Latest NewsFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH announce new album for 2018
///  Date : 16th October, 2017  ///

Five Finger Death Punch was sued by its label Prospect Park back in April 2016 as the label claimed the band was pushing out a sub-par album, for breach of contract, and accused the band of trying to cash in before frontman Ivan Moody completely collapsed into addiction. The band then signed to Rise Records before its contract was up and countersued Prospect Park for $1 million in damages. Five Finger Death Punch essentially said Prospect Park was holding the album hostage.

More recently, the band called the lawsuit filed against them “desperate” and the band’s producer backed their claims. Now according to a statement issued by Five Finger Death Punch to Variety, the lawsuit has been settled, there will be a ‘Greatest Hits‘ album out in December presumably on Rise, and the long-awaited new album will be released at some point in 2018.

So things seem to be pretty good in the world of Five Finger Death Punch right now. Ivan Moody is back as the frontman and seems to be dealing with addiction problems well at the moment, and the new album is finally on the horizon. Which also ties in with Moody’s issues, considering he said the lawsuit was putting a lot of stress on himself and the band.

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Latest NewsGUNS N’ ROSES summer 2017 tour made $53 million
///  Date : 10th October, 2017  ///

Guns N’ Roses reunion tour was bound to bring in a whole lot of money, but according to a recent report, it brought in a lot more than many may have expected. According to Billboard Boxscore, the grosses from Guns N’ Roses 2017 North American ‘Not in This Lifetime‘ tour leg have now been totaled at $53 million.

If that wasn’t crazy enough, the new touring gross added to their previous sales have set the ‘Not in This Lifetime’ tour beyond the $300 million mark since its April 2016 launch. Not to mention, Pollstar reported earlier in the year that the tour was the most popular and highest grossing global tour of 2017 across the board.

Their highest grossing show was their July 30 concert in Minneapolis, Minn. The tour featured support from Deftones, and surpassed over $5.5 million in sales for just one show alone, bringing in an attendance of 48,740. Other high grossing dates included one in Edmonton, Alberta which brought in 4.7 million and featured support from Our Lady Peace.

At the Edmonton show, Guns N’ Roses covered a James Brown classic, “I Got You (I Feel Good)” as well as another song from Glen Campell. The tour isn’t stopping anytime soon, with the band set to perform in Newark, N.J. on Oct. 12, and play two nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. By the end of the year, who knows what the total gross will be at for the tour.

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Latest NewsDECAPITATED extradited to Spokane after kidnap and rape allegations
///  Date : 06th October, 2017  ///

Decapitated drummer Michal Lysejko and guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka have been moved from jail in Los Angeles to Spokane, Washington, to face accusations of kidnap and rape. The pair, along with bandmates Rafal Piotrowski and Hubert Wiece were arrested in Santa Ana, California, and held on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping and were later accused of gang-rape following a show in Spokane in September.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Piotrowski and Wiece will be transported to Spokane at a later date.

The band, who issued a statement last month denying the allegations, have not been charged with rape, with Lysejko’s lawyer saying there was “another side to this”. He added : “We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit the band of her own free will and left on good terms. The accuser has a documented history of providing false information to the police dating back to 2014.”

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Latest NewsRock legend TOM PETTY dead at 66
///  Date : 03rd October, 2017  ///

The singer, who was inducted to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with his band Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers in 2002, died at the age of 66. Thomas Earl Petty (born October 20, 1950) was reportedly rushed to the hospital after EMTs found him unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Mailbu, Calif., home. Celebrity news site TMZ also reports that a decision to remove Petty from life support came after learning there was no brain activity.

The vocalist and guitarist was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who formed in 1976, releasing their self-titled debut in November later that year. The album contained hits like “Breakdown” and “American Girl”, which helped to propel the band’s instant success. From there, the group, under Petty’s masterful guidance and writing prowess, would enjoy international stardom as the ’70s wound down and the next decade began.

Tributes have already poured in from across the rock world.

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Latest NewsTARJA TURUNEN to release gothic Christmas album
///  Date : 29th September, 2017  ///

Tarja Turunen has announced that she’ll release a Christmas album later this year. Titled ‘From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)‘, it’s set to arrive on November 17 via earMUSIC. It will feature 11 Christmas classics “blending Tarja’s classically trained voice with darker gothic influences” and will also include the former Nightwish singer’s brand new song “Together“.

Tarja says : “Producing a dark Christmas album in the middle of the summer is a very interesting process, especially if you are doing it by the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Significantly different from the snowy Christmas that I am used to in my home country Finland. Another proof that the darkness comes from deep within. On this album, I explored the other side of Christmas. The Christmas of the lonely people and the missing ones. The Christmas for those that do not find joy in the blinking lights and the jingle bells.”

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Latest NewsJUDAS PRIEST announced as final Bloodstock headliner for 2018
///  Date : 24th September, 2017  ///

Judas Priest have been revealed as the final headliner of Bloodstock Festival 2018. The announcement was made exclusively on the Metal Hammer Facebook page via a Facebook Live video with Bloodstock organisers Vicky Hungerford and Adam Gregory, plus Judas Priest’s own Ian Hill.

