Archive for March, 2015

Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail

Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail

Last night, I traveled to Empire (the venue formerly known as Jaxx) in Springfield, Va., to check out I Prevail, a self-described “post-hardcore” act from Rochester Hills, Michigan, that has taken the heavy music world by storm with its cover of Taylor Swift’s “Black Space” (the video has racked up more than 7.6 million views on YouTube) and its debut EP, Heart vs. Mind. (more…)

Mark Tremonti

Mark Tremonti

Tremonti, the band formed by Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti, has unveiled the cover art for its upcoming sophomore release, Cauterize, due June 9 via Fret 12. The album, which follows the band’s 2012 debut, All I Was, was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette, who has worked with both Alter Bridge and Slash. (more…)

Gwar will celebrate 30 years as a band Saturday, Aug. 15, with the sixth annual GWAR-B-Q at Hadad’s Lake in Richmond, Va. Here’s the official press release from Metal Blade Records:

Come celebrate GWAR‘s 30th year of conquest on this fucking shit-hole planet at the most ear-bursting, bone-crushing, mouth-watering, belly-bursting, beer-guzzling, nut-bustingest party of this or any summer! The date is set for the 6th Annual GWAR B-Q: Saturday, August 15 at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231). (more…)

Rob Halford

Rob Halford

Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, SME’s catalog division, have signed a worldwide rights deal with the Metal God, Rob Halford. Frontman of the legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest, Halford has branched out on various side projects since 1992, including his bands Fight, 2wo and Halford. The new SONY/Legacy agreement with Halford will include individual album catalog titles and audio-visual releases. Upcoming anthology titles will include an Essential and Playlist collection with plans for a definitive Complete Albums Box.  (more…)


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Devour the Day: Blake Allison, left, and Joey "Chicago" Walser

Devour the Day: Blake Allison, left, and Joey “Chicago” Walser

Nearly two years ago, when Live Metal first encountered Devour the Day, it was a band risen from the ashes of Egypt Central. Drummer-turned-guitarist/vocalist Blake Allison and bassist Joey “Chicago” Walser were confident in the material they had written and recorded, but they were starting over in a new world. After touring steadily and finding success with singles such as “Good Man,” they know what they have now as they work on album number two. When their recent tour supporting Hellyeah came to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, Blake and Joey sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss the band’s development over the past two years and look ahead to their anticipated sophomore release. (more…)


Prong, 2015

Prong has released their cover of the Bad Brains classic “Banned in D.C.” off their forthcoming covers LP, Songs From The Black Hole (read review) due out March 31st via eOne Music. The release will be in tandem with SPV/Steamhammer special CD and LP edition available in Scandinavia on March 25, in Germany on March 27, and the rest of Europe on March 30. “PRONG is very excited about the upcoming release of our new record, ‘Songs From The Black Hole,'” says frontman Tommy Victor. “We are equally excited about the artwork and packaging.”

The band has also announced a full U.S tour for the fall, a tour poster with dates can be seen inside. Click here for all touring info.  (more…)


Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me are excited to announce the “Coma Ecliptic” tour, named after their forthcoming new album, for July through August in North America. The tour features support from Animals As Leaders along with openers The Contortionist. The tour will be the band’s first official set of dates following the release of Coma Ecliptic on July 7th. View album info and tour dates inside. (more…)


Hollywood Undead

Los Angeles rap-rock group Hollywood Undead have premiered its new music video for the title track of its forthcoming album, “Day of the Dead” via the Rock on the Range website (Watch here). The follow-up to the 2013 album Notes From the UndergroundDay of the Dead will be released March 31. View album info inside.


Hellyeah, from left, is Kyle Sanders, Chad Gray, Tom Maxwell, Vinnie Paul and Christian Brady.

Hellyeah, from left, is Kyle Sanders, Chad Gray, Tom Maxwell, Vinnie Paul and Christian Brady.

Hellyeah almost sounds like a new band on its fourth album, Blood for Blood, released last summer. The good-time, party songs are gone. The Southern rock overtones are MIA, as well. Finally, the band sounds like what many hoped for from a melding of members of Pantera, Mudvayne and Nothingface. Following the exit of two band members, vocalist Chad Gray, guitarist Tom Maxwell and drummer Vinnie Paul wrote and recorded the album in Las Vegas with producer Kevin Churko. There, they also met Christian Brady, who joined the band on guitar after the completion of recording. (Bassist Kyle Sanders also joined around this time.) When Hellyeah’s recent headlining tour came to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, Brady sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss what led to him joining the band, his musical background and more. (more…)

Subversion_animiReview by Jeff Maki
Subversion is a five-piece U.K. band that plays a brand of syncopated technical death and experimental metal, comparable to Meshuggah, Born of Osiris and Veil of Maya. Its 2010 album, Lest We Forget (no, not Marilyn Manson’s greatest hits record), received high marks from the U.K. metal media, and a four-song EP called Transcend was released in 2013. The band said the new album, Animi (is that a Tool album title?), is “bigger, heavier and sprinkled with a mental amount of epic. We have retained what people loved about the first album and built upon that early foundation in a way that we hope will make you stand back and realize that we are back.” So I guess if you’ve heard the first album and are a fan, this is good news. Unfortunately, I have not. (more…)


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