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The Week In Metal (23/2/15 - 1/3/15)

Things you may have missed during the past seven days...

This past week has been dominated by news of Iron Maiden's forthcoming album and Pantera members' "digust" over the desecration of Dimebag's grave...

2015 has already become a roller-coaster year for Iron Maiden fans. After the shock announcement last week of Bruce Dickinson's cancer diagnosis and treatment comes the giddily thrilling news that a complete new Maiden album is lying in wait while release dates, concerts and promotional duties are postponed, pending an all-clear from the singer's medical team. "We have made an album," Nicko McBrain confirmed this week. "It was ready to go this year - and still is. We were planning on going out and doing some work around the album. We’re all just holding on.” Nicko remains characteristically upbeat about his bandmate's recovery: “All the treatment went exceedingly well. He was in amazing spirits, considering the brutality of the radiology – he had three chemo sessions. So it’s been pretty hard… He goes down the pub – although he can't taste his beer. He said, 'At least I know it's a Trooper; I’ve got the bottle in my hand.' I said, 'Does it still work?' 'Oh yeah!’” 

Another group comprising ex-members of a much-loved metal institution was finally launched this week: Act Of Defiance, the pointedly-titled project featuring guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover, who resigned from Megadeth last November. Also featuring ex-Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand, the hotly-touted supergroup have signed with Metal Blade and released a clip of their first song Throwback, expected to feature on the band's nearly-completed debut. "I am really enjoying the ability to create a killer mix of thrash and modern metal," announced Broderick on Facebook. "I'm very proud of what we have written, and I hope you all dig it."

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