After the phenomenal success of Avenged Sevenfold’s 2005 album, City of Evil—which spawned the mega-hit single “Bat Country,” “Beast and the Harlot” and the GNR-style ballad, “Seize the Day”—the follow-up has a lot to live up to. City of Evil was a controversial album for longtime fans of the band, given its new style, but it was a breakthrough on so many levels, making Avenged Sevenfold a household name in rock music. Their new self-titled release follows the same path as its predecessor, but the band has trimmed things in places, making songs even more accessible, while adding new surprises at the same time. (more…)
Archive for October, 2007
Tags: Devils, Finland, goth, gothic, H.I.M. HIM, Helsinki Vampires, Lost Boys, rock 'n roll, The 69 Eyes, Type O Negative, Vampires
Though Finland’s The 69 Eyes have been around for some time, they have only recently gotten U.S. exposure, played their first show here earlier this year. Sure the band may look like Misfits wannabes, but their music is damn good. This band uses their image as a marketing tool, but its not about looks. (more…)
Tags: Dale Stewart, Fake It, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, John Humphrey, Seether, Shaun Morgan
Review by Greg Maki
I can’t find one thing about Seether that countless other bands don’t offer. Its dark, post-grunge sound has been done to death over the past decade or so. Yet there is something about this trio, originally from South Africa, that just works for me. I’m not an elitist. I appreciate it when a band that can hold its own at Ozzfest (Seether played the second stage in 2002) is equally comfortable in heavy rotation on rock radio. (more…)
Tags: Riggs, Rob Zombie, Scum of the Earth, Sleaze Freak, The Devil Made Me Do It, White Zombie
Review by Greg Maki
Need a soundtrack for your Halloween party? Then might I suggest Sleaze Freak, the sophomore release from Scum of the Earth. It’s packed with heavy riffs yet sports enough grooving rhythms to keep the dance floor moving. And the lyrical content—the devil, death, murder, corpses—is season appropriate. Not a lot of deep thinking here; some of the songs make Rob Zombie’s music seem thought-provoking. (more…)
Tags: Dream Theater, James LaBrie, John Myung, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, Live Scenes from New York, Metropolis 2000, Metropolis Pt. 2, Mike Portnoy, Scenes from a Memory
A voice. Soft, comforting, yet firm, in control.
“Close your eyes and begin to relax.”
A hypnotherapist. He puts his subject under, leads him back through time to find a girl waiting for him.
And so begins Dream Theater’s concept album, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, a tragic yet life-affirming tale of love, betrayal, murder and reincarnation. (more…)