Latest NewsMETALLICA’s James Hetfield on Chinese censorship
///  Date : 25th February, 2017  ///

When bands perform in China, it is no secret that they must submit their song lyrics to the government, who then return to the band with a list of songs they can and can’t play as well as allowing certain songs as long as the lyrics are altered to something permissible. Metallica‘s recent trek to the country was no different, though James Hetfield seemed nonplussed by being forbidden from playing classics like “Master of Puppets”.

In an interview with South Morning China Post, the frontman was more than understanding about the censorship, stating, “Why shouldn’t you respect their culture when you’re there as a guest and you’ve been invited to play? We want to be respectful and just because we do things differently, it doesn’t mean it should be forced upon [others].”

Hetfield is optimistic about returning to China and having the ability to play not just “Master of Puppets”, but other exclusions like “One” (in Shanghai) and “Hardwired”. “But hopefully we’ll keep coming back and they’ll realize we’re not a threat politically and we have no agenda except to cross boundaries with music and let people enjoy the songs,” he continued. “We’re not trying to bring a secret message to anybody.”

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Latest NewsTHE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN cancel remainder of European Dates after Bus crash
///  Date : 14th February, 2017  ///

It has not been a fun weekend for The Dillinger Escape Plan, as yesterday, they awoke to a truck crushing into their bus, destroying all their gear and sending 13 people to the hospital. The band were en-route to their gig in Krakow, Poland and a truck rammed into the bus, as it was parked.

At the time, the band weren’t sure if they’d be able to continue the rest of the tour, seeing as all of their gear was destroyed. Sadly, it does not look like they will be able to continue the tour.

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Latest NewsMEGADETH wins ‘Best Metal Performance‘ GRAMMY Award
///  Date : 13th February, 2017  ///

Megadeth was honored with a Grammy in the ‘Best Metal Performance‘ category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, which was held yesterday (Sunday, February 12) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Megadeth was nominated for “Dystopia“, the title track of its 2016 album.

As Megadeth approached the stage to accept the award, the house band inexplicably played the song “Master Of Puppets” from Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine’s former band Metallica.

In his acceptance speech, Mustaine said : “Fantastic! Only took twelve tries to get this. Last time we were here, we were talking to Kenny G, and he asked me how many times we were here, and he goes, ‘Well, eleven isn’t that bad.’ And I said, ‘How many times did it take you?’ And he said, Twenty-one.’ And I was, like, ‘Oh, my god. If it takes twenty-one times… I don’t know if I’ll live that long.'”

Mustaine continued : “I wanna thank Jesus Christ, I wanna thank my wife, my children, all the band’s wives and kids, I wanna thank our management, our label, our agent, our attorney, our crew, all of you, especially the metal community. I think it’s a little weird that we ended up being category 69, but somebody’s got a sense of humor.”

The nominees in the ‘Best Metal Performance‘ category were as follows :

BARONESS – “Shock Me”
GOJIRA – “Slivera”
KORN – “Rotting in Vain”
MEGADETH – “Dystopia”
PERIPHERY – “The Price Is Wrong”

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Latest NewsMETALLICA’s Kirk Hammett on more Big 4 shows : “I personally see it happening again”
///  Date : 12th February, 2017  ///

The ‘Big 4‘ concerts featuring the joint package of thrash’s best – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, was one of the downright coolest moments in metal history as they played select concerts around the world. There’s been talk among both fans and the musicians who took part in the event of future Big 4 shows and Metallica axeman Kirk Hammett has now thrown his hat into the ring of optimism.

As a guest on Scott Ian‘s SiriusXM show Never Meet Your Heroes, Hammett first explained how this momentous concert idea even took shape. “That term Big 4 was created by the press and we kept on seeing it and seeing it: Big 4, Big 4,” he began. “And then, one day, it was something to the extent of, ‘Let’s get all the original metal bands together to do a tour like we used to do back in the day’; we’d all tour with each other.”

The plans got shaved down to just the Big 4 and Hammett said, “It was just, like, ‘Yeah, we absolutely should tour together and celebrate our long, storied careers.’”

(Source : loudwire.com)

Latest NewsGUNS N’ ROSES joined by Angus Young for two AC/DC covers in Australia
///  Date : 11th February, 2017  ///

Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC represent two of the biggest rock bands of all time and combined they look to be even more unstoppable. For the second time, Angus Young hopped onstage with GN’R to bust out a couple AC/DC classics, this time in his home country of Australia.

As Guns continue their overwhelmingly successful “Not in This Lifetime…” tour, the band stopped in Australia for a series of performances, which have often hovered around three hours long. The band mixed in a bunch of cover songs per usual, playing classics from Pink Floyd, The Who and, most importantly here, AC/DC at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Feb. 10. Young took the stage after “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and together, they ran through “Whole Lotta Rosie” (video below) and “Riff Raff” (video below).

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Latest NewsAS I LAY DYING’s Tim Lambesis has been Free for Two Months, getting Married in April
///  Date : 10th February, 2017  ///

Yesterday, we learned the shocking news that As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis had been released from prison. Lambesis served only two and a half years on a six-year sentence after he was arrested and eventually convicted of solicitation of murder for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his now ex-wife.

