Archive for March, 2006

Review by Greg Maki
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Until about this time last year, it appeared Rob Zombie’s music career was a thing of the past. His first feature film as a director, House of 1000 Corpses, attracted a strong cult following, and he was preparing for the July release of its follow-up, The Devil’s Rejects. Looking for a way to spend the summer of 2005, Zombie decided to assemble a band—longtime bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and drummer Tommy Clufetos—to headline the second stage of Ozzfest. So inspired was he by the stripped-down, back-to-basics shows that he hit the studio last fall with his new band to record his third solo disc, Educated Horses. (more…)

Haste the Day

Haste the Day

Haste the Day bassist Mike Murphy recently checked in from the road to talk to Greg Maki of Live Metal about the band’s recent lineup change, its latest release (When Everything Falls), the next album and his desire to cover a Journey song. Haste the Day currently is on tour with Bleeding Through, Every Time I Die and Between the Buried and Me. (more…)

Children of Bodom

Children of Bodom

Greg Maki of Live Metal caught up with Children of Bodom bassist Henkka Seppälä backstage at the Recher Theatre in Towson, Md. The band is on its second headlining tour of the United States on a bill that also features Chimaira and Through the Eyes of the Dead. (more…)

edguy-rocket-rideThough the band has been around since 1997, besides a few snippets and mp3s on the Internet, Rocket Ride was my official introduction to Germany’s Edguy. And what an introduction it was! This music is retro metal in top form, or “Powerglam,” as the band describes themselves. Think late 80s Iron Maiden and Savatage, throw in some catchy electronics, a ridiculous sense of humor, and you get Edguy. The band is way over the top (maybe too much so for newer metalheads), but metal fans yearning for the genre’s glory days have found a blessing in Rocket Ride. (more…)

REVIEW: Faktion – ‘Faktion’

Posted: March 21, 2006 by Greg Maki in Reviews
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FaktionReview by Greg Maki
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The self-titled debut CD by Faktion, one of Roadrunner Records’ occasional forays into more commercial territory, is a more difficult album for me to review than I expected. The songs are decent, listenable, even mildly enjoyable. So I can’t slam the disc even though my overall attitude toward it is negative. The problem is that Faktion is virtually indistinguishable from countless other bands. If I hear its guitar-driven hard rock on the radio, I probably won’t immediately turn the dial to another station. On the other hand, if I go a few days without hearing them, I doubt I would recognize their music the next time it finds my ears. (more…)

edguy-fire

Edguy’s “Fucking With Fire”

Though they are one of Europe’s leading power metal bands, Germany’s Edguy remain largely unknown in the United States. With influences ranging from classic to hair metal, the band is completely over-the-top, even deeming themselves “Hair Force One” in the lyrics on its new album, Rocket Ride (review). Though they say they aren’t a parody or comedic act, it’s hard to listen to Edguy without having the music bring a smile to your face.

Live-Metal’s Jeff Maki recently spoke to guitarist Jens Ludwig about the making of Rocket Ride, the band’s image and possible efforts to introduce American audiences to their music. (more…)

"The Truth" according to Brian

“The Truth according to Brian Leppke”

With The Truth being one of the best-reviewed releases so far in 2006, sold-out shows across the country and a confirmed stint on the next edition of Ozzfest, Bleeding Through has quickly emerged as one of the year’s biggest success stories in metal. Greg Maki and Jeff Maki of Live-Metal.net recently caught up with guitarist Brian Leppke backstage at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia during Bleeding Through’s headlining tour with Every Time I Die, Between the Buried and Me, and Haste the Day. (more…)

Andrew Williams of Every Time I Die

Andrew Williams of Every Time I Die

With his band Every Time I Die, guitarist Andrew Williams has toured with legendary acts Black Sabbath, Slayer and Judas Priest. He’s also seen a sixth toe, been interviewed by a gay zombie and allegedly beaten up Peter Coors’son. Before Every Time I Die’s recent show with Bleeding Through, Between the Buried and Me, and Haste the Day at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, Williams took time out to talk with Greg Maki and Jeff Maki of Live Metal about these and other topics. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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In a time dominated by hit singles and manufactured artists, it is refreshing to hear a band with a mainstream sound try to do something more. 10 Years’ debut, The Autumn Effect, is by no means a masterpiece—the barrage of one mid-tempo song after another makes it hard to get through in one sitting—but it is a band with something meaningful to say. The lyrical content, a handful of moody instrumental passages and a nine-and-a-half-minute title track indicate the band members have more on their minds than getting played on the radio. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Age of Winters, the debut album by the Austin, Texas, quartet The Sword, has generated a healthy buzz both in the mainstream media and among those in the metal world. Rolling Stone, The New York Times and other publications have given positive reviews, while MTV featured the band in its “You Hear It First” series spotlighting new acts. On the other side, The Sword comes to me recommended by Andrew Williams of Every Time I Die, and Dez Fafara of Devildriver recently selected the video for “Winter’s Wolves” as his “Bang of the Week” on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball. (more…)

Bloodbath-nightmaresI am absolutely blown away by this release. After repeated listens, this disc is stuck in my cd player forever. I have never heard death metal so heavy, brutal, evil and catchy all at once. (more…)

"Johan Lindstrand's 'mission in blood' continues"

“Johan Lindstrand’s ‘Mission in Blood’ continues”

Just two years after Swedish death metallers The Crown ended their 14-year run, vocalist Johan Lindstrand has resurfaced with a new band, One Man Army and the Undead Quartet. Preparing for the April 4th U.S. release of the full-length debut 21st Century Killing Machine, which Live-Metal called a “brutal, riff-ladened album of memorable Swedish death metal,” Lindstrand recently talked with Live Metal’s Jeff Maki about the demise of The Crown, the new record, the differences between the American and European metal scenes, and more.  (more…)