Archive for April, 2008

testament-formationGrowing up, I was a huge fan of Testament. Right alongside Megadeth, Metallica and, later, Sepultura and Pantera, they were a musical passion of mine and largely responsible for getting me into metal. The band has been in existence for 25 years and its career has culminated with The Formation of Damnation. This album sounds exactly as you’d expect Testament to sound in 2008. It’s like a modernized take on their albums The New OrderPractice What You Preach and Souls of Black. Is it as good as those albums? Probably not, but the band has taken the heavy, brutal sound of today’s best metal bands (more…)

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Matt Snell of Five Finger Death Punch

Matt Snell of Five Finger Death Punch

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH LIVE PHOTOS
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Review by Greg Maki
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The call: “Five Finger!” The response: “Death Punch!” The chant began to echo throughout the Chameleon Club soon after Nonpoint finished its 35-minute set. It was not a sign of audience disappointment with the band that just left the stage; Nonpoint gave a typically high-energy performance highlighted by a robust “Bullet with a Name” and had plenty of fans of its own in attendance. But with “The Bleeding” tearing up the airwaves for several months and a new single, “Never Enough,” just released to radio, there is a buzz, an excitement around Five Finger Death Punch, an anticipation from fans who might have had the chance to see them live only in small doses on last year’s Family Values Tour or on an arena tour with Korn. (more…)

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A little background information is necessary before I get into this review. Tantric formed in 1999 when former Days of the New members Todd Whitener (guitar), Jesse Vest (bass) and Matt Taul (drums) hooked up with singer Huge Ferreira. Quickly signed by Maverick Records, the band released its self-titled debut in 2001. The disc spawned the hit single “Breakdown” and sold more than a million copies. The follow-up, After We Go, released in 2004, was less successful. The years since have seen the band split from Maverick and the departures of Whitener, Vest and Taul. Ferreira, though, has persevered, continuing the Tantric name with a new group of musicians. (more…)

Guitarist for Snot, Soulfly and now Invitro; producer; Gridiron Records co-founder. Mikey Doling has built an impressive resume during his decade and a half in the music business. Talk to him or watch Invitro onstage, and it’s easy to see the secret to his staying power (aside from his obvious musical talent). It’s all about having fun for him and his bandmates, whose debut album, When I Was a Planet, is wonderfully wacky as it hops from genre to genre, rocking all the way. Invitro’s touring schedule has included a stint opening for Doling’s old friends Sevendust, a slot on the 2007 edition of the Family Values tour, and they just finished a spring run with DevilDriver and Napalm Death. A few days after the tour rolled through Jaxx in Springfield, Va., Doling checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

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Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust

Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust

SEVENDUST LIVE PHOTOS
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Review by Greg Maki
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It might have been mid-April, but inside the Crocodile Rock Café, it felt like the heart of summer. The warriors braving the sweltering heat: Lajon Witherspoon, Morgan Rose, John Connolly, Vinnie Hornsby and Clint Lowery, collectively known as Sevendust. (more…)

belphegor-bondageAustria’s Belphegor are a Satanic blackened death metal band that formed in 1993. They take their name from a demon and in recent years have become one of the more notorious extreme metal acts. Now in 2008, everything comes to a head with Bondage Goat Zombie. (more…)