Archive for April, 2011

"That Live Metal Show" with Don Jamieson and Jeff Maki

“That Live Metal Show” with Don Jamieson and Jeff Maki

Don Jamieson, co-host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, and LIVE METAL’s Jeff Maki talk one-on-one about all things metal. What will happen when two of the world’s biggest metalheads get together? Who the hell knows, but God help us all.

Tonight’s topics include the Big Four show in Indio, Ca., Don’s new live standup comedy album, Live and Hilarious, and thoughts on interviewing their heavy metal idols.

We wish we could provide video, or at least audio, but in true metal fashion, our gear was toasted not long after the recording took place. (more…)

btbam-hypersleepThis is why the Internets were invented. The website metalsucks.net managed to get an advance copy of Between the Buried And Me’s new EP, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, and, with the cooperation of the band’s new label, Metal Blade, put it out there for human consumption (metalsucks.net also is sponsoring BTBAM’s upcoming tour with The Ocean, Job for a Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage).

The new EP comes during a time of transition for BTBAM. After the lengthy tour for their last album, The Great Misdirect, the band left its longtime home at Victory Records for Metal Blade. In addition, the band worked on side projects, including singer Tommy Rogers’ solo album and bassist Dan Briggs’ work with his other band, Orbs.

As I’ve come to expect from BTBAM, the music contained here is awesome. It continues the lengthy song trend the band has been on for the past two albums—all three tracks clock in at more than eight minutes, and the entire EP is 30 minutes long.  (more…)

Jonny Santos of Silent Civilian

Jonny Santos of Silent Civilian

Rising from the ashes: Silent Civilian is ‘alive and well’

2011 is shaping up as a busy year for Jonny Santos. Spineshank, the band with whom he was selling a million albums about a decade ago and reunited in 2008, is gearing up to release Anger Denial Acceptance, its first new album since 2003. In his new home city of Las Vegas, he is opening a recording studio, where he will produce other acts and track most of Do Not Resuscitate, the next album by his other band, Silent Civilian, tentatively scheduled for a September release. He’s looking to spend most of the year either recording or touring, and he’s currently on the road with Silent Civilian, easily one of the best new bands to emerge in the past five years and just a lucky break or two away from exploding onto a much bigger level. When the tour recently rolled through Baltimore, Santos sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to talk Silent Civilian and a little Spineshank. (more…)

Madam AdamReview by Greg Maki
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I’ll admit that the writer in me wanted to like Madam Adam before I even heard any music. I mean, how often do you get to use the word “palindrome” in a music review? Not often enough, I say. (more…)

Madam Adam

Madam Adam

Finding their way to rock

Madam Adam is on the verge of releasing its first full-length album (self-titled, April 5, Roadrunner Records), but this Charleston, S.C., quartet has been together for more than 10 years. The chemistry that has developed during that time is evident in its catchy rock sound and tight live show. When the band opened for Halestorm recently at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with the whole band—vocalist/guitarist Scott Gould, guitarist Drew Reindollar, bassist Kenny Varner and drummer Matthew Reindollar—to talk about all things Madam Adam. (more…)