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Adam Gontier of Saint Asonia

Adam Gontier of Saint Asonia

Live photos: Saint Asonia, Bad Seed Rising
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Review by Greg Maki
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As all the members of Saint Asonia have said since the band went public in May 2015, frontman Adam Gontier (formerly of Three Days Grace) insisted onstage at Baltimore Soundstage that this is not a “supergroup” or a one-off deal. He said this band–also featuring guitarist Mike Mushok (Staind), drummer Rich Beddoe (formerly of Finger Eleven) and bassist Corey Lowery (Eye Empire, Stuck Mojo, Dark New Day) intends to be around for a while. If performances like this one on a Sunday night in Baltimore are the norm, that shouldn’t be a problem. (more…)

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Live photos
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Review by Greg Maki
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The hour had yet to reach noon when they began to mass in Baltimore’s Fell’s Point on Thames Street, outside The Sound Garden, one of the few remaining independent record stores. For most of the afternoon, they waited under the hot August sun as their numbers grew along with their anticipation. All had come for a singular purpose: to partake in the rituals of Ghost–rituals that, on this day, were to be a new sort of experience compared to those with which they may have been accustomed.

Just prior to the hour of 4 and 30, Sound Garden proprietors beckoned inside the gathered masses, hundreds quickly filling the store, voices ready to join in the performance to come, hands prepared to clap and cameras set to capture the action.

At 5 p.m., a door opened and two Nameless Ghouls–masked, dressed in black–entered, climbed the steps to the small stage, where acoustic guitars waited for them. Then followed the “new” face of Ghost, Papa Emeritus III, wearing an elegant suit today instead of his normal papal attire.

The ritual was about to begin … (more…)

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Review by Jeff Maki
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Arch Enemy, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Cattle Decapitation, Beyond Creation
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With all the drama surrounding the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and its lack of true headlining bands and low attendance, the timing of the 2015 Summer Slaughter Tour couldn’t have been any better.

But wait, there’s no one here either … (more…)

King Diamond

King Diamond

Review by Jeff Maki
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View live photos here.
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Long a seasoned veteran of heavy metal concerts, some time ago I reached a point where it was harder to determine which bands I hadn’t seen perform live than the ones I had. My first show was Ozzy Osbourne in 1988, and my most recent was this year’s installment of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. In between, I’ve seen most of the prominent metal bands of the past three decades: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, Sepultura, White and Rob Zombie, Korn, Slipknot and many more. Then there’s the legends like Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Alice Cooper and Dio, all of which I’ve seen, as well. But one had stood out, missing from my—what I think is an impressive—list throughout the years—King Diamond. So when he was announced as a main stage act as part of this year’s Mayhem Festival, alongside Slayer, Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada, I thought it might be now or never. (more…)


The Live Metal moniker can pigeonhole us at times. Would I ever change it? No—I’m a metalhead and fucking proud of it. Metal is in my blood. But if you’ve been a reader of our site during its near decade of existence, you’re probably aware we’ve been known to branch out on occasion. Greg covers the Vans Warped Tour every summer, and I’ve always had a love of hardcore punk, along with a lot of ’90s alternative music. This may sound cliche, but it’s not about what’s trendy or being cool, or living up to some sort of imaginary underground status—good music is good music, no matter what the genre. Plus, when you’ve sat face to face with Behemoth, Megadeth, Max Cavalera and In Flames over the years (to name a few), I think I can be granted a little leeway here.

So now that I’m done unnecessarily defending myself, let me tell you about Awolnation. (more…)

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

LIVE PHOTOS: Linkin Park, Rise Against, Tech N9ne, Volbeat, Motionless in White, Halestorm, Upon a Burning Body, Anthrax, Crobot, The Pretty Reckless, Starset, Hollywood Undead, September Mourning, Santa Cruz
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Review by Greg Maki
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

11:45 a.m., Jagermeister Stage — SANTA CRUZ
The final day of a festival is always slow and sluggish, usually until late afternoon or so, but Santa Cruz, a Finnish band that mixes ‘80s glam metal sensibilities with a more modern attitude, does its best to wake up the early-arrivers. They have my attention, becoming my first “find” of the weekend. (more…)

Rob Halford of Judas Priest

Rob Halford of Judas Priest

LIVE PHOTOS: Judas Priest, Godsmack, Ministry, Papa Roach, In Flames, In This Moment, Nonpoint, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, Tremonti, Of Mice & Men, Sabaton, Saint Asonia, Like a Storm, Screaming for Silence
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Review by Greg Maki
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

11:50 a.m., Ernie Ball Stage — SCREAMING FOR SILENCE
The winners of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, Screaming for Silence from Omaha, Nebraska, opens day two with dark skies overhead. The band also is due $15,000 in new gear as a result of its big win. (more…)

Corey Taylor of Slipknot

Corey Taylor of Slipknot

LIVE PHOTOS: Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Falling in Reverse, Hatebreed, Breaking Benjamin, Beartooth, Live, Dangerkids, Apocalyptica, Dorothy, We are Harlot, Highly Suspect, Shaman’s Harvest
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Review by Greg Maki
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I don’t know how, but each year, Rock on the Range, the best music festival I’ve ever attended, gets better. The lineup largely features acts from the same pool of bands playing all the festivals throughout the “World’s Loudest Month,” but the atmosphere here is different. Everyone knows this is the big one, and if you want to make a splash, this is the place to do it, whether you’re a headliner, a new face that’s won a battle of the bands to get here or a new band of familiar faces making its world premiere. (more…)

Myles Kennedy, left, and Slash

Myles Kennedy, left, and Slash

LIVE PHOTOS
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Review by Greg Maki
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Thanks to Gene Simmons, “rock is dead” has dominated much of the conversation since last fall. I guess Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators didn’t get that memo. This midweek show at a sold-out Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, further cemented them as one of the top touring rock bands in the world today. (more…)

Links to 28 photo galleries below.
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Review by Greg Maki
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In its fifth year, Carolina Rebellion, held on a open field outside Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, was bigger than ever this year. The addition of a fourth stage brought the total number of bands over the two days to 39 and also spread out the festival over an almost excessively large space, driving the two main stages about a half-mile apart. This growth led to more attendees than ever before, too, with the crowd at the sold-out event reaching 40,000 on each day (based on an initial estimate of a total combined attendance of 80,000, provided by the festival’s publicist). (more…)

Tommy Black, left, and Scott Weiland

Tommy Black, left, and Scott Weiland

Review by Greg Maki
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It’s become popular in online circles to bash Scott Weiland, the erstwhile Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver vocalist now fronting an act billed as Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts. An off night leads to rampant speculation about what substances he might be on, and quotes from interviews are taken out of context, twisted and used against him at every turn. That’s not what we’re about here at Live Metal; our focus is the music, and when we review a show, all that matters is the performance in question. And on this night at Rams Head on Stage, one of the weirdest venues you could imagine for a rock concert, Weiland and his band were on their game. (more…)

Chester Bennington of Stone Temple Pilots

Chester Bennington of Stone Temple Pilots

LIVE PHOTOS
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Review by Greg Maki
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The new version of Stone Temple Pilots, with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington center stage, replacing the fired Scott Weiland, is a hard sell for some. Others will never accept it, end of story. It’s their loss, because if this show on a Friday night at the sold-out Fillmore Silver Spring is any indication, the band is stronger than it’s been in many years. (more…)