Speaking about their upcoming headline slot, the band say they are “thrilled, honoured and primed, ready to unleash Priest-style metal fury into the headbanging heart and home of heavy metal at Bloodstock!”

This will be Judas Priest’s first ever appearance at Bloodstock festival. Judas Priest will be headlining the Friday night of Bloodstock, joining the previously announced headliners Gojira and Nightwish. Bloodstock takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire, on August 9-12, 2018.

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Latest NewsMETALLICA share live version of “For Whom The Bell Tolls” from 1986
///  Date : 22nd September, 2017  ///

Metallica‘s remastered version of ‘Master Of Puppets‘ will be coming out on November 10, and is available in a wide variety of editions. Several of the editions contain a ton of live material that never saw the light of day before, and the band has chosen an interesting one to release.

On August 3, 1986 at Hampton, Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia while the band was playing on Ozzy‘s Ultimate Sin tour, Metallica frontman and usual guitarist James Hetfield was not able to fulfill his duties as a guitarist due to a broken arm. So the band brought out roadie John Marshall, who played guitar while Hetfield did vocals only.

Check out the Marshall-guitar version of “For Whom The Bell Tolls” below.

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Latest NewsIRON MAIDEN announce ‘The Book Of Souls’ live package
///  Date : 20th September, 2017  ///

Iron Maiden have announced that they’ll release a live package celebrating their 16th studio album ‘The Book Of Souls’. Titled ‘The Book Of Souls : Live Chapter‘, it will feature 15 tracks recorded on the band’s world tour in support of the record and will be available on November 17 via Warner Music/BMG on CD, deluxe CD and vinyl audio formats, with the concert film available to stream free online or as a digital download.

Bassist Steve Harris, who co-produced the album with Tony Newton, says : “We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favourites as Donington or Wacken.”

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Latest NewsMACHINE HEAD to release ‘Catharsis’ album in January
///  Date : 18th September, 2017  ///

San Francisco Bay Area metal titans Machine Head have announced the first U.S. tour dates of their world tour in support of their upcoming album, ‘Catharsis’.

Vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn states : “It’s been far too long since we’ve demolished venues in America. We have had an awesome and productive break writing our new album, ‘Catharsis’, but now it’s time for Machine Head to go melt some faces!

The reaction to our last ‘Evening With’ tours in America were nothing short of incredible, so once again these dates will be ‘Evening With’ and will see us performing two and a half to three hours every night with no opening bands.

We loved performing as an ‘Evening With’ for you Head Cases, and you guys loved it as well, the freedom to do whatever the fuck we wanted for as long as we wanted every night was liberating. It’s not what everyone else is doing, and frankly, there are not a lot of bands who could even pull it off, but Machine Head can pull it off, and we are excited as fuck to do it again. We are carving our own path here, playing by our own rules, and as an artist, it’s the best feeling in the world!

No festivals, period, no forty-five-minute slots, no supporting some stupid DJ, no parking lots in a rainstorm, The Head will only be ‘headlining,’ so come on down and rage!!”

Machine Head’s ninth full-length album, ‘Catharsis’ was recorded with Zack Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. A January 2018 release via Nuclear Blast is expected.

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Latest NewsCRADLE OF FILTH goes old school with “Achingly Beautiful”
///  Date : 17th September, 2017  ///

Cradle Of Filth seeks to extend its streak of awesome albums on September 22 with ‘Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay‘, and the new single “Achingly Beautiful” sure makes it seem like that’ll happen. The single is like the others in the aspect that it’s a little lengthy, though it’s well-written enough to where you won’t even notice that seven minutes have gone by.

Here’s what vocalist Dani Filth has to say about the song!

“Influenced by the stories of E.F. Benson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Rider Haggard, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood, to shame but a few, this song concerns itself with a spectral guest at a great masked ball who, deeply embedded in his cruel libertine nature, attends merely for merciless, seductive sport, but instead discovers the woman of his dreams and both bewitching the other, finds in her his dark, immortal equal.”

“I love this song as it has a very old-school Cradle vibe for me, both lyrically and musically, and reeking hideously of the Vampiric, the dropdown section in the middle is pure ‘A Gothic Romance’.”

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Latest NewsDave Ellefson : MEGADETH have begun compiling riffs for new album
///  Date : 15th September, 2017  ///

Dave Ellefson says Megadeth have begun working on some new material for the follow up to last year’s Grammy Award winning ‘Dystopia‘ album.

“We’re starting to just compile…the process usually goes, we compile riffs, we compile some lyrics, you kind of start putting it together, we start thinking,” he tells SpazioRock. “We’ve been talking on the bus at night about the process and the location and just kind of how we’re gonna do the next album. So a lot of that. So it’s nice that we’re already thinking forward toward that. We’re gonna wrap up the tour in November, and then our intention now is to go in and start working on the record after that.”

