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We almost missed this one! Foxy Shazam have released its fifth album GONZO, available now for free on bandcamp! This is the band’s first independent release since 2005, self-produced and recorded with famed engineer Steve Albini. GONZO is available for free stream and download at this location. Read inside for more album info. Read the rest of this entry »

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With Nirvana’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I thought we would put a twist on the band that changed rock music forever. Browsing the Web, I discovered it is difficult to find a list of rock and metal bands that had covered the band’s songs. But that wasn’t the hardest part—finding any Nirvana covers that were good proved to be the biggest challenge. So I have assembled 10 of the best and/or different Nirvana covers that exist from rock and metal bands, the heaviest appearing toward the top. There are some really good and just plain different interpretations here, so take a listen for yourself.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bad Seed Rising

Bad Seed Rising

Bad Seed Rising, the Maryland-based rock band that formed at the Frederick, Md., Let There Be Rock School,  today releases its Roadrunner Record’s debut EP, Charm City, on iTunes.  The band is made up of Francheska Pastor (vocals and guitar), Mason Gainer (guitar), Louey Peraza (bass) and Aiden Marceron (drums). Read the rest of this entry »

Review by Greg Maki
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Long one of the most versatile bands in hard rock/metal, Sevendust has answered its fans many pleas over the years and unplugged in the studio for Time Travelers & Bonfires, a collection of six new tracks and six re-recorded songs from its past. I don’t know if it will win and new converts, but the result is likely to please those fans. Read the rest of this entry »

Review by Greg Maki
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It’s hard to think of anyone in the 40-plus-year history of the genre who’s more “metal” than Ronnie James Dio. The man practically invented the “metal horns,” for Pete’s sake, a salute metalheads can throw up to each other even if they’ve never met, confident it will be returned happily. As the frontman of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his eponymous band, Dio’s career aligns with metal’s inception, and though his commercial success hit peaks and valleys, for four decades, he stayed true; even in the year before his death—at age 67 from stomach cancer—he was recording and touring with his former Black Sabbath bandmates as Heaven and Hell. (Their 2009 album, The Devil You Know, holds its own with the best of Dio’s discography.) Read the rest of this entry »

edguy-space-policeReview by Jeff Maki
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Just seeing or hearing the name Edguy makes me smile. The band is kind of like a guilty pleasure, a breath of fresh air among all the extreme metal that rattles my head on a daily basis.  A band that always has played by its own rules, whether it’s the European power metal of the band’s early years or just hard rockin’ heavy metal. And Edguy’s 10th studio album, Space Police: Defenders of the Crown, has it all. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-Mortem

Anti-Mortem

Though their ages suggest otherwise, Anti-Mortem is a veteran band. Hailing from Oklahoma and with an average age of only 21, the quintet formed when frontman Larado Romo, now 20, was but 11 years old. Also featuring Larado’s older brother Nevada Romo on guitar, Corey Henderson on bass, Zain Smith on guitar and Levi Dickerson on drums, Anti-Mortem cut its teeth for years in its hometown of Chickasha, Okla., and the more active metal scene of Oklahoma City, drawing attention from some of the world’s biggest metal record labels, including Roadrunner and Century Media. They eventually went with Nuclear Blast, making their blend of classic metal along the lines of Pantera and Metallica with a touch of Southern rock a bit of an anomaly on a label known more for the extreme side of the genre. With the single “100% Pure American Rage” making waves at places such as SiriusXM’s Octane and Liquid Metal ahead of the April 29 release of Anti-Mortem’s debut album, New Southern, it appears they made the right choice. When their current tour supporting Texas Hippie Coalition came to Baltimore Soundstage, Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with the loquacious Larado Romo to get the lowdown on Anti-Mortem’s past, present and future. Read the rest of this entry »

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NEW YORK — Swedish metal band Avatar has debuted a second track, “Bloody Angel,” from its forthcoming album, Hail the Apocalypse.

“‘Bloody Angel’ is about shame and guilt,” said frontman Johannes Eckerström “You look around and watch all the suffering, and while you search for someone or something to blame, you end up in front of a mirror. Everything you touch, you break. Everyone you try to save you hurt and push further away.” Read the rest of this entry »

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From their forthcoming, sixth studio album, Eternal Enemies, Emmure is proud to unveil the video for “Like LaMotta”. Available everywhere on April 15thEternal Enemies is a collection of Emmure’s most pissed off, violent material.

Watch “Like LaMotta” inside. Read the rest of this entry »

Edguy's Jens Ludwig alludes the Space Police for a Live Metal interview.

Edguy’s Jens Ludwig eludes the Space Police for a Live Metal interview.

Live Metal has been around for more than eight years, and even though we are always out looking for new bands to cover, it’s fun when things come around full circle. Such is the case with Germany’s Edguy. When I first interviewed Jens Ludwig, the band’s guitarist, way back on March 19, 2006, for the Rocket Ride album release, we were barely a month old. Since then, we’ve been doing our thing, while Edguy has toured the world, released two more studio albums, a live album and, now in 2014, is about to release maybe its strongest effort yet, Space Police: Defenders of the Crown (April 29, 2014, Nuclear Blast). The band’s over-the-top style is a lot to take in, and its certainly had its critics and probably always will. But for me, Edguy is a breath of fresh air among all the extreme metal that rattles my head on a daily basis. The band has gone from a premier power metal band to more of a hard rock sound in recent years, but with Space Police they make a clear statement to the metal world: There are no limitations and music equals freedom. And for Edguy and its fans, the happiest band in metal also make things lots of fun. Just seeing or hearing the name Edguy makes me smile.

Live Metal’s Jeff Maki once again connected with Ludwig to talk about Edguy’s style and legacy and opening for the Scorpions as a special guest on their world tour. Most importantly, we answer the question: Just who are the Space Police? Read the rest of this entry »