Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore’

Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust

LIVE PHOTOS:
Sevendust
He is Legend
Never Your Zero
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Review by Greg Maki
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In spring 1997, I was 17 years old and finishing my senior year of high school. Though I had been raised on loud guitars and thunderous drums, I had become disillusioned with a lot of rock music in the mid-’90s, and had turned to the harsh, industrialized sounds of Nine Inch Nails and the dark theatrics of Marilyn Manson. I remained a regular reader of Metal Edge magazine in those days, however, and while perusing the latest issue one day, a CD review caught my eye. The CD in question was the debut, self-titled release from a quintet out of Atlanta called Sevendust. I wish I could find that review or remember what the critic wrote, because something about it made me take note, made me think this was a band I needed to hear. YouTube and Spotify weren’t even a figment of anyone’s imagination at this point, so the first time I ever heard Sevendust was a short time later when I spotted the CD on a shelf at Circuit City (RIP), went home, popped the disc in my CD player and those unforgettable opening notes of “Black” started me on a journey I’m still on 20 years later. (more…)

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James Hetfield of Metallica

LIVE PHOTOS: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat
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Review by Greg Maki
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There have been some rough patches here and there, but make no mistake—Metallica still is the best metal band that ever was or will be. On Wednesday, May 10, at the home of the Baltimore Ravens, the most successful band in the history of the genre gave a fiery, powerful performance that almost certainly erased any doubts among the tens of thousands of people who filled the stadium.

A number of factors—the band’s first proper North American tour in eight years, releasing its best album in decades (last year’s Hardwired … to Self-Destruct), the fact that they’re freakin’ Metallica—combined to make this show feel more like an event than any other I’ve attended recently, including multi-day festivals. That this was the first stop on the North American leg of the band’s “WorldWired” tour made the anticipation climb even higher.

Before we even got to Metallica there were two opening acts capable of drawing several thousand fans on their own. (more…)

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Dutch Symphonic Metal giants Epica are proud to announce the launch of their brand new live video “Dancing In A Hurricane“! The track has been taken from the band’s latest output The Holographic Principle, which was released via Nuclear Blast in September 2016 and charted worldwide. The video was captured during Epica’s SOLD OUT show at The Zenith in Paris last February where the band closed their most successful European tour to date together with an excited legion of 5.000 fans! This live video perfectly mirrors the band’s craving for non-stop innovation and for continuously improving their live performance. “Dancing In A Hurricane, Live at The Zenith” will show you how the live Epica experience has reached new dimensions once again! Watch it inside! (more…)

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…)

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