Archive for October, 2011


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)



He’s the man
Joey Belladonna of Anthrax talks ‘Worship Music’ and more

Who would have predicted that a band that formed three decades ago would be one of the biggest stories in metal in 2011? Or a band that changed singers twice since its previous album, which was released all the way back in 2003? That’s what we have with Anthrax, which welcomed back singer Joey Belladonna, frontman during the band’s most successful years, in 2010 in time for the first Big 4 shows (with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth) and, in September 2011, released its first album with him in 21 years, the phenomenal Worship Music. Prior to the launch of the band’s fall tour with fellow thrash veterans Testament and Death Angel, Belladonna checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to talk about his return, the new album and more. (more…)


Richard Christy of Charred Walls of the Damned

Charred winds are blowin’
Richard Christy of Charred Walls of the Damned talks about his band’s new album, ‘Cold Winds on Timeless Days’

One of the best debut albums of 2010 was the self-titled release from Charred Walls of the Damned, featuring drummer Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Testament, Iced Earth) and guitarist Jason Suecof (producer, All That Remains, Trivium, DevilDriver, Chimaira). Less than two years later, the band is back with its sophomore effort, Cold Winds on Timeless Days, which, like its predecessor, combines elements from several styles of metal to create a concoction all its own. Christy, who also is a regular on The Howard Stern Show, an actor and standup comic, recently called in to’s Greg Maki to talk about the new album, touring plans and more. (more…)

Municipal Waste's Ryan Waste: "An In-Studio Report?"

Municipal Waste’s Ryan Waste: “An In-Studio Report?”

There’s old school, new school, crossover, hardcore-punk, the Big Four shows, the potential “new big four” and the list goes on. Long story short—thrash metal is back. But the thing is, I saw Municipal Waste doing this live back in 2006, when no one else was. They were the first band I heard playing this style of old-school thrash in years. Four albums later, the band has gained a loyal following and been credited with sparking the resurgence. During the recording of its upcoming album for new label Nuclear Blast (tentative release date in early 2012), guitarist Ryan Waste checked in with’s Jeff Maki to talk about life in the studio, the Big Four and more. But wait—was Ryan really in the studio? Surely he wasn’t partying it up, was he? We’re not entirely sure, so we’ll let you decide. One thing is certain: Municipal Waste once again will be looking to “fuck you up” in 2012. (more…)

Join Evile's "Cult"

Join Evile’s “Cult”

Are you Skeptical about Metallica’s collaboration with Lou Reed? Or maybe as great of an album as Death Magnetic was, you thought it was a tad overrated? Do you long for the days of Master of Puppets or … And Justice for All? Sure, you always could take a trip down memory lane by spinning those albums, or you could try listening to U.K. thrashers Evile. Hailed by many as one of the “New Big Four” of thrash metal, Evile—led by brothers Matt (rhythm guitarist/vocalist) and Ol Drake (guitarist)—recapture the glory of those classic albums while also taking thrash forward into the 21st century. (more…)

evile-serpentsOK, now with their third album, Five Serpent’s Teeth, can we argue that the U.K.’s Evile—hailed as one of the “New Big Four” of thrash metal—finally can put the comparisons to classic Metallica to rest?

No way—are you fucking kidding me? “Eternal Empire” clearly has shades of, if not a striking resemblance to “Disposable Heroes” within its thrashing notes, and the album closer, “Long Live the New Flesh,” sounds remarkably similar to a song that closed out a classic 1988 album. But you know what? That’s OK. Obviously, the band had its influences growing up, and if they naturally let these influences come up in their playing, then yes, you will hear familiar riffs and styles. (more…)