REVIEW: Gygax – ‘High Fantasy’

Review by Greg Maki-----Gather ‘round, adventurers. Keep your blades sharp, your spells in mind and your gods close, for our dice-throwing, Thin Lizzy-worshipping, hard rock heroes have returned to lead us once again to glory and plunder. My love for Ventura, California’s Gygax extends far beyond its recorded output. Fueled by fantasy role-playing games and... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: New Years Day – ‘Unbreakable’

Review by Greg Maki-----New Years Day, which I’m surprised to learn has existed since 2005, has grown steadily since the release of its 2015 album, “Malevolence.” Extensive touring, much of it in the past year with Halestorm, has limited the band’s output since then to the “Diary of a Creep” EP—consisting mostly of covers—released in... Continue Reading →

POUNDER – ‘Uncivilized’

Review by Greg Maki-----This—this is what I need in my life. More music that, when someone asks you what it is or what it sounds like, you can reply with one simple, glorious word: metal. Pounder—featuring extreme metal veteran Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome, Expulsion) on rhythm guitar and vocals, bassist Alejandro Corredor (Nausea LA, live... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Periphery – ‘Periphery IV: Hail Stan’

Review by Greg Maki-----Curious about what kind of band Periphery will be now that it has ventured out on its own label (3DOT Recordings)? I point you to “Reptile,” the nearly 17-minute opening track of the new record “Periphery IV: Hail Stan.” Most bands would save an epic like this for the finale or place... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: I Prevail – ‘Trauma’

Review by Greg Maki-----At some point in 2017, I Prevail singer Brian Burkheiser suffered a vocal injury serious enough that he questioned his future with the band, both during his recovery and a period of intense anxiety that followed. While I never would wish that on anyone, it seems to have been, at least in... Continue Reading →

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Dirt’

Review by Greg Maki-----After years of development at various studios, Netflix finally has brought a film adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s 2001 autobiography, “The Dirt” (co-written by Neil Strauss), to the screen. And much like last year’s Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” it’s just sort of OK. Unlike that Oscar-winning film, “The Dirt,” directed by “Jackass” co-creator... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Mötley Crüe – ‘Saints of Los Angeles’ (2008)

Leading up to the March 22 release of "The Dirt" on Netflix, Live Metal is taking a look back at each of Mötley Crüe's studio albums.-----Review by Greg Maki-----The early years of the 21st century were an eventful time for Mötley Crüe. The album intended to be its return to form, “New Tattoo” (2000), and... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Mötley Crüe – ‘New Tattoo’ (2000)

Leading up to the March 22 release of "The Dirt" on Netflix, Live Metal is taking a look back at each of Mötley Crüe's studio albums.-----Review by Greg Maki-----At first listen, Mötley Crüe’s “New Tattoo,” its eighth studio album, feels like an underwhelming effort. You might find yourself wondering what Nikki Sixx was thinking when,... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Mötley Crüe – ‘Generation Swine’ (1997)

Leading up to the March 22 release of "The Dirt" on Netflix, Live Metal is taking a look back at each of Mötley Crüe's studio albums.-----Review by Greg Maki-----Mötley Crüe had made an album with new frontman John Corabi—self-titled, released in 1994—that moved the band in a darker, less frivolous direction that fit a time... Continue Reading →

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