REVIEW: Enslaved - 'In Times'
Jeffrey Maki

Review by Jeff Maki ----- On its astonishing 13th studio album, In Times, long-running Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved follows its recent releases Axioma Ethica Odini (2010) and RIIT… Read More

 
REVIEW: Melechesh - 'Enki'
Jeffrey Maki

Review by Jeff Maki ----- Enki (its title referring to the Sumerian deity of crafts, mischief, water, seawater, lakewater, intelligence and creation) is the first album in five years from Melechesh… Read More

 
REVIEW: Prong - 'Songs from the Black Hole'
Jeffrey Maki

Review by Jeff Maki ----- It's almost an unwritten rule for bands that have been in existence for 10 or more years to release a covers album. Prong is coming up on its astounding 30-year anniver… Read More

 
REVIEW: Toothgrinder - 'Schizophrenic Jubilee'
Jeffrey Maki

Review by Jeff Maki ----- Recently dubbed "the #1 metal band you should be listening to" by VH1 (read here), New Jersey's Toothgrinder's progressive hardcore-metal has been compared to the likes of… Read More

 
REVIEW: Sylosis - 'Dormant Heart'
Jeffrey Maki

Review by Jeff Maki ----- Having just released its stellar fourth album, Dormant Heart, Sylosis is like the U.K.'s answer to Trivium. And I mean that in a good way—Trivium is fucking awesome. Both b… Read More

 

Enslaved - In Times - ArtworkReview by Jeff Maki
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On its astonishing 13th studio album, In Times, long-running Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved follows its recent releases Axioma Ethica Odini (2010) and RIITIIR (2012) in developing its sound further, progressing into unknown territory for an extreme metal band, yet managing to retain a substance of its roots. Consisting of only six songs, all clocking in over eight minutes, In Times is an album that presents somewhat of a challenge for listeners but nothing we can’t handle. Read the rest of this entry »

Melechesh-EnkiReview by Jeff Maki
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Enki (its title referring to the Sumerian deity of crafts, mischief, water, seawater, lakewater, intelligence and creation) is the first album in five years from Melechesh (Epigenesis, 2010), the first non-Israeli Middle Eastern metal band to get signed and the first metal band out of Jerusalem that landed a record deal. (They’ve since relocated to the Netherlands.) The founder and mastermind of the band is vocalist and guitarist Ashmedi, who has seen numerous lineup changes since its formation in 1993. As of now the lineup is rounded out by bassist/backing vocalist Scorpios, guitarist Moloch and drummer Lord Curse. Melechesh is comparedmost often to Nile, both bands incorporating Middle-Eastern sounds, but at least for me, Enki has a heavy dose of rock within its blackened thrash metal sound. Read the rest of this entry »

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless performs at Rock on the Range in 2014. The Pretty Reckless and other acts recently were added to the festival's 2015 lineup.

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless performs at Rock on the Range in 2014. The Pretty Reckless and other acts recently were added to the festival’s 2015 lineup.

Rock on the Range has announced additional bands, the ROTR Comedy Tent lineup, and the 2015 Ernie Ball presents the Rock on the Range Battle of the Bands for the ninth annual event, set for May 15, 16 and 17 in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition, the stadium that houses the event, formerly Crew Stadium, now is called Mapfre (pronounced “MAH-fray”) Stadium. Read the rest of this entry »

Prong-black-hole

Review by Jeff Maki
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It’s almost an unwritten rule for bands that have been in existence for 10 or more years to release a covers album. Prong is coming up on its astounding 30-year anniversary, and though they’ve had enough lineups to form about six Prongs, the constant has been vocalist/guitarist Tommy Victor. And when speaking about Songs from the Blackhole, he said the “record explores Prong’s roots musically and geographically.” So yeah—Tommy’s roots. Contrary to what you might think, his roots aren’t in industrial music or really any metal at all—it’s hardcore, plus a cover of a Neil Young song. Read the rest of this entry »

toothgrinder-schizophrenicReview by Jeff Maki
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Recently dubbed “the #1 metal band you should be listening to” by VH1 (read here), New Jersey’s Toothgrinder’s progressive hardcore-metal has been compared to the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan. But for me, it’s more like early Mudvayne. Schizophrenic Jubilee has strong elements of song hidden within the “schizophrenic” assault, ready to break through the walls and make Toothgrinder a true player in today’s metal scene. Read the rest of this entry »

