Archive for October, 2015

David Gunn of KING 810

David Gunn of KING 810

Roadrunner Records’ group KING 810 has debuted the official music video for “devil don’t cry.” The new video celebrates the release of KING 810’s new limited,  hand numbered 10” vinyl titled that place where pain lives…. . (more…)

Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm

Three years after amicably parting ways with the Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm is set to independently release her solo debut, Life Screams, in early 2016 on FOLLOWSPOT Records with The Fuel Music distribution. The first single from this self-produced album, “Impossible,” will debut exclusively on SiriusXM’s Octane (channel 37) at 1 p.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 1, and go immediately into rotation thereafter. On Nov. 6, the single will be available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, and it will go to rock radio for adds Nov. 9. (more…)


Review by Jeff Maki
Benji Webbe is a unique talent in the metal scene. His manic hip-hop and reggae-style delivery make him instantly recognizable as the vocalist for self-dubbed “ragga-metal” band Skindred. I fondly remember the band’s 2002 album, Babylon (“Nobody” was a badass track), and I even remember back in the late-’90s when Webbe fronted his first band, Dub War. He also had memorable appearances on the first Soulfly record (“Quilombo” and “Prejudice”). I even remember Skindred’s 2007 record, Roots Rock Riot (read review). After that, I couldn’t tell you any more. So I was pleasantly surprised with the news of the band’s new album Volume. Skindred is a fun band. (more…)

Born-of-Osiris-Soul-SphereReview by Jeff Maki
On its fourth album, Soul Sphere, the Chicago quintet Born of Osiris might now become what many have been saying since the band’s inception: the next big thing. I recently saw the band live on the 2015 Summer Slaughter Tour (read review), a show (and most likely) a tour it easly could have headlined. The kids are eating up Born of Osiris’ (or BoO, as their affectionately known) djent style, made up of polyrhythmic guitars colliding with orchestral electronics (or video game music) and extreme vocals. While many critics have been hailing the band for its intricacies and complex music, it seems to have taken a step in another direction with Soul Sphere. While its hallmark attributes remain intact, Born of Osiris has taken the first baby step in leaving the former class of experimental djent bands behind and is entering more mainstream musical territory with bigger choruses and more memorable songs. And there’s nothing wrong with that. (more…)

Dutch metallers Epica have launched the official live video for “Unchain Utopia”. It was recorded live earlier this year during the European Enigma Tour at their sold-out show at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium. The video was shot and edited by Jens De Vos and his team at Panda Productions. The show was recorded by Ace Zec and mixed by Epica producer Joost van der Broek. Epica recently announced their rescheduled North American Enigma Tour with Moonspell and Starkill, which will kick off on January 21st at Irving Plaza in New York. View tour dates inside. (more…)


Metal and Hard Rock Musicians pick their favorite Halloween songs for the season

Metal and horror go hand in hand. Since its inception, heavy metal has invoked themes of horror and the occult, starting with the legends themselves, Black Sabbath. Through the years, we’ve seen many legendary rock, metal and punk bands embrace horror, as well, such as the Misfits, Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Helloween, and arguably the most popular Halloween-themed band of all-time, Type O Negative. So we figured why not ask the burning question to a whole bunch of rock and metal bands: “What is your favorite Halloween song of all-time?” What we got in response was a bag of trick and treats so big, including the bands I mentioned above and a lot more. Happy Halloween! View the list inside. (more…)

Following the tragic death of original vocalist Mitch Lucker in 2012, Hernan “Eddie” Hermida joined Suicide Silence and the band released its “comeback” album,
You Can’t Stop Me (read review), in 2014. Full of new deathcore anthems, the album has been a huge success, allowing the band to tour for nearly two years since its release. The touring cycle began with the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and took the band around the world and back again. But now the band may have just received its biggest gig yet, opening for Korn on its 20th anniversary tour. Like so many others, including me, the members of Suicide Silence—Hermida, rhythm guitarist Chris Garza, lead guitarist Mark Heylmun, bassist Dan Kenny and drummer Alex Lopez—grew up listening to Korn and have been highly influenced by the nu-metal forefathers. It may not seem like it within Suicide Silence’s style of harsh, metallic deathcore, but if you scratch the surface, trust me, it’s there.