Yesterday, guitarist George Lynch revealed that Lambesis had been out for a while. Lynch’s daughter was engaged to Lambesis’ former bandmate, guitarist Nick Hipa, which is how Lynch has the info. Lynch said “He’s out, he’s got a mega record deal, he’s got a book deal, everything’s lined up for him. I mean, he’s gonna skate through life. Everybody else is suffering. His wife is living in fear, his children are living in fear. His band doesn’t have a pot to piss in.” This, of course, speaks to the fact that the former members of As I Lay Dying quit the band due to Lambesis’ actions and now are struggling to get their new band, Wovenwar, off the ground, while Lambesis is using the publicity of his crime to secure a better career for himself.

AltPress reached out the California Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation and a representative confirmed Lambesis was “discharged Dec. 17, 2016. He was discharged to the Division of Adult Parole Operations.” Lambesis is wasting no time moving ahead with his life. In the comments of yesterday’s Lambesis post, Lambesis had a public wedding registry set up, with the scheduled date of marriage being April 29, 2017 in Carlsband, CA.

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Latest NewsMETALLICA to perform with LADY GAGA at the Grammy’s this weekend
///  Date : 08th February, 2017  ///

When Metallica announced they’d be performing at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, this coming Sunday, February 12, 2017, they promised something big. Looks like the word got out on what that performance might be.

Earlier today, Lady Gaga tweeted a video of commercial for the ceremony this Sunday announcing that she would be joining the legendary Bay Area thrashers for what is sure to be a must-see performance.

Gaga is no stranger to heavy metal. She has said on numerous occasions that Iron Maiden changed her life. She loves Black Sabbath (her favorite song is “Black Sabbath”), she lounges around in metal shirts, hangs out with metal gods and randomly crashes metal shows at SXSW from time to time.

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Latest NewsOBITUARY’s new song “Turned To Stone” is pretty Sludgy
///  Date : 07th February, 2017  ///

Obituary‘s self-titled new album will be out on March 17 via Relapse Records, and unlike the debut single from the album, “Turned To Stone” is much slower and crushing. At least until about the halfway mark, at which point things take a turn for double bass drum galore and whammy bar-laden solos, which seems to be where the band’s new material excels.

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Latest NewsOPETH mini-figures on their way
///  Date : 06th February, 2017  ///

A set of Opeth mini-figures will be released soon, according to the band’s official merchandise company. OmerchLtd posted an image on Instagram showing Mikael Akerfeldt, Martin Mendez, Martin ‘Axe’ Axenrot, Fredrik Akersson and Joakim Svalberg reduced in size and teased : “Opeth sample 3D figurines were delivered today. Available to purchase soon.”

They later revealed that the 3D scans were taken from the Markus Hofko-directed video for “Era” – a track from Opeth’s 12th album ‘Sorceress‘.

(Source : teamrock.com)

Latest NewsMETALLICA postpone Copenhagen show due to James Hetfield’s health
///  Date : 05th February, 2017  ///

The other shoe has fallen for Metallica. After the band struggled through a performance Friday in Copenhagen in which James Hetfield asked to shut things down early after admitting he didn’t “sound good”, the band has postponed Sunday’s show (Feb. 5) at the venue allowing the ailing Hetfield to recover.

In a post to their Facebook page, the band stated, “We’re very disappointed to have to share with you that unfortunately as Saturday has progressed, James’ health, and specifically his throat, is not improving and he is under strict doctor’s orders to not sing one single note. So sadly we have to report that we will be postponing tomorrow’s show at the Royal Arena until Sept 2, 2017.”

The band will honor tickets for the postponed show when they return in September, but they are also encouraging fans who traveled to Denmark to contact Ticketmaster Denmark to see if there are replacement tickets available for the Feb. 7 or 9 shows the band is still intending on playing at the venue. And for those unable to attend one of the other dates, refunds will be available through March 1.

(Source : loudwire.com)

Latest NewsBLACK SABBATH touring career concludes with hometown show in Birmingham
///  Date : 04th February, 2017  ///

It’s over! The final note has rung out on Black Sabbath‘s touring career. The band just completed their performance at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England, finishing out their evening with one of the biggest hits of their career, “Paranoid”. See footage below.

The final song and final bow

Posted by Black Sabbath on Saturday, February 4, 2017

After a blistering solo by Tony Iommi to finish out the song, the crowd erupted into cheers with chants of “one more song”, but Ozzy, Tony and Geezer Butler were set to say their farewells and gathered at center stage in a hug, posing one last time for fans. As a puff of smoke from the band’s pyro rose above the stage, Ozzy Osbourne concluded, “Thank you, good night”.

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Latest NewsOzzy Osbourne on BLACK SABBATH’s farewell show : ‘I’ve been tearful’
///  Date : 03rd February, 2017  ///

As Black Sabbath prepare for their farewell show this weekend, at least one member is choked up at the prospect of the band’s final gig. “My emotions are flying all over the place,” Ozzy Osbourne told the BBC during rehearsals at Birmingham’s Genting Arena, where the band will play its final show tomorrow night. “Since I’ve got to this building today, I’ve been happy, I’ve been tearful. Let’s see what happens.”

Black Sabbath kicked off their last tour, called The End, more than a year ago. After circling the globe, it wraps up this week with two shows in the English city in which they got their start in 1968. Saturday’s performance will be their last, and Osbourne hinted that there may be a surprise or two for that final concert. “I’ve got to say something, but I’ve nothing rehearsed,” he said. “I’m no good at speeches.”

