Review by Ryan Mavity
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…)
Archive for August, 2006
Tags: Fang Bang, Murderdolls, Transylvania 90210, Wednesday 13
Review by Greg Maki
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…)
Tags: 2000 Years of Human Error, Evolver, Godhead, Jason Miller, Marilyn Manson, Mike Miller, The Shadow Line, Trapped in Your Lies, Ullrich “Method” Hepperlin
Review by Greg Maki
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…)
Tags: Eddie Van Halen, Educated Horses, Godsmack, Guitar, Instrumental, John 5, Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, Rob Zombie, Songs for Sanity, Vertigo
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.
Tags: Chad Gray, Greg Tribbett, HellYeah, Jerry Montano, Matt Holt, Nothingface, Tom Maxwell, Tommy Sickles, Vinnie Paul
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.
Tags: Lamb of God, Mark Morton, Randy Blythe, Sacrament, Willie Adler
Review by Greg Maki
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…)