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Motograter

Motograter has quite the history for an act with only one full-length album to its name. After forming in 1995, the nu-metal band known for its members’ tribal body paint and its namesake instrument (made with industrial cable and guitar parts, delivering a deep bass sound) released its self-titled album in 2003. After a number of tours, including a stint on the Ozzfest second stage that same year, the band went on an indefinite hiatus.

For a while, it seemed Motograter would be best known as the former band of vocalist Ivan Moody, who went on to join Five Finger Death Punch in 2006. Various incarnations of Motograter reared their heads over the years—the band’s Wikipedia page lists nearly 30 past and present members—but it wasn’t until recently that the lineup solidified to the point where album number two appeared on the horizon.

Signed to David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, the band now features guitarist Matt “Nuke” Nunes (the only current member who appeared on the first album), bassist Mylon Guy, drummer Noah “Shark” Robertson, vocalist James Anthony Legion, guitarist Jesse Stamper and Dustin “Skunk” Anderson on the Motograter. The new album, Desolation, is due this year, and a lot of touring is planned for 2017.

When the band recently came to the Fish Head Cantina in Halethorpe, Maryland, while supporting Hed PE, Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with Legion and Robertson to get the latest on all things Motograter. (more…)

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Motograter

Motograter

California heavy rock veterans Motograter have announced the recording of its currently untitled, long-awaited sophomore album, tentatively slated for production in January 2016. Ahrue Luster (Ill Nino, Terror Universal and Machine Head) will oversee production and handle all engineering duties.

This marks the band’s first official full-length release since its 2003 self-titled album, Motograter, released through Elektra/No Name. Motograter features former vocalist Ivan Moody, who departed from the band in 2006 to front Five Finger Death Punch. The band now features James Anthony Legion, formerly of The Breathing Process and Deadform, on vocals. (more…)

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Five Finger Death Punch, from left: Jeremy Spencer, Jason Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael and Zoltan Bathory.

Five Finger Death Punch, from left: Jeremy Spencer, Jason Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael and Zoltan Bathory.

Rock stardom wasn’t quite what Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer thought it would be. While the band was on a quick ascent to the top of the metal mountain, he was descending into a personal of drugs and alcohol. Partying became his life, taking over so much that he dreaded his time onstage doing the only job he had ever wanted. It took a trip close to the edge for Spencer to decide to turn his life around and get the help he needed. Part of his therapy included putting his story on paper, a story that recently was published in his book, Death Punch’d: Surviving Fiver Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem. Spencer pulls no punches and takes himself to task more than anyone else as he details what led him to where he is today. Now approaching three years of sobriety, he’s healthy and focused as Death Punch, supporting its two 2013 releases (The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell volumes one and two), gears up for a co-headlining tour with Volbeat and looks ahead to its next album. Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with Spencer to talk about the book, his sobriety, the tour and more. (more…)

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Five Finger Death Punch on the set of its latest video, “The House of the Rising Sun.”

Five Finger Death Punch today unveiled the video for its latest single, “The House of the Rising Sun.” The song comes from the band’s latest album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2. Both Volume 1 and Volume 2 were released in 2013, each debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.

The gasoline-soaked cinematic video was filmed in the high deserts of Nevada, directed by the band’s guitarist Zoltan Bathory in conjunction with Thought Pirates Film’s Brian Neal, while Steve Darnell of the Welder Up Garage built the cars and handled the set design. (more…)

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

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Trespass America Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)