Osbourne told the BBC he was feeling sentimental about the end of the band’s touring days, recalling an early gig in Birmingham and thinking, “This’ll be good for a couple of years – drink a few beers and have a jam. But it was the beginning of the most incredible adventure you could think of. I’ve had the best life out of it. One of the proudest things I have in my heart is the fact that Black Sabbath wasn’t a band that was created by some big mogul. It was four guys who said let’s have a dream, and it came true beyond our wildest expectations.”

(Source : ultimateclassicrock.com)

Latest NewsGUNS N’ ROSES South American tour brings in $56 million
///  Date : 02nd February, 2017  ///

It’s been revealed that the South American leg of Guns N’ RosesNot In This Lifetime tour grossed at total of $56 million. The figures were published by Billboard’s Boxscore, and show that the 13 performances featuring classic era members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan were a huge success – bringing in a combined total of $56,545,220.

The band’s 2016 tour of North America grossed $116.8m over its nine-week run.

Guns N’ Roses claimed eight places in Boxscore’s top 10 highest earning chart, with Aerosmith taking the other two spots, grossing $7m for their pair of performances in Argentina and Brazil in 2016.

(Source : teamrock.com)

Latest NewsANTHRAX’s Scott Ian : Political unrest is great for art
///  Date : 01st February, 2017  ///

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says current political climate will result in “a lot of great heavy music” over the next 4 years. They are currently gearing up for a long run of tour dates to celebrate 30 years since the release of their classic ‘Among The Living‘ album.

And while some have been quick to criticise the current state of the music industry, Ian believes the scene is “strong and healthy” and will only improve due to the political unrest across the world.

Speaking exclusively to Metal Hammer, Ian says : “I think there’s gonna be a lot of great heavy music being made in the next four years. Political unrest is great for art. The Big Four came out of the Reagan era in the States. The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal came out of the Thatcher era, if I’m not mistaken. So with Trump and the political climate in the world right now, it should definitely be great for heavy music.”

(Source : teamrock.com)

Latest NewsMETALLICA playing ‘Citi Sound Vault’ show at Hollywood Palladium on Grammy Night
///  Date : 31st January, 2017  ///

Metallica have already been confirmed for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, but they will apparently be doing more than just playing the awards show on Feb. 12. The band will take the stage at the Hollywood Palladium as part of the week-long launch of the new Citi Sound Vault platform.

Earlier this month, Metallica announced they would be playing the Grammys, explaining, “We have something very unique and special planned for this celebratory night.” It is not known if Metallica’s Grammy performance will be taking place via remote from the Palladium or whether the band will attempt to make appearances at two Los Angeles venues in the same night, since the Grammys are taking place at Staples Center.

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Latest NewsJoey Jordison : SLIPKNOT are my brothers forever
///  Date : 30th January, 2017  ///

Joey Jordison says Slipknot are his “brothers forever” despite parting ways with the band acrimoniously in 2013. The drummer was dismissed by Corey Taylor and co in a “stupid fucking email” with both sides remaining silent on the reasons behind the decision. But in a 2016 interview with Metal Hammer, Jordison revealed he had been diagnosed with a rare disease of the nervous system which left him unable to play drums.

But speaking on the One On One with Mitch Lafon podcast, Jordison says there are no hard feelings. He says : “Without Slipknot, I would not necessarily be where I am today. And all those guys and everyone that I worked with, wrote with, all the producers, all the albums, all the tours, everything that we did – I can never in a million years compact it into an interview right now of the great things that we did together. I would not trade them for the world. Those guys are my brothers forever. I love them very much, and I wish them well.”

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Latest NewsFormer BLACK SABBATH keyboardist Geoff Nicholls dies after battle with lung cancer
///  Date : 29th January, 2017  ///

Former Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls died yesterday morning after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 68 years old.

Nicholls’s passing was confirmed by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who wrote about his former bandmate : “I’m so saddened to hear the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls. He’s been suffering for a while now with lung cancer and he lost his battle this morning. Geoff and I have always been very close and he has been a real true friend to me and supported me all the way for nearly 40 years. I will miss him dearly and he will live in my heart until we meet again. Rest in peace, my dear friend.”

Added Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler : “Very sad to hear of old friend and Black Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls passing. RIP Geoff.”

Said Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne : “Geoff Nicholls was a great friend of mine for a long time. He will be greatly missed. I’m very saddened at the news.”

Nicholls, who played keyboards on all of Black Sabbath’s albums between 1980 and 1995 and toured with them, was reportedly in remission from cancer at the time of his death but succumbed to the side effects of chemotherapy.

(Source : blabbermouth.net)

Latest NewsGeezer Butler says BLACK SABBATH calling it quits is ‘A Natural End To The Band’
///  Date : 28th January, 2017  ///

Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler spoke to Express & Star about the band’s decision to call it quits after completing “The End” tour early next month.

“To come back and be friends with my buddies who I started up with all those years ago,” Ozzy said, “it’s a closure for me to have a chapter of my life which I can say, ‘Well, we came, we saw, we had a good time, and now it’s over.’ And so it’s like any relationship. I’m glad we ended up having more or less whatever has gone on between us over the years.”

Butler added that the band couldn’t carry on for much longer. “So the natural thing to do is to all agree on one last tour,” he said. “And we all agreed that there won’t be any more Sabbath after this. It’s like a natural progression kind of thing; a natural end to the band.”

Black Sabbath is bringing its storied career to a close in its native England, with seven shows booked there in January and February. The last two, on February 2 and February 4, will take place in Sabbath’s hometown of Birmingham and will likely be their final shows.

