Posts Tagged ‘SPV’


Former Skinlab guitarist Brian Jackson wasn’t thinking much about a full-fledged band when he and In This Moment bassist Travis Johnson started exchanging song ideas via email. But they quickly realized they were on to something, and Invidia was born, with Johnson on vocals, Jackson on lead guitar, Matt Snell (Five Finger Death Punch) on bass, Marcos Medina (Skinlab) on rhythm guitar and Darren Badorine on drums. The band came together quickly, but it’s been a longer road to its first album, which wrapped recording more than a year ago. The wait will come to an end Friday, March 31, when As the Sun Sleeps (pre-order here), one of the more anticipated debuts of 2017, is set for release. Jackson recently called in to Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss the band’s origins, the album and more. (more…)

engelBased in a breeding ground of metal, Gothenburg, Sweden, Engel has an all-star lineup. The band was founded in 2005 by former In Flames and Guardian guitarist Niclas Engelin and also features guitarist Marcus Sunesson (formerly of The Crown), drummer Mojjo (formerly of Lord Belial), bassist Michael Hakansson (formerly of Evergrey) and vocalist Mangan Klavborn. In Flames vocalist Anders Friden produced the album with assistance from producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames). With a cast like this, fans will be expecting top-notch metal, maybe even a melodic death masterpiece. (more…)

kamelot-ghost-operaKamelot already has made a name for themselves over the course of seven studio albums with their blend of progressive, power and goth metal. Now with their eighth album, Ghost Opera, the Florida band aims to release their strongest and most complete offering yet. (more…)

helloweenYou want some high-octane power metal? You want a record filled with pounding rhythms, high-speed guitar solos and impeccable craftsmanship? Of course you do. And why do I sound like Dan Dierdorf? And why the hell am I asking you?

Anyway, Gambling with the Devil, the latest from veteran German metalheads Helloween, is full of all those things. Much like with Annihilator, this is old-fashioned “AAAAAAA!!!!!!” power metal, done by guys who know what they are doing. This kind of music may be old hat, but Helloween still makes it look good. Every track on Gambling with the Devil is big, epic and grand. Thankfully, they are interested only in rocking your fucking socks off and not slipping in a ballad. (more…)

Iced-Earth-armageddonNow here’s how you do some power metal. Iced Earth doesn’t just flirt with the bombastic, larger than life trappings of the genre; they fully embrace them, revel in them and take power metal to another level.

Pretentious? Ridiculous? Whatever. Who cares, Framing Armageddon is above all things an awesome metal album. Full of big guitars, big ideas, big choruses and big vocals, Framing Armageddon, the first of two concept albums coming from the brain of Iced Earth mastermind Jon Schaffer, above all else kicks some serious ass. For evidence of that, I point to “Setian Massacre” and the album’s best track and first single, “Ten Thousand Strong.” The latter song shows off Iced Earth at their best: the galloping rhythms of drummer Brent Smedley and bassist Dennis Hayes, the fierce guitar lines of Schaffer and Troy Seelie, and most of all, the powerhouse pipes of Tim “Ripper” Owens. (more…)

Moonspell: "Brotherhood of Blood"

Moonspell: “Brotherhood of Blood”

Portugal’s Moonspell shows no signs of slowing down after the release of 2006’s Memorial. The album brings the band back to its roots of death and black metal after more goth inspired albums, such as 2001’s Darkness and Hope, and 2003’s The Antidote. Songs such as “Finnesteria” and “Memento Mori” combine elements of the genres with a dark, evil grasp only Moonspell can provide, and surprises–see the haunting ballad “Luna”–abound.

Since forming in 1992, the band has released seven albums, becoming one of the most recognizable names in metal. Highlights of their much heralded career include high profile tours with bands such as Cradle of Filth, Opeth and Type O Negative, top-selling albums in Germany and their native country, composing for a ballet and participating in the first Portuguese horror movie I’ll See You in My Dreams.

The brotherhood has reaped the rewards of its hard work and spilled blood: Memorial went gold in Portugal and has sold 10,000 copies, making Moonspell the first heavy metal band in Portugal to accomplish this feat. The band also recently completed a successful U.S. tour with Katatonia and Daylight Dies.’s Jeff Maki tracked down Moonspell drummer Mike Gasper, who answered a variety of questions, ranging from the history of the band, the background of the Memorial album and the possibility of another tour with Type O Negative. (more…)

hatesphere-sicknessDenmark’s Hatesphere play punishing thrash/death metal in the vein of The Haunted, with plenty of Slayer riffs at the forefront. Though lacking in originality, The Sickness Within is a rock-solid thrash metal record. Hate anthems, such as “The Fallen Shall Rise in a River of Blood” and the title track, are the best of the best. You can feel the rage of frontman Jacob Bredahl as he spits forth his violent vocals. His style is similar to that of Peter Dolving of The Haunted, but you can’t help to want to pump your fist in anger and shout along with the title track’s chorus.  (more…)