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 →

Ghost announces fall 2019 North American tour dates

Ghost has announced a six-week North American headline tour that will see the Swedish rock band's elaborate rock theater presentation metamorphose into a full-on arena production. Billed as the "Ultimate Tour Named Death" and produced by Live Nation, the tour is due to kick off Friday, Sept. 13, in at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield,... 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 →

Lamb of God to release ‘Ashes of the Wake — 15th Anniversary Edition’

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of its classic album, "Ashes of the Wake," Lamb of God is set to re-release the album on double-vinyl with four non-LP tracks, including the B-Side "Another Nail for Your Coffin," and three previously unreleased demos. "Ashes of the Wake — 15th Anniversary Edition" double-vinyl will street on May 3.... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Shannon Larkin of Godsmack

After sticking mostly to the same angry, metallic sound through its first six studio albums, Godsmack took a bit of a chance with 2018’s “When Legends Rise” (review). Though the recording is unmistakably Godsmack, the slicker production and frontman Sully Erna’s increased vocal range paved the way for a more modern feel with big, melodic... Continue Reading →

Disrupt Festival to feature The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, more this summer

Featuring some of the biggest bands in rock, as well as the genre's rising stars, the Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival is a new music experience making its debut across North America this summer. The touring festival will feature unique line-ups in each city, with performances varying from artists including The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum... Continue Reading →

Disturbed announces second leg of ‘Evolution’ tour

After kicking off the year with a North American tour that saw them playing to more than 200,000 fans, Disturbed has announced a second leg of arena shows set to begin July 21 at the Mankato Civic Center in Mankato, Minnesota. Select shows on the tour will feature special guests Pop Evil or In This... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Mark Morton

Guitarist Mark Morton has achieved worldwide success with Lamb of God, one of the leading metal bands of the past 20 years. But it turns out there’s a lot more to him as a musician and songwriter—a side that often leans more toward rock than metal. So he took years of song ideas that would... 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 →

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