(Source : blabbermouth.net)

Latest NewsNEIL YOUNG, RUSH to induct PEARL JAM + YES into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’
///  Date : 27th January, 2017  ///

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame festivities for 2017 are becoming a bit clearer. Though the 2017 class was recently revealed, the Rock Hall is beginning to attach presenters to induct each of the soon-to-be-enshrined acts, with Pearl Jam set to be inducted by Neil Young and Yes receiving their induction by way of a speech from Rush‘s Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee.

The third known presenter is Jackson Browne, who will be on hand to induct Joan Baez. The ceremony itself will take place Friday, April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Presenters have yet to be revealed for Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Tupac Shakur and Nile Rodgers.

(Source : loudwire.com)

Latest NewsMASTODON offers first tease of New Music, unveils Album Art
///  Date : 26th January, 2017  ///

Following a series of cryptic and wildly tongue-in-cheek videos on their Facebook page, Mastodon have unveiled a cheeky 45-second teaser of new material from their forthcoming seventh album. Available to listen to in the form of a 360º video, the image you’re presented with could be the new album artwork. It’s typically Mastodon with a fiery orange and red palette surrounding a skull king in smoke.

Musically it’s very Mastodon, with the chunky riffs and rugged stomp pushing forever onwards, while Brann Dailor‘s frantic drum style adds those signature experimental flourishes. There are no vocals to hear as yet, but we know the album’s concept is based around the band’s relationship and experiences with cancer. It’s also rumoured to be a much proggier record.

There’s also no word on an album title, but if the URL eos360.mastodonrocks.com is anything to go by then it could be called Eos or EOS is an acronym for something else.

(Source : teamrock.com)

Latest NewsMETALLICA frontman says it was ‘A Mistake’ to make fans wait 8 years for ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’
///  Date : 25th January, 2017  ///

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has admitted that making fans wait eight years for the band’s latest album was “a mistake”. Last year’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ marked Metallica’s first release since their 2011 collaboration with Lou Reed, ‘Lulu‘, and their first album of new, original material since 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic‘. In the meantime, Metallica toured the world relentlessly, even logging a 2013 Antarctica stop that made them the first band to play all seven continents. They also dropped the artsy concert film “Through The Never“, which reportedly cost $32 million and made less than $4 million at the box office.

Speaking to The Straits Times, Hetfield said that perhaps waiting so long to make the new album “was a mistake” and reassured fans that “it won’t be” another eight years before a follow-up effort sees the light of day. The Metallica frontman also offered his views on remaining relevant — and even being invited to play this year’s Grammy Awards — in an industrial climate that is thriving on the past.

“Music comes in trends and what not, but we haven’t gone anywhere”, he said. “If we’re still popular enough to play the Grammys, that’s cool”. Hetfield added that he didn’t put much thought into how Metallica managed to stay on top when so many of their peers have fallen by the wayside or lost their mojo.

“I don’t want to figure it out”, he said. “What we have to offer is honesty and we love what we do. We’re writing songs we want to hear and that’s important. We’re not trying to recreate something that worked before or try a different genre or do some other crazy thing that’s not us.”

(Source : blabbermouth.net)

Latest NewsGHOST’s new Album will be dark, likely about The Fall Of Civilization
///  Date : 24th January, 2017  ///

Ghost has made it pretty well known that it’s trying to get a record out this fall, though with its upcoming tour with Iron Maiden. Either way, a Nameless Ghoul knows what the new stuff will sound like, and it’s dark.

In an interview with Loudwire, the Ghoul says the album will be a response to ‘Meliora‘ in the sense that ‘Meliora’ was about the pinnacle of civilization and the possible return of a deity.

“Let’s just say that it’s a continuation of Meliora, but it’s sort of a response. I’ve used the word “pre-apocalyptic” on Meliora. It is sort of the hide of civilization. It’s the symbolism, just look at the cover. It’s sky risers, everything. You don’t even see the ground. It’s all covered and built material. Obviously there has to be an end to that. So there will be a call and response. The next album will be the response to that. So if there was an absence of a God, there might be a return of a deity, which usually comes in horrible forms. So it will be a darker album.”

Pretty apocalyptic! When asked about if the new album is in the works, Ghoul just replies “yeah.” So there’s a new album, and it’s coming… whenever.

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Latest NewsMASTODON teases upcoming Album
///  Date : 23rd January, 2017  ///

Atlanta progressive metallers Mastodon have released a short teaser for their upcoming album, which is tentatively due in March. The one-and-a-half-minute clip features an unidentified Mastodon bandmember — whose face and voice are obscured, but who appears to be drummer Brann Dailor — saying in part : “I’m not at liberty to say who I am or what I am doing here. This is a room. I’m pretty sure it’s inside of a city or a town or a village. I’m in a recording studio. We’re recording something. I don’t know. I can’t talk about it. Recording music, different kind of music. World music. Uh, heavy metal, R&B, Celtic music, music to dance to, music to sit down to, music to do yoga, music to, uh, do different kinds of, um, exercises to. Things like that. But I can’t tell you any of the names of the songs or what the songs sound like.”

Mastodon recorded the new disc at the Quarry in Kennesaw, Georgia before moving to Henson Studios in Los Angeles for the mixing stage. Songtitles set to appear on the disc include “Show Yourself“, “Precious Stones” and “Your Own Blood“.

