Archive for April, 2013

RZRatVendorReview by Greg Maki
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More than 25 years into his music career, with an impressive collection of hit singles and fan favorites, and one of the biggest, most explosive and entertaining live shows you could ever see, Rob Zombie easily could sit back, turn off the creative juices, tour a few months every year playing nothing but the same familiar songs night in and night out, and watch the checks roll in. But, you see, Mr. Zombie is not just an entertainer. He’s an artist, and whether it’s in the world of film or music, he needs to create. So after a period in the mid-2000s when it seemed like he might be done with music, he’s back and sounding more energized than ever with his fifth solo album, and third since 2006, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. (more…)

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Morgan Rose of Sevendust

Live photos: Sevendust, Coal Chamber, Lacuna Coil

Review by Greg Maki

What more can I say about Sevendust at this point? I have been a die-hard fan since I first heard “Black” in spring 1997, seen them live almost 20 times and covered them extensively here at Live Metal. In 16 years, they have never disappointed me; if anything, they’ve only gotten better with age. They’re easily among my top five favorite bands of all time. (more…)

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Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

The Outlaw Torn: An interview with Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

Right now, arguably the hottest hard rock/metal band in America is from Denmark. Behind hit singles “A Warrior’s Call,” “Still Counting” and “Heaven nor Hell,” Volbeat has rocketed to stardom here in the past couple years, routinely selling out shows and seeing their latest album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, debut in the top 10 on the Billboard 200. When their headlining tour recently brought them to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen to discuss the new record, touring, King Diamond, sleep paralysis, finding the unique Volbeat sound and more. (more…)

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FROM DISTURBED TO DEVICE
David Draiman unleashes his new band

It’s been nearly two years since Disturbed started its planned hiatus after more than a decade at the top of the hard-rock heap. Frontman David Draiman has kept busy during that time, producing the forthcoming album from Trivium, working with Dave Mustaine on a handful of songs for the next Megadeth record and launching a new band of his own, Device, which obviously features Draiman’s unmistakable voice but adds electronic, industrial-like sounds to the mix. On Tuesday, April 9, the day the self-titled Device album (which debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200) hit stores, Draiman discussed his new project and more with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

ma2013tour-flyerLive photos: Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall, Holy Grail

Review by Greg Maki

The doors of The Fillmore Silver Spring might as well have been the entrance to a time machine when the Metal Alliance Tour rolled into town. Outside, the sun still shone on a beautiful spring day in 2013. Inside, it was 1987 all over again, with a predominantly male audience with lots of hair and denim, and plenty of sore necks the next day after a night of headbanging.

I’m not complaining or making fun. Born in 1979, I didn’’t really get to experience the heyday of thrash metal in the 1980s. So this, with headliners Anthrax performing its 1987 album Among the Living in its entirety, is probably the closest I will be able to get. (more…)

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