Archive for May, 2007

autumn-my-new-timeMy New Time is the third album from Dutch female-fronted rock act Autumn. Their debut album, When Lust Evokes The Curse (2002), helped get the band exposure throughout the Netherlands and internationally, as they played numerous festivals and opened for another Dutch band, Within Temptation. Their second release, At Summer’s End, continued on the same path of success, but more recently, founding member and bass player Meindert Sterk departed the band. But Autumn has emerged with a lasting, memorable album due to the amazing vocal performance of Nienke de Jong. (more…)

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Seemless

Hold the sex and drugs—Seemless would rather have an extra helping of rock ‘n’ roll. The music is what it’s all about for this Massachusetts-based band, which solidified its lineup in 2002 when former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach entered the fold. Though it was far from its intention at the outset, the past year has seen the band crisscrossing the United States multiple times in support of its second album, What Have We Become, a powerful collection of passionate songs fueled by Leach’s soulful singing. When they recently stopped at Jaxx in Springfield, Va., while supporting Soil on its “True Rock” tour, which also featured Ankla and Ligion, Leach and drummer Derek Kerswill sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss the band’s origins, the new album, the struggle to succeed in today’s uncertain music business and more. (more…)

graveworm-collateralCatchy black metal? I didn’t know there was such a thing until Graveworm’s Collateral Defect. Actually, Graveworm is not a black metal band in the truest sense. These Italians combine elements of extreme metal such as death, black and goth into a sonic blast of evil that remains dynamic and melodic—a combination rarely heard. (more…)

SA-uniaThough it may not seem like it for those familiar with the band, Finland’s Sonata Arctica started in 1999 but have only released four studio albums up until 2007’s Unia. The band easily could have released another album full of their trademark classic and power metal anthems. But instead they incorporate a dark atmosphere, which goes along with album title’s meaning: dreams. (more…)

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Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver

Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver

LIVE PHOTOS: Velvet Revolver, Buckcherry, Flyleaf

Review by Greg Maki

Nothing gets me in the summer mood quite like spending a day in the sun and heat with several thousand of my closest friends, many of whom will end up so falling down drunk that they won’t even remember the parade of bands providing the entertainment. Unfortunately, the huge metal festivals that dominate the European summer are virtually unheard of here in the United States. For us, it’s Ozzfest, Sounds of the Underground or nothing. Instead, we have radio festivals, and though they are typically light on the metal, there are plenty of good times to be had with the right lineup. Philadelphia’s 93.3 FM, WMMR, entered the fray this year, holding the first-ever MMR *B*Q with headliners Velvet Revolver and Evanescence. (more…)

ss-oiIn Flames vocalist Anders Friden calls Sonic Syndicate’s Only Inhuman “A new force in Swedish metal; melodies and songs for the melodic generation. A monster of an album!” Reading this immediately garnered my attention, as I am a huge fan of In Flames (though you can’t always rely on Anders’ taste). I think it was last year that he was high on Coheed and Cambria, and well … there you go. But still with his highest regard, Sonic Syndicate must have some sort of promise, right? (more…)

Maria Brink of In This Moment, left, and Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil

Maria Brink of In This Moment, left, and Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil

Though common in Europe for years, women in metal bands have been a rarity in the United States—until recently, that is. Italy’s Lacuna Coil, with singer Cristina Scabbia, has led the way in showing the typical male metalhead a female can rock as hard as any man. Exhibit A: The “Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour,” featuring Lacuna Coil on its first full U.S. headlining run, as well as Holland’s Within Temptation on its initial U.S. tour and American acts In This Moment (labelmates of Lacuna Coil at Century Media) and the eclectic Stolen Babies. In the end, though, it’s all about the music, and the package is dynamic and entertaining because each band brings a unique vibe and energy to the stage.

At the tour’s recent stop at Jaxx in Springfield, Va., Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with Scabbia and In This Moment frontwoman Maria Brink on Lacuna Coil’s bus. While Lacuna Coil is nearing the end of its current touring cycle, In This Moment is just getting started, having released its debut, Beautiful Tragedy, in March. The two ladies discussed the tour, Ozzfest, the highs and lows of life on the road, and more. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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United Abominations, Megadeth’s Roadrunner Records debut, continues the return to form Dave Mustaine began with The World Needs a Hero in 2001 and furthered with 2004’s The System Has Failed. It’s his best effort since Youthanasia, released all the way back in 1994. World events have noticeably sharpened his focus, thematically and musically. Take a look at some of the song titles—“Washington is Next,” “United Abominations,” “Gears of War,” “Amerikhastan”—and read the liner notes about “Megadeth in the Age of Terror” credited to Jack Bauer (yes, the 24 character), and it’s easy to see where Dave is coming from. Megadeth always has been the thinking man’s metal band, and that is as much the case here as ever. (more…)

JFAC-genesisYou’ve probably seen the name around and, honestly, how could you forget it? A buzz has been circulating in the metal underground around Job for a Cowboy’s full-length Metal Blade debut, Genesis. If it’s outright brutality you’re after, then look no further than this release. The name is misleading, as it makes the band sound like some sort of alternative act, maybe thrash metal at best. But Arizona’s Job for a Cowboy is neither. They play an abrasive mix of death and grind, and create one of the heaviest assaults on the eardrums in recent memory. (more…)