The first introductory strains of the “False Awakening Suite,” which kick off Dream Theater's new self-titled album (due Sept. 24) seems to actually transport the listener into a theater. Images come to mind of the lights going down in some wildly ornate medieval house of drama, the orchestra has signaled the overture, and it is time for the massive sweep of something liberating, powerful and profound to roll forth.
Day 1 of the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, featuring Korn, Megadeth and Shinedown, would be a tough act to follow. But leave it to Avenged Sevenfold to lead a Day 2 attack that was nothing short of breathtaking.
Last year's inaugural Monster Energy Aftershock Festival was a single day affair, but it was expanded to two days this year and packed with one of the most powerful lineups we've seen for years. Korn, Megadeth and Shinedown led night one of the fest on Saturday, Sept.14 in Sacramento, Calif., on day one of the extravaganza.
The Rock Star Energy Drink Uproar Festival touched down in Irvine, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 13, and despite the tradition of the day, it was a lucky one for all fans in attendance. One of the more popular alt rock festivals in the country, over the years Uproar has featured such headliners as Shinedown and Avenged Sevenfold. On this year's run, veteran acts Jane’s Addiction and Alice in Chains would be delivering the big blows on main stage, but before that assault, there was plenty of interesting action happening earlier on the hot and sunny afternoon at the smaller festival stages located on a hill adjacent to the main arena.
To watch Avenged Sevenfold over the years, it's been fairly clear that this is a band with a plan. With each of their first five albums, A7X steadily evolved, albeit in varying degrees. Tragically, their ascension was harrowingly derailed in December 2009 with the death of their drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.
In celebration of their new release ‘Hail to the King,’ which hit stores today, Avenged Sevenfold performed a blistering free show last night (Aug. 26) for fans who lined up for tickets last week. The jam-packed Hollywood Palladium on Sunset Strip became nothing short of an A7X religious revival meeting as thousands of fans hung on to and sang every word to most songs, even many of the new ones.
"A cement-covered marshmallow." That's how Katherine Coones describes her husband, Attika 7's Rusty Coones, a 6-foot-5 biker bear of a man who, despite what some might consider to be an intimidating presence, is disarmingly warm and engaging.
The self-titled debut Winery Dogs album (out July 23) is one of the most intriguing releases of the year. The all-star trio, which includes Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison), has delivered a blistering collection of soaring tunes.
New York City-based Emmure has a busy summer ahead, playing on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest and then heading off around the world on several other runs before settling back home at the end of the year to start work on a new record. Loudwire caught up with the metal outfit’s ferocious frontman, Frankie Palmeri, at Mayhem’s kickoff show recently in San Bernardino, Calif.