Swedish metal band Katatonia are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. It's been a career that has seen eight excellent studio albums, through a journey that has seen various changes in musical styles. Their latest album "Night Is The New Day" came out in 2009, and as they prepare to work on new material, they embarked on a North American run of dates as support act to fellow Swedes Opeth.
As a proud Guns N' Roses historian, I've read my fair share of GNR-related books and in a way was kind of dreading another one. I had read Slash's autobiography the day it came out, and while it proved to be a very informative read and a good look into Slash's side of the Guns saga, it ultimately felt like the voice of my longtime guitar hero was a bit lacking.
There’s one word for Carolyn Wonderland’s show last night at Joe’s Pub: Tasty. When a guitarist truly lives and loves what they do, it shows, and it was shining like a beacon during Wonderland’s performance. To say that her live show is better than the record is no exaggeration. And her tone…hell yeah!
Toxic Holocaust is a punk-influenced thrash metal band that has been around for about 12 years, and enjoys a stronghold in the underground and mainstream metal scenes. The Joel Grind-led trio from Portland, Oregon, does not believe in putting out the same album twice, and the musical progress on each of their four full-length studio albums is proof of this fact. The latest offering, Conjure And Command, came out last July and showcases the latest step in the band's musical journey.
"I'm not your average guitar player. I kind of take my own wacky approach to the instrument." Indeed, Joey Eppard is not your average guitar player. His resume, at a glance, might imply that he's cut from unique musical fabric. His onstage attack confirms that he's out of his tree.
It's hard to believe Iced Earth have been churning out their signature blend of thrash and power metal for two decades now, and with a new singer -- Into Eternity's Stu Block -- and a new zest for music, Jon Schaffer and crew show no signs of slowing down.