Ticket Giveaway: Epica & Lacuna Coil @ Observatory OC

Dutch symphonic metal giants Epica are returning to North America for ‘The Ultimate Principle’ tour, to present material from their latest album ‘The Holographic Principle’ and an assortment of older tunes. They’re bringing with them Lacuna Coil, Insomnium and Elantris as support acts to make it a package fans simply cannot afford to miss. The tour hits Santa Ana CA for a show at The Observatory Orange County on Saturday September 16th. Continue reading “Ticket Giveaway: Epica & Lacuna Coil @ Observatory OC”

Metal Heaven: Accept plays epic Two-Hour Set at Saban Theatre

By Erik E. Wrath 
(photos by Adrian Mejia)

September 7th 2017, Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills CA: German classic metal legends Accept were in town for a very special show, to promote their latest Nuclear Blast release ‘The Rise Of Chaos’, and of course, to present an assortment of classics from their illustrious career spanning nearly five decades. For this event at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Vicious Rumors were chosen as the support act. LA metalheads came out in large numbers to enjoy an evening of the finest old-school metal. Continue reading “Metal Heaven: Accept plays epic Two-Hour Set at Saban Theatre”

Album Review: Monarch – Go Forth… Slaughter

By Doug Walker

Monarch is a direct throwback to the late ’80s / early ’90s era of speed rock that spawned in Slayer’s wake. The band features a who’s who of metal musicians from San Diego’s north county, boasting a former/current member of list including but not limited to Cage, Nihilist, Great Electric Quest, Ratt Black… you get the idea. The band has been playing regionally for a few years, and this is their first offering. Continue reading “Album Review: Monarch – Go Forth… Slaughter”

Ticket Giveaway: Sacred Reich @ The Roxy

Arizona thrashers Sacred Reich are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 debut album ‘Ignorance’ this year, and are bringing their ’30 Years of Ignorance’ tour to North America in September-October, with opening act Byzantine from West Virginia. The tour begins in Southern California this week, and hits Los Angeles for a show at The Roxy on Friday September 15th, along with local/regional support acts Hirax and Yidhra. Continue reading “Ticket Giveaway: Sacred Reich @ The Roxy”

Album Review: Septicflesh – Codex Omega

By Francisco Zamudio

Longevity is an accolade that has become more and more apparent in the last couple of years. Not to be categorized with the over-the-hill and nearly laughable group of bands from the Sunset Strip or the glam days and comeback reunion final farewell tours. No, we are talking more about the underground and extreme side of the spectrum. And when the ’90s hit, there was a lot of confusion as to where metal was going. While the American influence was searching for its identity, you have a band like Septicflesh from Greece who have stayed consistent for the most part despite their five-year break-up/hiatus from 2003, after their paramount release ‘Sumerian Daemons’. For 20 years, the Greek troupe has cast a dark veil with their symphonic metal hybrid. Now through Prosthetic Records they release their 10th full-length, ‘Codex Omega’. Continue reading “Album Review: Septicflesh – Codex Omega”

Album Review: Alter Bridge – Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities

By Rosie Walker

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Creed was one of the most successful rock bands in the world. With selling millions of records and winning countless awards, everyone thought they’d last forever. But they didn’t. This rock sensation broke up and three out of the four members immediately formed a new band. Alter Bridge was birthed in 2004, when the former Creed members found the former singer of the band The Mayfield Four, Myles Kennedy. Alter Bridge (named after a real bridge in Detroit, Michigan), released their debut album, ‘One Day Remains’ that same year. Distancing themselves from the Creed name, these guys wanted something different, and after their first record was certified gold, the rest is history. Continue reading “Album Review: Alter Bridge – Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities”

Album Review: Usnea – Portals Into Futility

By Ryan Falla

Portland doom/sludge quartet, Usnea, bolsters the rosters of their discography with their third full-length release ‘Portals Into Futility’. This is a record that pushes doom/sludge metal to the extreme; heavy, yet slowly grinding guitar riffs and simplistic yet staggering percussion, taking it to just off the edge of extreme. ‘Portals Into Futility’ powers through its sixty minute runtime with six impressively crafted tracks that paint a conceptual picture of despair. Continue reading “Album Review: Usnea – Portals Into Futility”

Ticket Giveaway: Venom Inc, Goatwhore & Toxic Holocaust @ The Roxy

Following the release of their debut album ‘Ave’, Venom Inc (featuring former Venom members Demolition Man, Mantas and Abaddon) are currently on a North American tour with a power-packed supporting lineup comprising Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence. The tour hits Los Angeles for a gig at The Roxy on Tuesday September 19th. Continue reading “Ticket Giveaway: Venom Inc, Goatwhore & Toxic Holocaust @ The Roxy”

Ticket Giveaway: Epica & Lacuna Coil @ The Novo DTLA

Dutch symphonic metal giants Epica are returning to North America for ‘The Ultimate Principle’ tour, to present material from their latest album ‘The Holographic Principle’ and an assortment of older tunes. They’re bringing with them Lacuna Coil, Insomnium and Elantris as support acts to make it a package fans simply cannot afford to miss. The tour hits Los Angeles for a show at The Novo DTLA on Friday September 15th. Continue reading “Ticket Giveaway: Epica & Lacuna Coil @ The Novo DTLA”