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Jim Breuer performs at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, in 2014.

Jim Breuer performs at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, in 2014.

Comedian Jim Breuer and his backing band, the Loud & Rowdy, will release their debut album, Songs from the Garage, on May 27 via Metal Blade Records. The album features guests such as Brian Johnson (AC/DC), who provides vocals on two tracks, and producer/guitarist Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat).

Going into the record the music had to be killer and have great hooks, that was most important, and I wanted to balance that with something that’s funny. I wanted to bring the smile back to hard rock that has a nice punch to it,” Breuer said.

Initially known as the Jim Breuer Band, the Loud & Rowdy features Mike Tichy on drums, Joe Vigliotti on bass and Metal Mike on guitar. (more…)

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Scott Ian of Anthrax roasts Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor during Roast on the Range 2014

For many, Rock on the Range 2014 kicked off Thursday night, May 15, at the LC Pavilion with the Monster Energy Roast on the Range with Corey Taylor. The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman was subjected to a lampooning by a celebrity dais featuring Pearl Aday, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Jim Florentine, Craig Gass, Scott Ian, Don Jamieson, Jamey Jasta, Finesse Mitchell and Brian Posehn, led by Roastmaster Sebastian Bach. We took part in the red carpet pre-show party, where we had a chance to chat with a few of the celebrities in attendance. Next up, was Scott Ian, guitarist of the legendary thrash metal band, Anthrax, and his wife, musician and daughter of the one and only Meat Loaf, Pearl Aday. (more…)

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Jim Florentine, right, of That Metal Show roasts Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor at  Roast on the Range 2014.

For many, the weekend of Rock on the Range 2014 kicked off on Thursday night, May 15, at the LC Pavilion with the Monster Energy Roast on the Range with Corey Taylor. The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman was subjected to a lampooning by a celebrity dais featuring Pearl Aday, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Jim Florentine, Craig Gass, Scott Ian, Don Jamieson, Jamey Jasta, Finesse Mitchell and Brian Posehn, led by Roastmaster Sebastian Bach. We took part in the red carpet pre-show party where we had a chance to chat with a few of the celebrities in attendance. First up, was comedian and That Metal Show co-host Jim Florentine. (more…)

 

Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Roast on the Range 2014

Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Roast on the Range 2014

For many, the weekend of Rock on the Range 2014 kicked off on Thursday night, May 15, at the LC Pavilion with the Monster Energy Roast with the Range of Corey Taylor. The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman was subjected to a lampooning by a celebrity dais featuring Pearl Aday, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Jim Florentine, Craig Gass, Scott Ian, Don Jamieson, Jamey Jasta, Finesse Mitchell and Brian Posehn, led by Roastmaster Sebastian Bach. We took part in the red carpet pre-show party where we had a chance to chat with a few of the celebrities in attendance. Moments before he took his seat as the man of honor, we had a quick chat with the man himself, Corey Taylor. (more…)

Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs Friday, May 16, during his band's headlining set at Rock on the Range. Photo by Jason Squires/www.jasonsquires.com.

Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses performs Friday, May 16, during his band’s headlining set at Rock on the Range. Photo by Jason Squires/www.jasonsquires.com.

As we wandered the grounds of Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, the site for the eighth annual Rock on the Range festival—featuring three stages and 60 bands of a who’s who in rock—we noticed one of our fellow media personalities had at that point been missing for the better part of four hours. “What in the hell happened to him?” we asked each other. After a quick debate, there was only one explanation. The festival itself had overcome him and he was “absorbed” by the nonstop music over three long days of rock. It was more than any normal man could bare to take. So in essence, his body gave in and submitted to the spirit of rock. He “became” Rock on the Range. (more…)

Edguy: "Holy Ear Damage"

Edguy: “Holy Ear Damage”

You would be hard pressed to find a more entertaining rock band than Germany’s Edguy. Known mainly as a power metal band in the early part of their career, starting with 2004’s Hellfire Club and on through their last album, 2006’s Rocket Ride (review), Edguy showed a knack for comedy and ’80s glam rock flair. The style received mixed reactions from fans and peers, but Edguy remained successful nonetheless. It had reached the point where people were starting to wonder if Edguy was serious about anything anymore, or were they merely a parody of heavy metal?

With their new album Tinnitus Sanctus (review), Edguy has surprised everyone. Not only does the music take on a more serious nature, but they have virtually abandoned the over-the-top power metal in favor of a more straightforward hard-rocking, heavy metal album. Not long after its release, Edguy guitarist Jens Ludwig phoned in to Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki to talk about the album and Edguy’s musical direction. Despite Jeff’s somewhat negative review of Tinnitus Sanctus (much to the chagrin of Ludwig), Jens put his feelings aside and was still able to do the interview as scheduled. (more…)

edguy-tinnitusI am a big fan of Edguy’s 2006 release, Rocket Ride. Always powerful, always comedic and always rockin’, Edguy might have hit their creative peak with that album. A few songs on Rocket Ride hinted at the hard rock direction of Tinnitus Sanctus, but I didn’t realize the band would abandon ther power metal style completely. That’s what happened. (more…)

edguy-rocket-rideThough the band has been around since 1997, besides a few snippets and mp3s on the Internet, Rocket Ride was my official introduction to Germany’s Edguy. And what an introduction it was! This music is retro metal in top form, or “Powerglam,” as the band describes themselves. Think late 80s Iron Maiden and Savatage, throw in some catchy electronics, a ridiculous sense of humor, and you get Edguy. The band is way over the top (maybe too much so for newer metalheads), but metal fans yearning for the genre’s glory days have found a blessing in Rocket Ride. (more…)

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Edguy’s “Fucking With Fire”

Though they are one of Europe’s leading power metal bands, Germany’s Edguy remain largely unknown in the United States. With influences ranging from classic to hair metal, the band is completely over-the-top, even deeming themselves “Hair Force One” in the lyrics on its new album, Rocket Ride (review). Though they say they aren’t a parody or comedic act, it’s hard to listen to Edguy without having the music bring a smile to your face.

Live-Metal’s Jeff Maki recently spoke to guitarist Jens Ludwig about the making of Rocket Ride, the band’s image and possible efforts to introduce American audiences to their music. (more…)