Archive for August, 2013

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Philip H. Anselmo

As frontman of the legendary Pantera, inarguably one of the greatest and most important metal bands of all time, Philip H. Anselmo set a bar so high no one has reached it since. In the years following that band’s untimely end (and even while it was still active), he has expanded his musical palette in acts with varying levels of visibility, including Down, Superjoint Ritual and Arson Anthem. He also started his own label, Housecore, and turned his life around by kicking hard drugs. In July 2013, he released his first-ever solo effort, Walk Through Exits Only, under the moniker Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals. An all-out metallic assault that defies categorization, the record is a powerful statement that Anselmo remains a strong, vital force in today’s metal scene. When his inaugural tour with the Illegals came to the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md., Greg Maki of Live Metal sat down with Anselmo backstage to discuss the new album, his upcoming autobiography and more. (more…)

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Maria Brink of In This Moment

SHINEDOWN
PAPA ROACH
SKILLET (live photos)
IN THIS MOMENT (live photos)
WE AS HUMAN (live photos)

By Greg Maki

Since launching in 2010 with Shinedown as the headliner, Carnival of Madness has continued in subsequent years (with Alter Bridge and Theory of a Deadman in 2011, and Evanescence leading the bill in 2012). But it wasn’t the same, lacking the “event” status Shinedown brought to it.

The big boys returned this year, and brought with them their biggest production yet. A stage with raised platforms and walkways, copious amounts of pyro and even fire dancers and other carnival performers made it a spectacle before you even considered the music. (more…)

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Immolation: Conspire to Fire

Wait a minute—Immolation has been a band for 25 years? Holy shit! I remember seeing their Dawn of Possession CD—cited as the first-ever technical death metal album—on the shelf in Tower Records during my weekend music shopping trips in the early ’90s. Man, that tells you how old I am, and also tells metal fans how strong and how influential Immolation has been in the death metal scene. I don’t like to be biased, but this is the death metal I prefer—this kind of old-school, underground mentality that sounds otherworldly. Immolation plays the style of death metal back when it was daring and bands didn’t wear eyeliner or employ clean singing—like it very well could have been demons—and not human beings—playing instruments straight out of the gates of hell. Or in this case, Yonkers. Because that’s where Immolation bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan called me from to talk all about the concept behind the band’s latest release, Kingdom of Conspiracy, Immolation’s place in history and more. (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…)