(Source : blabbermouth.net)

Latest NewsRAMMSTEIN tease newly-announced ‘Paris’ DVD / Blu-Ray with wild Trailer
///  Date : 19th January, 2017  ///

German industrial metallers Rammstein are preparing to release a new concert DVD and Blu-ray, ‘Paris‘. The set was recorded in March 2012 at the then-named Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris (now AccorHotels Arena) during Rammstein’s “Made In Germany” tour, and was helmed by the band’s longtime collaborator, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund. The first trailer for “Paris” is available below.

Rammstein: Paris (Trailer)

Posted by Rammstein on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The teaser (via Rammstein’s Facebook) opens up with some light (by contextual standards) pyrotechnics and shots of the band moving in time with the mechanized rhythms, but it gets strange quickly when treadmills and more explosions enter the picture. Rammstein are renowned for their over the top and truly unmatched live performances, often featuring dangerous acts surrounding fire and a close proximity to the face. After a bit of some crude mock sex acts, we’re treated to a shot of frontman Till Lindemann with a flamethrower affixed to, yes, his face. The video goes on to reveal more explosions, chained, leather-clad men crawling around on a platform above the stage and more.

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Latest NewsOBITUARY’s “Sentence Day” delivers punishing Groove and high-flying Solos
///  Date : 18th January, 2017  ///

Taking the riffing ethos of Celtic Frost and combining it with their own sense of manic-paced groove and over the top but charming death growls, Obituary have stood among death metal’s elite for nearly 30 years. They’re set to add another notch to their legacy on March 17 when their eponymous 10th studio album will see a release through Relapse. Get a taste of what’s to come with the crushing new track “Sentence Day” below.

Opening with a spotlight guitar lick drenched in the band’s floor-hugging tone, it isn’t long before John Tardy’s demented wail comes in, set to a thrashing groove. “Sentence Day” takes a turn early in the song, surging with energy propelled by a wild solo before finding the chorus. The arrangement here is among the band’s most adventurous, veering off in all directions with barrages of twin melodies and even more theatrical soloing.

(Source : loudwire.com)

Latest NewsARCH ENEMY : Trailer for ‘As The Stages Burn!’ DVD
///  Date : 17th January, 2017  ///

Arch Enemy will release a new live DVD, ‘As The Stages Burn!‘, on March 31 via Century Media. The set contains video footage of the band’s largest stage production to date from their performance last summer at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. This performance marks the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of ‘War Eternal‘. The official trailer for ‘As The Stages Burn!’ is available below.

It all began in March of 2014 when the band announced new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz as well as the video for the album title track, “War Eternal“. This debut track went on to become the bands most successful video in their career, surpassing 20 million views on YouTube. The release of the ‘War Eternal’ album also saw Arch Enemy reaching their highest U.S. and German chart positions to date while going on to play over 200 shows in over 40 countries around the world. In late 2014, Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) joined Arch Enemy during the world tour with Kreator and in 2015 they played arenas as direct support for Nightwish.

Arch Enemy will celebrate the release of ‘As The Stages Burn!’ with a number of European shows with special support from Lacuna Coil and The Haunted.

(Source : blabbermouth.net)

Latest NewsMETALLICA to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards
///  Date : 16th January, 2017  ///

Metallica will perform at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, set to take place on February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony will be televised at 7 p.m. on CBS. The band is up for a Grammy this year in the “Best Rock Song” category for the track “Hardwired“, from Metallica’s latest album, ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct‘, which came out last November.

Said Metallica in a statement : “First, it was a total honor to be nominated, but now this?!!? We’re beyond excited that we have been invited to perform on the 59th annual Grammy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 12, 2017. It’s been three years since we were lucky enough to participate in the awards show when we last performed with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang and we’re thrilled to be asked back. We have something very unique and special planned for this celebratory night, so tune in to watch on CBS-TV… Check those local listings for your timezone and keep watching here for more information.”

(Source : blabbermouth.net)

Latest NewsEx-ARCH ENEMY vocalist Angela Gossow is planning a new Extreme Metal Band
///  Date : 15th January, 2017  ///

Angela Gossow fronted Arch Enemy from 2000 to 2014, at which point she decided to step down and become the band’s manager. Gossow says her decision to do so was because she felt that too many managers took advantage of the bands they were managing, and she wanted her artists to make more money.

All told, the last album Gossow fronted was 2011’s ‘Khaos Legions‘, though we might be hearing more from her in a different project come 2018. Roughly translated from her French interview, Gossow says she’ll focus on her new project once the new Arch Enemy album is all wrapped up.

“Yes, I want to make a new extreme metal project, but this will happen after Arch Enemy and work with Alissa will be concluded and the whole world will sail in calmer waters. I suppose this will be in 2018, when we concluded the first series of tours and all the rest. I will do so when the time comes.”

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Latest NewsDeath certificate filed for late former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza
///  Date : 14th January, 2017  ///

One of the more shocking and tragic deaths of 2016 came in May when drummer Nick Menza died while performing onstage at Los Angeles’ Baked Potato club. TMZ reports that the official death certificate concerning the late former Megadeth drummer has been filed and that the cause of death is listed as heart disease and blood pressure. Menza’s mother Rose filed the death certificate in probate court as she was also filing legal documents to be named the administrator of his estate. That would mean that she would collect any royalties that are owed to Menza.

