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Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford rock out to Turnstile at Norwegian festival - www.nme.com - Norway - city Baltimore
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13.07.2024

Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford rock out to Turnstile at Norwegian festival

Metallica’s James Hetfield and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford were seen enjoying a recent Turnstile festival set.Both metal legends were filmed sidestage at Norway’s Tons Of Rock Festival, where Metallica headlined on June 26, and Judas Priest on June 28. Nova Twins, Tool and Parkway Drive were among the other performers at the festival.Both have been vocal proponents of newer artists in metal, throwing support behind the likes of Ghost and Sleep Token.

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler says The Beatles were a “massive” influence on the band - www.nme.com - Britain - USA - Michigan
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15.07.2024

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler says The Beatles were a “massive” influence on the band

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has opened up about the influence of The Beatles on his career.During a recent interview with Michigan rock radio station WRKR (transcribed via Blabbermouth), Butler explained that, similarly to Ozzy Osbourne, the Beatles were a pivotal band for him.“They were a massive influence, because there was nobody else like them at the time,” he said. “And up until then, it was, like, my brothers were into like Elvis [Presley] and Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly, that kind of thing.

Slayer’s Kerry King regrets not cutting a better deal for solo on Beastie Boys’ ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ - www.nme.com - county Rock
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15.07.2024

Slayer’s Kerry King regrets not cutting a better deal for solo on Beastie Boys’ ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’

Slayer‘s Kerry King has revealed that he regrets not cutting a better deal for his guitar solo on Beastie Boys‘ ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ – see what the thrash metal guitarist had to say below.In early 1986, Slayer were recording their critically acclaimed album ‘Reign In Blood’ with Rick Rubin. During their recording sessions, Beastie Boys were recording ‘Licensed To Ill’ – which Slayer guitarist Kerry King recorded a solo for.The solo appeared on their 1987 hit single, ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’, and the metaller said he received a one-off payment as he wasn’t “well to do” at the time and wanted a quick buck.Now, speaking to Border City Rock Talk, the thrash metal legend reveals that he wished he had the foresight to strike a better deal for the solo. King explained: “The simplicity of it is what’s funny about it.

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian hits back at Imagine Dragons’ Azerbaijan gig defence: “Respectfully, I draw the line at ethnic cleansing and genocide” - www.nme.com - Israel - city Baku - Azerbaijan - city Moore, county Thurston - county Thurston
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13.07.2024

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian hits back at Imagine Dragons’ Azerbaijan gig defence: “Respectfully, I draw the line at ethnic cleansing and genocide”

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has once again hit back at Imagine Dragons for their controversial gig in Azerbaijan.Last month, Tankian made headlines when he criticised Imagine Dragons for their decision to go ahead with their controversial gigs in Israel and Azerbaijan, stating that he has “zero respect for those guys”.The dispute came over a show that Dan Reynolds and co played in Azerbeijan’s capital city, Baku, which some argued could be perceived as being an endorsement of the country’s authoritarian President Ilham Aliyev.Tankian had sent the group a letter last summer urging them to pull out of the Baku Olympic Stadium show. In the letter, he stated that proceeding with the gig “would help whitewash the dictatorial regime’s image”.The likes of Brian Eno, Thurston Moore and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters also took the time to share an open letter last August asking Imagine Dragons to back out from the gigs.

Listen to Deep Purple’s heavy new single ‘Lazy Sod’ - www.nme.com - Britain - Manchester - Birmingham - Switzerland
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13.07.2024

Listen to Deep Purple’s heavy new single ‘Lazy Sod’

Deep Purple have shared their new single ‘Lazy Sod’ – listen below.The release of the Bob Ezrin-produced track marks the third single the band have shared from the upcoming album ‘=1’, following ‘Portable Door’ and ‘Pictures of You’.The album arrives on July 19 via earMUSIC, and will be the band’s first full-length release since 2021, when they dropped the covers album ‘Turning To Crime’, and the first LP of original material since 2020’s ‘Whoosh!’.On their official website, they shared the unlikely inspiration behind the song’s name. Frontman Ian Gillan explained: “Recently, a young journalist asked me how many songs I had written in my life.

