Archive for September, 2013

Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

His name is Michael Poulsen …
The Volbeat frontman talks touring, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies and more

2013 has been the year of Volbeat in America. Songs such as “Still Counting” and “Heaven nor Hell” still were burning up the airwaves years after their initial release even as the band’s fifth studio album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, hit stores in April. A heavy touring schedule, including prominent billing on many of the biggest festivals, solidified their place in the top tier of hard rock/metal bands here. Late summer/early fall saw them headlining perhaps their biggest U.S. tour yet, Rock Allegiance, with support from HIM, All That Remains and Airbourne. As the trek neared its end and came to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, Pa., Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down backstage with vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen to get the latest on Volbeat. (more…)

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Zoltan Bathory: Heaven nor Hell Volume 2

This summer, Five Finger Death Punch co-headlined (with Rob Zombie) the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and saw its latest album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1, debut at No. 2 on the Billboard charts (behind pop star Robin Thicke). And they’re just getting started. A full North American headlining tour is set for the fall, followed by a European run with Avenged Sevenfold, and The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 is set to be released Nov. 19. When the Mayhem Festival came to Camden, N.J., this summer, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with guitarist Zoltan Bathory for a lengthy chat about all things Death Punch. In volume one of this interview, the discussion focused on touring, specifically the band’s history with the Mayhem Festival and the ever-growing Five Finger live show. In volume two, Zoltan talks in depth about the new album and the challenges that came with it.

Read Zoltan Bathory: Heaven nor Hell Volume 1 HERE. (more…)

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Zoltan Bathory: Heaven nor Hell Volume 1

This summer, Five Finger Death Punch co-headlined (with Rob Zombie) the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and saw its latest album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1, debut at No. 2 on the Billboard charts (behind pop star Robin Thicke). And they’re just getting started. A full North American headlining tour is set for the fall, followed by a European run with Avenged Sevenfold, and The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 is set to be released Nov. 19. When the Mayhem Festival came to Camden, N.J., this summer, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with guitarist Zoltan Bathory for a lengthy chat about all things Death Punch. In volume one of this interview, Zoltan discusses touring, specifically the band’s history with the Mayhem Festival and the ever-growing Five Finger live show. In volume two, the discussion turns to the new album and the challenges that came with it. (more…)

"Point Blank" with Max Cavalera

“Point Blank” with Max Cavalera

First, a little background: I grew up with Sepultura. Beneath the Remains was the first true thrash/death metal album I owned. Then came Arise, and the title came to make perfect sense, as a new metal tribe had risen. Chaos A.D. and the tour that followed changed my life and my expectations of all metal that would come after it. Roots then helped change metal forever. Soulfly will never be the classic Sepultura I grew up on, but it’s damn close. Of course, at the center of it all is Max Cavalera, one of metal’s most influential and well-known figures. An idol or role-model? Certainly not, but when all is said and done, he will stand alongside the metal greats.

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