Sunday, 29 March 2015
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Shattered Sun

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Shattered Sun is an up-and-coming metal-core band and I was extremely honored and proud to engage these new metal artists. Being a Hispanic and sharing a love for the genre made this interview a bit special. How so? The entire musical line of this band happens to be Hispanic. My conversation with vocalist Marcos Leal was quite insightful; we touched on a lot within a short period of time. The direction and future of this newly minted project was astonishing. Shattered Sun is a sextet hailing from the small town of Alice, Texas. Their sound provides hard hitting riffs laced with Leal's unique vocal assault. The band provides ripping arrangements tooled in advance by its founder and guitarist Daniel Trejo along with input from their drummer, Robert Garza, who lays down some fierce acrobatic drumming. I can assure you it's a collaborative effort as the vocalist describes it and the musical foundation is laid brick by brick. Shattered Sun is a true testimony to the hard driving sprit of its members, a definite cohesiveness that eludes many bands today. They've all grown up in an area riddled with violence, gangs and drugs. All too often we hear how the...

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Chiodos: Devil

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Chiodos is back with a vengeance on their fourth album, "Devil". The band has produced a sonic masterpiece that takes the listener on a musical and emotional roller coaster ride. Original vocalist Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost are back in the fold, and form the twisting and turning track for the rest of the band to ride upon. Keyboardist Bradley Bell, bassist Matt Goddard, and guitarists Pat McManaman and Thomas Erak play with wild abandon and stellar technical prowess. Owens uses every facet of his vocal ability to deliver the full range of emotions necessary to match his lyrics. He is the rare vocalist who can sing softly and sweetly, loudly and angrily, and everything in between. "Devil" is full of great songs of all styles of rock.

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All That Remains:Phil Labonte
Friday, 27 March 2015 06:35    | Written by Michael McGeehan    PDF Print E-mail

 

Currently on tour supporting their seventh release, The Order of Things, I got the chance to speak to the lead singer and founding member of All That Remains, Phil Labonte, who was in the lovely mountain state of Montana.

Shockwave: So how has the tour been so far with In Flames and Wovenwar?

Phil Labonte: They have been great. We've toured with the In Flames guys before and they are fantastic and easy to get along with. The shows have been really, really exciting and packed, and we can't wait to play some more.

Have you ever played Montana before? I don't see a lot of bands getting up there a whole lot.

Yeah, we've played up here three or four times already. The shows here are usually cool because a lot of bands don't get up here to play, so when we at least come up here, the shows are incredible because of the lack of bands that do play here.

Let's talk about your new album The Order of Things. I own it. I've heard it. It's fantastic.

Thank you. We are pretty proud of it. Ten records out is pretty much an accomplishment for any band nowadays, and this is number seven for us, so that is saying a lot. 

Why did it take so long to come out? You guys kind of finished it late last summer.

The label made that call. They didn't want it coming out before Christmas last year.

Plus, we wanted to have the promotional stuff all ready to go, and it's hard to do that in the fall and winter, so we just got it all ready to roll in 2015, and now it's here and out.

Now this is the first album with new producer Josh Wilbur. How did that come about?

We've worked with Adam [Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage] for a number of albums, and his schedule is hectic as ours, so he wasn't available, but he was the one who recommended Josh to us. He's worked with Gojira, and we got along with him right off the bat. He's very creative and it worked out great for us.

How have the crowds liked the new stuff performed live?

You don't expect them to know the new songs for at least six months or so unless they have the record and take the time to absorb it and learn it. We are playing “Pernicious” live right now, which is the only new song that maybe hasn't been on the radio yet with the new album, and it's been getting a great response from the crowds so far.

Where is your favorite place to play in the U.S.? Do you have one?

I don't have a favorite, per se, but it's always nice to play in New England because we are from there. Denver and Spokane are great places too. Radio gives us a lot of love in those two cities.

I'm calling you from Baltimore.

Oh yeah, Rams Head Live. We've played there before. Baltimore is always a great place for us to play.

