Archive for October, 2014

Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13

By Greg Maki
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During the past decade and change, there may not be a musician—in any genre—more prolific than Wednesday 13. Whether in a band or as a solo artist, he’s seemingly always writing and releasing new music. Since 2002, he has released two Murderdolls albums; five solo albums, three EPs, a live album and an unplugged record; two outlaw country albums under the moniker Bourbon Crow; and an album with the glam-rock-influenced Gunfire 76. On my playlist (which probably is missing something), that’s more than 150 songs. And before all this, there were an EP and album with Maniac Spider Trash, and a five albums and six EPs with Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 (though many of those songs resurfaced on later releases). He’s branched out at times from his horror rock roots, but that always will be what he’s best known for, and there’s no better time to count down our top 13 Wednesday 13 songs than the spooky Halloween season. (more…)

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“The Metal God,” Rob Halford, acknowledges his worshipers during Judas Priest’s Oct. 24, 2014, show at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, Md.

View Judas Priest Live Photos from the show here.
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Review by Jeff Maki
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When we arrived at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, Md., for Judas Priest’s show Friday, Oc. 24, 2014, on its Redeemer of Souls tour, it was like stepping out of a time warp into 1986. The crowd—mostly men old enough to be my dad, though the thought of that is very frightening—had raided their attics and old storage boxes to dust off their cut-off jean jackets, with sewn-on patches of iconic ’80s metal bands (I saw a Kreator patch of all bands), leather jackets, tassels, combat boots, high-top sneakers and vintage band T-shirts. More surprising, they either had done up or retained (I’m going with retained) their most fashionable ’80s heavy metal hairstyles. I saw fans drunk out of their minds, who had clearly been partying all day leading up to the show. This was no scene at a Mayhem Festival. I maybe had to witness it live and in-person to realize this, but heavy metal has changed drastically over the years, so for these Priest fans, this was their biggest night in years. This was Heavy Metal Parking Lot 2014.

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Leviathans of Bay Area metal, Machine Head have just released the first album trailer for their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Bloodstone & Diamonds, due out in North America on November 10th. Watch it via the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel inside. (more…)


Directed by Roboshobo, Alice In Chains new music video for “Phantom Limb” recently premiered on BitTorrent Bundle. Watch the video and unlock exclusive content, including access to an exclusive Alice In Chains Halloween tee, only available through BitTorrent Bundle. The track comes from the band’s 2013 album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Watch the video inside! (more…)

Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

About a month ago, Volbeat lead guitarist Rob Caggiano told us, “Next year is gonna be very light, I think, for Volbeat, as far as touring. There’s gonna be some stuff here and there, but overall, it’s gonna be kind of some chill time, creative time.” (Read the interview here.) Apparently, “very light” includes more than a month of tour dates in the United States and Canada with Caggiano’s former band, Anthrax, in support, along with openers Crobot. There never appeared to be any bad blood between Caggiano and Anthrax, and if Anthrax members Scott Ian, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello joining Volbeat onstage earlier this year at Carolina Rebellion didn’t confirm that, this tour announcement certainly does. The full press release and the initial tour dates are below. (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

amaranthe-massive-addictiveReview by Jeff Maki
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When I first heard Amaranthe a short time ago, I immediately pegged them for a band that someone like Kerrang would be all over. Featuring three vocalists—the beautiful siren, Elize Ryd; the death metal guy, Henrik Englund; and a power metal guy who looks like he was plucked out of Linkin Park’s lineup, Jake E.—they would have been all the rage and graced every metal magazine cover at Tower Records years ago. They’re pretty, slick and polished. I don’t know about magazine covers, but I can tell you their music video for “The Nexus” has an astounding 6.3 million views to date on YouTube, and the band proudly boasts they have 50 million plays on Spotify. Yet here in the U. S., they are still unknown. Will that change with the release of its third album, Massive Addictive?

Following the debut 2011 self titled album and the 2013 breakthrough album, The Nexus, the new album title makes perfect sense, because even for fans that are drawn to the more extreme metal bands, Amaranthe’s Soilwork/Epica/Linkin Park combination of styles molds death metal, pop, techno and power metal into a sound that is indeed massively addictive. (more…)

Rob Caggiano of Volbeat

Rob Caggiano of Volbeat

Rock is dead? Someone forgot to tell Volbeat. The three-fourths Danish band has ridden a string of hit singles from its 2010 album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, and its latest release, last year’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, to its biggest U.S. tour to date, a co-headlining arena run with Five Finger Death Punch (with support from Hellyeah and Nothing More). Lead guitarist Rob Caggiano (the one-quarter of the band hailing from New York) never expected to end up in Volbeat when he left Anthrax about two years ago. But he quickly went from producing the newest album to becoming a full-fledged band member. And he couldn’t be happier about it. When the tour rolled into the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md., Caggiano sat down for a chat with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

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Led by the second most famous Sharon in metal, the Netherlands’ Within Temptation—as addressed from the stage by Sharon den Adel herself—has now been “on the road” for 20 years. The band emerged from Holland in 1997 with its debut album Enter and was the country’s best-kept secret for years. Steadily building popularity and acclaim across the Netherlands and Europe in the early part of its career, it wasn’t until 2007 that the band was finally able to to bring its brand of symphonic metal to North America. To my knowledge, this is only its third tour here, after the Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour in 2007 and the 2012 Unforgiving Tour (read live recap). Within Temptation is a huge band internationally, and its latest album, Hydra (Feb. 4, 2014) (review) even debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart here in the States. But it is still a rare and near exclusive opportunity to see them live in the U.S. They certainly have a healthy fan base here, especially in Baltimore, Md., as fans filled Rams Head Live up to the balcony and lined up at the merch booth all the way across the entire bar area. (more…)

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This October/November, metal icons Arch Enemy will be returning to North American soil to tour in support of their new, critically acclaimed album, War Eternal (review). To celebrate this momentous headlining trek, the band will be releasing a split 7″ with Kreator, who are direct support on the run. Available starting at the Baltimore show on October 23, be sure to purchase this exclusive transparent red 7″ (limited to 500 copies) at the merch table; a dark red 7″ (limited to 500 copies) will also be available on Kreator and Arch Enemy’s European tour, which sees Arch Enemy as direct support. (more…)

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A 2xCD collection of King Diamond songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions, will be released by Metal Blade Records next month. King Diamond’s Dreams of Horror is the only “best of” album covering the band’s entire career. King Diamond and Andy LaRocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs. View info and tracklisting inside: (more…)