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“This one is for you Jesterheads,” reads a recent Facebook post on In Flames official page in reference to its upcoming album. Does this mean a return to the melodic death metal style of earlier albums? An entirely heavier yet different sound? We haven’t had the chance to hear anything just like anyone else, but if I had to guess, I’d say the new album will be a combination of both. Oldschool fans are dying for a heavy death metal record from In Flames, and I think the band wants to deliver. On the other hand, they probably don’t want to alienate new fans that have come aboard on newer albums Come Clarity (review), A Sense of Purpose (review) and Sounds of a Playground Fading (review), so I’m thinking maybe we get the best of both worlds here? Only September will tell. View the album cover art inside. Read the rest of this entry »

Review by Greg Maki
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There’s nowhere to hide in a trio. Whether they want it or not, the band members are always in something of a spotlight. For Kyng, that works just fine. Read the rest of this entry »

Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion has announced band performance times for the two-day festival, which returns to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on May 3 and 4. The lineup includes Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock, along with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and more.  Read the rest of this entry »

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We almost missed this one! Foxy Shazam have released its fifth album GONZO, available now for free on bandcamp! This is the band’s first independent release since 2005, self-produced and recorded with famed engineer Steve Albini. GONZO is available for free stream and download at this location. Read inside for more album info. Read the rest of this entry »

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With Nirvana’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I thought we would put a twist on the band that changed rock music forever. Browsing the Web, I discovered it is difficult to find a list of rock and metal bands that had covered the band’s songs. But that wasn’t the hardest part—finding any Nirvana covers that were good proved to be the biggest challenge. So I have assembled 10 of the best and/or different Nirvana covers that exist from rock and metal bands, the heaviest appearing toward the top. There are some really good and just plain different interpretations here, so take a listen for yourself.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bad Seed Rising

Bad Seed Rising

Bad Seed Rising, the Maryland-based rock band that formed at the Frederick, Md., Let There Be Rock School,  today releases its Roadrunner Record’s debut EP, Charm City, on iTunes.  The band is made up of Francheska Pastor (vocals and guitar), Mason Gainer (guitar), Louey Peraza (bass) and Aiden Marceron (drums). Read the rest of this entry »

Review by Greg Maki
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Long one of the most versatile bands in hard rock/metal, Sevendust has answered its fans many pleas over the years and unplugged in the studio for Time Travelers & Bonfires, a collection of six new tracks and six re-recorded songs from its past. I don’t know if it will win and new converts, but the result is likely to please those fans. Read the rest of this entry »

Review by Greg Maki
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It’s hard to think of anyone in the 40-plus-year history of the genre who’s more “metal” than Ronnie James Dio. The man practically invented the “metal horns,” for Pete’s sake, a salute metalheads can throw up to each other even if they’ve never met, confident it will be returned happily. As the frontman of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his eponymous band, Dio’s career aligns with metal’s inception, and though his commercial success hit peaks and valleys, for four decades, he stayed true; even in the year before his death—at age 67 from stomach cancer—he was recording and touring with his former Black Sabbath bandmates as Heaven and Hell. (Their 2009 album, The Devil You Know, holds its own with the best of Dio’s discography.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Just seeing or hearing the name Edguy makes me smile. The band is kind of like a guilty pleasure, a breath of fresh air among all the extreme metal that rattles my head on a daily basis.  A band that always has played by its own rules, whether it’s the European power metal of the band’s early years or just hard rockin’ heavy metal. And Edguy’s 10th studio album, Space Police: Defenders of the Crown, has it all. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-Mortem

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Though their ages suggest otherwise, Anti-Mortem is a veteran band. Hailing from Oklahoma and with an average age of only 21, the quintet formed when frontman Larado Romo, now 20, was but 11 years old. Also featuring Larado’s older brother Nevada Romo on guitar, Corey Henderson on bass, Zain Smith on guitar and Levi Dickerson on drums, Anti-Mortem cut its teeth for years in its hometown of Chickasha, Okla., and the more active metal scene of Oklahoma City, drawing attention from some of the world’s biggest metal record labels, including Roadrunner and Century Media. They eventually went with Nuclear Blast, making their blend of classic metal along the lines of Pantera and Metallica with a touch of Southern rock a bit of an anomaly on a label known more for the extreme side of the genre. With the single “100% Pure American Rage” making waves at places such as SiriusXM’s Octane and Liquid Metal ahead of the April 29 release of Anti-Mortem’s debut album, New Southern, it appears they made the right choice. When their current tour supporting Texas Hippie Coalition came to Baltimore Soundstage, Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with the loquacious Larado Romo to get the lowdown on Anti-Mortem’s past, present and future. Read the rest of this entry »