Clown has “a really, really spiritual feeling” about Slipknot’s new album - www.nme.com - state Iowa
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13.07.2024

Clown has “a really, really spiritual feeling” about Slipknot’s new album

Slipknot’s founding member and percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has opened up about the band’s follow-up to 2022’s ‘The End, So Far‘.In a new interview with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3, the musician discussed the band’s new music and how he has a “a really, really spiritual feeling” about their next release.“We’re very fortunate right now. COVID did really kind of screw everything up. We were supporting 2019’s ‘We Are Not Your Kind‘.

Wargasm and Corey Taylor “cry out at a world gone mad” on new single ‘70% Dead’ - www.nme.com - USA
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13.07.2024

Wargasm and Corey Taylor “cry out at a world gone mad” on new single ‘70% Dead’

Wargasm have released their new track ‘70% Dead’ with Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor.The band announced the single earlier this week (July 10), and have now unveiled the full thrashing song.Speaking about the collaboration, Wargasm said: “We were on the road in the USA with Corey – Sam ended up jumping on a mic with him during his set and we just felt like the voices sounded right together. It totally made sense to do something fresh with the three of us and well….

Slipknot announce first-ever headline show in Mexico City, with support from BABYMETAL - www.nme.com - Sweden - city Mexico City
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13.07.2024

Slipknot announce first-ever headline show in Mexico City, with support from BABYMETAL

Slipknot have announced their first-ever headline show in Mexico City, with support from BABYMETAL.The gig is due to take place on November 9 at Parque Bicentenario, the day after the metal band’s show at Guadalajara in Mexico.In addition to BABYMETAL, Swedish group Orbit Culture will also open for Slipknot as they make their headline debut in Mexico City. See more about the gig and how you can buy tickets below.Our first ever headline show in Mexico City.

Kelly Osbourne says her son is “not scared” of Sid Wilson’s Slipknot mask - www.nme.com
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13.07.2024

Kelly Osbourne says her son is “not scared” of Sid Wilson’s Slipknot mask

Kelly Osbourne has insisted that her son is “not scared” of his father Sid Wilson’s Slipknot mask.Osbourne is in a relationship with the masked metal band’s turntablist, and had been friends with him for over 20 years before the pair started dating. They have a child together, Sidney, who was born in 2022.During a recent episode of The Osbournes Podcast, she read out a comment from a viewer who asked: “Is baby Sidney ever afraid of big Sidney when he’s in his Slipknot masks?”In response, Osbourne said: “No.

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian explains the meaning of ‘Toxicity’ lyrics - www.nme.com - USA
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13.07.2024

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian explains the meaning of ‘Toxicity’ lyrics

Serj Tankian has expanded on the meaning behind the lyrics “sacred silence and sleep” from 2001’s ‘Toxicity’.While promoting his new memoir, Down With the System, Tankian appeared on the Soul Boom podcast. Hosted by The Office’s Rainn Wilson, the podcast charts various spiritual themes like the meaning of life.During their chat last month, Wilson asked the System of a Down singer to “describe that space between the sacred silence and sleep,” referencing the chorus to ‘Toxicity’ (“You, what do you own the world? / How do you own disorder? Disorder / Now somewhere between the sacred silence / Sacred silence and sleep / Somewhere, between the sacred silence and sleep / Disorder, disorder, disorder”).Tankian explained: “Sacred silence alludes to Native American understanding of spirituality and it’s the place that you go to if you meditate.

Ghost announce ‘RITE HERE RITE NOW’ global online premiere and Q&A - www.nme.com - Los Angeles - California
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12.07.2024

Ghost announce ‘RITE HERE RITE NOW’ global online premiere and Q&A

Ghost’s film, RITE HERE RITE NOW, is set for a global online premiere later this month.The film was given an initial cinema run worldwide on June 20, and managed to rake in $5million plus across its four-day release.It included concert footage of Ghost performing at The Forum in Inglewood, California last year, as well as premiering the new track ‘The Future Is a Foreign Land’.

