Posts Tagged ‘90s metal’

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…)

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…)

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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Review by Jeff Maki
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Sister Sin had a fairly successful 13-year career, which saw the Swedish hard rockers sell thousands of records and play all over the world, including the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where we interviewed vocalist Liv Sin (read here), who also stakes claim as one of Revolver’s “Hottest Chicks in Metal.” When Sister Sin unexpectedly called it quits in 2015, Liv Sin—the band—was born. And what a rebirth it is. Follow Me sees Liv transforming into full-on-metal, while channeling the classic sound from the late ’80s and early ’90s.

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Chuck Billy of Testament

LIVE PHOTOS: Testament, Sepultura
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Review by Jeff Maki
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It’s been 30 years since the formation of Bay Area thrashers, Testament—30 years since it released its debut album, The Legacy. The band’s current label, Nuclear Blast Records,also is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. And let’s not forget the fantastic new album, The Brotherhood of the Snake (read review). It was the perfect storm for Testament—forever in the shadows of “The Big Four”—to showcase its own impressive discography and different eras of the band. After 30 years and thousands of live shows, this one could have been its last—it was that good! (more…)

New York death metal pioneers Suffocation will release their new album …Of The Dark Light on June 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has released the first single, “Your Last Breaths”, in the form of a 360º track video.  Check out the video, tracklist and details inside! (more…)

With less than one week until the release of its sixth album, Bloodlust (March 31, 2017) Body Count (featuring famed-rapper and TV star Ice-T) has dropped a video for what is sure to be another controversial track, “Black Hoodie.” The video is a depiction of the February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, in which Ice tells the story from a young, black teen’s perspective. Martin was dressed in a black hoodie when killed by George Zimmerman, causing a massive protest. Watch the video inside and check out some quotes from our recent interview with guitarist Ernie C. (more…)

Body Count

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, started a punk-metal band called Body Count. I was in high school when the band released its debut album in 1992, featuring the controversial song “Cop Killer.” 

What many deemed a side project at the time now has lasted 25 years. It’s been a long ride but not an easy one. Three band members have passed, but Ice and Ernie C. have remained. Despite never really going away during Ice’s 16 years playing detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on SVU, Body Count had somewhat of a resurgence in 2014, with the release of its album, Manslaughter (featuring “Talk Shit, Get Shot”), and touring on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. But was this just a novelty act reliving the glory days? We probably wouldn’t hear from back the band for a while after this, right? Wrong.

With the current unrest and political state of the world, Body Count once again has a lot to get off its chest and its back with what is sure to be another controversial new album called Bloodlust, due March 31, 2017 (pre-order the album here). Now a “full-on” metal band (as Ernie C. told  me), the new release features guest spots from Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe and Sepultura/Soulfly legend Max Cavalera, along with a Slayer cover medley. And there’s already been some feathers ruffled with the first single, “No Lives Matter.” Yeah, Body Count never has been a band to shy away from the cold, hard truth and tell things from its perspective.

Prior to the album’s release, Ernie C. called in to Live Metal’s Jeff Maki to discuss Body Count’s career, the prejudice the band faced in its early days and the new album. (more…)

With only 3 months into 2017, legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill released their highly anticipated album, The Grinding Wheel (read review) followed by a US tour that ended one week ago. The band have also now released the music video for “Shine On,” which can be viewed inside. And finally, in case you missed it, we recently conducted an extensive interview with vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth on the new album, history of the band and more! Read that here. (more…)

Dez Fafara of DevilDriver

Review by Jeff Maki
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DevilDriver, the headliner of the Bound by the Road Tour, now has seven studio albums under its belt. Yes, seven. The band has been around that long, and I’m getting that old. But the band in direct support on the tour has been around way longer—Death Angel. Thirty-five years to be exact.

Death Angel has been an absolute machine in recent years, churning out its style of Bay Area thrash metal with albums Killing Season (2008), Relentless Retribution (2010), The Dream Calls for Blood (2013) and last year’s The Evil Divide, which earned an honorable mention on my “best of the year” list. I also interviewed frontman Mark Osegueda in 2010 (read here) and again in 2016 (read here). Both times, his excitement and enthusiasm was unlike anyone I’ve interviewed. It turns out he carries this enthusiasm over to the stage (more…)

Alter Bridge has added a new U.S. leg to its The Last Hero tour this spring, in addition to its previously announced music festival appearances. The band will be joined at the new headline dates by In Flames on all of the dates beginning May 2, and Metal Church will play the same dates with the exception of the show at the Dream Makers Theatre in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan on May 16. View the complete list of Alter Bridge tour dates inside. (more…)

Korn

Korn announced Tuesday (Feb. 21) that they’re embarking on U.S. spring headlining tour. The band will do eight spring dates in support of new album The Serenity of Suffering. Dates include stops at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. Instrumental progressive band Animals as Leaders and alt-metal act DED will provide support. View tour dates inside. (more…)