The drummer served multiple stints in the band, first appearing on the band’s ‘Rust in Peace‘ album in 1990. He continued through 2000 before exiting the band, but returned again briefly in 2004. At the time of his passing, he was playing with his band OHM.

Speaking about Menza’s death, Dave Mustaine said in a statement that the phrases “shocked, devastated and saddened” didn’t begin to describe his feelings. He would also add, “We, like all brothers, would disagree at times, but our bond was strong throughout. As a player, Nick had a very powerful jazzy flair, unpredictable and always entertaining, And as great a drummer as he was, the time spent with him as a person, a bandmate, and a friend was even more fun. There were several times we discussed him coming back to the band, but for various reasons it never came together. We’ve been in touch all along, he had come out to our shows recently, and he had remained a great friend, a true professional and a larger than life personality.”

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Latest NewsDEF LEPPARD, SOUNDGARDEN + THE OFFSPRING lead 2017 Rocklahoma Festival
///  Date : 13th January, 2017  ///

…And the festivals keep coming! Rocklahoma is the latest to reveal their 2017 lineup, with veteran bands Def Leppard, Soundgarden and The Offspring headlining the three-day weekend May 26-28 in Pryor, Okla.

This year’s festival will also feature a wealth of established hard rock and metal acts, including Stone Sour, Seether, Three Days Grace, The Cult, Pierce the Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Ratt, Skillet, Jackyl, Taking Back Sunday, Buckcherry, Fuel, In Flames and Suicidal Tendencies.

Zakk Wylde will bring his Zakk Sabbath crew to the festival, and you’ll also get sets from Diamond Head, Nothing More, Slaughter, Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, Starset, Norma Jean, Fozzy, Red Sun Rising, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Wage War, Badflower, Goodbye June, Ded, Aeges, Royal Republic, One Less Reason, Wild Street, Black Tora, Lynam, Ratchet Dolls, Aska, Niterain, Moxy and the Influence, The Tip, Diamond Lane, Nova Rex, Dead Metal Society, Death Grip, Desire the Fire, Wild Planes, Electro Nomicon, 3D In Your Face, Coda Cutlass, Kore Rozzik, Adakain, The Chimpz and many more.

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Latest NewsSLAYER reveal six page preview of Repentless comic
///  Date : 12th January, 2017  ///

In July, Slayer announced they would be teaming with Dark Horse Comics for a three-part comic book series based on their most recent album, ‘Repentless‘. We learned Jon Schnepp, the man who designed the character art for Metalocalypse, will be overseeing and writing the project with Guiu Vilanova drawing the interiors. Glenn Fabry is in charge of the cover art and Eric Powell will do the alternate cover. The comics will be based on the recent Slayer music video trilogy, and the creators promise it will be violent and gory.

Back in November, we got a two image preview of the comic series, and today we see even more. It’s clear that the comic will fill in story gaps from the music videos like “who the hell is the guy with the eye patch?” and “what does he have to do with Nazis?” Unfortunately, we don’t see much of Slayer in these pages, but we already know they will make an appearance. The first issue will be available January 25.

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Latest NewsSIX FEET UNDER reveal their first single “Sacrificial Kill” from their forthcoming album ‘Torment’
///  Date : 10th January, 2017  ///

Death metal veterans Six Feet Under will release their twelfth studio album, ‘Torment‘, on February 24th via Metal Blade and revealed the first single, “Sacrificial Kill” today :

There’s plenty of classic Six Feet Under groove to be had on ‘Torment’, but fans will note a much more aggressive approach, and even more modern blast beats throughout. This is a cantankerous Six Feet Under with absolutely nothing to prove. This is Six Feet Under at its most deadly.

Interestingly, Barnes notes that the album will contain a new track that lyrically, was a sequel to “Fucked with a Knife” – the legendary Cannibal Corpse track on the album ‘The Bleeding‘, Barnes’ last with the Corpse.

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Latest NewsMORBID ANGEL is in the studio with Erik Rutan, recruits Ex-ABYSMAL DAWN drummer
///  Date : 09th January, 2017  ///

We were promised a new Morbid Angel album in 2017, and it certainly looks like that promise is going to be kept. The band officially consists of guitarist Trey Azagthoth and bassists/vocalist Steve Tucker, whose last performance on a Morbid Angel album was 2003’s ‘Heretic‘.

While Morbid Angel doesn’t currently have a drummer in the band, Azahthoth has taken to Facebook to announce that Scott Fuller (ex-Abysmal Dawn, Annihilated) will be performing drums on the new album! Whether or not he’ll join the band is a whole different story, but still.

Morbid Angel has also announced its currently in the studio with Erik Rutan. Rutan engineered 2011’s ‘Illud Divinum Insanus‘, but was also in Morbid Angel between 1993 and 1996, and again from 1999 to 2002. So he’s familiar with the heavy stuff!

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Watch MEGADETH, SEPULTURA guitarists pLatest Newserform at ‘Brasil Guitarras’ event
///  Date : 08th January, 2017  ///

Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) and Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth, Angra) took part in the “Brasil Guitarras” free event on January 7 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. They were backed during their performance by Eloy Casagrande (Sepultura) and Felipe Andreoli (Angra). Check out video footage of their appearance below.

Sepultura‘s new studio album, ‘Machine Messiah‘, will be released on January 13 via Nuclear Blast. Megadeth recently completed a month-long U.S. tour with Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Butcher Babies. The band is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, ‘Dystopia‘, which came out in January 2016.

