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Unleashed: "The Vikings' Journey"

Unleashed: “The Vikings’ Journey”


Way back in 1989, the now classic and influential subgenre of Swedish death metal was taking shape.
 A band called Nihilist spawned two great, long-running acts: the mighty Entombed and the pioneering Viking metal band Unleashed. Credited as the first of its kind, Unleashed looked to its forefathers for tradition and values, using Viking mythology in its lyrics, single-handedly creating another subgenre that is relevant today. More than 20 years later, Unleashed has released its 11th studio album, Odalheim, the successor to As Yggdrasil Trembles (2010). Long story short—the world came to an end with Yggdrasil, and the warriors that survived battle to build a new one on Odalheim.

Yes, this band is about as close as you can get to living, breathing, ax-wielding Vikings. So how did Unleashed start what all of us diehard metalheads know as Viking metal? Is it in their bloodlines? Did it just sound like a good idea? Well, we went all Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey in an interview with drummer Anders Schultz, looking to discover the origins of the subgenre and how it came to be … (more…)

Clint Lowery of Call Me No One/Sevendust

Clint Lowery of Call Me No One/Sevendust

Sevendust’s Clint Lowery talks Call Me No one

For 15 years, Sevendust has been one of the hardest-working bands in rock music. But an opportunity arose for its members when they decided to take off most of 2012. Long had guitarist Clint Lowery and drummer Morgan Rose discussed making music together outside their primary band, and the window that unexpectedly opened has led to Call Me No One, whose debut album, Last Parade, was released June 5, 2012. On its release day, Lowery checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to talk about the new project, a possible new strategy for releasing future Sevendust music and more. (more…)

Cherri Bomb, from left: Julia Pierce, Miranda Miller, Rena Lovelis and Nia Lovelis. Photo by Joseph Llanes.

Cherri Bomb, from left: Julia Pierce, Miranda Miller, Rena Lovelis and Nia Lovelis. Photo by Joseph Llanes.

Cherri Bomb takes control
Founder Julia Pierce discusses forming the band, touring and more

Cherri Bomb is one of the most buzzed-about rock bands of 2012—and for good reason. Their debut album, This is the End of Control, released via Hollywood Records, is a refreshing offering of pure, honest rock ‘n’ roll in an age of TV talent shows and manufactured pop stars. They’ve toured Europe and Australia, opened for the Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins, and will spend part of the summer on the Vans Warped Tour—and oh yeah, the four members of the band are girls between the ages of 14 and 16. Founding member Julia Pierce, who recently celebrated her 15th birthday, checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to talk about the formation of Cherri Bomb, touring and more. (more…)