Posts Tagged ‘industrial’

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Tombs’ 2011 album, Path of Totality, topped the year-end lists of many well-known metal publications and its follow-up, 2014’s Savage Gold, wasn’t far behind. Now the Brooklyn-based experimental band is back with a revamped lineup and a new EP called All Empires Fall, one of the more anticipated metal releases of 2016. (more…)

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R.I.P. Wayne Static: 1965 - 2014

R.I.P. Wayne Static: 1965 – 2014

Platinum selling musician Wayne Richard Wells, better known as Wayne Static, passed away at the age of 48 on November 1, 2014. No additional information is available at this time.

Wayne Static was the enigmatic former frontman and namesake of Static-X, who later forged a successful solo career. Wayne was scheduled to co-headline tours with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months. Friends and musicians have been posting tributes which can be viewed here.

Formed in Los Angeles, California, 1994, Static X dubbed it’s style “Evil-Disco,” channeling the hard-hitting industrial sounds of Ministry and White Zombie. The band released six studio albums, and was part of Ozzfest 2000. The band’s debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip was released in 1999 and certified platinum later in 2001, thanks to the singles “Push It” and “Bled For Days.” They also scored a hit with “Cold” off the 2001 album, Machine, with the song appearing on the Queen of the Damned (2002) soundtrack. (more…)


Birmingham-based extreme metal miscreants and recent Metal Blade signees, Anaal Nathrakh, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length on October 28, 2014 (U.S.). Titled Desideratum, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Vanitas (review) was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California. The final product boasts eleven emotionally traumatizing hymns of unrepentant, sonic deviance embodying the crux of pure evil. Click inside for full album info and artwork and stream the brand new track, “Idol” now! (more…)

nailbomb_point-blankFor years, there had been widespread rumors and speculation about a reunion of the classic lineup of Sepultura—the Brazilian thrash and death metal band that was viewed as deities in the ’90s metal scene. However, with Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser and original vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera putting those thoughts to rest repeatedly in the press, the closest to a Sepultura reunion fans probably will ever see is Max and his drummer/brother Igor in The Cavalera Conspiracy. So what we have had for years is the current—and still solid—Sepultura lineup with Derrick Green as vocalist and Max’s own band, his “baby,” Soulfly. But what this ugly split, and sometimes dispute, has done for over the past decade is allow Max to bring us some of the most exciting new bands, collaborations and side projects, some of which may have never have happened otherwise. (more…)


Cleveland, Ohio’s nine man freakshow, Mushroomhead have released its official video of the track “Qwerty,” the first from their new album, The Righteous & the Butterfly (May 13, Megaforce Records), which also marks the return of vocalist J Mann to the band. The video itself is a disturbing trip into the mind and visual art of Mushroomhead that could best be described as Poltergeist set in a demented funhouse. It doesn’t hurt that “Qwerty” is a rather unique song, as well. In case you missed it, check out our interview with did with J Mann himself, where he talks about his return and the making of the new record (read here). And watch the video inside: (more…)

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Mushroomhead, 2014

In 2000, Iowa’s eight-piece, mask-donning band, Slipknot, was exploding with the release of its self-titled debut album a year earlier. I wasn’t an immediate fan, but they certainly drew my attention. I remember reading an article about them in a magazine, and as I was flipping through the rest of the publication, I stumbled across a picture of a similar looking eight-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio. I thought to myself, “There’s another one?!” They were so similar in appearance, also wearing masks and costumes, that it had to have been a joke or a rip-off, right? Well, as it turns out it was neither—it was Mushroomhead. And they actually formed before Slipknot way back in 1993. So for many, what started out as a possible joke was nothing they ever could have expected. After releasing seven albums and spending years building a rabid fan base, Mushroomhead celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013 and also welcomed back its original lead vocalist, J Mann (Jason Popson), who had left the band for family reasons in 2004.

But that’s not all. J Mann rejoins an already crowded lineup onstage as Mushroomhead’s third vocalist, along with Jeffrey “Nothing” Hatrix and Waylon Reavis, making for how many members in the band? I lost count. The band also has been confirmed for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and dropped its first new album in four years, The Righteous & the Butterfly, on May 13 (Megaforce Records). 

Not long before the album’s release, J Mann called in to chat with Live Metal’s Jeff Maki about the new album, his exit and return to the band, Mushroomhead’s long career and the band’s biggest year yet coming in 2014. (more…)


Prong has a new album? It looks like they do and the official lyric video for the new song “Turnover” can be seen inside. The track is taken from the band’s latest album, Ruining Lives, which was released through Steamhammer/SPV in Scandinavia on April 23, in Germany on April 25, in the rest of Europe on April 28 and will be made available in the U.S./Canada on May 13. It was issued as a limited digipak version including one bonus track and poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version including one bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard version and download. (more…)

REVIEW: Ministry – ‘Relapse’

Posted: March 23, 2012 by Jeffrey Maki in Reviews
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MIN_Relapse_72dpiReview by Jeff Maki
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“I’m headed for relapse!” Al Jourgensen convincingly declares in the title track of Ministry’s 2012 comeback album. And this is coming from the man who revealed in a January 2012 interview with Revolver magazine that he had a Nikki Sixx-like near-death experience in 2010. No word as to whether he was floating above looking down upon his body, which had flatlined, but hasn’t Al always been out of his body and mind anyway? (more…)

FF-mechanizeI still remember my introduction to the industrial extreme metal machine Fear Factory. I saw them open for Sepultura at the old Hammerjacks in Baltimore, Md., in 1994 alongside Fudge Tunnel and Clutch. At the time, they were touring in support of their debut album, Soul of a New Machine. I’ve been a big fan ever since.

After disbanding amidst a long feud between vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares—who even started a new band called Divine Heresy and released two albums—Fear Factory’s Mechanize is being promoted as the band’s “big comeback album.” Filling out the revamped 2010 lineup is legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Death, Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel) and bassist Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad). Disgruntled former members, drummer Raymond Herrera and bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, have formed a new band named Arkae and a band name dispute over Fear Factory has since unfolded. During the hiatus, Bell formed Ascension of the Watchers and released an album called Numinosum on Al Jourgensen’s 13th Planet Records. Bell also toured as a live member of Ministry. (more…)

gojira-fleshIn the swarm of albums and bands that came out in the last few years, I committed a great travesty in overlooking the French metal band, Gojira. If their 2005 album, From Mars To Sirius is only a shade of this monster, The Way of All Flesh, then it’s number one on the to-listen-to list. Sometimes it takes a certain album or band to revitalize my enthusiasm for music and Gojira has done just that. Gojira is hard to describe. They’re not noisecore, even though they’re all over the musical spectrum and have an unconventional way of writing songs. They’re not death metal, although they have double bass, some growled vocals, blast beats and a precise, machine-like sound like that of Meshuggah. They’re not an industrial band, but I hear similarities to groundbreaking pioneers like Godflesh and Ministry. And they’re not a stoner rock band, although they occasionally seem to be inspired by the pure rock fury and sludgy groove of Clutch. They’re all of this and more. (more…)

divine-heresy-bleedDivine Heresy is the new band of former Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares. Cazares left the breakthrough, industrial-metal band years ago, actually forcing a brief break-up right as the band hit its peek after now legendary albums Soul of a New MachineDemanufacture and, to a lesser extent, Obsolete. Cazares has dabbled in other projects, most notably the Mexican murder-squad Brujeria, but he has yet to do anything as strong as his former band. (more…)