Stryper Frontman Michael Sweet Says They Have Finished Work On New Album

Michael Sweet, frontman of Christian metal legends Stryper has posted an update on his Facebook page proclaiming that the band has finished work on their new album. The message reads as follows:

“Three things stand out to me on the new Stryper album:

“#1 – Songs! They’re edgy & heavy, yet memorable & catchy. And yes there’s a ballad (rock/guitar ballad).

“#2 – Clarity! We tried hard to make this our most defined & dynamic album ever. We didn’t get into a “loud war” while mixing & mastering. Because of that it retained it transients and it really “breathes”??

“#3 – Stryper got their groove back”

This will mark the group’s first album featuring bassist Perry Richardson, who joined the band last year and their first release since 2015′, “Fallen.”

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Babymetal Guitarist Mikio Fujioka Passes Away Aged 36

Controversial Japanese kawaii metal outfit Babymetal has announced via Twitter that Mikio Fujioka, also known as Little God and Ko-Gami, has died at only 36 years of age. Babymetal’s message reads as follows:

“We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.

“We are the one, Together, We’re the only one, You are the one, Forever, #RIP #THEONE.”

Although unconfirmed as of yet, he reportedly fell from an observation deck on December 30th and passed away on January 5th as a result of his injuries. He was an accomplished musician, having graduated from the Musician’s Institute in Osaka and released several albums, as well as performing with the likes of MMM and Trick Box.

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Sigh Reveals New Album Title, Shoots New Music Video

Japanese extreme metal veterans Sigh has posted a short update online, in which revealed the name of their forthcoming new album. The message reads as follows:

“Time files but we promise that our new album ‘Heir to Despair’ will be coming out some time in 2018. The recording process should be done very soon and we have already shot the video for one of the songs.”

This will be Sigh’s first album since the critically acclaimed, “Graveward” (see review here) in 2015.

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Orange Goblin Posts New Album Update, Reveals Potential New Song Titles

British heavy metal veterans Orange Goblin has posted a message online updating fans on the progress of their as-yet untitled new studio album, including some working titles for new songs. The message reads as follows:

“We have been very busy in the studio writing new material and now have about 6 songs almost finished and another 2 or 3 skeletons of songs that we are still working on! Can’t wait to unleash these riffs upon the world. Some current working titles for songs include ‘Sons Of Salem’, ‘The Wolf Bites Back’, ‘Swords Of Fire’, ‘Ghosts Of The Primitives’ and ‘An Exercise In Blasphemy’.

“Recording starts in January and the album should be out by the end of May 2018”

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Megadeth Parts Company With Roadrunner Records

In a brief message posted on the social networking website, Twitter, American thrash metal legends Megadeth announced that they have parted company with Roadrunner Records. The message reads as follows:

“Today marks the end of an era with Roadrunner. Hopefully we can finish strong with a Grammy.”

The band has been with Roadrunner since the release of the 2007 album, “United Abomination” and then went to release two more studio albums through the label, “Endgame” in 2009 and last year’s “Thirteen,” the latter of which has earned a Grammy nomination for the song, “Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)”

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No Redeeming Social Value Speaks On The Death Of Anal Cunt’s Seth Putnam

New York hardcore outfit No Redeeming Social Value has issued a statement regarding the death of Anal Cunt frontman and founder, Seth Putnam, who died yesterday from a suspected heart attack. The group’s message reads as follows:

“R.I.P. Seth Putnam of Anal Cunt. Truly a sad day it is that we have lost such a tremendous talent. NRSV has enjoyed playing w/ A.C. over the years as they were one of the best, and most revolutionary bands of our time. Never again will we hear/ play ‘Anal Cunt Sucks and They’re All Gay’ w/o thinking of Seth and his awesome talent. See you in Hell my friend!”

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Megadeth Drummer Shawn Drover Checks In

Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover has checked in from the studio with an update regarding the band’s forthcoming new album. His message reads as follows:

“I figured it was due time to give you all a quick update. As of last night, I have completed 5 drum tracks, with song #6 and #7 in line to be done today and I am really happy with the way things are going thus far. Johnny K has been a blast to work with as he shares the same vision as we do, which is to make a solid, heavy record. We are definately on the right path here…

“We have one song completely done and submitted for a video game – without going into the details of it, anybody who knows me and what I like musically, this tune put a big smile on my face. In time, you will all hear what I am talking about, but for now, it’s back to work at Vic’s Garage.”

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