Archive for March, 2016

Dope has announced the dates for its”Die Mother Fucker Die” U.S. reunion tour, which will feature the classic Dope lineup of Edsel Dope,Acey Slade, Virus and Racci Shay. This U.S. leg of the tour was crowdfunded by the pre-order of the band’s first live album at www.dopereunion.com.

Tour dates: (more…)

Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way

Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way

Adelitas Way frontman Rick DeJesus is one of the most outspoken figures in rock music today, and it’s not just about the talk for him. After the release of its third album, Stuck (2014), Adelitas Way took the reins of its present and future, leaving Virgin Records and going independent. Using PledgeMusic to reach fans directly and help fund its fourth album, the band now has control creatively and on the business end. If the new album, Getaway (released Feb. 26, 2016), is any indication, DeJesus and his bandmates—drummer Trevor Stafford, guitarist Robert Zakaryan and bassist Andrew Cushing—know what they’re doing. It’s a great hard rock record that captures much of the power and energy the band brings to its live shows. And DeJesus sounds like a new man while talking about the experience and the current state of the band—well, almost. He’s still as honest as ever about the music business and rock music’s place in it. Live Metal’s Greg Maki recently caught up with him to talk about that and more. (more…)

walls-of-jericho_no-one-can-save-you-from-yourselfReview by Jeff Maki
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I remember Walls of Jericho being part of the second or third tier of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal bands in the mid-2000s. The band even got a coveted slot on Ozzfest 2006. Though it is from Detroit, the band’s hardcore/metalcore style had it lumped in with the rest of this pack. Vocalist Candace Kucsulain was on a short list of females fronting hardcore bands and still is to this day.

No One Can Save You from Yourself is the band’s first release since 2008, the members passing their time pursuing other ventures. I had all but forgot about Walls of Jericho. (more…)

ragnarok_psychoReview by Jeff Maki
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Have you ever listened to so much extreme metal that everything starts to sound like Morbid Angel? They really were the forefathers of extreme metal, weren’t they? “Dominance & Submission,” the opening track of Norwegian black metal band Ragnarok’s eighth album, Psychopathology, instantly brought the legends to mind. Then there was the oncoming apocalypse that is Ragnarok. (more…)

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion—May 6, 7 and 8 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina—has announced the lineup of festival experiences and details for the expanded Pig Out BBQ Village, which will feature Gourmet Man Food that reflects cuisine of the region and the cultural food explosion that is happening around the country.

As previously announced, after selling out in advance in 2015, with a total of 80,000 fans in attendance, the Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival has expanded to three full days this year, featuring bands playing on four stages, the expanded Pig Out BBQ Village and premium camping facilities.

The sixth annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion will feature performances from more than 50 rock artists, including Disturbed, Scorpions, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Deftones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, A Day to Remember, 3 Doors Down, Alice Cooper, Bring Me the Horizon, Cypress Hill, Pennywise and Lamb of God. For the full music lineup, visit www.CarolinaRebellion.com.

In addition to music, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion will offer multiple onsite experiences, including those listed below. (more…)


September Mourning has signed with Sumerian Records, released a new video and is preparing to hit the road in the United States this April and May on the “Generation Doom” tour, along with Otep, Lacey Sturm, Through Fire and Doll Skin. Watch the video for “Eye of the Storm” and see tour dates below. The single also is available for purchase on iTunes. (more…)

allempires_1500Review by Jeff Maki
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Tombs’ 2011 album, Path of Totality, topped the year-end lists of many well-known metal publications and its follow-up, 2014’s Savage Gold, wasn’t far behind. Now the Brooklyn-based experimental band is back with a revamped lineup and a new EP called All Empires Fall, one of the more anticipated metal releases of 2016. (more…)

John 5

John 5

JOHN 5 LIVE PHOTOS
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Review by Greg Maki
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Sometimes just putting on a concert is a feat worth celebrating.

John 5 was scheduled to bring his solo tour to Hard Times Cafe in Hagerstown, Maryland. But less than a month before the show, the venue, which had seemed from an outside perspective to be growing in prominence in the past year or so as a regional concert destination, abruptly closed its doors. (One of the owners cited years of poor sales as the reason. Read about it here.)

Undeterred, the promoter quickly found a new location for the show, which also featured well-known area acts Silvertung (which just signed a record deal with Pavement Entertainment and has started to make a splash nationally), Small Town Titans and Pain. (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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Review by Jeff Maki
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Spawned in the early ’90s from somewhere in Northern Canada called the “Fjord of Saguenay,” Necronomicon is the western world’s answer to Dimmu Borgir. Advent of the Human God is the band’s fifth LP, its last coming in 2013. Let’s get this out of the way: It’s virtually impossible to listen to or say the name “Necronomicon” without thinking of the Evil Dead trilogy, specifically Army of Darkness. And if you hadn’t thought that already, then good luck with the rest of this. (more…)

entombedaddeaddawn

Review by Jeff Maki
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I was a huge fan of Entombed in the early ’90s. And if you were a death metal fan during that era, I’m sure you were, too. With Left Hand Path and Clandestine, Entombed pioneered the Swedish metal scene, influencing legions of bands to come. Then with the less death metal and more accessible Wolverine Blues, it invented “death ‘n’ roll.” Numerous lineup changes ensued, though five more albums were released during this time. The last one I remember hearing was 2007’s Serpent Saints—The Ten Amendments. The band then disappeared but returned in 2014 with Back to the Front, except only vocalist L-G Petrov remained and the dreaded “A.D.” was now succeeding its name. The only thing worse is if you’re in a band and a country in parentheses follows your name.  (more…)

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Review by Jeff Maki
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Toothgrinder vocalist Justin Matthews describes the band’s full-length debut, Nocturnal Masquerade, as a “dark, eerie charade through the night.” One of the hardest things to do as a musician is to describe your own band’s music, but I couldn’t have said it better myself. (more…)