Masters of Mosh Destruction: Ghoul annihilates downtown Los Angeles

August 11 2018, 1720, Los Angeles CA: With the ever-changing heavy metal scene in Los Angeles, venues disappear and new ones arise, and in 2018 the downtown area seems to be where it’s at for the extreme metal genres to thrive. On Saturday, August 11 at one of LA’s newest venues, the 1720, Oakland based thrash maniacs Ghoul made a stop along their headlining tour “Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 4” with support from Skullcrack and War Bison along with local opening act Countime. As far as a well put together tour package goes this one definitely succeeded in that regard as all the bands worked together almost too well in terms of very similar genre but still keeping their own signature sounds. Continue reading “Masters of Mosh Destruction: Ghoul annihilates downtown Los Angeles”

Photo Gallery: Warforged, Apotheon, Event Horizon & Discarnate Motions @ 5 Star Bar

August 13 2018, 5 Star Bar, Los Angeles CA: Last Monday, Metal Assault had the immense pleasure and fortune of hosting the touring package of Warforged (Chicago IL) and Apotheon (Denver CO) at our favorite spot in downtown LA, the 5 Star Bar. The bill was supported by local bands Event Horizon and Discarnate Motions, and it altogether promised to be a great evening of progressive death metal. All the bands delivered the goods beyond our expectations, and it was pleasant to notice an excellent turnout for the event. But most importantly, everyone who played and attended the show had a great time from start to finish, and for us there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing good music bring joy to the masses. If you attended this show, you won’t forget it in a hurry, and if you didn’t, you missed a good one! But, our photographer was on site to capture some stills to give you a visual recap of what transpired. Enjoy the images below, and make sure to give all the bands a listen and follow. Also, check out our event listings to see which of our upcoming shows might interest you! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Warforged, Apotheon, Event Horizon & Discarnate Motions @ 5 Star Bar”

Shock Rock Spectacle: Alice Cooper thrills Los Angeles with Paranormal Evening

August 12 2018, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA: Even in the year 2018, there is a vast plethora of classic hard rock and heavy metal bands of the ’70s and ’80s, still playing shows around the world. In all honesty, most of them have become a caricature of their own past glory days and make for terrible live acts in the present day, milking their hits to the absolute last drop. But there is a handful of classic bands that are still at the peak of their powers. Last Sunday at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, we experienced both ends of this spectrum. Continue reading “Shock Rock Spectacle: Alice Cooper thrills Los Angeles with Paranormal Evening”

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”