Ticket Giveaway: Sacred Reich @ The Roxy

Arizona thrashers Sacred Reich are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 debut album ‘Ignorance’ this year, and are bringing their ’30 Years of Ignorance’ tour to North America in September-October, with opening act Byzantine from West Virginia. The tour begins in Southern California this week, and hits Los Angeles for a show at The Roxy on Friday September 15th, along with local/regional support acts Hirax and Yidhra. Continue reading “Ticket Giveaway: Sacred Reich @ The Roxy”

Album Review: Septicflesh – Codex Omega

By Francisco Zamudio

Longevity is an accolade that has become more and more apparent in the last couple of years. Not to be categorized with the over-the-hill and nearly laughable group of bands from the Sunset Strip or the glam days and comeback reunion final farewell tours. No, we are talking more about the underground and extreme side of the spectrum. And when the ’90s hit, there was a lot of confusion as to where metal was going. While the American influence was searching for its identity, you have a band like Septicflesh from Greece who have stayed consistent for the most part despite their five-year break-up/hiatus from 2003, after their paramount release ‘Sumerian Daemons’. For 20 years, the Greek troupe has cast a dark veil with their symphonic metal hybrid. Now through Prosthetic Records they release their 10th full-length, ‘Codex Omega’. Continue reading “Album Review: Septicflesh – Codex Omega”

Album Review: Alter Bridge – Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities

By Rosie Walker

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Creed was one of the most successful rock bands in the world. With selling millions of records and winning countless awards, everyone thought they’d last forever. But they didn’t. This rock sensation broke up and three out of the four members immediately formed a new band. Alter Bridge was birthed in 2004, when the former Creed members found the former singer of the band The Mayfield Four, Myles Kennedy. Alter Bridge (named after a real bridge in Detroit, Michigan), released their debut album, ‘One Day Remains’ that same year. Distancing themselves from the Creed name, these guys wanted something different, and after their first record was certified gold, the rest is history. Continue reading “Album Review: Alter Bridge – Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities”

Album Review: Usnea – Portals Into Futility

By Ryan Falla

Portland doom/sludge quartet, Usnea, bolsters the rosters of their discography with their third full-length release ‘Portals Into Futility’. This is a record that pushes doom/sludge metal to the extreme; heavy, yet slowly grinding guitar riffs and simplistic yet staggering percussion, taking it to just off the edge of extreme. ‘Portals Into Futility’ powers through its sixty minute runtime with six impressively crafted tracks that paint a conceptual picture of despair. Continue reading “Album Review: Usnea – Portals Into Futility”

Ticket Giveaway: Venom Inc, Goatwhore & Toxic Holocaust @ The Roxy

Following the release of their debut album ‘Ave’, Venom Inc (featuring former Venom members Demolition Man, Mantas and Abaddon) are currently on a North American tour with a power-packed supporting lineup comprising Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence. The tour hits Los Angeles for a gig at The Roxy on Tuesday September 19th. Continue reading “Ticket Giveaway: Venom Inc, Goatwhore & Toxic Holocaust @ The Roxy”

Ticket Giveaway: Epica & Lacuna Coil @ The Novo DTLA

Dutch symphonic metal giants Epica are returning to North America for ‘The Ultimate Principle’ tour, to present material from their latest album ‘The Holographic Principle’ and an assortment of older tunes. They’re bringing with them Lacuna Coil, Insomnium and Elantris as support acts to make it a package fans simply cannot afford to miss. The tour hits Los Angeles for a show at The Novo DTLA on Friday September 15th. Continue reading “Ticket Giveaway: Epica & Lacuna Coil @ The Novo DTLA”

Ticket Giveaway: Sacred Reich @ Observatory OC

Arizona thrashers Sacred Reich are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 debut album ‘Ignorance’ this year, and are bringing their ’30 Years of Ignorance’ tour to North America in September-October, with opening act Byzantine from West Virginia. The tour will begin Southern California next week, with the first show at the Constellation Room inside The Observatory Orange County in Santa Ana on Thursday September 14th, along with local/regional support acts Hirax and Yidhra. Continue reading “Ticket Giveaway: Sacred Reich @ Observatory OC”

Man On The Edge: Blaze Bayley performs with passion at Brick By Brick

By Sebastian Vazquez
(Photos by Chris McFly)

September 5th 2017, Brick By Brick, San Diego CA: Former Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley made a San Diego stop on his ongoing North American headline tour to promote his new record, ‘Endure and Survive: Infinite Entanglement II’, as well as to play some Iron Maiden tunes, of course. Blaze/Maiden fans in the San Diego area gathered at Brick By Brick last Tuesday September 5th. Continue reading “Man On The Edge: Blaze Bayley performs with passion at Brick By Brick”

Bloodshed at the Union: Inquisition plays Sold-Out Los Angeles Show

By Lisa Burke

September 1st 2017, Union, Los Angeles CA:  When one door closes another one opens, and in the metal life in LA, the head promotor at Church Of The 8th Day is still making strong waves in the community booking various shows all around town despite the unfortunate abrupt ending of the Complex venue which he had made a home for quite some time. Soon enough I’m sure a new home will spring up, but in the meantime, on Friday September 1st 2017, I visited the multi-room venue Union for some good old-fashioned Satanic black metal. Continue reading “Bloodshed at the Union: Inquisition plays Sold-Out Los Angeles Show”