Archive for March, 2008

DevilDriver

DevilDriver

With its 2007 effort, The Last Kind Words, DevilDriver has continued to carve out its niche in the metal world. The disc effectively builds on the band’s sophomore release, The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand (2005), by upping the ante with more intricate and skilled guitar work yet sacrificing none of the relentlessly heavy attack. Onstage, the band, led by frontman Dez Fafara, is nothing short of ferocious, consistently stealing the show as a support act and giving fans a full dose of DevilDriver on its second U.S. headlining tour. Support on the run comes from the legendary Napalm Death, as well as 36 Crazyfists, Invitro and Straight Line Stitch. When the tour stopped at Jaxx in Springfield, Va., guitarist Jeff Kendrick sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki for a pre-show interview. (more…)

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Joel O’Keeffe of Airbourne

Joel O’Keeffe of Airbourne

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Review by Greg Maki
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If you’re trying to find the next great rock ‘n’ roll band, you can end your search now. They have come to these shores from Australia, and they’re called Airbourne. Despite what you might think or what others might tell you, rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well. As proof, I offer Airbourne’s performance at a sold-out Recher Theatre in Towson, Md. (more…)

More than a year has passed since the release of Threads of Life, Shadows Fall’s first release after making the controversial jump from Century Media to Atlantic Records. And here they are, still standing, having toured the world and now gearing up for the Monsters of Rock festival this summer in Canada and the one-day Ozzfest in Dallas, Texas. As the band finished up a two-week East Coast tour with Kataklysm, The Showdown, Arsis and Droid, and prepared to head home and start writing for the next album, guitarist Matt Bachand sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki.
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Review by Greg Maki
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“Prodigal Son,” the lead single from Sevendust’s Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow, is one of the finest songs the band has ever recorded. It’s heavy, tight and a features a Lajon Witherspoon vocal with oh so much soul. Intentional or not, it is an emphatic statement that Sevendust has switched gears from the rage-fueled Alpha (2007). (more…)

Jordan Buckley of Every Time I Die

Jordan Buckley of Every Time I Die

Whether it’s Cadbury Eggs, fights with security guards or dreaming about shooting mutated animals in Russia, life is always interesting in the world of Every Time I Die. Since the release of its latest album, The Big Dirty, in September 2007, the band has performed live on national TV, toured with Killswitch Engage and headlined the latest edition of the Take Action Tour, also featuring From First to Last, The Bled, August Burns Red and The Human Abstract. Now its sights are set on a spring headlining run across Europe and, looking ahead to the summer, its second stint on the Warped Tour. When the Take Action Tour stopped at Baltimores Rams Head Live, guitarist Jordan Buckley sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss all things ETID. He wants you to know he was high on PCP.1 (more…)

Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust

Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust

Is there a harder working band than Sevendust? Including the CD/DVD combo Retrospective 2, its latest disc, Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow, is its third release in the past 13 months. Reveling in the freedom and creativity coming from the formation of its own record label, the band followed the ambitious, aggressive Alpha (2007) with an album that ranges from pummeling (“Inside”) to soft and soothing (“The Past,” featuring Chris Daughtry) to experimental (“Hope,” featuring Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti). This latest chapter covers all facets of the band, building on everything that has come before. Vocalist Lajon Witherspoon called in to talk with Live Metal’s Greg Maki about the new album, the spring tour with Saliva and more. [NOTE: Two days after this interview, the band announced the return of guitarist Clint Lowery and departure of Sonny Mayo.] (more…)

light-from-aboveReview by Greg Maki
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Black Tide is the rare band that started to make a name for itself nationally before any of its members had released an album. That’ll happen when you’re four teenagers opening the Ozzfest main stage, which Black Tide did in 2007. And it didn’t hurt that their musical prowess outshone touring partners many years their seniors.

Light from Above sounds like the output of a young band; it’s full of the enthusiasm and energy often lacking from bands that have been through the wringer so many times. Its chief influences—early Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden—come from a time the band members are too young to remember. A cover of Metallica’s “Hit the Lights” ensures we know exactly where they are coming from. It’s nice to know kids are going back to discover good music. Of newer bands, they remind most of Sanctity. (more…)

ATR-2008

Politically incorrect with Phil Labonte

Since the release of The Fall of Ideals (review) in July 2006, All That Remains has established itself as a force in the metal world. The band has supported the album relentlessly on the road with a touring schedule that has included Ozzfest 2006, support slots for bands such as Bullet for My Valentine and As I Lay Dying, and two headlining jaunts across the United States. Live-Metal.net caught up with frontman Phil Labonte at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., on the second-to-last night of a tour with Chimaira, Black Tide and Light This City. In a free-wheeling discussion, Phil touched on politics, touring, the music industry, the follow-up to his band’s breakthrough record and more. (more…)

Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch

Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch

Frontman Ivan Moody’s throat problems forced Five Finger Death Punch off the road for a couple months in early 2008, but not even that could stop the band’s momentum. Its debut album, The Way of the Fist, is selling better than ever, re-entering the Billboard Top 200 and climbing close to the top of the Heatseekers chart, while the first single, “The Bleeding,” has become a rock radio staple. This summer will find Five Finger Death Punch as part of what looks to be the hottest ticket in heavy music, the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, headlined by Slipknot and Disturbed. Drummer Jeremy Spencer recently checked in from Los Angeles with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss how the band has spent its break from the road, its soon-to-resume touring schedule and more. (more…)

meshuggah_obzenReview by Jeff Maki
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The experimental Swedish metal band Meshuggah has always been something of a mystery to me. Musicians and critics in publications like Rolling Stone and Alternative Press absolutely love them, praising them for their avant-garde, mathematical sound and constantly ranking them as one of the “most important metal bands.” You never hear much more about them otherwise, no high-profile tours or massive worldwide success, yet they continue to release album after album, building more critical acclaim. I’ve never been a huge fan, but there always seems to be a song here and there that stands out, such as “Rational Gaze” from 2002’s Nothing or “Corridor of Chameleons” from 1998’sChaosphere. I thought that 1995’s Destroy Erase Improve was–and still is–their best release. To me, this is a band that’s kind of been drudging along ever since like an old, broken-down, beat-up truck, the owners squeezing out every last mile. (more…)

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