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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Megadeth's Shawn Drover: "Countdown to Th1rt3en"

Megadeth’s Shawn Drover: “Countdown to Th1rt3en”

It certainly has been a whirlwind past couple years for Megadeth. A nonstop touring schedule that has included the Big Four shows with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, a killer album in 2009’s Endgame, the Rust in Peace 20th anniversary tour, the return of bassist David Ellefson, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and even more have headlined the world of heavy metal. Dave Mustaine and Megadeth are names metal fans old and new are seeing and hearing again on a daily basis—almost to the point of a Mega-overdose. But that’s just fine with us, and probably even better for drummer Shawn Drover, who originally thought he was going to be playing the band’s “farewell tour” when he joined in 2004. I don’t think he even knew what he was in for. And it doesn’t end there; Megadeth will release a new studio album called TH1RT3EN on Nov. 1, 2011, and is set to play the next Big Four show in September at Yankee Stadium.

During Megadeth’s run on the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Live-Metal.net sat down with Shawn Drover and discussed the recording of the new album, Megadeth’s hectic schedule and Ellefson’s return. (more…)

Chimaira-The-Age-Of-Hell-ArtworkReview by Greg Maki
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There’s been turmoil in the Chimaira camp since we last heard from the Cleveland band. Drummer Andols Herrick, bassist Jim LaMarca and keyboardist Chris Spicuzza are out; bassist Emil Werstler and keyboardist Sean Zatorsky, both from Daath, and drummer Austin D’Amond are in. The songwriting core of frontman Mark Hunter and lead guitarist Rob Arnold remains intact, though, and the two of them recorded The Age of Hell, the band’s sixth studio album, with rhythm guitarist Matt DeVries and producer Ben Schigel on drums. (more…)

Trivium: "Recruiting fans, In Waves"

Trivium: “Recruiting fans, In Waves”

For fans of Orlando, Fla.’s Trivium, the band’s 2005 sophomore album, Ascendancy set the bar and is the standard for everything before and after in their career. So naturally, after two excellent, yet more varied albums in The Crusade (2006) and Shogun (2008) that saw Trivium trying to establish a new sound, Ascendancy seems to be the blueprint for In Waves. No more emulating Metallica or any other of the band’s idols and influences—this was going to be an honest, hardcore Trivium record. And mark my words: Not only is Trivium my pick for breakthrough band on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, but with In Waves, Trivium will be metal’s biggest breakthrough in 2011 and into 2012. And a big part of this is due to the band’s new drummer, Nick Augusto, a former drum tech for the band who joined as a full-time member in late 2009 after Travis Smith parted ways. On new songs like “In Waves,” “Dusk Dismantled” and “Black,” Augusto’s triggered, hard-hitting, ferocious style brings the band to a new level.

Trivium has spent the hot summer months alternating opening the main stage on this year’s Mayhem Festival before embarking across the U.S. as openers for Dream Theater’s “A Dramatic Turn of Events Tour.” Later in the year, they’re heading to the U.K. for “Defenders of The Faith III,” with In Flames, Ghost and others. On the Mayhem stop July 31 in Camden, N.J., Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki talked with Nick Augusto about the festival, details of In Waves and his transition into the band. Warning: Generic questions may follow. (more…)