The bassist also talked about his extended time away from the group and how he benefited from it, saying it allowed him to grow up and have fun as an adult in the band when he returned.

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Latest NewsDECAPITATED ‘strongly deny’ kidnap and rape allegations
///  Date : 14th September, 2017  ///

Decapitated “strongly deny” the recent allegations made against them but have cancelled all planned future live dates because of timeframe of legal proceedings. Waclaw Kieltyka, Rafal Piotrowski, Michael Lysejko and Hubert Wiece were arrested in Santa Ana, California, and held on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping and were later accused of gang-rape following a show in Spokane, Washington.

The band say in a statement : “While we are not perfect human beings, we are not kidnappers, rapists, or criminals. As such, we strongly deny the allegations that have recently been brought against us. We ask that everyone please reserve their judgement until a definitive outcome has been reached, as charges have yet to be pressed. Full testimony and evidence will be presented in due time, and we have faith in that process.”

All four members of Decapitated are currently being held at a Los Angeles County jail awaiting extradition to Spokane, Washington.

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Latest NewsHappy B’day NEIL PEART (RUSH)
///  Date : 12th September, 2017  ///

Happy 65th Birthday to one of the greatest drummers in the world, RUSH’s Neil Peart (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making him the youngest person ever so honored. He is known for his technical proficiency and stamina.

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DECAPITATED members arrested for suspected kidnapping in Spokane
///  Date : 10th September, 2017  ///

According to The Spokesman-Review, all four members of the Polish extreme metal band Decapitated were arrested early Saturday following their concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. They are suspected of kidnapping a woman after their show in Spokane, Washington on August 31.

Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller told The Spokesman-Review that a woman reported the alleged kidnapping by the musicians to police just before 2 a.m. on September 1. The woman is believed to have attended Decapitated’s concert with THY ART IS MURDER at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane as part of the two bands’ “Double Homicide” tour.

The Decapitated bandmembers — identified as 27-year-old Michael M. Lysejko, 35-year-old Waclaw J. Kieltyka, 31-year-old Rafal T. Piotrowski and 30-year-old Hubert E. Wiecek — were arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office. They are in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Spokane. Fuller said additional charges are possible.

Decapitated has been touring North America in support of its seventh album, ‘Anticult‘, which was released on July 7 via Nuclear Blast.

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Latest NewsARCH ENEMY’s new song invites you to your “First Day in Hell”
///  Date : 07th September, 2017  ///

We’re just one day away from the release of Arch Enemy‘s 10th studio album, ‘Will to Power‘. It’s the second with frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz and first with former Nevermore axeman Jeff Loomis as the band continues to evolve their hyper-melodic, anthemic sound. While fans anxiously await the full record, whet your appetite with the freshly released “First Day in Hell”.

A clean-toned, doom-laden Middle-Eastern melody opens up the song, building tension with well-timed cymbal strikes before distorted guitar chugs alternate with melodic leads. “First Day in Hell” takes more of a rhythm-first approach over the verse, riding a fierce gallop that provides the foundation for White-Gluz’s choppy death growls. With short bursts of more melody from Loomis and mainman Michael Amott, the track volleys between lunging riffs and Arch Enemy’s prototypical sound with a winding arrangement.


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Latest NewsBLACK SABBATH share “Children Of The Grave” clip from ‘The End Of The End’ film
///  Date : 06th September, 2017  ///

Black Sabbath have shared a clip of them performing their classic track “Children Of The Grave“. It’s taken from their upcoming concert movie ‘The End Of The End‘, which was shot during the last show of their farewell tour earlier this year in their home city of Birmingham. It will be screened at 1500 cinemas around the world for one night only on September 28.

"Children of the Grave" Clip from 'The End Of The End'

"Children Of The Grave" clip from 'The End Of The End'The final word from the band can be seen in theaters on Thursday September 28th!Get tickets at http://blacksabbathfilmtickets.com

Posted by Black Sabbath on Monday, September 4, 2017

Sabbath recently said : “To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans who have been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we’d be here 49 years later, doing our last show on our home turf.”

The End Of The End‘ features live scenes from the concert along with backstage footage and studio performances of tracks they didn’t play on the night.

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Latest NewsWatch DANZIG’s eerie “Last Ride” video
///  Date : 04th September, 2017  ///

Danzig release black and white video for their track “Last Ride” – taken from new album ‘Black Laden Crown‘, which arrived in May this year via Afm Records. The video was shot in black and white and features the Misfits man on a desert highway where a hitchhiker in ghoulish make-up patiently waits by the side of the road.

The video for the new single comes after Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein announced that Misfits would play a one-off show at The Forum in Los Angeles on December 30.

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Latest NewsMikkey Dee : More music to come from MOTORHEAD
///  Date : 03rd September, 2017  ///

Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee says there’s more music to be heard from the band, although he’s not sure when it will be revealed. The iconic outfit came to an end with the death of leader Lemmy Kilmister in 2015. They’ve just released ‘Under Cover‘, an album of cover versions recorded from 1992 until just before the band finished.

