Posts Tagged ‘Concerts’

Dez Fafara of DevilDriver

Review by Jeff Maki
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DevilDriver, the headliner of the Bound by the Road Tour, now has seven studio albums under its belt. Yes, seven. The band has been around that long, and I’m getting that old. But the band in direct support on the tour has been around way longer—Death Angel. Thirty-five years to be exact.

Death Angel has been an absolute machine in recent years, churning out its style of Bay Area thrash metal with albums Killing Season (2008), Relentless Retribution (2010), The Dream Calls for Blood (2013) and last year’s The Evil Divide, which earned an honorable mention on my “best of the year” list. I also interviewed frontman Mark Osegueda in 2010 (read here) and again in 2016 (read here). Both times, his excitement and enthusiasm was unlike anyone I’ve interviewed. It turns out he carries this enthusiasm over to the stage (more…)

Metallica today announced its WorldWired 2017 North American tour in support of its new album, Hardwired … to Self-Destruct. The WorldWired 2017 tour is produced by Live Nation and kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland, at M&T Bank Stadium. The tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Award-winning band’s first proper North American tour since 2009. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. See inside for a list of all confirmed dates.

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Simone Simons of Epica

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica have launched the new music video for”Beyond The Matrix” taken from the band’s latest album The Holographic Principle.

Frontwoman Simone Simons comments: “The energy that lives within “Beyond the Matrix” is extremely contagious. It will sweep you off your feet when the melodies enter your mind. The video embodies the spirit and liveliness of Epica. Transcend together with us and shine past the sky”

Watch the video inside! And be sure to check out our recent live coverage of Epica live December 1st at Baltimore Soundstage:

Epica Live Recap Baltimore Soundstage
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Metallica even released an album in 2016!

So the ball may have dropped long ago on 2016, which many deemed a dreadful year for entertainment due to many high-profile celebrity deaths. While our genre has lost some legends in recent years, hard rock and metal continue to thrive. I see bands rising and carrying the torch. We have the “world’s loudest month” in the U.S. for rock festivals. Metal is the most streamed genre on Spotify. Newer bands of all types of rock and metal subgenres continue to open eyes and ears not just here, but as always, worldwide. As usual, my list came down to the albums that not only initially knocked me on my ass, but also had me coming back time and time again. It mostly comprises reliable favorites, but there are a couple new surprise entries, as well.

First, we’ll start with a few honorable mentions: (more…)

Review by Greg Maki

The hottest ticket in metal this winter undoubtedly is Lamb of God’s first U.S. headlining tour in support of its latest album, VII: Sturm und Drang, released last summer. The Richmond, Virginia-based band has grown steadily through the years to a point where it could fill the venues it’s playing on this tour on its own. But on this run, it chose to repay an old debt, bringing out Anthrax, which, as vocalist Randy Blythe said onstage, took Lamb of God on tour 12 years ago, becoming the first of the “big four” to take a chance on them. It was a near perfect match, and on this frigid January night, fans of both bands packed the sold-out Fillmore to take in some of the very best in American metal today. (more…)

Shaun Morgan of Seether

Shaun Morgan of Seether

Review by Greg Maki

Even at the early hour of 6:30, the Fillmore was mostly packed when Islander hit the stage, kicking off four and a half hours of music on this cold January night. The most important thing an opening act can bring to the stage is energy; even if your music is terrible, you at least can keep the audience occupied for the 30 minutes they must spend with you. Well, Islander’s music, which draws from both nu metal and hard rock, isn’t terrible, and the Greenville, South Carolina, band’s energy could not be contained by the limited stage space; frontman Mikey Carvajal made one of several trips into the crowd at the start of the second song. (more…)

Kerry King of Slayer performs at Rock on the Range 2014.

Kerry King of Slayer performs at Rock on the Range 2014.

The dates for the 2015 World’s Loudest Month festival series have been revealed, including the addition of the new Northern Invasion festival outside Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Created by AEG Live, Danny Wimmer Presents and RockHouse Presents, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres in April and May. Last year saw new attendance highs for the World’s Loudest Month festivals, with more than 368,000 fans turning out to see over 150 bands perform.

