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Metallica Unveils Details Of New Album

Two weeks ago, Metallica leaked the first taste of the new material with the release of the demo track "Lords of Summer". Now the band has announced that the new album is complete and will be entitled "Hell Hath No Fury...." The album is tentatively set to drop on April 1, 2015 via its own Blackened Recordings with distribution through Warner Brothers Records.

Drummer Lars Ulrich commented: "When we played 'Lords of Summer' live for the first time, we felt re-energized - like it was 1983. James, Kirk and our bass player all felt as if the time was right to start anew. 'Death Magnetic' was just the start of the return back to the roots...but I promise that 'Hell Hath No fury..." will have a greater impact on fans than 'Master of Puppets.'"

Guitarist Kirk Hammett added: "One of the things I wanted to do on this new album is return to the glory of the guitar solo. There is one with a four minute solo and I am so proud of the band for finally taking this all back to where it started. It definitely feels reborn!"

Vocalist/Guitarist James Hetfield commented: "'Hell Hath No Fury' is the dawn of a new era for Metallica. We went back to a dark place and resurrected some old friends of ours. I made strides to get that rough edge back on my vocals and it really made a big difference in the direction of the album."

The bass player stated: "The new album is going to slay everyone. I am so excited to be part of this. Cliff would be proud!"

The track list for "Hell Hath No Fury..." is:

1. The Fire Lord
2. Black Death
3. Lords of Summer (Demo Streaming Here)
4. Trapped With No Escape
5. Hell Hath No Fury...
6. The Unforgiven IV
7. Sanity Harvest
8. Heroes Never Come Home
9. He Who Should Not Be Named...Dies
10. Battery (2014 Version)
11. Unto the Ages of Ages (Witchfynde Cover) (Bonus Track) More...

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Dragonland Splits With Vocalist Heidgert

Sweden's Dragonland announced on its Official Facebook Page that vocalist Jonas Heidgert has left the band after 15 years. Heidgert was named vocalist for Destiny back in January 2013.

The announcement reads: "It is with mixed feelings that we now announce that our vocalist Jonas Heidgert has decided to end his 15-year long position in Dragonland and move on to other musical projects.

"We wish Jonas the best of luck with his new endeavours, and we will all of course remain the best of friends outside of the band.

"You might ask yourself now: 'Who will be the new vocalist of Dragonland'? We have spent weeks deliberating, holding auditions and reviewing jaw-dropping submissions from a host of incredibly talented and famous singers of both genders from all around the globe.

"However, we feel that a mighty voice like Jonas’ cannot simply be replaced. Just as Olof’s guitars and Elias’ keyboards forge the signature sound of Dragonland, so does Jonas’ vocals, and to bring in another singer would simply taint the legacy of such an iconic performer.

"Thus we hereby announce that WE WILL NOT HIRE A NEW VOCALIST. Dragonland will continue as a purely INSTRUMENTAL band, with a state-of-the-art, previously unheard of new keyboard-oriented sound as the melodic core of our compositions. This decision also ushers in a new era of instrument-centric live performances, which will be unleashed upon the world with our first live show of 2014, at the PPM Fest in Belgium on April 20.

"This news will surely come as a shock to many of you, but we assure you that Dragonland is stronger than ever before, and we promise you nothing less than a mind-blowing sonic monster of a new album when the time comes.

"All hail Jonas Heidgert. All hail keyboard solos. ALL HAIL DRAGONLAND!!!" More...

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K.K. Downing Breaks Retirement, Re-Joins Priest

Just days after Rob Halford declared the new Judas Priest album done, former guitarist K.K. Downing has announced that he has come out of retirement to re-join the band, nearly four years to the day that he initially left (April 20, 2011).

Downing indicated that "boredom was a big contributing factor" to his decision. He also revealed that all along "I was involved in the writing and recording process of the new album." The band indicated that in the spirit of Iron Maiden (when Adrian Smith rejoined in 1999), they would remain a three piece with Richie Faulkner remaining on board.

Guitarist Glenn Tipton added: "I cannot tell you how elated I was when Ken called me to express his desire to rejoin the mighty Priest. We worked together for so long and have been through so much it seemed like a family was torn apart when he left. Even though I understood his decision to leave, I still felt a gap in the band. Now we are stronger than ever. We haven't decided whether we will do a live tour again, but Ken is all for it if we do."

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Nightwish's Holopainen To Pen Children's Books

Nightwish have issued a quick update that mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen will again be taking some time away from the band to focus on a new endeavor. In light of the upcoming release of "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck," Holopainen will also be penning and releasing an official collection of children's books, filled with both short stories and full-length epic poems. The singer's noteworthy pairing with illustrator Don Rosa has been extended to these books, as well, and will feature prominent displays of Rosa's illustrations. More...

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John Longstreth Shows You How To Make Coffee

In the player below, Origin drummer John Longstreth talks about his daily rituals, which includes his new sponsor Bulletproof Coffee.

