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Fozzy

Novelty no more
Rich Ward talks Fozzy’s evolution, new album

Fozzy started as a joke, more or less, a way for the members of Stuck Mojo to have a little fun playing covers in their Atlanta stomping ground. That continued after pro wrestler Chris Jericho—sorry, “Moongoose McQueen”—became its vocalist. By album No. 3, 2005’s All That Remains, the band had made the transition to all original material. Fozzy began to carve out its own identity with 2010’s Chasing the Grail and has solidified its sound with the superb Sin and Bones, released in August. With the band members’ full-time focus and a slot on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, the time is now for Fozzy to make its mark in the hard rock/metal arena. Live Metal’s Greg Maki recently caught up with guitarist Rich “The Duke” Ward to discuss the band’s evolution, the new album, touring the United States and more. (more…)

God Forbid "Return to form"

God Forbid “Return to form”

That is what many fans are saying about God Forbid’s latest album, Equilibrium. After 2009’s more experimental Earthsblood, the band has returned to more of the sound of Gone Forever (2004) and IV: Constitution of Treason (2005). Now on a new label, Victory Records, and moving on from guitarist Doc Coyle’s brother Dallas’ departure from the band in 2009, God Forbid seems like it is out to prove something and reestablish itself as one of the leaders of modern metal. And they’re not wasting any time, having spent the summer touring the United States on Metal Hammer’s Trespass America Festival, sharing the stage with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Emmure, Pop Evil and Battlecross.

Live Metal has a little history with God Forbid, first interviewing vocalist Byron Davis in 2006 and then Doc Coyle on the 2009 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Now, in 2012, we had a quick chat with the newest member of the band, guitarist Matt Wicklund, at the Trespass Festival’s stop at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, Pa. (more…)

Emmure: "At the top of their game"

Emmure: “At the top of their game”

Starting out playing small venues and rising up in more of the underground punk and hardcore scene, Emmure now is perhaps Victory Records’ biggest band. Combining hardcore, death metal, nu-metal and elements of hip-hop, many critics and fans alike have labeled them “deathcore.” But they seem to attract just as much love as they do hate for their unconventional musical style and “bro” image. But has that slowed them down? Nope. They have released five albums on Victory since 2007, and Speaker of the Dead (2011) and 2012’s Slave to the Game have propelled them from underground status to high-profile metal tours like Metal Hammer’s Trespass America Festival. In summer 2012, Emmure was part of the inaugural tour sharing the stage with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, God Forbid, Pop Evil and Battlecross.

So what does Emmure think about labels? And what exactly is “the game?” When the tour rolled into Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, Pa., Live Metal caught up with guitarist Jesse Ketive while the band was backstage pumping iron and warming up for their set. (more…)

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Rise to Remain

Rise to Remain rises in America
An interview with vocalist Austin Dickinson

During the past few years, Rise to Remain has toured extensively throughout Europe, making appearances at the biggest metal festivals. But it wasn’t until summer 2012 that the London-based band crossed the pond to tour America. The Vans Warped Tour served as its maiden voyage, the band bringing it modern metal sound to audiences primed more for punk and hardcore-inspired acts. When the tour came to Columbia, Md., Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with frontman Austin Dickinson to talk about touring America, the band’s debut album (City of Vultures) and more. (And by the way, if you don’t recognize Austin’s last name, you’re probably at the wrong website.) (more…)

Sully Erna of Godsmack

Sully Erna of Godsmack

(Click band names for photo galleries.)

MAIN STAGE: Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Adelitas Way

ERNIE BALL STAGE: P.O.D., Deuce, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show

JAGERMEISTER STAGE: Fozzy, In This Moment, Candlelight Red, Cruz, Silvertung (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…)