Raven & Night Demon: Repeating Metal History DIY Style

By Andrew Bansal

raven_metallicaIn the year 1983, British classic metal group Raven, comprising the trio of John Gallagher (bass, vocals), brother Mark Gallagher (guitar, synth, vocals) and Rob Hunter (drums), released their third studio album ‘All For One’ in America on Megaforce Records and in the same year arrived here for their first Stateside adventure titled the “Kill ‘Em All For One” tour, named after their album and “Kill ‘Em All”, the title of the debut album by a then fledgling band called Metallica, who were on their first ever tour. 31 years later, while Metallica is one of the biggest bands in the world and quite far removed from their Kill ‘Em All days in every sense, Raven are still soldiering on through the efforts of the Gallagher brothers and longtime drummer Joe Hasselvander and are set to repeat history. Continue reading

Anthrax ‘Chile On Hell’ Premiere + Scott Ian Q&A Held In LA

By Andrew Bansal

anthraxchiledvdcoverbigger copySeptember 15th 2014, Downtown Independent, Los Angeles CA: Over the last three years, New York thrash giants Anthrax have redeemed themselves in a manner not even their most die-hard fans could have expected or imagined, coming out with their tenth studio album ‘Worship Music’ which matched and arguably surpassed any and all of their previous studio efforts, followed by a multi-leg world tour which saw them perform hundreds of shows, presenting the new and old material and winning their fans all over again, establishing themselves as the strongest of the so-called ‘Big Four’ of thrash in terms of the quality of new material and as a live band. It was only fitting of them to document this tour somewhere along the way, and they did so at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10 2013, which is releasing in stores today September 16th 2014 on DVD and Blu-Ray as Anthrax’ ‘Chile On Hell’. Last night, on the eve of the release, Anthrax held theatrical premieres in New York and Los Angeles, the LA event (open to fans who pre-ordered the DVD/Blu-Ray through Amoeba Music) taking place at the Downtown Independent in the presence of guitarist Scott Ian and producer Jay Ruston who also indulged in a highly entertaining 45-minute Q&A session with this small audience after the end of the screening, gladly answering any and every question thrown at them, Chile On Hell-related and otherwise. Continue reading

The Album That Got Me Into Megadeth Has Turned 10

By Andrew Bansal

megadeth_systemEven though thrash veterans Megadeth have been around for nearly 30 years and are known and revered for their early albums more than anything, the album that first introduced me to the band, compelled me to explore their music and eventually turned me into a lifelong fan was their tenth studio effort ‘The System Has Failed’, released on September 14th 2004, and on its tenth anniversary today I feel obliged to recollect and revisit my mental state from ten years ago and reflect upon the subsequent impact it made on my life. Continue reading

30 Years Of Iron Maiden’s Powerslave

By Andrew Bansal

ironmaiden_powerslave1984 was quite the year for heavy music, and those that weren’t fortunate enough to exist back then can only imagine what it must have been like. It began aptly with the release of Van Halen’s ’1984′, and Judas Priest’s ‘Defenders Of The Faith’ arrived just three days later, and was soon followed by Bon Jovi’s self-titled debut, Anthrax’ ‘Fistful Of Metal’, Yngwie Malmsteen’s ‘Rising Force’, Scorpions’ ‘Love At First Sting’, Black Flag’s ‘My War’, Ratt’s ‘Out Of The Cellar’, Trouble’s ‘Psalm 9′, Saxon’s ‘Crusader’, Twisted Sister’s ‘Stay Hungry’, Dio’s ‘The Last In Line’ and Metallica’s ‘Ride The Lightning’. But the album that emphatically blew this overwhelming competition out of the water and triumphantly stood out and above the pack not only in the year of 1984 but for the next three decades until present day when it’s still cranked at blissfully high volumes by metalheads all over the world was the one with the insanely detailed Egyptian-themed cover, Iron Maiden’s ‘Powerslave’, released September 3rd. Continue reading

It’s The End Of The Sunset Strip As We Know It (And I’m Fine With That)

By Art Daniels

shutterstock_SunsetStrip-600x330A little while back, more than a few people were surprised to find out that two ‘iconic’ Sunset Strip establishments were closing. Both the House Of Blues Sunset Strip and Hustler Hollywood were announced that they would not be around by the end of 2015. What is going to be built in their places? Word on the street is luxury hotels.

Blech. That was my first reaction. Just what we need. More hotels and less music venues? Complete bullshit. Let’s forget about Hustler, and if it’s harder to buy sex toys in West Hollywood, so be it. But the idea of the LEGENDARY House of Blues not being around anymore is soul crushing.

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