REVIEW: Megadeth - 'Dystopia'
Jeffrey Maki 2 weeks ago

by Jeff Maki —— There's been a huge buildup to Dystopia, the 15th album from the legendary Megadeth. Another Megadeth album means another round of mainman Dave Mustaine in the press, and while I qui… Read More

 
LIVE RECAP: Lamb of God & Anthrax - 01/17/16 - The Fillmore Silver Spring, Silver Spring, Maryland
Greg Maki 2 weeks ago

Review by Greg Maki The hottest ticket in metal this winter undoubtedly is Lamb of God’s first U.S. headlining tour in support of its latest album, VII: Sturm und Drang, released last summer. T… Read More

 
Jeff's Top 10 Albums of 2015: The Countdown to Extinction
Jeffrey Maki 4 weeks ago

While it's impossible to listen to every release in a given year, the albums below provided my personal soundtrack for 2015. And with the exception of a couple bands, all the others in my top 10 are n… Read More

 
We have Ghost, we have everything: Greg's Top 10 of 2015
Greg Maki 1 month ago

By Greg Maki Another year has come and gone, and in my opinion, 2015 was one of the strongest in recent memory in terms of quality hard rock and metal releases. My top 10 list includes bands on… Read More

 
RIP Scott Weiland (1967-2015)
Greg Maki 2 months ago

Like everyone else in the music world, Live Metal is deeply saddened by the passing of Scott Weiland. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman was found dead on his bus last nig… Read More

 
John Fred Young of Black Stone Cherry

John Fred Young of Black Stone Cherry

Black Stone Cherry has released the video for “In Our Dreams,” the first single from its upcoming fifth studio album, Kentuckywhich is set for release on April 1 via the Mascot Label Group.

The video is set in a post-apocalyptic underwater world, “Hydros,” ruled by a nefarious leader. While the band plays, the tale unfolds of two sisters separated in this society by a class structure. They eventually are reunited when a revolt topples the system and they escape to a new life above water. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch will team up with Shinedown for a series of co-headlining shows this May, in conjunction with allperformances at the biggest U.S. festivals of the year..

Local pre-sales will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb..  The national public on-sale for the dates with will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4. For more information and VIP offerings, go to www.Fivefingerdeathpunch.com. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nightwish

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers Nightwish are kicking off their highly anticipated  26-date headlining tour of North America at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th! The trek hits six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd. Direct support is Finnish melodic metal heroes and label mates Sonata Arctica. Opening the momentous night will be Dutch symphonic metallers Delain! View tour dates inside. Read the rest of this entry »

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Paradise Lost

Just before heading out to sea as part of the 2016 installment of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, British goth-metal pioneers Paradise Lost have premiered a brand new video for the track “Terminal”, which is taken from their latest Century Media release, (and Jeff’s #4 metal album of the year) The Plague Within (review).

Watch the video inside!
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On the eve of the nation’s most anticipated sporting event, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and Grammy® Award-winning rock band Metallica will headline CBS Radio’s The Night Before, a one-of-a-kind concert experience the evening prior to Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park in the band’s hometown of San Francisco, CA. The concert marks the band’s first performance of 2016.

Metallica fans around the world will be able to tune in to a live webstream direct from the historic show. The webcast will be a free 1080p FullHD stream live from AT&T Park, available on mobile and desktop devices at http://webcast.livemetallica.com, delivered by nugs.net. Metallica will take the stage at approximately 8:30p PST. Fans can watch the show live for free and pre­order professionally mixed audio recordings of the show as downloads and collectible CDs.

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Sevendust

Sevendust

Sevendust has announced its first U.S. headline tour in support of its latest album, Kill the Flaw. The tour will kick off April 26 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and wrap up May 28 at the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, Oklahoma. The headline dates will feature special guests Trivium and Like a Storm as show openers. The tour will include stops in Atlanta, Georgia; New York City; Baltimore, Maryland; and Reading, Pennsylvania. Sevendust also will make stops at several festivals, including Fort Rock, Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock on the Range and Rock Derby.