Last year he said a Motorhead archive album was unlikely to be made because there wasn’t much material left over. Now he reports : “There is some stuff around, but I don’t know exactly what. I know we have a lot of live [material]. But there’s nothing in plans as of now. We haven’t talked about it, but I’m sure there’s plenty, both video and audio.”

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Latest NewsZAKK WYLDE is back in OZZY OSBOURNE’s band
///  Date : 28th April, 2017  ///

Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde have reunited! The guitarist has rejoined the Prince of Darkness’ band and they’ll be together onstage for Ozzy’s upcoming 2017 shows! It was 30 years ago that Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde first teamed up, taking over for the legendary Jake E. Lee. Zakk became an icon in his own right through virtuosic guitar work and his later career with Black Label Society.

Zakk’s had a scattered history with Ozzy, playing with The Boss from 1987-1995, in 1998, from 2001-2004 and from 2006-2009. Wylde has performed on on five Ozzy albums including ‘No Rest For the Wicked‘ and ‘No More Tears‘, along with three live albums.

In addition to Wylde, Osbourne’s band will continue to feature Blasko on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards. Zakk’s return means guitarist Gus G is out of the band.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam”, says Ozzy Osbourne. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”

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Latest NewsGUNS N’ ROSES ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour brings in $230 million
///  Date : 27th April, 2017  ///

It’s been revealed that Guns N’ Roses‘ shows in Australia and New Zealand on their Not In This Lifetime tour grossed $38 million in sold ticket revenue. The latest figures were published by Billboard’s Boxscore and show the reformed outfit featuring Axl Rose, Duff McKagan and Slash’s eight shows in February have been a huge financial success. The tour’s overall gross has now reached $230m since it kicked off in April last year – with Billboard reporting that the figure doesn’t include the revenue from seven Asian markets from the first quarter of the year.

Guns N’ Roses are top of the pile in the most recent Boxscore top 10 highest earning chart, which also features Def Leppard, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Twenty One Pilots, Santana and Green Day. Axl Rose and co will return to the road next month for dates in Europe, starting with a set at Ireland’s Slane Castle. They’ll then return to North America for a run of summer shows.

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Latest NewsIvan Moody : I’m not leaving FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
///  Date : 24th April, 2017  ///

Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody says he’s not leaving the band – despite reports late last week that he was quitting. In an interview with radio station 106.7 KBPI, Moody revealed that he would be working on a side project called Villain – leading some websites to report that he was walking away from FFDP. But amid swirling speculation, Moody has issued a statement to set the record straight.

Moody says : “It’s no secret that this has been a tough year for me and for my bandmates in Five Finger Death Punch. When you put everything you have into making music, both on and off the stage, it can be very frustrating when the music you work so hard to create is not allowed to see the light of day. I know we share this frustration with our fans too, who have come to expect new music from us – fans who mean everything to us.

It is true that Five Finger Death Punch has come to a crossroads – and that crossroads is we’re all at a place where we will never again let someone or something hold us back from making music for our fans. The lawsuit by Prospect Park holding our new album hostage has taken a toll on me. I was in a rehabilitation facility when Prospect Park decided to sue the band last year, and that was very difficult for me to handle all at once.”

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Latest NewsSABATON make their ‘Last Stand’ in New York city
///  Date : 22nd April, 2017  ///

Swedish metal heroes Sabaton has performed at PlayStation Theater before but never as a headliner — this time was different. The group is touring the United States in support of their latest album, ‘The Last Stand‘ and packed the venue, in the heart of Times Square, as thousands of fans donned army pants and aviator glasses, ready for battle.

Speaking of battle, the night began with the Finnish metallers of Battle Beast who ripped through a powerful set. Next up were symphonic metal act Leaves’ Eyes, who hit the stage with new singer Elina Siirala as her soprano vocal range soared. With a massive army tank and other military items like boxes of ammo and camo nets, the stage was set for combat. The headliners, Sabaton, hit the stage with their upbeat anthem “Ghost Division” and immediately demonstrated their powder keg energy with ceaseless intensity.

The crowd’s excitement was matched by frontman Joakim Broden who addressed the crowd, expressing his enthusiasm to play for over 90 minutes for them. The band also cranked out songs “Blood of Bannockburn” and the title track from their new record. Meanwhile, fans crowdsurfed and emphatically sang along to well-known battle cries “Carolus Rex” and “Primo Victoria”.

The night ended with sweat, sore muscles and hoarse voices for fans. Sabaton powered through their encore which consisted of “Swedish Pagans,” “Shiroyama” and “To Hell and Back”. It’s not every day you get to see power battle metal with some serious historic war themes, making Sabaton a truly unique experience live.

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Latest NewsDIMMU BORGIR : “Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse” performance clip from ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ DVD
///  Date : 21st April, 2017  ///

Forces Of The Northern Night‘, the highly anticipated double DVD from Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir, will be released on April 28 via Nuclear Blast. The set will contain two of the band’s live performances : their legendary show in Oslo, presenting Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape plus the band’s unique visuals.

