Archive for November, 2016

Rock on the Range has been promising its “biggest lineup ever,” and this morning’s announcement seems to live up to that.

Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn each will headline one night of the three-day festival, which is set for May 19, 20 and 21 at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Overall, Rock on the Range will feature more than 50 bands on three stages, plus comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, the Music Experience, art installations and other activities.

Presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at www.RockOnTheRange.com.

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Ozzfest 2006. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Anders Fridén of In Flames

Review by Jeff Maki
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Only a weekend had passed since In Flames released its 12th studio album, Battles, and despite my less-than-enthusiastic review (read here), I was still ecstatic to be seeing the Swedish metal pioneers kick off their U.S. co-headlining tour with Hellyeah at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Since I discovered the band in 2004, its albums have been my go-tos time after time, even as the years have gone by. (more…)

Wilson

Wilson

Detroit rock band Wilson has released its cover of Rage Against The Machine’s “Sleep Now in the Fire.” The track was released in light of the recent presidential election and current political tone. Listen to the cover below, along with the band’s cover of Nazareth’s “Hair of the Dog,” which many of its fans have enjoyed as part of its live set. (more…)

2017 event dates and ticket on-sale information for the World’s Loudest Month festival series have been announced. The World’s Loudest Month, created by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents, continues to break records with its U.S. festival series, which in 2017 will feature the biggest names in rock music performing in eight U.S. concert atmospheres during six consecutive weekends in April, May and June.

In 2016, overall attendance surpassed 470,000 for the WLM festivals held during five consecutive weekends.

The 2017 World’s Loudest Month festival dates, locations and details are as follows: (more…)

In-Flames_The-End-albumReview by Jeff Maki
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There was a turning point in the evolution of In Flames’ sound in the early 2000s. Fans cite either 2002’s Reroute to Remain, (which featured more clean singing, melody and even a borderline country music song) or 2004’s Soundtrack to Your Escape (an industrial metal album, which, at the time, was its most commercial-sounding release to date) as the albums that “abandoned” the band’s signature melodeath sound. Come Clarity (2006), A Sense of Purpose (2008) and Sounds of a Playground Fading (2011) rode the fine line of heaviness and accessibility, and even yielded some new fan favorites along the way. Then came Siren Charms (2014,) and for many of the fans still left, this was the final nail in the coffin. I’ve been a fan of most of In Flames’ post-melodeath era albums, even Siren Charms. The album had a somber mood and explosive parts throughout. But now with In Flames’ 12th studio album, Battles, and yet more drastic changes in sound and personnel, will they be able to retain me as a fan? (more…)

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

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Review by Greg Maki
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On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton ending their campaigns here, Nov. 7 was a momentous day in Raleigh, North Carolina. But for a couple thousand people at the Ritz, a concert venue located in an industrial park just outside the city’s downtown, politics took a back seat. Differences were tossed aside as the assembled masses all partook in the ritual of Ghost.

The Swedish occult rockers have rocketed to worldwide stardom, winning a Grammy Award along the way and inspiring some of the most devoted fans any band can claim today. Everyone at the show seemingly wore a Ghost T-shirt or stood in line at the merch table to purchase one. Many came in costumes inspired by the demonic papal figure Papa Emeritus III and the masked Nameless Ghouls who provide the instrumentation behind him.

The band’s North American “Popestar” tour is its biggest production here to date, with a tiered stage and elaborate backdrop fit for an arena. At the rate they’ve been growing their fan base and with performances as strong and dynamic as this one, Papa and the ghouls could find themselves in venues that size before long. (more…)

Airbourne

Airbourne

Few bands today embody the pure rock ‘n’ roll spirit as fully as Airbourne. As drummer Ryan O’Keeffe told us, there was no alternative career path, no plan B. In late September, frontman Joel O’Keeffe injured his ankle in a fall from the stage, but there was no quitting. He finished the song, the show and the tour. Rock ‘n’ roll is in these Australians’ blood, and there’s no turning back for them. The band’s fourth album, Breakin’ Outta Hell, released Sept. 23, is filled with the same kind of loud, brazen, bluesy party anthems found on its first three efforts. Some things are better left unchanged. Airbourne wrapped up its U.S. headlining tour in October in Baltimore, and Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down on the band’s bus with Ryan O’Keeffe to discuss the new record and more. (more…)

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Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

Volbeat has premiered a new Rocky-themed music video for its track “Seal The Deal.” The track comes off the band’s latest record, Seal the Deal and Let’s Boogie, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. Watch it inside now! (more…)

Chuck Billy of Testament

Chuck Billy of Testament

Fresh off the heels of our recent Testament coverage, the official video for “The Pale King” from the San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans can be seen inside. The clip was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (Slayer, Death Angel, Kataklysm) for Videohammer Studios. (more…)

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Danny Leal of Upon A Burning Body

Upon A Burning Body have released a video for “B.M.F.” The track is featured on Upon A Burning Body’s fourth album, Straight From The Barrio, which was released October 28, 2016 via Sumerian Records.

The video was shot in the style of hit 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, which starred rapper Will Smith and helped launch his career as an actor. In the video, the camera zooms in on frontman Danny Leal to reveal his Fresh Prince tattoo on his arm. The singer has previously revealed his love of the show, posting a picture of himself wearing a Bel-Air Academy basketball top on Twitter. Watch the video and view tour dates inside! (more…)