Wargasm announce “live and fucking loud” livestream from a tank graveyard - www.nme.com
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12.07.2024

Wargasm announce “live and fucking loud” livestream from a tank graveyard

Wargasm have announced that they will be performing a “live and fucking loud” livestream from a graveyard in support of their debut album ‘Venom‘.The electronic metal duo – comprised of Sam Matlock and Milkie Way – took to the band’s official social media accounts to announce the livestream performance. They revealed that on Monday (July 8) they will play their debut album ‘Venom’ in its entirety for the first time at a tank graveyard in the middle of England.On the livestream’s website, Wargasm teased that their performance may include drones and pyro and added that the whole thing could possibly “end in flames and a bang” urging fans to “expect the unexpected.”The FAQ section stressed that the performance will be 100 per cent live and will be available to be watched with Chromecast or Airplay on smart TVs.

Here’s the first look at Metallica’s James Hetfield in new Western thriller ‘The Thicket’ - www.nme.com - Canada - county Lewis
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12.07.2024

Here’s the first look at Metallica’s James Hetfield in new Western thriller ‘The Thicket’

Metallica fans have been given a first look at James Hetfield in new thriller The Thicket – check it out below.The new film will see the metal legend star alongside Game Of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage and Yellowjackets star Juliette Lewis in what is described as a “Western thriller”.Hetfield has dabbled in acting previously, playing Officer Bob Hayward in Netflix’s Ted Bundy drama, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, and voicing characters in Dave The Barbarian and Skylanders Academy.In the new film, Hetfield seems to be playing a sheriff, which is an adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s book of the same name.

Watch Bring Me The Horizon wear corpse paint for Finland festival performance - www.nme.com - Norway - Finland - city Helsinki, Finland - region Nordic
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12.07.2024

Watch Bring Me The Horizon wear corpse paint for Finland festival performance

Bring Me The Horizon donned corpse paint for a performance at a festival in Finland – check out the footage below.The Sheffield rockers played at the Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland, on Saturday (June 29), one of the biggest metal festivals in the Nordic region. Attendees could sit in a chair and let professional make-up artists give them a look fit for the festival, and the same team worked on Bring Me The Horizon’s corpse paint, too.“In the festival area you can refresh your own corpse masks too at the Tuska Expo’s loft in Kattilahalli by Ulottuvuusmatkat Oy,” Tuska said while the festival was on.

Papa Roach announce huge London show as part of European 25th anniversary tour - www.nme.com - London
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12.07.2024

Papa Roach announce huge London show as part of European 25th anniversary tour

Papa Roach have announced a 2025 European tour, billed the ‘Rise Of The Roach Tour’, which culminates in a headline show in London.The tour is set to celebrate 25 years of their breakthrough album ‘Infest’, which featured fan favourites like ‘Last Resort’, ‘Broken Home’ and ‘Between Angels & Insects’.In a video posted to X/Twitter, Jacoby Shaddix promised fans: “It’s gonna be fucking banging y’all, see you out there.”

Sick Of It All cancel European tour dates as frontman Lou Koller reveals tumour in esophagus - www.nme.com - Britain - New York - Germany - Belgium - Poland
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29.06.2024

Sick Of It All cancel European tour dates as frontman Lou Koller reveals tumour in esophagus

Sick Of It All have cancelled their European tour dates following frontman Lou Koller’s esophageal cancer diagnosis.Last month, the band had toured UK and Europe and were set to make stops in Belgium, Germany and Poland this summer, but have since cancelled the shows.The frontman of the New York punk band took to their official Instagram account to share a video explaining the tour cancellation and opened up his diagnosis.“What’s up everybody, Lou here. As you may or may know, we had to cancel out full European tour this Summer. There’s some rumours going around as to why, and we’re here to set the record straight.

