Making Of MASTODON's 'Emperor Of Sand': Third Studio Webisode

The third in a series of video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “Emperor Of Sand”, the eighth studio album from Atlanta heavy rock icons MASTODON, can be seen below. Due on March 31 via Reprise Records, the follow-up to 2014’s “Once More ‘Round The Sun” is available for pre-order at The deluxe pre-order package will contain the album on double 180-gram vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket along with a bonus Color-In-Your-Own vinyl jacket, plus an exclusive box of MASTODON colored pencils. In addition, fans will receive a digital copy of the entire album on March … Continue reading

AVENGED SEVENFOLD Singer's Illness Forces Milan Concert Cancelation

Tonight’s (Tuesday, February 21) AVENGED SEVENFOLD / DISTURBED concert at Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy has been canceled because AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows is reportedly suffering from laryngitis. AVENGED SEVENFOLD played an abbreviated show last night (Monday, February 20) in Stuttgart, Germany so that M. Shadows could prevent further damage to his voice. In a 2016 interview with Louisville’s rock station 95.7 QMF, M. Shadows spoke about the surgery on his vocal cords that he underwent prior to the recording of AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s 2005 album “City Of Evil”. He said: “Yeah, I had throat surgery in 2002, I think. … Continue reading

FEAR FACTORY's DINO CAZARES: 'I've Been Very Lucky To Play With Some Of The Best Drummers In My Genre Of Music'

On February 16, FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares took part in a question-and-answer session at the California College Of Music in Pasadena, California. You can now watch video footage of the event below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he ever took the advice of a record company with regard to FEAR FACTORY‘s sound: Dino: “The first time somebody heard our stuff, they were, like, ‘This is not original.’ I’m, like, ‘Okay. Why?’ I was asking myself why. So we went back to the drawing board. The thing about the band when we first started was, … Continue reading

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN's VUUR Shares Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Debut Album Recording

In December 2016, renowned Dutch vocalist Anneke Van Giersbergen announced the formation of a brand new band under the name of VUUR, created as a vehicle for the heavy progressive metal side of her career. VUUR now offers a glimpse into the recording process of its debut album at Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, the Netherlands. Watch the behind-the-scenes clip below. In the video, Anneke reveals that the lyrical content of the album is inspired by the many cities she has visited while being on the road. Anneke comments: “For a long time, I’ve wanted to make a kind of … Continue reading


SEETHER has announced the fifth annual Rise Above Fest, with some exciting new developments. Due to popular demand, the multi-stage music festival has expanded to two days for the first time in its history. Rise Above Fest, which supports suicide prevention and mental illness, is the largest suicide awareness music event in the world and has established itself as a can’t-miss destination festival of the summer for hard rock fans. This year’s Rise Above Fest is set for Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. The event returns to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. The 2017 Rise Above fest … Continue reading

SANCTUARY: First Trailer For 'Inception' Album Of Long-Lost Demos

Century Media Records has set February 24 as the release date of “Inception”, the official prequel to 1988’s classic debut “Refuge Denied” from the legendary U.S. metal act SANCTUARY. “Inception” contains presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge discovered recently and which were magically restored, remixed and remastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (QUEENSRŸCHE, HATEBREED). In the video below, titled “Inside Inception #1: Auburn Jam Room”, Rutledge takes us inside the first building that SANCTUARY rehearsed in. Recorded in March of 1986 (“Soldiers Of Steel”, “Battle Angels”) at Triad Studios in Redmond, Washington and Studio One in White Center … Continue reading

Extinct Monster Worm Named After CANNIBAL CORPSE Bassist

In a new study published in Scientific Reports (“Earth’s Oldest ‘Bobbit Worm’ – Gigantism In A Devonian Eunicidan Polychaete”) by Mats E. Eriksson of Lund University, Sweden, Luke A. Parry of Bristol University, U.K., and David M. Rudkin of Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, an extraordinary new species of polychaetes (bristle worms; the marine relatives of leeches and earthworms) is described from Canada. The new species, Websteroprion Armstrongi, has a unique morphology and possessed the largest jaws recorded from the entire fossil record, reaching over one centimetre in length while usually being in the mm-size range. Investigation of the relationship between … Continue reading


THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM, the new solo project from CANDLEMASS bassist and songwriter Leif Edling, will release its self-titled debut album on April 7 via Nuclear Blast. The disc will contain eight epic doom tracks with a pinch of NWOBHM and haunting catchy melodies. Joining Edling on the effort are WOLF singer Niklas Stålvind, guitarist Marcus Jidell (AVATARIUM, SOEN, ex-EVERGREY), drummer Andreas “Habo” Johansson (NARNIA), as well as several guest artists. The third trailer for “The Doomsday Kingdom”, in which Leif discusses how he completed the band’s lineup, is available below. THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM will make its live debut at the … Continue reading

Listen To BAD RELIGION Frontman's 'Backroads Of My Mind' Song From 'Millport' Solo Album

Greg Graffin, frontman of the iconic Los Angeles punk band BAD RELIGION as well as a renowned author, will release a brand new solo album titled “Millport” on March 10 via Anti-. The “Millport” song “Backroads Of My Mind” can be streamed below. The track is described in a press release as an “energized and uplifting country rock song with exquisite vocal choruses and some crisp guitar from SOCIAL DISTORTION guitarist Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham.” Graffin says of the song: “Those old roads, like my memories, have… long been neglected and lately are in decline. Inspired by the country-rock classics … Continue reading

FRANCES BEAN COBAIN Writes Message To KURT COBAIN On His 50th Birthday

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain, posted an emotional tribute to her father online on Monday (February 20), on what would have been his 50th birthday. Frances wrote on Instagram, “Today would have been your 50th birthday. You are loved and you are missed. Thank you for giving me the gift of life. Forever your daughter, Frances Bean.” Kurt Cobain was just 27 years old when he died in 1994 at from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Frances Bean, who is now 21, was only one year … Continue reading