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Latest NewsIMMOLATION release second trailer for ‘Atonement’ album
///  Date : 07th January, 2017  ///

New York death metallers Immolation will release their new album, ‘Atonement‘, on February 24 via Nuclear Blast. The second trailer for ‘Atonement’, in which Ross Dolan discusses how he became the singer and bass player of the band, can be seen below.

Comments Dolan : “We are excited that everyone will finally get a preview of what the new record has to offer. Atonement is a very dark and haunting album, both musically and lyrically, commenting on the darker side of humanity and the world today. Each song on this album is unique in its own way, offering the listener a wide range of dark and sinister passages that I think really hone in on all the elements that make this band what it is.”

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Latest NewsBLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi reveals lump in throat non-cancerous
///  Date : 06th January, 2017  ///

As every rock fan knows, 2016 was a painful year and in December the hits continued as we received news that Black Sabbath six-stringer Tony Iommi would be undergoing surgery to remove a lump in his throat, uncertain if it was cancerous. The heavy metal pioneer is glad to report that the surgery was not only successful, but that the lump was found to be benign!

“I went in for the throat (operation) – they found a lump at the back of my sinus in the throat and we had to have it checked in case it may have been cancerous,” Iommi told Planet Rock in an interview conducted for a song he recently penned for the Birmingham Cathedral. “But it turns out it wasn’t,” he continued, adding, “which I found out on Christmas Day, which is brilliant! So far (I’m all good). I daren’t say that – I’ll probably fall down the stairs now!”

This is tremendous news for the guitarist who has been touring heavily as Black Sabbath embarked on their farewell tour over the last year. Iommi had previously stated the reason for Sabbath’s retirement was ultimately due to the grueling life on the road in conjunction with ongoing treatment for lymphoma, which he was diagnosed with in 2012.

Black Sabbath will perform their final two shows ever in early February in their hometown of Birmingham, England, where they boldly began nearly 50 years ago, ultimately changing the face of music forever.

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Latest NewsIs there a classic-era FEAR FACTORY lineup reunion brewing?
///  Date : 05th January, 2017  ///

Outside the eternal Dino Cazares on guitar and Burton C. Bell on vocals, Fear Factory has gone through numerous changes. From 1993 to 2009, Christian Olde Wolbers held down the guitar or bass spot, and from 1990 to 2009, drummer Raymond Herrera stuck with the group.

Now in an interview with The Ex Man Podcast, Olde Wolbers suggests that maybe he and Herrera could possibly re-join the group.

“I still feel like there might be a small chance, even though we have been… There’s been some communication but me and Raymond don’t really hold the cards, so they need to come to us and be like ‘alright let’s make this happen, let’s fix all this.’”

Olde Wolbers also posted to his Instagram a picture of the Fear Factory site with the caption “Under Construction,” though the actual Fear Factory site doesn’t reflect this.

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Latest NewsENSLAVED says a new album is coming this year
///  Date : 04th January, 2017  ///

Enslaved‘s 2016 was mostly a celebration of its 25th anniversary as a band, though it did come with some bittersweet news – the retirement of clean vocalist and keyboardist Herbrand Larsen. Larsen was a part of the band from 2004 to 2016, and has not been replaced (to the best of our knowledge).

So now with 2017 here and ready to do whatever the hell it’s going to do, Enslaved has returned with more good news! A new album! Right at the tail end of a statement from the band thanking everyone for a good year, Enslaved says news of a new album is coming very soon. So yeah, 2017 is looking solid so far.

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Latest NewsDAVE MUSTAINE on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame : Metallica ‘Didn’t Want Me There’
///  Date : 03rd January, 2017  ///

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine tweeted yesterday (Jan. 2) that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is “opposed” to him being inducted, but then clarified that it was Metallica who “didn’t want me there”.

When Metallica were inducted into the Hall back in 2009, Mustaine was not included to receive the honor. Though James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo were all invited to receive entrance into the Hall, Mustaine remained the only prominent former Metallica member left out, despite his massive influence on the band’s early sound and writing credits on ‘Kill ‘Em All‘ and ‘Ride the Lightning‘.

While it remains to be seen if the metal icon will get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Megadeth and Mustaine will be eligible for years to come. As for Dave’s other “bucket list” item of winning a Grammy, he may realize that dream in 2017 as Megadeth’s ‘Dystopia‘ has been nominated for this year’s Best Metal Performance Award.

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Latest NewsFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH completes work on new album
///  Date : 02nd January, 2017  ///

According to a new Instagram post by Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook, the band has completed work on its new album, due later in the year. Five Finger Death Punch in November released a snippet of a brand new song via video containing highlights from the road.

The band recently signed a North American deal with Rise Records. Five Finger Death Punch’s first album with Rise, the BMG-owned rock label, will be released following the completion of the group’s obligation to its current label, Prospect Park.

Five Finger Death Punch’s latest album, 2015’s ‘Got Your Six‘, was officially certified gold on August 8, 2016 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.

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Latest NewsWolf Hoffmann says next ACCEPT album will be ‘Stronger’ and ‘Heavier Than Ever’
///  Date : 01st January, 2017  ///

Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of German/American metallers Accept spoke to Metaleater‘s Tony Antunovich about the band’s upcoming follow-up to 2014’s ‘Blind Rage’ album, which will be released this summer via Nuclear Blast. Regarding the progress of the recording sessions for the new disc, Wolf said : “We are about half finished with a lot of the tracks. [Producer] Andy Sneap was over here a few weeks ago and we went through all the material and recorded some drum tracks, recorded some guitar stuff, some vocal stuff. So it’s a little early, but I can guarantee it’s gonna sound like Accept.”

