Album Premiere: SLC heavy-prog group Visitors unveils debut LP ‘Crest’

Metal Assault is extremely delighted to bring you an exclusive album premiere spotlighting one of our absolute favorite sub-genres in heavy music, prog. Contrary to popular belief, there is a plethora of great new, young bands blossoming in hard rock and heavy metal today, but the prog world in particular continues to be blessed by the emergence of fantastic young talent. Continue reading “Album Premiere: SLC heavy-prog group Visitors unveils debut LP ‘Crest’”

More Than just a Heavy Metal Documentary: ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is The Most Intense Film You’ll Ever See

There are heavy metal documentaries. And then there’s this. For starters, ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is not Iron Maiden’s film. It is not Bruce Dickinson’s film. It is not even a concert film. Written and directed by Tarik Hodzic and produced by Adnan Cuhara, it is the story of a Bruce Dickinson concert that took place in 1994 in Sarajevo, but it encompasses a whole lot more, and transcends far beyond the scope of your run-of-the-mill rock/metal documentary. Continue reading “More Than just a Heavy Metal Documentary: ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is The Most Intense Film You’ll Ever See”

A Timeless Classic: 30 Years of Queensrÿche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime’

The genre of heavy metal as we know it today, began to take shape in the 1970s and early ’80s, but one band that formed in 1982, took inspiration from their heroes and created something undoubtedly groundbreaking, is Queensrÿche. Their self-titled debut EP and the first two full-length releases ‘The Warning’ (’84) and ‘Rage For Order’ (’86) clearly showed what they were capable of. But they brought about a storm with their third album, ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, released on May 3 1988, exactly 30 years ago to this day. The world of heavy metal, and that of progressive metal, was never the same again. Obviously, a lot of praise has been heaped on this album over the past three decades and rightly so, but I still feel the need to once again stress the importance and sheer magnificence of what is and will always be one of the greatest metal albums of all time. Continue reading “A Timeless Classic: 30 Years of Queensrÿche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime’”

Review + Giveaway: Opeth Comic Book

By Andrew Bansal

Metal and comics: a match made in heaven. And when these two worlds collide, it usually offers something delightful for metalheads and comic book enthusiasts alike. Metal-themed stories fit the pages of a comic book rather perfectly, but the company Rock and Roll Biographies takes it a notch further, by depicting entire careers of bands within a mere handful of pages of stunning artistry. Their latest release is a fantastic new comic book, based on the life of a little-known Swedish band called Opeth. Continue reading “Review + Giveaway: Opeth Comic Book”

Best Live Performances Of 2017

By Sebastian Vazquez

Let me preface this by saying that it was ultimately difficult in determining what would make my top twenty. So much can affect one’s concert experience, such as being slightly ill, hung over, attending with different people amicable or not, various intoxicants etc. I strongly believe that one could attend the same exact show, if it was even possible under the most perfect circumstances to replicate, and experience it in many different ways. Thus, I decided to omit any personal, subjective factors that influenced my experience at any concert. I also was at loggerheads if I should factor sound quality, as it greatly determines how an artist’s performance will be heard, but I ultimately determined that I should. Sound quality actually knocked down my favorite concert of all the year from number one to number two, so more on that later. Continue reading “Best Live Performances Of 2017”

Best Albums Of 2017

By Andrew Bansal

Once more round the sun we have traversed, as another year is about to end, and with that it’s time to look back at what 2017 has offered to the world of heavy music. Countless albums were released, some forgettable, some disappointing, some downright laughably bad. But as is the case every year, there were many great ones that stood out, with some longstanding bands proving they still have the creative fire burning within, while younger, newer bands also stood up to be counted. Without further ado, here are my picks for the best albums of 2017. Continue reading “Best Albums Of 2017”

‘Bashfest’ to take over NAMM Week with Stellar Lineup

By Andrew Bansal

The 2018 edition of the annual Bashfest will take place at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, California, Wednesday January 24th to Friday January 26th, during NAMM week, and in keeping with its pattern of taking things to the next level every year, the much loved and popular series of events looks all set to reach heights previously unattained. Continue reading “‘Bashfest’ to take over NAMM Week with Stellar Lineup”

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”