Archive for January, 2012

bleeding-through-great-fireThe Truth was a gift and a curse for Bleeding Through. The band achieved some mainstream success and was at the forefront of metalcore, and even was cited as “the future of metal” by some publications.

After a publicized dispute with its former label, Trustkill Records, lineup changes and the albums Declaration (2008) and Bleeding Through (2010), the band is back with The Great Fire, its second release on Rise Records, also the label home of bands such as Abandon All Ships, The Devil Wears Prada and Miss May I. You could make a case that any of those bands largely exist indirectly due to Bleeding Through.

With The Great Fire I’m not really sure where Bleeding Through lines up in today’s musical climate. Clearly, there are a number of bands that have surpassed them in popularity, and the band, though still recognizable is no where near as relevant as in days past. (more…)

Trivium: "Building Momentum"

Trivium: “Building Momentum”

Just months after the release of their fifth album, In Waves (Aug. 9, 2011), Trivium is on the verge of a major breakthrough. After opening the main stage of last year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and then touring Europe with In Flames, the band returned to the U.S. to find its single “Built to Fall” climbing the charts of FM radio. Trivium then hooked up with In Flames again for a U.S. tour, even playing acoustic sets for radio along the way and giving the headliners a run for their money each night. At the tour’s stop at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., Live Metal’s Jeff Maki talked with bassist Paolo Gregoletto about the success of In Waves, the band’s relationship with In Flames and early plans for the next Trivium record. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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In a March 2011 interview, Halestorm drummer Arejay Hale told me the band was going to “get a little more dangerous” on its second album and not “play it so safe this time.” That second album now has a title (The Strange Case of …) and release date (April 10, 2012), and to whet fans’ appetites, Halestorm has released a digital EP, Hello, It’s Mz. Hyde, containing four songs from the upcoming release that back up Arejay’s prediction. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Lacuna Coil, by far the most well-known Italian metal export, alienated some longtime fans with its 2009 release, the pop-inflected Shallow Life. People in that group can come back now, as the follow-up, Dark Adrenaline, takes the band back to its metal roots and might just be the highpoint of its career. (more…)

Devils-bloodWith the 2012 announcement of the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Behemoth, Watain, In Solitude and The Devil’s Blood, I was compelled to check out The Thousandfold Epicentre.

Metal recently survived the thrash metal revival with a few bands emerging as mainstays. Now we are in the midst of a retro revival, with bands taking the vintage sounds of ’60s and ’70s rock, and recreating earthly and nostalgic music that is both organic and “real.”

The most prominent to emerge thus far are the demonic popes of Ghost, a band of “nameless ghouls” that plays Black Sabbath- and Blue Oyster Cult-inspired occult rock and black metal. After the dark, spiritual journey of The Thousandfold Epicentre, I declare that next up is the Netherlands’ The Devil’s Blood. (more…)

Drowning 'In Waves,' Burning In Flames

Drowning ‘In Waves,’ Burning In Flames

In Flames, Trivium, Veil of Maya, Kyng

By Jeff Maki

I was here to see In Flames. In Flames we trust—make no mistake. But perhaps we’d better start from the beginning. (more…)