REVIEW: Kamelot – I Am The Empire – Live From The 013

Ah, gigs. Remember them? Well,  I Am The Empire – Live From The 013 (Napalm Records), the new live release by veteran power metal act Kamelot is a welcome reminder of what live entertainment looked like in a pre-Covid world. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Destruction – Born To Thrash (Live In Germany)

If there’s one thing that Teutonic thrashers Destruction enjoy, it’s a live album. The sixth of their career to date, Born to Thrash (Live in Germany) (Nuclear Blast Records) was recorded at Partysan Open Air, a metal festival held at Schlotheim’s Obermehler Airport during August last year, and catches the band in, ahem… full flight. Continue reading

Nonpoint to Release “Alive and Kicking” Digital Album Tomorrow

Nonpoint will release a new live album tomorrow on all DSPs! The record Alive and Kicking for May the 4th(Be With You Day) from their online series of “Quarantine Sessions”, in which the band played live online and interacted with fans. You can see the slick Star Wars artwork and some sample posts the band shared online. Continue reading

Hardcore Band Prison Surprise Drops New “Live In Texas” Album

Florida true-school DIY hardcore band Prison has surprise-released a new live album, Live In Texas, via their Bandcamp page. The bad has released the digital album for a low price for fans missing shows during the quarantine due to the coronavirus. Recorded in Ft. Worth, TX in the spring of 2019, the album was mixed and mastered by Austin Coupe. Prison is one of the best live bands on the scene right now, and we caught them live with Soulfly last fall, in a review you can read here. The band is also selling its full catalog at a low price, so please support them if you can! Purchase and stream Live In Texas at the link below. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kreator – London Apocalypticon – Live At The Roundhouse

What used to be seen as major releases back in the ’70s and ’80s, live albums these days tend to be regarded more as a contractual obligation by many – interim releases largely of interest to those who either attended the actual show or saw the band on that particular tour. Continue reading

Blaze Bayley to Release “Live In Czech” Album and DVD

Heavy Metal legend Blaze Bayley toured earlier in 2019 on the “Tour of the Eagle Spirit”, conquering stages in Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Belgium, France, UK, USA and Canada. In September 2019 Blaze took that tour on the road a second time, with a sequence of shows across Germany, Netherlands, Poland, plus two special concluding concerts at the Melodka venue, Brno, Czech Republic. All-told the tour totalled 59 shows and those final two shows were captured for Blaze’s forthcoming release entitled Live in Czech – a live album and DVD. The theme of the tour followed on from Blaze’s ‘Infinite Entanglement’ trilogy of albums, including deep cuts. Pre-orders are live now for the package. Continue reading

Avatar – The King Live In Paris

I have always been a soul that yearned to watch my favorite bands live. There is nothing like hearing the songs that have become the soundtrack to your life performed live. One of the most animated and entertaining bands of present day is Swedish Heavy Metal Band, Avatar. To say the band’s live performance is theatrical would not be giving it justice. Avatar is a band that lands solidly into the “just as good live ” category in my book. You don’t even have to take my word for it, you can hear it for your selves by listening to Avatar’s new live performance album, The King Live in Paris (eOne Heavy). Continue reading

New Model Army – Night Of A Thousand Voices

Being in the business since, oh, 1980 is both a blessing and a challenge. On the one hand, you’ve got lots of great material to compile a set list with. On the other, what gets left in, and what gets left out?

No such issue faces post-Punk/Folk mutants New Model Army, as their new live album A Night of A Thousand Voices (Attack Attack Records) shows. Continue reading

King Diamond – Songs For The Dead LIVE

It came as quite a shock when legendary Danish frontman King Diamond had to step away from music in 2010 to undergo triple heart-bypass surgery. Thankfully, just a couple of short years later, the rejuvenated frontman returned to the stage in all his corpse-painted, theatrical grandeur, choosing to keep his focus on touring rather than making an immediate return to the studio. Continue reading

Bowling For Soup – Older, Fatter, Still The Greatest Ever

There’s a bit of a misconception about Bowling For Soup outside of their committed fanbase. Maybe it’s their look, the fact that they’re not über (or even always semi) serious, or maybe it’s the ubiquity of several of the tracks from their Drunk Enough To Dance (Jive Records) smash-hit album that littered our music TV lives throughout the first decade of the twenty-first century, but BFS are rarely given the credit for their song-writing that several of their contemporaries get. Whether you like it or not ‘The Bitch Song’, ‘Punk Rock 101’, ‘Emily’, ‘1985’ and ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’ are all bonafide bangers, and an integral part of a pop-Punk soundtrack to our lives. Continue reading