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Live: Mutoid Man @ Los Angeles The Echo – 19 March 2014

March 26th, 2014

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It’s nice seeing a band comprised of musicians that you have incredible respect for but it’s bittersweet when it’s a band that, for a variety of reasons, not many people will ever get the chance to see. This was the situation when Raz went down to see Mutoid Man, who have members of Converge and Cave In in their midst, supported by Black Mare in LA.

Six things we learned while watching Mutoid Man in LA…

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Album: Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

March 24th, 2014

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Steel Panther
All You Can Eat
Open E Records
01 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

The first thing to remember when reviewing a Steel Panther album is that, really, Steel Panther aren’t a band. Def Leppard are the band, Bon Jovi are the band, Van Halen are the band, Mötley Crüe are the band – Steel Panther are a parasitic sideshow on the hulking belly of stadium rock. A satire, a send up, a comedy façade performed by four apparently libidinous geriatrics in wigs and based on all of cock rocks most ludicrous traits. So the real question when reviewing the new Steel Panther record is this: Is their shtick still funny after three (THREE!) albums?

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Interview: Larry Herweg from Pelican on humankind’s parasitic relationship with planet Earth, and other great conversation starters.

March 16th, 2012

When Pelican announced they’d be doing their first UK shows in four years this April, the first thing Hugh Platt did was cry for joy. The second thing he did was call up their drummer, Larry Herweg, to chat about it.

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Whatever ludicrous post-metal tag you like to slap on Pelican, the power and presence the quartet’s wield in heavy music’s instrumental sphere is undeniable. Now that the band is gearing up for their first UK shows in nearly half a decade (spearheaded by the release of their new Ataraxia/Taraxis EP, to which we awarded a praiseworthy 5.5 out of 6 when we reviewed it a couple of weeks back), we gave the band’s drummer, Larry Herweg a call. In between reminding us how much better the whether is over in Los Angeles right now, Larry was more than happy to give us an insight into just why Pelican have been shied from our shores since 2008, and what inspired the release that’s brought them back here after so long away.

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Let’s talk about hardcore. Let’s talk about American Nightmare.

October 28th, 2011

We had the news that one of the great hardcore bands of the turn of the century, American Nightmare were reuniting for two shows at the end of December 2011. The band’s name became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter so exciting was the news. Conversely, however, there seemed to be a great number of music fans who were unaware of who this band was or why they should care. Tom Doyle wants to talk about American Nightmare.

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When Gallows kicked the doors open with Orchestra of Wolves in the summer of ’06 and became the gateway band for the relative mainstream, it was with great sadness that many of us noted that one of the finest (and most influential) modern hardcore bands were not around to enjoy the success. That band was American Nightmare.

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Season’s Bleedings 2010-2011: White Wizzard

December 10th, 2010

We’ve asked a shit-ton of  people from the world of heavy metal all sorts of old nonsense about Christmas. You give a shit, right? First up – Peter Ellis, (current) vocalist in White Wizzard.

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Do you have any particular or unusual Christmas traditions?
Not any more but when I was a kid I would always go and sing Christmas carols door to door on Christmas and New Year’s eve every year. It’s a big tradition in Greece. Kids go out from the early hours of the morning on these two days and sing Christmas songs door to door for sweets or pocket money. I used to make a ton of money every Christmas doing that since people would usually give me more money that most kids because I had a good voice and I was doing it well – some of those kids were awful!

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2008 into 2009: Seether

December 14th, 2008

Seether may well be the most illustrious South African post-grunge band ever. There may well be absolutely no competition for that crown. Bassist, Dale Stewart talks about life in LA and suing Michael Jackson after a cheeky snog.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
My highlight of ’08 was returning to South Africa for a short tour earlier in the year. We played arenas and packed them out! It was awesome to come back home and feel the support of our countrymen.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
I had a breakup, we were together a really long time. I guess some things just aren’t meant to be…

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