Archive for November, 2014

LIVE PHOTOS: Slipknot, Korn, KING 810

Review by Greg Maki

It was billed as the “Prepare for Hell Tour,” and there was no more appropriate place to start the journey than Murdertown, aka Flint, Michigan, via that nightmare of a city’s native sons, KING 810. Led by volatile frontman David Gunn, whose fury was never more than barely contained, the quartet brought the spirit of its hometown—that unflinching, survival-of-the-fittest mentality necessary for survival on its streets—to the thousands of early arriving fans in Baltimore. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki

One of the two subtitles of former Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm’s autobiography, The Reason, is Revelations of a Rock Princess, which is a bit ironic considering the book deals little with the band with which she sold millions of albums and toured the world. This is Sturm’s story, not the band’s, and music is only one part of it—and a fairly small one at that. (more…)

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, vinyl is back big time. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, 2014 mid-year report, sales of CDs and digital downloads are down. Revenue from streaming services and vinyl album sales are up. Vinyl LP sales increased an impressive 43 percent over 2013, to $146 million. Vinyl sales account for 4.6 percent of total music sales. Signs seem to point to the CD soon becoming extinct the way of the 8-track and cassette tape .

So that brings us to Record Store Day. Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

But did you know that Record Store Day has also expanded to Black Friday? This year Black Friday takes place on Friday, November 28th, and while Black Friday isn’t technically “Record Store Day II,” it’s really more of a special release date than a one-day “holiday.” Check out the Black Friday FAQ here.

This year Black Friday will see several rock and metal special releases from the likes of Green Day, Judas Priest, Korn, Mastodon, Metallica and more. So get out to your nearest Record Store and start your Christmas shopping off right. Check out a few of the titles below: (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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To celebrate the start of their worldwide touring campaign, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At the Gates are now presenting a new video for the track “Heroes And Tombs”, which comes from their comeback studio album and Century Media Records debut, At War With Reality. The stunning animated clip was created by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight 13 Media, who also designed the artwork for the album. Watch “Heroes And Tombs” inside. (more…)

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Leave Your Mark,
the current release from L.A’s Stars In Stereo serves as the attention grabbing followup to their 2013 self titled debut. In anticipation of upcoming tour dates, the band has released the NSFW uncensored version of the music video for their title track. Deemed too graphic for Vevo and even Suicide Girls, the NSFW version of “Leave Your Mark” is now online. Watch it here. (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

All That Remains, from left: Mike Martin, Oli Herbert, Phil Labonte, Jason Costa and Jeanne Sagan.

All That Remains, from left: Mike Martin, Oli Herbert, Phil Labonte, Jason Costa and Jeanne Sagan.

All That Remains will release its seventh studio album, The  Order of Things, on Feb. 24, 2015, via Razor & Tie. The quintet—Phil Labonte (vocals), Oli Herbert (guitar), Mike Martin (guitar), Jeanne Sagan (bass) and Jason Costa (drums)\—tapped Josh Wilber (Lamb of God, Gojira, Hatebreed) for production, cutting the bulk of the record in its Massachusetts stomping grounds and fine-tuning the vocals in Los Angeles. (more…)

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Black Widow, the new release by the Maria Brink-led band In This Moment has nothing to do with Iggy Azalea. However, the band seems to have its sights set on the same level of maximum pop stardom. (more…)

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Anaal Nathrakh, the raging Birmingham, U.K., duo consisting of guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kinney and vocalist David Hunt, aka V.I.T.R.I.O.L, has returned with the follow-up to its critically acclaimed 2012 album (and Live Metal 2012 extreme metal album of the year), Vanitas (review). As Metal Blade’s band biography states, this frightening conjuration of all things extreme exists for one purpose: “to be the soundtrack to the apocalypse.” The sound of Desideratum is like Ministry and Gorgoroth having a Satanic love child. (more…)

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In This Moment is set to release its new album, Black Widow on Tuesday, November 18, but you can hear it in its entirety before the release, as the band is currently streaming the album in full via Soundcloud. Listen to it here now. (more…)