INTERVIEW: Brian Jackson of Invidia

INTERVIEW: Brian Jackson of Invidia

Greg Maki
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…
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INTERVIEW: Ernie C. of Body Count

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Jeffrey Maki
These days, most know Ice-T from the hit TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but between his days as a world-famous rapper and the show, he and his pal, Ernie Cunnigan (better known as Ernie C.), who he met while they both attended Crenshaw High School in Compton, California…
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LIVE RECAP: Amaranthe - 03/09/17 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, Maryland

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Jeffrey Maki
LIVE PHOTOS: Amaranthe, Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher16, Smash into Pieces ----- Review by Jeff Maki ----- It had been more than two years since I had seen Amaranthe open for Within Temptation (read review), also in Baltimore, Maryland. Now, with the success of Massive Addic…
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Invidia

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. Read the rest of this entry »

 

12 ALBUMS ON HEAVYWEIGHT 180GRAM BLACK VINYL

NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING / FEAR OF THE DARK / THE X FACTOR / VIRTUAL XI /
BRAVE NEW WORLD / ROCK IN RIO / DANCE OF DEATH /
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH / DEATH ON THE ROAD / FLIGHT 666 /
THE FINAL FRONTIER / ENVIVO!

Parlophone Records will follow 2014’s reissue of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with twelve brand new pressings of albums from the period 1990-2015 in heavyweight 180g black vinyl.

Unlike the 1980’s reissues which were cut from the original analogue master tapes, the audio on these releases has been cut from the high resolution remasters of 2015 when the Maiden catalogue was digitally upgraded. They will be packaged in identical artwork to the initial vinyl releases. View the release schedule and details inside! Read the rest of this entry »

With less than one week until the release of its sixth album, Bloodlust (March 31, 2017) Body Count (featuring famed-rapper and TV star Ice-T) has dropped a video for what is sure to be another controversial track, “Black Hoodie.” The video is a depiction of the February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, in which Ice tells the story from a young, black teen’s perspective. Martin was dressed in a black hoodie when killed by George Zimmerman, causing a massive protest. Watch the video inside and check out some quotes from our recent interview with guitarist Ernie C. Read the rest of this entry »

Wednesday 13 has revealed the video for “What the Night Brings,” the first track taken from his forthcoming album, Condolences. The album will be released June 2 on his new record label home—Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The track is now available at iTunes, Amazon and all good DSPs. Fans can pre-order Condolences in an array of digital and physical formats, including a few limited-run, colored vinyl versions, here.

“I’m really excited to unveil the new video for ‘What the Night Brings,’ the first track from our upcoming album, Condolences,” Wednesday 13 said“It kicks off our new album and really sets the tone for the rest of it. We worked on the video with director Matt Zane (Society One), and he really helped bring a spooky vibe. The song reminds me of a heavy metal version of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ theme.” Read the rest of this entry »

Seether

Seether has released “Stoke the Fire,” the second track from its new, Poison the Parish, scheduled for a May 12 release via vocalist/guitarist Shaun Morgan’s new imprint, Canine Riot Records.

“Stoke the Fire” is available as an instant download for fans who pre-order the full album; find it here. Previewing the new album, Revolver stated, “In a time when it’s easy to tune out all the monotonous rock, Seether’s Poison the Parish proves the South African outfit still grooves, crushes and rocks harder than all.” Alternative Press said Poison the Parish is “a return to the darker and heavier style of music that Seether built their name upon.”

“Stoke the Fire” follows the new album’s lead single and video, “Let You Down,” which was released in February and is already top 10 at both Mainstream and Active Rock radio. Read the rest of this entry »

The single day band lineups have been announced for the 11th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 26, 27 and 28, 2017, at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Single day tickets will go on sale at noon CDT Monday, March 27, at www.Rocklahoma.com, and weekend ticket prices will increase at that time.

Soundgarden, Def Leppard and The Offspring lead the music lineup for the festival, which features the best current rock artists and classic bands on three stages, as well as a campground stage to keep the music going all night long. In 2016, Rocklahoma had its biggest year ever, with over 70,000 fans attending the festival’s 10th year.

