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System of a Down Books Date at DTE Energy Music Theatre in June!

We've all been wondering what System of a Down has been up to haven't we?

New album? Are they broken up? Who really knows!

Well, put some rumors to rest. System of a Down has booked one of two U.S. dates this year. One of them is in suburban Detroit!

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Nick Menza Releasing Drumkit Video From His Megadeth Years [Video]

With rumors flying that Nick Menza has rejoined Megadeth for the upcoming recording that should begin March 17th, Nick is fueling the excitement for Megadeth again by releasing some cool behind the kit footage from his time in Megadeth.

Check out these short videos from Nick's upcoming 'Decade With Deth', which is his first ever instruction DVD.

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Top 10 Decade Defining Hard Rock, Heavy Metal Songs of 2000s, According to Watch Mojo [Video]

There are some songs on this list that I agree with and some that I do not, but it was a nice trip down memory lane. However, many of these songs we still play quite frequently on 97.9 WGRD!

Do you agree with this list?

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Society Kills Takes Home Crown for 2015 WGRD Heavyweights! [Photos]

After three weeks of preliminary rounds and seeing the best that West Michigan has to offer, the 2015 GRD Heavyweights have come to a close.

Another year of amazing metal has graced that stages of The Stache and the big room at The Intersection in Grand Rapids.

This year, the fans voted and the kings have been crowned. Greenville's own Society Kills is the 2015 GRD Heavyweights Champion!

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2015 WGRD Heavyweights Finals Rock The Stache on Saturday!

After three weeks of preliminary rounds at The Stache, it has finally come down to the day where the winner will be crowned!

Which band will be crowned the 2015 WGRD Heavyweight Champion on Saturday night?

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Behind the Scenes of Aria Flame’s New Video Shoot for ‘Realm of Hate’ [Photos]

Local Michigan neoclassical rockers Aria Flame have been hard at work, playing shows around the world, recording, and doing all the things bands get to do. They've also just finished shooting the video for a song called 'Realm of Hate", with Mike Peterson of Detroit's Dark Fortress Pictures!

Check out the behind the scenes photos from the video shoot above, and get ready for the video, which comes out in May.

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Local Rockers Aria Flame to Perform in FemME: Female Metal Event in Netherlands [Video]

You may have seen this band locally around Grand Rapids, or even more likely at Grand Rapids' Festival of the Arts last year.

Local neo-classical female fronted band Aria Flame will be making a trek across the world to the Netherlands to perform in the annual FemME Female Metal Event this October!

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Sepultura to Rock The Pyramid Scheme on May 26 [Video]

All eyes have been on the shows coming to the Van Andel Arena, The Orbit Room, The Intersection and The Stache.

There is another kick-ass venue though that rocks Grand Rapids, and that is the The Pyramid Scheme.

It is about to host one awesome metal show: Sepultura.

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97.9 WGRD’s March 2015 Playlist [Video]

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Anthrax’s Scott Ian: ‘Don’t Complain about Tenacious D Winning Metal Grammy’ [Video]

Tenacious D took home a Grammy for "Best Hard Rock/ Metal Performance" for its cover of the Dio's "The Last In Line", from the "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" tribute album, beating out Slipknot, Mastadon, Motorhead, and Anthrax.

The reaction was kind of like, "huh?" considering most see Tenacious D as a comedy rock duo, not what most consider "Metal".

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian shares his thoughts on Tenacious D's win and the Grammys as a whole. 

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2015 WGRD Heavyweights Finals Rock The Stache on March 7!

It has been a long time coming, the moment you have all been waiting for!

After three weeks of preliminary rounds at The Stache, it has finally come down to the day where the winner will be crowned!

Which band will be crowned the 2015 WGRD Heavyweight Champion?

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Have You Ever Experienced “Metalachi” – The Mariachi Metal Band? [Video]

Metalachi. They call themselves the "first and only" mariachi band that plays metal songs. And, so far, they're right! I saw them in El Paso quite a while back, and they're a riot!

They may not dress like a typical Mariachi band, but they play like one, but instead of those crazy Mexican polkas, they rock Dio, Sabbath, Quiet Riot, Ozzy, and more!

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