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COVER STORY
FROM FIRST TO LAST is extremely busy, but they wouldn’t want it any other way. After all, this is the most crucial time in their young careers, because the band’s self-titled album represents the beginning of a new era.
    On this mildly warm Saturday afternoon, guitarist Travis Richter is at his home in Valdosta, Georgia. Sometime tonight, he will have to wash his clothes, because he is flying to Los Angeles, California in the morning to participate in the photoshoot for this cover story. While Richter is patiently waiting to wash his laundry in Georgia, frontman Matt Good is already at the band’s primary West Coast location.
    “The new record is like when a person is thrown into the midst of chaos and the big questions are bubbling on the surface. It brings in aspects of the underground and applies that to a rock sound,” Richter reveals. “The songs are self-reflective. Depressing? Yeah, but very real at the same time.”


IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS
BURY YOUR DEAD: Something is definitely going on with Bury Your Dead. The first clue is the band’s decision to let its fourth full-length record stand self-titled. The band is anything but stingy with its trademark brutality or midtempo pummeling. Yet there is an expansive quality to the record, melodic and almost shockingly groundbreaking. This is a defining moment for the band. “This is a Bury Your Dead record,” guitarist and primary songwriter Slim B. insists. “It’s just grown up. We’ve evolved.”
    Enter Myke Terry, the new vocalist who rages and roars. “I gave up pretty much everything to do this. I have no friends back home now. A lot of people turned their backs on me when I left Virginia to do this. These guys made me feel like I’ve got a home,” confides Terry.

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: Metal mob Bullet for My Valentine has experienced a stratospheric ascent, having sold out endless headline tours on all sides of the globe. We caught up with vocalist/guitarist Matthew Tuck and drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas as they prepared to bring Scream Aim Fire to the masses, getting the lowdown on what drives them, how one song can dictate the direction of a whole record, and why being abused while supporting Iron Maiden is a good thing.

MESHUGGAH: Iconoclastic and defiantly different, Meshuggah decimates the limits of heavy music. With ObZen, the follow-up to 2005’s critically acclaimed Catch 33, Meshuggah once again does the unexpected by offering its most aggressive yet diverse album. The well spoken and affable drummer Tomas Haake enlightens us with the finer points of ObZen and reflects on his band’s unique place in the world of metal.

GENGHIS TRON: Combining visceral electro-grind, swathes of textured keyboards, and hauntingly atmospheric electronics, the three piece kicks up a noise that is as unique as it is affecting. Board Up the House sees Genghis Tron building on their electrifying sound and imbuing the songs with a fervent despair that is truly devastating. We caught up with guitarist/programmer Hamilton Jordan to gain an insight into their world.

WARREL DANE is the mammoth voice of Nevermore, and like most accomplished musicians, he is driven to push the limits and explore new ideas that might not necessarily fit within his main gig. As such, a solo album was in order, and Praises to the War Machine is a decidedly different beast.

KINGSTON FALLS may be named after the sleepy town in the classic 80s movie Gremlins, but the quintet from Goshen, Indiana energetically blends the melodies of pop punk with the harsher sounds of hardcore and metal on the band’s latest effort, Armada on Mercury. New vocalist Nate Dale talks about the new album, the band’s awkward run-in with the long arm of the law, and his belief in the music.

BURDEN OF A DAY: It’s been a rough afternoon for Burden of a Day, particularly for vocalist Kendall Knepp. He and the rest of the band are trying to stay warm as they slowly travel through the snow towards Cincinnati, Ohio in a van with a broken heater. Even though the 27-year-old is shivering, he has a smile across his face, because Burden of a Day is in the midst of promoting the group’s sophomore set, Blessed Be Our Ever After

BRAIN DRILL: Violent music is best served with a violent name, and there are perhaps few bands more belligerent than Santa Cruz, California based four piece Brain Drill. The band’s debut Apocalyptic Feasting is without a doubt one of the most full-on, ultra-destructive records you’ll hear this year. Or any year, for that matter. Outburn donned a helmet and caught up with six string mauler Dylan Ruskin with the hope that all of our gray matter stayed in its rightful place.

OUR LAST NIGHT: The members of Our Last Night are all under the age of 20, with screaming vocalist Trevor Wentworth clocking in at just 14-years-old, but the band has its priorities in order on their debut, The Ghosts Among Us. Melodic singer and guitarist Matt Wentworth goes over the band’s progression, being responsible for his younger brother while on the road, and the great state of New Hampshire.


FEATURED INTERVIEWS
FOXY SHAZAM
DEATH ANGEL
FAREWELL TO FREEWAY
WINDS OF PLAGUE
ENEMY OF THE SUN
OCEANA

SECTIONS
SHOTFIRE: Less Than Jake, Jucifer, Eyes Set to Kill, Misery Signals

LIVE: Armor for Sleep, Vanna, Valencia, Four Year Strong, A Loss for Words, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, DevilDriver
DVDs: Dark Funeral, The Gathering, HellYeah, Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary, Mono, Pelican, Vader
LAST SHOT: 3 Inches of Blood
GIVEAWAY: From First to Last Prize Package plus a signed copy of the new self-titled CD and two song limited edition single.


+ OVER 125 NEW MUSIC REVIEWS:
Airbourne, Avenger of Blood, Bauhaus, Beyond Fatal, Biomechanical, Brain Drill, Brainstorm, The Breathing Process, Bullet for My Valentine, Burden of a Day, City and Colour, Cockpunch!, Warrel Dane, Danger Radio, Dead and Divine, Death Angel, Decapitated, Enemy of the Sun, Envy, Epicurean, Eternal Lord, Every Avenue, Farewell to Freeway, Firewind, Flogging Molly, For the Fallen Dreams, Foxy Shazam, Ganghis Tron, Graveyard, Gwen Stacy, Hate Eternal, Heaven Shall Burn, Hellhammer, Here I Come Falling, Houseman's Athletes, Kingdom of Sorrow, The Knives, Landmine Marathon, The Loved Ones, The Maine, The Matches, Meshuggah, Mgmt, Murder by Death, Never Enough, Oceana, Opeth, Paint It Black, Perth Express, Pride Tiger, Primordial, Prize Country, Protest the Hero, Pulling Teeth, The Red Death, Salt the Wound, Brian Scary & The Shredding Tears, Severe Torture, Shipwreck A.D., Silence, Donita Sparks + The Stellar Moments, Stigma, The Sword, Tarja, Warbringer, Winds of Plague, xBarcadiax, Zimmer's Hole
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