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Airbourne

Airbourne

Few bands today embody the pure rock ‘n’ roll spirit as fully as Airbourne. As drummer Ryan O’Keeffe told us, there was no alternative career path, no plan B. In late September, frontman Joel O’Keeffe injured his ankle in a fall from the stage, but there was no quitting. He finished the song, the show and the tour. Rock ‘n’ roll is in these Australians’ blood, and there’s no turning back for them. The band’s fourth album, Breakin’ Outta Hell, released Sept. 23, is filled with the same kind of loud, brazen, bluesy party anthems found on its first three efforts. Some things are better left unchanged. Airbourne wrapped up its U.S. headlining tour in October in Baltimore, and Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down on the band’s bus with Ryan O’Keeffe to discuss the new record and more. (more…)

Anti-Mortem

Anti-Mortem

Though their ages suggest otherwise, Anti-Mortem is a veteran band. Hailing from Oklahoma and with an average age of only 21, the quintet formed when frontman Larado Romo, now 20, was but 11 years old. Also featuring Larado’s older brother Nevada Romo on guitar, Corey Henderson on bass, Zain Smith on guitar and Levi Dickerson on drums, Anti-Mortem cut its teeth for years in its hometown of Chickasha, Okla., and the more active metal scene of Oklahoma City, drawing attention from some of the world’s biggest metal record labels, including Roadrunner and Century Media. They eventually went with Nuclear Blast, making their blend of classic metal along the lines of Pantera and Metallica with a touch of Southern rock a bit of an anomaly on a label known more for the extreme side of the genre. With the single “100% Pure American Rage” making waves at places such as SiriusXM’s Octane and Liquid Metal ahead of the April 29 release of Anti-Mortem’s debut album, New Southern, it appears they made the right choice. When their current tour supporting Texas Hippie Coalition came to Baltimore Soundstage, Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with the loquacious Larado Romo to get the lowdown on Anti-Mortem’s past, present and future. (more…)

Richard Patrick of Filter

Richard Patrick of Filter

Filter’s Richard Patrick finds ‘Trouble with Angels’

A clean and sober Richard Patrick is also a productive Richard Patrick. After relaunching Filter a couple years ago with Anthems for the Damned, he’s back with his band’s fifth album, The Trouble with Angels. Much of the 10-song collection is a return to the industrial-flavored sound of early Filter but enhanced by Patrick’s greater proficiency as both a songwriter and singer. Patrick, never at a loss for words during an interview, recently called in to discuss the new album with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

Every once in a while, a band comes along that stands above the crowd. Among the countless faceless acts struggling to find listeners’ ears, it assert itself, carving out a unique identity . Hailing from a small town in Kentucky, Black Stone Cherry is one of those rare bands. Its sophomore effort, Folklore and Superstition, released in August 2008, is a good-natured, Southern-fried slab of hard rock tunes steeped in the stories and lore of the band members’ heritage. People around the world are catching onto these guys. The band will spend the summer touring Europe, where it has built quite a following, before coming home to the States to take part in the “Rock and Rebels” tour featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock. This follows a spring tour with 3 Doors Down, Hinder and Theory of a Deadman. When that tour recently came through the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, Md., Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with guitarist Ben Wells after the band’s much-too-short 20-minute set to discuss the stories behind some of the songs on the new album and more.
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Airbourne

Airbourne

Rock ‘n’ roll fans rejoice! Rock will never die as long as bands like Australias Airbourne are here to breathe new life into it. The band’s debut album, Runnin’ Wild, now available in the United States via Roadrunner Records, is an instant classic, a disc that rocks with a bravado and enthusiasm not seen since Bon Scott’s heyday. The AC/DC comparison is unavoidable, especially since Airbourne, too, features a pair of brothers at its core, vocalist/guitarist Joel O’Keeffe and drummer Ryan O’Keeffe. But one listen to Runnin’ Wild is enough to know this is no copycat act.

Guitarist David Roads and bassist Justin Street round out the quartet, which recently moved its base of operations to the United States to focus on reaching the American and European audiences. During the band’s headlining tour with Endeverafter and StoneRider, Joel checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss his band’s sound and influences, the new album and more. Get to know them now because you’re going to hear a lot more from them very soon. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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About six years ago, Saliva rode the nü-metal wave to success with the hit singles “Your Disease” and “Click Click Boom” from its second album, Every Six Seconds. On Back into Your System, the follow-up released the next year, the Memphis quintet refined its sound, diversifying by mixing in a Southern rock influence. By the time it got to 2004’s Survival of the Sickest, the rapping had disappeared completely, and the change led the band to its strongest album, a loving, attitude-filled ode to Mötley Crüe-style party rock. Unfortunately, it came and went with little fanfare, failing to reach the heights of the previous two releases, both of which were certified Gold (500,000 copies sold). (more…)