Watch: DIMMU BORGIR Rejoined By ICS VORTEX, MUSTIS And TJODALV During 2024 INFERNO Festival Performance

Three former members of DIMMU BORGIR — bassist/clean vocalist ICS Vortex (real name: Simen Hestnæs),keyboardist Mustis (real name: Øyvind Mustaparta) and drummer Tjodalv (real name: Ian Kenneth Åkesson) — rejoined the Norwegian symphonic black metallers on stage last night (Saturday, March 30) duri...
March 31, 2024
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Ex-BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Drummer Says He Doesn't Care About His Former Bandmates' Upcoming 'The Poison' Anniversary Tour

In a new interview with Omar Rodriguez of The Metal Mixtape, founding BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas was asked about the recent announcement that his former bandmates will embark on a 2025 world tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, 2005's "The Poison"....
March 28, 2024
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K.K. DOWNING Talks About Evolution From Early Rock To Modern Heavy Metal

In a new interview with The Times, original JUDAS PRIEST and current KK'S PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing was asked what he thinks makes metalheads unique. He responded: "It's just getting into those bands that evolved, that took music from blues and progressive blues in the late '60s and early '70s....
February 26, 2024
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Perpetual | Terminal

Now that we live in an era where nothing matters and virtually anything can be described as "metal" — because, you know, inclusion is good, gatekeepers / elitists are bad and so on — the original wave of metalcore bands that emerged at the start of the 21st century are ripe for reassessment. DARKEST...
February 21, 2024