In the video John demonstrates how to make a cup of coffee and talks about his developed routine for managing his schedule on and off the stage. He comments:

"I've been drinking Bullet Proof coffee for over a year now. The energy, the focus, the health benefits are amazing! As a touring musician, a Brazilian jiujitsu practitioner, and a man who has a very demanding day to day schedule, I find that replacing my 6 daily cups of coffee with 2 cups of Bullet Proof Coffee allows me the energy and focus I need to keep on keep'n on all day!" More...

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Reporter Throttled in Pit At SXSW Metal Showcase

Steve Goldbloom, a reporter for PBS, is shown being throttled in the pit during a live broadcast at Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase at SXSW held at Mohawk. When the news caster goes live for a report, this reporter can't quite find his balance to give the scoop. He makes the mistake of trying to do something other than smash into other metal heads during this performance by a thrashing mad, Power Trip band. Watch the video embedded below. More...

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Culture Club Releases Rare Death Metal Track

Back in 1983, the boy wonder Boy George and Culture Club released the Top 10 Hit "Karma Chameleon," which appeared on the "Colour By Numbers" album. To this day, it was the band's biggest hit and the pop sensation's only single to go #1 on the Billboard Top 100.

Little did anyone know that there existed an alternative death metal version. Little is known about this version of the song, but since it pre-dated Possessed's 1984 "Death Metal" demo (arguably the originators of death metal), then could Culture Club have actually invented death metal?

Actually, this version was created by the very talented Andy Rehfeldt who has been turning stuff on its ear for a long time now. This is just the latest in a series of classics (follow his YouTube Channel). Check it out here: More...

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"Metal Vox" Parody of Ylvis' "The Fox" Online

German band Cookiebreed has posted a "metal vox" spoof of Ylvis' "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)." If you can get past the screamo-band look, and know the original song, it's actually a decent parody. But if you haven't heard of Ylvis or "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)", then consider yourself fortunate and move along.

And while we're at it, here's a metallic cover of the original song: More...

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First Cooking Hostile Episode Posted

The Gainesville, FL Pantera tribute band Good Friends And A Bottle Of Whiskey has uploaded its first episode of "Cooking Hostile," a ten minute comedic pastiche of cooking along to reworded Pantera, Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies songs with their frontmen. Listen to the episode below.

The video features vocalist Joey Siler, drummer Gray Spengler, bassist KD McClellan and guitarist Allan Godfrey, along with several other guest musicians. On this same date the original "Cooking with Phil Anselmo" (Five Minutes on Low) will be shown at Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in Texas. The original has reached over half a million views and has received two big thumbs up from Phil personally.

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The Avett Brothers Play Metal On Jimmy Fallon

American folk rock/bluegrass band The Avett Brothers was recently part of a skit on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show in which the band covers segments of classic heavy metal songs. "If you're looking for a sunnier, gentler sound of heavy metal classics like Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man,' then pick up a copy of about 'The Avett Brothers Sing Heavy Metal.'"

They're no Slaughter of the Bluegrass, but it's fairly entertaining nonetheless. More...

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The Harp Twins Cover Deep Purple

After previously covering Iron Maiden and the Scorpions, the Harp Twins have posted a new video clip online featuring their rendition of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water."

Check out Camille and Kennerly's version of the track below.

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Harp Twins Cover Iron Maiden, Scorpions

Camille and Kennerly - the Harp Twins - have posted electric harp cover videos online for "Fear of the Dark" by Iron Maiden and "Send Me An Angel" by Scorpions. Check out these unique renditions in the YouTube clips available below.


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Steel Panther Member May Be Your Father!

Steel Panther has posted a special Father's Day message online, since any given member of the band might be your actual father given everyone they slept with in the '80s.

Check out the heartwarming message below. And the best thing you can give your metal dad for father's day? Please convince your mom to drop the claim for child support.

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Dave Mustaine: I've Got A Big Cock For Your Face

At a live show last night in Manchester, thrash act Megadeth briefly stopped the show due to technical problems, which apparently caused a fan to begin booing. Footage of Mustaine's response can be seen below, courtesy of YouTube user Tedthecamera.

Is this good old classic "metal as fuck" Dave, or new "what the sweet Jesus are you thinking" Dave? You decide!

In related news, Megadeth just released new album "Super Collider." Check out two tracks from the album at this location.

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My Little Pony Meets Metal And More!

Heavy metal is no stranger to the cover, and in fact metal covers of non-metal tracks have become a staple of the scene, from Children of Bodom infamously recreating a Brittney Spears song to the full-force awesome of Graveworm covering "I Need A Hero."

Going past standard song recreations, Florida based guitarist Eric Calderone has a series covers for anime theme songs and video game tunes. A sampling of metallized versions of childhood favorites can be found below, including Sonic the Hedgehog, a Final Fantasy medley, and even My Little Pony! More...

