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Within Temptation Tour Dates

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 18:39

Within Temptation have some North American live dates planned for September and October in support of their latest album Hydra. Amaranthe will be the opening band for the trek that kicks off Sept. 25 in Los Angeles.

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5 Questions With Super Massive Black Holes

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 18:19

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Super Massive Black Holes are a progressive Canadian quartet who recently released their full-lengthy debut album Calculations of the Ancients. Guitarist Denver Bergreen introduces us to his band.

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From The Lyons Den: Legalized Pot Is Bad For Heavy Metal

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:09

Todd Lyons has been involved in the music industry for a while, in several different capacities. Back in the day he wrote for Creem Magazine, and he's also worked in A&R and as a composer and engineer. His tracks have been used on television shows, commercials and movies. And of course he has written for About.com Heavy Metal for the past few years. Once a month we let Lyons roar, giving him a platform to speak his piece on a music related issue. This month, Todd shines the spotlight on legalized marijuana and heavy metal.

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Mike Portnoy Interview

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 01:18

The Winery Dogs just reissued their 2013 self-titled debut album with some extras. The band will also be conducting Dog Camp later this summer, where fans can hang out, learn and jam with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen. I spoke with Portnoy about the camp, the reissued album, the success of The Winery Dogs, his participation in various other bands including Bigelf, Transatlantic, Flying Colors and more along with other topics.

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New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/22/14)

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 01:49

Next week's release calendar is packed, but this week was a bit lighter. We still managed to find more than a dozen new albums to review, including releases from Black Tar Prophet, Creinium, Eskhaton, Ghoul, Gunpowder Gray, Krokus, Pet Slimmers of the Year, Skelethal, Skinfather and Winger.

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New Heavy Metal Album Releases: April 22, 2014

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 23:30

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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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell Interview

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 23:10

They have one of the more unique names in metal, and Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell have unleashed their second full-length, Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em. We checked in with vocalist/guitarist Johnny Gorilla, who gives us the scoop on the band's background, the writing and recording of the new record, his musical background, tour plans and other topics.

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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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