Photo Gallery: Prong & Huntress @ Observatory OC

Photos by Matt Nielson

August 30th 2017, The Observatory OC (Constellation Room), Santa Ana CA: As part of the series of Affliction Metal Night events organized by Jose Mangin of Sirius XM and held at the Constellation Room inside the Observatory Orange County in Santa Ana, metal greats Prong performed on Wednesday August 30th, with support acts Huntress, The Mendenhall Experiment and Thunder Gut. Our man Matt Nielson was in attendance to snap some sweet photos for those who weren’t there. Enjoy his Prong and Huntress photos below. Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Prong & Huntress @ Observatory OC”

A Multi-Dimensional Legend: An Exclusive Interview with GWAR co-founder Hunter Jackson (Techno Destructo)

Interview by Lisa Burke

Hunter Jackson co-founded GWAR and portrayed the character Techno Destructo, which he created, along with a lot of other imagery that the band used. Now, 15 years since parting ways with GWAR, Hunter Jackson is preparing to open an art exhibit at The Thought in Hollywood. The grand opening takes place tonight Saturday September 9th, where Jackson will perform as Techno Destructo, and the exhibit will remain open for a month, displaying never-before-seen GWAR art pieces and much more. Lisa Burke sat down with him for a detailed, exclusive interview on wrestling, comic books, GWAR, art and more. Listen to it below, and if you’re in the LA area, do not miss the grand opening! Continue reading “A Multi-Dimensional Legend: An Exclusive Interview with GWAR co-founder Hunter Jackson (Techno Destructo)”

A Heartbreaking Tell-All: Lemmy’s Best Friend Scott Albanesius Presents Untold Story about Lemmy Statue and how he was Fired & Banned From the Rainbow

By Andrew Bansal

On the night of Tuesday September 5th 2017, I was contacted by Lemmy’s best friend, Scott Albanesius, via the Metal Assault facebook messenger. He said he read my article from last Monday and wanted to talk to me urgently, that he had a story to tell, a story he had never told before. I understand that a lot of the content in this interview can be outrightly deemed controversial, but before you proceed further, I must state that this is simply a transcript of what Scott told me on record. This is his version of the truth. Without further ado, here’s Scott Albanesius’ truth, about the Lemmy statue, the Rainbow, the Motörhead management, the Maglieris, and a whole lot more. (Full audio available at the end of the article). Continue reading “A Heartbreaking Tell-All: Lemmy’s Best Friend Scott Albanesius Presents Untold Story about Lemmy Statue and how he was Fired & Banned From the Rainbow”

Ticket Giveaway: Decapitated & Thy Art is Murder @ The Roxy

Polish death metal group Decapitated is currently out on a co-headline North American tour with Australian deathcore giants Thy Art is Murder, plus opening acts Fallujah and Ghost Bath, making it a diverse evening for all extreme music fans. The ‘Double Homicide’ tour hits Los Angeles for a show at The Roxy on Thursday September 7th. Continue reading “Ticket Giveaway: Decapitated & Thy Art is Murder @ The Roxy”

Nightmare on Sunset Blvd: The Story of a horrid Rainbow experience that Defies All Logic

By Andrew Bansal

For those of you unfamiliar or new, Metal Assault is a blog established in February 2010 with the aim of reviewing hard rock and heavy metal bands’ music and documenting concerts through reviews. I, as the owner and editor-in-chief of this website, admit that not everything written by me or my writers is positive, but whether positive or negative, everything comes purely from honest opinion, nothing more, nothing less. I strive for honesty in my own writings and strongly encourage my writers to do the same. To me, there is no use or purpose of a review blog that only publishes positive reviews. It’s the negative reviews that make the positive ones more meaningful, because regular readers know that we aren’t simply playing favorites. In fact, I myself have expressed highly negative opinions on some of my favorite bands. One such band happens to be Motörhead, and this is the story of how a really old negative Motörhead-related article unjustly led to a horrendous experience at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood. Grab your popcorn. Continue reading “Nightmare on Sunset Blvd: The Story of a horrid Rainbow experience that Defies All Logic”