A performance clip of the song “Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse“, taken from ‘Forces Of The Northern Night‘, can be seen below.

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Latest NewsMETALLICA, GUNS N’ ROSES + RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS score Billboard Music Awards nominations
///  Date : 10th April, 2017  ///

Congrats are in order for Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who each heard their names called when the Billboard Music Awards nominations were revealed. The nominations take into account digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, with Billboard monitoring the data throughout the year. And while many of the nominees fall outside of the hard rock and metal spectrum, the three acts broke through to be nominated.

Guns N’ Roses snagged three nominations. They’re up for Top Duo/Group, where they square off against acts from all genres with their competition being Coldplay, the Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line and Twenty One Pilots. They also scored a nomination in the Top Touring Artist category where they’ll battle Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band for the honor. And their final nod came in the Top Rock Tour category, where they square off against Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

Metallica, meanwhile, also received a pair of nominations. They are up for Top Rock Artist against Coldplay, the Lumineers, Twenty One Pilots and X Ambassadors. They also scored a nod in the Top Rock Album category as Hardwired … To Self-Destruct goes up against albums from The Lumineers (Cleopatra), Radiohead (A Moon Shaped Pool), Red Hot Chili Peppers (The Getaway) and Twenty One Pilots (Blurryface).

The Red Hot Chili Peppers nod in the Top Rock Album category was their sole nomination. The Billboard Music Awards winners will be revealed May 21 with the award show airing on ABC at 8PM ET/PT.

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Latest NewsBLACK SABBATH to release documentary on final hometown Concerts
///  Date : 09th April, 2017  ///

Though Black Sabbath have taken their final bow as a touring and recording act, guitarist Tony Iommi remains busy with plenty of plans ahead of him. In a new interview, Iommi revealed Black Sabbath will be releasing a documentary on their final shows in Birmingham, as well as a possible live album. Iommi also mentions a potential solo album, for which he has “bags” of riffs.

NBC recently caught up with Iommi to discuss his contribution to the choral composition “How Good It Is” that the guitarist wrote for a cathedral in his hometown of Birmingham. “It really wasn’t anything to do with religion,” Iommi said. “I don’t follow any religious path… religiously. It just seemed like a nice thing to do. It was really nice to work with a choir and to do something for our city.”

Along with penning a piece for the CSI television series, Iommi himself is currently mixing the sound from the final Black Sabbath gigs in Birmingham, but not just for a possible live album, it’s for a full-on documentary. “We’ll actually be doing a documentary,” he said. “My job at the moment is to have a listen to what we’ve done.”

With Black Sabbath finished in the studio and Ozzy Osbourne setting the stage for a potential solo album and tour, Iommi is pondering a new solo album for himself. We haven’t gotten an Iommi solo LP since ‘Fused‘ came out in 2005, and the legendary guitarist says he’s got “bags” ready for the prospective solo release.

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Latest NewsDIMMU BORGIR putting finishing touches on ‘Epic’, ‘Symphonic’ and ‘Brutal’ new Album
///  Date : 08th April, 2017  ///

Guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) of Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir spoke to Metal Shock Finland about the progress of the mixing sessions for the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s ‘Abrahadabra‘ album. “We’re in the middle of it at the moment, but I would say it has even more variation than any of our previous albums,” he said. “It’s more epic and symphonic, it’s more brutal, it’s more black metal, it’s more primitive. It includes everything that we are known for, and what’s even better about it is that it has just come so easy. The challenge for us is always to shave off the stuff that we think is not good enough. So coming up with material is never really any problem; it’s just to figure out which parts to use for songs. That’s the challenge — to shave off the fat.”

In terms of the actual songwriting for the new album, Silenoz revealed that “I‘ve done all the lyrics again, but for the musical part, I think we managed to split that pretty much three ways between Galder [guitar], Shagrath [vocals] and myself.”

While Silenoz couldn’t provide a firm release date for the new Dimmu Borgir album, he predicted that the record would arrive before the end of the year. “If we keep somewhat to the schedule that we have in mind, I would personally estimate late summer, early fall release, if everything goes as planned,” he said. “But it also comes down to timing and what the label thinks is smart strategically.”

(Source : blabbermouth.net)

Latest NewsANTHRAX is ‘Ready’ to play more ‘Big Four’ shows with METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER
///  Date : 05th April, 2017  ///

Frank Bello says that Anthrax “would love” to play more shows featuring the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.

The four influential acts played together for the first time in history on June 16, 2010 in front of 81,000 fans at the Sonisphere festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland and shared a bill again for six more shows as part of the Sonisphere series that same year. They reunited again for several dates in 2011, including the last “Big Four” concert, which was held on September 14, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Since then, Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax have played a number of shows together, including the 2013 Soundwave festival in Australia. They also performed at the 2014 Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Speaking to KNAC.COM, the Anthrax bassist said about the possibility of more “Big Four” shows in the future : “Talk to Metallica. We’re ready. All the other bands that were involved will tell you it was one of the best things that ever happened for them. Just the camaraderie, and for the fans, that was a good value for your buck to see the four bands that grew up together in the scene. I think that was a great idea by Metallica. We’re all friends and we all get along really well, I think Metallica knows that we would all be in on it again because it was such a great experience. So many people are asking for it and every interview asks about it. They want to see it and we’d love to be part of it.”

