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Islander

Islander has premiered “Think It Over,” the blistering new anthem from the upcoming album Power Under Control. The track features guest vocals from Bad Brains mouth piece HR, and is the follow up to the recently released single “Bad Guy.” Last night Islander kicked off their first tour in support of Power Under Control at the Chicago Open Air Pre-Party, and newly announced headlining and festival dates are below with more coming soon. Listen and view tour dates inside! (more…)

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Following the tragic death of original vocalist Mitch Lucker in 2012, Hernan “Eddie” Hermida joined Suicide Silence and the band released its “comeback” album,
You Can’t Stop Me (read review), in 2014. Full of new deathcore anthems, the album has been a huge success, allowing the band to tour for nearly two years since its release. The touring cycle began with the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and took the band around the world and back again. But now the band may have just received its biggest gig yet, opening for Korn on its 20th anniversary tour. Like so many others, including me, the members of Suicide Silence—Hermida, rhythm guitarist Chris Garza, lead guitarist Mark Heylmun, bassist Dan Kenny and drummer Alex Lopez—grew up listening to Korn and have been highly influenced by the nu-metal forefathers. It may not seem like it within Suicide Silence’s style of harsh, metallic deathcore, but if you scratch the surface, trust me, it’s there.

At the tour’s stop at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland (read live recap here), Live Metal’s Jeff Maki sat down pre-show with Hermida, and the two gushed like fanboys over Korn, and discussed Suicide Silence’s new Sacred Words EP and the band’s early plans for its next record. (more…)

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California based extreme metal titans Suicide Silence, will release a digital only EP entitled Sacred Words on October 23, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The EP features the single “Sacred Words” as well as various unreleased tracks, including 3 live tracks taken from the band’s RockPart Festival performance on August 9, 2015 in Hungary.

“We are dropping a digital EP with some sick live tracks and much more,” commented guitarist Mark Heylum. “Get your fill of Suicide Silence with this release of Sacred Words dropping October 23! I said goddamn!” View the album art and tracklisting inside. (more…)

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Review by Jeff Maki
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My, how time flies. Twenty years of Korn? Technically, the anniversary of Korn’s seminal, genre-altering debut album was in 2014, but the band extended its tour into 2015, in which it is playing the album from start to finish. Yep, from “Blind,” all the way to the rarely before performed “Daddy.” One week into the tour, Korn played the Fillmore Silver Spring, with deathcore metallers, Suicide Silence and rap-metal up-and-comers Islander in support.

I’ve been a fan since the debut and was a self-proclaimed “Korn-kid” back in the day. I’ve seen, heard and done it all when it comes to this band—it’s been much documented on this site (read here). But this one was extra special, in that many of these songs I either had never heard live before, or you would have to go back to 1994-’95, when I saw the band play smaller clubs in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area, when I was thumping around in my late teens. (more…)

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Jonathan Davis of Korn live at Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD.

To celebrate more than twenty years of Korn, the band will perform its self-titled debut album in its entirety (and more) in intimate U.S. venues this October. Support on the trek will come from Suicide Silence and Islander. View tour dates inside.  (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…)

Seether, left, and Papa Roach

Seether, left, and Papa Roach

Starting in January, Seether and Papa Roach will team up for a month-long U.S. tour also featuring Kyng and Islander. The double bill will kick off Jan. 9 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fla., and run through Feb. 7, when it will wrap at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 7. Local pre-sales start Nov. 6. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

51_59207584_nAvenged Sevenfold and Korn will headline this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, kicking off July 5 in San Bernadino, Calif., and winding up Aug. 10 in The Woodlands, Texas. (more…)