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2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)
During the red carpet portion for the recent Monster Energy Roast on the Range with Corey Taylor, the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman dropped some exciting news on us. When we brought the band (and former rivals) Mushroomhead to his attention, Taylor said he once again was working on a tour that would unite the two mask-donning bands. But that’s not all. He added that he wanted GWAR and Mudvayne to be part of the bill, as well, potentially making this one of the biggest metal tours to happen in some time. (more…)
Guitarist Greg Tribbett didn’t know what to expect when HellYeah (also featuring Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul, Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell and Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla) got together and released its debut album in 2007. Coming from the calculated, precise methods of Mudvayne, the loose, free-flowing writing and recording style was foreign to him. Behind the single “Alcohaulin’ Ass,” the disc took off, and demand was high for record No. 2. After the release of a pair of new Mudvayne albums, HellYeah unleashed Stampede in July 2010 and a month later began headlining the second stage of the first Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. When the tour came to Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with Tribbett on the band’s bus to talk about the festival, the new album and more. (more…)
Nonpoint: Still going and going and going …
Nonpoint has become the Energizer Bunny of hard rock bands. No matter what happens—changing labels, management, guitarists—they keep going. The band, which formed in Fort Lauderdale in 1997, just released its sixth full-length studio album, Miracle, its first with new guitarist Zach Broderick and its first on its own imprint, 954 Records, through Rocket Science Ventures. They already have played dozens of live shows this year, and the touring cycle for Miracle, which will include a main-stage slot on the six Ozzfest 2010 dates, is just getting started. Drummer Robb Rivera checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to talk Miracle, touring and more. (more…)
HellYeah: Doing things the ‘Cowboy Way’
No one, including the band members (vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne; guitarist Tom Maxwell from Nothingface; bassist Bob Zilla of Damageplan; and legendary Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul), expected HellYeah’s self-titled 2007 debut to take off like it did. Largely on the strength of the Southern rock-tinged single “Alcohaulin’ Ass,” the album sold well enough to keep the band on tour for nearly a year. The group went on hiatus in 2008 while Gray and Tribbett returned to Mudvayne to tour and release two new albums, and reconvened sporadically throughout 2009 to write and record its sophomore effort, Stampede (due July 13, 2010). HellYeah hit the road more than two months prior to the new record’s release and plans to stay out for a long time to come. Maxwell called in to talk to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about the new album and also revealed he is no longer an active member of Knives Out, the band he started in Baltimore during the HellYeah downtime (featuring vocalist Todd Smith, guitarist Jasan Stepp of Dog Fashion Disco and Polkadot Cadaver, bassist Dave Cullen of Polkadot Cadaver and drummer Tommy Sickles of Nothingface). (more…)
Review by Greg Maki
You have to respect a hard-working band like Nonpoint. Through label changes and the life and death of countless trends, this quartet from Fort Lauderdale is still standing. Not only that, they’ve landed a main-stage slot on Ozzfest 2010 and are releasing Miracle, their sixth studio album.
Nonpoint emerged during the nu-metal heyday, as did the producers of Miracle, Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne/Hellyeah fame, which makes it somewhat ironic that this album moves the band farther from that sound than it’s ever been. The transition began with a handful of songs on 2007’s Vengeance, and Miracle establishes Nonpoint as more hard rock act than anything else. It makes sense that while working on this, Gray and Tribbett had recently finished a two-album cycle with Mudvayne and were soon to hit the studio with Hellyeah.
The producers seem to make their biggest impact vocally. Frontman Elias Soriano’s raspy voice is as distinctive as ever, but there is something about his performance—His inflections? Cadence? Maybe an extra edge he adds?—that readily recalls Gray. It’s easy to compare the two when Gray makes a cameo on the title track.
Noteworthy songs include the moody “Frontlines,” which has an atmosphere reminiscent of the digital-only, acoustic EP Cut the Cord and features a solo by new guitarist Zach Broderick; “Dangerous Waters,” which also has a Broderick solo and is powered by an aggressive riff; and a slamming cover of Pantera’s “5 Minutes Alone.”
Miracle is another solid effort all around. It offers a little bit of a different flavor but is still very much Nonpoint. And that’s what you want from a veteran band.