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Suffocation: "Legacy of Brutality"

Suffocation: “Legacy of Brutality”

With so many extreme metal bands arriving in the past few years, an older band like Suffocation (founded in 1988) could get lost in the vast sea of blood, guts, gore and indecipherable logos. But the fact is, any extreme band today owes a debt to the Long Island death metallers that are credited widely with inventing “brutal death metal” on their 1991 release, Effigy of the Forgotten. Decibel Magazine called Effigy of the Forgotten “a benchmark for extreme music, that sacrificed neither virtuosity or brutality … while opening up rhythmic dimensions and the scope of the blast beat.”

After a hiatus from 1998 to 2003, vocalist Frank Mullen announcing in 2012 he would not be participating in all the band’s future live shows, drummer Mike Smith leaving the band for the second time and fours years since they released their last album, 2009’s Blood Oath–take one listen to their new album, Pinnacle of Bedlam (Feb. 19, 2013, Nuclear Blast), you would never know all the strife the band has endured. The album throws the listener into fray straight from the get-go. The unsuspecting listener may not make it through, while Suffocation fans once again will recognize the band’s legacy of brutality.

Live Metal recently grilled bassist Derek Boyer about Pinnacle of Bedlam, the meaning of the title, artwork and more. We also tried to get some answers about the beginnings of Suffocation and the future of the band. But what we came away with time and time again was a simple, yet effective answer; “Suffocation plays brutal death metal.” (more…)

Donald "D.C." Carpenter of Eye Empire

Donald “D.C.” Carpenter of Eye Empire

‘Revolution’ man

In the past few years, no band has worked harder than Eye Empire. Straddling the line between hard rock and metal, and with a truly independent, do-it-yourself work ethic, this is a group of music veterans—vocalist Donald “D.C.” Carpenter (Submersed), guitarist Brad “B.C.” Kochmit (Switched) and bassist Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo, Stereomud, Dark New Day), along with drummer Ryan Bennett—doing everything they can to do what they love. With a two-disc version (featuring 24 tracks) of their debut album, Impact, available now and a new single, “More Than Fate,” hitting the airwaves, Eye Empire has returned to the place where you’ve been mostly likely to find them during the past two years: the road, dubbing this run the “Revolution Tour 2013.” When they played the Recher Theatre in Towson, Md., Carpenter sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki for a pre-show interview. (more…)

Love-and-Death-between-here-and-lostReview by Jeff Maki
For Korn fans, there’s no more wondering what could have been. When guitarist Brian “Head” Welch abruptly left the nu-metal pioneers in 2005, most fans perceived his departure as some sort of drug-induced trip, a bad joke, during which he went on to pronounce his Christianity. Shortly after, photos surfaced of him getting baptized, bearing a resemblance to Jesus Christ himself. (Head since has cleared this up, mainly in our first interview we did with him in 2011.) Fans turned their backs on the popular former member of Korn, and even after success with a biography, Save Me from Myself (2007) and a solo album (2008) of the same name, it seemed as if “Head” might fade into obscurity. (more…)

Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides

Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides

Live photos

Review by Greg Maki

The line to get inside Rams Head Live was longer than I had ever seen at this venue. It was full of teenagers and kids even younger (along with some parents who probably would have preferred to be somewhere else), most dressed in black, many with makeup to match. The staffers manning the doors might have needed an extra Sharpie or two to draw the Xs on the hands of all those under 21.

The eardrum-piercing screams and chants of “Black Veil Brides!” started outside, echoing throughout the hallway leading to the venue. The reason? The doors had opened. Yeah, it was going to be that kind of night. Inside, the eager crowd greeted every small action—testing the smoke machine, fiddling with the lights—with the same cacophonous reaction. I’d never felt so old in my life. (more…)


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)