Tommy Sciro, left, and Joey Simpson of Kissing Candice
Molding an array of styles on its Victory Records debut album, Blind Until We Burn, Kissing Candice spent the summer promoting it by playing the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival’s Victory Records Stage. This year’s installment of the festival has been mired in controversy, started by festival co-founder Kevin Lyman and further stoked by Kerry King of Slayer, the festival’s headliner. Victory Records artists didn’t take too kindly to King calling the Victory Stage a “piece of shit record stage,” and as you may already have seen, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin and Kissing Candice all responded to King right here on Live Metal (Read here). Here is the interview we conducted with Kissing Candice in which the comments originated, along with the band discussing its diverse music style and fan base.(more…)
Review by Jeff Maki —– View live photos here.
Long a seasoned veteran of heavy metal concerts, some time ago I reached a point where it was harder to determine which bands I hadn’t seen perform live than the ones I had. My first show was Ozzy Osbourne in 1988, and my most recent was this year’s installment of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. In between, I’ve seen most of the prominent metal bands of the past three decades: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, Sepultura, White and Rob Zombie, Korn, Slipknot and many more. Then there’s the legends like Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Alice Cooper and Dio, all of which I’ve seen, as well. But one had stood out, missing from my—what I think is an impressive—list throughout the years—King Diamond. So when he was announced as a main stage act as part of this year’s Mayhem Festival, alongside Slayer, Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada, I thought it might be now or never. (more…)