Archive for May, 2008

kataklysm-prevailCanadian hyperblasters Kataklysm had a tough task on their hands when the time came to record a new album. 2006’s death metal staple, In the Arms of Devastation, is their best-selling album to date and saw the band gain mass exposure and popularity through nonstop touring. Could they possibly match the songwriting, intensity, heaviness and overall success with Prevail? Well, I wouldn’t say they top their previous effort with this outing, but the band does well to match it. Plus, you’ve got to be excited about the band’s new mascot, “The Heartbeast,” making his second appearance on an album cover. (more…)

hatchet-awaiting-evilBy now any metal fan is aware of the thrash metal revival. No Life Till Leather is once again the motto for dozens of up-and-coming thrash metal bands. It’s almost like we have been thrust back in time to 1985, with bands not only sounding, but living the lifestyle fashioned by their forefathers. The Bay Area spawned the scene way back when and is doing its part again. Hatchet is the latest retro-thrash band to emerge. (more…)

anotherblackdayReview by Greg Maki
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There’s something I find cool about a band having a song named after itself. It sounds superficial, but it conjures thoughts of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, tells me that some thought went into the name. (more…)

engelBased in a breeding ground of metal, Gothenburg, Sweden, Engel has an all-star lineup. The band was founded in 2005 by former In Flames and Guardian guitarist Niclas Engelin and also features guitarist Marcus Sunesson (formerly of The Crown), drummer Mojjo (formerly of Lord Belial), bassist Michael Hakansson (formerly of Evergrey) and vocalist Mangan Klavborn. In Flames vocalist Anders Friden produced the album with assistance from producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames). With a cast like this, fans will be expecting top-notch metal, maybe even a melodic death masterpiece. (more…)

Flyleaf

Flyleaf

More than 30 months after the release of its self-titled debut, Flyleaf continues to travel the country, bringing its spirited hard rock to fans who have pushed the record past the milestone of one million sales. An end—or at least a break—to the touring is in sight, however, as the band is preparing to hunker down this summer to work on thitseir long-awaited second album. But Flyleaf is about more than music, as seen by the band members’ charitable work with World Vision and a trip to Rwanda earlier this year. Bassist Pat Seals recently called in from the road for a quick chat with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

Tantric

Tantric

“The end of one thing led to the beginning of another.” That’s how Hugo Ferreira, the frontman of Tantric and the architect of the band’s new incarnation, describes the past few years. Ferreira survived it all—the collapse of Maverick Records, the departure of the other three original band members—and has brought his band back with a new lineup and an innovative new album, The End Begins. Tantric is on tour now, and Ferreira recently called in from the road to discuss the band’s new life, the new album and more with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

stick-to-your-guns_comes-from-the-heartReview by Ryan Mavity
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I must say I am glad that my first review back for Live-Metal.net is for something like Comes from the Heart, the debut album from Orange County hardcore band Stick to Your Guns. I surely would not have wanted to come back and review something like The Berserker, for instance.

Comes from the Heart is an album that was born to be played on the Warped Tour—and in fact it was in 2008. This is punk-metal pretty much the way you expect it. (more…)

CD19B_10PG. ROLLOUT_T710003.aiReview by Greg Maki
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Your opinion of Anthems for the Damned, the first Filter record in six years, likely will depend on how much politics you can take in your music. The majority of Richard Patrick’s themes are universal in nature; who can find fault in “Soldiers of Misfortune,” a song inspired by a Filter fan killed in Iraq? Nevertheless, there is no doubt where Patrick is coming from when he sings lines like “George Bush is fucking us up” on “What’s Next.” Fortunately, overly literal lyrics like that are the exception, not the rule. (more…)

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Shaun Morgan of Seether

Shaun Morgan of Seether

LIVE PHOTOS: Seether, Flyleaf
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Review by Greg Maki
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Booking an outdoor show on a Friday night in May probably seemed like a great idea. It’s the heart of spring, with the days growing longer and the air growing warmer. Summer and the busy concert season that comes with it are just around the corner. But rain drenched much of this particular Friday. It passed through the area long before show time, but it left behind a damp chill. The point: It was cold. Seether frontman Shaun Morgan even gave an extra thanks to everyone for coming out because of it. (more…)

Darrell Roberts of Five Finger Death Punch

Darrell Roberts of Five Finger Death Punch

With a hit single (“The Bleeding”) tearing up the airwaves, successful runs on the 2007 Family Values Tour, an arena tour with Korn, their own headlining shows, the opening slot on Disturbed’s spring tour and a spot on the first-ever Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival this summer, Five Finger Death Punch is one of the hottest bands in metal. Its phenomenal debut album, The Way of the Fist, will be unleashed in an expanded edition, featuring the new single “Never Enough,” on May 13. When the band came to the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, Pa., on April 22 for a headlining show, with support from Nonpoint, guitarist Darrell Roberts sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)