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Brent Hinds of Mastodon

Mastodon has confirmed a spring U.S. headline tour, kicking off April 14 in Missoula, Montana, with support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including Carolina Rebellion on May 5.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Jan. 13, except Nashville, Tennessee, which will go on sale at noon local time. Every pair of tickets purchased online for Mastodon (excluding festival dates and the May 6 Philadelphia date) includes your choice of a physical or digital copy of the band’s new, soon-to-be released album. Ticket purchasers will receive instructions via email on how to redeem the album once it is released (date yet to be confirmed). Tickets can be purchased at MASTODONROCKS.COM/TOUR.

Mastodon released the following statement about the tour: (more…)

Mastodon and Clutch today announced “The Missing Link Tour,” which the two hard rock bands will co-headline this spring. The tour will kick off April 16 in St. Paul, Minnesota, with Big Business, which recently supported Mastodon on a European tour, opening. Graveyard will take over as main support starting April 29 in Los Angeles.

Mastodon and Clutch share a longtime friendship, as fans will recall Clutch frontman Neil Fallon contributed vocals to “Blood and Thunder” (from Mastodon’s 2004’s Leviathan). Fans can expect surprises in store for fans throughout the tour rumbling across North America.

The Tour will feature full sets from both Mastodon and Clutch. Clutch will close the show on April 24 in Vancouver, May 10 in Pittsburgh, May 15 in Bethlehem,  May 16 in Baltimore and the final night of the tour,  May 24,  in Columbus. Mastodon will close all other shows.

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Killer Be Killed—the project featuring The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist/guitarist Greg Puciato, Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera, Mastodon vocalist/bassist Troy Saunders and ex-The Mars Volta drummer David Elitch—after much anticipation, released its debut self-titled album, May 13, 2014, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Prior to its release, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki once again talked with Max Cavalera (read interview here), focusing on the making of the album and what each member brought to the table. But that wasn’t it. According to Max, Killer Be Killed may not be just a side project, as he dropped some surprising news on us, saying the band will embark on a month-long U.S. tour in 2015 and record again in the future. (more…)

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Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold

Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold

Celebrating its eighth annual installment, the three-day Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, is a lot to endure, but endure we did. Whether you were there as one of the 105,000 diehard rock fans of the sold-out event or, like us, to interview bands and take up shop in the photo pit, you were part of it. If you were kneeling over in the concourse as a casualty of consuming too much alcohol, if you were experiencing your first rock festival or if you were making it your personal campaign for the legalization of marijuana, you were part of it, as well. This one is history. And yes, we’re still looking for some of us.

Now that you’ve had a chance to read my preview I posted days ago, accounting some of the highlights of the long weekend, let’s talk about the actual live performances from a few of the 60 bands on the bill. (more…)

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Killer Be Killed: Troy Saunders, Greg Puciato, Max Cavalera, David Elitch

The metal supergroup Killer Be Killed had been in the works for a few years, with members dropping hints about the sound and style, building up the hype in the metal community (a few of which were dropped right here on Live Metal) as we anxiously awaited word on an official release. That time is finally here. The project—featuring The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist/guitarist Greg Puciato, Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera, Mastodon vocalist/bassist Troy Saunders and ex-The Mars Volta drummer David Elitch—will release its debut self-titled album May 13, 2014 (Nuclear Blast). So the big question is, what would it sound like if you took the sludge metal of Mastodon and the mathcore chaos of The Dillinger Escape Plan, and added a lethal does of thrash metal from Soulfly? The answer? Not like anything you would expect. Killer Be Killed contains elements of the members’ main bands, but the album is just as melodic and structured as it is heavy. It’s a different kind of metal album than what we’ve grown accustomed to hearing the past few years. But if it sounded identical to any of those bands, what would be the point?

Cavalera is no stranger to side projects and experimenting in the metal scene. His resume speaks for itself with the groundbreaking Chaos A.D. (the same drum machine and four-track were used for Killer Be Killed) and Roots from Sepultura, the subgenre-shifting Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy with his brother Igor, countless guest appearances and the now cult favorite, one-off project with Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel, called Nailbomb. In fact, it was the hardcore punk/industrial album Point Blank (1994) from Nailbomb that served as inspiration for Killer Be Killed when Puciato originally contacted Max about doing something together.

Just prior to the release of Killer Be Killed, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki once again talked with Max, except this time focusing on the making of the self-titled debut and what each member brought to the table on Killer Be Killed. But that wasn’t it. According to Max, Killer Be Killed may not just be a side project, as he dropped some surprising news on us. Read on. (more…)

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Killer Be Killed, the band comprised of Max Cavalera (Soulfly, ex-Sepultura), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Dave Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta), has made their entire self-titled debut available for streaming here. Click the link to hear what all the hype is about for yourself! And stay tuned for another not-to-be-missed Live Metal interview with Max Cavalera, in which he says that Killer Be Killed is planning on going on tour next year! (more…)

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Killer Be Killed, the new band comprised of Max Cavalera (Soulfly, ex-Sepultura), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Dave Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta), have posted two new tracks from their upcoming formerly clandestine release.  (more…)

Ted Lundström of Amon Amarth

Ted Lundström of Amon Amarth

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MAIN STAGE: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth

JAGERMEISTER STAGE: Machine Head, Job for a Cowboy, Butcher Babies, Battlecross, Huntress

MUSICIAN’S INSTITUTE STAGE: Children of Bodom, Emmure, Born of Osiris, Motionless in White, Attika7, Thrown into Exile

SUMERIAN STAGE: Scorpion Child, City in the Sea (more…)

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

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Rock on the Range 2012. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)