Posts Tagged ‘gothenburg’

Amaranthe have debuted the song “Drop Dead Cynical” from their new album Massive Addictive, out October 21 on Spinefarm Records. The track the first worldwide taste of the Gothenburg band’s upcoming opus. The song is a perfect indicator of what fans can expect on Massive Addictive — a full-on blast of melody and metallic power. Listen inside: (more…)

in-flames-rusted-nailIn Flames’ new single and first from its upcoming album, Siren Charms (Sept. 5, 2014, Epic/Sony) has made it’s way online (YouTube) via a pre-release from Spotify Europe. You might want to take a listen before it’s taken down. For myself, I’m mildly disappointed, but the musical direction is along the lines of what I expected. No, it’s not a return to the style of Whoracle or Clayman, but similar to tracks on A Sense of Purpose and Sounds of a Playground Fading like, “Sleepless Again,” “Deliver Us” or “Where the Dead Ships Dwell.” Any complaints aside, it’s still way ahead of a lot of other things that garner constant praise across other music publications. Listen now:






Though a band since 2001, Avatar, hailing from the hallowed grounds (to metalheads, at least) of Gothenburg, Sweden, didn’t reach North America until the 2012 release of Black Waltz, its first effort for eOne Music and an album that saw the band boldly carving a distinct identity both musically and visually. The following year, spurred on by hit singles including “Smells Like a Freakshow,” Avatar toured North America for the first time, supporting Sevendust and Lacuna Coil, and headlining dates of its own. In 2014, Avatar is set to break out even further with the release of its fifth album, a spring tour here with Pop Evil and Escape the Fate, and appearances at high-profile festivals, including Rock on the Range and, in the U.K., Download. While on a promotional trip to New York City, frontman Johannes Eckerström called in to Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss the new album, the band’s evolution and more. (more…)

Seminal Swedish metallers At The Gates are back! Following the heat of an ample and highly praised live-reunion, the pioneers of the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound have announced that they are working on a comeback studio album with the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece effort from 1995, Slaughter Of The Soul, expected to be released worldwide by the end of 2014 via their new label partner Century Media Records. (more…)

200x200soilworkReview by Jeff Maki
A double album is an ambitious prospect in this day and age of instant downloads and a singles-driven musical climate. But that’s just what Swedish melodeath legends Soilwork has done with The Living Infinite, the first of its kind for the influential subgenre.


Soilwork: "An Ocean Between Us"

Soilwork: “An Ocean Between Us”

As this interview approached, my anticipation grew more and more. After all, if you’ve read some of my other interviews and reviews, you probably have found out that Swedish metal bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Arch Enemy and Soilwork were largely responsible for reigniting my love of metal years ago, culminating in the creation of Live Metal. Not only that, but it was these bands that helped bring American metal out of the doldrums of the ’90s, and their influence can be heard in countless bands today. So up until this point, I was surprised we hadn’t covered Soilwork much over the years.

In 2013, we’ve come full circle, as I finally had the chance to talk with Soilwork frontman Björn “Speed” Strid. And it comes at the beginning of a new era for the band. Guitarist Peter Wichers is out once again, yet the band–now with something to prove–has undertaken an ambitious challenge, releasing the first-ever double album of the melodeath subgenre, The Living Infinite, with a massive U.S. tour to follow. Below, we talk all about the new album and its inspiration, along with the undeniable impact Soilwork has had on the metal scene. (more…)

Steve "Zetro" Souza Part II: The Day the Metal Died

Steve “Zetro” Souza Part II: The Day the Metal Died

For any late ’80s to early ’90s thrash metal fans, Steve “Zetro” Souza was the shit. As the wild-eyed, crazy-haired frontman for Bay Area legends Exodus, he helped propel the band to commercial success with Fabulous Disaster (1989), which featured the band’s biggest hit, “The Toxic Waltz.” Behind the album, the band found a worldwide fan base and was a regular on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. In Part 1 of our interview with Zetro, we were introduced to his new band, Hatriot, that he formed with his two sons, Cody and Nick SouzaIn Part 2 of our interview, Zetro reflects back on his time in Exodus, talks about the death of metal in the ’90s and the current state of the genre. (more…)

Children of Bodom

Children of Bodom: “Sunday Night, Bodom Night”

Children of Bodom, Eluveitie, Revocation, Threat Signal

By Jeff Maki

Apparently, Children of Bodom has a large following in the Baltimore area. Who knew? We had just been here a month ago when Machine Head played, and for whatever reason, Rams Head Live was barely at half capacity. But this was a Bodom night, and the closing show on the band’s 15th anniversary U.S. tour, so the fans were rabid, packing the venue from top to Bodom. (more…)

Trivium: "Building Momentum"

Trivium: “Building Momentum”

Just months after the release of their fifth album, In Waves (Aug. 9, 2011), Trivium is on the verge of a major breakthrough. After opening the main stage of last year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and then touring Europe with In Flames, the band returned to the U.S. to find its single “Built to Fall” climbing the charts of FM radio. Trivium then hooked up with In Flames again for a U.S. tour, even playing acoustic sets for radio along the way and giving the headliners a run for their money each night. At the tour’s stop at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., Live Metal’s Jeff Maki talked with bassist Paolo Gregoletto about the success of In Waves, the band’s relationship with In Flames and early plans for the next Trivium record. (more…)

Drowning 'In Waves,' Burning In Flames

Drowning ‘In Waves,’ Burning In Flames

In Flames, Trivium, Veil of Maya, Kyng

By Jeff Maki

I was here to see In Flames. In Flames we trust—make no mistake. But perhaps we’d better start from the beginning. (more…)

In Flames: "Evolution is Their Name"

In Flames: “Evolution is Their Name”

In case no one has noticed, metal has undergone a transformation in recent years. With the birth of metalcore and other subgenres of death and extreme metal, it’s going stronger than ever. Many of the new wave of leading metal bands point to Sweden’s In Flames as a major influence. Beginning as more of a guitar-based, melodic death metal band in the early 1990s, In Flames has evolved with each album, retaining their trademark heavy style and sound, yet adding new elements and surprises. Their ninth studio release, 2008’s A Sense of Purpose, is no different and is one of the strongest releases of their long career.

After successful tours with All That Remains and Gigantour, the band is now gearing up for their third U.S. tour supporting the release, a headlining tour with openers Between the Buried and Me, 3 Inches of Blood and The Faceless. This time around, they will have to do it without guitarist and founding member Jesper Strömblad, who recently checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic for alcohol abuse.

As they prepare for their next leg of touring, bassist Peter Iwers called in from Sweden to talk with’s No. 1 In Flames supporter, Jeff Maki, about Jesper’s current status, A Sense of Purpose and why In Flames was responsible for the birth of (more…)

REVIEW: Evergrey – ‘Torn’

Posted: September 23, 2008 by Jeffrey Maki in Reviews
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Evergrey_-_TornI’ve seen the name Evergrey over the years and I’m familiar with them from touring with their fellow Gothenburg, Sweden friend, In Flames. But it’s wasn’t until 2008’s Torn that I was able to hear an entire album by them.

Torn is a strong, guitar-oriented, pop-friendly metal album. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but Evergrey seems to have mastered the fine line between the underground and the light of day. For longtime fans, vocalist Thomas Englund describes the album as a “modern mix of In Search of Truth and Recreation Day.” (more…)