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Album: Trivium – Vengeance Falls

September 20th, 2013

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Trivium
Vengeance Falls
Roadrunner Records
14 October 2013

by Raz

Of the big four metal bands of the modern era (Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Five Finger Death Punch, and Trivium) it is Trivium who are the most worthy. They don’t have the cheesy emptiness of the Welshmen, they’ve stopped ripping off Metallica quite as blatantly as Avenged Sevenfold are doing now and they’re not political knuckle-draggers like Five Finger Death Punch.

Basically, as fashionable as it is to suggest that none of them are metal enough to be spoken of in the same breath as the likes of Metallica and Pantera, Trivium, by simply being a bunch of metallers playing metal for metallers, have got the least to dislike about them. By a long way.

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Album: Megadeth – Super Collider

June 28th, 2013

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Megadeth
Super Collider
Tradecraft
04 June 2013

by Tom Gibbons

Everyone knows what makes(made?) Megadeth awesome, and after a career spanning 30 years you’d think Dave Mustaine would know how to put down a great album based around these strengths. However, MegaDave’s 14th album, Super Collider – released on his own label after parting with Roadrunner Records – is at best a painfully boring hard rock record, and at worst an altogether embarrassing experience.

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SXSW 2013: The day Raz went to David Draiman’s house

May 16th, 2013

A few weeks ago, I got an invite to go to David Draiman’s house in Texas. He was going to provide food from the best barbecue joint in Austin. The catch? I had to listen to the new album from his new project, Device. Mmmm, barbecue. How bad could it be, right? Mmmm, barbecue.

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‘Mad’ David Draiman. He’s the singer from Disturbed. He made that weird monkey noise in rock club floor-filler, ‘Stupify’. He’s the guy with those massive lip piercings. He tweets in 100 PER CENT CAPITAL LETTERS on Twitter. He’s right up there with Fred Durst and Coby Dick as a premier larger-than-life nu metal personality – ostensibly macho and totally metal. There’s a lot to make fun of and cynical old me? I’m sceptical about this whole shebang.

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Interview: Shinedown – “I don’t think you will hear a formula.”

March 11th, 2009

We caught up with Shinedown bassist/pianist Eric Bass to talk about touring with Disturbed and to dispel accusations of his band being formulaic, as well as uncovering the hangover cure that never fails but only works 60% of the time.

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Loads of bands that are massive in the US can’t be bothered putting in the hard work to get to the same level in the UK and Europe. How does it feel to finally be a headline act over here?

“It is quite frankly one of the best feelings in the world for us. We have never been a band that gets big headed about what we do. We are never satisfied, and are always looking to the future. If you aren’t forward thinking you will get stuck in the place that you are now, or simply get left behind. So for us to be able to break into a new country is a huge honour. It is so fresh to have that feeling of starting over again. It makes us feel like we’re kids again!”

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