INTERVIEW: Ryan Hayes of Righteous Vendetta
Jeffrey Maki 2 days ago

Maybe I didn't pay enough attention to a band we interviewed earlier in the year, Righteous Vendetta. At the time, they were a little-known Christian metalcore-style band that I saw open the Ernie… Read More

 
INTERVIEW: Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch (September 2014)
Greg Maki 2 weeks ago

Rock stardom wasn’t quite what Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer thought it would be. While the band was on a quick ascent to the top of the metal mountain, he was descending into a p… Read More

 
INTERVIEW: Keith Nelson of Buckcherry
Greg Maki 2 weeks ago

Buckcherry, a rock ‘n’ roll band best known for cocaine and crazy bitches, got serious on its 2013 release, Confessions, a concept album based on the Seven Deadly Sins. But the fun is back on its… Read More

 
BOOK REVIEW: 'Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem' by Jeremy Spencer
Greg Maki 2 weeks ago

Review by Greg Maki I know what you’re thinking: How could the drummer of Five Finger Death Punch, a band that released its first album a mere seven years ago and has enjoyed a relatively quick ris… Read More

 
REVIEW: In Flames - 'Siren Charms'
Jeffrey Maki 2 weeks ago

Review by Jeff Maki ----- As I write this, Siren Charms' official release date is still a few days away, but going off of early fan reactions and online reviews, you would think In Flames was re… Read More

 

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Ryan Hayes of Righteous Vendetta performs on the Ernie Ball Stage at Rock on the Range 2014, Columbus, Ohio

Maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to a band we interviewed earlier in the year, Righteous Vendetta. At the time, they were a little-known Christian metalcore-style band that I saw open the Ernie Ball stage (view live photos) at the 2014 Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio (May 16 to 18). Though they were a memorable live act and tight musically, this just wasn’t the kind of band I thought would start to blow up so quickly. Plus, they are a Christian band, often a death sentence for a band in the metal world. But since my introduction, Righteous Vendetta has started to make a name for itself, having toured with Trapt and currently out supporting Eyes Set to Kill and Nonpoint. After that tour, they’ll join Thousand Foot Krutch, We as Human and Like a Storm starting Oct. 12 through Nov. 9. They also just released an EP called Defiance (featuring “Take Over”) and have a hit radio single on Octane in”This Pain.”

So with all that said, let’s unveil this interview we did with vocalist Ryan Hayes earlier in the year. We better do it now before Righteous Vendetta blows up anymore and no one believes we met them first. In the interview, we talk about the bad rap given to “Christian” rock and how they plan to change it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Devil You Know, the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and John Sankey (Devolved), have posted an official lyric video for the track “My Own,” which can be viewed inside. The song comes on the cusp of their upcoming tour with Lacuna Coil (view dates here), which kicked off this Sunday at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, CA. The track is taken from their recently released debut album The Beauty of Destruction (review), which was released last April via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

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A mere week after premiering the brand new song “Drop Dead Cynical,” the first sonic taste of the new album Massive Addictive, due out October 21 via Spinefarm Records, Amaranthe have followed up by debuting the accompanying and thoroughly majestic video for the song. It’s epic and visually arresting. Seriously, this is one video you do not want to miss because it is over the top in all the right ways. There’s more than a dozen MMA fighters, cheerleaders and lots and lots of pyro. That all adds up to one helluva an Amaranthe experience. Watch the video inside. Read the rest of this entry »

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On September 14, ten years ago, Megadeth’s tenth studio album The System Has Failed was released. In honor of that day, the band has posted a previously unreleased video of the track “Back In the Day”. This video was produced in 2005 and not released until now. Check it out inside. Read the rest of this entry »

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Avenged Sevenfold have debuted its new video for “Chapter Four” from the re-release of Waking The Fallen, titled Waking The Fallen: Resurrected (currently positioned at No.38 on the Billboard Top 200). The video features archived live footage of the band and can be viewed inside. This was the song that originally made me an A7X fan, even after I heard it a thousand times while playing NHL 2004 on Playstation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sweden’s master of horror, Bloodbath – notable for the inclusion of Katatonia and Opeth members – is set to release its fourth album of supreme death metal, Grand Morbid Funeral on November 18 through Peaceville Records. Following the departure of Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt and months of speculation and rumor, Metal Hammer (U.K.) has revealed Paradise Lost’s Nick Holmes as the new vocalist of Bloodbath. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Finger Death Punch, from left: Jeremy Spencer, Jason Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael and Zoltan Bathory.

Five Finger Death Punch, from left: Jeremy Spencer, Jason Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael and Zoltan Bathory.

Rock stardom wasn’t quite what Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer thought it would be. While the band was on a quick ascent to the top of the metal mountain, he was descending into a personal of drugs and alcohol. Partying became his life, taking over so much that he dreaded his time onstage doing the only job he had ever wanted. It took a trip close to the edge for Spencer to decide to turn his life around and get the help he needed. Part of his therapy included putting his story on paper, a story that recently was published in his book, Death Punch’d: Surviving Fiver Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem. Spencer pulls no punches and takes himself to task more than anyone else as he details what led him to where he is today. Now approaching three years of sobriety, he’s healthy and focused as Death Punch, supporting its two 2013 releases (The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell volumes one and two), gears up for a co-headlining tour with Volbeat and looks ahead to its next album. Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with Spencer to talk about the book, his sobriety, the tour and more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buckcherry, a rock ‘n’ roll band best known for cocaine and crazy bitches, got serious on its 2013 release, Confessions, a concept album based on the Seven Deadly Sins. But the fun is back on its latest offering, an EP titled simply Fuck. All six songs have that popular four-letter word in their titles, including the first single, a rocked-up cover of the ubiquitous Icona Pop hit “I Love It,” rechristened “Say Fuck It.” The band is starting the promotion of the new release with a stint headlining the second stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which also features Godsmack, Seether, Skillet and many more. When the tour came through Camden, New Jersey, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with guitarist Keith Nelson to talk Fuck and more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Swedish metal stalwarts In Flames released its 11th album, Siren Charms (review) today, and to accompany it they’ve released a brand new lyric video for “Everything’s Gone,” one of the many standouts on the record. Listen inside and go pick up the #1 metal album on iTunes today! Read the rest of this entry »


Amaranthe have debuted the song “Drop Dead Cynical” from their new album Massive Addictive, out October 21 on Spinefarm Records. The track the first worldwide taste of the Gothenburg band’s upcoming opus. The song is a perfect indicator of what fans can expect on Massive Addictive — a full-on blast of melody and metallic power. Listen inside: Read the rest of this entry »