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Latest NewsIRON MAIDEN’s Dickinson condemns small venue closures
///  Date : 03rd April, 2017  ///

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has condemned the closure of small music venues in the UK. Manchester’s Roadhouse, Leeds’ Cockpit and The Arches in Glasgow are just a few of the venues that have been forced to close their doors in recent years – and with Cardiff music hot spot Dempseys now being turned into a sports bar, Dickinson says more should be done to protect smaller clubs.

He tells Wales Online : “Sadly that seems to be happening in a lot of places. It’s the gentrification of the city centre, the dodgy hangouts which are really cool which kids like. We wouldn’t have been able to start out if there hadn’t been venues like that. The good thing is you don’t need a lot to have a place where you can have a racket and have people turn up. Small venues are indispensable to bands – always have been and always will be. I think we miss a trick in this country and some countries in Europe do it better in that they protect their social infrastructure. And pubs and small venues are part of that social infrastructure.”

(Source : teamrock.com)

Latest NewsPARADISE LOST begins recording new Album
///  Date : 28th March, 2017  ///

British gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost have entered Orgone Studios in Woburn, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom to begin recording their new album for a tentative late 2017 release via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015’s ‘The Plague Within‘ is once again being helmed by Jaime Gomez Arellano, who has previously worked with Ghost, Cathedral and Turisas, among others.

Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1988 and still boasting four of its five original members, the band is widely credited with co-founding the gothic metal genre with its sophomore album, ‘Gothic‘ (1991). Through the years, Paradise Lost has changed its style effectively and reinvented itself again and again. They elbowed their way from their original melodic death metal sound on their debut, ‘Lost Paradise‘ (1990) to the classic ‘Icon‘ (1993) and more experimental ‘One Second‘ (1997). Finally they went back to the roots with their most recent release, ‘The Plague Within‘, achieving some of the best reviews of their career.

(Source : blabbermouth.net)

Latest NewsSUICIDE SILENCE, FEAR FACTORY, MARDUK among 18 bands confirmed for DANZIG’s Blackest of the Black Festival
///  Date : 27th March, 2017  ///

It’s going to be a big year for the Danzig band with a new album on the way and a two-day edition of the Blackest of the Black festival. Now, Glenn Danzig has revealed a huge chunk of the lineup which currently boasts 18 bands.

Industrial pioneers Ministry had been secured for the event already, which has since added Suicidal Tendencies, Atreyu, Corrosion of Conformity, Vamps, Marduk, Suicide Silence, Venom, DevliDriver, Fear Factory, Belphegor, Discharge, Combichrist, Butcher Babies, 3Teeth, Ghoul and Ritual as unveiled by Danzig on Full Metal Jackie’s KLOS radio program.

“This year we’re finally upping the ante. We’re doing it with a couple of partners now that have come in and we’re doing it the way I’ve always wanted to do it, which we’ve been building to, so now it’s a two-day fest. It’s not just bands,” said Danzig (transcription via Blabbermouth), promising, “You’re gonna get a ton of other stuff.”

(Source : loudwire.com)

Latest NewsIRON MAIDEN announce new vinyl reissues series
///  Date : 26th March, 2017  ///

Iron Maiden have announced the next wave in their vinyl reissue series. The band’s first eight records were relaunched in 2014 by Parlophone Records – with the label now confirming that studio albums ‘No Prayer For The Dying‘, ‘Fear Of The Dark‘, ‘The X Factor‘, ‘Virtual XI‘, ‘Brave New World‘, ‘Dance Of Death‘, ‘A Matter Of Life And Death‘ and ‘The Final Frontier‘, along with live offerings ‘Rock In Rio‘, ‘Death On The Road‘, ‘Flight 666‘ and ‘En Vivo!‘ will come out on heavyweight vinyl from May.

Parlophone say : “Unlike the 1980’s reissues which were cut from the original analogue master tapes, the audio on these releases has been cut from the high resolution remasters of 2015 when the Maiden catalogue was digitally upgraded. They will be packaged in identical artwork to the initial vinyl releases.”

In addition, ‘No Prayer For The Dying‘ and ‘Fear Of The Dark‘ will be made available in a Collector’s Box which has been designed to house all 12 albums – and extra space for Iron Maiden’s most recent album ‘The Book Of Souls‘. The collection will roll out over a three month period. See dates and details below.

Iron Maiden vinyl reissue series release dates –
May 19 : No Prayer For The Dying, Fear Of The Dark, The X Factor and Virtual XI
June 23 : Brave New World, Rock In Rio, Dance Of Death and A Matter Of Life And Death
July 21 : Death On The Road, Flight 666, The Final Frontier and En Vivo!