In addition to the already established festivals taking place in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri, the World’s Loudest Month creators are proud to introduce the newest addition to the series, Northern Invasion, which will bow as a one-day, multi-stage camping festival just outside the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

The 2015 World’s Loudest Month festival dates and locations are as follows: (more…)

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Korn performing during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, August 3, 2014 – Bristow, Va. Photo courtesy of Korn.com

By Jeff Maki
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Twenty years ago, I bought a CD solely based on liking the album cover art—a shadow of an intimidating figure with a hook hand stalking a little girl on a playground swing—and the music contained inside went on to impact the next several years of my life. So when vocalist Jonathan Davis introduced the band’s closing song, “Blind” on this date of the 2014 Mayhem Festival, he led into it by shouting,  “This is the motherfuckin’ one that started it all!” Why yes, it was. It was the first Korn song many fans ever heard, and now in 2014, we’ve come full circle. Read the full live recap inside. (more…)

Watain live at Brooklyn Bazaar, Brooklyn, New York, Jun 15, 2014

Watain live at Brooklyn Bazaar, Brooklyn, New York – Jun 15, 2014

This past Sunday (June 15th), Swedish black metal tyrants Watain returned to North America to deliver their infamous stage ceremony of blood, fire, and death. During this special performance at the Brooklyn Bazaar, the band hurled pig’s blood into the crowd, baptizing NY fans in filth as part of their Satanic ritual. Watch the TMZ video clip from the show, for the exclusive “disgusting” clip, plus over 17 minutes of additional footage inside: (more…)

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The 2014 Vans Warped Tour tour kicked off June 13th in Houston, Texas and will be on the road through August 3rd. In that time the tour will hit hit 42 stops in the US and Eastern Canada. Complete tour info including bands, dates, Warped FAQ and more can be found on the Warped site. In addition, Warped 101 is your destination for all things Warped. What time does the show start? What bands are playing at my stop? Where do I go to find out what time the bands are playing? Warped 101 is your summer guide to the Warped Tour show in your city. Want to know what stage your favorite Warped band is playing on this summer? Check out the 2014 Vans Warped Tour Stage Guide for the full breakdown inside: (more…)

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This was some somber news that broke in the metal world yesterday, but I also have a great memory of Gwar.

Dave Brockie, who fronted the heavy metal band Gwar using the stage name “Oderus Urungus,” was found dead in his Richmond, Va., home. He was 50.

Gwar has been around forever it seems (since 1984), but Brockie’s death leaves the band without any of its founding members and its future in question. I feel guilty saying this at this time, but I was never really a fan. However, this was certainly a band that demanded attention, whether you heard or read the name, saw a music video back in the day (check out Billboard’s list of Gwar’s 10 Most Outrageous Videos here), or happened to see them live, like we did, on the Sounds of the Underground tour in 2006 (a tour of extreme, thrash and hardcore that ran from 2005 to 2007). (more…)

Johan Hegg of Amon of Amarth

Johan Hegg of Amon of Amarth

LIVE PHOTOS: Amon Amarth, Enslaved, Skeletonwitch
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By Jeff Maki
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As we started our 2014 live tour, there was no better way than to raise the black flags and set sail with Swedish Viking metal Gods Amon Amarth in Silver Spring, Md. The band has remained a constant in extreme metal,  churning out solid melodeath albums roughly every other year (Oden on Our Side, 2006; Twilight of the Thunder God, 2008; Surtur Rising, 2011; Deceiver of the Gods, 2013). While some purists and diehards may claim Amon Amarth’s style has become more of a shtick–especially over the past few years—ask fans of Motorhead if they’re tired of that band’s shtick. I, however, tend to agree, as many songs, melodies and entire parts of recent albums seem almost interchangeable. Yet in the end, I don’t really care. Fans apparently don’t either. Coming off of the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and with the release of Deceiver of the Gods, you could make a strong argument that Amon Amarth was one of the breakthrough metal acts of 2013 and recently has reached the peak of its popularity. (more…)