Tickets for all headline shows go on sale Friday, Jan. 29; go to www.sevendust.com for more information and to buy tickets. Read the rest of this entry »

Richard Patrick of Filter

Richard Patrick of Filter

Filter has announced the dates of its “Make America Hate Again” U.S. tour. The trek will kick off April 13 and run through May 21, with stops at festivals Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, Florida, and Carolina Rebellion in Concord, North Carolina, included. Support on most dates will come from Orgy, Vampires Everywhere and Death Valley High.

The tour is in support of Filter’s upcoming album, Crazy Eyes, set for release April 8 via Wind-up Records. The album’s first single, “Take Me to Heaven,” is streaming online now. Read the rest of this entry »

David Gunn of KING 810, performing live on Nov. 19, 2014, at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

David Gunn of KING 810, performing live on Nov. 19, 2014, at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

KING 810 has released a new track titled “We Gotta Help Ourselves,” which takes aim at the current water crisis in its hometown of Flint, Michigan. The band also has partnered with local Flint outlet Savage Village to create a unique T-shirt design to be sold in support of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Flint Child Health & Development Fund. One hundred percent of the proceeds from T-shirt sales will go directly to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. To buy a shirt in support, visit http://savagevillage.bigcartel.com/product/king-810-we-gotta-help-ourselves-t-shirt. Read the rest of this entry »

Sumerian
Sumerian Records marks its 10 year anniversary with a four week tour, dubbed the Sumerian 10 Year Tour, featuring five of the Los Angeles labels’ bands: Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, After The Burial, ERRA and Bad Omens.

“Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya and After The Burial have all played a crucial role in the new wave of progressive, heavy music and in the pedigree of Sumerian,” said label founder, Ash Avildsen. “They are some of the most genuine, hard-working and talented musicians I have had the privilege to work with. I vividly remember first seeing all three of them play together at a tiny legion hall in a small Illinois town when Sumerian was less than a year old and they were all unsigned. I can proudly say that without Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya and After The Burial together on the label, Sumerian would not have become the entity it is today. I am honored to have this Midwest menagerie carrying the 10 Year Tour and excited for our newcomers ERRA and Bad Omens. Thank you to all of the fans who support the bands and the music. Without you, none of this would be possible. See you in the pit.” View tour dates inside. Read the rest of this entry »

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Amon Amarth

Swedish metal kings, Amon Amarth, today confirm the details of their North American headlining tour this Spring. Set to run from April 7th through May 21st, the lengthy trek will find the band joined by fellow Swedes Entombed A.D and young USA metal upstarts Exmortus! Presale tickets are available now at AmonAmarth.com. Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 29th at 10AM local time at AmonAmarth.com. View more details and tour dates inside!

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In This Moment’s debut album, Beautiful Tragedy, will be released on vinyl for the first time in February.

The album, released in 2007, reached No. 35 on Billboard’s Independent charts. In This Moment has gone to sell nearly half a million albums and, in 2014, released its major label debut, Black Widow, for Atlantic.

Though the band has risen to prominence on an electronic/industrial-tinged sound and an elaborate stage show, Beautiful Tragedy is a blend of metalcore and hard rock. From the lineup that recorded it, only vocalist Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth remain in the band today. Read Live Metal’s review, originally published in March 2007, here. Read the rest of this entry »

Megadeth-Dystopiaby Jeff Maki
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There’s been a huge buildup to Dystopia, the 15th album from the legendary Megadeth. Another Megadeth album means another round of mainman Dave Mustaine in the press, and while I quite enjoy his ramblings and his controversial remarks, he’s a constant target on the Internet. (The latest developments are not crediting Dave Ellefson as being a founding member of the band and, most recently, the possibility of a Mustaine-family reality show.) Fans were ecstatic about the near-reunion of the Rust in Peace-era lineup, only to see it fall apart. (Drummer Nick Menza said it was over financial negotiations.) Of course, Mustaine was to blame. He made amends with fans by adding Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler for the recording of Dystopiaand hiring Angra’s Kiko Loureiro as Megadeth’s new full-time guitarist.

So that brings us to Dystopia. I don’t really agree with the things I’ve read about the album being a “return to form.” When did Megadethlose it’s form? Aside from taking a few “risks” and going a little commercial over the years, Megadeth has been about as rock-solid of a thrash metal band as there ever was. (For the record, I happen to like that album.) Rather, Dystopia is hopefully the beginning of a new era for Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Loureiro, and Adler or whoever ends up becoming the full-time drummer. Read the rest of this entry »