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…)
Archive for February, 2007
Tags: 9:30 Club, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, Live photos, Slayer, Tom Araya, Washington D.C.
Photos by Greg Maki (more…)
Tags: 7Bros. Records, Alpha, Diecast, Invitro, John Connolly, Lajon Witherspoon, Mikey Doling, Next, Sevendust, Snot, Sonny Mayo, Winedark Records
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…)
Tags: Carry on Wayward Son, David Bunton, Josh Childers, Kansas, Temptation Come My Way, The Showdown, Travis Bailey
Review by Greg Maki
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…)
Tags: Mnemic, nuclear blast, Passenger, the netherlands
Review by Jeff Maki
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)