Archive for April, 2015

Butcher Babies

Butcher Babies

Though it seems like they’ve been on tour constantly for the past couple years, Butcher Babies recently found time to record their second full-length album, an effort they say takes them back to their thrash roots. As they await a late-summer release, they’ve taken to the road again, rejoining past touring partners In This Moment for a schedule that also includes most of the big rock festivals in the U.S., followed by a trip around the European festival circuit. When the In This Moment tour recently came to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey to discuss their upcoming sophomore album and more. (more…)

Devour the Day

Devour the Day

Razor & Tie announced today that it has signed Devour the Day to its worldwide label roster. The band currentlyis in the studio working on its new album with producer Dan Korneff (Paramore, Lamb of God, My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach).  The music will be released later this year.

The band continues to have a stronghold at rock radio, with its current single “Faith” just cracking the Top 20 at Active Rock this week and No. 23 at Mainstream Rock. (more…)

Chester Bennington of Stone Temple Pilots

Chester Bennington of Stone Temple Pilots

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Review by Greg Maki
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The new version of Stone Temple Pilots, with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington center stage, replacing the fired Scott Weiland, is a hard sell for some. Others will never accept it, end of story. It’s their loss, because if this show on a Friday night at the sold-out Fillmore Silver Spring is any indication, the band is stronger than it’s been in many years. (more…)

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The band schedule for Carolina Rebellion, set for May 2 and 3 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway, in Concord, N.C., has been announced. The addition of the ReverbNation Stage brings the number of stages this year to four for the first time in the festival’s history. It also means some bands will play overlapping sets, so plan accordingly.

The schedule is as follows. (more…)

Charm City Devils

Charm City Devils

Though they’ve been a national act since Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx signed and named them in 2009, no band flies the flag of Baltimore higher than Charm City Devils. (“Charm City” is a nickname for Baltimore.) Their blue-collar attitude and no-nonsense, blues-based hard rock embody their hometown while connecting to a long tradition of some of rock music’s greatest acts. Prior to their recent headlining gig at a show dubbed the Baltimore Loud Festival at Rams Head Live, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with frontman John Allen to discuss the Baltimore music scene, the band’s latest album (2014’s Battles) and more. (more…)

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Slayer – bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, and returning drummer Paul Bostaph, along with touring guitarist Gary Holt and producer Terry Date – has completed recording what is one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2015, Slayer’s 11th studio album and the band’s first new effort since 2011’s Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood.  The currently untitled album is expected out later this year, and will be released on Slayer’s own as yet unnamed label (through Nuclear Blast).

Slayer will tour extensively to support the new album, headlining this summer’s Mayhem Festival as well as playing other major outdoor festivals and several “An Evening With…” Slayer -only concerts.  The confirmed itinerary is below. (more…)

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Cradle of Filth, April 2015

Cradle Of Filth the UK’s most visionary and hellish outfit have unveiled the serene and alluring, yet harrowing cover artwork for their upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled Hammer Of The Witches. See what vocalist Dani Filth has to say about the artwork and view it inside. (more…)

Bad Seed Rising, from left: Aiden Marceron, Francheska Pastor, Louey Peraza and Mason Gainer

Bad Seed Rising, from left: Aiden Marceron, Francheska Pastor, Louey Peraza and Mason Gainer

The future looks bright for Bad Seed Rising. On May 5, the Baltimore-based band, whose four members are all teenagers, will release A Placed Called Home, its second EP for Roadrunners Records. Despite their youth, the album displays a mature sound—thick, heavy, full of attitude and personality. Three days before the release, Bad Seed Rising will play (for the fourth time) the M3 Rock Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, an event that draws fans from far and wide. A full summer of touring is on the horizon after that. Prior to a recent show supporting another Baltimore band, Charm City Devils, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with vocalist Francheska Pastor, 17, and bassist Louey Peraza, 16, to discuss the new album, touring and more. (more…)

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Tickets for Rock on the Range 2015 are now sold out.

This marks the third consecutive sell-out, and fastest sell-out to date, for Rock on the Range, which will be held May 15, 16 and 17 at Mapfre Stadium (formerly Crew Stadium) in Columbus, Ohio. Last year, the sold-out, three-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event had 120,000 concertgoers in attendance. (more…)