Posts Tagged ‘Octane’

Review by Jeff Maki
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“Nu-metal” became a dirty word years ago. After massive popularity in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the subgenre became over-saturated and all but ended. Well, flash forward to 2017, and it’s seeing a resurgence with bands like Sylar, From Ashes to New and Cane Hill, along with veterans like Papa Roach, Slipknot and Korn still immensely popular. The reason? Nu-metal doesn’t necessarily mean “rap metal.” What it represents is bands with widely diversified styles.

So why am I defending the most hated subgenre of metal? I’m setting the stage for the next great nu-metal band: Fire from the Gods. Narrative Retold is the deluxe version of Fire from the Gods’ Narrative album, released Aug. 26, 2016. The re-release features two new songs, “The Voiceless” and “The Taste,” guest produced by Korn’s Jonathan Davis. You can’t get much more nu-metal than that.  (more…)

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Ryan Hayes of Righteous Vendetta performs on the Ernie Ball Stage at Rock on the Range 2014, Columbus, Ohio

Maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to a band we interviewed earlier in the year, Righteous Vendetta. At the time, they were a little-known Christian metalcore-style band that I saw open the Ernie Ball stage (view live photos) at the 2014 Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio (May 16 to 18). Though they were a memorable live act and tight musically, this just wasn’t the kind of band I thought would start to blow up so quickly. Plus, they are a Christian band, often a death sentence for a band in the metal world. But since my introduction, Righteous Vendetta has started to make a name for itself, having toured with Trapt and currently out supporting Eyes Set to Kill and Nonpoint. After that tour, they’ll join Thousand Foot Krutch, We as Human and Like a Storm starting Oct. 12 through Nov. 9. They also just released an EP called Defiance (featuring “Take Over”) and have a hit radio single on Octane in”This Pain.”

So with all that said, let’s unveil this interview we did with vocalist Ryan Hayes earlier in the year. We better do it now before Righteous Vendetta blows up anymore and no one believes we met them first. In the interview, we talk about the bad rap given to “Christian” rock and how they plan to change it. (more…)

Powerman 5000

Powerman 5000

LOS ANGELES — Powerman 5000 has released its long-awaited album, Builders of the Future, today on T-Boy Records/UMe. The new record can be purchased now via Amazon.com at http://smarturl.it/Powerman5000Explicit or iTunes at http://smarturl.it/Powerman5000. To celebrate the new release, Powerman 5000 has teamed up with Revolver to stream the 10-track album in its entirety at http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=59417. (more…)