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2014 Mayhem Festival Tour Dates

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 18:05

The 2014 edition of the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicks off July 5 in San Bernardino, Calfornia. Here's the lineup for this year's trek:

Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium

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5 Questions With Gunpowder Gray

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:36

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. Gunpowder Gray are an Atlanta group who just released their self-titled EP. Guitarist Chris Heffernan and vocalist Nate Godbee introduce us to their band.

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The Unsigned Underground: April 2014

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:33

At About.com Heavy Metal, we keep our eyes (and ears) on the underground for the genre's next generation. Every month we spotlight several unsigned bands. Check out the article, and check out the music from some great unsigned acts. If you're in an unsigned band, there's information on how you can submit your info for consideration to be included in the next Unsigned Underground column.

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The Oath Interview

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:03

A new band generating quite a bit of buzz is The Oath. With members from Germany and Sweden, their brand of doom metal and occult rock has drawn a lot of positive response so far. Vocalist Johanna Sadonis introduces us to her band, talks about the writing and recording of their self-titled debut album, her musical background, the metal scene in Berlin and other topics.

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New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/15/2014)

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:37

This week's collection of short reviews includes nearly 20 new releases, including the latest from Anubis Gate, Below, Dark Days Ahead, The Drip, Emmure, Enthroned, Erebus Enthroned, I Declare War, Mos Generator, Reality Grey, Sinbreed, Stoneburner, Teramaze, Thantifaxath, T.O.M.B., Words Of Farewell and Wormreich. Also check out several new full reviews.

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Kyng Interview

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:05

Burn the Serum is the second full-length from California's Kyng. I caught up with the band's drummer Pepe Clarke Magana, who fills us in on the recording of the new album, working with producer Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry, signing with a new label, tour plans, tales from the road and other topics.

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New Heavy Metal Album Releases: April 15, 2014

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:11

Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week.  For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

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Metal Alliance Tour (Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349 and Inquisition) Concert Review and Photos

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:44

The annual Metal Alliance Tour is underway, featuring Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition and Black Crown Initiate. The trek's second show was at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. That's where our intrepid West Coast concert correspondent Dave Schalek was planted front and center to enjoy an evening of extreme metal. Check out his review of the concert along with photos of Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349 and Inquisition.

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Massacre Interview

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 18:36

Florida death metal legends Massacre hadn't released a new album since 1996. They reunited again a few years ago, adding a couple of new members along with veterans Terry Butler (bass) and Rick Rozz (guitar). That lineup has released Back From Beyond. I caught up with Butler, who tells us how this incarnation of the band came to be, the recording of the new album, the latest on his other bands Obituary and Denial Fiend, his experience playing in Death back in the day, being at the center of the beginning of the Florida death metal scene and other topics.

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Meshuggah Tour Dates

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:36

Sweden's Meshuggah will return to North America to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary. Opening for the trek that kicks off June 6 in Los Angeles will be Between The Buried And Me.

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5 Questions With Satyress

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:46

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Satyress hail from Portland, Oregon, who just released their debut album Dark Fortunes. Vocalist Jamie LaRose, guitarist Billy Nitetooth and bassist Alex Fast introduce us to their band.

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Delain Interview

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:00

The latest album from the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain is The Human Contradiction. Vocalist Charlotte Wessels gets us up to speed on what Delain has been up to, including the songwriting process for the new album, signing with a different record label, guest appearances from Nightwish's Marco Hietala and Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz, tour plans, her interests outside music and other subjects.

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New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/8/2014)

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:58

This week we have another dozen short album reviews and several full reviews. Check out our take on the latest releases from Brutality Will Prevail, Diabulus In Musica, Edge Of Thorns, Ferium, For The Fallen Dreams, Graves At Sea, The Graviators, Invertia, Ormgard, Satyress, Tiger Flowers and Trollfest.

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New Heavy Metal Album Releases: April 8, 2014

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 23:56

Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week.  For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

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Memphis May Fire Interview

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:42

Memphis May Fire's latest album Unconditional is their highest debut to-date, landing at No. 4 on the Billboard album chart. I caught up with the band's guitarist Kellen McGregor, who fills us in on the new album, tales from the road, the expectations for the album, their popularity in Europe vs. North America and other topics.

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DevilDriver and Whitechapel Tour Dates

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 18:38

DevilDriver and Whitechapel will be embarking on a co-headlining tour beginning May 17 in Denver. Opening bands will be Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy.

DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara says, "You all thought winter was over? Well 'Winter Kills' continues. We are pumped to tour the USA in further support of 'Winter Kills.' It's an insane line up of great bands and great friends. Come on out."

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Best Accept Albums

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 18:09

The legendary German band Accept have been around since the 1970s and have released tons of great albums. They are one of the few groups who replaced a high profile vocalist (Udo Dirkschneider) without missing a beat. You'll find both classic albums and newer releases on our list of Accept's best albums. What do you think was their best?

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Lacuna Coil Interview

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 01:31

Lacuna Coil have released the new album Broken Crown Halo. It's the Italian band's seventh studio effort. I spoke with vocalist Andrea Ferro about the album and working with producer Jay Baumgardner, the recent exit of two longtime band members, chart expectations, social media and other topics.

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New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/1/2014)

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:48

This week we give our opinions on more than 20 new metal albums, ranging from newcomers to veterans. In addition to the collection of short reviews from Alesana, Austrian Death Machine, Bigelf, Buioingola, Cauldron Black Ram, Cemetery Fog, Circle, Dire Wolves, Epistasis, Gravehill, Human Cull, Lost Society, Mass Infection, Neige et Noirceur, Nux Vomica, Pilgrim, Pleibian Grandstand, Pyrrhon, Sargeist and Shear,  there a bunch of full album reviews as well.

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Halestorm Interview

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 22:44

The Ronnie James Dio tribute album This Is Your Life was just released. It includes artists like Metallica, Anthrax, Rob Halford and many others covering songs from various eras of Ronnie's career including Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio. Halestorm covered "Straight Through The Heart," and I spoke with vocalist/guitarist Lzzy Hale about their participation in the album and performance at the recent Ronnie James Dio awards, upcoming tour plans, progress on a new album, her new apparel/accessory line and other subjects.

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