Archive for January, 2007

GilbycoverReview by Greg Maki
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To the casual rock fan, Gilby Clarke probably is nothing more than the guitarist who replaced Izzy Stradlin in Guns N’ Roses for most of the massive world tour in support of the Use Your Illusion albums. After Axl drove his bandmates away one by one, Clarke maintained a lower profile until resurfacing last summer with Rock Star Supernova and their search for a lead singer on the TV show of the same name. The uneducated may have thought he was simply milking the GNR name and riding Tommy Lee’s coattails. A new self-titled compilation highlighting Clarke’s solo career, which began with 1994’s Pawnshop Guitars, should change that perception. (more…)

nahema_thesecondpReview by Ryan Mavity
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“I feel fragile,” Nahemah frontman Pablo Egido screams about halfway through The Second Philosophy, the outstanding new album from this Spanish quintet. On the evidence this album provides, he won’t be feeling that way for long.

By the way, you read that right. Nahemah is from that land of bullfights, Barcelona and Don Flamenco. Much like their counterparts in Scandinavia, Nahemah’s sound reflects where they are from. But in this case, the sound is colorful, alive and vibrant. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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About six years ago, Saliva rode the nü-metal wave to success with the hit singles “Your Disease” and “Click Click Boom” from its second album, Every Six Seconds. On Back into Your System, the follow-up released the next year, the Memphis quintet refined its sound, diversifying by mixing in a Southern rock influence. By the time it got to 2004’s Survival of the Sickest, the rapping had disappeared completely, and the change led the band to its strongest album, a loving, attitude-filled ode to Mötley Crüe-style party rock. Unfortunately, it came and went with little fanfare, failing to reach the heights of the previous two releases, both of which were certified Gold (500,000 copies sold). (more…)

abigail-legendLegend, the first official release from the Phoenix-based metal horde Abigial Williams, is an EP featuring five songs of blackened death metal mayhem. This is like nothing that has emerged from the United States. The desert that is Phoenix, Ariz., certainly hasn’t seen anything like this ever before. (more…)

since-the-floodSince the Flood plays sludgy hardcore metal similar to The Acacia Strain or Sworn Enemy. The band hails from the Massachusetts and New Hampshire scene, the same movement that spawned Unearth, Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage. This band, however, has little in common with those. It will be a cold day in hell before we ever hear Since the Flood on FM radio. (more…)

Disillusion: "Way Too Special for Mainstream"

Disillusion: “Way Too Special for Mainstream”

With their new album, Gloria (review), Germany’s Disillusion has created a work of art with a sound that is virtually indescribable. Building upon the band’s metal roots, they have gone beyond the point of experimentation and created something that requires repeated spins for the listener to fully appreciate the dynamics of the record. Lead vocalist and guitarist Andy Schmidt gives Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki information behind the innovative release as they both try to put a finger on the band’s experimental sound. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki

My most anticipated album of 2007? It’s not the expected new release from Metallica or Megadeth or any of the other giants. I’m certainly looking forward to those, but what I want to hear more than anything else is the debut studio effort from a little band out of York, Pa. , called Halestorm. Atlantic Records signed the band, which draws its name from the sister/brother-frontwoman/drummer combo of Lzzy and Arejay Hale, in June 2005 and kept it on the road for much of the next year and a half, releasing only a five-song live EP (One and Doneread Live Metal’s review).

The 2006 Winterfresh SnoCore Tour, co-headlined by Shinedown and Seether, introduced me to Halestorm when it rolled into Baltimore last February. From the moment Lzzy began the a cappella opening of “It’s Not You,” I was hooked. They soon returned, with Shinedown and Trapt, as the opening act on the Equinox Tour. For the second time in two months, they stole the show. (more…)

Re:Ignition

Re:Ignition

Familiar to some from his days in the Bay Area groove metal act Skinlab, Steev Esquivel has traded his bass for a guitar and handed his vocal duties to the dynamic Dave Moore in his new outfit, Re:Ignition (also featuring Skinlab guitarist Steve “Snake” Green on bass). The band’s debut, Empty Heart, Loaded Gun, showcases a more accessible, melodic hard rock sound than that of Skinlab and quickly emerged as one of the critical favorites of late 2006. Between Re:Ignition’s spot on the New Revolution Tour (also featuring Invitro, Indorphine and Psychostick) and Skinlab regrouping to produce new music in 2007, Esquivel has plenty on his plate. He took time out of his busy schedule to check in with Greg Maki of Live Metal for an email interview. (more…)

Army of Anyone

Army of Anyone

After a decade of running the show in Filter, Richard Patrick was ready for a change. Enter bassist Robert DeLeo and guitarist Dean DeLeo, the brothers who were the musical machine behind Stone Temple Pilots, and veteran drummer Ray Luzier. A singer rather than a one-man band for the first time, Patrick is reveling in his first true musical collaboration, a partnership that has produced an album with four equal parts, an experience that grows richer with each listen. As Army of Anyone prepared for the launch of its first large-scale tour, Patrick checked in with Greg Maki of Live Metal to discuss the band’s formation, the origin of its name, an innovative new record distribution strategy and more. (more…)

monster-magnet_4-way-diabloDave Wyndorf and company have returned with a trademark Monster Magnet album in 4-Way Diablo. This is rock n’ roll baby! Raw, uncensored and uncut—no overproduction or studio effects and it shows with the loose, classic rock feel. In fact, according to Wyndorf, most of the songs were recorded in only one or two takes. (more…)

modern-life-is-war_midnightReview by Jeff Maki
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Midnight in America is the third release from Iowa hardcore patrons Modern Life is War, following their previous albumsWitness and My Love My Way. The band’s music is not the typical tough-guy hardcore you might expect, but rather a sonic soundscape that incorporates punk and modern rock influences. (more…)

AfterForever-AfterForeverAfter Forever is a female-fronted Dutch metal act featuring all the key ingredients of the ever-growing subgenre. Of course, you have your beautiful frontwoman, Floor Jansen, whose vocal chords are powerful and operatic, and above all, loud. Jansen leads the band on their self-titled fifth album, often trading off vocal parts with growls from guitarist Sander Gommans, creating a now common “beauty and the beast” formula. The sticking point here is their choice to record with a real orchestra. The end result is an enormous, triumphant feat. (more…)