REVIEW: Amaranthe - 'Massive Addictive'
Jeffrey Maki 2 days ago

Review by Jeff Maki ----- When I first heard Amaranthe a short time ago, I immediately pegged them for a band that someone like Kerrang would be all over. Featuring three vocalists—the beautiful sir… Read More

 
INTERVIEW: Rob Caggiano of Volbeat
Greg Maki 3 days ago

Rock is dead? Someone forgot to tell Volbeat. The three-fourths Danish band has ridden a string of hit singles from its 2010 album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, and its latest release, last year’s Ou… Read More

 
LIVE PHOTOS: Bad Seed Rising - 10/18/14 - Queen Anne's County 4-H Park, Centreville, Maryland
 
LIVE RECAP: Within Temptation w/Amaranthe – October 7, 2014 – Rams Head Live, Baltimore, Md.
Jeffrey Maki 6 days ago

Review by Jeff Maki ----- Led by the second most famous Sharon in metal, the Netherlands' Within Temptation—as addressed from the stage by Sharon den Adel herself—has now been "on the road" for 20 y… Read More

 
INTERVIEW: Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way
Greg Maki 3 weeks ago

“I sound disgruntled, but I’m just telling the truth so people know what it’s like for us.” It will never be said that Adelitas Way frontman Rick DeJesus is afraid to speak his mind, especially… Read More

 

amaranthe-massive-addictiveReview by Jeff Maki
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When I first heard Amaranthe a short time ago, I immediately pegged them for a band that someone like Kerrang would be all over. Featuring three vocalists—the beautiful siren, Elize Ryd; the death metal guy, Henrik Englund; and a power metal guy who looks like he was plucked out of Linkin Park’s lineup, Jake E.—they would have been all the rage and graced every metal magazine cover at Tower Records years ago. They’re pretty, slick and polished. I don’t know about magazine covers, but I can tell you their music video for “The Nexus” has an astounding 6.3 million views to date on YouTube, and the band proudly boasts they have 50 million plays on Spotify. Yet here in the U. S., they are still unknown. Will that change with the release of its third album, Massive Addictive?

Following the debut 2011 self titled album and the 2013 breakthrough album, The Nexus, the new album title makes perfect sense, because even for fans that are drawn to the more extreme metal bands, Amaranthe’s Soilwork/Epica/Linkin Park combination of styles molds death metal, pop, techno and power metal into a sound that is indeed massively addictive. Read the rest of this entry »

Rob Caggiano of Volbeat

Rob Caggiano of Volbeat

Rock is dead? Someone forgot to tell Volbeat. The three-fourths Danish band has ridden a string of hit singles from its 2010 album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, and its latest release, last year’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, to its biggest U.S. tour to date, a co-headlining arena run with Five Finger Death Punch (with support from Hellyeah and Nothing More). Lead guitarist Rob Caggiano (the one-quarter of the band hailing from New York) never expected to end up in Volbeat when he left Anthrax about two years ago. But he quickly went from producing the newest album to becoming a full-fledged band member. And he couldn’t be happier about it. When the tour rolled into the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md., Caggiano sat down for a chat with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. Read the rest of this entry »

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WT-hydra-tourReview by Jeff Maki
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Led by the second most famous Sharon in metal, the Netherlands’ Within Temptation—as addressed from the stage by Sharon den Adel herself—has now been “on the road” for 20 years. The band emerged from Holland in 1997 with its debut album Enter and was the country’s best-kept secret for years. Steadily building popularity and acclaim across the Netherlands and Europe in the early part of its career, it wasn’t until 2007 that the band was finally able to to bring its brand of symphonic metal to North America. To my knowledge, this is only its third tour here, after the Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour in 2007 and the 2012 Unforgiving Tour (read live recap). Within Temptation is a huge band internationally, and its latest album, Hydra (Feb. 4, 2014) (review) even debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart here in the States. But it is still a rare and near exclusive opportunity to see them live in the U.S. They certainly have a healthy fan base here, especially in Baltimore, Md., as fans filled Rams Head Live up to the balcony and lined up at the merch booth all the way across the entire bar area. Read the rest of this entry »

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This October/November, metal icons Arch Enemy will be returning to North American soil to tour in support of their new, critically acclaimed album, War Eternal (review). To celebrate this momentous headlining trek, the band will be releasing a split 7″ with Kreator, who are direct support on the run. Available starting at the Baltimore show on October 23, be sure to purchase this exclusive transparent red 7″ (limited to 500 copies) at the merch table; a dark red 7″ (limited to 500 copies) will also be available on Kreator and Arch Enemy’s European tour, which sees Arch Enemy as direct support. Read the rest of this entry »

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A 2xCD collection of King Diamond songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions, will be released by Metal Blade Records next month. King Diamond’s Dreams of Horror is the only “best of” album covering the band’s entire career. King Diamond and Andy LaRocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs. View info and tracklisting inside: Read the rest of this entry »

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Within the Ruins have debuted a brand new music video for their latest single “Calling Card,” which is available for viewing inside. Directed by long time veteran director Kevin J. Custer, the video is a drastic departure from what most metal videos look like these days. “This is a perfect representation of the concept of our new album Phenomena,” says vocalist Tim Goergen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shot & recorded in front of 15,000 fans at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium in 2012 to commemorate their 15th anniversary and at the last show of their European “Hydra” arena tour at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Let Us Burn: Elements & Hydra Live In Concert are two dynamic evenings with Dutch symphonic rockers Within Temptation as they perform their most requested career-spanning compositions plus new music from their latest Billboard-/world-charting album, Hydra (review), to arena crowds.

Captured in high-definition with pro audio mixed in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, the formidable live reputation of Within Temptation’s stunning performances – complete with dazzling on-stage imagery and special effects (including fire-breathing dragons) – are showcased and brought to life. Read the rest of this entry »

Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way

Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way

“I sound disgruntled, but I’m just telling the truth so people know what it’s like for us.”

It will never be said that Adelitas Way frontman Rick DeJesus is afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to the music business and how record labels treat rock bands today. Having spent years in the trenches, racking up a string of hit singles at rock radio and selling hundreds of thousands of albums and even more singles, yet still touring the country in a van, he should know. His band’s latest album, Stuck, released in July, describes the predicament nearly every rock band is facing, and DeJesus firmly believes it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

When Adelitas Way’s tour supporting The Pretty Reckless came to The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, Live Metal’s Greg Maki climbed aboard the band’s van, and DeJesus laid out the gory details. Read the rest of this entry »

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