Archive for February, 2006

Review by Greg Maki
Kid Rock has a saying printed in the liner notes of each of his releases. It ends with “if it’s real, you’ll feel it.” When I listen to the music of Hank Williams III, I feel it. Following in the seemingly long-lost tradition of legendary country outlaws David Allan Coe, Johnny Cash and, of course, Hank Williams, Hank III couldn’t care less about selling out arenas or getting his songs on the radio or CMT. (more…)

Live Metal writer Greg Maki recently spoke to Trivium bass player Paolo Gregoletto, who offered insight on the band’s next album and talked about Trivium’s touring plans for 2006.


On the strength of its second album, 2005’s Ascendancy, Trivium has traveled the world, building its fan base with each tour. It was the breakout band of Ozzfest 2005’s second stage and will return to the U.S. festival scene this summer on the second run of the Sounds of the Underground tour. Showers of critical acclaim also have met its polished blend of classic metal stylings and modern sensibilities. The members of Trivium will fulfill two dreams this year by playing on the same bill as Metallica at the U.K.’s Download Festival and, later, opening for Iron Maiden on a European tour.

All this success has come with half the band not yet at the legal U.S. drinking age. (more…)

krisiun-assassinationBrazil’s Krisiun lay out a brutal sonic assault of technical death metal with AssassiNation. Vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo has the perfect deadly guttural voice for a death metal band, while guitarist Moyses Kolesne’s precision leads and riffs send shivers down your spine with ear splitting solos and backing shrieks. The riffs which synchronize with Max Kolesne’s lightning-fast double-bass drumming make for a technical sound similar to Fear Factory. (more…)

In Flames w/Trivium, DevilDriver, Zao

—By Jeff Maki

The 9:30 Club was filled to its capacity this night (1,200), as In Flames are well into their headlining tour in support of their latest release, Come Clarity. (more…)

ThePoisonReview by Greg Maki
Bullet For My Valentine’s The Poison is typical of a debut full-length release. It shows a band full of potential but unsure how to realize it. The riffs, solos, double-bass drumming, intense vocals–they have all the elements a metal band needs to succeed in today’s music scene. The problem is they have not entirely committed to being a true metal band. I am a big fan of melody. It is essential to almost any good song, yet it’s a four-letter word to the majority of the metal bands to emerge in the last few years. Bullet’s singer, Matthew Tuck, enjoys it as well, but his voice is often so thin he sounds like he would be more at home in some whiny emo band on MTV. I normally prefer clean vocals to screaming, but here the screaming fits better with the music. (more…)

In Flames - Come Clarity (2006)Anyone who frequents will know that I’m one of In Flames strongest supporters. Having caught on late with the band for the release of Reroute To Remain I’ve been a huge fan ever since. After going back and purchasing their entire back catalogue and then hearing their last release Soundtrack To Your Escape it’s a foregone conclusion that In Flames are clearly innovators and have influenced the entire underground metal scene. And what makes In Flames such a great band is that they’re not afraid to experiment while at the same time staying true to their roots. STYE was the band’s most experimental release and their most accessible album thus far, somewhat making it’s way into the mainstream. They also earned their first major U.S. exposure with a slot on Ozzfest 2005.  That brief history brings us to the 2006 release, Come Clarity. (more…)