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Op-Ed: Monday marks ten years since the death of Dimebag Darrell

For heavy metal fans it is an anniversary they wish was never on a calender. Monday marks ten years since the death of Pantera's hard partying riff master Dimebag Darrell.

Interview with That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk Special

The TV presenter, author, radio DJ and all-round expert on everything related to hard rock and heavy metal speaks to Digital Journal

Wayne Static, founder of Static-X, dead at 48

On November 1, it was released via a press statement that Wayne Static, the founder of Static-X, passed away at the age of 48.

Interview with former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing Special

Widely believed to have retired when he left the legendary pioneers of heavy metal in 2011, the archetypal rock guitarist is actually busier than ever. Digital Journal found out more.

Metallica stars in hilarious 'This Is SportsCenter' commerical

Heavy metal band Metallica is featured in a funny 30-second television commercial for "This Is SportsCenter" that will air on ESPN.

Christopher Lee celebrates turning 92, releases heavy-metal album

The Hammer Horror movie legend is celebrating his 92nd birthday by releasing his first heavy-metal album of cover versions.

2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival announces line-up Special

The 2014 Mayhem Festival's line-up was announced today and includes some of heavy metal's heaviest hitters. The biggest tour of this genre begins July 5th in San Bernadina, CA.

Interview with Dave Mustaine: Lead singer of Megadeth Special

Iconic heavy metal group Megadeth will soon embark on a world tour in more than 25 countries across four continents starting in April. This Digital Journalist spoke to lead singer Dave Mustaine about the band's future.

Man dies after stage diving at Suicidal Tendencies concert

Solothurn - A 28-year-old man has died after leaping from the stage at a Suicidal Tendencies concert in Solothurn in Switzerland. Apparently the crowd below failed to catch him properly.

‘The Golden Age of American Rock’ Special

This three part BBC Four documentary traces American rock from the 1960s to the 1980s. Some of the major players are interviewed along the way.

Judas Priest labelled 'death metal' on Simpsons, Bart apologises

A recent episode of The Simpsons, which featured heavy metal rock giants Judas Priest guesting, had mislabelled the band as "death metal," causing uproar with fans of one of the finest and most original heavy metal bands of all time.

Who are Black Sabbath?

Black Sabbath have been back in news this year. You've probably heard of Ozzy, but what do you know about the rest of the band?

Metallica brings heavy metal concert to sub-zero Antarctica

Metallica, one of the most recognizable metal bands in the world, offered an unusual concert in Antarctica. About a hundred fans heard the group through headphones to avoid environmental impact disrupting the peaceful life of Antarctic fauna.

Robot band Compressorhead to perform live in New York City

New York - In New York City on November 12, as an extension of its corporate messaging on innovation, General Electric will present a live concert by Compressorhead - a rock and roll band composed entirely of robots.

Metallica books gig in Antarctica

The heavy metal legends of Metallica have announced what could arguably be their most badass concert to date — a live gig in Antarctica.

Six-year-old screams about zombies on America's Got Talent

New York - When six-year-old contestant Aaralyn O'Neil took the stage for her America's Got Talent audition, everyone assumed that she would be singing a sweet little song about butterflies or rainbows. What she delivered instead was a heavy song about zombies.

Op-Ed: Unlocking the Truth proves age doesn't matter in metal

New York - They hit Times Square with heavy licks and riffs and amazed ordinary bystanders with their musical skills. Although people in this neighborhood are used to hearing heavy metal music, it's unusual to hear this type of music from sixth-graders.

College in UK to offer degree in Heavy Metal

A college in Britain has announced that it will be offering a degree in Heavy Metal. The qualification will be called a "Heavy Metal Music Performance degree."

Chinese dissident to use heavy metal to 'express his opinion'

The Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei has stated he plans to release a heavy metal album in order to "express his opinion" about a variety of issues relating to politics in China.

Yet another book about Thin Lizzy published

Toronto - Does the world need yet another book about Thin Lizzy? Somebody seems to think so, and he is not alone. This latest is published in Canada.

Glasgow rockers Gun are back

Glasgow - In 1989, Gun hit the UK music scene with 'Taking On The World', but although they enjoyed some follow up success, they faded into obscurity.

Review: Thin Lizzy — 'Bad Reputation' Special

Dublin - Does the world need another documentary about Thin Lizzy? If you need to ask that question, you don't know what rock music is all about.

Jon Lord (1941-2012) rock star supreme

London - Jon Lord, long time keyboard player with Deep Purple and one of the biggest names in progressive rock and heavy metal, has died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.

Black Sabbath announce comeback gig

Black Sabbath are set to take the stage in Birmingham, UK for their first show since 2005 in an event heralded as a ‘comeback gig’.

Op-Ed: Phil Lynott plays the O2

London - Twenty-six years after his premature death, the Boy is back in Town for a two and a half month stint at the O2 in London's Docklands.

Review: British rock legends UFO still not resting on their laurels Special

Cambridge - UK legendary rockers UFO, performed in the university town of Cambridge on Thursday, beginning a 16-date tour of the UK. The concert produced the obvious mix of experience, raw talent and hard rock charisma one expects from such a long-established act.

Review: UFO — Rocking into their fifth decade

Old rockers never die, they only fade away, and some don't even do that. UFO have been going since the 1960s, and are now slap bang in the middle of yet another tour.

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi undergoes cancer treatment

Los Angeles - Tony Iommi, guitarist with the rock group Black Sabbath, is to undergo treatment for cancer after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

Op-Ed: Phil Lynott — 26 years gone, not forgotten

Dublin - Phillip Parris Lynott died 26 years ago today, but he still casts a giant shadow over contemporary rock, and his spirit lives on.

Op-Ed: Black Sabbath to reunite after 33 years!

Los Angeles - At a press conference held at the famous Hollywood Whisky A Go Go club, the original line up of Black Sabbath announced a reunion for next year, and their first studio album for 33 years!
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UFO at The Junction  Cambridge - March 15 2012
UFO at The Junction, Cambridge - March 15 2012
Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed during the Decimation of the Nation tour
Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed during the Decimation of the Nation tour
Scott Alexander
Judas Priest appearing on The Simpsons
Judas Priest appearing on The Simpsons
Heartbreak Hotel
Heavy metal group Megadeth bring their  Gigantour  to New York City.
Heavy metal group Megadeth bring their 'Gigantour' to New York City.
Photo Courtesy of Webster PR
Eddie Trunk
Eddie Trunk
Eddie Trunk
Heavy metal band Metallica
Heavy metal band Metallica
Courtesy of BB Gun Press
K.K. on stage.
K.K. on stage.
K.K. Downing
Lollapalooza in Grant Park  Chicago.
Lollapalooza in Grant Park, Chicago.
K.K. (left) on stage with Judas Priest.
K.K. (left) on stage with Judas Priest.
K.K. Downing