Archive for August, 2006

motorhead_kiss-of-deathReview by Ryan Mavity
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Benjamin Franklin once said there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. However, I think we can add to the list the band that is “louder than everyone else,” Motorhead, who have been active in the music business for 30 years now. Other acts (Ozzy, AC/DC come to mind) have been around just as long, but whereas those artists have taken either a long hiatus (AC/DC) or only do one tour a year (Ozzy), Motorhead has kept busy, still writing, recording and—especially—touring. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Wednesday 13’s Fang Bang is full of blood, murder, body parts and cadavers. And it’s one of the most flat-out fun albums of 2006. The sense of humor in song titles like “Morgue than Words,” “My Home Sweet Homicide,” “Happily Ever Cadaver,” “Til Death Do Us Party” and “Buried with Children” carries over to the entire disc. It appears Wednesday has never met a pun he didn’t want at his party. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Formed during the industrial rock heyday of the 1990s, Godhead has managed to keep going strong while countless others have fallen by the wayside. Beneath the goth image and the programmed blips and bleeps, there always has been a strong pop sensibility to the songwriting and one of today’s best rock singers. The band has steadily moved away from its electronic roots since hooking up with Marilyn Manson, who served as executive producer, for its 2001 album 2000 Years of Human Error. The harder edge carried over to the follow-up, 2003’s Evolver. The Shadow Line, the first release from the newly formed Cement Shoes Records, has a similar live band feel, but the intensity has been dialed back a few notches. While it may not appeal as much to fans of Evolver, the foundation of the band’s sound—songwriting and the vocals of Jason Miller—is as solid as ever. (more…)

John 5

John 5

John 5’s resume is as diverse as anyone’s in the music business. Most hard rock and metal fans know about his associations with Rob Halford, David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson and, now, Rob Zombie. Some know him as an accomplished solo artist, having released two instrumental albums, Vertigo (2004) and Songs for Sanity (2005). But his credits also include unexpected names like k.d. lang and Meat Loaf. His solo discs feature a heavy dose of country music. John 5’s passion is for the guitar. Just before leaving with Zombie for a co-headlining U.S. tour with Godsmack, John checked in with Greg Maki of Live Metal for a phone interview.
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Sahg: "Disciples of Doom"

Sahg: “Disciples of Doom”

Sahg, featuring members of Norwegian metal bands GorgorothManngard and Audrey Horne, are creating quite a buzz with their debut album, Sahg I. They are the new disciples of doom metal, carrying the torch first set ablaze
by Black Sabbath. 
Sahg I contains some of the most powerful riffs in ages on such songs as the crushing “Godless Faith” and “Soul Exile,” while “The Executioner Undead” and “Repent” must have Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne grinning from ear to ear. In an interview with lead vocalist/guitarist Olav Iverson, Jeff Maki of Live-Metal.net asks about the history of the band, the Sabbath influence, the upcoming U.S. tour with Celtic Frost and more. (more…)

spiritual-pulseSpi-Ritual is the brainchild of Stefan Hertrich, vocalist and songwriter of the German goth metal band Darkseed and a soundtrack composer for PC games. The idea behind Spi-Ritual is to combine ethnic elements and atmosphere with hard-hitting metal, the project being dubbed “ethno-metal.” A number of international guest musicians contribute to Pulse making it an interesting listen and fulfilling experience. (more…)

Nothingface

Nothingface

After a two-year hiatus, Maryland’s own Nothingface reformed in late 2005. The band reintroduced itself to fans with a short tour last winter before returning home to continue writing and recording new material. Meanwhile, half of the quartet has embarked on a new musical adventure with ex-Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul and two members of Mudvayne. Before a recent show at the Recher Theatre in Towson, Md., Nothingface vocalist Matt Holt sat down with Greg Maki of Live Metal to discuss the band’s resurrection, the inspiration for his religious- and politically themed lyrics, the effect the new project will have on Nothingface and more.
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Review by Greg Maki
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Over the course of their first three albums, Virginia’s Lamb of God has established themselves as one of the leaders of the American metal scene. But they are a band I have never been able to embrace, mostly due to the vocals of D. Randall Blythe. Listening to him almost makes my throat hurt. On Sacrament, Lamb of God’s second Epic Records release, Blythe finally has learned to offer some variety in his attack. His familiar croak remains, but just as often he employs a ferocious roar that falls somewhere between Phil Anselmo and Chimaira’s Mark Hunter. Blythe’s improved vocal stylings and the more intricate, textured playing of guitarists Willie Adler and Mark Morton make Sacrament the most accessible Lamb of God album to date. (more…)

setherial-deathThe Swedish black metal five-piece Setherial has been together since 1993. Members also participate in Blackwind, Naglfar, Bewitched and In Battle. However, having not heard any previous material, I have no frame of reference for their new release, Death Triumphant, on Sweden’s Regain Records. The album is a full-frontal blast of black metal, raw and primitive, featuring no keyboards or effects. The album might as well be one song, as each track is indistinguishable from the next. (more…)

deicideTo any metal fan, the name Deicide alone represents pure evil. There a certain aura surrounding the band. To many, Deicide is the epitome of heavy. The Stench of Redemption is Deicide’s first album with its newly revamped lineup. After a falling out with vocalist Glen Benton in 2005, the Hoffman brothers were replaced with new guitarists Jack Owen (ex-Cannibal Corpse) and Ralph Santolla (ex-Death/Iced Earth). These two bring an entirely new dimension to the band with their skillful, memorable solos.  (more…)

Slayer_-_Christ_IllusionThere are certain things in life that just bring a smile to my face. Ravens victories, hockey fights, Jessica Biel in a bikini and the movie Point Break are just a few things that can always make a bad day good. Added to that list is the music of thrash metal’s preeminent band, Slayer. After releasing three of the best metal albums of all-time in a row (Reign in BloodSouth of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss) the band fell off a bit in the ’90s after the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo. While the band’s material in the ’90s wasn’t bad, the chemistry with drummer Paul Bostaph wasn’t the same as it had been with Lombardo and the band seemed to be waning.

However, a funny thing happened in the new millenium. Thanks to shows like Jackass and Viva La Bam, as well as the Lombardo’s return to the fold, the band has seen an unexpected surge in popularity (backed up by the fact that their new album had their highest chart debut in nearly 10 years). Christ Illusion, the band’s first batch of new material in five years, is a loud, fast punch to the face that shows that after all these years, Slayer is still the best at what they do. (more…)

all-shall-perish-priceAfter undergoing several lineup changes, including a new vocalist (Hernan Hermida), Oakland’s All Shall Perish have emerged with The Price of Existence, an album that puts the extreme into extreme. The band toured with the likes of Six Feet Under, Bleeding Through and Hate Eternal among others, on their way to selling in excess of 10,000 units of their debut, Hate Malice Revenge. (more…)