Wolf also confirmed that Accept’s upcoming effort will be musically very similar to the band’s last three releases with singer Mark Tornillo : 2010’s ‘Blood Of The Nations‘, 2012’s ‘Stalingrad‘ and 2014’s ‘Blind Rage‘. “Oh, yeah”, he said. “It’s not supposed to sound any different; it’s just supposed to be stronger than ever, heavier than ever and better songs than ever. That’s what we’re aiming for. And I think it’s gonna be killer. [Drummer] Christopher Williams has done some amazing drum tracks already, so I think it’s gonna be pretty awesome.”

Accept will release a new live set titled “Restless And Live” on January 13 via Nuclear Blast. This package will include the entire show Accept played at 2015’s Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany on Blu-ray/DVD plus two CDs.

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Latest NewsCHILDREN OF BODOM to enter studio in 2017, Drummer details ‘Severe Back Pain’ issues
///  Date : 31st December, 2016  ///

Children of Bodom spent a great deal of 2016 on the road in support of their ninth studio effort, 2015’s ‘I Worship Chaos‘. With the 20th anniversary of their ‘Something Wild‘ debut coming in 2017, the band will be reflecting on the past while maintaining focus on the future with a new album.

Drummer Jaska Raatikainen wrapped up his thoughts on the year with Bodom in an extensive Facebook post, expressing his gratitude for being in such a successful band for two decades. His thoughts were conflicted, however, as he cited his struggles with back pain.

“Even though so many great things happened to me this year it was still overshadowed by severe back pain that made me really frustrated and anxious”, the skinsman began. “I needed pain killers to be able to perform a show and still wasn’t able to enjoy it. Sometimes it was just surviving through the set. The days I didn’t have pain and I could play normally were rare. Those shows I played like it could be my last show and just couldn’t help thinking that this great thing what I was doing on stage could end any day”.

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Latest NewsSLIPKNOT’s Jim Root is “90 Percent” better after Spinal Disk Replacement Surgery
///  Date : 29th December, 2016  ///

Slipknot guitarist Jim Root underwent spinal disk replacement surgery back in October, and he’s happy to report that he’s doing pretty well! Root says he tried to avoid the surgery as long as possible, but an MRI revealed that his back problems and arm numbness pretty much warranted surgery immediately.

His story about the explanation of the surgery is actually pretty funny, considering it seems like Root’s main concern was all about headbanging! Root says the surgery is similar to ones undergone by frontman Corey Taylor and Slayer‘s Kerry King.

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Latest NewsDORO PESCH pays tribute to LEMMY with ‘It Still Hurts’ video
///  Date : 28th December, 2016  ///

German metal queen Doro Pesch has released a video to celebrate the life and legacy of her colleague and very close friend, MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The clip for the song “It Still Hurts” — which she recorded with Lemmy in 2012 — features footage and many pictures taken over several decades of the two metal legends working together and sharing the spirit of heavy music.

Doro stated about the video : “It’s been exactly one year since the world of rock lost on of its greatest characters — and one of my best friends — Lemmy Kilmister. One year and we miss him so much. Therefore it was our great wish to release this video with a compilation of our greatest moments that we had together. Here it is. In memory of Lemmy, one of the greatest rock’n’roll heroes! It still hurts! R.I.P., my dear friend — we love you.”

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Latest NewsMEGADETH bassist David Ellefson comments on latest Grammy nomination
///  Date : 27th December, 2016  ///

Thrash metal pioneers Megadeth have been nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance” for the title track of their latest album, ‘Dystopia‘. This marks the band’s 12th Grammy nomination in this category (including nominations in the discontinued “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category). The band is hoping to win its first Grammy at the 59th annual event, which will be held on February 12, 2017 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Asked by FeMetal TV if he thinks the Recording Academy members understand the heavy metal genre, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson said : “No, not really. The Grammys is a very broad entity, and they honor all kinds of different music. And certainly they’re credible, and it’s incredible to be nominated again and invited back. But do they fundamentally just understand every single genre? How could you?”

He continued : “Really, it’s the voters. I stayed on as a voting member for a few years after we started getting nominations back in the ’90s, and then I just kind of discontinued it. But it’s recognition by your industry and by your peers for the work that you’ve done. And I assume it’s nice to win [laughs] — hopefully we’ll know one day.”

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Latest NewsMetal & Rock community react to Pop Star GEORGE MICHAEL’s sudden death at 53
///  Date : 26th December, 2016  ///

Yesterday, former Wham! member and iconic Pop star George Michael passed away at the age of 53. No cause of death was revealed, but the singer is said to have “passed away peacefully in his sleep from heart failure at home” in England. A notable number of Rock and Metal musicians took to social media today to pay tribute to the man who sang such songs as “Careless Whisper“, “Faith” and “Freedom“.

George Michael first made a name for himself in the group Wham! with hits like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Everything She Wants” and “Careless Whisper(also considered a solo single) and then went on to solo success with such hits as “Faith”, “Father Figure”, “I Want Your Sex” and “Freedom ’90”. His song “Faith” was famously covered by Limp Bizkit in the late ’90s, and it helped put the Nu-Metal band on the map. However, it’s been reported that Michael hated the cover.

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