Sylosis - Dormant Heart - ArtworkReview by Jeff Maki
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Having just released its stellar fourth album, Dormant Heart, Sylosis is like the U.K.’s answer to Trivium. And I mean that in a good way—Trivium is fucking awesome. Both bands formed in 2000, and though the layter has released two more albums up to this point, both bands’ sound draw heavily from their influences (Metallica, In Flames, Pantera, Machine Head, Iron Maiden, etc.), gaining momentum with each release and garnering more fans and airplay. While it’s hard to say where Trivium will go next in terms of popularity and airplay (its most recent album was produced by Disturbed’s David Draiman), Sylosis’ Dormant Heart (released Jan. 13, 2015) has been getting a lot of airplay on Music Choice and many other metal outlets. And with good reason. Despite my Trivium comparison and Sylosis being on a record label I work with regularly (Nuclear Blast), at one point I found myself asking, “Have I ever heard Sylosis?” or “Can I be diagnosed with it?” Read the rest of this entry »

enslaved-band-2015

So what’s this about a “cabin in the woods?”

Long-running Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved is about to release its astonishing 13th studio album, In Times, (March 10 in North America, Nuclear Blast), followed by a supporting tour. Following its recent releases, Axioma Ethica Odini (2010) and RIITIIR (2012), Enslaved has developed its sound further, progressing into unknown territory for an extreme metal band, yet managing to retain a substance of its roots, as one of the early ’90s Norwegian black metal bands. Consisting of only six songs, all clocking in over eight minutes, In Times is an album that presents somewhat of a challenge for listeners in this age of short attention spans. But you know what? Enslaved’s 24-year-long evolution into what we hear today has built up a steady fan base that’s only grown in the past few years, especially after getting some great exposure touring the U.S. with Amon Amarth in 2014. Fans have come to expect a new high-quality and intelligent Enslaved album every few years, yet they still don’t entirely know what exactly to expect, if that makes any sense.

So what makes In Times tick? What was recording the album like? And what’s this about a cabin in the woods? Live Metal’s Jeff Maki got a call in from Norway and on the other end was guitarist and founding member Ivar Bjørnson to explain it all.
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Testament

Testament

Classic American thrash metal band Testament has announced the “Dark Roots of Thrash II,” featuring bellow Bay Area-thrashers Exodus and Shattered Sun, and hitting North America for five weeks starting April 1.

Each night of the tour, Testament will perform in their entirety 1987’s The Legacy and 1988’s The New Order, in addition to select tracks from 1989’s mainstream crossover Practice What You Preach. Read the rest of this entry »

Drowning Pool, 2001

Drowning Pool, 2001

Last week, Drowning Pool announced the second leg of itsl Sinner “Unlucky 13th Anniversary” Tour, with Adrenaline Mob and Full Devil Jacket. The band will perform its platinum-selling album Sinner in its entirety at each tour stop, followed by other hits. See below for all confirmed dates, with more added since the last announcement.

VIP Meet and Greet packages are available here: http://ticketspin.com/drowning-pool. Read the rest of this entry »

Fozzy

Fozzy

Chris Jericho attained worldwide fame as a professional wrestler, but these days you’re much more likely to find him onstage fronting Fozzy—his hard rock/metal band that many might be surprised to know has been existence for more than 15 years—than you are inside the squared circle. Since Jericho and his bandmates made Fozzy their priority circa Chasing the Grail (2010), the band has grown steadily, achieving its biggest success to date with its latest album, Do You Wanna Start a War, released in July 2014 via Century Media Records and featuring the hit single “Lights Go Out.” Jericho recently called in to chat with Live Metal’s Greg Maki about the making of the new record and more. Read the rest of this entry »