LA Doom/Sludge Unit ANCIENT FEARS to release Debut Single “Trial to Fire” on Metal Assault Mixtape Vol. 1

Metal Assault Records is pleased to announce that one of our favorite Los Angeles based bands, atmospheric stoner/doom/sludge metal quartet ANCIENT FEARS, is revealing their debut single, “Trial to Fire”, exclusively on Metal Assault Mixtape Vol. 1, releasing via cassette tape and all digital platforms on August 9. Continue reading “LA Doom/Sludge Unit ANCIENT FEARS to release Debut Single “Trial to Fire” on Metal Assault Mixtape Vol. 1″

LA Shock Rock / Horror Metal Legends HAUNTED GARAGE to release “Surf Nazis Must Die” on Metal Assault Mixtape Vol. 1

Metal Assault Records is beyond thrilled to announce that legendary Los Angeles shock rock / horror metal group HAUNTED GARAGE is unleashing a new single called “Surf Nazis Must Die”, exclusively on Metal Assault Mixtape Vol. 1, releasing via cassette tape and all digital platforms on August 9. Continue reading “LA Shock Rock / Horror Metal Legends HAUNTED GARAGE to release “Surf Nazis Must Die” on Metal Assault Mixtape Vol. 1″

“It’s Actually a Great Time to be Playing Music”: Mountain Tamer discuss Latest Album, Touring, Music Industry, LA Scene and more

Heavy psych trio Mountain Tamer started out in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011, moved to Los Angeles a few years later, and have since become an integral part of the LA underground heavy music community. Comprising Andru Hall (guitar/vocals), Casey Garcia (drums) and Dave Teget (bass), Mountain Tamer has been hitting it particularly hard since the August 2018 release of their second full-length, Godfortune / Dark Matters, and are gearing up for lots more activity. Right now they are getting ready to share the stage with Omega Sun (Slovenia), Captain Caravan (Norway) and Solar Haze (LA) for a free show next Monday May 20 at the Down N Out in downtown Los Angeles. Earlier this week, Metal Assault sat down with Andru and Casey for an in-depth conversation about the band’s latest release and tours, their thoughts on the current state of the music industry, SF vs LA scenes, future plans and more. Enjoy the chat below, along with a taste of the band’s music. Continue reading ““It’s Actually a Great Time to be Playing Music”: Mountain Tamer discuss Latest Album, Touring, Music Industry, LA Scene and more”

Exclusive Album Premiere: Austin TX Stoner Punk / Rock ‘N Roll Trio AMERICAN SHARKS Return with ’11:11’

AMERICAN SHARKS made an emphatic arrival into the world of heavy music with their 2013 self-titled debut album and subsequent touring with bands such as GWAR, Clutch, The Sword, Red Fang, Big Business, Corrosion of Conformity and others. It was at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip (R.I.P.) on their 2013 tour with Clutch and The Sword when we first discovered American Sharks, and they left an indelible impression with a high-octane exhibition of their self-created blend of stoner fuzz, punk and rock ‘n roll. Continue reading “Exclusive Album Premiere: Austin TX Stoner Punk / Rock ‘N Roll Trio AMERICAN SHARKS Return with ’11:11’”

Concert Review + Photos: Hypocrisy Emerges From Abyss in Austin

March 23, 2019, Come and Take It Live, Austin TX: Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy made a rare appearance in the “Live Music Capital of the World” and capital of Texas, Austin, as part of Nuclear Blast’s “Death is Just the Beginning Tour” 2019. The tour was named after the label’s annual compilation, which was filled mostly with death metal artists in the beginning. Now the comps are more diverse and feature many veteran thrash artists. Hypocrisy headlining a tour of this dubbing made perfect sense as they are one of the longest running bands on the label… and play death metal. While they started as a straight-forward DM group, the band assumed a more melodic veneer just a few years into their career. Lyrically, they began to explore alien abductions and UFO conspiracies. Although they went this route, the group still plays death metal and don’t leave out early material. Continue reading “Concert Review + Photos: Hypocrisy Emerges From Abyss in Austin”

Album Review: Kook – II

The best thing about the sophomore album by Kook, affectionately titled II, is the clear progression in quality all across the board. The first thing you’ll notice is how clean the production value is with II; the production work done by producer Billy Anderson creates a clear sound that allows the music to fully breathe which in turn allows all the little parts of the music to have a concise life of their own. The attention to little details creates a powerful foundation for the music to resonate all throughout the record. There’s a great importance in the quality of detail with II given its conceptual style and Kook really hit the mark on their production of this one. Continue reading “Album Review: Kook – II”

Doro Pesch on How a Song Becomes an Anthem: “It Has to Come Straight from the Heart and Soul”

To metalheads, the name Doro Pesch needs no introduction. You would be hard-pressed to find a metal musician so passionate and dedicated towards her craft, as Doro is. Her latest album Forever Warriors, Forever United was released in August 2018 via Nuclear Blast, and she has just landed in the United States with her band, to embark on a co-headline tour with Metal Church. Doro recently spoke to Metal Assault about touring in the States, set lists, anthems, future plans and more. Enjoy the chat below, and catch Doro on tour! Continue reading “Doro Pesch on How a Song Becomes an Anthem: “It Has to Come Straight from the Heart and Soul””