Archive for August, 2008

slipknot-hopeAmerica’s favorite masked, eight-member extreme metal band was back with a vengeance in 2008. Slipknot had a tough act to follow after the mainstream success of 2004’s Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses), so they decided to follow it with probably their heaviest album yet, although not their best. (more…)

tuiThe 10 for $10 hardcore tour was my official introduction to Baltimore, Md.’s own hardcore sons, Trapped Under Ice. After interviewing the band and seeing their loyal fan base go berserk during their manic live set, I immediately ran over to the merch table and grabbed their 2007 release, Stay Cold. The CD features the Stay Cold EP and the 2007 Demo. (more…)

F5Since his departure from Megadeth in 2002, bassist David Ellefson has collaborated on albums by Soulfly, Avian and The Alien Blakk, and been a member of Temple of Brutality and Iron Steel. But F5’s The Reckoning is by far the strongest work of his post-Megadeth career. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Listen to Dysfunction (1999) and The Illusion of Progress (2008) back to back and if not for the common thread of Aaron Lewis’s voice, a listener would never be able to identify the band as Staind on both discs. I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense; the vast majority of bands must grow and evolve to keep even their fans interested. Staind has done exactly that, mutating from one of the early nu-metal leaders to a more diverse act that better showcases the talents of Lewis, who doesn’t get the credit he deserves as one of his generation’s leading singer-songwriters. (more…)

folkloreandsuperstitionReview by Greg Maki
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Black Stone Cherry is one of my favorite bands to emerge since Live Metal launched in 2006. Its self-titled debut was breath of fresh air, a good-natured slab of Southern-influenced hard rock made by four young men with an obvious love, passion and appreciation for what they’re doing. The album, though, is nothing compared to the magic they bring to the stage as a live act, where they add extended instrumental sections, throw in a blues jam or a cover of “Voodoo Child” here and there, and perform with so much heart and soul. (more…)

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Hardcore-influenced metal bands have been doing the good cop/bad cop vocal arrangements for several years now. The newer trend is to throw a female vocalist into the mix for a beauty-and-the-beast effect. Knoxville’s Straight Line Stitch fits into the latter category, but the thing that separates it from most of the pack: it’s really good and When Skies Wash Ashore, its debut full-length release, is one of the best albums I’ve heard so far in 2008. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Shinedown

Shinedown

Shinedown has had a lot of success since bursting onto the national music scene in 2003 with its debut album, Leave a Whisper, and following it up with Us and Them two years later. Hit singles and sold-out concerts have been the norm. But all was not well in the band’s camp. Internal and personal struggles led to the departure of guitarist Jasin Todd and bassist Brad Stewart prior to the recording of album No. 3, The Sound of Madness. Now, with three new members on board, Shinedown is as strong as ever and plans to spend the next two and a half years on the road supporting its superb new record. Drummer Barry Kerch recently checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss the state of the band, The Sound of Madness and more. (more…)

bigelf-cheatBigelf’s Cheat the Gallows was one of my most anticipated albums in a long time. Their previous release, Hex, seemingly came out of nowhere and ended up as one of Live-Metal.net’s highest rated releases ever. Bigelf’s sound is self described as “Pink Floyd ferocity with Black Sabbath heavy-pop and electric guitars.” It’s hard to explain, but it sounds like you’ve heard Bigelf songs decades before, yet they’re re-imagined, different and even better this time around. If Cheat the Gallows ends up being half as good as Hex, we still have a great album. (more…)