Al Beck

Al Beck

Al Beck

Details on Pantera’s first reunion shows, Avenged Sevenfold step into the digital world, a new documentary from Mastodon and Avatar discuss their new album this week in Midnight Metal News!

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  • Details on First Pantera Reunion Shows

    We finally know where Pantera will be starting the big reunion tour. Locations include Knot Fest in Columbia, Chile, and Brazil will feature the band, along with Slipknot, Judas Priest and Bring Me the Horizon, in December and the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest happening in Mexico on December 2 will be their first official show together.



    We also learned last week, via his Instagram, that Grady Champion, who was Dimebag Darryl’s guitar tech for years, will be a part of the tour. “Dime’s widow, Rita Haney has allowed me access to some of Dime’s gear and I’m bringing it for Zakk,” said Champion. “I’m not his tech, he has a bad ass, long-time one. The plan for now is for me to run effects and help bring Dime’s tone to the party.”


  • Avenged Sevenfold Stepping into the Digital World

    While putting the finishing touches on their upcoming eighth album, Avenged Sevenfold have partnered up with Nabiya Creative’s The Sandbox to host a new digital world, named after their 2005 record City of Evil.

    “We expect to be firing on all cylinders once the new album is ready to be released, and this ‘social hub’ will play a major role in gathering information and socializing with other fans,” said M. Shadows in a Twitter announcement, while also stating that accessing the City of Evil will not require any NFT’s or cryptocurrency that currently play a large part in The Sandbox environment.


  • New Mastodon Documentary

    Mastodon has released The Making of Hushed and Grim, a 90-minute documentary highlighting the creative process of making the 2021 album over on their YouTube page.

    The film features skits, highlighting the band’s sense of humor and was largely influenced by the untimely death of the their longtime friend and manager, Nick John. Look for them to open for Ghost at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw on September 19th.


  • Avatar Discuss New Album

    Front-man Johannes Eckerström recently discussed the next Avatar record with Total Rock, ahead of an early 2023 release, saying, “you’ve heard every band say it’s their best album yet. This is our best album yet.”

    He also compared the new record to Judas Priest’s British Steel and said that Avatar is laser-focused on what they believe the heavy metal genre needs today.



  • Midnight Metal News as Heard on This Week’s Episode

    Here’s Midnight Metal News, as heard on this week’s show!


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