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Axl Rose has defended his right to speak out on political issues, saying that he feels an “obligation to say something” about the “irresponsibility of this administration.” The GUNS N’ ROSES singer, who has repeatedly voiced his displeasure with U.S. President Donald Trump, explained his position in a message on TwitLonger, a related Twitter site where one can post messages longer than 280 characters. He wrote: “My disdain 4 r current administration n’ what I perceive as it’s threat to r democracy is no secret. “I’m not all that active w/social media n’ tho I more than appreciate anyone who takes an interest in something I might post I don’t really have an interest in how many followers or retweets etc. I have as my political or social issue posts rn’t about me. They’re about the issues. In general my posts in regard to current events, politics or social issues r usually coming from a sense of outrage, obligation n’ responsibility to say something at times when I feel not to is being complicit (as opposed to a desire for attention or self promotion.) “I’m nobody, just a citizen that like everyone else has my own opinions n’ believes in my heart that ultimately I want what’s best for not just r country but for humanity, wildlife n’ r environment n’ other’s as opposed to right, left or any other wing fascism r at least in this country free to disagree. So 4 me when I feel someone in this administration for example or perhaps media, in entertainment or the public says or does something that in my view supports or caters to the irresponsibility of this administration or various issues w/government or law enforcement I may voice an opinion. Perhaps a strong or perhaps considered by some a lewd or immature response or opinion. It happens.” Rose has taken to Twitter a number of times in the past couple of years to slam President Donald Trump, his administration and his policies. On Friday (July 3), Axl called on Jerome Adams to resign after the United States surgeon general refused to give a yes or no answer when asked if he would advise people to attend large gatherings over the 4th of July weekend. This past May, Axl took a shot at U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, calling him “an asshole.” Rose also recently criticized a decision by the sheriff of Orange County, California to not enforce beach closures that were mandated by the state’s governor. Back in November 2016, Rose took to Twitter to condemn then-President-elect Donald Trump‘s choice for U.S. attorney general, and to berate Trump for demanding an apology from the cast of the Broadway show “Hamilton” after then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed when he attended the musical. One month later, Rose invited fans at a GUNS N’ ROSES concert in Mexico City to beat the crap out of a large piñata designed to look like Trump. In January 2018, Axl blasted the Trump administration as the “gold standard of what can be considered disgraceful.” Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

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Following is an excerpt from an article published in Metal Hammer #185 featuring Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo looking back on his career, which has included working / performing with Ozzy Osbourne, Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves.
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In a new Cameo post, guitarist / vocalist Richie Kotzen answered a couple questions from a fan and revealed that he is into the idea of making another album with The Winery Dogs. The band features himself fronting the band alongside music legends Billy Sheehan (bass) and Mike Portnoy (drums).
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Channeling the dance of the undead and playing songs distinguished by atmospheric synth melodies, heavy guitars, and melodic vocals, Neon Coven is equal parts tragedy and beauty. Their anthems of love, loss, life and death are delivered with the passion that only comes from someone that has lived it.
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Honeymoon Suite guitarist Derry Grehan and vocalist Johnnie Dee got a chance to record virtual video of their iconic hit “New Girl Now”.  “We can’t be out there playing for you all right now so this is the next best thing until we see you again. More videos to come… For more, check out: (Source)

Swedish doom / sludge metal band Serpent Omega are back after seven years away with their new single / video “Land Of Darkness”, taken from the band’s forthcoming new full-length, II. The album arrives September 4th via Icons Creating Evil Art. “Land Of Darkness” is a showcase for vocalist Urskogr’s rasped… For more, check out: (Source)

On June 2nd, Insight Editions published The Decade That Rocked: The Photography Of Mark “Weissguy” Weiss.
This 378 page hardcover book measures 9.2 x 12.8 inches and weighs 6 pounds. Written by Richard Bienstock, The Decade That Rocked includes a foreword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, an… For more, check out: (Source)

Happy 34th Birthday FLOTSAM AND JETSAM’s Doomsday For The Deceiver – July 4th, 1986 John Charles Waite (BAD ENGLISH, THE BABYS) –  July 4th, 1952 Happy 60th Birthday Rob “Wacko” Hunter (RAVEN) – July 4th, 1960 Happy 57th Birthday Michael Sweet (STRYPER) – July 4th, 1963 Happy 56th Birthday Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER) – July 4th… For more, check out: (Source)

In an interview with the “Ghost Cult Podcast”, LAMB OF GOD guitarist Willie Adler spoke about the band’s decision to make its latest album a self-titled effort. He said: “It was a real intuitive process going into this record. Not that it was drastically different than any other record. Mark [Morton, guitar] and I felt everything starts with the riffs, so we write the same — we’ve been writing the same probably for years. But this time around, we did a few different writing sessions — just Mark and myself and Josh [Wilbur], our producer. And we would let months lapse in between those, so it kind of gave our ears a break from what we had done the last time and then we were able to come back. And it allowed for a much more writing session. So by the end of this year-and-a-half, two-year process, these weeklong writing sessions that we’d do, we kind of took a step back and looked at the whole collection of songs that we had. And I think it was Mark‘s idea first to kind of keep it self-titled. And it just fit. There’s really not any words to describe it — it was just that feeling that this is the time, this is the record to do it, and these are the songs that represent us. Not only right now, but our whole career. These are the songs that we worked up until this point to write and put out.” “Lamb Of God” was released on June 19 via Epic Records in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Records in Europe. The follow-up to 2015’s “VII: Sturm Und Drang” marks the band’s first recordings with Art Cruz, who joined LOG last year as the replacement for the group’s founding drummer, Chris Adler. “Lamb Of God” includes special guest appearances by Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT). Audiences got a taste of the first new LAMB OF GOD music in nearly five years with “Checkmate” back in February, followed by “Memento Mori” and “New Colossal Hate”. Vocalist Randy Blythe sounds more driven and insightful than ever on “Lamb Of God”, offering up the angriest and most comprehensive diatribes, addressing modern life in the current landscape, of his storied career thus far. “Ashes Of The Wake” (2004) was the first LAMB OF GOD album to be certified gold by the RIAA, followed by “Sacrament” (2006), which debuted in Billboard‘s Top 10. “Sturm Und Drang” debuted at No. 3 in North America and in the Top 5 in several countries. The single “512” from “VII: Sturm Und Drang” received a Grammy nomination for the “Best Metal Performance,” making it LAMB OF GOD‘s fifth Grammy nod. LAMB OF GOD‘s North American tour with MEGADETH, TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES has been rescheduled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.

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Like 90% of independent music venues across the country, North Carolina’s Cat’s Cradle is at risk of shutting its doors for good in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, local artists are banding together to raise money for the club with Cover Charge: NC Artists Go Under Cover to Benefit Cat’s Cradle The 25-track…

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