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Judas Priest Explain Why K.K. Downing Was Not Asked To Return

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford explained in a new interview why the band decided not to asked former guitarist K.K. Downing to rejoin the band when they learned that Glenn Tipton would be unable to tour due to his battle with Parkinson's Disease.

"Equally (K.K. Downing) had made the decision to retire, I don't know how many years ago that it was," Halford told the Los Angeles Daily News. "At the time he was emphatic about retiring and never coming back, and that's what we were left with.

"There has been no communication since that time. There has been no inquiries about how the band is doing since that time, or how the guys are doing, or anything of that nature."

Halford then added, "What upset me personally was the inference that Glenn didn't play on this record. I took that quite strongly. How would you feel if those types of insinuations had been placed in a statement along with the not being asked to come back? Just extraordinary. The wording should have been different in my point of view. Like I said on a radio interview, we have never been a band to publicly bring these things to the surface."

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Five Finger Death Punch Stream New Song 'Sham Pain'

Five Finger Death Punch are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming album with the release of the latest song from the effort called "Sham Pain."

The new song follows the previously released track "Fake" from the upcoming seventh studio album, which will be entitled "And Justice For None" and is set to be released on May 18th.

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory had the following to say about the new track, "'Sham Pain' is a lyrical snapshot of probably the biggest, yet most chaotic year of this band's career.

"Everyone has a different way of dealing with the moments when life hands them lemons…some complain and some make lemonade. Us, we pour gasoline on it and then hit it with a rocket launcher. Sarcasm has always been our 'Art of War' (if from naming the band 'Five Finger Death Punch' you haven't figured it out yet), but just wait until you see the video we made for this song." Listen to it here.

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Late Megadeth Icon Nick Menza Tribute Event This Weekend

Late Megadeth Rush In Peace era drummer Nick Menza will be celebrated at a special event this Sunday, April 22 at the Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles.

The event has been dubbed The Nick Menza Chronicles A Celebration of Life on Canvas, Wood and Heavy Metal with all proceeds going to Nick's sons exclusively, including future sales of CD's, art and merchandise, as well as a DVD of this performance.

The show will feature live performances from acts like Elsie Binx, Emeralde, Von Skeletor, Deltanaut, Soma And The Green w/ Gary Mac, OHM w/ Chris Poland (original Megadeath lead guitarist), Bullet Boys w/ Marq Torien, Joe Floyd and Roy Z. from Halford, Bruce Dickenson, Warrior, & Driver, Love / Hate w/ Jon E., Rhoads w/ Kelle Rhoads, and more. Read more here.

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Fates Warning Announce Double Live Over Europe Album

Fates Warning have announced that they will be releasing a new double live album entitled "Live Over Europe" on June 29th, 2018 via InsideOutMusic.

The new live release features recordings from the band's European Headline tour from the beginning of this year in support of their "Theories Of Flight" album and features songs captured during shows in 8 cities including Aschaffenburg / Germany, Belgrade / Serbia, Thessaloniki and Athens / Greece, Rome and Milan / Italy, Budapest / Hungary as well as Ljubljana / Slovenia and a total of 23 songs in over 138 minutes of playing time, spanning 30 years of the group's career.

Frontman Ray Alder had this to say, We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make 'Live Over Europe'.We had a great time making this album and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them!" Read more here.

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From Ashes To New Launching Tour In Support Of The Future

From Ashes to New are gearing up to hit the road early next month to promote their just release sophomore album "The Future" which hit stores today (April 20th).

The album was produced by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (August Burns Red), Nick "Raz" Furlong and Colin Brittain (Papa Roach, Blink-182). mixed by Josh Wilbur (Korn, Lamb Of God) and features the single "Crazy".

The band will be launching dates in support of the effort with the What's In Your Head Tour in early April which will also feature Bad Wolves and special guest Diamante.

Prior to that trek, the group will also be taking part in the World's Loudest Month festival and select headline dates and shows with various artists like Shaman's Harvest, Otherwise and 10 Years next month. See the dates here.

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Hollywood Undead Do Whatever It Takes For New Remix Video

Hollywood Undead surprised fans with a new mixtape version of their hit single, "Whatever It Takes," which features Prodigal Sunn, Demrick, and Fudd Rukus.

The original version of the song is from the group's 2017 album "Five". The next mixtape edition has been released to digital retailers and streaming services and the band launched a music video for the next take on the track.

Johnny 3 Tears had this to say about the remix, "It's such an honor for us as a band to share this song with some extremely talented artists and friends. The song is about doing whatever we have to in order to overcome any circumstance, which is something everyone goes through in life. It's amazing to hear new stories on the same song. What's your story?"

Watch the Brian Cox (who directed their previous clips "California Dreaming" and "Black Cadillac") helmed music video here.

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Lizzy Borden Returning With First New Album In 11 Years

Lizzy Borden has announced that he will be releasing "My Midnight Things," his first new album in over a decade on June 15th via his new deal with Metal Blade Records. We were sent the following details:

The record is available in the following formats: --limited 1st edition Digipak-CD (includes bonus tracks) -jewelcase-CD --180g black vinyl --clear pacific blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies) --clear burgundy marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies) --olive/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 300 copies) --opaque cool gray marbled vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 200 copies)

Having signed a new contract with Metal Blade on the strength of three demo tracks, Borden opted to produce My Midnight Things himself, with Joey Scott as co-producer, who also handled all the drumming duties. "I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that," Borden explains. "My approach is very different than what is happening in today's current sound." Read more here.

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Devin Townsend Launching ERAS Series

Devin Townsend has announced he will be launching a series of high quality vinyl collections under the name of 'ERAS' beginning with the June 8th release of a quadrilogy of albums that came out during the period of 2009-2011 when the Devin Townsend Project was first created.

The boxset comes with 7LP's and includes the albums KI, Addicted, Deconstruction and Ghost, marking the first time that the latter two have ever been available on vinyl, while the former have been long out of print. All albums come in gatefold sleeves on 180g vinyl, and have been specially remastered for the format to guarantee the best possible sound and listening experience. The sturdy 2-piece box also includes an LP-booklet that features complete lyrics, liner notes and comments from Devin, and is limited to 2000 copies worldwide. There will be a total of 4 boxsets released over the course of the next few months.

Devin comments: "The Devin Townsend Project, although it went further than I had originally planned, began life as these four albums. Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction and Ghost. The music evolved in line with a period of intense personal growth, and the albums in chronological order were meant to illustrate that change. The amount of people involved with this was extensive, and the journey was one that defined my career in ways I cannot over express. These four albums are really what the Devin Townsend Project was about.

I have been asked repeatedly over the last few years to provide these albums on vinyl, in one set. So we took this opportunity to put together 'ERAS', which is the definitive vinyl box-set encapsulating this period of my life and work that I am exceptionally proud of. As always, this wouldn't have come to fruition without the support of the tremendous audience who has allowed it to flourish, so respect to both yourselves, the people involved, and the music itself, we present to you; 'ERAS'. Thank you for allowing me to continue to do what I do." Preorder your copy, including various colored vinyl versions,
here.

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