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”

Ticket Giveaway: Sacred Reich @ Observatory OC

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 will begin Southern California next week, with the first show at the Constellation Room inside The Observatory Orange County in Santa Ana on Thursday September 14th, along with local/regional support acts Hirax and Yidhra. Continue reading “Ticket Giveaway: Sacred Reich @ Observatory OC”

Man On The Edge: Blaze Bayley performs with passion at Brick By Brick

By Sebastian Vazquez
(Photos by Chris McFly)

September 5th 2017, Brick By Brick, San Diego CA: Former Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley made a San Diego stop on his ongoing North American headline tour to promote his new record, ‘Endure and Survive: Infinite Entanglement II’, as well as to play some Iron Maiden tunes, of course. Blaze/Maiden fans in the San Diego area gathered at Brick By Brick last Tuesday September 5th. Continue reading “Man On The Edge: Blaze Bayley performs with passion at Brick By Brick”

Bloodshed at the Union: Inquisition plays Sold-Out Los Angeles Show

By Lisa Burke

September 1st 2017, Union, Los Angeles CA:  When one door closes another one opens, and in the metal life in LA, the head promotor at Church Of The 8th Day is still making strong waves in the community booking various shows all around town despite the unfortunate abrupt ending of the Complex venue which he had made a home for quite some time. Soon enough I’m sure a new home will spring up, but in the meantime, on Friday September 1st 2017, I visited the multi-room venue Union for some good old-fashioned Satanic black metal. Continue reading “Bloodshed at the Union: Inquisition plays Sold-Out Los Angeles Show”

Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 10 @ The Viper Room

Photos by Steven Benito

August 31st 2017, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Vol. 10 of our series of Metal Assault Night events at The Viper Room took place on Thursday August 31st, and presented what we thought was an epic four-band lineup of Sirion, Soulera, Sorizon and Heavy Justice (all the Ss are just a coincidence). All the bands played great sets in front of a sizable turnout, and it was by all means an enjoyable event for all involved. Photographer Steven Benito was in attendance to capture some stills for us. Enjoy the photos below, and keep tabs on all our upcoming events! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 10 @ The Viper Room”

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)”