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Metal News for January 22, 2018

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6 news articles posted on this day.

Saxon Posts New Video Online

British heavy metal legends Saxon has posted a new video online for the song, "They Played Rock And Roll." You can check it out below. The song and video is a tribute to Motorhead and the tour they embarked on together in 1979/80, something particularly poignant given the recent passing of former Motorhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke. It is also the second single from their forthcoming new album, "Thunderbolt," which will be released on February 2nd through Militia Guard.

“The song tells the story of Saxon's very first tour in 1979 with Motörhead. I want people to get a flavour of what it was like in the UK in 79/80 for Saxon and Motörhead at the start of the 80s musical revolution" says frontman Biff Byford. More...

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Satyricon Announces Final North American Tour

Norwegian black metal duo Satyricon has announced that they will be performing in North America for the final time this year in support of their latest album, "Deep Calleth Upon Deep." Support on the tour will come from Inquisition on most dates and Panzerfaust on others. A message from the band's official Facebook page reads as follows:

"We are excited to announce that we will be touring in the US and Canada. As our U.S fans will have noticed, we haven't toured there in nine years. There are many reasons for that. I like America and I like Americans, but unfortunately touring there has been a difficult chapter in the history of Satyricon. I can't guarantee what the future holds, but we did not go on the last record, so I am hoping that one final headlining tour can be a good way of sharing some electric musical moments with our U.S fans, whom we love just as much as all our other fans across the world. See you all soon. - SW"

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Stryper Completes Work On New Album

Michael Sweet, frontman of Christian metal legends Stryper has posted an update on his Facebook page proclaiming that the band has finished work on their new album. The message reads as follows:

"Three things stand out to me on the new Stryper album:

"#1 - Songs! They're edgy & heavy, yet memorable & catchy. And yes there's a ballad (rock/guitar ballad).

"#2 - Clarity! We tried hard to make this our most defined & dynamic album ever. We didn't get into a "loud war" while mixing & mastering. Because of that it retained it transients and it really "breathes"??

"#3 - Stryper got their groove back"

This will mark the group's first album featuring bassist Perry Richardson, who joined the band last year and their first release since 2015', "Fallen."

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Sodom Reveals New Lineup

While rumours are still flying thick and fast in the media, Tom Angelripper has already announced the new line-up of his band Sodom: Husky (Asphyx, Desaster) is set to man the drum kit, Frank Blackfire (ex-Sodom, ex-Kreator, Frank Blackfire, Assassin) and Yorck Segatz (Beyondition) have been enlisted on guitars. Sodom have already released seminal albums such as Persecution Mania, the live cut Mortal Way Of Live and the highly successful Agent Orange with Frank Blackfire.

As he had hinted at the beginning of the year, Tom has opted for a line-up featuring two guitarists, an absolute novelty for Sodom. "Two guitarists allow us much more possibilities live, so we will be able to play tracks in future that we weren't able to perform as a trio," the Sodom vocalist/bassist explains his motives. In line with these new possibilities, the thrash act has already started to put together a setlist for the upcoming shows with all important classics as well as rare numbers that had never or only rarely been heard at their gigs. Says Tom: "I can promise that we will really let it rip in future." More...

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Former Judas Priest Drummer Dies Aged 69

As first reported by Spanish newspaper El Progreso, Dave Holland the former drummer of Trapeze and perhaps more notably Judas Priest, has passed away at the age of 69. No cause of death has been confirmed. Holland was a co-founder of the hard rock band Trapeze along with musicians such as Glen Hughes before joining Judas Priest in the summer of 1979, making his recording debut on the classic album, "British Steel" and stuck with the group for ten years before leaving for personal reasons and was replaced by Racer X drummer Scott Travis.

His legacy was marred when in 2004, he was sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted rape and indecent assault against a vulnerable seventeen year old who he had been teaching drums, though he always maintained his innocence. He moved to Spain after his release and died at the Hospital Universitario Lucus Augusti in Lugo, Spain.

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Slayer Announces Final World Tour

American thrash metal legends Slayer have posted a video online announcing that they will be embarking on a final world tour. No written statement has been released, nor have any tour dates been confirmed as of yet, though the video promises that North American shows will be announced soon. One thing that has been confirmed however, is the previously rumoured lineup that will see Slayer bring Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament and Behemoth on the road with them. More information on this story will be revealed as soon as it becomes available. More...

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