Archive for July, 2007

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whitechapel-somaticKnoxville band Whitechapel certainly has studied at the Cannibal Corpse school of heavy metal. With a mix of thrash and sludgy tempos, combined with maybe the deepest death grunts ever recorded and song titles like “Devirgination Studies,” Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation” and “Festering Fiesta,” these guys are certainly well schooled. (more…)

EPSON scanner ImageThe ninth full-length album, and the first in four years, from Sweden’s death n’ rollers Entombed is their best since 1993’s Wolverine Blues. Let’s face it—long gone are the days of Left Hand Path and Clandestine, both of which are considered groundbreaking death metal classics. The band abandoned that sound years ago due to personal preference and numerous lineup changes. (more…)

5FDPthewayofthefistReview by Greg Maki
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Listening to Five Finger Death Punch’s The Way of the Fist is the musical equivalent of going 10 rounds in a heavyweight fight. The record should come with a spit bucket and a cutman to patch up the listener between songs. (more…)

Jonathan Davis of Korn

Jonathan Davis of Korn

Main Stage
Korn, Evanescence (live photos), Atreyu, Flyeaf, Hellyeah, Trivium, Neurosonic (live photos), Droid

Second Stage
Five Finger Death Punch (live photos), Through You (live photos), Invitro (live photos), Bloodsimple (live photos), Twin Method (live photos)

Review by Greg Maki

Given the fate of so many bands that emerged when they did, who would have thought Korn would still be a band in 2007, never mind headlining their own summer festival tour? Of course, the band taking the stage these days bears little resemblance to the one that emerged in the mid-1990s. Frontman Jonathan Davis, bassist Fieldy and guitarist Munky are still here. Joining them for the tour are Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, Dark New Day guitarist Clint Lowery (formerly of Sevendust) and a pair of backing musicians. While they sounded good mixing old songs with selections from their new untitled album, it just doesn’t feel like a band anymore. It’s like watching some sort of performance art interpretation of Korn songs. Regardless of what I thought, the crowd ate it up. And though the show didn’t sit well with me, Korn has compiled an impressive catalog of songs over the years. (more…)

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