Here’s what Dream Theater’s next album will sound like, according to Mike Portnoy - www.nme.com - Japan - county Rock - Boston
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28.06.2024

Here’s what Dream Theater’s next album will sound like, according to Mike Portnoy

Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has told fans what to expect from their 16th album.Having rejoined the Boston prog metal band in October last year after a 13-year absence, Portnoy has said (via Blabbermouth) the upcoming record will pick up where his last effort with the band left off.“There’s a certain style that the five of us have when we write together,” Portnoy explained.“And if you listen to the album with this lineup from 1999, ‘[Metropolis Pt.

Ozzy Osbourne forced out of convention appearance over health concerns - www.nme.com - Arizona - city Phoenix
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28.06.2024

Ozzy Osbourne forced out of convention appearance over health concerns

Ozzy Osbourne has pulled out of an appearance at the Mad Monster Party film convention on doctors’ orders.The Black Sabbath frontman was set to appear at the Arizona convention next month alongside wife Sharon and daughter Kelly, but Sharon has since told fans he is currently unable to travel and won’t be attending.In a video statement, she said: “Regretfully, the Osbourne family have to cancel our upcoming appearance at the Mad Monster Party in Phoenix because Ozzy is unable to travel at this time.”She added that their son Jack would be there, “flying the flag for the Osbournes” in their absence. Referencing the “Osbournes: The Ultimate Sin Package” packages fans had paid $666 for, she said: “Everybody who bought the Osbourne package will, of course, get full refunds.”These kinds of posts are no fun but I hope the fans will understand.

Slipknot’s Clown shares update on “lost album” ‘Look Outside Your Window’ - www.nme.com
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28.06.2024

Slipknot’s Clown shares update on “lost album” ‘Look Outside Your Window’

Slipknot’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has shared an update on the band’s “lost album” ‘Look Outside Your Window’.The record, said to be more experimental and melodic compared to the band’s usual heavy metal style, was originally recorded at the same time as their fourth album ‘All Hope Is Gone’ in 2008.Though the album was supposed to drop during Slipknot’s We Are Not Your Kind tour, it was delayed until 2021 due to the pandemic. Since then, frontman Corey Taylor has teased that the record will be due sometime this year.Now, Clown has given his own update in a Reddit AMA, when fans asked about the album. In his response, he wrote: “The only reason ‘Look Outside Your Window’ has not come into this reality is because it is a timeless album that allows it to be presented at anytime.“Up until now things we’ve been doing has been taking priority.

Watch Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler join Foo Fighters for ‘Paranoid’ in Birmingham - www.nme.com - Britain - Manchester - Birmingham
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28.06.2024

Watch Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler join Foo Fighters for ‘Paranoid’ in Birmingham

Foo Fighters have performed the 1970 Black Sabbath classic ‘Paranoid’ with Geezer Butler – watch footage of the performance below.Last night (June 27), the Foos played the last show of their UK tour in Birmingham. To end their run with a bang, Dave Grohl and co.

Watch Metallica team up with Diamond Head’s Brian Tatler to cover ‘Am I Evil?’ in Oslo - www.nme.com - Norway
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27.06.2024

Watch Metallica team up with Diamond Head’s Brian Tatler to cover ‘Am I Evil?’ in Oslo

Metallica have teamed up with Diamond Head’s Brian Tatler for a live performance of ‘Am I Evil?’ in Oslo.The performance of Diamond Head’s 1980 hit occurred last night (June 26th) during Metallica’s headlining set at the Tons of Rock fest in Oslo, Norway. The legendary metal band previously released a cover of the song in 1984 and served as the B-side to their single ‘Creeping Death’.“Say ‘Hi’ to Brian, Oslo!” announced Metallica frontman James Hetfield introducing the Diamond Head lead guitarist.

Megadeth “actively” recording new album with David Ellefson’s replacement - www.nme.com
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26.06.2024

Megadeth “actively” recording new album with David Ellefson’s replacement

Megadeth have revealed that theyare currently working on new material with David Ellefson’s replacement, James LoMenzo.In 2021, allegations against the former Megadeth bassist surfaced following the release of several explicit screenshots and videos on social media. At the time, Ellefson said they were “private and personal conversations” – but it was claimed he had groomed an underage girl.Megadeth announced they were parting ways with the bassist that year, during which he denied any wrongdoing and filed revenge-porn charges against the person whom he alleged illegally leaked a video and screenshots that prompted the allegations against him.

