Archive for April, 2014


The stages and set times have been announced for Rock on the Range, the three-day festival set for May 16 to 18 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The event will feature a total of 60 bands performing on three stages, with music from noon to 11 p.m. each day.

The schedule is as follows. (more…)

Lacuna Coil 2014
Italy’s finest are taking you to the next stage of their dark and sultry ride: Lacuna Coil have just launched the video for the song “I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)” which was done by Sitcom Soldiers. View the official video inside.
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Prong has a new album? It looks like they do and the official lyric video for the new song “Turnover” can be seen inside. The track is taken from the band’s latest album, Ruining Lives, which was released through Steamhammer/SPV in Scandinavia on April 23, in Germany on April 25, in the rest of Europe on April 28 and will be made available in the U.S./Canada on May 13. It was issued as a limited digipak version including one bonus track and poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version including one bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard version and download. (more…)

Kyng, from left: Tony Castaneda, Eddie Veliz and Pepe Clarke

Kyng, from left: Tony Castaneda, Eddie Veliz and Pepe Clarke. Publicity photos by Stephanie Cabral.

Behind one of the best releases of the early part of 2014, Burn the Serum, Kyng (guitarist/vocalist Eddie Veliz, bassist Tony Castaneda and drummer Pepe Clarke) is making major waves in the world of hard rock/metal. Its riff-heavy music combines the best of Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age, and falls perfectly in line with Live Metal’s “Keeping Real Music Alive” slogan. They’ve made of fans of not only their peers but legends, such as James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine. But at the end of the day, they’re just three dudes, traveling the country without a crew or even a driver, and playing the music that is their passion. On the last night of a tour supporting Lacuna Coil, Castaneda sat down pre-show with Live Metal’s Greg Maki at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., to discuss the new album and more. (more…)

Devil-you-knowReview by Jeff Maki
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Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott told me in 2006 that a charismatic singer “is what every band needs to really break through.” That may sound like it’s stating the obvious, but in the era of extreme music, a vocalist, while important, is often not the focus of attention of a metal band anymore. When and why did this happen? I’m not really sure. Whether you agree or not, Michael is absolutely right. Just ask the guys in Killswitch Engage. They were basically just another metalcore band, albeit a pretty good one, until Howard Jones took over vocal duties and elevated the band to a new level of popularity. (more…)

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After recently launching a video for their new album’s title track (which has already surpassed 2 million views on YouTube), metal icons Arch Enemy are now ready to unleash the second single from their upcoming 9th full-length, War Eternal, due out worldwide via Century Media Records (Trooper Entertainment in Japan) on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America. Watch this new lyric video for “As The Pages Burn” after the break.

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

Simone Simons on the physics of The Quantum Enigma

The name Epica says it all. This is truly epic music, combining the classical and metal genres, challenging the listener’s senses and mind. Led by vocalist Simone Simons and guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen, Epica has been a leader in female-fronted metal since 2003. With genre-defining albums like 2007’s The Divine Conspiracy and 2009’s Design Your Universe (review), a Live Metal favorite, already in its discography, it would be easy for a band with a beautiful singer with amazing pipes to sell out and conform to the mainstream rather than the route Epica has chosen. Preconceived notions that this is just another symphonic-goth metal band led by a bombshell, writing cheesy pop-metal songs are way off base. In fact, this has never been the case. Epica is more Dimmu Borgir than it is Within Temptation. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that two former members of death metallers God Dethroned have joined the band’s ranks in recent years.

We’ve talked to Simone Simons a few times before, first after the band’s release of The Classical Conspiracy (a two-disc live performance with a full orchestra in Miskolc, Hungary) (review), and then after the release of Design Your Universe. Since that time, Simons has become a mother and married (to Oliver Palotai of Kamelot), yet still she found time to record Epica’s latest brilliant and maybe most complex album to date, The Quantum Enigma (May 6, 2014, Nuclear Blast). Now we finish tour Epica trilogy (hopefully we’ll start another soon) as Simons gives us the details of  the new album and a brief lesson in physics, and tells us how she has gained perspective as a new mother. (more…)

Brian Marshall, left, and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge

Brian Marshall, left, and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge

ALTER BRIDGE LIVE PHOTOS
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Review by Greg Maki
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We haven’t finished the fourth month, but I have a surefire candidate for the best show of 2014. And the band pulled it off with its singer fighting a cold or some other malady affecting his voice.

The last time I saw Alter Bridge in concert, they were co-headlining the 2011 Carnival of Madness tour with Theory of a Deadman, also here at Baltimore’s Rams Head Live. It was a midweek show, with Black Stone Cherry and two other bands also on the bill. If I recall correctly, it was a good bit short of a sellout. This time, they came to town on the most un-rock ‘n’ roll night of the week, Monday, with support only from Monster Truck, a Canadian band with which few in the audience were familiar. And they sold it out well in advance. (more…)