Archive for December, 2008

attila-soundtrackAttila’s The Soundtrack to a Party is the first release I’ve heard from Florida’s Statik Factory Records. I usually don’t like to bash bands too hard on, but this one just aches for it. The band’s self-described “partycore” seems like it could be something fresh and full of energy. Instead we get a mostly incoherent blend of noisecore and ultra-sloppy musicianship. OK, so the boys in Atilla like to party. We get it. From the album’s appealing layout, featuring photos of a hot chick-afterparty with the band, to the band’s colorful bio, we get it. (more…)

Brent Smith of Shinedown

Brent Smith of Shinedown

Review by Greg Maki

I was disappointed to hear lead guitarist Nick Perri had left Shinedown. He was only with the band for about a year and did not get the opportunity to make any contributions in the studio, but he had helped it become one of the tightest live acts around. That much was evident earlier this year at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., and again in 2008’s final month at Washington, D.C.’s world-famous 9:30 Club.

The set list in D.C. was almost identical to the one in Baltimore five months ago, but the change in both setting and season (Christmas lights decorated the inside of the club) made for a very different atmosphere. (more…)


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

Born From Pain: "Survival of the Fittest"

Born From Pain: “Survival of the Fittest”

The world today is ruled by greedy governments that worship the almighty dollar. Wars rage on in the Middle East. People live in fear of terror. The economy is collapsing. All this while world leaders make their homes in mansions, castles and large estates, plotting their next move to make billions. Meanwhile, large, rich corporations are bailed out by the government, while their executives coast through the skies in private jets. Times are hard alright. But for the average, hard-working people of this world, times are hard and it’s not getting better. The world as we know it is truly in a state of disarray.

Dutch hardcore band Born From Pain is not going to change the world. But with their new album, Survival (review), the band hopes to spread awareness of many of these world issues while playing a few hardcore metal shows along the way. Ultimately, Born From Pain’s goal is to raise the voice of many against the powers that be. The band has been going strong now for more than a decade and Survival is as much of a call for revolution as it is a testament to the band’s career. Not long after the release of the album,’s Jeff Maki chatted with guitarist Karl Fieldhouse about all things Born From Pain. From the social awareness of their lyrics to the recording of Survival, all bases are covered. (more…)