Archive for February, 2016

Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm

Three and a half years after stepping down as singer of the platinum-selling Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm has returned to music, releasing her first solo album, Life Screams, on Feb. 12, 2016 (read review). Led by the first single, “Impossible,” the record features the passion, conviction and inspiring message of love and individualism—as well the unmistakable voice—that have won her so many loyal fans over the past decade. Lacey recently checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss Life Screams, her spring touring plans and more. (more…)

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde has debuted a new song from his upcoming solo album, Book of Shadows II, which will be released April 8 via eOne Music. The album is coming 20 years after Wylde’s first solo release, Book of Shadows, which showcased his softer, Southern rock side. The cover artwork and track listing for Book of Shadows II can be seen below.

A pre-order bundle is available, featuring a signed CD and a poster. (more…)

Chad Gray of Hellyeah

Chad Gray of Hellyeah

Hellyeah will headline the We’re All in This Together Tour 2016, also featuring Escape the Fate, New Years Day and From Ashes to New. The 18-date tour across the United States will kick off May 2 in Baltimore, Maryland, and end June 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The tour will offer fans free music and exclusive content, alongside traditional ticket sales. With each ticket purchased, fans will receive a code redeemable for a free tour sampler on iTunes. The sampler will include recent hits and unreleased music from each artist on the tour.

Hellyeah also has debuted a lyric video for “Human,” the first song to be released from its fifth album, due later this year. (more…)

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Record Store Day is thrilled to announce its Ambassador for 2016, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees…METALLICA! Metallica is no stranger to Record Store Day, this year set for Saturday, April 16th, a special day in support of independent record stores and record store culture worldwide, now in its ninth year. “Independent record stores are part of Metallica’s DNA,” said drummer Lars Ulrich. “They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we’ve all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond.”

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Review by Greg Maki
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The chorus of “Bad Reputation” the lead single from Adelitas Way’s fourth album, Getaway, serves as a manifesto for the band and, specifically, frontman Rick DeJesus:

“Don’t tell me what I should do or say
“’Cause I want to do it my own way
“I don’t give a fuck what you think, what you say
“I got a bad reputation”

The band has backed up that declaration through its actions, parting ways with Virgin Records, its home for its first three albums, in favor taking of the independent route and using PledgeMusic to fund Getaway. No more compromises with people in suits who don’t believe in rock music anymore. This is a rock band that puts on some of the best live shows in the business with complete creative control, finally capturing on record the raw power and energy it brings to the stage. (more…)

Disturbed

Disturbed

Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin today announced tour dates and venues for their upcoming co-headlining summer amphitheater tour, with more still to come. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will see the two rock bands hit the road starting July 9 in Syracuse, New York, and will include stops in more than 20 cities across North America. Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia will join as special guests. (more…)

Jonathan Donais of Anthrax

Jonathan Donais of Anthrax

Lead guitarist Jonathan Donais (Shadows Fall) joined the Anthrax touring lineup in 2013, replacing Rob Caggiano. The band’s latest album, For All Kings, in stores Feb. 26, marks his recording debut with Anthrax.

“I think Jon has brought a great energy to the band,” said bassist Frank Bello. “He stepped up and then some on this record.”

“Jon’s approach towards lead guitar playing, he’s more of a guy who’s looking to construct something that makes sense and helps a song rather than the 45-seconds for him to be showing off how many notes he can play in x-amount of measures,” said  rhythm guitarist Scott Ian.

Watch the video below to see more of what they had to say. (more…)

Wilson

Wilson

Detroit rockers Wilson take no prisoners in their newest music video “Give ‘Em Hell.” The song is off the band’s sophomore release Right to Rise out now via Razor & Tie. The album is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

“This video embodies the very DNA of our band,” said vocalist Chad Nicefield. “If you’re into kicking ass and taking names, no matter who or what the competition, this masterpiece is for you. It’s got blood, guts and glory. A ‘no holds barred,’ fun filled, roller coaster of fury coupled with the swiftest kick to your family jewels. Live for the thrill, ’cause it’s kill or be killed motherfuckers! P.S. No small children were harmed in the making of this video … we think.” (more…)

Dope has launched a pre-order for the band’s first-ever live album, as part of the “Die Mother Fucker Die” Reunion Tour Campaign.The 21-track set was recorded live in Russia and features the classic Dope lineup of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus and Racci Shay.

The live album celebrates the first time this lineup has performed onstage together in more than 13 years.

The first goal of the campaign is to fuel a Dope U.S. headline tour, featuring the classic lineup. The ultimate goal is to take the reunion tour around the entire globe throughout 2016. (more…)

Butcher Babies

Butcher Babies

Following their run as direct support on the Cradle of Filth North American tour, Butcher Babies have announced a headlining run in the States supporting their new album, Take It Like a Man. Tickets for the upcoming shows are available at butcherbabies.net (VIP packages: butcherbabies.soundrink.com). (more…)

Mark Tremonti

Mark Tremonti

Tremonti, the band led by Creed/Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti, will release its third album, Dust, on April 29 via Fret 12. The cover artwork can be seen below. According to a teaser video featuring a clip of the new song “Catching Fire,” which also can be seen below, new tour dates will be announced soon, as well.

Dust was recorded during the same sessions as last year’s Cauterize. It features Tremonti on vocals and guitar, Eric Friedman on guitar, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums. (Tanner Keegan replaced Van Halen last year in the touring band.) Michael “Elvis” Baskette produced both albums.

“I wanted both records to flow nice within themselves,” Tremonti told Live Metal in an interview last year. “If I had two slower songs, I’d put one on one record and one on the other, and try and make the records evenly.” (more…)

KING 810 has released a new track titled “Crow’s Feet,” which is featured on Not Safe to Drink: Music for Flint Water Crisis Relief, a charity compilation available for pre-order today at http://notsafetodrink.bandcamp.com/. The compilation, set for release on Feb. 20, takes aim at the current water crisis in KING 810’s hometown of Flint, Michigan, and features more than 50 artists from the worlds of punk, rock, alternative and metal. (See contributing artists below.). All proceeds will be donated to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

Listen to “Crow’s Feet” below.

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