Archive for September, 2006

Godhead

Godhead

Three years after its last album, Evolver, Godhead—vocalist/guitarist Jason Miller, lead guitarist Mike Miller, programmer/bassist Ullrich “Method” Hepperlin and new drummer Glendon Crain—is back with The Shadow Line, a new album on a new record label. A few days before the kickoff of the “Congress of Corruption Tour,” also featuring Ill Niño, Ra and The Dreaming, Greg Maki of Live Metal caught up with Jason Miller to discuss the new album, the tour and the possibility of spontaneous human combustion behind the drums. (more…)

Christopher Hall of The Dreaming

Christopher Hall of The Dreaming

Nearly five years after the break-up of Stabbing Westward, frontman Christopher Hall is ready to re-emerge on the national music scene with a new band, The Dreaming. Throwing the rigid electronics and programming out the door, The Dreaming is a down and dirty rock band, with influences ranging from punk to New Wave to metal and more. With the recording of its debut album nearly complete, the still unsigned band has taken to the road as the opening act on Cement Shoes Records’ “Congress of Corruption Tour” featuring Ill Niño, Godhead and Ra. Greg Maki of Live Metal sat down with the band—Hall, former Econoline Crush and Stabbing Westward drummer Johnny Haro, former Amen guitarist Jinxx and bassist Brent Ashley—in Towson, Md., on the day of the tour’s opening night. (more…)

Fear-before-mouthFear Before the March of Flames’ third release, The Always Open Mouth (Equal Vision), is a highly ambitious recording for the Denver, Colo.-based band. The name of the band would make most think metalcore, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many bands attempt to blend genres of music, but fail miserably. Fear Before the March of Flames combines alternative metal, industrial, punk rock and a heavy dose of art rock into one cohesive unit, making The Always Open Mouth one of the most interesting recordings in some time.  (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
—–
Can we please stop with the Mushroomhead/Slipknot comparisons? It has gotten to the point where it is impossible to read anything about Mushroomhead without getting a heavy dose of that other masked band. But because Slipknot broke on the national scene first and quickly rose to the upper echelon of extreme metal bands, it doesn’t work in reverse. It’s a little ludicrous considering the two bands formed about the same time far away from each other in Cleveland, Ohio (Mushroomhead), and Des Moine , Iowa (Slipknot). Of late, the music press has been egging on the feud more than ever, peppering almost every interview with a Mushroomhead member with multiple Slipknot-related questions. (more…)

diecastReview by Greg Maki
—–
After four albums, nearly 10 years and as many band members, I sincerely hope Diecast has settled on a stable lineup. I say that because their latest effort (their second for Century Media Records), Internal Revolution, is, simply put, a masterpiece. The album is full of heavy guitars, relentless drumming and vicious hardcore screams and breakdowns, but it is the melodies, the unforgettable hooks that lift the disc to greatness. On his second trip into the studio with the band, frontman Paul Stoddard has become one of the most powerful voices in metal. What the band may lack in originality (“Unite! Fight for what’s right!” Stoddard sings in “Definition of a Hero”), he more than makes up for with conviction and performance. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
—–
To many, it may seem that Lennon (full name: Lennon Murphy) has been MIA since her 2001 debut 5:30 Saturday Morning. But somewhat under the radar, she has toured extensively, released DVDs and recorded Career Suicide, an entire of album of just her and a piano. Most of the songs on her latest effort, Damaged Goods, were previously available virtually everywhere except the United State on an album called I Am. They now get a much deserved domestic release. (more…)

Jonny Santos of Silent Civilian

Review by Greg Maki

It was a Monday night, but not just another day. Week one of the NFL season was wrapping up with a doubleheader, and more important, the day marked the fifth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. So the crowd was small at the Firestation 8 Bar & Cue, which, strangely, is not—and never has been—a fire station. (It’s actually a renovated granary warehouse named for a fire museum located down the street.) Those who came out on such a solemn day were treated to a rare (for now) headlining set by the year’s most exciting new band, Silent Civilian. (more…)

hatesphere-sicknessDenmark’s Hatesphere play punishing thrash/death metal in the vein of The Haunted, with plenty of Slayer riffs at the forefront. Though lacking in originality, The Sickness Within is a rock-solid thrash metal record. Hate anthems, such as “The Fallen Shall Rise in a River of Blood” and the title track, are the best of the best. You can feel the rage of frontman Jacob Bredahl as he spits forth his violent vocals. His style is similar to that of Peter Dolving of The Haunted, but you can’t help to want to pump your fist in anger and shout along with the title track’s chorus.  (more…)

BLSshottohellReview by Greg Maki
—–
Zakk Wylde, the hardest working man in metal, is back. That’s actually a somewhat misleading statement because it implies he was gone. Shot to Hell, his first album for Roadrunner Records, is the eighth Black Label Society release in as many years (the ninth if you count the career retrospective Kings of Damnation). And, oh yeah, there also has been a little touring, writing and recording with Ozzy along the way. How does he ever find the time for a wife and three kids? (more…)

mastodon_blood-mountainReview by Ryan Mavity
——
I have to admit I did not know much about the band Mastodon before listening to their new album, Blood Mountain, other than that they are a metal band who had toured with Slayer. If they had the Slayer seal of approval then I figured they must be pretty good. Well, I don’t know what kind of peyote they smoke down in Mastodon’s hometown of Atlanta, but whatever it is they should keep smoking it. (more…)

Nonpoint

Nonpoint

Though many have become aware of Nonpoint due to its cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” featured on the Miami Vice movie soundtrack and previously on its 2004 album, Recoil, the band has built a loyal following over the course of four major label releases and nearly a decade of relentless touring. Greg Maki of Live Metal recently sat down with vocalist Elias Soriano when Nonpoint headlined the first-ever national show at Great Slates in Cambridge, Md. (more…)

goatwhoreNew Orleans’ Goatwhore plays violent, dark, brutal black metal. A Haunting Curse, their first release for Metal Blade Records, was recorded at Eric Rutan’s (Hate Eternal) Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Fla. Lead vocalist Ben Falgoust’s guttural vocals serve as an instant identification for the band, unlike the many high-pitched wailers of the black metal genre.  (more…)