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Author Archives: Elise Yablon

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Featured on New Peter Green Project

Posted by on January 17, 2020

Fleetwood Mac co-founder and guitarist Peter Green is working on a new book and music project and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is involved.  Hammett was in London, UK last week at the famed Abbey Road Studios recording “something very special” for the as-yet-untitled project. The studio tweeted out a couple of photos of his visit […]

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Dragonforce reveal bassist for upcoming tours

Posted by on January 17, 2020

Dragonforce have announced a new bassist for their upcoming European and US tours. Vigil Of War’s Alicia Vigil is on board to join the band on bass and back-up vocals for both treks.  “Alicia was recommended to me by a number of musician friends in L.A.,” said guitarist Herman Li in a statement about Vigil’s […]

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MaYaN’s Marcela Bovio being treated for Cervical Cancer

Posted by on January 6, 2020

Mexican singer/violinist/songwriter Marcela Bovio has been diagnosed with and is currently undergoing treatment for cervical cancer. The MaYaN vocalist made the heartbreaking announcement in an Instagram post on December 13, clearing up why she has been so quiet on social media as of late. “Dear friends,” she starts her post: “You may have notice I’ve […]

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Motions to dismiss denied, Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit against Slipknot to proceed

Posted by on January 6, 2020

Former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn’s lawsuit against the band is set to proceed as planned. A judge in the Supreme Court of New York has denied two motions from the band and their business entities to dismiss the suit. On Friday (3), Justice Melissa Anne Crane heard the defendant’s (Slipknot) case to dismiss motions five […]

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Original The Dillinger Escape Plan members start new project

Posted by on January 3, 2020

Two of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s original members have collaborated on an as-yet untitled new project.  Vocalist Dimitri Minikakis and guitarist Ben Weinman are cooking something up and have released the first taste of what it could be. The guys, plus drummer Eric Schnee (Organ Dealer) released a song on December 31 through Weinman’s Patreon […]

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Metal Insider’s Elise Yablon’s Top Ten Metal Songs of 2019

Posted by on December 31, 2019

Being mostly a punk and alternative fan, 2019 has been an exploratory year for me in music as I dove headfirst into the world of metal for the first time. Slowly I’ve been broadening my knowledge of the genre, listening to various different artists as background noise at my day job and trying to incorporate […]

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U.S. Justice Department threatens legal action against Live Nation, reach settlement instead

Posted by on December 23, 2019

On Friday (12/13), news broke that the U.S. Justice Department was preparing to take legal action against concert promoting giant Live Nation. Now, less than a week later, the two have reached a settlement that clarifies the rules the company must follow when dealing with venues. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Department of […]

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David Lee Roth to Join Kiss on Final North American Legs of Farewell Tour

Posted by on December 18, 2019

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has been announced as a “special guest” for the final North American leg of Kiss’ End Of The Road farewell tour. This will be Roth’s first solo tour in 13 years. “David Lee Roth will bring his exciting stage show featuring a twin guitar big rock sound and a […]

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Kirk Windstein rejoins Down in time for ‘NOLA’ Anniversary

Posted by on December 18, 2019

  Metal supergroup Down is reuniting with original guitarist Kirk Windstein just in time for the 25th anniversary of their debut album ‘NOLA.’ In an interview with Revolver, Windstein said, “I’m in, 100 percent. The quote from Pepper [Keenan, guitar, Corrosion of Conformity] was, ‘If you ain’t doing it, I ain’t doing it.’ Phil, Pepper […]

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Countries where metal music is “illegal”

Posted by on December 12, 2019

This past summer, a story hit the news cycle about the legal journey of Iranian metal band Confess. Singer/guitarist Nikan “Siyanor” Khosravi, who fled to Turkey after his trial in 2016 and is currently residing in Norway, spoke with Louder Sound about he and bandmate Arash “Chemical” Ilkhani’s legal issues, being arrested in their homes […]

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