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Katharsis - PRAYING MANTIS

So much has been written about the enduring influence of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal over the decades that it's easy to forget that only a few of its bands achieved any significant success. PRAYING MANTIS were never afforded the fortune or opportunities that came the way of the movement's big names, and ...

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JETHRO TULL's IAN ANDERSON Pokes Fun At Guitarists Who Rely On Roadies To Tune Their Instruments: 'What Wimps'

In a new interview with Darren Paltrowitz, host of the "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz", JETHRO TULL's Ian Anderson was asked about his decades-long reputation as someone who doesn't shake hands with people. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I've suffered from chest infections since I was quite young, and throat infections and upper respiratory tract ...

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JETHRO TULL Releases Video For New Single 'Sad City Sisters'

British progressive rock luminaries JETHRO TULL will release their first studio album of new material in over 18 years, "The Zealot Gene", on January 28, 2022 via InsideOut Music. The music video for the LP's second single, "Sad City Sisters", can be seen below. The clip was directed by Iranian filmmaker Sam Chegini, who previously ...

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SLASH, ZAKK WYLDE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MARTY FRIEDMAN, GEORGE LYNCH, Others To Guest On LESLIE WEST Tribute Album

Leslie West passed away on December 23, 2020. Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group has announced the release of "Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West" on March 25 in celebration of the guitarist. Friends, and many whom were influenced by the loved West, have contributed to this special release. Amongst those who performed are Dee ...

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IRON MAIDEN's NICKO MCBRAIN: 'We Do Not Plan To Make Long Songs'

During an appearance on a recent episode of the "Hangin' & Bangin': Artists On Lockdown" online show, Nicko McBrain discussed IRON MAIDEN's penchant for writing long, progressive intricate songs, including on the band's latest effort, "Senjutsu", which features three tracks whose running time exceeds 10 minutes each. Asked if he and his bandmates actually set ...

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BRUCE DICKINSON: Why IRON MAIDEN Keeps Writing Long, Progressive Songs

During a recent interview with SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation Virtual Invasion", Bruce Dickinson discussed IRON MAIDEN's penchant for writing long, progressive intricate songs, including on the band's latest effort, "Senjutsu", which features three tracks whose running time exceeds 10 minutes each. "Steve [Harris, MAIDEN bassist] and I are partially responsible [for that]," he said (as transcribed ...

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TONY IOMMI Looks Back On His Brief Stint With JETHRO TULL: 'I Felt A Bit Out Of Place'

Diversion Podcasts, a division of Diversion Media, has released the latest episode of "Backstaged: The Devil In Metal". Hosted by bestselling author and music journalist, Jon Wiederhorn, this 12-episode podcast offers a one-of-a-kind journey through the history and culture of heavy metal. The podcast explores elements of darkness and extremism in the music and, examines ...

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PROCOL HARUM To Release 'Missing Persons (Alive Forever)' EP

Esoteric Antenna has announced the release of a new CD EP by the legendary PROCOL HARUM. Due on May 7, "Missing Persons (Alive Forever)" was completed during lockdown, after founder and lead singer Gary Brooker rediscovered a CD of rough mixes of two studio tracks the band had laid down during a previous session. "They ...

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TONY IOMMI Looks Back On BLACK SABBATH As Band's 'Heavy Metal' Bench Is Reinstalled In Birmingham: 'I Wouldn't Change Anything'

A new video containing an interview with BLACK SABBATH guitar legend Tony Iommi has been made to commemorate the reinstallation of the band's "heavy metal" bench on Broad Street in Birmingham, England. The mini documentary is presented by Christian Martin, the former Argentinian rugby player who is himself a huge BLACK SABBATH fan, and features ...

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MOUNTAIN Legend LESLIE WEST Dead At 75

Leslie West, the legendary guitarist, vocalist and original founding member of MOUNTAIN, has died at the age of 75. Leslie's brother, Larry West Weinstein, confirmed the musician's passing to Rolling Stone. West suffered cardiac arrest at his home near Daytona, Florida on Monday (December 21) and was rushed to a hospital, ...

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Long Forgotten Pre-URIAH HEEP Album 'Orgasm' From HEAD MACHINE Re-Released For First Time Since 1970s

A 50th-anniversary remastered edition of HEAD MACHINE's "Orgasm" album is now available via Explore Rights Management. "Orgasm" was recorded in 1969 and this is the first official re-release of the album since 1971. Every other re-release since then has been a counterfeit. The album features four members of THE GODS: Ken Hensley (also of URIAH ...

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Legendary IRON MAIDEN And DEEP PURPLE Producer MARTIN BIRCH Dead At 71

Legendary British producer Martin Birch, who is best known for engineering and producing albums by DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, FLEETWOOD MAC, WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and IRON MAIDEN, died earlier today (Sunday, August 9) at the age of 71. His passing was confirmed former DEEP PURPLE and current WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale, who tweeted: ...

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DREAM THEATER: 'Every Album, Every Song' Book Now Available

Sonicbond Publishing has released a new book, "Dream Theater: Every Album, Every Song", from author Jordan Blum. No other band has affected modern progressive metal as deeply or widely as American quintet DREAM THEATER. Formed at Berklee College Of Music as Majesty in 1985 by guitarist John Petrucci, drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist John Myung, ...

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JETHRO TULL's IAN ANDERSON Endorses 'Made In America' Hand Sanitizer

The small businesses in Virginia today received a major endorsement for their hand sanitizer project from progressive rock and roll legend Ian Anderson, founding member of the band JETHRO TULL, for their efforts producing a "made in America" hand sanitizer. The Virginia Hand Sanitizer consortium coordinated by the Center For Applied Innovation, LLC (CAI) in ...

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