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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Hellfest 2024 Books Metallica, Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Machine Head, Body Count, Biohazard, Mr. Bungle and More

Hellfest, held every year just outside of Paris, in Clisson, France, continues to up the ante every year with forever growing and impressive lineups! Taking place from June 27 to June 30, 2024, Hellfest will once again be four days long and over 200 bands appearing on six stages. For 2024, the headliners for each night will be Avenged Sevenfold, Machine Head, Metallica, and Foo Fighters. The full daily lineups, including one more major band tba, and the ticket link are coming soon!

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2024 Books Tool, Machine Head, Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Corey Taylor, Deep Purple, Electric Callboy, Megadeth and More

Graspop Metal Meeting, one of the most acclaimed metal festivals in the world has finalized more names for their 2024 new lineup. Final headliner Alice Cooper has joined the bill with 83 other bands for year 27! Bruce Dickinson, Corey Taylor, Deep Purple, Electric Callboy and Megadeth as part of 130+ other bands. The fest takes place from Thursday 20 June through Sunday 23 June 2024 at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, November 25th at the link below.

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Dave Mustaine of Megadeth Shares a Message to Fans About The Future of Kiko Loureiro With The Band


Dave Mustaine of Megadeth has now weighed in on the status of guitarist Kiko Loureiro. Kiko announced to fans yesterday on social media about his status in the band for 2024. Kiko has been off the road for the last half of 2023 with a “family issue.” Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun) completed Megadeth’s 2023 “Crush The World” 2023 tour dates as the lead guitarist in Kiko’s place. Dave has now said that Teemu will stay on in Megadeth for the time being, in a new post.


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Kiko Loureiro Updates Megadeth Fans on His Status in The Band for 2024


Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro has updated fans on social media with his status in the band for 2024. Kiko has been off the road for the last half of 2023 with a “family issue.” Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun) completed Megadeth’s 2023 “Crush The World” 2023 tour dates as the lead guitarist in Kiko’s place. Kiko is s\o far not returning to the band for 2024, due to his on going issues. Continue reading

Glacially Musical 147: Cannibal Corpse – “The Bleeding” Reviewed, Disected, and ______ With A ____

GMP continues our series on Cannibal Corpse with “The Bleeding!” A concept album that leaves nothing to the imagination. It’s also a farewell to Chris Barnes and hello to riff machine Rob Barrett!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Art of Shock – Shine Black Light


Like many other bands, Los Angeles-based Art of Shock were hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic back in 2020. Having just released their second full-length, Dark Angeles, the band was forced to cancel pretty much everything including all touring plans but instead of letting frustration get the better of them, they set to work writing material for what would become Shine Black Light (Century Media Records).

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Festival 2023 Part 3



A challenge of being a concert photographer is seldom experiencing a full set. Often, I dash between stages, trying to capture each band as if on a Pokémon quest – though “gotta shoot ’em all” has a different ring to it. Nonetheless, the silver lining is I often witness a good portion of every set over the weekend. Here are my top picks and suggestions from Bloodstock’s two smaller stages, showcasing their stellar support for the underground scene and nurturing emerging metal talent in the UK and beyond.Continue reading

Louder Than Life Festival Announces Set Times – ft. Foo Fighters, Green Day, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Pantera, Queens Of The Stone Age, Weezer, and More!

Louder Than Life—known as America’s Biggest Rock Festival—returns to Louisville, Kentucky in just three weeks. And now fans can get ready for the nonstop four-day weekend with the announcement of music performance times and additional onsite entertainment. Taking place September 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2023 at the fest’s home at Highland Festival Grounds At Kentucky Exposition Center, this year’s event—produced by Danny Wimmer Presents—promises to be one of the top music events of the year. Check out the set times now!

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Festival 2023 – Part 2



With the weather nothing like the crispy oven-cooked hellfire of last year’s Summerpocalypse, Bloodstock is a much happier place this year, and not even the first downpour of the weekend can dampen the spirits. Especially as today is Corpse-paint Day where everyone is invited to daub themselves in black and white make-up and become angry badgers for the next few hours.

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