Archive for February, 2011

Greg Tribbett of HellYeah

Greg Tribbett of HellYeah

It’s hard to think of a band better suited to the Jägermeister Music Tour than HellYeah, a band that instantly seemed to become known for partying and drinking. So it comes as no surprise to learn Jäger flows freely on the HellYeah tour bus, which is often a dangerous place for unprepared members of other bands. “They don’t like to hang around HellYeah too much,” says guitarist Greg Tribbett. Of course, this wouldn’t matter if the band couldn’t bring it musically, as well. Two albums in (the sophomore release, Stampede, was released in July 2010), HellYeah is running strong, and though months of touring remain on the current cycle, one member at least is talking already about making record No. 3 darker and heavier. Before the Jäger tour’s recent stop at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, just a few months after their first encounter at the Uproar Festival, Live Metal’s Greg Maki hopped aboard the HellYeah bus to get the latest from Tribbett. (more…)

DevilDriver-BeastReview by Greg Maki
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Beast might be the most appropriate album title I’ve ever heard. For a beast is exactly what DevilDriver’s fifth album is. This one rages from start to finish, fueled by something animalistic, primal. The band dialed its fury back a little on its previous effort, Pray for Villains (2009), which now feels like a dam that barely withheld the destruction unleashed on Beast. Even a cover of a country song is a full-on metallic assault. (more…)

DH-romanceIn the world of metalcore, there are few bands with the reputation of Washington, D.C.’s Darkest Hour.

Over the course of its 16-year career, the band has perfected this style and spawned countless imitators. The band’s latest release, The Human Romance, seems like less of an attempt to break new ground as it as a retrenchment, a statement of “We built this shit, ya know?” (more…)

REVIEW: Rev Theory – ‘Justice’

Posted: February 15, 2011 by Greg Maki in Reviews
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Review by Greg Maki
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From the opening song of their third album, Justice, Rev Theory serves notice that the success they achieved with their sophomore effort has not left them satisfied. Starting with the ferocious one-two-three punch of “Dead in a Grave,” the title track and “Hangman,” Justice presents Rev Theory at its angriest, heaviest and hungriest. Previous hits like “Hell Yeah” and “Light It Up” are practically pop songs next to what we get here. (more…)

dr-acula-slanderThis certainly ain’t your older brother’s metal—my, how times have changed. Yeah, I probably know what you’re thinking: Another one of these noisecore-type-bands, with no songs and no imagination, by some bastards that can’t even play. Wrong. Maybe it’s some kind of a spoof band, like Green Jello, Ugly Kid Joe or even Scatterbrain. Closer, but still way off. What if I told you this seven-piece from New York was The Black Dahlia Murder and Napalm Death, rolled up in a big fat joint with Anthrax and Emmure, with a dimebag of hip-hop and electronica on the side? Yeah, that’s it, or “partygrind” as the band has dubbed itself. (more…)

sirenia-enigmaDuring the past decade, Sirenia’s founder, Morten Veland (formerly of Tristania), has seen a harem of talented, beautiful female singers come and go, including Fabienne Gondamin (At Sixes and Seven), Henriette Bordvik (An Elixir for ExistenceSirenian Shores) and, more recently, Monika Pedersen (Nine Destinies and a Downfall). Then he found and recruited Spanish vocalist Ailyn after auditioning more than 500 women. Her debut with the band came on 2009’s The 13th Floor, an album  we said “should put Sirenia into the elite class of gothic metal.”

A couple years later, that hasn’t quite come to fruition, but their new album, The Enigma of Life, might change that. (more…)

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Keith Nelson, left, and Stevie D. of Buckcherry

Keith Nelson, left, and Stevie D. of Buckcherry

LIVE PHOTOS: Buckcherry, HellYeah, All That Remains, The Damned Things (more…)

Belphegor: "Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magick ... and Goatheads?"

Belphegor: “Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magick … and Goatheads?”

Since 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 of its albums and outrageous live shows. 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 had achieved its maximum threshold—that is, up until now. Finally, they have articulated the perfect balance of all of these extreme elements with their new release, Blood Magick Necromance (Feb. 8, 2011, Nuclear Blast Records), an album that many are sure to hail as their best offering yet.

Just before the album’s release, Belphegor vocalist/guitarist Helmuth fell victim to the latest Live Metal interview. We extracted some important information regarding the new album, the nature of Belphegor’s extremity and much more. (more…)