Archive for June, 2007

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Wes Borland of Black Light Burns

Wes Borland of Black Light Burns

LIVE PHOTOS

Review by Greg Maki

Unfortunately, local radio has shown Black Light Burns, the new band led by former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, no love. This show received no promotion I was aware of. At least half of the people who showed up were there for opening act HORSE the band and most of them left after their set. Shame on them because they missed an electrifying performance by one of the year’s best new bands. (more…)

minor-times_summer-of-wolvesReview by Jeff Maki
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I’m not sure what exactly I think of Summer Of Wolves, the new album by The Minor Times. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been out of the CD reviewing business for a while or not, but I’m not quite sure if this album is really good or just mediocre. There’s plenty of pummeling riffs, screaming and swirling atmospherics, but does it add up to anything? (more…)

bad-brains-buildIf you didn’t already know, Bad Brains, along with Minor Threat, Black Flag and others started a musical revolution with the American hardcore movement in the early 1980s. (I highly recommend the DVD American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980 – 1986 for a look at the early beginnings of Bad Brains and many of these bands.) As fast as this movement started, it was gone, with bands either disappearing or drastically changing styles. As devoted followers of the Rastafarian movement, Bad Brains embraced reggae music, much to the dismay of their hardcore fans.

The classic lineup of H.R. (vocals), Dr. Know (guitar), Earl Hudson (drums) and Darryl Jenifer (bass) has reunited for shows and albums off and on over the years, but no album has recaptured their hardcore roots. Build a Nation is Bad Brains first album in five years and only their second in 12 years. As the band stated prior to the album’s release, it somewhat marks a return to their hardcore sound.  (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Cement Shoes Records is building quite the varied stable of artists. The roster includes industrial/goth rock act Godhead, Latin metallers Ill Niño, Eastern-flavored rockers Ra and the latest addition, Revolution Mother. (more…)

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Josey Scott of Saliva

Josey Scott of Saliva

LIVE PHOTOS: Saliva, Black Stone Cherry

Review by Greg Maki

The “AST” in “AST Dew Tour” stands for “Action Sports Tour.” So that means the full name of the traveling extreme sports extravaganza is actually the “Action Sports Tour Dew Tour.” Sorry, but the writer in me just can’t let that one slide. No matter, though, because I wasn’t there to see skateboards, dirtbikes or BMXs. (OK, I’ll admit the little bit I saw of the guys flipping through the air on bikes was impressive. And any place where you can get free Mountain Dew can’t be too bad.) Just give me the music.

I never caught the exact reason, but one of the day’s earlier events delayed the start of the Friday night concert by more than an hour. That, in turn, shortened Saliva’s headlining set to a mere eight songs and about 40 minutes. The Memphis rockers, riding high from the success of the single “Ladies and Gentlemen” (even if you don’t know if you’ve heard it, you probably have—it’s been everywhere all year long), made the most of their brief time on stage, mixing new material with old hits. I am not a fan of their latest release, Blood Stained Love Story, but the songs that made the set list from it came off well in a live setting, even the somewhat sappy “Starting Over.” (more…)

CinderRoadSuperhumanReview by Greg Maki
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Look at who Cinder Road has toured with recently and you’ll get a good idea of where they fit in today’s rock music landscape: Daughtry, the band led by former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry, and ‘90s rockers Candlebox. (more…)

susperia-cut-from-stoneSusperia’s last album, Unlimited, hinted at what this Norweigian band was capable of. With standout, melodic metal anthems like “Chemistry” and the eerie “Devil May Care,” the band carved out a niche for themselves with a heavy, yet melodic sound. The closest comparison I can make is to Machine Head, with vocals similar to frontman Rob Flynn’s and a guitar tone not unlike that of Burn My Eyes. But on Cut from Stone, the band carves out even more of an identity. Of course, the band features ex-members of Dimmu-Borgir, Satyricon and Old Man’s Child in its ranks, so their musical prowess has never been questioned. (more…)

Diecast

Diecast

Despite band members seemingly moving in and out through a revolving door, Bostons Diecast has persevered, releasing four albums during the past eight years. Its most recent effort, last year’s Internal Revolution, its second with vocalist Paul Stoddard, is a stunning combination of brutal heaviness, unforgettable melodies and pure, honest emotion, signaling the band’s arrival as a major player in heavy music. After winning over many new fans this spring on a nationwide tour with Sevendust, Diecast hit the road with Drowning Pool. When that tour recently stopped at Jaxx in Springfield, Va., Greg Maki of Live Metal sat down with Stoddard to discuss the new album, touring, the band’s many lineup changes and more. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Josh Homme has never courted mainstream success. It found him in 2002, which saw the release of Queens of the Stone Age’s third album, Songs for the Deaf, a stoner rock masterpiece with the best downtuned guitar sound this side of Black Sabbath. Sure, the album featured the can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head single “No One Knows,” but let’s consider for a minute the people Homme surrounded himself with: his one-time musical partner, bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri; ex-Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan; and head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, who let loose one of the most ferocious drumming performances I have ever heard. Yeah, those guys were pretty good. (more…)