Wicked Inquisition, Mammoth & Poweraxe Perform At Complex

By Andrew Bansal

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August 2nd 2015, Complex, Glendale CA: Minneapolis MN stoner rock quartet Wicked Inquisition made a visit to the Los Angeles area on their ongoing touring run, for a gig with hometown bands Mammoth and Poweraxe at Complex in Glendale, presented by Church Of The 8th Day. As a refreshing change to Metal Assault’s last few outings at this venue, this three-pronged lineup of talented groups treated attendees to a low-key, relaxed evening of delightfully diverse jams. Continue reading

Suspended, Sisters Ov The Blackmoon & Blade Killer Dominate ‘Maidens Of Metal 4′

By Andrew Bansal

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August 1st 2015, The Airliner, Los Angeles CA: ‘Maidens Of Metal’ is a series of shows organized by Los Angeles-based promoters Metal Invictus, as a celebration of female musicians in metal. The fourth edition of this series took place at Metal Invictus’ home, the Airliner bar in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, and featured eight bands boasting of at least one female member. The lineup comprised Cowgirls From Hell (Pantera tribute), Suspended, Harlequin, Blade Killer, Sisters Ov The Black Moon, DoubleKill, Darkult and Molly Vamp. Continue reading

High On Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer & Venomous Maximus Play Sold-Out Show At Echoplex

By Andrew Bansal

imageJuly 31st 2015, The Echoplex, Los Angeles CA: Oakland stoner metal trio High On Fire embarked on a North American headline tour with Arkansas doom quartet Pallbearer, German ‘heavy magic rock’ group Lucifer, and Houston heshers Venomous Maximus as support acts, for an undeniably diverse lineup that is certain to attract large audiences wherever it goes, specially with all four bands having new(ish) releases under their belts. The tour began in San Diego on July 30 2015 and the day after, made its way to Los Angeles for a sold-out gig at the Echoplex, presented by Vacation Vinyl and FYF. The lines outside the venue were long and the anticipation among Los Angeles’ stoner/doom/sludge community gathered here was high. Continue reading

Anthrax Give House Of Blues Sunset Strip Glorious Metal Farewell

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

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July 29th 2015, House Of Blues Sunset Strip, West Hollywood CA: After 21 years of hosting numerous shows and standing tall as the premier venue for hard rock and heavy metal, the House Of Blues Sunset Strip is in its final week of shows before it closes its doors at its current loction on August 7 2015. Last night, on July 29, the final metal show here was held, and was headlined by thrash veterans Anthrax, the band not only presenting a multitude of material old, new and rare, but also giving fans an opportunity to keep a souvenir in the form of a special shirt commemorating this event. Tickets were completely sold out four days in advance, and the atmosphere was all set for, in the words of Scott Ian and Joey Belladonna, ‘one last war dance’. Continue reading

Bongripper Pack Complex On First Ever California Tour

By Andrew Bansal

imageJuly 25th 2015, Complex, Glendale CA: Chicago-based instrumental doom quartet Bongripper certainly are the most prolific band in the genre, having released as many as seven full-length studio albums in a career span that currently stands at ten years. But during all this time, they never made it to California for live shows. Much to the delight of their eagerly awaiting California fan base, that changed last week as they did a three-show run through the state. This was the ‘Way Of The Shred’ tour, presented by Thief, the organizers of such stoner/doom/sludge pilgrimages as Psycho California and Night/Day Of The Shred. The Los Angeles area show of this tour was at Complex in Glendale, also featuring local openers Goya and Yidhra, and put together by Thief in association with local promotion machine Church Of The 8th Day. Continue reading

Thorns Of Sin Rule Extreme Metal Night At Loaded Hollywood

By Lisa Burke

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July 25th 2015, Loaded Rock Bar, Hollywood CA: Last Saturday night at Loaded Rock Bar I had the privilege of seeing bands that all fit within one of my favorite genres of metal, Black Metal. First I must mention that this show was put together by Church Of The 8th Day and The Elegy Ensemble who always understand how to book bands that fit well together, and still put on a variety of different shows. It’s a crucial part of any good show to fit the right bands together because not only is the audience going to enjoy more than one band, but they will also stay for or arrive early to see the other bands, and discover new music which gains all bands new fans. Continue reading