(Source : teamrock.com)

Latest NewsIs MARILYN MANSON teasing new album ‘Say10’?
///  Date : 23rd March, 2017  ///

Marilyn Manson has posted a cryptic new video on Instagram. The short clip is accompanied by the line : “6:19. The time has come.”

Manson was expected to release his new album ‘Say10‘ on February 14 this year, but that date passed with no news. Could the new teaser be the release date for the album or something esle?

In November last year, Manson issued a brief teaser video for the track “Say10” which saw the shock rock icon tear pages from the bible and focus on the bloodied body of a man in a suit – thought to represent then Republican candidate Donald Trump.

(Source : teamrock.com)

Latest NewsThe new MORBID ANGEL album is definitely Death Metal, says Steve Tucker
///  Date : 18th March, 2017  ///

Morbid Angel has previously confirmed that it’ll be releasing a new album this year, leaving fans hoping that it’ll be better than 2011’s ‘Illud Divinum Insanus‘ trainwreck. The new lineup bodes well for the material, featuring Steve Tucker on bass and vocals for the first time since 2003’s ‘Heretic‘, drummer Scott Fuller (Annihilated, ex-Abysmal Dawn) and guitarist Dan Vadim Von.

In an interview with The Metal Magdalene With Jet, Tucker confirmed what everyone wanted to hear – Morbid Angel will go back to being death metal in 2017. Tucker also compares the writing process to the ‘Gateways To Annihilation‘ album, which definitely adds to that excitement!

“I’ve said it before — I’m a death metal guy, so, for me, it’s gonna be a death metal album; if I’m on it, it’s death metal. So it was just about making a Morbid Angel album. It was really about coming in with something new, something fresh, but yet it still being Morbid Angel. Really, honestly, we didn’t approach this any differently than any of the other albums I was involved in except for maybe Formulas Fatal To The Flesh, which Trey wrote all the music, all the lyrics and things like that. But this was done more similar to maybe Gateways To Annihilation, where everybody had their contribution.

Trey wrote a bunch of songs, I wrote songs, Scotty contributed some ideas. There was a lot of back-and-forth. In the end, it has to become a Morbid Angel song. And at this point, I feel that it’s very much a Morbid Angel album.”

(Source : metalinjection.net)

Latest NewsNIGHTWISH’s Floor Jansen + SABATON’s Hannes Van Dahl welcome baby daughter
///  Date : 17th March, 2017  ///

There’s great news to report for Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen and Sabaton drummer Hannes Van Dahl. The couple just welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Freja, who is certain to be one of the most metal kids entering the world this month.

In a truly moving photo featuring the hands of father, mother and daughter intertwined, Jansen posted, “In perfect health our daughter Freja was born on the 15th of March. We are very happy parents! Thank you for your kind support coming in from all over the world during this time! Hannes, Floor & Freja.”

As the birth date approached, Van Dahl stepped away from his drumming duties with Sabaton to prepare for the arrival of his daughter. With his blessing, the band continued to tour with Twilight Force’s Daniel Sjogren filling in. “I’m a bit jealous of all you guys who’s going to see him kill it every night”, said Van Dahl about his fill-in. The drummer has stated that he does plan to return to the band after the birth of Freja, though his official return date has not been revealed. Meanwhile, Jansen has also expressed her desire to return to Nightwish after the birth of the couple’s child.

(Source : loudwire.com)

Latest NewsMASTODON’s Brent Hinds set for Game Of Thrones return
///  Date : 16th March, 2017  ///

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds has revealed that he’s recorded another cameo appearance for Game Of Thrones. He and his bandmates appeared as wildlings on the hit HBO show in 2015, with guitarist Bill Kelliher speaking exclusively to Metal Hammer about the experience.

And now Hinds has confirmed he’s filmed another scene – and reveals the broken leg he suffered in November in a motorbike accident actually contributed to the shoot. He tells the The Jasta Show : “I just came back from my second cameo on Game Of Thrones. This time, I had my broken leg and they were like, ‘You’re doing the best zombie walk – we want you to come right towards the camera. I want you to drag this axe behind you’. I’m like a reborn, come-to-life wildling turning into a White Walker.”

(Source : teamrock.com)

Latest NewsAT THE GATES part ways with founding guitarist Anders Bjorler, plan new Album for 2018
///  Date : 09th March, 2017  ///

Swedish metal veterans and metalcore blueprinters At The Gates have parted ways with founding guitarist Anders Björler. In better news, At The Gates plan to begin recording a new album in early 2018.

Anders Björler has spent the last 27 years (on and off) as a member of At The Gates, helping define metalcore’s gold standard with 1995’s ‘Slaughter of the Soul‘. The band chose to separate itself from the current core scene with 2014’s ‘At War With Reality‘, which hones a melodic death metal sound.

At The Gates announced the news in a Facebook post on March 8. At The Gates added, “The four of us still has the burning urge to create death metal together, and we love playing live in front of our fans, so we will go on, with an even stronger intent. While writing the new record, that we intend to record in the beginning of 2018, we are trying out Anders’ replacement. Some auditions are being held as we speak, and we will get back to you with news on the matter as soon as we know more.”

