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Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Hail to the King’ – Album Review

Charles Epting, Loudwire
Charles Epting, Loudwire

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.

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Avenged Sevenfold Rock Hollywood Palladium To Celebrate Release of ‘Hail to the King’

Charles Epting, Loudwire
Charles Epting, Loudwire

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.

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Attika 7′s Rusty Coones Talks Anarchy, Motorcycles and Mayhem

Rusty Coones
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"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.

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The Winery Dogs Discuss Formation of Band, Debut Album + More

Charles Epting, Loudwire
Charles Epting, Loudwire

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.

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Emmure’s Frankie Palmeri Discusses Onstage Electrocution, His First Concert + More

Emmure
Charles Epting, Loudwire

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.

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Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho Reflects on Early Influences, Changing Music Industry + More

Children of Bodom
Charles Epting, Loudwire

Children of Bodom are currently heating up the Mayhem Festival tour. The legendary Finnish metal outfit is fronted by Alexi Laiho, who besides playing in Children of Bodom, is also part of the band Sinergy as well as Kylähullut.

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Mayhem Fest 2013 Kickoff: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon + Amon Amarth [Photos]

Charles Epting, Loudwire
Charles Epting, Loudwire

The 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has kicked off and the main stage provides a powerful bill that includes Amon AmarthMastodonFive Finger Death Punch and the shock-rock master Rob Zombie.

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Mayhem Fest 2013 Kickoff: Children of Bodom, Emmure, Motionless in White + More [Photos]

Children of Bodom
Charles Epting, Loudwire

The Musicians Institute Stage at the 2013 Mayhem Festival kickoff in San Bernardino, Calif. was as scorching as the 100-plus degree heat all day long. Fans gathered around to catch a mixture of veteran bands and younger metal rockers, including Children of Bodom, Emmure, Born of Osiris, Motionless in White, Attika 7 and Thrown Into Exile.

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Mayhem Fest 2013 Kickoff: Machine Head, Job for a Cowboy, Butcher Babies, Huntress + More [Photos]

Machine Head
Charles Epting, Loudwire

Located on a field adjacent to the main amphitheater, the Jägermeister Stage at Mayhem Festival's 2013 kickoff in San Bernardino, Calif., featured a mix of established acts like Machine Head and Job for a Cowboy along with up-and-comers like Butcher Babies, Battlecross and Huntress.

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