Archive for February, 2007

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Ideals fall, but All That Remains rises

A dynamic new album (The Fall of Ideals, on Prosthetic Records – READ REVIEW) and a spot on Ozzfest 2006 elevated Massachusetts’ All That Remains to headliner status in early 2007, when they played a string of sold-out shows across the United States. Prior to playing to a packed house at Jaxx in Springfield, Va., frontman Phil Labonte sat down with Greg Maki and Jeff Maki of Live-Metal.net to discuss the band’s success, the new release, his past with Shadows Fall and more. (more…)

beneath-the-massacreMechanics of Dysfunction is the first full length release from Canada’s Beneath the Massacre, part of the diverse Prosthetic Records roster. Amid a stable already including eclectic acts and other unique metal bands, comes the brutal and technical death metal of Beneath the Massacre. The band’s introduction came in 2005 with the five-song-EP Evidence of Inequity, a release that built quite the buzz in Canada and the metal community. (more…)

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Forgotten-GoddessThere’s a new metal queen in town and her name is Francine Boucher, lead vocalist for Echoes of Eternity. No doubt the centerpiece and soon to be main-draw of this band, Boucher’s ethereal vocals are in the same league as Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil or Liv Kristine of Leaves Eyes. The Forgotten Goddess features beautiful melodies galore, backed by a start-stop machine gun double bass attack and a classic metal guitar sound. (more…)

Sevendust

Sevendust

More than a decade into its career, Sevendust is running stronger than ever, gearing up for the release of its heaviest album to date, Alpha (available March 6, 2007). The road hasn’t been easy for the Atlanta-based quintet, which has struggled with a record label that didn’t understand the band (TVT Records) and another that mysteriously vanished following the release of its previous album, Next, in 2005 (Winedark Records). But even frustration and uncertainty has its benefits; the band has channeled both into Alpha, an ambitious effort chronicling one person’s descent into madness. The strength of the new album, combined with the band’s impressive catalog, landed it a prime deal in which Asylum Records, part of the Warner Music Group, is distributing the new release on the band’s own imprint, 7Bros. Records.

Staying true to its well-earned reputation as relentless road warriors, Sevendust started the Alpha tour about a month before the album’s release. Guitarist John Connolly recently checked in from the road to discuss the new album, touring and more with Greg Maki of Live Metal. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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According to the press release accompanying its sophomore effort, Temptation Come My Way, Tennessee’s The Showdown is “trying to bring back masculine.” Frontman David Bunton elaborates: “Just watch MTV or Fuse and they are littered with music videos of dudes who look like they are scared to be in their own band. It’s all about star power, and no one has it anymore.”

I’m with you there, buddy. (more…)

Moonspell: "Brotherhood of Blood"

Moonspell: “Brotherhood of Blood”

Portugal’s Moonspell shows no signs of slowing down after the release of 2006’s Memorial. The album brings the band back to its roots of death and black metal after more goth inspired albums, such as 2001’s Darkness and Hope, and 2003’s The Antidote. Songs such as “Finnesteria” and “Memento Mori” combine elements of the genres with a dark, evil grasp only Moonspell can provide, and surprises–see the haunting ballad “Luna”–abound.

Since forming in 1992, the band has released seven albums, becoming one of the most recognizable names in metal. Highlights of their much heralded career include high profile tours with bands such as Cradle of Filth, Opeth and Type O Negative, top-selling albums in Germany and their native country, composing for a ballet and participating in the first Portuguese horror movie I’ll See You in My Dreams.

The brotherhood has reaped the rewards of its hard work and spilled blood: Memorial went gold in Portugal and has sold 10,000 copies, making Moonspell the first heavy metal band in Portugal to accomplish this feat. The band also recently completed a successful U.S. tour with Katatonia and Daylight Dies. Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki tracked down Moonspell drummer Mike Gasper, who answered a variety of questions, ranging from the history of the band, the background of the Memorial album and the possibility of another tour with Type O Negative. (more…)

Echoes of Eternity's Francine Boucher: "Interview With a Goddess"

Echoes of Eternity’s Francine Boucher: “Interview With a Goddess”

