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JET BLACK OF THE STRANGLERS IS DEAD
The STRANGLERS drummer Jet Black (real name: Brian John Duffy) has passed away at the age of 84.
Jet last performed with the band in 2015, with his retirement being officially confirmed in 2018, at the age of 79.
thestranglers.co.uk/jet-black-rip

NEW REVIEW
ARCHE: Transitions
Transcending Obscurity Records on Dec. 16 - LP, CD, Digital
This is hardly the most happy music to listen to. Really heavy doom with growl and eternity long songs is not really my thing. It's easy to fall asleep when you listen to this, so I guess it can work as alternative lullabies (in case you need that).
They begin with a song that is 15 and a half minutes long, continue with a instrumental track that is 6:20 minutes, and then end the whole thing with another long song that is 14:24 minutes.
I guess the music that this Finnish duo is playing is called funeral doom, which might give you an idea about their sound. It's slow and atmospheric, and is said to fit fans of bands like MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, EVOKEN, SKEPTICISM, DOOM:VS and OFFICIUM TRISTE.
archefin.bandcamp.com | tometal.com
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ALICE COOPER TO JOIN DEF LEPPARD AND MÖTLEY CRÜE ON SELECT DATES
Alice Cooper at Getaway Rock in 2011
Alice Cooper will join DEF LEPPARD and MÖTLEY CRÜE on select dates in North America next year. These dates take place in August, and tickets go on sale December 16.
Dates and tickets: alicecooper.com/tour

ANTHRAX CANCEL BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR APPEARANCE
Scott Ian with Anthrax at Lisebergshallen
ANTHRAX has canceled its appearance at next year's Bloodstock Open Air festival due to "logistical issues beyond [the band's] control".
The thrash metal veterans were scheduled to perform on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on August 12, 2023.
ANTHRAX has been replaced on the Bloodstock Open Air bill by TRIPTYKON - the occult/avant-garde metal project formed by former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior) - which will perform a special CELTIC FROST set.
facebook.com/bloodstock

OXIDIZE PRESENTS NEW SINGER
Swedish melodic metal band OXIDIZE have a new singer: Johannes Nyberg (ex-ZONATA, REBORN, SEASON OF DREAMS).
A new single will be released soon..
facebook.com/Oxidize.Sweden

AEROSMITH CANCELS REMAINING 2 LAS VEGAS SHOWS
AEROSMITH has canceled the remaining 2 "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency shows due to frontman Steven Tyler's illness.
The band was previously forced to pull out of its December 2 and December 5 concerts at Dolby Live in Park MGM as the singer was unwell with a mystery illness, and now, they've scrapped the final 2 gigs - on Thursday, December 8 and Sunday, December 11 - as the 74-year-old rocker requires more time to rest.
twitter.com/Aerosmith

THE INTERRUPTERS RELEASES ACOUSTIC VERSION OF "Raised By Wolves"
American ska/punk rockers The INTERRUPTERS has recorded an acoustic version of "Raised By Wolves": theinterrupters.ffm.to/rbwacoustic
wearetheinterrupters.com

HIRAX WORKING ON NEW STUFF
American thrash veterans HIRAX let us know that new songs and recordings are in the works. New tour dates for 2023 will be announced soon..
facebook.com/hiraxthrashmetal

NEW REVIEWS
GRIM JUSTICE: Justice In The Night (good old heavy metal/hard rock)
WHITE LUNG: Premonition (alternative punk rock)
WHITE LUNG: Bird (catchy and melodic punk rock)

TREAT, DREAM EVIL, STRÖM, THE QUILL AND PRINS SVART CONFIRMED FOR TIME TO ROCK
TREAT, DREAM EVIL, STRÖM, The QUILL, PRINS SVART, The CRUEL INTENTIONS and SAFFIRE have been confirmed for the Time To Rock festival in Knislinge, Sweden on July 8-10.
Confirmed since earlier are SAXON, MSG, MOLLY HATCHET, Tom G Warrior's TRIUMPH OF DEATH, TOY DOLLS, SHAM 69, Uli Jon Roth, Ross The Boss, TYGERS OF PAN TANG, BOURBON BOYS, KNOGJÄRN etc.
More info: timetorock.se

THE WHO ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
The WHO with orchestra are going on a European tour in 2023. So far there's just 3 dates though:
June 14 - Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
June 20 - Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany
June 23 - La Défense Arena, Paris, France
Tickets go on sale December 14.
thewho.com

SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES KNOTFEST ITALY
SLIPKNOT has announced the inaugural Italian edition of Knotfest. Joining the Iowa masked metallers on June 25, 2023 at Bologna Arena Parco Nord will be ARCHITECTS, AMON AMARTH, I PREVAIL, LORNA SHORE, NOTHING MORE and DESTRAGE.
Tickets: knotfest.com/italy

QUEENSRŸCHE ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
Queensryche in Gothenburg
QUEENSRŸCHE has announced an early 2023 U.S. tour in support of its 16th studio album, "Digital Noise Alliance". Direct support on the tour will come from former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman, with TRAUMA opening each show.
Dates: facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial

SKID ROW AND BUCKCHERRY ANNOUNCE U.S. CO-HEADLINE TOUR
SKID ROW and BUCKCHERRY will team up for a co-headline U.S. tour in the spring. Performances kick off on March 9 in Bowler, Wisconsin and continue throughout the month, with special guests NO RESOLVE providing support on select shows. Additional dates to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, December 9.
Dates: skidrow.com | buckcherry.com

NEW REVIEWS
ROKETS: Break Free (high octane garage rock/action rock)
GOMORRA: Dealer Of Souls (powerful heavy/thrash metal)
The EROTICS: Rot In The Shade (unpolished hard rock n roll with attitude)
BARABBAS: La Mort Appelle Tous Les Vivants (doom metal)

KISS COMES BACK TO SWEDEN NEXT SUMMER
Even though their last visit to Sweden would be their last concerts here, it has now been announced that KISS will do 2 shows at Dalhalla, outside Rättvik in Sweden on July 12 and 13, 2023. Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 8.
Tickets: livenation.se

NEW SINGLE WITH SIENA ROOT ON FRIDAY
Swedish root hard rockers SIENA ROOT will release a new single, "Coincidence And Fate", on Friday, December 9.
The song is taken from their upcoming album, "Revelation", which will be released early next year.
sienaroot.com

KKPA HAVE FOUND A NEW BASSIST
Swedish trallpunk veterans KKPA have found a new bassist: Denny Karlsson.
facebook.com/kkpaofficial

COCA CAROLA AND LASTKAJ 14 CONFIRMED FOR PUNKEN ÄR VÅR
Lastkaj at Sticky
COCA CAROLA, LASTKAJ 14 and VON BACCHI have been confirmed for the Punken Är Vår! festival in Sundsvall, Sweden on April 14-15.
Other acts that will play at this punk festival are SLUTSTATION TJERNOBYL, KARDINAL SYND, VARNAGEL, ANTI-LAM FRONT, HATA SOM LEJON, VÄRLDEN BRINNER, Johan Johansson, Bonni Pontén, BJÖRNARNA, FRUKTANSVÄRLD, KARDBORREBANDET, KÄFTSMÄLL and HÅRDGNISSEL.
Event page on Facebook: facebook.com/events/396382285988732

SHANE MacGOWAN OF THE POGUES HOSPITALIZED
Shane MacGowan, singer in legendary Celtic punk band The POGUES, have once again been hospitalized. No further details has been revealed.

NEW SONG WITH IRON KOBRA
German heavy metal band IRON KOBRA are back after almost 5 years. A new song, "Malicious Magician", should be available now (unfortunately it wasn't available when I tried the link to their Bandcamp page).
The song comes from an upcoming split 7" with ATOM SMASHER, which will be released in February by Dying Victims Productions.
It also looks like IRON KOBRA will release a new album soon..
Pre-order the 7" | ironkobra.bandcamp.com

NEW REVIEWS
TITAN'S WRATH: Will Of The Beast (powerful heavy metal)
TOXIC YOUTH: Back To You-TH (reissue) (some kind of hardcore)
UNCHRISTIAN CHRISTIAN: Sulphurfeast (death metal)

HELLOWEEN RELEASE GIN
HELLOWEEN will together with Brands For Fans release "Seven Keys Pumpkin Spiced Gin". You can pre-order it now if you live in Europe: brandsforfans.com/brands/helloween, and in the UK in January.
helloween.org

SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS COMING TO SWEDEN
Punk veterans SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS are coming to Sweden for 4 dates in April. These dates are:
April 12 - The Crypt, Linköping
April 13 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg
April 14 - Debaser, Stockholm
April 15 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad

SCREAMER AND TRIBULATION CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
SCREAMER and TRIBULATION have been confirmed for next summer's Muskelrock. The Swedish hard rock and heavy metal festival will happen on June 1-3, 2023 at Tyrolen in Blädinge. Tickets go on sale on Monday, December 5.
Confirmed since earlier are SPELL and BLACK MASK MX.
facebook.com/Muskelrock

STRÖM CONFIRMED FOR SKOGSRÖJET
Swedish hard rockers STRÖM have been confirmed for the Skogsröjet festival in Rejmyre, Sweden on August 3-5, 2023.
Confirmed since earlier are D-A-D, KAMELOT, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS and SAREA. More acts will be announced soon..
Tickets and more info: skogsrojet.se

SPELL AND BLACK MASK MX CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
SPELL and BLACK MASK MX are the first to be confirmed for next summer's Muskelrock. The Swedish hard rock and heavy metal festival will happen on June 1-3, 2023 at Tyrolen in Blädinge. Tickets go on sale on Monday, December 5.
facebook.com/Muskelrock

NEW INTERVIEW: HELLSINGLAND UNDERGOUND (in Swedish)
"Men jag förstår ju varför de tänker att vi spelar nån slags Americana. Vi är ju smutsiga gubbar med skägg. Jag tycker vi spelar både modern och tidlös rock", säger Charlie Granberg i HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND.
Läs intervjun

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