Ozzy Osbourne warns fans not to snort Liquid Death’s Death Dust - www.nme.com - Des Moines
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26.06.2024

Ozzy Osbourne warns fans not to snort Liquid Death’s Death Dust

Ozzy Osbourne has warned fans to not snort Liquid Death‘s Death Dust in a new advert for the drink company.The Prince of Darkness has made an appearance in the latest advert for Liquid Death’s brand-new product Death Dust – an electrolyte drink mix available in three flavours. The commercial clip sees two teens pouring a sachet of the drink mix into a cup while out on the street.Osbourne then pulls up in a black SUV and stops the boys by yelling “Hey Kids.

Slipknot are releasing new music soon, says Clown - www.nme.com
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26.06.2024

Slipknot are releasing new music soon, says Clown

Slipknot’s founding member and percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has told fans to expect new music soon.Six weeks after the surprise announcement that Slipknot had written ‘Long May You Die’, their first track with new drummer Eloy Casagrande, Crahan has teased that the iconic metal band will release new music “really soon”.In a new interview with Revolver, he said: “Well, one thing I can say is this: There’s always going to be new Slipknot music. But we’ve also said that there is a filter, and we are the filter, and that filter must go through everyone.“And when I was telling you that we’re doing a lot better communicating, now apply that to communicating about music.

Watch Bring Me The Horizon duet with Oli Sykes’ father on ‘Antivist’: “Make some noise for the coolest dad in the world!” - www.nme.com - Britain - Germany - Israel - Palestine
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24.06.2024

Watch Bring Me The Horizon duet with Oli Sykes’ father on ‘Antivist’: “Make some noise for the coolest dad in the world!”

Oli Sykes‘ dad Ian teamed up with the frontman on guest vocals on ‘Antivist’ during last night’s (June 23) Bring Me The Horizon show.Introducing his father onstage at Germany’s Hurricane Festival, Sykes playfully told the crowd: “Help him out – he’s a little nervous” before his dad stepped in to perform the fan favourite track from ‘Sempiternal’. The frontman added: “Make some noise for the coolest dad in the world!”You can check out fan-shot footage below, together with the full setlist.antivist performed by ian sykes (dad) and oli pic.twitter.com/5v9OTgIdnL— -.

Wargasm: “Our first dream collaboration was with Fred Durst – our second is on the way” - www.nme.com - Britain
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21.06.2024

Wargasm: “Our first dream collaboration was with Fred Durst – our second is on the way”

Wargasm spoke to NME at Download 2024, and revealed that they have a new collab on the way which will see them launch a new era.The electronic metal duo – comprised of Sam Matlock and Milkie Way – caught up with us at the Donington Park festival, shortly after delivering an explosive set and joining Enter Shikari on the Apex stage. They first made their way onto the main stage back in 2021 when they took on the post-COVID Pilot edition, and have since gone on to reach new heights.“It feels like home,” Matlock said of their return.

BABYMETAL say they “haven’t changed at all” because of their success - www.nme.com - USA
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21.06.2024

BABYMETAL say they “haven’t changed at all” because of their success

BABYMETAL spoke to NME at Download 2024 about collaborating with some of biggest names in metal and their evolution over the past decade.The trio – comprised of founding members Su-Metal and Moametal, and new addition Momometal – caught up with us backstage at the Donington Park festival, shortly before they took to the stage for a huge performance on Saturday (June 15).It came on the heels of the band joining forces with Electric Callboy for the huge single ‘RATATATA’ last month – the latest of their many star-studded collaborations and their first track to make its way onto the US charts.“It’s only been a month since we shot the music video, so, it doesn’t feel real,” Moametal told us about the massive response to the song in America. “I still can’t believe it, but I had so much fun making it.

