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Anthrax is on the way to celebrating their 40th Anniversary virtually this summer, with a special livestream performance on Friday, July 16th, featuring a deep cuts set from the band’s catalog. Leading up to the event, Anthrax will feature video testimonials from former band members, fellow musicians, colleagues, and industry veterans on their social media, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting this week. For the full schedule of videos and an Anniversary Trailer, head to: https://www.anthrax.com/news/40th-anniversary-celebrations. 

Flotsam and Jetsam has their fourteenth studio album, Blood In The Water, on the way, with the release date set for June 4th via AFM Records. This week, you can check out the lyric video for the second single and title track, “Blood In The Water” via the label’s official YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/_P5TaZeWwcI. Drummer Ken K Mary says of the track, “We had almost finished the entire record when this one popped up. We knew from the sheer intensity of the piece we were going to have to add it to the album, even though we had tons of great songs already. It ended up becoming the title track. It’s one of the most aggressive Flotsam songs ever and the video is just an extension of the song”. Keep up with Flotsam and Jetsam via: http://www.flotstildeath.com. 

Motörhead is about to release the 40th Anniversary Edition of the band’s first number one record in the UK, No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith, with a box set including previously unreleased audio, footage, photos, and interviews. For a sampling of the record, you can check out a previously unreleased live version of “The Hammer” right here: https://motorhead.lnk.to/nosleep40PR. After the June 1981 release of the original No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith, Lemmy said of the record, “I knew it’d be the live one that went best, because we’re really a live band. You can’t listen to a record and find out what we’re about. You’ve got to see us”. For more on the release, head to: https://imotorhead.com. 

The Metal Hall of Fame is set to induct three new members this year, with the addition of original Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno, Blaze Bayley, and iconic “Eddie” mascot creator Derek Riggs. Metal Hall of Fame President/CEO Pat Gesualdo says, “We are excited to induct these three artists who have helped shape the legacy of Iron Maiden. Along with the band’s massive fanbase, we’ve wanted to induct all the members of the band for years. However, we’ve been waiting for the green light from management. Hopefully with the continued support and encouragement from fans throughout the world, we can induct all the members of Iron Maiden into the Metal Hall of Fame soon”. The 2021 Metal Hall of Fame ceremony will take place online, with details and the date to be announced. Visit: https://www.metalhalloffame.org for more. 

The Dead Daisies have just announced some upcoming U.S. show dates as part of their Get Out Of The House tour. Glenn Hughes says of the run, “We couldn’t play for you in 2020 and we’re really looking forward to seeing you in June/July for our Get Out Of The House shows and then hit as many stages around the world as possible throughout the rest of the year. Love is the answer & music is the healer, let’s rock n’ roll together”. The brief tour spans June 23rd to July 10th, making a few stops in the South and Midwest, with more dates to be announced once they’re locked in according to Covid restrictions. Check out the tour page: https://thedeaddaisies.com/getoutofthehouse/ for the full listing of currently planned dates on the Get Out Of The House tour.  

Atreyu is heading to the release of their new album, Baptize, on June 4th via Spinefarm Records. This week, the band has unveiled a new visualizer music video, for the track “Catastrophe”, which you can check out here: https://youtu.be/BzKakYP-qvw. The band says of the track, “‘Catastrophe’ is, in essence, an apocolyptic love song. We took a more imaginative approach to the feelings about that we as individuals and the rest of the planet were going through. The world felt like it was falling apart around us. Nothing was certain, and stress and darkness were coming in from every angle. But living through it all with someone who you truly love somehow made it all okay”. Atreyu is on the lineup for the Blue Ridge and Aftershock festivals this year, with more dates to be announced soon. Follow the band here: https://www.facebook.com/Atreyu. 

New Zealand’s Alien Weaponry has just announced an upcoming U.S. tour in support of Gojira, alongside Knocked Loose. The tour is planned to kick off on October 9th in Sacramento, CA at the Aftershock Festival, and wrap up in Cleveland, OH on October 29th. The band says of the upcoming run, “We’ve all been itching to go overseas, and it’s awesome to finally be able to tour abroad again. Gojira are one of our favorite bands, and we are super stoked to have been asked. See you all there! \m/“. Alien Weaponry also has new music on the way, with more details to be announced. Find the full listing of tour dates and follow the band via: https://www.facebook.com/AlienWeaponry.