Tour Diary: A Quest In The West With Gygax

By Andrew Bansal

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Someone wise once said that whenever one door of opportunity closes, another opens. It is also said that everything happens for a reason. Both these principles are fully applying to my rock n’ roll tour life right at this moment. I was originally scheduled and committed to accompany Night Demon for the European tour this June and July, but couldn’t do so due to logistical difficulties. I was very much looking forward to spending some time at home in Lincoln Heights, but put the word out that I’d be open to touring with other bands while Night Demon is in Europe and before I join them for their summer U.S. tour. Continue reading

Tour Diary: Living In A Whirlwind – Part 1

By Andrew Bansal

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After spending the best part of the last 15 months on the road with Ventura CA traditional heavy metal trio Night Demon as their all-in-one road crew (merchandiser, tour manager, lighting operator, on-stage mascot), I began the year of 2016 with a new chapter in a new environment, touring with young yet longstanding Los Angeles thrash tyrants Warbringer and selling merch for them as well as for Los Angeles neo-classical thrash kings Exmortus for two months across the USA. Warbringer and Exmortus embarked on this epic heavy metal journey, sharing stages with Swedish heavy metal warriors Enforcer and Canadian old-school metal perpetrators Cauldron, altogether forming a lineup that had all the makings of the absolute best heavy metal show of 2016, despite it coming through the States at the very beginning of the year. Purely as a fan, I would be in the front row at a Warbringer + Enforcer + Cauldron + Exmortus show, banging my head, raising my fist, singing the words and losing my mind from start to finish, but to get to see four of my favorite bands every night for an extensive run of dates and be a part of the operation is nothing short of surreal, a predicament I never ever imagined even in my wildest dreams. This tour diary comes as heavily delayed and much later than I would have ideally wanted to present it to you lovely readers, for several reasons including the sheer workload of working merch for two successful bands, and the mental and physical turmoil I suffered at the US/Canada border. Regardless, here is Part 1 of ‘Living In A Whirlwind': Continue reading

The Sloppy Seven: Worst Live Performances Of 2015

By Andrew Bansal

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Good music and live performances deserve credit for all the right reasons, and that’s what we here at Metal Assault primarily focus on with our coverage, but mediocre, half-hearted, sloppy performances also need to be recognized to the same degree, and in keeping with our yearly tradition, we present you this year’s Sloppy Seven. For starters, Mastodon would have certainly been in this list for their horrendous headline show at the Palladium, but they redeemed themselves with a surprisingly great set as opening act to Judas Priest and get away with just an honorable mention. I purposely avoided the bands that made it onto past Sloppy Seven lists because I knew there would be others around that were capable of putting on a show just as bad. Without further ado, here are the Sloppy Seven for 2015: Continue reading

The Lemmy Interview Revisited

By Andrew Bansal

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In honor and memory of the late great Lemmy Kilmister who was officially reported deceased due to illness on December 28th 2015, I decided to dig up the one and only interview I got to do with him, at the House Of Blues Anaheim on January 25th 2011. It was the first show of Motörhead’s North American headline tour in support of their 20th and then latest studio album ‘The World Is Yours’, with support acts Clutch and Valient Thorr. The Lemmy biopic had also been released around the same time. A few hours before the show, just after the band was done with their soundcheck, I was escorted into the Motörhead dressing room along with my photographer by the tour manager. Lemmy greeted us and offered us a drink, and then we sat down for the interview. Nearly five years and 1000+ interviews later, this still remains as my favorite interview till date. On a sad day in rock ‘n roll history, let’s laugh in Lemmy’s honor by revisiting this candid, hilarious conversation [original story]: Continue reading