Archive for June, 2014

Review by Greg Maki
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Five major-label albums into its career, Seether has become one of the most reliable hard rock bands around. Its mix of post-grunge, nu-metal, hard rock and even a little pop isn’t original, but this band is proof that sometimes writing a good song is more important than trying to break new ground. And Seether has written a lot of good to great songs in the past decade-plus. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Listening to Builders of the Future, it’s tempting to proclaim, “Powerman 5000 is back!” While that’s true—it’s the band’s first album of original material since 2009—the connotation would be that it represents a return to the sound that made Spider One and company a platinum-selling act a decade and a half ago. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Bad Seed Rising, a quartet of teens (and one pre-teen) from Maryland, has been making a name for itself in the area in the past couple years, sharing stages with Halestorm, Three Doors Down, Pop Evil and others, and play the world-famous M3 Rock Festival. They came to my attention early last year when they opened for Black Veil Brides in Baltimore and blew the headliner—as well as the other two acts on the bill—off the stage with a kind of throwback, riff-heavy hard rock sound. (more…)

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Killer Be Killed—the project featuring The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist/guitarist Greg Puciato, Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera, Mastodon vocalist/bassist Troy Saunders and ex-The Mars Volta drummer David Elitch—after much anticipation, released its debut self-titled album, May 13, 2014, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Prior to its release, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki once again talked with Max Cavalera (read interview here), focusing on the making of the album and what each member brought to the table. But that wasn’t it. According to Max, Killer Be Killed may not be just a side project, as he dropped some surprising news on us, saying the band will embark on a month-long U.S. tour in 2015 and record again in the future. (more…)

google-play-heres-the-metal-june-2014This one was made available a little later than usual (around the middle of the month, and we were a little late posting it) but here you go—MORE FREE METAL. For those of you Android users (like myself), if you didn’t already know, Google Play has teamed up with Here’s The Metal to exclusively bring you free killer tracks and new release discounts each month. Each month, a free Here’s the Metal sampler is offered, featuring select tracks from new metal releases of bands old and new. (And as far as I can tell, metal is the only genre to offer an entire sampler album) These samplers are a great way to discover a band or two once in a while, and to fill out those playlists on long rides to shows. This month’s sampler includes new tracks by Mushroomhead, Arch Enemy, Wretched, Sabaton and more. Plus, it’s free! Get it now before it’s gone.  (more…)

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With the official release of their new full-length, fittingly titled IX, now just days away, North Carolina crossover icons, Corrosion of Conformity, are very pleased to announce their first North American live assaults in support of the offering. The near two-week run will commence on August 20th in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying!

The trek follows the band’s live takeovers next month in New Zealand and Australia. “We are really fired up to bring COC back to New Zealand and Australia for the first time in over a decade,” says vocalist/bassist Mike Dean. “I’ve been with Vista Chino and had a great experience on Soundwave and the shows on the side. Our set is shaping up to include songs from IX, Deliverance, the self-titled, and Animosity.”  And in celebration of its approaching release, IX is streaming in its entirety, lauding its variation between “smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence, the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast.” View tour dates and stream the new album IX inside. (more…)

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Ever since it was announced that metal icons Judas Priest would be unleashing their 17th studio album, Redeemer of Souls (July 8), their legion of fans have been wondering if the band would be launching a supporting tour. And the answer is a resounding yes. Priest will be touring the U.S. in the fall, with dates running throughout October and most of November. Steel Panther will open all dates, which are listed below. (more…)

9780062308108LAS VEGAS — Five Finger Death Punch co-founder and drummer Jeremy Spencer and publisher HarperCollins have announced a Sept. 2 release date for Spencer’s autobiography Death Punch’d — Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem. Spencer’s personal journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle is told with candor, redemption and enlightenment. The first-time author offers a tale of music, addiction and recovery, revealing the path that served as a catalyst to make him the man he is today. Revolver has premiered a video teaser Spencer produced which can be screened here: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/death-punchd-a-book-by-five-finger-death-punch-drummer-jeremy-spencer-exclusive-video-trailer.html. (more…)

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King Diamond has confirmed what has been rumored for several weeks: a full North American tour this Fall! The long-awaited trek will commence on October 11th in Atlanta and wrap up with the previously announced performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. A limited edition King Diamond jacket will be available through the  SHOWstubs.com fan club presale, which begins tomorrow, June 24th. Tickets will be on sale online and at box offices nationwide on Friday, June 27th.

My personal introduction to King Diamond came through the music video for the track, “Sleepless Nights,” from the Conspiracy album, which aired on the 1989 Halloween edition of MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. At this point in time, the then-former Mercyful Fate vocalist already had released four albums under his own moniker. He has remained a huge influence for black and extreme metal bands (along with being acknowledged by the likes of Metallica) and there have always been many questions regarding King and his beliefs.

In all my years of attending live shows, King Diamond is surprisingly absent. It won’t be anymore. Look out for live coverage of King Diamond on 10/13/2014 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD., as this is one we don’t want to miss. (more…)

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