Archive for May, 2006

"Welcome to God Forbid's apocalypse"

“Welcome to God Forbid’s apocalypse”

There may be no harder working band in metal today than God Forbid. Over the years, they have toured relentlessly with the likes of Slipknot, Machine Head, Fear Factory, Shadows Fall, Lamb of God and on Ozzfest 2004. In 2006, they already have shared the stage with the reunited Anthrax, Children of Bodom, Trivium, Arch Enemy and Chimaira, with a tour supporting Ill Nino on the horizon. The countless shows honing their craft have paid off with their latest release, 2005’s IV: Constitution of Treason, a concept album detailing a political nightmare in the not-too-distant future.

Greg Maki and Jeff Maki of Live-Metal.net caught up with vocalist Byron Davis prior to a show with Arch Enemy and Chimaira at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss the album, the band’s nonstop touring and more. (more…)

damone_out_here_all_nightReview by Greg Maki
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It may be a sacrilege to say it, but Damone’s version of Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years” is one of the best covers I have heard in a long time. Twenty years after the song graced Maiden’s Somewhere in Time album, Damone has stripped the song down to acoustic guitar, orchestral accompaniment and the voice of singer/guitarist Noelle. A heavy metal anthem is now a mournful ballad. It works amazingly well and shows the songwriting prowess of Maiden’s Adrian Smith. And it’s great to see a band not so obviously influenced by Maiden throw some recognition their way. (more…)

necrophobic_hrimthursumReview by Jeff Maki
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Sweden’s blackened death metal forefathers Necrophobic have returned with Hrimthursum after a four-year absence. The album’s title is taken from Norse mythology, meaning “The Frost Giants,” and the sound of Hrimthursum is giant and majestic. (more…)

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“Anyone for Doomsday? with Michael Amott of Arch Enemy”

LIVE METAL: Now that Doomsday Machine has been out for nine months, are you satisfied with the album and what it’s done for the band? 

MICHAEL AMOTT: Absolutely, yeah. Every album’s been kind of the next level for us so far. I think it’s accomplished what we hoped it would, I guess. But we don’t really think too much about that. It’s more like you make the music and you write the songs, you’re happy with them and you put them out there and hope it’s gonna do well. Then you work your ass off and play live. We don’t have certain expectations, really. We just hope that people are gonna get into it. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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My initial impression of Mower was less than favorable. The title of their second and latest release, Not for You, seemed appropriate. As someone else suggested to me, the straightforward, hardcore-influenced metal sound of the early songs on the disc are awfully reminiscent of the late ‘90s band Snot, complete with Brian Sheerin’s vocals falling somewhere between singing and rapping. It has to be more than a coincidence that former Snot guitarist Mikey Doling was the producer. The sound would have been fresh about a decade ago. I was ready to write Mower off and listen to the rest of the album only out of an obligation to review it. (more…)

dissectionAfter 11 long years of “occult practice, murder sentences, scandals, Satanic crimes, media boycott and censorship, violence, death and chaos,” (From the band’s official bio) Sweden’s melodic death metal gods Dissection have returned with Reinkaos. Yes, it’s been more than a decade since the band’s last studio album, 1993’s Storm Of The Light’s Bane, now a death metal classic. (more…)

Slunt

Slunt

Remember a time when rock ‘n’ roll was fun? The four members of Slunt certainly do, as evidenced by their songs about sex, partying and gay cats. The New York City-based band caught its big break in fall 2004, when Marilyn Manson chose it to be the opening act on his U.S. tour. Since then, Slunt has traveled both the United States and Europe with the likes of Motorhead, Corrosion of Conformity, Drowning Pool and others. Now, about a year after the release of its full-length debut, Get a Load of This, Slunt is gearing up for album number two by playing a handful of East Coast shows before heading west to record. Greg Maki of Live Metal caught up with the band (vocalist/guitarist Abby Gennet, guitarist Pat Harrington, drummer Charles Ruggiero and new bassist Jhen Kobran) prior to a recent show at Whiskey Dix in Philadelphia, Pa. (more…)

Beyond_FearReview by Greg Maki
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As the singer of Judas Priest from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, Tim “Ripper” Owens was known more his biography than for his considerable vocal abilities. Though some fans may consider it a blasphemous statement, he is just as good a singer as Rob Halford–if not better. He is one of the best vocalists today, maybe in all of metal history. Irrefutable proof is available in the form of the self-titled debut from his new band, Beyond Fear. (more…)

Godsmack

Godsmack

Despite a catalog that includes such genre-busting songs as “Voodoo” and “Serenity,” the knock on Godsmack always has been that the band lacked originality from song to song and album to album.If the 2004 acoustic EP, The Other Side, didn’t turn some heads, then its latest album, titled simply IV, certainly should. Judging by its number one debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, the fans are ready to follow the band into new musical terrain. Drummer Shannon Larkin recently spoke to Greg Maki of Live Metal about the changes in the band’s sound, touring plans, a side project he is working on with his Godsmack bandmates (guitarist Tony Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill) and more. (more…)

REVIEW: Soil – ‘True Self’

Posted: May 2, 2006 by Greg Maki in Reviews
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Review by Greg Maki
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When a band changes its singer, there’s no way of knowing what will happen. Take Van Halen, for example. Sammy Hagar? They did OK. Gary Cherone? Not so much. AC/DC with Brian Johnson? I think they might last. Mötley Crüe with John Corabi? They became an entirely different band—a damn good one, but one the public wasn’t buying. Rock history is filled with similar stories. (more…)

scarsymmetry-pitchUpon first hearing Scar Symmetry, you’ll most likely think of fellow Swedes Soilwork. Scar Symmetry play the same style of melodic death metal with catchy clean vocals and backing keyboards. With Soilwork’s last effort leaning more to American influences, maybe Scar Symmetry’s time has come with Pitch Black Progress. (more…)

Shinedown

Shinedown

After spending two years on the road playing more than 400 shows and spawning four hit singles from its 2003 debut CD, Leave a Whisper, Shinedown wasted little time before unleashing album number two, Us and Them, last October and resuming touring. The Equinox Tour, which also features co-headliner with Trapt, along with openers Halestorm and Mercy Fall, recently stopped at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., less than two months after Shinedown played the same venue on the Winterfresh SnoCore tour with Seether. Before the show, bassist Brad Stewart took time out to chat with Greg Maki of Live Metalabout the band’s strong Baltimore following, life on the road and the hectic recording of Us and Them. (more…)