Aphrodite is the golden goddess of love, Athena the goddess of wisdom and war, and Artemus the goddess of the hunt and the wild. And the goddess of Echoes of Eternity is Francine Boucher. Hailing from Canada, she has fronted this Los Angeles-based progressive metal band since its inception in 2004. But Echoes of Eternity is not the average goth metal act with a female vocalist. Boucher’s breath-taking beauty and ethereal vocals are goddess-like, but they echo over a heavier, more aggressive style rarely associated with female-fronted metal. In fact, founder and guitarist Brandon S. Patton has said the band wanted “to recreate the vibe of Death’s Symbolic album with beautiful female vocals.” Prior to the band’s signing, hard work and self promotion helped spread the word to the music world. Live-Metal.net quickly embraced the band and featured Echoes of Eternity on our site in early 2006.

Now, with a record deal with metal titans Nuclear Blast, Echoes of Eternity’s debut album, The Forgotten Goddess, arrives Feb. 20, 2007 (review). Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki was more than thrilled to talk to Boucher, whose aura had him beside himself on more than a few occasions. Francine talked about the history of the band, being a female in the metal scene and the meaning of The Forgotten Goddess. Trust us: This goddess will not soon be forgotten. (more…)

REVIEW: Mnemic – ‘Passenger’

Posted: February 6, 2007 by Jeffrey Maki in Reviews
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Mnemic - PassengerReview by Jeff Maki
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The Danish five-piece Mnemic found success with their last release, 2004’s The Audio Injected Soul, selling 15,000 copies in the United States. The band’s industrial-tinged yet melodic style often was compared to Fear Factory, for whom the band admittedly holds great admiration. The album also was given high marks from metal publications such as Kerrang and Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles.

The new release, Passenger, is the band’s first with vocalist Guillaume Bideau, formerly of Scarve. The band based the album around the philosophy of Existentialism, exploring the meaning of existence. Also notable is that Passenger was produced by Fear Factory guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers and mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted).

Now the music. Mnemic’s style can still be compared to Fear Factory with the jackhammer drumming courtesy of Brylle, fast, down-tuned riffs from guitarists Mircea and Rune, and Obeast’s low-end bass, all backed by futuristic synthesizers. The dark, industrial sound is not surprising given the album’s producer. The industrial style mixed with the clean, soaring choruses courtesy of Guillaume also brings to mind the band Passenger, the side project of In Flames frontman Anders Friden. Close comparisons also can be made to Soilwork. The melodic parts are a bit too radio friendly for my taste but well executed nonetheless. Guillaume does an admirable job here without sounding completely original in any aspect. The vocals range from a Spineshank roar, Burton C. Bell melodic parts and distorted screams not unlike “Speed” of Soilwork.

Songs like “In the Nothingless Black,” the highly catchy and possible single, “Meaningless” and “Psykorgasm” are accessible industrial metal anthems, while “Pigfuck,” “Stuck Here” and ”Electric I’d Hypocrisy” are heavier, darker, more futuristic metal. This is the strong suit for the band and what sets them apart in a day when there are 280 bands doing almost the same thing.

Mnemic has a place in metal until further notice after Passenger, a superb effort which introduces us to an exciting vision of futuristic metal. It has its flaws but is a strong effort which is sure to be a success. As a bonus, the album also features guest appearances by Jeff Walker (Carcass) and Shane Embury (Napalm Death).

(Nuclear Blast, 2007)

Rating: 7.5/10

therionI am vaguely familiar with Sweden’s Therion, seeing their name constantly across the net on metal sites and hearing select tracks from their extensive discography. Other than this, I have little knowledge of the band, knowing only that they push the envelope of heavy metal and extreme music.

Therion started way back in 1987 as a death metal act, evolving with each release, incorporating folk and symphonic metal, keyboards, choirs, female vocals and other experimentation, while still retaining elements of traditional metal. Because I haven’t heard the bulk of the band’s past material, this review will be treated as if I’m hearing the band for the first time. (more…)

impious-holy-murderHoly Murder Masquerade, the fifth album from Sweden’s Impious, is a raw and lethal burst of thrashing old-school death metal. According to the band’s official press release, Impious was formed all the way back in 1994. I’ll have to take their word for it because this is my introduction to the band, who has called Metal Blade Records home since 2004. (more…)