More Than Words: Marty Friedman headlines epic All-Instrumental night in Anaheim

By Andrew Bansal
(photos by Matt Nielson)

August 27th 2017, The Parish at House Of Blues, Anaheim CA: Shortly after the release of his latest solo album ‘Wall Of Sound’, guitarist extraordinaire Marty Friedman embarked on a North American headline tour, bringing not only his own talents to stages across the continent but also showcasing an excellent and highly dynamic group of musicians in his solo band. Plus, any Marty Friedman tour can be expected to present great support acts, and this was no different, with Scale The Summit and The Fine Constant also on the bill to make it a full evening of all-instrumental music. Towards its very end, the tour arrived in Anaheim for a show at the Parish Room, the smaller room inside the new House Of Blues. In this new, unfamiliar setting, attendees were treated to a night they will not forget any time soon. Continue reading “More Than Words: Marty Friedman headlines epic All-Instrumental night in Anaheim”

Album Review: Paradise Lost – Medusa

By Rosie Walker

Many consider the British band Paradise Lost to be the fathers of the gothic metal genre. Well-known for their ever-changing and inventive sound, these guys are always surprising their faithful fans. Formed in 1988, four out of the five members have been there since the beginning. This tight-knit group is a prime example of a hard working band who knows how to stay original and creative. After exploring and experimenting on albums like ‘One Second’ and ‘Believe In Nothing’, Paradise Lost got back to their roots in 2015 with the release of ‘The Plague Within’. They embraced their dark, death metal background once again and it seems to be sticking. Their newest release, ‘Medusa’, coming out September 1 through Nuclear Blast Records, is their 15th full-length record and one of their heaviest albums to date. Continue reading “Album Review: Paradise Lost – Medusa”

Riffs and Laughs: Brendon Small co-hosts ‘Baked’ Music/Comedy night in Hollywood

Review & photos by Ron Lyon

August 25th 2017, Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles CA: On a sold-out Friday night, the Hollywood Improv presented “Baked”, a night of comedy and music hosted by Brendon Small, creator of the virtual death metal band Dethklok. This was the second Baked event I was fortunate to attend. The first for me was at the intimate Baked Potato jazz club in Studio City. That night, an unannounced appearance of actor/comedian Jack Black thrilled the attendees and highlighted the night of laughs and music. Would we be so lucky this night? As in the previous show, Small co-headlined the night with comedian Steve Agee and used the opportunity as a record release for his second solo album, ‘Galaktikon II: Become The Storm’. Small himself is quite funny and very comfortable with a microphone in his hands. The evening’s house band was made up of the cream of LA area musicians: Dethklok touring guitarist and keyboard player Mike Keneally (Joe Satriani/Frank Zappa), multi-talented Walter Ino (Survivor) on bass, and Zappa vaultmeister Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa/ Duran Duran) on drums. Continue reading “Riffs and Laughs: Brendon Small co-hosts ‘Baked’ Music/Comedy night in Hollywood”

For the Sake of Heaviness: Armored Saint Performs Rarities for Metal Blade 35th Anniversary Party

By Andrew Bansal
(photos by Chad Alexander)

August 25th 2017, Affliction Studios, Seal Beach CA: Legendary Los Angeles-based heavy metal record label Metal Blade Records was established in 1982 and has completed 35 successful years promoting the finest and heaviest in music. Metal Blade threw a party last night at Affliction Studios in Seal Beach CA to celebrate the anniversary as well as the release of CEO Brian Slagel’s book ‘For the Sake of Heaviness’. We don’t cover parties that do not offer live music, but this one certainly did, as cult legends Armored Saint were slated to play a special mini-set at the invite-only event. When Metal Blade invited us to this, it was an absolute no-brainer, and it was most definitely worth the trip to Seal Beach. Continue reading “For the Sake of Heaviness: Armored Saint Performs Rarities for Metal Blade 35th Anniversary Party”