Posts Tagged ‘Clutch’

It was the early ’90s. Seemingly out of nowhere, a little grunge band called Nirvana began outselling massive commercial artists like Michael Jackson. This immediately caught the attention of the giant record companies. These small underground bands branded as “alternative” or “post-punk” went from being inconsequential to being potential behemoths in record sales—and the hunt began.

Hungrily sweeping for the next Nirvana, a buying frenzy ensued as small indie labels were bought out by the commercial labels on a never before seen scale. A&R execs would see random alt-rock bands perform in a bar and appear after their set offering unheard of financial offers and immediate global exposure. It seemed these band members were set for life. So what happened?

Verity is revealed in Underground Inc.: The Unsung Story of Alternative Rock, an upcoming documentary on the alternative punk and metal scene in the ’90s. Told by the artists who pioneered a sonic subculture, this feature-length documentary tells the real story of the ’90s, exposing viewers to a catalog of the era’s rarities and buried treasures, while reliving the struggles, triumphs and tragedies, as well as the debauchery. Underground Inc. will dig beneath the manufactured truth to explore what really happened, exploring a time unlike any other in the music industry. (more…)

Corrosion of Conformity, from left: Pepper Keenan, Woody Weatherman, Reed Mullin and Mike Dean.

Corrosion of Conformity, from left: Pepper Keenan, Woody Weatherman, Reed Mullin and Mike Dean.

Corrosion of Conformity, or COC, has a long, complicated history, starting with its formation in the early 1980s as a punk band and enduring a multitude of lineup changes until reaching the peak of its popularity in the ‘90s. After the band went on hiatus in 2006, the trio that recorded the 1985 album Animosity—bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin—reunited in 2010 to tour and eventually release two new albums. Last year saw the return of guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, who had spent nearly a decade focusing on the supergroup Down, completing the reunion of the classic ‘90s lineup responsible for albums such as Deliverance (1994) and Wiseblood (1996). Writing is underway for a new album, possibly to be released later in 2016, and the band is hitting the road for a few headlining shows before a longer tour with Lamb of God and Clutch. Live Metal’s Greg Maki recently caught up with Mullin to talk about the tour, the reunion, the new album and more. (more…)

Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion of Conformity will kick off an extensive North American tour next month.

The first leg of the journey will start April 6 in Huntington, West Virginia, and will run through April 15 in Poughkeepsie, New York, with support provided by Mothership. The following evening,the band will play a special one-off show with Eyehategod in Richmond, Virginia. Following a short breather, COC will head back out for more than two dozen dates with Lamb of God and Clutch.

See confirmed performances below. (more…)

Lamb of God

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, which this week is wrapping up its winter tour with special guests Anthrax, will launch its next U.S. headlining tour in the spring, with support from Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity. The tour will kick off April 30, and throughout the run, Lamb of God will perform at several festivals, including Bonnaroo, Rock on the Range and Carolina Rebellion.

The pre-sale for tickets will start at 2 p.m. local time Tuesday, Feb. 9. The public on-sale will open at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Feb. 12. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates, and visit for tickets and more information. (more…)

Matt Heafy, left, and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Matt Heafy, left, and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Review by Greg Maki
For some people, a vacation is a time of relaxation, of escaping the real world and the responsibilities that come with it. Some visit with friends and family. Others travel to new and exotic locations around the world.

Me? I take a break from my day job to cover four concerts in five days, in two states and the District of Columbia. (more…)


Shindig Music Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Set times for this year’s Shindig Music Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 19, in Baltimore’s Carroll Park and featuring headliners Godsmack and Stone Temple Pilots, have been announced. The event will feature two stages with live music from 1 to 11 p.m. and no overlapping sets.

Gates will open at noon. Set times are as follows. (more…)



Clutch, based in Frederick, Maryland, has joined the lineup for the third annual Shindig Music Festival, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, at Carroll Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Clutch will become the only band to play the event in each of its first years. (more…)

Mastodon and Clutch today announced “The Missing Link Tour,” which the two hard rock bands will co-headline this spring. The tour will kick off April 16 in St. Paul, Minnesota, with Big Business, which recently supported Mastodon on a European tour, opening. Graveyard will take over as main support starting April 29 in Los Angeles.

Mastodon and Clutch share a longtime friendship, as fans will recall Clutch frontman Neil Fallon contributed vocals to “Blood and Thunder” (from Mastodon’s 2004’s Leviathan). Fans can expect surprises in store for fans throughout the tour rumbling across North America.

The Tour will feature full sets from both Mastodon and Clutch. Clutch will close the show on April 24 in Vancouver, May 10 in Pittsburgh, May 15 in Bethlehem,  May 16 in Baltimore and the final night of the tour,  May 24,  in Columbus. Mastodon will close all other shows.


Maryland-based rock group Clutch has released Summer Sound Attack, a 10-song compilation of its most popular songs for streaming and download on iTunes ( via its label, Weathermaker Music. Summer Sound Attack includes “Electric Worry,” “The Regulator,” “50,000 Unstoppable Watts,” “Earth Rocker” and more key tracks from the seminal group. (more…)

Kyng, from left: Tony Castaneda, Eddie Veliz and Pepe Clarke

Kyng, from left: Tony Castaneda, Eddie Veliz and Pepe Clarke. Publicity photos by Stephanie Cabral.

Behind one of the best releases of the early part of 2014, Burn the Serum, Kyng (guitarist/vocalist Eddie Veliz, bassist Tony Castaneda and drummer Pepe Clarke) is making major waves in the world of hard rock/metal. Its riff-heavy music combines the best of Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age, and falls perfectly in line with Live Metal’s “Keeping Real Music Alive” slogan. They’ve made of fans of not only their peers but legends, such as James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine. But at the end of the day, they’re just three dudes, traveling the country without a crew or even a driver, and playing the music that is their passion. On the last night of a tour supporting Lacuna Coil, Castaneda sat down pre-show with Live Metal’s Greg Maki at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., to discuss the new album and more. (more…)

BALTIMORE — This year’s Shindig Music Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 27, at Carroll Park in Baltimore, will feature alternative rock legends Jane’s Addiction and punk rock favorites Rise Against as co-headliners.

Organized by 24-7 Entertainment, the festival’s lineup also includes Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Fishbone, Halestorm, Lucero, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Larry and His Flask, The Mahones, The Bots, Charm City Devil and Bad Seed Rising.

Two main stages will ensure no overlapping sets of music. (more…)