Hit The Lights: Night Demon Tour Preview

By Andrew Bansal

imageAfter three months in waiting, it is that time again. On May 2nd, I’m hitting the road all over North America with Night Demon for the band’s longest tour till date in this part of the world, running through July 18th. With the exception of a select few dates, Night Demon will be headlining this tour, bringing a much longer set than what attendees got on the Raven and Skull Fist tours, along with an enhanced live show, a whole new assortment of merchandise, and a strong ambition to reconquer familiar terrain and lay the groundwork in unchartered land. Continue reading

The Things That Should Not Be: Rants About The L.A. Metal Scene

By Andrew Bansal

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As a regular concertgoer in the city of Los Angeles, there are several aspects of the hard rock/heavy metal scene I’ve absorbed and observed through the past few years. While I love being a member of this community and there is no place in the world I would rather be a resident of, I find certain characteristics of the scene increasingly disturbing, and wish for a change to occur. This article is a product of thoughts that have constantly brewed inside me for quite a long time, and for readers based in LA, I hope it serves as a fair representation of the truth when it comes to the current state of affairs. These observations and rants apply to everyone in general and no one in particular. Without further ado … Continue reading

The Concert That Changed My Life Forever

By Andrew Bansal

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For the past seven years, March 17 has reminded me of the one concert that took place on this date in 2007, and changed my life forever. Every year, I’ve thought about doing this writeup, but there’s just something about 2015, perhaps the fact that I’m turning 30, or that some of my all-time favorite albums are turning 30, that has put me in a constant quest for nostalgia, and I’m able to recall and reminisce better than ever before. This brings me to finally making an attempt at doing justice to the unforgettable experience that was the Iron Maiden show at Palace Grounds in Bangalore, India, on March 17 2007. Continue reading

10 Young Bands Essential To Clean-Singing Heavy Metal

By Andrew Bansal

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Zach Slaughter [Skull Fist]

Living in an era dominated by various forms of extreme metal i.e. heavy music punctuated by harsh growling vocals, the old-school heavy metal/classic hard rock fan in me yearns to hear bands with clean-sung vocals, and convinces me that I was born four decades too late. But, thankfully there still remains a talented albeit minute group of musicians that choose to bear the flag for clean-singing heavy metal. Through this list I attempt to highlight the efforts of ten such bands. To keep the focus on young, rising talent, the criteria for selection has been limited to bands that have at least one and not more than two full-length albums released. And befor anyone points out the obvious, I’m excluding Night Demon because my involvement with them transcends beyond the scope of this list, but otherwise they would be a no-brainer selection. Without further ado, here’s the list, along with a little taste of each band’s music, strictly in alphabetical order. Say ‘Yes’ to clean singing and give these bands a listen. Continue reading

Tour Blog: Rise Of The Demon – Part 4

By Andrew Bansal

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Night Demon’s tour with Skull Fist and Elm Street entered its final week for a run of West Coast shows, and after several ups and downs in the first three weeks, things came to an extremely eventful and action-packed conclusion. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy this rollercoaster installment of the ‘Rise Of The Demon’ tour blog, but before doing so, check out parts 1, 2 and 3 if you haven’t yet. Continue reading