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At the 2015 VMAs, seemingly on the fly, Kanye West announced plans to run for president in 2020. A lot has changed since then — including Kanye loudly throwing his support behind Donald Trump’s presidency — but it seems he’s back on the 2020 campaign train. Tonight, on Independence Day, he tweeted that he’s running…

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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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Sweden’s HammerFall have returned with another episode of HammerFall TV, this time guitarist Oscar Dronjak discusses 2016’s Built To Last album. Episode 9 focused on 2002’s Crimson Thunder. Episode 8 centered on 2006’s Threshold. Episode 7 revolved around 2011’s Infected: HammerFall recently announced they have cancelled their scheduled North American… For more, check out: (Source)

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre has expressed his frustration with his home state of Florida after The Florida Department of Health announced more than 11,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, breaking the state’s one-day record of 10,109, set just two days prior. Earlier today, Todd tweeted: “More winning!!!! NEW: Florida sets state record in number of new coronavirus cases in a single day with 11,458. There have been 190,052 total cases of COVID-19 and 3,702 deaths in Florida since the outbreak began. #fuckthisplace” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has generally downplayed the significance of the spike in coronavirus cases in his state, drew criticism earlier in the week when he urged residents to go outside to enjoy Florida’s hot and humid weather because the virus “does not like” the summer. “By and large, the virus does not like sunshine, heat and humidity,” the Donald Trump loyalist said. “I think every study has shown that. I think if you look at the contact tracing and try to identify outbreaks, very few outbreaks from something like a park or a beach. “For the Fourth of July, I’m more concerned about people crowding into the A/C and having private parties and things like that,” he added. “Virus likes that kind of environment better.” Florida Democrats have criticized DeSantis‘s dismissal of the spike in cases, saying that “his policies are simply not working, and he’s recklessly reopening Florida despite the data screaming for caution.” For more, go to: (Source)

Before Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot and Ratt were platinum… Steeler was “American Metal”.
FnA Records adds to their classic catalog with the release of Steeler: Come Hell Or Hollywood, a collection of remastered rare recordings from 1981-1982. Many of these pre-Yngwie tracks have never been made public, and… For more, check out: (Source)

Someone asks: Hey, blogger dude, can you give me one new, relevant song for the 4th of July?

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In a recent interview with Rock Sound TV, PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix confirmed that the band has just landed a new label home. “While in quarantine, we negotiated a record deal, so we’re with a new company for this next album,” he explained. “And we’re excited about that. We are the record company for this one. We are in partnership with Warner/ADA, and so it’s like an artist services group. And we’re gonna do that for an album and see how it works out. We’ve been super focused in the creative marketing behind what we do and the imaging and the videos and the messaging and everything, we were, like, let’s take it in our hands and see where we can go with it and try it for an album.” Jacoby also talked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for PAPA ROACH‘s upcoming follow-up to 2019’s “Who Do You Trust?” album. “We’ve been doing a lot of writing — writing and recording,” he said. “Everybody’s got their own rigs at their place. We went down to L.A. for 10 days on the low and just were getting together and making noise and making music. “We wanna come out of this experience with a bunch of content and creative stuff to flood the people with, because it’s important for to maintain a creative flow and a creative dialogue between the members. We’ve been doing it so long, I feel like if we stop, then that’s it. So we’ve gotta keep it going, man. “There’s no shortage of things to sing about, talk about, write about, scream about, croon about.” Asked if all the material for the upcoming PAPA ROACH LP is brand new or if there were any leftover ideas from previous albums, Jacoby said: “There was a couple of things laying around that we wanted to button up, so we jumped into those. And then the rest of it is just on the spot: ‘All right. Cool. What are we feeling today?’ “We went in and worked on this track, one of ’em called ‘Bloodline’,” he revealed. “We had been, obviously, locked up in our places for the better part of two months at this point, and we got in a room together, and the dialogue amongst the band was just, like, if we make something that just seems safe right now, it just doesn’t seem right. We have to make something that expresses how unglued and unhinged we feel. And I guess ‘safe’ just wasn’t the mode. And we went in and wrote this track that’s, like, P. ROACH meets SYSTEM OF A DOWN meets DEVO. And we walked away and we were, like, ‘Oh my God.’ I played it for my kids and my wife when I came home, and everybody was, like, ‘That’s fire. That’s sick.’ There’s something nutty about where it’s almost got, in a sense, a little ENTER SHIKARI-ness to it. I’ve been a big fan of those guys and just how kind of kooky they are. They’ve always been nuts. They’ve been an influence on me as a creative person for some years. Not to say that the whole record will sound like that, because we never sound like one thing.” “Who Do You Trust?” was released in January 2019. The disc was produced by Nick “RAS” Furlong and Colin Cunningham except for the song “Top Of The World”, which is helmed by Jason Evigan.

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