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Judas Priest will commemorate their 50th anniversary with the publication of a suitably heavyweight official photo book set to be released in December.

Compiled by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin and the band's manager Jayne Andrews, the 648 page coffee table book will include previously unpublished photographs and written pieces by the band member themselves.

Four editions of the book will be available, including an edition designed to raise money for The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation.

Frontman Rob Halford will also release his autobiography later this month and has also started work on a solo blues album.

Snakes alive!

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has received the ultimate honour: a new species of venomous snake has been named after him.

The snake, a species of African Bush Viper, was discovered by a team of metal-loving scientists.

It can grow up to 52cm in length, lives at the base of a volcano in Equatorial Guinea and is characterised by a triangular-shaped head which gives them a dragon-like appearance.

This is just the latest creature to be named after a rock star. A jurassic crocodile fossil was named after Lemmy, microbes were named after prog icons Rush, while a species of extinct monster worms were christened after Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster.

Ban the Van fan wars

Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen has waded into the debate about who the best frontman is for the band.

Fans are have continually been split between the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar eras, but Wolfgang says they both kick ass.

On a post on Twitter he claimed it was dumb to try and start a war between opposing fans.

One fan then approached Wolfgang to say there was nothing from the Hagar era which came close to the first six Van Halen albums with Roth, to which he replyed: "It’s your opinion".

Last month, the bassist reacted to comments from David Lee Roth who said he was unsure if mainmain Eddie Van Halen would ever tour again, saying it wasn't really up to David to decide.

Wolfgang replaced Michael Anthony in the Van Halen lineup in 2007.

Well, it's bound to be garbage!

Garbage's Shirley Manson has confirmed that the band are planning on releasing a new studio album in 2021.

The band, who burst onto the scene following the grunge explosion in the 90s, also have plans to play live too.

The new record will be the band’s first since 2016’s Strange Little Birds, with Shirley confirming the news in a new interview.

When asked about the band's plans she said they were restructuring their business and changing the way they release records from the way we have in the last eight years.

There's also some touring on the cards (virus permitting) and the new record being mixed at the moment.

Tributes to metal producer Martin

Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson and the band’s manager Rod Smallwood have all paid tribute to producer Martin Birch, who died earlier this week at the age of 71.

Martin produced ten Maiden albums, including the Number of The Beast, Powerslave and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son.

In a statement the band said he was one of the greatest people they had ever worked with, being not just a producer but a hands-on engineer too, so he knew how to get a great sound.

Martin helped shaped the sound of rock and metal thanks to his work with Maiden and artists including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Blue Öyster Cult, Jeff Beck and the Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac.

Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has also paid tribute to him, saying he was shocked to hear of his passing and he would be deeply missed.

It's Heavy Devy time!

Musical genius Devin Townsend says he’s “unexpectedly” found himself working on a new album.

Although early in the process, he says the material he has so far is a "weird, alien sounding, effervescent, sunny load of oddness."

The Canadian musician explained on Twitter that it's called Lightwork and is slowly taking shape.

He's been been busy during the lockdown by hosting a series of online events and is planning a virtual concert titled Empath Volume 2: By Request which will be shown in early September.

It'll hopefully include tracks from his last album Empath, which came out in March last year.

A star is Osbourne!

A brand new trailer has been released for the upcoming documentary caled The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne.

The film, which features exclusive interviews and archival footage, was due to have its premiere back in March, but those plans were shelved due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’ll now be broadcast for the first time on American TV in early September.

The new trailer focuses on Ozzy’s early days as a solo artist, what he was like at home between tours, and how Ozzfest was created.

The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne will feature interview clips with artists including Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Ice-T and Korn’s Jonathan Davis.

Led Stones!

The Rolling Stones have shared their previously unreleased track Scarlet which features Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

The song was recorded in October 1974 and will appear on the deluxe reissue of the band's album Goats Head Soup which comes out in early September on various formats.

The Stones' Keith Richards said the band had walked into the studio at the end of a Zeppelin session and Jimmy Page decided to stay. Scarlet was actually recorded as a demo but it came out really well.

The reissue of Goats Head Soup will also feature Brussels Affair – a 15-track live album recorded in Belgium on the Stones’ autumn 1973 tour.

That's all packaged up with a 120-page book featuring photographs and tour posters.

Nightwish get crabby

A new species of crab has been discovered and named in honour of the Swedish symphonic metal band Nightwish.

The band have called the namecheck a “truly fantastic honour” and say it fits well with the concept of their 2015 album Endless Forms Most Beautiful about the evolution of life.

The crab was found in eastern Austria and lived during the late part of the Jurassic period – around 150 million years ago. While dinosaurs dominated the land, parts of Europe were covered by a warm, shallow sea full of life.

The scientific paper about the discovery has also been published, with Nightwish the latest artist to be have a species named after them.

Pink Floyd have a pistol shrimp named in their honour, Lemmy’s name is attached to a Jurassic crocodile fossil and Henry Rollins has a fireworm named after him because it was a “muscly beast.”