Former Megadeth Guitarist Kiko Loureiro Confirms His Exit From The Band “For Now” – Citing Family and Freedom



According to a published report by, former Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro has given a new interview on the “Amplifica” podcast, hosted by his former Angra bandmate Rafael Bittencourt. Kiko confirmed he is out of the band citing family and “personal freedom” he needs right now. This comes just a week after Kiko shared he was extending his absence into 24, and Dave Mustaine followed up by sharing that while he respects Kiko’s decision, Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun, Smackbound) would remain with the band for the foreseeable future.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Paradise Lost – Icon 30


Named after the epic 17th-century biblical poem by John Milton, Paradise Lost are without a doubt one of the real success stories of British Heavy Metal. Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Damnation Festival and a Night of Salvation 2023 Live at Bowlers Exhibition Centre


This year’s Damnation Festival is the second since it has returned to its original home of Manchester after many years at the University of Leeds. The festival had outgrown the confines of its erstwhile venue and now takes place at Manchester’s Bowlers Exhibition Centre across three large stages. Continue reading

Doll Riot Completes New Album, Tour Dates Incoming

San Diego based Doll Riot have just put the finishing touches to the recording of a new album. Recorded at The Pale Moon Ranch, and produced by Alex Estrada (Touché Amore, Joyce Manor, Silver Snakes, Rotting Out), a title and release date have yet to be announced. They have also announced multiple upcoming shows for December. Find further details in the article below. 

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Who On Earth Share Cover of Toto’s “Hold The Line”

Hard rock band, Who On Earth, have paid tribute to the rock anthem, “Hold The Line” with a brand new cover version and accompanying video. On their remake of the Toto classic, the Jersey-based quintet also introduce their current lineup. Head into the article below to watch and hear their rendition of the track. 

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INTERVIEW: Matias Monsen and Arve Isdal of DROTT Discuss The Folklore of “TROLL”


Ghost Cult Keefy caught Matias and Arve of of DROTT to discuss their new album “Troll” out now from By Norse Music! Made up of members of Enslaved, Ulver, Audrey Horne, Abbath; we discussed the origins of the band, their varying influences, how they got together, the lore of the “Troll-force” and much more! 

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Judas Priest Shares Their New Music Video for “Trial By Fire”

Judas Priest 2023 Photo credit James Hodges Photography  


Judas Priest has shared a new music video for their second single from their highly-anticipated new album due in 2024, Invincible Shield (Epic Records), “Trial By Fire” The album is set for release on March 8, 2024 and we got our first taste of the new music with “Panic Attack” – now streaming on on all DSPs! The album is now available to pre-order at the link below, as well as just announced tour dates for 2024 with Sabaton at the link below. Watch the “Trial By Fire” video now! 

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