Archive for October, 2010

type_o_bloody_kissesThe sky is cloudy and a dreary gray with sprinkles of cold rain. Colored leaves are falling on the damp ground, and the wind has regained that hint of wintry chill. The atmosphere and setting seem more desolate, and there is an ominous aura in the air. There’s a level of unpredictably, mystery, sexuality and barrels of fun waiting to be had by all. And of course, there’s a shitload of candy.

It’s hard to put in words the feelings of thistime of the season, but there’s no better metal record to do that than Type O Negative’s 1993 goth metal classic, Bloody Kisses. (more…)

Black Label Society, 2010, from left: John "J.D." DeServio, Nick Catanese, Zakk Wylde and Will Hunt.

Black Label Society, 2010, from left: John “J.D.” DeServio, Nick Catanese, Zakk Wylde and Will Hunt.

While Zakk Wylde undoubtedly is the center of attention in Black Label Society, his closest musical partner for the past several years has been John “J.D.” DeServio. In addition to playing bass in the band, J.D. picked up co-producing and mixing credits on the new album, Order of the Black (review). He’s also the founder, bassist and driving force behind another band, Cycle of Pain, which released its debut album in 2009 (review). With Black Label Society touring the United States and Canada throughout the fall on the Black Label Bezerkus, with support from Children of Bodom, Clutch and 2Cents, J.D. called in from the road to talk to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about the tour, the new album, Zakk Wylde’s sobriety and more. (more…)

forbidden-omegaI feel like I’m in high school again. This year, I have seen Megadeth, Exodus and Testament live; heard new albums byDeath Angel and Suicidal Tendencies; and interviewed many bands from the thrash metal scene. And of course,Metallica and Slayer are going as strong as ever. The thrash metal revival has reinvigorated and in many cases reunited bands I listened to in my youth. Now to maybe a lesser extent, yet still relevant, we have a new release from the early Bay Area thrash band Forbidden. (more…)

"Diagnosing the Infection with Ol Drake"

Evile: “Diagnosing the Infection with Ol Drake”

Is anyone tired of hearing about the new wave of thrash metal yet? Well, I’m not, and as the undisputed frontrunner of the movement, the U.K.’s Evile probably isn’t either. The band has been touted as one of the “new big four” of thrash metal, mostly on the undeniable strength of its sophomore album, Infected Nations. But the album isn’t your standard pedal-to-the-metal thrash record—the slowed down tempos, darker, serious tones and mammoth sized riffs bring to mind Metallica’s … And Justice for All. Fitting, as Metallica is one of the band’s biggest influences.

Evile was on a path to success and enjoying the ride until disaster struck while on tour in Sweden in 2009, whenbassist Mike Alexander died due to a blood clot in his lungs. The band faced an important decision: Continue or lay it to rest?

Well, the band is currently on a U.S. tour with Bonded by Blood, has just released an Infected Nations Redux and is writing album number three as you read this. While on tour, guitarist Ol Drake chatted with’s Jeff Maki about all of these topics and more. (more…)

By Greg Maki
My introduction to Marilyn Manson came Dec. 6, 1994. About two months past my 15th birthday, I was in the company of my dad and older brother Jeff to see Nine Inch Nails at the Baltimore Arena. Remember, this was the year of The Downward Spiral and “Closer,” the year a mud-covered performance stole the show at Woodstock. The fervor surrounding Trent Reznor was never greater—before or after this period. I had no clue who the opening acts were to be that night, and I didn’t care. I was there to see Nine Inch Nails, which had become something of an obsession to me in the months prior. (more…)

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie

Rob and Alice throw a Halloween hootenanny

Live photos: Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Murderdolls, Black Label Society, Clutch, Children of Bodom, 2Cents

Jeff Maki: For the superstars of shock—Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper—every day is Halloween. But still, the pairing of these two iconic shock rockers, first for the Gruesome Twosome tour in the spring and now for the fall run of Halloween Hootenanny, was a can’t-miss show. For this stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., the tour collided head-on with Black Label Society’s Black Label Berzerkus tour, making this a one-time Halloween festival.

Greg Maki: Zombie and Alice alone make for a great concert bill. Add Murderdolls, Black Label Society (my favorite band), Children of Bodom, Clutch, 2Cents, a haunted house and concert-goers in costume, and I can’t think of a better way to spend an October afternoon/evening. (more…)


Halloween Hootenanny. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)


Halloween Hootenanny. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)


Halloween Hootenanny. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)


Halloween Hootenanny. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)


Halloween Hootenanny. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)


Halloween Hootenanny. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)