Archive for July, 2015

King Diamond

King Diamond

Review by Jeff Maki
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View live photos here.
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Long a seasoned veteran of heavy metal concerts, some time ago I reached a point where it was harder to determine which bands I hadn’t seen perform live than the ones I had. My first show was Ozzy Osbourne in 1988, and my most recent was this year’s installment of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. In between, I’ve seen most of the prominent metal bands of the past three decades: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, Sepultura, White and Rob Zombie, Korn, Slipknot and many more. Then there’s the legends like Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Alice Cooper and Dio, all of which I’ve seen, as well. But one had stood out, missing from my—what I think is an impressive—list throughout the years—King Diamond. So when he was announced as a main stage act as part of this year’s Mayhem Festival, alongside Slayer, Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada, I thought it might be now or never. (more…)

Trivium

Roadrunner recording artist Trivium has announced the release of its seventh studio album. Silence in the Snow, following 2013’s Vengeance Falls, will arrive in stores and at all digital retailers on Friday, Oct. 2.

Produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Slash, Alter Bridge, The Amity Affliction) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Lamb of God), Silence in the Snow is now available for pre-order at www.trivium.org. Watch the video for the album’s title track below. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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On May 24, 2010, American metal band Lamb of God played a show at a small club called Abaton in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. It was a chaotic scene, even by the standards of this act’s extreme genre. The stage was barely large enough to accommodate the band and its equipment; security either was nonexistent or not doing its job; the barricade flush with the stage, providing no separation between the band and the crowd; and with nothing and no one to stop them, fans were free to climb onto the stage—and there was no way of knowing what their intentions might be. One of those fans, a 19-year-old man named Daniel, either leapt or was pushed from the stage, hit his head and died a month later.

Lamb of God frontman D. Randall Blythe, better known as Randy, was accused of the push that caused the fatal injury. More than two years later, when the band returned to Prague for the first time since that night, Czech police officers were waiting to arrest Blythe at the airport. The charge: manslaughter: The penalty if found guilty: five to 10 years imprisonment. (more…)

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2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

General admission tickets for this year’s Shindig Music Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 19, in Baltimore’s Carroll Park and featuring headliners Godsmack and Stone Temple Pilots, will increase to $70 Saturday, Aug. 1. Last year’s Shindig drew 10,000 fans—the most people ever gathered at an event in Carroll Park—and was named Best Music Festival in Baltimore by the reads of Baltimore City Paper. (more…)

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2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)