Avenged Sevenfold will “definitely do something to celebrate” 2025 anniversaries of ‘Nightmare’ and ‘City Of Evil’ - www.nme.com - Britain - USA - Canada
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21.06.2024

Avenged Sevenfold will “definitely do something to celebrate” 2025 anniversaries of ‘Nightmare’ and ‘City Of Evil’

Avenged Sevenfold have shared that they will “definitely do something to celebrate” the 20th and 15th anniversaries of ‘Nightmare’ and ‘City Of Evil’.The band’s guitarist Zacky Vengeance spoke to NME about their plans to celebrate the 20th and 15th anniversaries of their two biggest albums – 2005’s ‘City Of Evil’ and 2010’s ‘Nightmare’.“I think those albums are really monumental and fans have grown with them. They’ve meant a certain thing to people at a certain place in their life, so I think it’s important that we do something,” he said.He continued: “I never want to be a nostalgia act.

Listen to Ghost’s new “1969-era” single ‘The Future Is A Foreign Land’ - www.nme.com
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21.06.2024

Listen to Ghost’s new “1969-era” single ‘The Future Is A Foreign Land’

Ghost have released a new song, ‘The Future Is A Foreign Land’ – listen to it below.Today (June 21), the band took to social media to reveal the “newly uncovered 1969-era” track, which is featured in their new narrative-concert hybrid film RITE HERE RITE NOW. In a clip taken from the film, it is revealed that the fictional character Papa Nihil – who also “wrote” the viral hit ‘Mary On A Cross’ and ‘Kiss The Go Goat’ – had written the track but had never released it.[MESSAGE FROM THE CLERGY]We wish to inform you that 3 is the magic number. Listen to a newly uncovered 1969-era Ghost single "The Future Is A Foreign Land" from the original motion picture #RITEHERERITENOWListen here: https://t.co/pgAkUpcu9q pic.twitter.com/hKow4UGFay— Papa Emeritus IV (@thebandGHOST) June 21, 2024Speaking to NME about the film, Ghost creator Tobias Forge explained of the track’s theme: “The message is that there’s a great lesson lost if you look at what is going on in the world now and what took us here… if you’re lucky enough to experience this film in the cinema, you’re pretty well off.

Bambie Thug: “Change can be done with music, and people listen through art” - www.nme.com - Ireland - Israel - Palestine
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20.06.2024

Bambie Thug: “Change can be done with music, and people listen through art”

Bambie Thug spoke to NME at Download 2024, telling us about life after Eurovision, using music as a force for change, festivals representing minorities, and their plans for the future.This year marked the Ouija-pop singer’s first time on the main Apex Stage at the Donington Park festival after debuting on the smaller Dogtooth Stage back last year. It also followed them competing in the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this spring, where they represented their native Ireland with the show-stopping track ‘Doomsday Blue’.They came in sixth place – Ireland’s best performance in 25 years – and made headlines for their vocal support of Palestine amid the conflict in Gaza, and for voicing their frustration at Israel being allowed to compete in this year’s competition.“The uptake in fans and support has been incredible,” they told NME of life since Eurovision.

Download 2024: Food stalls were shut down as “hundreds” of festival-goers fell ill with food poisoning - www.nme.com
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20.06.2024

Download 2024: Food stalls were shut down as “hundreds” of festival-goers fell ill with food poisoning

Download 2024 were shut down as “hundreds” of festival goers fell ill with food poisoning.This year’s instalment of the metal and rock festival took place over the past weekend, running between June 14-16, and featured the headliners Queens Of The Stone Age, Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold.However, as the event unfolded, numerous attendees began reporting symptoms of food poisoning – including nausea, stomach cramps, fever, and general malaise. According to reports from a medical tent on site (via FoodPoisoningNews), as many as 500 people were affected by what they described as a “real food poisoning epidemic”.Speaking to BBC News, a spokesperson for the North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) said medics began to see “a pattern” of fans falling ill, prompting event organiser Live Nation to launch an investigation.Live Nation said that customer safety was its “primary concern” and confirmed that all food traders had been inspected before and during the event.

