The top rock and metal stories from Loudwire and around the web for Dec. 18, 2014:

- Ex-Megadeth Members Chris Broderick + Shawn Drover Form New Band: [Loudwire]

Behemoth's Nergal Speaks on Ban From Russia, Calls Vladimir Putin an 'Idiot': [Loudwire]

Incubus Plotting Two New EPs for 2015: [Loudwire]

Kid Rock Reveals 'First Kiss' Album Details + New Year's Kiss Campaign: [Loudwire]

- 10 Biggest Rock + Metal Stories of 2014: [Loudwire]

Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Talks 'I'm the Man,' Mother's Reaction to Book, '70s New York + More: [Loudwire]

Hinder Unveil 'When the Smoke Clears' Album Art: [Loudwire]

Sebastian Bach Song to be Featured on Upcoming ABC Musical Comedy 'Galavant': [Loudwire]

Guns N' Roses Guitarist Bumblefoot Renews Focus on His Solo Career: [Ultimate Classic Rock]

Scorpions Announce First Dates for 50th Anniversary Tour: [Ultimate Classic Rock]

Billy Corgan Says 'Monuments to an Elegy' Didn't Receive the Reviews It Deserved: []

Ryan Adams is Working on His Own Comic Books With Their Own Soundtracks: []