Archive for July, 2009

In This Moment

In This Moment

Success has come relatively quickly for In This Moment, a band that found itself on the road with Ozzfest, Megadeth and an arena tour with Ozzy and Rob Zombie following the 2007 release of its debut album, Beautiful Tragedy. The sophomore effort, The Dream, followed in 2008, and the band has continued its relentless assault on audiences. With the newly released “Ultra Violet” edition of the album, featuring bonus tracks (including a cover of the Blondie classic “Call Me”), in stores, In This Moment is spending the summer on the 15th annual Warped Tour. When the tour hit the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., frontwoman Maria Brink and bassist Jesse Landry checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

Street Sweeper Social Club: Tom Morello, left, and Boots Riley

Street Sweeper Social Club: Tom Morello, left, and Boots Riley

Tom Morello, best known as the guitarist of Rage Against the Machine, wasted little time before starting a new band after the break-up of Audioslave. He turned to Boots Riley, a rapper best known for his critically acclaimed work with The Coup, and Street Sweeper Social Club was born. With their self-titled debut album in stores and fresh off a summer amphitheater tour with Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction, Boots called in to talk to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about the new record, the messages behind his songs, the roots of his political activism and more. (more…)

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Live-Metal.net’s proximity to the city of Baltimore has always led us to seek out and discover new rock and metal bands live at venues like Hammerjack’s (R.I.P.), Rams Head Live, Sonar, Recher Theatre, Ottobar and others. But until now, I must admit, I didn’t realize there was a strong up-and-coming hardcore scene about to boil over in Charm City. Followed by a rabid group of fans, Trapped Under Ice is at the top of the game of Baltimore City hardcore. For those wondering, according to the band, they weren’t purposely named after the classic Metallica song from Ride The Lightning, “but it’s cool if you want to believe that.” In 2007, a five-song demo CD got the attention of N.Y. hardcore label Reaper Records, and Trapped Under Ice released the Stay Cold EP (review) shortly after. Their full-length debut, Secrets of the World, drops Aug. 4, 2009. (more…)

Chris Howarth, left, and Maria Brink of In This Moment

Chris Howarth, left, and Maria Brink of In This Moment

LIVE PHOTOS: Shooter Jennings, In This Moment, The Devil Wears Prada, Escape the Fate
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INTERVIEWS: Black Tide, Alana Grace, In This Moment, Shooter Jennings
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Review by Greg Maki
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My second Warped Tour experience left me no less amazed than my first. Seventy-five bands performed on seven stages. Each seemed to bring with it a devoted fan following, even the many I had never heard of before. Most of the bands on the tour fall into the punk category—or some offshoot of it—but there are always exceptions, ensuring a diverse group of music-lovers, young and old (but mostly young), in attendance. (more…)

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suffocation-blood-oathAs brutal as they’ve ever been, death metal pioneers Suffocation are back with Blood Oath, a solid collection of tunes that’s sure to appeal to death metal aficionados everywhere. (more…)

DevilDriverPrayforVillainsReview by Greg Maki
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DevilDriver’s Pray for Villains, their fourth album, is a truly remarkable effort—as heavy and uncompromising as the band has ever been, yet marked by a newfound accessibility. The biggest change is that rather than relying so much on pure speed (though many of the songs still move at a breakneck pace), they build songs around thrashy grooves that are as catchy as they are heavy. The influence here is more Pantera than death or black metal. (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)