Archive for December, 2007

Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley

Review by Greg Maki

I became a KISS fan in the late 1980s. I was probably 9 or 10 years old. The first album I bought was Hot in the Shade, though soon after that purchase I began to learn of the band’s history through the Smashes, Thrashes & Hits CD. As I quickly added the entire back catalog to my collection, guitarist Ace Frehley emerged as my favorite band member. I was drawn to the darker, heavier edge of the songs he wrote, especially in the band’s early days. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons wrote many songs I will love until the day I die, but Ace’s material stands out and is not as easily placed in the time in which it was written. To this day, he is undervalued as a songwriter within KISS and underrated as a lead guitarist. (more…)

StoneRider

StoneRider

Wondering what your first new music purchase of 2008 should be? Look no further than Three Legs of Trouble, the debut release from Atlanta rockers StoneRider (in stores Jan. 28, 2008, via Trustkill Records). Their riff-heavy sound—with equal doses of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Southern rock—is a breath of fresh air and just the thing you might need to get out of those winter doldrums. The four members of StoneRider—vocalist/guitarist Matt Tanner, guitarist Neil “Staxxx” Warren, drummer Jason Krutzky and bassist Champ Champagne—might be familiar to some, as they previously were in the thrashier Southern-tinged rock band Fight Paris. But as guitarist Staxxx makes clear in the following interview conducted by Live-Metal.net’s Greg Maki, the old band is dead. Live Metal readers, meet StoneRider. (more…)

Bloodsimple

Bloodsimple

Every once in a while, an album takes a listener by complete surprise. In 2005, A Cruel World introduced Bloodsimple, a new band featuring Vision of Disorder frontman Tim Williams and guitarist Mike Kennedy, and signed to Bullygoat Records, the label started by Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray. It was a solid effort that showed the hardcore veterans transitioning into the metal world. But in no way did it prepare anyone for Red Harvest, the band’s 2007 sophomore effort that drew its name and part of its inspiration from a novel by famed hardboiled detective writer Dashiell Hammett (author of classics such as The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man). In that novel, Hammett coined the term “blood-simple.” As the violence escalates out of control and the bodies pile up around him, the unnamed narrator acknowledges his fragile state of mind: “This damned burg’s getting me. If I don’t get away soon I’ll be going blood-simple like the natives.”

Incorporating spoken word elements, grooves that would make Pantera jealous and a host of catchy hooks, Red Harvest is one of the year’s best metal albums. A recent tour supporting Hellyeah brought Bloodsimple to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., where Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with Williams to discuss the new album and more.
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Hellyeah

Hellyeah

Hellyeah started as five guys—drummer Vinnie Paul of Pantera/Damageplan fame; Mudvayne’s Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett on vocals and guitar, respectively; Nothingface’s Tom Maxwell on guitar; and Damageplan’s Bob Zilla on bass (replacing Nothingface’s Jerry Montano prior to the start of the first tour)—just looking to make music and have fun. It quickly turned into one of the most successful hard rock acts of 2007, with headlining tours and stints on the main stage of the Family Values Tour and as direct support on Korn’s fall arena run. When the band’s “Balls, Volume and Strength” tour recently brought them to Baltimore, Md., Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with Chad to discuss all things Hellyeah and get the latest on Mudvayne. (more…)

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Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah

Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah

HELLYEAH LIVE PHOTOS

Review by Greg Maki

I don’t know if I have had more fun at a concert all year. Hellyeah—the “supergroup” featuring Pantera/Damageplan’s Vinnie Paul on drums; Mudvayne’s Greg Tribbett on guitar and Chad Gray on vocals; Nothingface’s Tom Maxwell on guitar; and Damageplan’s Bob Zilla on bass—returned to the site of the first show they ever played for another rock n’ roll party. They brought with them Bloodsimple, the band signed to Gray’s Bullygoat Records, and Otep, led by the frontwoman of the same name. (more…)