Posts Tagged ‘Acoustic’

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Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13

After wrapping a North American fall headline tour, Wednesday 13 is ready to announce his extended plans for next year. He will embark on a winter 2017 acoustic tour. In addition to performing an entirely stripped down set, Wednesday 13, who is formerly one-half of the Murderdolls with Slipknot’s Joey Jordison, will share stories and engage in a Q&A session with fans during the show.

Bourbon Crow will provide direct support for the acoustic trek. (more…)

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Tarja Turunen

Tarja Turunen (former-Nightwish) played two shows at the Wacken Festival 2016 in Germany. One upon the Black Stage at Wacken Open Air, the other one as a special and intimate acoustic set inside the Wacken Metal Church. Enjoy two facettes of a great artist courtesy of WackenTV. Watch inside! (more…)

amaranthe-breaking-pointReview by Jeff Maki
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Amaranthe is hot right now. Its 2014 album, Massive Addictive (review), ignited the band’s flame in North America, a flame that had been burning in its homeland of Sweden for some time due to its 2013 album, The Nexus. The band is immediately recognizable by its three-vocalist attack of Elize Ryd, Jake E. Lundberg and Henrik Englund, each one bringing a different style to the music—the beautiful and theatrical pop-diva, the clean metalcore singer and the death metal growler. I caught the band opening for Within Temptation in 2014 (read here), and Amaranthe is on a North American headlining tour as I write this (view dates here). Looking to keep the flame burning, the band has released a digital-only EP, featuring six acoustic tracks, along with the songs “Breaking Point” and “Splinter in My Soul,” which according to the band are “originals from the early days.” But is this EP worth your hard-earned digital dollars? (more…)

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

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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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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

Sevendust. Photo by Chris Baird.

Sevendust. Photo by Chris Baird.

Nearly two decades into its career, Sevendust still is finding ways to keep its music fresh and exciting. This year, it’s with the (mostly) acoustic album Time Travelers & Bonfires and the accompanying “Evening with Sevendust” tour. Funded by the fans through PledgeMusic, the record features six new songs and six new versions of tunes from the extensive Sevendust catalog. It’s a must-have for any fan of the band. Vocalist Lajon Witherspoon recently checked in from the road to discuss the album and tour with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Long one of the most versatile bands in hard rock/metal, Sevendust has answered its fans many pleas over the years and unplugged in the studio for Time Travelers & Bonfires, a collection of six new tracks and six re-recorded songs from its past. I don’t know if it will win and new converts, but the result is likely to please those fans. (more…)

Within Temptation were recently interviewed and played live in the studio (performing as a three-piece) for the Polish radio station ESKA ROCK. The band’s live in-studio version of “And We Run,” from its newly released 2014 album, Hydra can be viewed below. The album (and of course much heavier and “plugged”) version features rapper, Xzibit on the track.

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Sevendust

Sevendust didn’t waste any time getting 2014 started the best way they know how:  being holed up in the recording studio to create their long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album. Time Travelers & Bonfires will be released in April on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. On April 1, they’ll hit the road for their first U.S. headlining tour of the year, entitled “An Evening With Sevendust,” which kicks off in Athens, Ga., at the Georgia Theatre. It’s their first acoustic trek since 2004, when they were touring in support of their fourth album, Seasons, and a format their fans have been anxiously awaiting for once again. (more…)

ancient-vvisdom-deathlikeReview by Jeff Maki
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Whereas Ancient VVisdom’s last album, A Godlike Inferno, professed the worshiping of Lucifer through the band’s dark, cvlt acoustic rock and bold lyrics, 2013’s Deathlike is what the title suggests. The album’s 12 tracks explore death, from the beginning to the end and the realms beyond, all set to the band’s signature sound (more…)