At the tour’s stop at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland (read live recap here), Live Metal’s Jeff Maki sat down pre-show with Hermida, and the two gushed like fanboys over Korn, and discussed Suicide Silence’s new Sacred Words EP and the band’s early plans for its next record. (more…)

All That Remains

All That Remains

All That Remains has announced The Order of Things headlining tour starting Nov. 17 and ending Dec. 18. Devour the Day will join as direct support throughout the tour. Also on the bill will be Audiotopsy (featuring members of Mudvayne, Hellyeah and Skrape) embarking on its first ever tour as a band. Rounding out the bill will be Sons pf Texas. Tickets for The Order of Things Tour go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

All That Remains continues to tour in support of its latest studio album, The Order Of Things. The band currently is co-headlining the HardDrive Live: Fallout Tour with We Came as Romans. All tour dates are listed below. (more…)

On Nov. 20, three decades after its Oct. 30, 1985, debut, Universal will release a special 30th anniversary edition of Anthrax’s classic Spreading the Disease, the band’s second studio album and the one that served as the then-budding thrash band’s breakthrough, and still considered one of the best thrash metal records ever recorded.

“We wanted to do something special for our fans to celebrate the anniversary of Spreading the Disease,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “We took the idea to Universal a couple of years ago and have been very hands-on with them, creating this special, deluxe edition that we think our fans will really like.”

From the beginning, Benante has kept one of everything the band did—artwork, T-shirts, posters, and when the band was recording, he had the engineer run off a few tapes of the project’s basic tracks, alternate takes and alternate mixes, just to stockpile until the time came that they would be needed. Consequently, in addition to the original album’s nine tracks, the two-disc anniversary edition features previously unreleased bonus material, including Joey Belladonna’s 1984 demo recording of the song “Medusa,” nine “rhythm tracks” from Anthrax recordings also done in 1984—no vocals, no overdubs or “sweetening,” just drums, some guitar, a bit of bass, showing the songs in their naked, most basic form—and eight live songs from Anthrax’s 1987, first-ever concert in Japan, held at Tokyo’s Sun Plaza. (more…)



Detroit rockers Wilson have premiered their music video for “Right to Rise” exclusively on VEVO.  The anthemic song is off the band’s sophomore album Right to Rise, released via Razor & Tie. The album is available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

The video for “Right to Rise” serves as an ode to Wilson’s hometown. The video features the city’s thriving landmarks and residents. The band explains, “When we wrote the song we wanted to tell a story about the area of the world we live in. After traveling so much the past few years we realize the magnifying glass that the media has put on Detroit has damaged not only our city’s image but more importantly our peoples’ image. We all struggle with life’s weight no matter where we live in this world … Our peoples’ story is not unlike the millions of other people out there put against the wall daily, cast aside as underdogs and thought of as ‘already dead.’ It’s through the struggle to survive in those conditions that we create our strengths. (more…)



Amaranthe will be releasing a digital-only compilation of B-sides on October 30, 2015. Breaking Point – B-Sides 2011-2015 will feature eight tracks.

“As some of you know, AMARANTHE has recorded quite a few b-sides and bonus tracks throughout the years,” guitarist Olof said. “We’ve always tried to keep the quality high, as something extra for our fans, but until now a lot of these tracks have been hard-to-find rarities, and quite spread out. We are now very excited to release a collection of some of the best b-sides and bonuses: Breaking Point: B-sides 2011-2015″ It focuses on some of the best acoustic renditions of fan favorites as well as a couple of originals from the early days! Enjoy this rare and different side of AMARANTHE!”

View the album art and tracklisting inside.


The European kings of diabolical death metal, Belphegor, have uploaded the music video for the track “Black Winged Torment.” The song comes from the band’s latest album Conjuring The Dead, and the clip was filmed and edited in Aveiro, Portugal by director Guilherme Henriques.

Conjuring the Dead, was recorded at Mana Studios in Florida under the direction of Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Hate Eternal). The artwork was created by Greek artist, Seth Siro Anton who also created the cover of Pestapokalypse VI in 2006. After Helmuth’s near death experience, which caused the band to cancel several tours in 2011/2012 and family issues that caused a tour to be cancelled in 2014, Belphegor are back to conquer; possessed, on fire and stronger than ever!

Don’t miss Belphegor and Canadian extreme metal merchants Kataklysm, on their co-headlining raid on North American shores this fall! View tour dates inside: (more…)