INTERVIEW: Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved
Jeffrey Maki

Long-running Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved is about to release its astonishing 13th studio album, In Times, (March 10 in North America, Nuclear Blast), followed by a supporting t… Read More

 
INTERVIEW: Chris Jericho of Fozzy
Greg Maki

Chris Jericho attained worldwide fame as a professional wrestler, but these days you’re much more likely to find him onstage fronting Fozzy—his hard rock/metal band that many might be surprised to… Read More

 
INTERVIEW: Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way (February 2015)
Greg Maki

Last September, in one of the most honest and real interviews you could ever read, Adelitas Way frontman Rick DeJesus vented his frustration with how record labels treat rock bands in today’s musi… Read More

 
INTERVIEW: Pat Seals of Flyleaf (February 2015)
Greg Maki

Nine years after many music fans’ introduction to Flyleaf on the 2006 SnoCore Tour (as part of a bill topped by Shinedown and Seether, and also featuring the then-unknown Halestorm), the band, whi… Read More

 
LIVE PHOTOS: Flyleaf - 02/04/15 - Rams Head Live, Baltimore, Maryland
 
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So what’s this about a “cabin in the woods?”

Long-running Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved is about to release its astonishing 13th studio album, In Times, (March 10 in North America, Nuclear Blast), followed by a supporting tour. Following its recent releases, Axioma Ethica Odini (2010) and RIITIIR (2012), Enslaved has developed its sound further, progressing into unknown territory for an extreme metal band, yet managing to retain a substance of its roots, as one of the early ’90s Norwegian black metal bands. Consisting of only six songs, all clocking in over eight minutes, In Times is an album that presents somewhat of a challenge for listeners in this age of short attention spans. But you know what? Enslaved’s 24-year-long evolution into what we hear today has built up a steady fan base that’s only grown in the past few years, especially after getting some great exposure touring the U.S. with Amon Amarth in 2014. Fans have come to expect a new high-quality and intelligent Enslaved album every few years, yet they still don’t entirely know what exactly to expect, if that makes any sense.

So what makes In Times tick? What was recording the album like? And what’s this about a cabin in the woods? Live Metal’s Jeff Maki got a call in from Norway and on the other end was guitarist and founding member Ivar Bjørnson to explain it all.
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Testament

Testament

Classic American thrash metal band Testament has announced the “Dark Roots of Thrash II,” featuring bellow Bay Area-thrashers Exodus and Shattered Sun, and hitting North America for five weeks starting April 1.

Each night of the tour, Testament will perform in their entirety 1987’s The Legacy and 1988’s The New Order, in addition to select tracks from 1989’s mainstream crossover Practice What You Preach. Read the rest of this entry »

Drowning Pool, 2001

Drowning Pool, 2001

Last week, Drowning Pool announced the second leg of itsl Sinner “Unlucky 13th Anniversary” Tour, with Adrenaline Mob and Full Devil Jacket. The band will perform its platinum-selling album Sinner in its entirety at each tour stop, followed by other hits. See below for all confirmed dates, with more added since the last announcement.

VIP Meet and Greet packages are available here: http://ticketspin.com/drowning-pool. Read the rest of this entry »

Fozzy

Fozzy

Chris Jericho attained worldwide fame as a professional wrestler, but these days you’re much more likely to find him onstage fronting Fozzy—his hard rock/metal band that many might be surprised to know has been existence for more than 15 years—than you are inside the squared circle. Since Jericho and his bandmates made Fozzy their priority circa Chasing the Grail (2010), the band has grown steadily, achieving its biggest success to date with its latest album, Do You Wanna Start a War, released in July 2014 via Century Media Records and featuring the hit single “Lights Go Out.” Jericho recently called in to chat with Live Metal’s Greg Maki about the making of the new record and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Adelitas Way

Adelitas Way

Last September, in one of the most honest and real interviews you could ever read, Adelitas Way frontman Rick DeJesus vented his frustration with how record labels treat rock bands in today’s music business. So the recent announcement that the band had seized control of its career and launched a PledgeMusic drive to fund its forthcoming album (due this summer) made perfect sense. Rewards for pledging range from signed CDs and T-shirts to a night out with the band in Las Vegas and an acoustic house concert (with plenty in between). When this year’s SnoCore Tour (also featuring Flyleaf, Framing Hanley and Fit for Rivals) came to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with Rick to discuss his band’s bold career move and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Drowning Pool, from left: bassist Stevie Benton, vocalist Jason Moreno, drummer Mike Luce and guitarist C.J. Pierce

Drowning Pool, from left: bassist Stevie Benton, vocalist Jason Moreno, drummer Mike Luce and guitarist C.J. Pierce

Drowning Pool has announced the second leg of its Sinner “Unlucky 13th Anniversary” Tour. The run kicks off on March 12 in Daytona Beach, Fla., as part of Daytona Bike Week and tours through eastern and central U.S. markets, ending April 3 in the Dallas, Texas. Adrenaline Mob and Full Devil Jacket will provide tour support, alternating each night. Drowning Pool will perform its platinum-selling album Sinner in its entirety at each tour stop, followed by other hits. Read the rest of this entry »

Amaranthe

Amaranthe

Amaranthe will make their triumphant return to North America this spring for a headline tour. This marks the first time the band has cruised through the U.S. and Canada since last fall, when they served as main support for Within Temptation (Read the live review from the Rams Head Live date of that tour here). On this run, fans will enjoy the full Amaranthe experience, as it will be their show. View tour dates inside. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hollywood Undead

Los Angeles based hip-hop/metal veterans Hollywood Undead have announced the release date of their forthcoming studio album, Day of the Dead. The album (the band’s first since 2013’s Notes from the Underground), will be released March 31st on Interscope Records and will feature the current single and title track, “Day of the Dead.” Leading up to the release, the band will be unveiling five new tracks from the album, beginning with “Usual Suspects”on February 17th.
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Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Black Label Society, fronted by guitar icon Zakk Wylde, has announced its spring “Unblackened” tour in the United States. The band originally performed”Unblackened” two years ago as a one-night-only concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The show will feature intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’s solo album, Book of Shadows, and his Southern rock band, Pride & Glory. Read the rest of this entry »

Fyleaf, from left: guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya, drummer James Culpepper, vocalist Kristen May, guitarist Jared Hartmann and bassist Pat Seals.

Fyleaf, from left: guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya, drummer James Culpepper, vocalist Kristen May, guitarist Jared Hartmann and bassist Pat Seals.

Nine years after many music fans’ introduction to Flyleaf on the 2006 SnoCore Tour (as part of a bill topped by Shinedown and Seether, and also featuring the then-unknown Halestorm), the band, which for the past two and a half years has featured vocalist Kristen May, who replaced original singer Lacey Sturm, has found itself headlining that very same tour. When SnoCore came to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down backstage with bassist Pat Seals to discuss the tour, Flyleaf’s new, crowd-funded album (Between the Stars) and more. Read the rest of this entry »