Archive for January, 2011

Rev Theory

Rev Theory

… And ‘Justice’ for all

Rev Theory has seen its stock rise steadily throughout its eight-plus years of existence, through tours with the likes of Mötley Crüe, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Seether and Evanescence, and having songs heavily featured on World Wrestling Entertainment programming. The band’s third album, Justice (in stores Feb. 15, 2011), should have no trouble continuing the upward trend, as it is its heaviest, angriest—and best—effort to date. What is sure to be a rigorous touring schedule also kicks off in February with the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, also featuring Pop Evil, Hail the Villain and The Black Cloud Collective. Rev Theory’s drummer, Dave Agoglia, called in to Live Metal’s Greg Maki to talk about the new album and more. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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It is rare when a single album comes to define an entire musical movement/subgenre. Blending metal and hardcore, melody and aggression, with lyrics of hope and optimism, Alive or Just Breathing (2002), the second album by Killswitch Engage, must be the starting point for any discussion of “metalcore.” Though it has become something of a dirty word after so many have copied the blueprint Killswitch laid out without adding anything to it, AOJB has gone down as one of the most influential and important metal releases of the past decade. (more…)

belphegor - blood magick necromanceSince the release of its first studio album in 1995, Austria’s self-described “supreme death/black metal art” band, Belphegor, has been the embodiment of extreme. Offensive, evil, bizarre and disturbing, Belphegor has tried to shock us and bleed the last drop of blood from our ears with each album and outrageous live show. For years, the band has appeared in blood-drenched promos and has featured blasphemous album artwork and controversial lyrics dealing with S&M and other intense subject matter. But for some reason, Belphegor never achieved its maximum threshold—until now. (more…)