Unparalleled Extreme Metal: ‘Bloodletting Tour’ hits Nashville

By Rosie Walker
(photos by Brian Wyner)

November 1st 2017, Exit/In, Nashville TN: The Bloodletting North America tour is one of the most extreme metal tours of the year. Six insanely talented and unique bands from across the globe have come together to make one of the most lurid lineups that this side of the pond has ever seen. For the eleventh year in a row, the Bloodletting tour is making its mark across this great country. Starting out in Kansas City on October 20, these hardworking bands are making lasting impressions in the towns they play. On Wednesday November 1st, their vans and buses pulled up to Nashville’s legendary venue, Exit/In. Loved by local metalheads, Exit/In is one of the few places that cater to heavier music in this Southern city. The metal scene in Nashville is humble in size but has heart, and many loyal fans showed up to their favorite venue on this night. Continue reading “Unparalleled Extreme Metal: ‘Bloodletting Tour’ hits Nashville”

Metal in Masquerade Heaven: Arch Enemy & Trivium bring co-headline tour to Atlanta

By Rosie Walker

October 28th 2017, The Masquerade, Atlanta GA: Deep in the Underground Atlanta, the city’s favorite entertainment district, rests The Masquerade. When you mention this venue’s name, most alternative artists will know exactly where you’re talking about. This iconic, massive building has three indoor venues that are cleverly called Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. The largest room, Heaven, appropriately titled, opened its doors last Friday for Arch Enemy and Trivum’s co-headline show. Continue reading “Metal in Masquerade Heaven: Arch Enemy & Trivium bring co-headline tour to Atlanta”

Purveyors of the Heavy: New England psych/prog group Elder rocks Nashville

By Rosie Walker
(photos by Brian Wyner)

October 25th 2017, Exit/In, Nashville TN: Nestled near the heart of Music City, Exit/In is a historic venue that caters to the alternative. Breaking out from Nashville’s country music stereotype, this legendary location has been the start for a lot incredible acts. Many Nashville locals who are less than keen on country music, consider this place a haven. Their loyalty and love have kept the venue’s doors open for over 40 years. As you enter the dark building, you can feel the magic and history it holds. The entire venue is painted black, their uniqueness in ascetics and sound resonates with the special bands that get to play there. On Wednesday October 25, the New England act Elder took Exit/In’s stage and proved how exceptional this venue can be when talent takes its stage. Continue reading “Purveyors of the Heavy: New England psych/prog group Elder rocks Nashville”

Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 13 @ The Viper Room

Photos by C. Jones

October 25th 2017, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Vol. 13 of our series of Metal Assault Night events at The Viper Room took place last Wednesday October 25th, and featured the power-packed lineup of hometown favorites Huntress and Edge Of Paradise, UK all-female hard rock group Joanovarc, and San Diego traditional metal duo Tzimani. Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 13 @ The Viper Room”

Holding the ‘Rock Block’ Captive: Royal Thunder headlines The End in Nashville

By Rosie Walker

October 13th 2017, The End, Nashville TN: There was a chill in the air last Friday night in Nashville, Tennessee. Autumn had finally arrived in The South. Folks traded in their denim vests for jean jackets to hit the rock ‘n roll show that evening. Just west of downtown Nashville, there is a small bundle of buildings known as the ‘Rock Block’. Every night you can hear punk or rock music pouring out from various doors residing on this street. The two legendary venues in this cluster, Exit/In and The End, are spaces that have catered to alternative music for decades. This past, brisk, Friday evening, proved that they still do. Continue reading “Holding the ‘Rock Block’ Captive: Royal Thunder headlines The End in Nashville”

Spectacular & Spellbinding: Evanescence performs ‘Synthesis’ with full Orchestra at Greek Theatre

By Andrew Bansal

October 15th 2017, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA: When their debut album ‘Fallen’ hit airwaves worldwide in 2003, the gothic rock/metal band Evanescence was all the rage. Over the course of the subsequent decade, they followed it up with two successful albums ‘The Open Door’ (2006) and the self-titled effort (2011). Due to a variety of reasons, releases have come few and far between for this band, but in 2017, they have returned with their most ambitious effort yet, ‘Synthesis’, an assortment of previous material reworked with orchestral arrangements, plus two new songs. While this album still awaits its November 10 release, the band has begun touring North America to recreate it live with a full orchestra. For its second show, the tour arrived at a sold-out Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last Sunday October 15th, and as it turned out, the concert made for more than a mere nostalgia trip for those that know of Evanescence from that 2003 album. Continue reading “Spectacular & Spellbinding: Evanescence performs ‘Synthesis’ with full Orchestra at Greek Theatre”

Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 11 @ The Viper Room

Photos by C. Jones

September 10th 2017, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Vol. 11 of our series of Metal Assault Night events at The Viper Room took place last Sunday, featuring LA hard rockers Yeghikian celebrating the release of their new album ‘The Greatest Hits’, plus opening acts Evol Walks and The Conduit and closing act Mirrors. It was one for the books, and packed to the rafters, on a Sunday! In case you missed it, our man C. Jones was on site to take some photos. Enjoy the snaps below, and keep tabs on our upcoming events! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 11 @ The Viper Room”

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”

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”