Sometimes The World Ain't Enough – THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA

I’ve said it before elsewhere and I’ll say it again here. If the members of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA were a group of fashionably dressed Brooklyn indie-rock hipsters in their twenties, the group would be one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. I have zero doubt that the band would be a main draw on the main stages of music festivals such as Coachella and The Governors Ball, with appearances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Saturday Night Live” in between. But instead, since the cornerstones of the band are members of Swedish heavy metal legacy … Continue reading

Epica vs. Attack on Titan – EPICA

If you’re a manga and anime fan, “Attack on Titan” (along with ““One Piece” and “Assassination Classroom”) is one of today’s global phenoms of the genre, much as “Akira”, “Bubblegum Crisis”, “Battle Angel Alita” and “Ghost in the Shell” were in the past. If you want to see culture clash at its best, come to Baltimore to witness cosplay attendees of the Otakon convention vying for street space during the NFL preseason amongst pre-liquored Ravens fans. It’s a guaranteed spectacle. Late last year, symphonic metal pundits EPICA released its covers EP of music from “Attack on Titan”, composed by LINKED … Continue reading

My Midnight Things – LIZZY BORDEN

If you’ve followed LIZZY BORDEN since the “Give ‘Em the Axe” EP, you’ve learned to come prepared for the unexpected. As one of the L.A. metal scene’s most ferocious acts, nobody was prepared for the lighter direction taken on 1987’s “Visual Lies”. The “”Master of Disguise” album two years later proved to be a wild gambit that returned cred to Lizzy, if not a wider audience embracing his need to grow as a performance artist. It’s been 11 years since the bricks-heavy “Appointment With Death” album, which leaves to question where Lizzy Borden‘s musical mind frame is at in 2018. … Continue reading

Tormentor – THE AGONY SCENE

In the mid 2000s, one of the most respected bands in the metal underground was Tulsa’s THE AGONY SCENE. Though it bounced from Solid State Records to Roadrunner to Century Media within a four-year span, THE AGONY SCENE was widely considered one of the top quality dark metalcore bands around. Its momentary breakup in 2008 was a crying shame for a band that had the best of aggression, force and groove going for it. The central corps of Mike Williams, Chris Emmons and Brian Hodges remains along with current bassist Jay White, with ten other members having bounced in and … Continue reading

BILLY SHEEHAN On THE WINERY DOGS' Hiatus: 'We Wanted To Give It A Break For A While So It Didn't Get Stale'

Bassist Billy Sheehan (SONS OF APOLLO, THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG) was recently interviewed by Steve Harrison of “The Unchained Rock Show”. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On his recent hectic schedule: Billy: “I went out with MR. BIG. We did Australia, China, Southeast Asia. I flew from Hong Kong to France to start with SONS OF APOLLO. We’ve been doing [shows] all over Europe and the U.K. I fly home for a short break; then I do more MR. BIG and more SONS OF APOLLO, then more MR. BIG … Continue reading

Watch HALESTORM's LZZY HALE Join SMASHING PUMPKINS For Cover Of LED ZEPPELIN's 'Stairway To Heaven'

HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale joined SMASHING PUMPKINS on stage Friday night (July 20) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Friday to perform a cover version of the LED ZEPPELIN classic “Stairway To Heaven”. Fan-filmed video footage of her appearance can be seen below. The “Shiny And Oh So Bright” North American arena tour is SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ first in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Longtime SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates, and keyboardist Katie Cole are also taking part, as the band moves to a three-guitar lineup … Continue reading