INTERVIEW: Ernie C. of Body Count

INTERVIEW: Ernie C. of Body Count

Jeffrey Maki
These days, most know Ice-T from the hit TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but between his days as a world-famous rapper and the show, he and his pal, Ernie Cunnigan (better known as Ernie C.), who he met while they both attended Crenshaw High School in Compton, California…
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INTERVIEW: Eddie Hermida of Suicide Silence (2017)

INTERVIEW: Eddie Hermida of Suicide Silence (2017)

Jeffrey Maki
When I interviewed Suicide Silence vocalist, Eddie Hermida in October 2015 (read here), he had a strong statement for fans about the direction of the band's new album: We’re looking to burn bridges, man. We’re looking for kids to either sink or swim with us. If you’re at all hesitant…
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LIVE RECAP: Amaranthe - 03/09/17 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, Maryland

LIVE RECAP: Amaranthe – 03/09/17 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, Maryland

Jeffrey Maki
LIVE PHOTOS: Amaranthe, Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher16, Smash into Pieces ----- Review by Jeff Maki ----- It had been more than two years since I had seen Amaranthe open for Within Temptation (read review), also in Baltimore, Maryland. Now, with the success of Massive Addic…
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2 weeks agoLIVE RECAP: Amaranthe – 03/09/17 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, Maryland
LIVE PHOTOS: Amaranthe - 03/09/17 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, Maryland
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LIVE PHOTOS: Failure Anthem - 03/09/17 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, Maryland
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Eddie Hermida of Suicide Silence

When I interviewed Suicide Silence vocalist, Eddie Hermida in October 2015 (read here), he had a strong statement for fans about the direction of the band’s new album:

We’re looking to burn bridges, man. We’re looking for kids to either sink or swim with us. If you’re at all hesitant about our band, if you don’t get our motives and if you don’t get our position in the world and you don’t get where our music comes from, then you’re gonna be one of those fans that gets left behind. It’s one of those things where this next future, this next road for us is gonna be something that is really gonna put us to the test for ourselves more than anybody else. It’s almost one of those things where it might even completely bomb, and we don’t care. It’s one of those things where we’re literally at a point that we’re not allowed to not take chances anymore. We’re not allowed to play the safe road anymore.

With the release of the new self-titled Suicide Silence record (Feb. 24, 2017,  Nuclear Blast) (read review), Eddie and the band kept their word. Actually, two words: clean vocals. And that’s just the start. Yes, the new album is not safe at all. It all but abandons the band’s deathcore sound and has turned into one of the more controversial metal releases in recent memory. In fact, it’s facing St. Anger/Risk/Illud Divinum Insanus-levels of fan backlash. Acclaimed nu-metal producer Ross Robinson, who was integral in the beginning for bands like Korn, Fear Factory, Limp Bizkit and Slipknot in finding their signature styles, takes Suicide Silence and transforms it into a different band. 

As Suicide Silence is about to hit the road supporting the new album, Eddie called into Live Metal’s Jeff Maki to discuss the stylistic changes of the band, fan reaction to the album and his recent online feud with Australian deathcore band Thy Art is Murder. Read the rest of this entry »

Elize Ryd of Amaranthe

LIVE PHOTOS: Amaranthe, Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher16, Smash into Pieces
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Review by Jeff Maki
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It had been more than two years since I had seen Amaranthe open for Within Temptation (read review), also in Baltimore, Maryland. Now, with the success of Massive Addictive and its most recent album, Maximalism, Amaranthe has graduated from opening act to headliner. This was the third to last show of its North American Maximalism Tour, which featured four bands in support. Read the rest of this entry »

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Invidia

Invidia has teamed up with Metal Insider to give another taste of what’s in store on its debut album, As The Sun Sleepts. Today, the band is streaming the title track off the record, which is set to drop March 3 via Steamhammer/SPV. Fans can listen now, here.

When asked about “As the Sun Sleeps,” guitarist and founding member Brian Jackson said: “I’m really happy we decided to release ‘As the Sun Sleeps.’ This track is honestly one of my personal favorites, and it’s the absolute opposite of what we just released with our last single, ‘Feed the Fire,’ which is more of a heavy rock radio-friendly song. It shows that the record has to offer a very diverse range and can be on the heavier side of things. ‘As the Sun Sleeps’ is really guitar riff-oriented with pounding drums and heavy breakdowns. I think the metal heads will be pleasantly surprised once they hear this track.”​ Read the rest of this entry »

Wednesday, March 8, the Mockstrosity Tour 2017—starring the kings of fast-food themed Black Sabbath covers Mac Sabbath and Metalachi: The World’s First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band—will kick off in Omaha, Nebraska. The tour also will feature, as special guests, the Ned Flanders-themed metal band Okilly Dokilly. No, you’re not dreaming—the heavy-metal-shtick trifecta is upon us and you can witness them all in one night. Tickets are on sale now via individual venues.

In celebration of the tour kickoff, Mac Sabbath finally is releasing recorded music. Its viral hit cover track “Pair-A-Buns” will be available via Flexi Disc during the tour, available only inside the official new coloring activity book, which full of ridiculous images to color, dots to connect, mazes to solve and more. You can get the coloring activity book and Flexi Disc only via the band on tour as of now. Bring out your inner kid and pick them up at the Mac Sabbath merch booth at your local tour stop.

Take a look inside the new book with Ronald Osbourne and brace yourself for a shocking discovery: Read the rest of this entry »

Corey Taylor of Stone Sour

Stone Sour will return to the live stage Thursday, May 18, at the Rock on the Range official festival kickoff party at Express Live in Columbus, Ohio.

An exclusive presale for Rock on the Range ticket purchasers is underway now. Tickets go on sale to the general public at noon EST Friday, March 10, at www.RockOnTheRange.com and via Ticketmaster. To celebrate the 11th annual ROTR, tickets will be available for $11 plus service fees.

The exclusive set will mark Stone Sour’s first show in support of Hydrograd, the new album coming this summer. Hydrograd, which the band just completed work on, will be the band’s first studio album since the House of Gold & Bones double album set in 2013.  Read the rest of this entry »

Motionless In White have debuted a new video for the track “LOUD (Fuck It)” from their upcoming album Graveyard Shift. The new album is scheduled for release May 5, 2017 on Roadrunner Records. Check out the video inside and when you’re done pre-order Graveyard Shift on the band’s wbesite HERE. Read the rest of this entry »

Avatar have released a new video for the track “New Land.” The song comes off of the band’s 2016 album, Feathers & Flesh (Live Metal Top 10 of 2016). Avatar will be part of In This Moment’s upcoming headlining “Half God Half Devil Tour,” also featuring Motionless In White. Watch the video inside and check out the fun press release about the video! Read the rest of this entry »