Archive for June, 2009

suicide-silence-no-time-to-bleedDeathcore—what a cool fucking name. And yes, it’s fitting for Suicide Silence. There are not many American metal bands that have put out as an abrasive an album as No Time to Bleed and had any amount of success (No. 32 on Billboard’s Top 200). This follows 2007’s The Cleansing, which to date has sold an unprecedented 70,000 units in the U.S alone. (more…)

ex-deo“The Roman Empire will rise again … and with the blood of our enemies, we shall paint the walls of Rome”—that’s the tagline for Romulus, the debut album by Ex Deo, a new death metal metal band conceived by Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono. “Battle metal,” anyone?

Completing the band are his Kataklysm bandmates, guitarist J-F Dagenais, bassist Stephane Barbe and drummer Max Duhamel, along with Francois Mongrain (Martyr) and Jonathan Leduc (Blackguard). Also guesting on Romulus are Nile’s Karl Sanders, Behemoth vocalist Nergal and Obsidian C. of Keeps of Kalessin. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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On their fifth studio album (the third with vocalist Howard Jones and second to be self-titled), Killswitch Engage knows what they do well and rarely deviates from it: Relentlessly pummeling verses, taking their cues from both hardcore and classic metal, lead to choruses powered by swelling vocal melodies. Such a simple description, though, seems to belittle a band that has become one of the leading forces in American heavy music. (more…)

delain-aprilI first heard the name Delain when conducting an interview with Epica vocalist Simone Simons. She mentioned them as one of the standouts of the Netherlands’ gothic metal scene. With their sophomore album, April Rain, I guess I’ll be the judge of that. (more…)

goatwhore-carvingMy introduction to New Orleans’ Goatwhore came with their 2006 album, A Haunting Curse. The band’s name—and what a freakin’ great one it is—says it all. This is one pissed off, no frills, Satanic-to-the-end metal band—enough said. WhileA Haunting Curse was one wicked and sometimes unlistenable, nonstop slab of American black metal, Carving Out the Eyes of God sees the “Goats” diversifying their unrelenting attack and taking on multiple styles of extreme metal. (more…)

Dream_Theater_-_Black_Clouds_&_Silver_LiningsReview by Greg Maki
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Ten studio albums into a career spanning nearly 25 years, Dream Theater is showing no signs of waning musicianship or creativity. In fact, record No. 10, Black Clouds & Silver Linings, their second release for Roadrunner Records, is their most complete effort since 1999’s Metropolis Pt. 2: Scene from a Memory. With six songs topping 75 minutes, it’s easily their most progressive outing since Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002) while also incorporating the heavy, gothic feel that permeated much of their last album, Systematic Chaos (2007). (more…)

1349For those who don’t know, what exactly is 1349? It’s the year that the Black Death reached Norway and also a black metal band from Oslo that features drummer Frost of Satyricon.

Up until Revelations of the Black Flame, 1349 played fast, primitive and uncompromising black metal. Check out their video for “Sculptor of Flesh” for proof. However, perhaps due to their major Celtic Frost influence and time spent touring with the band, the album explores more unknown territory for 1349 (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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The self-titled debut from Street Sweeper Social Club sounds almost exactly like what you would expect from the latest project of Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. It’s packed with grooving hard rock riffs with a funk flavor and politically charged lyrics. Morello plays with a looser, more relaxed feel than we heard from him in Rage or Audioslave—this music is more likely to get people to dance than mosh. Morello handles guitar, bass and production duties, possibly making this recording the closest he’s ever done to his vision. (more…)

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Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails

LIVE PHOTOS: Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, Street Sweeper Social Club
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Review by Greg Maki
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The so-called “NIN/JA” tour, which featured co-headliners Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction and came to Merriweather Post Pavilion June 9, was special for more than its heaping dose of 1990s nostalgia. For Nine Inch Nails, the jaunt was dubbed the “Wave Goodbye” tour, and on June 14, head Nail Trent Reznor told the crowd at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee that his band was playing its “last show ever in the United States.” (more…)