Is there anywhere that you haven't played yet you would like to play?

Southeast Asia we have never played. Singapore would be really cool for us to play.

If you could play with someone, who would it be?

Metallica. Hands down. That's the most obvious band to me. They are the biggest band ever; they have played all seven continents. They would be great to play with.

Do you ever see yourself doing a solo project?

No. All That Remains is a type of band we can do different types of music and there is no creative thing in me that would want to do something different musically than what I'm doing now with this band. I don't feel the need to do something like that.

If you could be in any other band for one day, who would it be?

Metallica. Again, they are it for me. They get my engines going every time. 

 

 
Drowning Pool’s C.J. Pierce Talks Survival
Friday, 27 March 2015 06:30    | Written by Jay Oakley    PDF Print E-mail

 

Drowning Pool's 2015 tour brought them into Baltimore to Fish Head Cantina where guitarist C.J. Pierce took some time out to talk about Drowning Pool's plans for new music, the passing of singer Dave Williams, and the controversy behind their hit song “Bodies.”

Shockwave: How's the tour going so far?

C.J. Pierce: It's been great. We toured last year and did a fall run, and it's awesome that we get to do it again with the bands and lineup that we have, Full Devil Jacket and Adrenaline Mob, two really great bands, so the whole bill flows really nice. It's cool because I get to play the whole first record. We always play “Bodies” and “Tear Away” and different songs here and there, but we've never played the whole thing in 13 years, so it's a lot of fun.

 

 

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Finding Inspiration with Lillian Axe’s Axemaster, Steve Blaze
Friday, 27 March 2015 06:25    | Written by Jay Oakley    PDF Print E-mail

 

Shockwave’s Jay Oakley sits down with Lillian Axe’s founding member and guitarist, Steve Blaze. Over the course of the interview, the guitarist discusses the band, his influences and inspirations.

I'm sitting here with Steve Blaze (lead guitar/keyboards/backing vocals) from Lillian Axe. You just got done playing here at Fish Head Cantina, so how did your set go?

I thought it was great. The very beginning was weird. When you have opening bands, things always change from sound check. You can sound check and stamp everything, and everything can be saved, and then you get up there and it's all changed. No matter what, it's just something weird, but it was really good once we got a couple songs in ... My fingers are hurting, and when they hurt, I know it was a good night.

 

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Mike Orlando Talks About A.J. Pero and Adrenaline Mob
Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:43    | Written by Jay Oakley    PDF Print E-mail

Adrenaline Mob has been on a tear ever since the release of the band’s debut record, Omerta, in 2012. On March 19, 2015, during the Baltimore stop of their tour, lead guitarist Mike Orlando took some time to talk about Adrenaline Mob’s history, the current album, Dearly Departed, and his relationship with bandmate A.J. Pero.

Sadly, this would be the last performance of Pero. The drummer passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Shockwave: Mike, how was the trip in?

Mike Orlando: It’s been good, man. The tour’s been going great; Drowning Pool and Full Devil Jacket have been killing it. We’ve been having a great time.

How long’s the tour?

Just about a month, but then we continue to go. We keep going with Full Devil Jacket, then we keep going by ourselves until May 1, and then we head over to South America for a while and then come back. A lot of touring, and I’m glad to be doing it.

After you get done touring with Drowning Pool, do you switch to the headlining role?

Yeah, I believe so, but we’ll figure it out. We’ve got the few shows with them, and then the rest will be just with us.

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An Interview with Jesse Lawson
Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:40    | Written by Abby Hartman    PDF Print E-mail

 

Shockwave: Hey Jesse, this is Abby from Shockwave magazine. How are you?

Jesse Lawson: I’m doing great. How are you?

I’m doing pretty well. Could you tell me a little bit about Chapter Two?

So I put out an EP called Chapter Two about a year ago, and basically what I’m doing now is just solo music. I put out a single called “Tall Trees and Long Drives,” and I just got done tracking my full length, which should come out in June.

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