Black Star Riders / Sam Wood joins in time for Earache’s 35th Anniversary party

Black Star Riders have announced that Wayward Sons guitarist Sam Wood has joined the band, replacing Christian Martucci, who left the band earlier this year. @blackstarriders @sam_wood_guitarist @rickywarwickofficial Photo: Robert John

Delain / New line-up, new single and new album with tour set for spring 2023

Martijn Westerholt. Delain will tour Europe April /May 2023. New vocalist Diana Leah and new bassist Ludovico Cioffi feature on the upcoming album Dark Waters. @delainofficial

Steve Vai pays emotional tribute to friend Johnny ‘Gash’ Sombrotto

Steve Vai will release Vai/Gash, an album of music written in the '90s for a project with Johnny 'Gash' Sombrotto that was ultimately shelved in 1998 when vocalist Gash died in a motorcycle accident. @stevevaihimself @mascotlabelgroup

Metallica / New album 72 Seasons due April 2023, M72 World Tour follows Download format

Metallica release new album, 72 Seasons, on 14 April 2023. Lux Æterna is the first single. The Download two-day unique set format follows on the M72 World tour. @metallica

Competition / See GUN at the O2 Academy Islington

Fresh from receiving the Rock Legend award at Hard Rock Hell and the Hard Rock Café Legends award at the Scottish Music Awards, GUN embark on their The Calton Songs UK Tour, and MetalTalk have five pairs of tickets for the O2 Islington Academy show. @gunofficialuk @o2acadislington

Mangata 2023 lineup announced – Heart Of A Coward and Mastiff headline

Following the success of Mangata 2022, the 2023 lineup has been announced for 15 July 2023 at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. Heart Of A Coward and Mastiff top the bill

Alice Cooper and Nikki Sixx discuss Tommy Henriksen’s Crossbone Skully

Crossbone Skully is a new multi-dimensional project featuring several Heavy metal luminaries, including Alice Cooper and Nikki Sixx.Their debut single, Evil World Machine, has just been released, with a fascinating video due Saturday.@crossboneskully

The Heavy Music Awards set for OVO Arena Wembley in 2023

The 2023 edition of The Heavy Music Awards (HMA) will be held at OVO Arena Wembley on 23 May 2023. Running since 2017, the move to Wembley makes the HMAs the largest rock music awards. @heavymusicawards

Sirrush / No shortage of fury in the finally unleashed Molon Labe

Album Review - Sirrush - Molon Labe. Their long-awaited debut full-length is finally ready to be unleashed, and is there is definitely no shortage of fury here. @sirrush.band @non_serviam_records

Karnivool tour rescheduled as financial touring difficulties continue to bite

Karnivool has rescheduled The Regeneration Tour to early 2023 and have laid bare the difficulties international bands have in arranging tours with insurance for Covid-19 still unavailable and "large currency fluctuations due to the awful conflict in Europe." @karnivool_official

Wilko Johnson / Iconic guitarist dies aged 75

Wilko Johnson, the iconic guitarist who shared his distinctive guitar-playing style performing with The Wilko Johnson Band, Dr Feelgood, Ian Dury & the Blockheads and Roger Daltrey, passed away on Monday, his family have said. Wilko was 75.

Cats In Space release heartbreakingly gorgeous 1,000,000 Miles duet version

Cats In Space have released their new single 1,000,000 Miles, along with an incredible video filmed four light-years west of Jupiter and in Surrey by James Heron. @cats_in_space_rock_band

Hyper Planet / The Iran Progressive Metal band supporting Mahsa Amini and #Woman_Life_Freedom

Iran. Hyper Planet show that "music can be a message for unity, peace, and better communication between all the nations around the world." #Woman_Life_Freedom @arminhyperplanet @aminhyperplanet

Competition / Win Bad Wolves UK Monsters Tour tickets and merch

Bad Wolves hit the UK in December for four special UK Monsters headline shows, and MetalTalk has a pair of tickets, a t-shirt and a hat to give away to one lucky reader. @badwolvesofficial

Roger Waters releases a darker Comfortably Numb 2022

Roger Waters has released Comfortably Numb 2022, a new version of the iconic song which originally appeared on the seminal Pink Floyd album, The Wall. @rogerwaters

Exclusive / Classless Act debut acoustic version of Time To Bleed

Classless Act, who have cemented their status as rock music's most exciting debut of 2022, release the acoustic version of Time To Bleed exclusively at MetalTalk. @classlessact

Babymetal / Monochrome and the Metalverse concept of The Other One

Japanese Heavy Metal titans Babymetal have released the new single Monochrome, taken from their new album The Other One, set to be released on 24 March 2023. @babymetal_official

Ian Anderson / Jethro Tull have wrapped up the recording and mixing of a new album

Ian Anderson / Jethro Tull have wrapped up the recording and mixing of a new album. @jethrotull_
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