LIVE RECAP: Slipknot, Korn and KING 810 - 11/19/14 - Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Greg Maki 3 days ago

LIVE PHOTOS: Slipknot, Korn, KING 810 Review by Greg Maki It was billed as the "Prepare for Hell Tour," and there was no more appropriate place to start the journey than Murdertown, aka Flin… Read More

 
BOOK REVIEW: 'The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living' by Lacey Sturm
Greg Maki 3 days ago

Review by Greg Maki One of the two subtitles of former Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm's autobiography, The Reason, is Revelations of a Rock Princess, which is a bit ironic considering the book deals li… Read More

 
LIVE PHOTOS: Slipknot - 11/19/14 - Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
 
LIVE PHOTOS: Korn - 11/19/14 - Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
 
LIVE PHOTOS: KING 810 - 11/19/14 - Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
 

LIVE PHOTOS: Slipknot, Korn, KING 810

Review by Greg Maki

It was billed as the “Prepare for Hell Tour,” and there was no more appropriate place to start the journey than Murdertown, aka Flint, Michigan, via that nightmare of a city’s native sons, KING 810. Led by volatile frontman David Gunn, whose fury was never more than barely contained, the quartet brought the spirit of its hometown—that unflinching, survival-of-the-fittest mentality necessary for survival on its streets—to the thousands of early arriving fans in Baltimore. Read the rest of this entry »

Review by Greg Maki

One of the two subtitles of former Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm’s autobiography, The Reason, is Revelations of a Rock Princess, which is a bit ironic considering the book deals little with the band with which she sold millions of albums and toured the world. This is Sturm’s story, not the band’s, and music is only one part of it—and a fairly small one at that. Read the rest of this entry »

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, vinyl is back big time. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, 2014 mid-year report, sales of CDs and digital downloads are down. Revenue from streaming services and vinyl album sales are up. Vinyl LP sales increased an impressive 43 percent over 2013, to $146 million. Vinyl sales account for 4.6 percent of total music sales. Signs seem to point to the CD soon becoming extinct the way of the 8-track and cassette tape .

So that brings us to Record Store Day. Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

But did you know that Record Store Day has also expanded to Black Friday? This year Black Friday takes place on Friday, November 28th, and while Black Friday isn’t technically “Record Store Day II,” it’s really more of a special release date than a one-day “holiday.” Check out the Black Friday FAQ here.

This year Black Friday will see several rock and metal special releases from the likes of Green Day, Judas Priest, Korn, Mastodon, Metallica and more. So get out to your nearest Record Store and start your Christmas shopping off right. Check out a few of the titles below: Read the rest of this entry »

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To celebrate the start of their worldwide touring campaign, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At the Gates are now presenting a new video for the track “Heroes And Tombs”, which comes from their comeback studio album and Century Media Records debut, At War With Reality. The stunning animated clip was created by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight 13 Media, who also designed the artwork for the album. Watch “Heroes And Tombs” inside. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leave Your Mark,
the current release from L.A’s Stars In Stereo serves as the attention grabbing followup to their 2013 self titled debut. In anticipation of upcoming tour dates, the band has released the NSFW uncensored version of the music video for their title track. Deemed too graphic for Vevo and even Suicide Girls, the NSFW version of “Leave Your Mark” is now online. Watch it here. Read the rest of this entry »

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All That Remains, from left: Mike Martin, Oli Herbert, Phil Labonte, Jason Costa and Jeanne Sagan.

All That Remains, from left: Mike Martin, Oli Herbert, Phil Labonte, Jason Costa and Jeanne Sagan.

All That Remains will release its seventh studio album, The  Order of Things, on Feb. 24, 2015, via Razor & Tie. The quintet—Phil Labonte (vocals), Oli Herbert (guitar), Mike Martin (guitar), Jeanne Sagan (bass) and Jason Costa (drums)\—tapped Josh Wilber (Lamb of God, Gojira, Hatebreed) for production, cutting the bulk of the record in its Massachusetts stomping grounds and fine-tuning the vocals in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Black Widow, the new release by the Maria Brink-led band In This Moment has nothing to do with Iggy Azalea. However, the band seems to have its sights set on the same level of maximum pop stardom. Read the rest of this entry »