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Municipal Waste

When I first saw Richmond’s Municipal Waste thrashing out onstage during the 2006 Sounds of the Underground tour, I thought they had warped straight out of a time machine. Sporting denim vests and patches, bandanas and swinging their hair around the stage, this was something out of 1987. I liked it enough, but little did I know at the time that rhe Waste would go on to jump start a trash metal revival in the late 2000s, with other bands like Toxic Holocaust, Warbringer and Evile emerging. Yes, there were some shitty ones, too, but the good ones have stuck around. And Municipal Waste has stuck around for six albums now. But after its fifth album, 2012’s The Fatal Feast, the band took a five-year hiatus to focus on other projects (the Waste dudes are in a bunch of other bands), but now they’re back to fuck us up with Slime and Punishment (review), a new album of 14 songs and 28 minutes of crossover, skater-thrash metal that has been its trademark since day one.

Speaking of being warped, Municipal Waste is on this year’s Warped Tour, playing with some other metal bands you may have heard of, like Hatebreed, The Acacia Strain, Emmure and GWAR. As the band made its initial trek from Richmond, Virginia, all the way to Seattle, Washington, by van for the first date of the tour, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki checked in with vocalist Tony Foresta while the guys had stopped to check out Mt. Rushmore. (more…)

Review by Jeff Maki
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In a 2012 interview, I asked Municipal Waste vocalist Tony Foresta if he thought the thrash metal resurgence at the time meant the immensely popular ’80s subgenre was back for good. He replied that the good bands will stick around, while the shitty ones while disappear. And that’s kind of what’s happened. In recent years, I haven’t been seeing many album covers with “Garbage Pail Kid”-style cartoon characters with their eyeballs popping out, oozed in slime, while hanging out at nuclear power pants. There hasn’t been anywhere near as much radioactivity as was present in say, 2007 to 2010. But the good ones indeed stuck around, and the band largely responsible for the revival, Richmond’s infamous, crossover thrashers Municipal Waste, is back five years after 2012’s The Fatal Feast. (more…)

Review by Jeff Maki
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“Nu-metal” became a dirty word years ago. After massive popularity in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the subgenre became over-saturated and all but ended. Well, flash forward to 2017, and it’s seeing a resurgence with bands like Sylar, From Ashes to New and Cane Hill, along with veterans like Papa Roach, Slipknot and Korn still immensely popular. The reason? Nu-metal doesn’t necessarily mean “rap metal.” What it represents is bands with widely diversified styles.

So why am I defending the most hated subgenre of metal? I’m setting the stage for the next great nu-metal band: Fire from the Gods. Narrative Retold is the deluxe version of Fire from the Gods’ Narrative album, released Aug. 26, 2016. The re-release features two new songs, “The Voiceless” and “The Taste,” guest produced by Korn’s Jonathan Davis. You can’t get much more nu-metal than that.  (more…)

Bay Area thrash pioneers Exodus announced their co-headlining Battle Of The Bays American Tour with Tampa Bay Florida Death Metal Godfathers Obituary. The tour kicks off on September 14 in Durham, NC making stops in Sayreville, Columbus, and San Antonio before ending in Baton Rouge, LA on October 15.. Joining the two American legends on the road are Power Trip and Dust Bolt. View tour dates and info inside! (more…)

THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR, presented by the upcoming film American Satan, is pleased to announce the full lineup of bands and dates for this summer’s particularly heavy edition of the long running tour now in its 11th year. Headlining the most extreme tour of the summer is Michigan’s very own melodic death metal monsters The Black Dahlia Murder who will release their new untitled album in fall 2017 via Metal Blade Records and will be playing their album Nocturnal in its entirety in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the release. Joining TBDM as co-headliners is Maryland death metal trio Dying Fetus whose new album Wrong One to Fuck With comes out on June 23 via Relapse Records. Rounding out the rest of the lineup are The Faceless, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail, Origin, Rings of Saturn, Betraying the Martyrs, Lorna Shore, and more acts to be announced. Tickets and VIP Packages for THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR 2017 are available for purchase HERE. View the complete list of dates inside! (more…)

Review by Jeff Maki
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The word “incorruptible” has different meanings. The first, “not susceptible to corruption, especially by bribery,” and the second, “not subject to death or decay; everlasting.” And thus the title of Iced Earth’s 12th album now seems perfectly fitting. This album is a culmination of the band’s career—powerful vocals, powerful lyrics, power chords, power ballads and galloping rhythms that take the band’s ’90s-era sound and transpose it into 2017. And yes, the result is powerful. (more…)

Lars Ulrich of Metallica

While Greg meticulously edits and preps our upcoming Rock on the Range band photo galleries, here are headliners, Metallica performing “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” from the 2017 edition of the festival, which was held in Columbus, Ohio May 19, 20 & 21. Watch it inside! (more…)


Behemoth’s full live set from Germany’s 2017 Rock Hard Festival has been posted online. Check it out inside! The Rock Hard Festival is a heavy metal festival organized and sponsored by the Rock Hard magazine. First established in Lichtenfels, Bavaria, Germany, in 1990 on an irregular basis, mostly for magazine anniversaries, it is held annually in Gelsenkirchen, Germany since 2003. The 2017 edition took place on May 18-20 and featured performances by Opeth, Behemoth, Exodus, Dirkschneider, Fates Warning, Candlemass and more. (more…)


Amsterdam based metal band The Charm The Fury have released the full set of their show at this year’s Pinkpop in Landgraaf, Netherlands.  The biggest national music station, 3voor12, voted their show as the #3 performance of the weekend. Watch the live set and view tour dates inside!

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Nightwish

In March 2018, Nightwish will begin their 9-month-long ‘Decades: World Tour 2018’ starting with 34 shows in North America. Nightwish will have a very special set list for the tour, featuring rarely heard material from the earlier era, and excitingly for both band and fans, they will revisit the old songs with some new twists. This set list will be a “one-off” and only performed on this ‘Decades: World Tour.’ View inside for tour dates and ticket information! (more…)

Kamelot

After tours around the globe, Kamelot will return to North American in April/May 2018 to support their upcoming release on Napalm Records. This tour and album is the follow-up to the band’s highest charting album worldwide Haven (#1 BILLBOARD HARD ROCK CHARTS). (more…)

Review by Jeff Maki
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The past year has been a celebration of all things Glenn Danzig. Last September, the legendary horror punk band The Misfits—featuring bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle, with help from guitarist Acey Slade and drummer Dave Lombardo—finally reunited live with Danzig on vocals for the first time in 33 years. 2017 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Danzig classic (and my favorite of his albums) Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, and a subsequent celebratory tour also was announced. Finally, Danzig recently hosted a two-day festival version of “Blackest of the Black” (formerly a tour) May 26 and 27 in Silverado, California, that featured Danzig headlining a lineup that featured Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Vamps, Marduk, Suicide Silence and many more. Got all that? Just as the past six months have celebrated the living legend, his 11th studio album, Black Laden Crown, makes the strongest attempt of a Danzig album in years to do the same.

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