Photo Gallery: Fronterizo Fest 2 feat. Scorpions, Megadeth & more

April 27-29 2018, Estadio Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico: The 2nd edition of the Fronterizo Fest took things to a whole another level as compared to its inaugural event in 2017. The 2018 lineup featured Scorpions, Megadeth, Gojira, Mastodon, Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura and many others, bringing a power-packed weekend of heavy music to the residents of Tijuana. Our man Chris McFly was in attendance to photograph as many bands as he possibly could. Enjoy his photos below, and keep supporting this killer new festival so that it only gets bigger in the years to come! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Fronterizo Fest 2 feat. Scorpions, Megadeth & more”

Raining Blood Over Irvine: Slayer sells out Orange County show on Final Tour

May 11th, 2018, FivePoint Amphitheater Irvine, CA: After 37 long years, 12 studio albums, roughly 3000 concerts worldwide, two Grammy awards, and a plethora of other accolades to their name, legendary titans of thrash metal Slayer are finally calling it quits. Months after first being reported back in January of this year, the day has come for Slayer to play their final farewell tour alongside some of the best supporting acts one could hope for: Testament, Behemoth, Anthrax, and Lamb of God. All of these bands are household names within the metal community and have led highly successful headlining tours of their own, so to have such amazing bands be openers is truly a testament (no pun intended) to Slayer’s legacy as not only one of the “Big 4” bands of thrash metal but by and far the most aggressive and visceral of those bands. Last Friday’s show at the FivePoint Amphitheater, a sold-out one with 12,000 metalheads of all ages and walks of life in attendance, only illustrates that point even further. Continue reading “Raining Blood Over Irvine: Slayer sells out Orange County show on Final Tour”

Photo Gallery: War Cloud, Holy Grove, Void Vator & Fallen Suns @ 5 Star Bar

On Thursday March 22, Metal Assault had the pleasure of hosting two amazing touring bands at the 5 Star Bar, War Cloud from Oakland CA and Holy Grove from Portland, Oregon, both of the stoner rock ilk, along with local hard rock/metal heroes Void Vator and Fallen Suns, and regional support act House Of Broken Promises. It was a show to remember for a long, long time, as all the bands put in truly mind-blowing performances. We have no doubt that if you were there, you’re not forgetting this show any time soon, but in case you happened to miss it, here is our photographer Robert DeAnda‘s pictorial recap, (minus HOBP photos, whose set he missed, unfortunately): Continue reading “Photo Gallery: War Cloud, Holy Grove, Void Vator & Fallen Suns @ 5 Star Bar”

The Metal Army: Sabaton & Kreator visit Los Angeles on co-headline tour

February 9 2018, The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA: Sabaton, still high from releasing a very successful record ‘The Last Stand’ and touring internationally to support it, came back to Los Angeles for a full headlining set, to much anticipation amongst metalheads in town. German heavyweights Kreator were performing as the co-headline act scheduled second to last on stage, and neoclassical thrash juggernauts in Exmortus were in the opening slot. Continue reading “The Metal Army: Sabaton & Kreator visit Los Angeles on co-headline tour”

Photo Gallery: House Of Rabbits & more @ 5 Star Bar

Photos by Robert De Anda

February 1 2018, 5 Star Bar, Los Angeles CA: Last Thursday we had the pleasure of hosting an insane lineup at the 5 Star Bar in downtown LA, most certainly the weirdest show we’ve done so far, in a good way, of course, with five one-of-a-kind bands. The show was headlined by the incredible House Of Rabbits, and supported excellently by Alien Satan, Melted Bodies, Grand Lord High Master and AHTCK. Our man Robert De Anda was in attendance to capture some stills for us. There are no photos of GLHM, as they played in near complete darkness, but here are Robert’s photos of the other four bands. Enjoy them below, and keep track of our events page for more such shows coming soon! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: House Of Rabbits & more @ 5 Star Bar”

Metal Madness: ‘X Fest’ Marks the Spot at the Regent

Review by Erik E. Wrath
Photos by Albert Licano

January 6 2018, The Regent, Los Angeles CA: The folks behind ‘Show Your Scars’ have been organizing an amazing festival-type show in the first week of January for the past couple of years, and this year they left no stone unturned in making it their best one yet. Christened ‘X Fest’, the 2018 edition featured Nuclear Assault, Hirax, Toxic Holocaust, Evil Dead, Expulsion, Thrown Into Exile, Pounder and Brain Dead, and our man Erik E. Wrath was in attendance to review it for us. Read his words along with Albert Licano’s images below. Continue reading “Metal Madness: ‘X Fest’ Marks the Spot at the Regent”

Photo Gallery: GraveDanger, The Composites, Chamuco, Tyranis & Barbeerians @ 5 Star Bar

Photos by Robert DeAnda

January 27 2018, 5 Star Bar, Los Angeles CA: It was NAMM weekend, but this was not a NAMM jam. It was just a heavy metal show with 5 killer local bands that we put together at the last-minute, and we’re glad we did, because it was a total blast, and the place was completely packed. Our thanks go out to GraveDanger, The Composites, Chamuco, Tyranis and Barbeerians for jumping on the show at such short notice and rocking our socks off. Our man Robert DeAnda was in attendance to capture some stills for us. Enjoy them below, and be on the lookout for more kickass Metal Assault events! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: GraveDanger, The Composites, Chamuco, Tyranis & Barbeerians @ 5 Star Bar”

The Cream of the Crop: Metal Allegiance rocks Anaheim with Metal Hits and Deep Cuts

By Andrew Bansal

January 25 2018, House Of Blues, Anaheim CA: All-star heavy metal supergroup Metal Allegiance, created by bassist and songwriter Mark Menghi, features Alex Skolnick (Testament), David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Mike Portnoy as members of the core quartet alongside Menghi. The band writes and records original songs as well as performs covers with the help of guest musicians, and through the two studio releases and past live shows, Metal Allegiance has boasted involvement of the who’s who of heavy metal. Every year, the group convenes to play a show in Anaheim when all members are in town for the NAMM convention, and judging from past concerts, it is always a show worth attending for all metalheads. So, this year I had no hesitation in choosing this one as my sole concert of choice for NAMM week, and I expected nothing but a stellar show. Continue reading “The Cream of the Crop: Metal Allegiance rocks Anaheim with Metal Hits and Deep Cuts”

Orange County in Ruins after SoCal’s Heaviest Festival Thunders Through

Images & Words by Sebastian Vazquez

December 2nd 2017, Malone’s, Santa Ana CA: As a tribute, and as a commemorative way of paying respect to the underground metal scene in Southern California, Costa Mesa melodic death outfit Voices of Ruin showcased a hefty lineup of the finest  death metal acts the region has to offer. They collaborated efforts with ADHD Entertainment in putting this all together. Continue reading “Orange County in Ruins after SoCal’s Heaviest Festival Thunders Through”