Archive for December, 2009

Flyleaf

Flyleaf

One of the rare bands to find favor with Christian and secular music fans, Flyleaf rode that crossover appeal all the way to the 1 million mark in album sales of its self-titled debut. Due to a relentless touring schedule, it took four years for its follow-up to be unleashed. Memento Mori, released in November 2009, was worth the wait, showing a band that has matured as both songwriters and musicians. Having just completed a U.S. tour of the kind of small, intimate venues in which they began, the band’s singer,  Lacey Sturm called in to chat with Live Metal’s Greg Maki about Memento Mori, the responsibility she feels to the Flyleaf fans and more. (more…)

municipal-waste_art-of-partyingReview by Jeff Maki
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Municipal Waste vocalist Tony Foresta proclaims that the band’s new album, The Art of Partying, is “gonna rip your balls off.” Damn, well my balls are still here as far as I can tell, but my freakin’ neck is pretty sore after burning through 15 hardcore thrashers averaging about 1:30 apiece. The album title says it all. Municipal Waste is all about bringing the fun and putting the “fuck you ” back into heavy metal. (more…)

DF-angelusThe Swedish black metal band Dark Funeral doesn’t receive as much hype as other acts intent on honoring Satan. They’re one of the original bands of the second wave of black metal—along with fellow countrymen, Marduk, Dissection and others—forming way back in 1993. Despite the musicians’ black metal monikers, corpse paint and glorified Satanic lyrics and imagery, the band has a low media profile—no murderers in the band’s ranks, no church burnings and little controversy (although the band’s violent video for “My Funeral” recently was pulled online). (more…)

Nonpoint

Nonpoint

Nonpoint cuts the cord, goes acoustic for new EP

It’s been almost 13 years since Nonpoint formed in South Florida, and suddenly everything is new again. New management, new label, new guitarist, one new release available and another in the can. First up: the digital-only acoustic EP Cut the Cord, featuring new takes on five songs from the first three Nonpoint albums and released through the band’s own 954 Records imprint in partnership with Rocket Science Ventures/RED/Sony. Up next: a new full-length, possibly self-titled studio album recently recorded at the Belle City Sound studios in Racine, Wis., with Mudvayne/HellYeah’s Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett producing. That should be coming our way in the spring, while summer could see the release of a second acoustic EP. As if that wasn’t enough, touring plans for the new year should be finalized soon. Frontman Elias Soriano checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to give us the details on all of the latest Nonpoint happenings. (more…)

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie live photos
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Review by Greg Maki

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A label change from his longtime home at Geffen Records to Roadrunner’s Loud & Proud imprint delayed the release of Rob Zombie’s new album for nearly three months—but, as always, the show must go on. Zombie’s fall tour, his first jaunt supporting Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool (now due Feb. 2, 2010), went on as scheduled and ended on a night with a treacherous mix of snow, sleet and rain at the famous 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)