The Rocklahoma weekend kicks off with the Campground Party starting in the afternoon on Thursday, May 25. The full Rocklahoma music lineup is as follows (subject to change): Read the rest of this entry »

The entire lineup for 2017’s Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, was revealed yesterday via a live webcast from Full Sail Live, the state-of-the-art performance venue on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The lineup includes current favorites, promising up-and-comers and a deep list of legacy acts spanning the tour’s 23 -year history. Blessthefall, Memphis May Fire, Jule Vera, Stacked Like Pancakes and Microwave attended the live stream and performed during the webcast.

Now in it’s 23rd year, the Vans Warped Tour continues to solidify itself as the must attend festival over summer for rock and music lovers alike.

In the tradition of celebrating the tour’s musical roots, the lineup includes bands such as CKY, Sick Of It All, Municial Waste, The Adolescents, Strung Out, T.S.O.L, Anti-Flag and Hatebreed, which are legends in the punk, hardcore and metalcore worlds.

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Adrenaline Mob has announced its upcoming third studio album, We the People, which will be released June 2 on Century Media. The new record is the follow-up to 2014’s Men of Honor and will be the first to feature new drummer Jordan Cannata, as well as new bassist David Zablidowsky (of Trans Siberian Orchestra). Earlier this month, the band announced the addition of Cannata by sharing a video of the drummer exhibiting his phenomenal talent and swagger behind the kit, which can be viewed via the link below. Read the rest of this entry »

After returning from a triumphant run throughout South America and right before embarking on some shows with labelmates Arch Enemy and The Haunted, Lacuna Coil has released a new video for one of its crowd favorites, “Blood, Tears, Dust.” The video was directed and edited by Cosimo Alemà, and produced by the production company Borotalco.

“Right now I can’t tell you everything about ‘Blood, Tears, Dust,’ as this video is part of something bigger,” said vocalist Cristina Scabbia. “This is the core of who we are as a band: the sweat, the dirt, the raw energy. It’s our insanity and all of us feeling comfortable with it. I love how by Cosimo Alemà filmed this. The photography, the colors and the hints in the story are perfectly placed, and it is the first time we are really ‘acting.’ This video is only a part of a much bigger plan. .. Stay tuned. Hope you enjoy this video as much as I do!” Read the rest of this entry »

Save the date and ready your appetite: Louder Than Life will return Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 to Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky for its fourth year of rock ‘n’ roll, Gourmet Man Food, local craft beer, on-site experiences and Bourbon World. Look for more details to be announced in May. Read the rest of this entry »

Body Count

These days, most know Ice-T from the hit TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but between his days as a world-famous rapper and the show, he and his pal, Ernie Cunnigan (better known as Ernie C.), who he met while they both attended Crenshaw High School in Compton, California, started a punk-metal band called Body Count. I was in high school when the band released its debut album in 1992, featuring the controversial song “Cop Killer.” 

What many deemed a side project at the time now has lasted 25 years. It’s been a long ride but not an easy one. Three band members have passed, but Ice and Ernie C. have remained. Despite never really going away during Ice’s 16 years playing detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on SVU, Body Count had somewhat of a resurgence in 2014, with the release of its album, Manslaughter (featuring “Talk Shit, Get Shot”), and touring on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. But was this just a novelty act reliving the glory days? We probably wouldn’t hear from back the band for a while after this, right? Wrong.

With the current unrest and political state of the world, Body Count once again has a lot to get off its chest and its back with what is sure to be another controversial new album called Bloodlust, due March 31, 2017 (pre-order the album here). Now a “full-on” metal band (as Ernie C. told  me), the new release features guest spots from Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe and Sepultura/Soulfly legend Max Cavalera, along with a Slayer cover medley. And there’s already been some feathers ruffled with the first single, “No Lives Matter.” Yeah, Body Count never has been a band to shy away from the cold, hard truth and tell things from its perspective.

Prior to the album’s release, Ernie C. called in to Live Metal’s Jeff Maki to discuss Body Count’s career, the prejudice the band faced in its early days and the new album. Read the rest of this entry »

With only 3 months into 2017, legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill released their highly anticipated album, The Grinding Wheel (read review) followed by a US tour that ended one week ago. The band have also now released the music video for “Shine On,” which can be viewed inside. And finally, in case you missed it, we recently conducted an extensive interview with vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth on the new album, history of the band and more! Read that here. Read the rest of this entry »