Archive for January, 2010

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Apart from an absence from the band in 2005-2007, guitarist Christopher Amott has been at the “root of all evil” since the 1996 inception of Sweden’s Arch Enemy. Together with his brother Michael, they form one of the most formidable guitar tandems in extreme metal. Following the recent release of re-recorded songs from their first three albums, aptly titled The Root of All Evil, Arch Enemy embarked on the “Tyrants of Evil” tour in January 2010 across the United States with Exodus and Arsis in support.

On the first night of tour, Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki and Ryan Mavity talked with Christopher backstage at the Recher Theatre in Towson, Md. Chris talked about the tour, his time away from the band, The Root of All Evil and a solo album he plans to release in 2010. (more…)

Photos by Chris Mumford

Photos by Chris Mumford

Here come the Riot Brides

Following a trail blazed by The Runaways in the 1970s, the Riot Brides are out to show that girls can rock just as hard and with as much attitude as the guys who still dominate the rock ‘n’ roll world. Rock is exactly what these women do, with a brash swagger reminiscent of Bon Scott-era AC/DC. Put together by Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy and guitarist Abby Gennet, who previously fronted the New York City-based band Slunt, Riot Brides also includes vocalist Gabriella DeMarco, bassist Erin Soriano and drummer Tuesdai Murgia. They’ll have a four-song EP—released through Pearcy’s Top Fuel Records—available at live shows starting in February, and they’re set to spend 2010 writing, recording and looking for the right opportunity to unleash their act on the national stage. Not bad for a band that has existed only since May 2009. Gennet recently checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to talk about the band, whiskey and dive bars. (more…)

mnemic_sonsofthesystemReview by Jeff Maki
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A decaying industrial world set in a future where machines and government have formed an alliance to enslave man. Smog and steam fill polluted city streets now hiding in the shadows of a once prosperous world. Sound like Blade Runner? The Terminator? Hosts of other sci-fi films depicting an apocalyptic future? This is the vision and feel the listener gets from Mnemic’s Sons of the System. (more…)

Fozzy_chasing-the-grailReview by Greg Maki —– Fozzy has a lot of talent but no identity. On its fourth album, Chasing the Grail, the band led by pro wrestler Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward is light years away from its beginnings as an ‘80s metal cover act (when Jericho used the name “Moongoose McQueen”). Fozzy fell off of my radar after its self-titled debut (2000), so I haven’t heard albums two (Happenstance, 2002) and three (All That Remains, 2005). (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Everything goes in cycles, and it seems the latest nostalgia trip takes us to the 1980s, the pre-grunge era that was about nothing more than sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Enter Taking Dawn, a band whose debut album, Time to Burn, somewhat surprisingly comes to us from Roadrunner Records. The band hails from Las Vegas, which—also somewhat surprisingly—has produced few hard rock/metal bands over the years. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki

Ozzy Osbourne freely admits that the stories he relates in his autobiography, I am Ozzy, are told to the best of his recollection, his memory eroded by decades of extreme substance abuse. Given the astronomical amount of booze and other drugs he spent the better part of his life ingesting, it’s almost beyond belief that he is still alive and in a condition to tell any stories.

I am Ozzy is a wild, vulgar ride through Osbourne’s debauchery-filled life—a yarn overflowing with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, with an extra emphasis on the drugs. It’s often hilarious, sometimes sad and even scary at certain points. (more…)

Bruce Kulick

Bruce Kulick

Survivor: An interview with Bruce Kulick

Ace Frehley was first and Tommy Thayer wears the makeup now, but no KISS guitarist has had a longer tenure than Bruce Kulick. His years (1984 to 1996) yielded several hit albums and one of the best records of the band’s 35-year career, 1992’s Revenge. Kulick went his own way when the original lineup reunited in 1996, forming Union with former Mötley Crüe singer John Corabi and releasing two criminally overlooked albums (Union, 1998, and The Blue Room, 2000). Solo releases followed in 2001 (Audio Dog) and 2003 (Transformer), and since 2001, Kulick has been a member of Grand Funk Railroad. On Feb. 2, Bruce unleashes his third solo album, BK3. With guest appearances by Gene Simmons, Gene’s son Nick, Corabi, KISS drummer Eric Singer, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Edguy singer Tobias Sammet and The Knack frontman Doug Fieger, along with Kulick’s always solid playing, it’s an album KISS fans won’t want to miss. Bruce recently talked to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about BK3 and more. (more…)

AMConspiracyReview by Greg Maki
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It’s hard to remember an album opener that smacked me in the face with as much authority as AM Conspiracy’s “Revolution,” from their self-titled debut. Despite being aware of the band since its formation in 2005, I had not heard anything by them before receiving an advance copy of this disc, which is the first release from Burnhill Union Records. But I was familiar with frontman Jason “Gong” Jones from his Drowning Pool days (he was the singer on their 2004 album Desensitized), so I had expectations whether I wanted them or not. (more…)

AM Conspiracy

AM Conspiracy

Conspiracy theory: An interview with AM Conspiracy’s Jason ‘Gong’ Jones

Jason “Gong” Jones came to the attention of the music world when he became the singer of Drowning Pool following the 2002 death of Dave Williams. He’s spent more time, though, in his new band, AM Conspiracy, whose self-titled debut comes your way Jan. 12 via Burnhill Union Records. The record stands out from the pack due to its surprising diversity, while always remaining firmly in the realm of hard rock and metal. In a recent interview with Live Metal’s Greg Maki, Jones, who makes his living as a tattoo artist in Orlando, Fla., discussed the band’s formation, the new album, why his previous band was not a good match, touring with Dimebag Darrell Abbott and more. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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For some reason, I’ve waited several months to review this album, and I’m glad I have. Back in October 2009, it just did not live up to the hype. The band touted it as a return to its rough-around-the-edges, us-against-the-world, 1970s sound. Paul Stanley took the reins as producer, and no outside songwriters participated. It was KISS writing and recording as a real band for the first time in who knows how long. (more…)