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The Apocalypse Blues Revue

The Apocalypse Blues Revue

The Apocalypse Blues Revue has announced the first dates on a planned extensive itinerary that will bring the band across the U.S. and Europe to support the band’s self-titled debut, released Friday, Aug. 26, by Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Alongside headline appearances, the quartet will perform at Rock Allegiance in Chester, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 17 and at Rock Carnival on Oct. 2 at First Energy Park in Lakewood, New Jersey. A gratis download of “Whiskey in My Coffee” is available for all fans here: http://www.unlock.fm/7wy. (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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

Sully Erna of Godsmack

Sully Erna of Godsmack

Godsmack frontman talks Mass Chaos tour and more

After more than a decade at top of the hard rock/metal heap, Godsmack still is going strong. Its most recent release, The Oracle (2010), was another solid addition to its catalog, while its live show remains one of the best in the business. This spring will celebrate that aspect of the band, with the release of its first live album, Live and Inspired (accompanied by four newly recorded cover songs), and co-headlining the Mass Chaos tour with Staind, with support from Halestorm. Frontman Sully Erna recently participated in a teleconference with journalists to discuss the tour and more. (more…)

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Rock on the Range 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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It seems like Godsmack has spent the past several years trying to get away from the identity it forged over the course of its first three albums. An acoustic EP, The Other Side, released in 2004, showed the band in an entirely different light. Their last full-length release, IV (2006), featured new sounds like harmonica and some, moodier, blues-based numbers. After touring in support of IV, the band went on hiatus. Guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin hooked up with former Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Whitfield Crane to form Another Animal, while frontman Sully Erna worked on solo material (yet to be released) and wrote his autobiography (The Paths We Choose, 2007). (more…)

another-animalReview by Greg Maki
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It’s not a secret that Sully Erna is the driving force behind Godsmack. He’s the singer, songwriter, producer, and occasional guitarist and drummer. But while he tended to personal matters prior to the recording of the band’s 2006 release, IV, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin took a more active role in the creative process and ended up sharing the writing credit on four songs. The real product of their collaborations, however, comes to us in the form of Another Animal, which also features original Godsmack guitarist Lee Richards and former Ugly Kid Joe frontman Whitfield Crane. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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In 2002, Slipknot members Corey Taylor and Jim Root removed their masks and costumes, lightened up considerably and verily shocked the metal world with the smash single “Bother.” Though the soft, reflective song was not indicative of the sound of Stone Sour’s self-titled debut, it showed this was a band that was not going to pigeonhole itself in any one genre. Four years later, Taylor, Root, guitarist Josh Rand, bassist Shawn Economaki and new drummer Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), replacing Joel Ekman, bring us Stone Sour’s sophomore effort, Come What(ever) May, an album that blows away whatever musical boundaries remain. (more…)

Godsmack

Godsmack

Despite a catalog that includes such genre-busting songs as “Voodoo” and “Serenity,” the knock on Godsmack always has been that the band lacked originality from song to song and album to album.If the 2004 acoustic EP, The Other Side, didn’t turn some heads, then its latest album, titled simply IV, certainly should. Judging by its number one debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, the fans are ready to follow the band into new musical terrain. Drummer Shannon Larkin recently spoke to Greg Maki of Live Metal about the changes in the band’s sound, touring plans, a side project he is working on with his Godsmack bandmates (guitarist Tony Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill) and more. (more…)