(Source : loudwire.com)

Latest NewsDave Mustaine posts accurate tabs for MEGADETH’s “Holy Wars” Intro riff
///  Date : 08th March, 2017  ///

There was a recently talk about the Megadeth track “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due“, and how literally everyone is playing the riff wrong. Mustaine called one dude out on Twitter for having inaccurate tabs, and it turns out everyone else had been playing it like that was well.

Even better, some people were kind of taking issue with Dave regarding his correction… because y’know, he’s not the guy who would know how to play his own song. Anyway, here’s how you play the song. Stop sucking at it.

(Source : metalinjection.net)

Latest NewsANTHRAX Announces ‘Wardance’ New York City “Beer Crawl”
///  Date : 07th March, 2017  ///

New York’s born-and-bred thrash-masters Anthrax will celebrate the release of the band’s very own craft beer, ‘Wardance‘ on Tuesday, March 28 with a New York City “beer crawl” that will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Daddy-O on Bedford Street in the West Village. Band members, along with Chuck Williamson, owner and head brewer of Butternuts Beer & Ale Brewery, will be on hand over the course of the evening at five different New York City bars to drink a few pints of the pale ale and celebrate with all in attendance.

Entry into all five locations is free and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with a no-host bar. Those interested should go to this location to RSVP.

The complete schedule for Anthrax’s Wardance NYC beer crawl is as follows :

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Daddy-O – 44 Bedford Street
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Half Pint – 76 W. 3rd Street
9:10 – 10:10 p.m. – One Mile House – 10 Delancey Street
10:30 – 11:30 p.m. – Top Hops – 94 Orchard Street***
11:45 – ?? – RMP Bar After Party – 266 Broome Street

***Will have Wardance available in six-packs of cans to go

(Source : blabbermouth.net)

Latest NewsHIM confirm they’re to split up
///  Date : 06th March, 2017  ///

Finnish outfit HIM have confirmed they are to split up at the end of 2017. The news was announced on the band’s Facebook page, where frontman Ville Valo said it was time to close the chapter on their 26-year career.

Ville Valo reports : “After quarter of a century of love and metal intertwined, we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.”

They’ll bring the curtain down following a farewell tour which is scheduled to take place throughout the remainder of 2017. HIM have so far announced dates across Russia, Europe and the UK, with US and Finnish shows to be revealed in due course. Tickets go on general sale from 9am on March 8.

(Source : teamrock.com)

Latest NewsIRON MAIDEN reduces Ticket Scalper sales by 95% on its UK Tour
///  Date : 04th March, 2017  ///

Iron Maiden just may have figured out a way to keep ticket scalpers at bay, as the band’s 95% success rate would have you believe.

On the band’s current tour of the UK, fans cannot purchase a ticket to a show without going through a rigorous security process. This includes scalper barriers such as multiple ID verifications, the promotion of “paperless ticketing”, and printing purchaser names on physical tickets. Despite these hurdles, the band has sold 100,000 tickets thus far and achieved a 95% decline in secondhand sales of tickets, as compared to its 2011 UK tour.

(Source : metalinjection.net)

Latest NewsDARK TRANQUILLITY to release ‘The Absolute’ single
///  Date : 02nd March, 2017  ///

Swedish melodic death metallers Dark Tranquillity will release a seven-inch single featuring the two songs — “The Absolute” and “Time Out Of Place” — which have so far only been released as bonus tracks of the limited-edition CD version of their latest album, ‘Atoma‘. These cuts are the most experimental and daring numbers ever from the Dark Tranquillity camp, featuring a very different approach to their usual brand of melodic death metal.

“The Absolute” single will be released on March 24. You can listen to a medley of the two songs below.

(Source : blabbermouth.net)

Latest NewsFormer CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Jack Owen reunites with Chris Barnes in SIX FEET UNDER
///  Date : 01st March, 2017  ///

Guitarist Jack Owen and vocalist Chris Barnes were two of the five founding members of Cannibal Corpse in 1988. Barnes left the group in 1995 and has been the frontman of his own Six Feet Under project ever since, and Owen departed Cannibal Corpse in 2004 to join Deicide, a position he held until 2016.

Now in 2017, we’ve got the closest thing we’ve got to an original Cannibal Corpse lineup in Six Feet Under, which now consists of both Barnes and Owen.

Barnes comments : “It is with great pleasure that I announce and introduce to you our new second guitarist, Jack Owen. As you all know, Jack and I started off together helping form one of the greatest Death Metal bands of all time. Jack and I began talking a few months ago, after his departure from his previous band about joining forces.”

“From my side of things, it’s going to be amazing to work with Jack again!! We had some intense adventures, to say the least hahaha…and it’s gonna be killer to step on stage with Jack for the first time in over 22 years!!”

“Jack will be joining SFU for the entire cycle of touring for the new album and beyond!”

(Source : metalinjection.net)

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