Archive for January, 2009

edguy-tinnitusI am a big fan of Edguy’s 2006 release, Rocket Ride. Always powerful, always comedic and always rockin’, Edguy might have hit their creative peak with that album. A few songs on Rocket Ride hinted at the hard rock direction of Tinnitus Sanctus, but I didn’t realize the band would abandon ther power metal style completely. That’s what happened. (more…)

CD-harvestMore than a decade into their career, Cattle Decapitation hopes to set the new standard for extreme music with The Harvest Floor. Although they play a gore-soaked, fusion of death metal and grind, it’s important to point out that the band is not what they seem. It’s not all blood and guts, at least not from animals. The band members are vegetarians who are against the mistreatment and consumption of animals. They even have a veggie-burger named after them at a cafe in their hometown of San Diego. Umm, umm good. Depicted through their lyrics of blood and gore, animals represent humans in all cases; the lyrics are anti-human. I haven’t seen the actual album artwork in its entirety, but the cover depicts humans being led into the “harvest floor.” Leave the inner intestines of the CD booklet up to your imagination. (more…)

cattle2Now more than a decade into their career, Cattle Decapitation hopes to set a new standard for extreme music with their latest offering, The Harvest Floor (review). Although they play a gore-soaked, extreme fusion of death and grind, it’s important to point out that the band is not all what they seem. It’s not all blood and guts, at least not from animals. The band members are vegetarians who are against the mistreatment and consumption of animals. They even have a veggie-burger named after them at a cafe in their hometown of San Diego, Calif. Depicted through their lyrics of blood and gore, animals represent humans in all cases; the lyrics are anti-human. The chaotic nature and ferocity of the band’s music are certainly not for everyone. But for fans of extreme music, it doesn’t get more brutal than this.

Just days prior to the album’s release, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki spoke with lead vocalist Travis Ryan about the band’s beliefs, their chaotic sound and The Harvest Floor.

LIVE METAL: Cattle Decapitation has been around for quite some time now, but have obviously remained very underground. For our readers, tell us about the band and specifically the band’s beliefs. (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

James Hetfield of Metallica

James Hetfield of Metallica

Metallica live photos
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Review by Greg Maki
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Long ago, Metallica secured its place in music history. Its first four albums, released between 1983 and 1988, are the gold standard in metal; the self-titled “black album” (1991) has sold more than 20 million copies; and later this year, they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (more…)

Kreator-Hordes_Of_ChaosI became a Kreator fan long ago with the release of their thrash metal masterpiece, 1990’s Coma of Souls. I still have to spin “When the Sun Burns Red” when I’m feeling the need for some violent thrash. Hordes of Chaos is the German band’s 12th studio album and a no-nonsense return to their early thrash metal sound. Given thrash’s return to prominence in recent years, this makes complete sense for one of the subgenre’s forefathers.The band made a conscious effort to give the album a 100-percent, realistic live feel and recorded everything as such in the studio with little aid from computer technology. (more…)

SSS Div LineLiverpool, England’s ShortSharpShock, better known as “SSS,” is a crossover skater/thrash band. The Dividing Line is their second full-length album for Earache Records. Since the early 1980s, thrash metal and punk rock have been heavily associated with the skating lifestyle. The music was dubbed “crossover,” as it combined thrash metal and hardcore punk. Bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Minor Threat, D.R.I., S.O.D. and even Anthrax were labeled as this and their music was often used as a backdrop and was popular in the scene. Something happened a few years ago when Municipal Waste helped open the doors to a thrash metal revival. The gasket blew off of the whole goddamn thing and bands have emerged all over the world, spawning the New Wave of Thrash Metal. (more…)

Mudvayne

Mudvayne

Mudvayne kept a low profile after completing the cycle of its successful 2005 release, Lost and Found. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy. November saw the release of The New Game, the first of two new albums the band has written and recorded during the past two years. When the first leg of their tour (also featuring 10 Years and the reconstituted Snot) stopped at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down backstage for a quick chat with drummer Matthew McDonough and bassist Ryan Martinie. (more…)