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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. Read the rest of this entry »

Slipknot will release its fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, on Oct. 21, and launch its North American “Prepare for Hell” tour immediately following the band’s Knotfest (Oct. 24 to 26).

.5: The Gray Chapter is available now for pre-order from the iTunes Store, with all pre-orders receiving instant downloads of the songs “The Devil In I” snd “The Negative One.”

The new album is also available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs (two bonus tracks and expanded packaging), as well as a limited edition, colored vinyl double LP set. Read the rest of this entry »

King 810 vocalist David Gunn performs Aug. 3, 2014, at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. - See more at: http://www.live-metal.net/keepingrealmusicalive/straight-outta-flint-the-rise-of-king-810/?preview=true&preview_id=15153&preview_nonce=29a736c416&post_format=standard#sthash.LoRlHjUe.dpuf

King 810 vocalist David Gunn performs Aug. 3, 2014, at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va.

By Greg Maki
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King 810 released its debut album, Memoirs of a Murderer (review), this week, and it’s hard to remember a new band (new on the national scene, at least) generating such a buzz and such extreme reactions from fans and foes alike. Much of it is due to the Roadrunner Records publicity machine hyping the Flint, Michigan-based quartet’s back story, which quickly has grown to near-mythic proportions. Read the rest of this entry »

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North Carolina’s Wretched (without a “The”) had its biggest break as a band playing the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, supporting its latest release,
Cannibal (June 10, 2014, Victory Records). It’s safe to say they were one of the more extreme bands on the bill, but when it comes to categorizing Wretched’s music into a particular metal subgenre, it’s nearly impossible. When I wandered over and saw them on the first-ever Victory Records Stage, I thought this same thing. I was at a loss for words (and hearing), either because I was worn out from the long drive to Bristow, Va., or because my ears were being obliterated by this sonic mayhem. With machine-like drumming, dual guitarists churning out nonstop evil riffs and a singer who looked like Phil Anselmo after a trip to hell and back, Wretched left a lasting impression. So when I met up with guitarist Joel Moore after their set, we at least had a little to talk about for a band I was otherwise unfamiliar with. Until now …  Read the rest of this entry »

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San Diego, CA death metal outfit Carnifex, has made the music video for the song “Hatred and Slaughter” available for viewing inside. The track comes from their latest album Die Without Hope (review), which recently reached #98 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release last March via Nuclear Blast Records. The record also reached #8 on the Hard Rock Charts. Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

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“The Italian Godfathers,” Lacuna Coil have premiered its new video, “Nothing Stands In Our Way.” The clip is a bit of a throwback, documenting the band’s touring cycle over the past year, with behind the scenes clips and live footage. Check it out inside. Read the rest of this entry »

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In what was probably my favorite interview I did during the Bristow, Va., stop of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, I sat down with Kthien, guitarist of Canadian black metallers Erimha (while still in his stagewear and warpaint from performing earlier). The band name means “army” or “legion” in Sumerian, and many fans were greeted with Erimha’s war cry from the Victory Records stage as they entered the festival during the early afternoon hours. In broad daylight, these black metal warriors stood out like a 35-year-old man attending a Warped Tour show (like me a few years ago). However, they were an instant draw and no doubt one of the most talked about bands of the day. Erimha is out supporting its latest release, 
Reign Through Immortality (July 9, 2013), so what better showcase than the Mayhem Festival? But what makes this band tick? What do they really believe in? Like other black metal bands such as Behemoth, do Erimha’s stage show, lyrics and album tie together for a greater meaning? Kthien answered all my questions and more inside. Read the rest of this entry »

Review by Greg Maki
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“My name is David Gunn, and these are my memoirs.”

Memoirs of a Murderer, the debut from Flint, Mich.-based King 810 (810 is the Flint area code), is an album riddled with violence and despair, gun battles, knife fights and death coming up repeatedly in the lyrics. Supposedly based on frontman David Gunn’s own experiences growing up in the slums of Flint, a city in which crime and unemployment run rampant (“Your nightmares ain’t got nothing on this place”—“Fat Around the Heart”), the recording seethes with anger, Gunn’s rage—a temperament necessary for survival, as he tells it—contained only in short bursts before it explodes out of the speakers, especially on two spoken-word pieces. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. Read the rest of this entry »