Archive for August, 2010

AsylumReview by Greg Maki
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If another album I recently reviewed, In This Moment’s A Star-Crossed Wasteland, shows a band finding its identity, then Disturbed’s fifth record, Asylum, presents an act that found itself years ago and is quite content with what it is. Some fans and a lot of critics tend to look down on newer bands that deviate little from album to album, while more veteran artists seem to get a free pass. Do you ever come across reviews slamming AC/DC or Motorhead? Of course not. It can be comforting to know a band, get its new album and not only hear what you expect but hear it done well. (more…)

Rob Halford

Rob Halford

Main Stage: Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Halford, DevilDriver, Nonpoint

Second Stage: Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, Saviours, Goatwhore, Kataklysm, Skeletonwitch

(Click on band names for photo galleries.)

Review by Greg Maki

Oh, Ozzfest, how I missed you. Sure, others have stepped in the three years since you were last a touring festival. But they’re just not the same. As great as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is, it always feels like something is missing without the Prince of Darkness finishing off a hot, sweaty day of metal—even after he jettisoned longtime cohort Zakk Wylde in favor of Greek guitarist Gus G. of Firewind. (more…)

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Ozzfest 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Ozzfest 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Ozzfest 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Ozzfest 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Ozzfest 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Ozzfest 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Ozzfest 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Ozzfest 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Ozzfest 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Murderdolls: Joey Jordison, left, and Wednesday 13

Murderdolls: Joey Jordison, left, and Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13: Murderdolls, Mick Mars and Fresca

Eight years after the Murderdolls’ debut album, Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, Wednesday 13 and Joey Jordison, better known as the drummer for Slipknot and now Rob Zombie, are back with their sophomore effort, Women and Children Last. The songs this time come not from horror movies, but a darker, scarier, more personal place, and Roadrunner Records is so excited that it sent Wednesday out on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival to do nothing but meet fans and talk to press. Proper touring will start soon, with European dates with Guns N’ Roses and Ozzfest, and the opening slot on the Halloween Hootenanny Tour featuring Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper. At the Mayhem Festival’s stop in Bristow, Va., Greg Maki and Jeff Maki of Live Metal met up with Wednesday to talk about the new album and more. (more…)