Metallica’s James Hetfield on if the band will write another ‘Unforgiven’ song - www.nme.com
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20.06.2024

Metallica’s James Hetfield on if the band will write another ‘Unforgiven’ song

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has commented on whether the band will ever write another ‘Unforgiven’ song.In 1991, metal icons Metallica released ‘The Unforgiven’ as the second single from their acclaimed self-titled album. Six years later, ‘The Unforgiven II’ arrived as part of the ‘Reload’ album. In 2008, the band dropped the last entry in the ‘Unforgiven’ saga to date with ‘The Unforgiven III’ as part of ‘Death Magnetic’.Fans have been clamouring for a fourth track in the series ever since then.

Ghost tell us about new film ‘RITE HERE RITE NOW’: “The story goes far longer back than what we’ve exposed” - www.nme.com - Britain
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20.06.2024

Ghost tell us about new film ‘RITE HERE RITE NOW’: “The story goes far longer back than what we’ve exposed”

Ghost frontman Tobias Forge and filmmaker Alex Ross Perry have spoken to NME about the band’s debut feature film, RITE HERE RITE NOW.Out today (June 20), RITE HERE RITE NOW sees the band combine a typical concert film with an intricate narrative surrounding the band’s mysterious lore – one that’s been told since 2018. The film comes at the tail-end of Ghost’s touring cycle behind 2022’s ‘Impera’ as fans are left wondering where the band goes from here.RITE HERE RITE NOW‘s mashing of the band’s fictional backstory and their music is the next step in band’s evolution.

Avenged Sevenfold on dividing fans: “Being willing to risk everything is the most liberating thing” - www.nme.com
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19.06.2024

Avenged Sevenfold on dividing fans: “Being willing to risk everything is the most liberating thing”

Avenged Sevenfold’s Zacky Vengeance caught up with NME backstage at Download 2024, and recalled how the band were hoping to draw mixed fan responses from their latest album, ‘Life Is But A Dream…’.The guitarist spoke to us shortly before closing out this year’s edition of the Donington Park festival with a mammoth headline slot on the Apex Stage – a decade after they first headlined the ironic rock festival.Having arrived back in June last year, ‘Life Is But A Dream…’ signalled a stark shift from the sound that first established them as one of the most integral metal acts of the ‘00s. The shred-heavy, metalcore aspects that once defined their sound were placed to one side, as a more experimental, avant-garde approach was introduced – incorporating elements of EDM and hip-hop, and undoubtedly marking a new era for the five-piece.Unsurprisingly, the shift was quick to divide fans.

Empire State Bastard announce inaugural ‘Bastard Fest’ in Sheffield - www.nme.com - Britain - London - USA - city Sheffield
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19.06.2024

Empire State Bastard announce inaugural ‘Bastard Fest’ in Sheffield

Empire State Bastard will be putting on their own festival in Sheffield next month called Bastard Fest.Fresh from a US tour supporting Sleep Token, the supergroup consisting of Biffy Clyro‘s Simon Neil and Oceansize’s Mike Vennart will top the bill, with Bitch Falcon bassist Naomi Macleod and former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo in tow.The event will take place at Sheffield’s Corporation on July 13 and features a host of heavyweights from British metal, including Heriot, Conjurer, Pupil Slicer and Sheffield’s own Hidden Mothers. It comes a day after the band’s performance at 2000trees Festival.Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (June 20) via the venue website and See Tickets.Empire State Bastard released their debut album ‘Rivers Of Heresy’ last year.

While She Sleeps announce winter 2024 UK tour - www.nme.com - Australia - Britain - France - Sweden - Manchester - Birmingham - Japan - state Connecticut - city Rock - city Kentish
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19.06.2024

While She Sleeps announce winter 2024 UK tour

While She Sleeps have announced details of a nine-date winter 2024 UK tour – buy your tickets here.The metalcore five-piece have included two dates at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town, as well as stops in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and their native Sheffield.This weekend saw the band appear at Download Festival, before they embark on a series of European dates across the summer. In the autumn, they’re heading to Australia and Japan, and will round the year off by coming back to Europe and then the UK.Support on the new dates is set to come from Connecticut metallers Current, Swedish metallic hardcore band Thrown, and French metalcore quartet Resolve.While She Sleeps are touring their sixth album, ‘Self Hell’, which came out in March.

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