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Erasure To Headline Download Festival

Over the past few years, the Download festival in the United Kingdom has catered to the tastes of music fans young and old, particularly in the headline department, where they have given major slots to younger bands such as Linkin Park, Slipknot and My Chemical Romance, as well as bands such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Billy Idol. In 2013, the festival will continue this trend of booking bands that made a name for themselves in the eighties, by adding British synth duo Erasure to the lineup, who will headline the Zippo Encore Stage on the Friday night, so those who don’t always want to be with Slipknot can head over to the second largest area and pay a little respect to one of the greatest musical forces known to mankind.

“We’re really excited about the gig!” claimed frontman, Andy Bell, “We’ve always been about trying new things, from cover records to opera lessons, so performing at one of the most legendary rock festivals was an opportunity just too good to pass up!”

The addition of Erasure will force previous Zippo Encore headliners, Black Stone Cherry down a slot, as it will the rest of the lineup, which will mean shorter set times in some cases. However, Europe have been moved up to the second from headlining spot, to get the crowd in the true eighties mood.

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Ex Deo Show In Rome Plagued By Caligvla Specter

Ex Deo played its triumphant first gig in Rome on Saturday March 23, 2013 at the Traffic Club. Though denied by the band, members of the audience could not help but notice the looming spector of the deceased blood tyrant Caligvla from behind singer Maurizio Iacono during the performance of "I, Caligvla."

For weeks leading up to the performance, elder residents of Rome feared the much anticipated "All Roads Lead to Rome" Paganfest Tour end destination would disturb the spirit world. Many conducted rituals to ward off bad spirits. Many of the fans who witnessed the show initially laughed at the elders, but were shocked at what happened.

Fan Marco Rusconi (who spoke no English) described the experience: "Maurizio ha alzato le braccia durante "I, Caligvla" e in quel momento l'ho visto... era come se ci fosse un serpente dietro le sue spalle. Temevo che portare il gruppo a Roma avrebbe fatto infuriare gli spiriti... ora non ci daranno più pace!"

In an odd twist, the site of the Traffic Club is believed to be at or very near the place where Caligvula was stabbed 30 times by conspirators led by a man named Cassius on January 24, 41.

The band was unavailable for comment, but in an email from a publicist, "the band never had any intention of disturbing the citizens of Rome, to whom they feel a kinship."

Rusconi snapped the following picture, which he claims depicts the apparition of the fallen emperor rising from behind Iacono. More...

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Watain Conjures Demon at Live Show

While performing a special single date show in Stockholm, members of the black metal band Watain managed to actually conjure a hellspawn which proceeded to eat half of the members of the audience before departing in a puff of smoke while laughing hysterically. The demon is allegedly still at large and may be responsible for eating people across Sweden.

However, none of the band members were hurt which makes this story barely qualify as news. Nobody ever cares when a member of the audience gets hurt or if the lighting guy gets killed in a bus crash. Any other details aren't important enough to be written.

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Halcyon Way To Fight "Halcyon Zane" Band

Guitarist Jon Bodan of Halcyon Way has issued the following announcement about a former member creating a second version of the band:

"I am dismayed and disappointed in the classless decision made by our ex-guitar player Zane to form his own version of Halcyon Way. We vow to fight this vigorously in the courts to block his ability to perform or release material under the Halcyon Way name. We have formally sued him in Federal courts for 'at least' $100 in trademark and copyright infringements, and have hired the best attorney imaginable, Montlick And Associates. We will not rest until our good name is restored, and I have already begun text messaging all 200 former members of the band to tell them to have nothing to do with this clown!"

Earlier today, Zane announced that he would be putting out a new Halcyon Way release with a new lineup: "This is not a project, but will be a full on band, the new album is called 'Wicked Time Frame' and we will tour to celebrate the anniversary of 'A Manifesto For Domination.' It wasn't easy contacting all the former members of Halcyon Way, but I did it. Unfortunately, they wanted nothing to do with this, so I'm forging ahead with a different lineup. I haven't settled on a producer, but plan to have the album mixed at least 3 times, and have the fans give us feedback on which one we should release. The release date is TBD, and so is the band lineup." More...

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NEMHF Adds 75 New Bands To Bursting Roster

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival added seventy five new acts, a convergence of approximately 25 ongoing tours, including Paganfest, Metal Alliance and now the Mayhem Festival lineup featuring Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Job For A Cowboy and many more. Even though the Mayhem Festival is scheduled for the end of June, promoters for the festival though the opportunity to do something even more special would prove hard to pass up. The Festival starts with the kick off show on Thursday, April 18 and then the main festival which runs Friday the 19th through Sunday the 21st.

NEMHF Promoter Scott Lee stated: "We decided to go all out for the 15th Anniversary of NEMHF this year taking advantage of all the great tours happening. The addition of over 70 additional bands does pose a logistical problem, especially with equipment changes and only two stages. Therefore, we have asked all bands to limit the set list to one song a piece, except top tier headliners who will play two songs. This will allow us to be able to safely change equipment with no real delays and the fans can get everything they want. There is a good chance we could add more before the festival is over so stay tuned." More...

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