Visigoth Perform In LA On First Ever Tour

By Andrew Bansal

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April 24th 2015, Complex, Glendale CA: Following their signing to Metal Blade Records and the early 2015 release of their debut full-length album ‘The Revenant King’, Salt Lake City traditional metal flag-bearers Visigoth embarked on their first ever tour as a band this April. Starting out with a hometown gig and making their way through their conquest of the West Coast, they arrived in Los Angeles for a headline show at Complex in Glendale, put together by Church Of The 8th Day and Thee Static Age and also featuring local openers Mutants Of War, Soulera and Tower Guard. Visigoth have developed a cult following among genuine fans of all things old-school and traditional in heavy music, and their first visit to Los Angeles was expected to be a real treat for those in attendance. It was an evening filled to the brim with tales of warriors, kings and steel, and was accompanied by copious amounts of head-banging. Continue reading

Faith No More At The Wiltern: Unconventionally Compelling

By Andrew Bansal

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April 23rd 2015, The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA: In the leadup to the release of their seventh full-length studio album ‘Sol Invictus’, San Francisco experimental rock veterans Faith No More embarked on a North American headline tour in April 2015, and arrived in Los Angeles for three nights at the Wiltern, each night featuring a different set list and opening act. The second of these shows took place on Thursday April 23rd and was sold out in advance. Ticket holders started lining up in the early evening, and all was in readiness for a potentially fascinating event. Continue reading

Crobot At The Viper Room: The Perfect 420 Celebration

By Andrew Bansal

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April 20th 2015, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Hailing from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, stoner rock quartet Crobot started out in 2011 and within three years built themselves up towards a stellar debut full-length album ‘Something Supernatural’ released in 2014, and an unmistakably impressive live show to go with it. They successfully completed their first ever US West Coast headlining run last summer, including a high-octane gig at the Viper Room, and in the leadup to a massive spring 2015 North American run with Volbeat and Anthrax, they returned to the scene of the crime in West Hollywood for another headline show, this time aptly marking the 420 occasion and serving up not just free rolling papers but also a very heavy and hesher-friendly 60-minute set. Continue reading

Electric Wizard Plays Sold-Out Gig At The Roxy

By Andrew Bansal

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April 19th 2015, The Roxy, West Hollywood CA: UK doom metal veterans Electric Wizard released their tenth full-length studio album ‘Time To Die’ in 2014 via Spinefarm Records, and soon after, announced their first full US tour since 2002, with support act Satan’s Satyrs. Shows started selling out instantly, and the anticipation surrounding this tour was at its peak. Towards the end of this tour, the night before they would play a second show at the Observatory in Santa Ana, added late on due to extremely high demand, they performed in front of a packed Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on Sunday April 19 2015. Excitement was in the air and bell bottoms were in fashion on stage. Continue reading

Edge Of Paradise & Kings Of Carnage Play Matinee Show At Loaded

By Andrew Bansal

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April 19th 2015, Loaded Rock Bar, Hollywood CA: Continuing on with their newfound weekly tradition of free Sunday rock/metal matinee gigs, Loaded Hollywood hosted another such event yesterday, as part of Metal Sanaz’ birthday celebration for which she had booked the entire day and night at the venue and featured a long lineup of hand-picked bands. I was in attendance only for the matinee portion of the event, which started with Kings Of Carnage and also included Edge Of Paradise and Beneath Flesh. Continue reading

Crematorium Play Special One-Off Show At Complex

By Andrew Bansal

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April 18th 2015, Complex, Glendale CA: After an underground existence that lasted for nearly two decades, LA ‘murdercore’ veterans Crematorium split up in 2010 and hadn’t played a show since 2009, but in celebration of their frontman and Church Of The 8th Day founder Daniel Dismal’s 40th birthday, they announced a reunion/farewell gig which took place exactly on Dismal’s birthday, at Complex in his birthplace Glendale. Also reuniting for this gig were LA hardcore group Tomorrow Comes Today, and joining these two on the bill were Fatal Substance, Beneath Flesh and Skulls. All of LA metal underground’s regulars were in attendance at this most ideally chosen venue, and it promised to be a celebration filled to the brim with heavy music brought to this stage by bands from all corners of Los Angeles. Continue reading