Archive for March, 2011

Arejay Hale of Halestorm

Arejay Hale of Halestorm

Halestorm uncovered
Drummer Arejay Hale on Skid Row, Lady Gaga and more

On the strength of their self-titled debut album, Halestorm has been touring the world nonstop for the past two years. But before heading out on the Avalanche Tour with Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet and Art of Dying, the hard-rocking quartet from Red Lion, Pa., found time to slip into the studio to record ReAnimate: The Covers EP, five songs pulled from the band’s varied influences and one selected by its fans. Before a recent sold-out show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., (the band’s biggest headlining show to date), Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with drummer Arejay Hale to talk about the new EP and more. (more…)

REVIEW: Amon Amarth – ‘Surtur Rising’

Posted: March 29, 2011 by Jeffrey Maki in Reviews

amon-amarth-surturDoesn’t that album cover make you want to dust off the old Dungeons & Dragons manuals? Don’t laugh—I know you used to play. I’ve been threatening to break out my manuals and bag of dice for years now, but this just might be the thing that pushes me over the edge. My house around 8? I’ll DM?

Swedish Vikings Amon Amarth are back with their eighth album, Surtur Rising, this time centering on the “fire giant,” Surtur, as its theme and story. In Viking mythology, Surtur rose from his flame land of Muspelheim and set the world afire with his flaming blade. Damn, could they have picked a more badass mythological figure? (more…)

the-unforgivingFor some bands, taking risks with a formula for success can end horribly wrong. Take RiskLoad or Chinese Democracy as proof. But for others, expanding their sound can result in exciting twists and turns and a larger fan base. This is what Within Temptation is going for with its fifth album, The Unforgiving, the most varied and daring album of its career. Not to discredit the earlier work, but this band has come a long way from the little folk metal band with the enchanting fairy singer. (more…)

Art_Of_Dying_Vices_and_Virtues_Album_CoverReview by Greg Maki
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Listening to Vices and Virtues, the major-label debut by Canadian rockers Art of Dying, unsettling words come to mind—predictable, calculated. The disc gets off to an innocuous enough start with “Die Trying” and “Get Through This.” The lyrics are trite and the sound is basically a lighter Chevelle with guitar solos, but it’s acceptable as background noise if nothing else. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Two years after the release of their self-titled debut, Halestorm still is going strong on the road. They have toured so much that a proper follow-up is at least several months away, but the band and its label are doing what they can to tide the fans over in the meantime. Last November saw the release of the CD/DVD combo Live in Philly 2010, and now we have ReAnimate: The Covers EP, a title that is self-explanatory. (more…)

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Review by Greg Maki
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I don’t know if there is a 2011 release I am anticipating as much as I have The Fight of Our Lives by Straight Line Stitch. Its proper debut, When Skies Wash Ashore, released in 2008, was a real shot in the arm of the flagging metalcore subgenre, and the band has been honing its chops with relentless touring ever since its release. (more…)

Eye Empire

Eye Empire

The empire strikes back
An interview with Eye Empire vocalist Donald Carpenter

In this age of manufactured artists clogging the airwaves, Eye Empire is as fresh as a breath of air can be. Comprising bassist Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo, Stereomud, Dark New Day), guitarist B.C. Kochmit (Switched), vocalist Donald Carpenter (Submersed) and drummer Will Hunt (Dark New Day, Evanescence, Black Label Society), Eye Empire has been a true independent, do-it-yourself project from the beginning. Without label support of any kind, they sold out the first pressing of their debut album, Moment of Impact (which features Morgan Rose of Sevendust on drums), and are now on a second run of 1,000 copies. A couple weeks before they were set to begin touring, Carpenter called in to talk to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about all things Eye Empire. (more…)

Paul Allender: "From the Cradle to the Abyss"

Paul Allender: “From the Cradle to the Abyss”

No introduction needed. On the 2011 Creatures of the Abyss tour, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki and Ryan Mavity sat down with longtime Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender to discuss the band’s beginnings all the way up to this particular dark and rainy present day. (more…)

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