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Fleshgod Apocalypse Announces The “QuaranStream” Live Streaming Event Saturday 3/28/2020

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The Press Release:
Italian orchestral-death metal giants FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE were recently forced to postpone their North American tour due to travel restrictions implemented in response to the spread of COVID-19, “Coronavirus.” What was to be one of metal’s most anticipated spring tours, where the band was to be accompanied at shows by a classical string quartet for the first time ever, will now take place at a later date to be announced as plans are confirmed. To bring the live experience to fans worldwide, the band will partake in a live streaming event labeled “The QuaranStream” on Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

THE SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

9am PT / 12 pm ET / 5pm CET: Fans can tune in to the Nuclear Blast Twitch and Nuclear Blast YouTube channels to watch a rebroadcast of the special show “An Evening In Perugia,” originally performed on September 22nd, 2018 at Afterlife Club in the band’s hometown of Perugia, Italy with a classical string quintet.

Make sure to click on 🔔SET REMINDER on the lower left side of the YouTube video.

10:10am PT / 1:10pm ET / 6:10pm CET: Francesco Paoli, Paolo Rossi and Francesco Ferrini will be live video chatting with fans on camera on the Nuclear Blast Twitch and Nuclear Blast YouTube channels.

Make sure to click on 🔔SET REMINDER on the lower left side of the YouTube video.

11:15am PT / 2:15pm ET / 7:15pm CET: Tune in to the Nuclear Blast Twitch channel to listen to the albums Veleno, King, Labyrinth and Agony.

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE checks in with the following message:

“These are tough times for all touring bands so, if you want to support and give us a contribution, please have a look at the band’s official merch store. The band just released a brand new t-shirt design, “The Italian Strings,” donated by the amazing Travis Smith (Katatonia, Opeth) and REALPIMP. The design is exclusively available here. Thanks so much everyone for the huge support we’ve been receiving these days.”

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is a great idea and one that we have seen in practice over the last few days as well. Over the last week, I’ve been watching “Live From The Living Room” clips from artists like Zebra’s Randy Jackson and even some local level friends who are just hoping to entertain anyone who feels like tuning in and escaping the monotony and daily political figurehead press conferences. I even did a quick “check in” clip for the readers of this website to see how everyone was doing and to spark up some chat for a few minutes. I might even make this a weekly endeavor since we really don’t know when our lives will be back to normal so please check that out HERE and tune in for more via our Social Networks since I’m going to be doing all that I can to keep your mind elsewhere. Closing up I wonder what you think about this livestream and if you will be watching. Chime in down below and let me know what you think. See you soon with more things to help you engage with your fellow Metalheads.

Official Websites:
Nuclear Blast: http://www.nuclearblast.com
Fleshgod Apocalypse: http://www.fleshgodapocalypse.com

Universal Music Announces 40th Anniversary Editions For Rush “Permanent Waves”

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The Press Release:
On May 29th, UMe/Mercury/Anthem label group continues its extensive Rush 40th anniversary album series with a new, imagination-capturing expanded edition of all the magic music that comprises the band’s remarkable 1980 release, Permanent Waves.

Permanent Waves, Rush’s seventh studio album, was originally released in January 1980, and its forward-thinking music signaled a new direction for the Canadian band as it entered a new decade. The six songs encompassing the album encapsulated the breadth of Rush’s formidable progressive chops meshed with its knack for creating radio-friendly arrangements, all elements that were embedded within the grooves of their previous album, 1978’s widely acclaimed Hemispheres. Permanent Waves also signified Rush’s first of many recording sessions at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec, which was at one point nicknamed the trio’s own personal Abbey Road recording studio.
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Napalm Records Signs New Supergroup BPMD To Worldwide Deal

With so many disappointing announcements based on the current news, how about something positive for a change. The signing of a brand-new band to the Napalm Records roster. Let’s take a look.

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The Press Release:
They’ve been teasing their formation and the arrival of new music for months, and now the wait is nearly over! BPMD – the new heavy metal juggernaut featuring icons Bobby Blitz (Overkill) on vocals, drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo), bassist Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) and guitarist Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) – is pleased to announce that they have signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records, joining the label’s growing roster of premier talent.

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BPMD by Scott Diussa

The members of BPMD first came together in the summer of 2019 with one goal in mind: to pay homage to some of their favorite classic rock tunes, give them their own heavy twist, and to have a blast doing it. We all could use a bit of fun, and that’s what BPMD is here to provide – a party on wax performed by some of the greatest musical talents in the world!
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Metallica Offers An Update From The Bunker

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The Band Statement:
Greetings… not from our usual HQ haunts, but this time from our living rooms, bedrooms, and basements. As many of you know, in our nearly forty years of touring, we’ve had a few mishaps along the way: broken bones, trashed appendixes, a pyro mishap, backs thrown out, crazy weather, food poisoning (beware of the oysters!), and even one way next-level anxiety attack! None of it has ever stopped us, but this is obviously a very different time, and leaving the house now literally means taking your life in your hands. Unfortunately, in these surreal times, that means we have to stay away from each other for the foreseeable future before we can start thinking about ‘Tallica Family reunions around the world.

We’re all putting safety first, self-isolating and socially distancing, but not forever! With that said, the South American shows originally planned for April are in the process of moving to December; Greta Van Fleet is going to stay on board to take this ride with us, and we’ll be hitting each and every city, but a few venues may have changed. We’ll be back later this week with the new dates and details about tickets, venues, and everything you need to know to help you make plans.
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Danny Wimmer Presents Regretfully Announces Cancellation Of Spring Festivals

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The Press Release:
Festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents has released the following update about their 2020 music festivals:

There are no pre-existing guidelines for what festivals should be doing during this unprecedented time. Like the rest of the music industry, we continue to assess new information and make the best-educated decisions possible. We know you have been anxious for updates from us and we are at a point where we can answer many of your questions about how each of our festivals may be affected by COVID-19.

We are crushed to say that Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple are being canceled due to the governmental restrictions on mass gatherings. We respect these directives and recognize they are in the best interest of the greater good, as well as the health and safety of our fans, musicians, partners, and staff. Before accepting this fate, we worked really hard to try to reschedule the festivals. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts, venue availabilities and a number of other factors out of our control made postponing impossible. Make no mistake, each of these festivals will return in May 2021 bigger and stronger than ever!
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