Archive for June, 2008

gama-bombWhen it comes to the New Wave of Thrash Metal, look no further than Earache Records. For better or worse, it’s safe to say Earache is spearheading the movement. Gama Bomb is another new thrash/speed metal band, hailing from Dublin, Ireland, of all places. That’s not exactly a hot-bed for thrash metal–at least, I don’t think it is. They play fast as hell, have shredding guitar solos, monster riffs and a vocalist simply known as Philly who alternates between a Joey Belladonna-style (Anthrax) shout to high-pitched shrieking notes. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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A little turmoil has done wonders for Shinedown. The band laid a solid foundation with its first two albums, Leave a Whisper (2003) and Us and Them (2005), racking up a slew of hit singles and not stifling its creativity while remaining a rock radio staple. Internal and personal problems that resulted in the departure of its original guitarist and bassist, and the addition of three new members have created a hungrier band. Any of the 11 songs on The Sound of Madness could be a regular in concert set lists for years to come. (more…)

aborted“European death metal butchers?” That’s how Aborted’s official biography describes them and it couldn’t be more right on. The band has been around since 1995 and Strychnine.213 is their sixth full-length album. (more…)

the_dreaming_-_2008_etched_in_bloodReview by Greg Maki
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The Dreaming’s Etched in Blood is an album some have been awaiting for years and others don’t even know exists. For those of you in the latter category, a quick primer: Frontman Christopher Hall formed The Dreaming in 2002 following the breakup of his previous band, Stabbing Westward, which had some success in the mid- to late-‘90s and recorded one of my essential albums, Darkest Days (1998). Guitarists and bassists have come and gone since the band started, and only former Econoline Crush drummer Jonny Haro (who also spent a brief period as a touring drummer for Stabbing Westward) has gone the distance with Hall. The lineup now includes former Amen guitarist Jinxx, guitarist Carlton Bost and bassist Brent Ashley. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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If there has been a hard rock trend in the early months of 2008, it’s been nostalgia. Airbourne’s AC/DC-influenced sound is at the forefront (it is for me, at least), but they are not the only band recalling the classic rock of the 1970s. Add to the list 16 Second Stare, the brainchild of vocalists/guitarists “Angry” Tim and Todd Pettus. (How can you not like a band with a dude known only as “Angry” Tim?) (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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It’s a new name and new attitude for Rev Theory, formerly Revelation Theory. The band, now a five-piece with the addition of a second guitarist, still is firmly entrenched in the hard rock world, but the energy and adrenaline of Light It Up, its sophomore full-length release, are light years beyond 2005’s Truth is Currency. It’s evident as soon as the fists-in-the-air anthem “Hell Yeah” blasts out of the speakers, followed by the determined stomp of “Favorite Disease” and the rousing title track. The ballad “Broken Bones” slows the momentum somewhat, but it’s a good song and “Kill the Headlights” quickly comes to pick up the pace again. (more…)

Into+the+SunReview by Greg Maki
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I was never a fan of Candlebox during their 1990s heyday. Their hit single “Far Behind” is overplayed on my local rock radio station to this day. Based on that, then, Into the Sun, their first album in a decade, is one of the most pleasant surprises I’ve had recently. (more…)

Richard Patrick of Filter

Richard Patrick of Filter

For nearly six years, Filter fans patiently waited while Richard Patrick, the band’s mastermind, checked himself into rehab and got sober, then joined his buddies Robert and Dean DeLeo (from Stone Temple Pilots) in a new outfit, Army of Anyone. As good as that band’s one and only album was, Filter is where Patrick belongs. Its resurrection comes with the searing new album Anthems for the Damned, a diverse, dynamic outing that showcases Patrick’s new socially conscious outlook. He recently took time out from reacquainting himself with his fans on the road to talk to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about all things Filter.
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indestructibleReview by Greg Maki
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Disturbed is far from the heaviest of heavy metal bands—many purists probably don’t even accept them as part of the genre—but there is a certain quality to its  music that gets the adrenaline pumping like few others. The signature syncopated rhythms and the powerful, rhythmic tones of dynamic frontman David Draiman make for an intense concoction. (more…)

Droid

Droid

Years of hard work finally is paying off for Droid. In 2007, the band’s self-titled debut album was the first release on Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer’s Emotional Syphon Recordings. They spent last summer on the Family Values tour and the fall on Korn’s Bitch We Have a Problem arena run. They have stayed on the road virtually nonstop since then, opening for the like of Ill Niño and Shadows Fall. It was on the last night of the two-week East Coast tour with Shadows Fall that vocalist James Buddy Eason sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

The Showdown

The Showdown

Though album No. 3 is in the can, in the words of frontman David Bunton, many people “don’t know what The Showdown is.” The band’s first release, A Chorus of Obliteration (2004), was an aggressive effort featuring harsh metal vocals from Bunton. The follow-up, Temptation Come My Way (2007), eased into more melodic hard rock territory. It was a solid effort but hardly representative of the band, especially in a live setting. The new album, Back Breaker, scheduled for an August release on an undisclosed label, sees another stylistic shift, this time to all-out thrash. So on a recent tour with Shadows Fall, these four lads from Tennessee fit in just fine alongside fellow openers Kataklysm, Arsis and Droid. At the tour’s last stop, Bunton sat down to discuss the new album and the current state of the band with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)