Appetite For Destruction – The Debut That Changed the World

Guns ‘N Roses is one of the most famous hard rock bands to ever grace the planet. They made their debut over well over 30 years ago and in that time have recorded and released some iconic music which includes tracks such as Paradise City, Live and Let Die, November Rain and Sweet Child o’ Mine. Guns N Roses is more than a successful band though, they have had a massive influence on modern music as well as other genres in the entertainment field. In fact, the reach of the band has been so prolific that they have even managed to serve as inspiration to an online slot game. Continue reading “Appetite For Destruction – The Debut That Changed the World”

Testing Your Metal: Canadian Powerhouses Unleash The Archers & Striker shred Costa Mesa

September 13 2018, Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa CA: Two of the finest Canadian bands to have emerged in the last ten years, Unleash The Archers from Vancouver and Striker from Edmonton, joined forces for a North American tour this September-October, along with Helion Prime from Sacramento CA as the opening act. The tour arrived in Orange County for a gig at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa last Thursday September 13, with local openers Sorizon and Gus McArthur also on the bill. Our writer Erik E. Wrath as well as photographer Jeff Lovin were in attendance. Check out their coverage below: Continue reading “Testing Your Metal: Canadian Powerhouses Unleash The Archers & Striker shred Costa Mesa”

Album Stream: Dunbarrow – Dunbarrow II

Based out of Haugesund, Norway, Dunbarrow can be described as psych rock, stoner rock, classic heavy rock, proto-doom or a variety of other things. Influenced by rock music of the late ’60s and early ’70s, Dunbarrow presents a raw, organic brand of bluesy, haunting heavy music. Formed in 2011, the quintet released their debut full-length in 2016, and are now ready to unveil the sophomore effort, simply titled Dunbarrow II, set for release via Riding Easy Records this Friday September 14. Metal Assault is extremely pleased to bring you the exclusive North American premiere of the entire album! Continue reading “Album Stream: Dunbarrow – Dunbarrow II”

Power Metal Heaven: Helloween Turns Back the Clock with Epic 3-Hour Old-School Set

September 8 2018, The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA: The world of hard rock and heavy metal has witnessed quite a number of high-profile reunions and comebacks in recent years, but none more exciting and unexpected than this one. In November 2016, German power metal legends Helloween announced that they would be joined by iconic members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen for the “Pumpkins United” world tour, which would still feature all the existing members of the present-day lineup of the band, and would travel across the globe to perform an evening-with set that can be deemed “epic” in the true sense of the word. Starting in 2017, the tour finally arrived in the United States last week, and visited Los Angeles to be greeted by a packed house at the Hollywood Palladium. For metalheads, the magnitude of this event is so massive that it is hard to put in words, and only upon attending a Helloween show on this tour would you realize that this is the biggest, most unprecedented heavy metal show to have graced any stage in a long, long time. The excitement and anticipation among Helloween’s Los Angeles faithful was palpable, and the actual concert exceeded all expectations beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Continue reading “Power Metal Heaven: Helloween Turns Back the Clock with Epic 3-Hour Old-School Set”

Track Premiere: Fuzz Evil – You Can Take Her Away

Hailing from Sierra Vista, Arizona, Fuzz Evil is a psych rock trio that lives up to its name and then some. Formed in 2014, the band released an impressive self-titled full-length debut in 2016, and are now ready to unveil their sophomore LP, High On You, on September 14. As Metal Assault prepares to host Fuzz Evil at our own event next Saturday the 15th at the Lexington in downtown LA, we are also ultra-stoked to bring you an exclusive premiere of a track from the album!  Continue reading “Track Premiere: Fuzz Evil – You Can Take Her Away”

Album Review: Jamestown Pagans – Grimoire Vol I

Jamestown Pagans is quite a unique band with the form of music they create, the band introducing their particular brand of music with their debut album Grimoire Vol. I. This electric duo features the talents of drummer Megan Mullins, of High Priestess, alongside Christopher Hurt (vocals, organ, mellotron). Both come together to craft a powerfully resonate and gripping musical landscape reminiscent of classic horror. The music within this uniquely tempered debut falls into the same musical spectrum you’d recognize from bands such as Ghost. Continue reading “Album Review: Jamestown Pagans – Grimoire Vol I”

Operation Successful: Geoff Tate celebrates 30 years of ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ with Flawless Rendition of Entire Album

August 19 2018, The Rose, Pasadena CA: No opinion is fact, but Operation: Mindcrime is, without any doubt, one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. 30 years ago, Seattle, Washington’s progressive / traditional metal band Queensrÿche took the music world by storm with their third full-length album, a concept-based magnum opus of the class and calibre this genre has seldom produced. Guitarists Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton lent a hand in the songwriting, but Operation: Mindcrime has always been regarded as singer Geoff Tate’s brainchild, from the story behind the concept, to the lyrics, to a large portion of the music. So, when Tate parted ways with Queensrÿche in a well-documented split in 2012, the agreement was that Tate would gain exclusive rights to perform this album in its entirety, while the rest of the group got rights to the Queensÿche name, and it only made sense. Since then, Tate has released music and played shows under the moniker “Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime”, and this year, he took his band on tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic record. In all honesty, his 25th anniversary tour of the same album five years ago did not exactly set the world alight, so it remained to be seen whether the 2018 incarnation of Tate and his band would fare any better. The tour arrived at the Rose in Pasadena last Sunday August 19, to perform in front of an unusual setup and an enthusiastic audience. Continue reading “Operation Successful: Geoff Tate celebrates 30 years of ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ with Flawless Rendition of Entire Album”

Photo Gallery: Metal Monday Vol. 3 feat. Bitch, Heavy Justice, Tzimani & Worldwide Panic

August 20 2018, The Slidebar, Fullerton CA: Last Monday, Metal Assault hosted Volume 3 of our monthly Metal Monday series at the Slidebar in Fullerton. It’s a lineup we were extremely excited about, and as it turned out, this is a show we’re very proud to have put on at this world class venue, the real home of Metal Mondays in Southern California. We had the legendary ’80s LA heavy metal band Bitch featuring living metal goddess Betsy Weiss, who proved that she is still in top form, putting forth a fantastic exhibition of heavy metal singing and showmanship, bringing plenty of her signature sleaze, much to the delight of adoring fans. Main support act Heavy Justice packed and rocked the house with their brand of no-bullshit thrash. San Diego hard rock/heavy metal two-piece Tzimani impressed first-timers with an enjoyable set of guitar shred and melodic hooks. And opening act Worldwide Panic were thoroughly entertaining in their half hour on stage, blending groove metal and comedy to good effect. If you missed it, you should be cursing yourself, but, our man Matt Nielson was in attendance to capture some epic shots to give you an idea of what you missed. Check out his photos below, follow these bands on the interwebs, visit our Events page to see what we have coming up, and if you’re local/close to the area, definitely mark your calendars for our next Metal Monday at the same venue, a very special Volume 4 on September 17! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Metal Monday Vol. 3 feat. Bitch, Heavy Justice, Tzimani & Worldwide Panic”