Epic Metal To The Fore: Sonata Arctica, Leaves’ Eyes, Omnium Gatherum Perform At Grove of Anaheim

By Jason Williams

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December 4th 2016, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim CA: Living in America, we’re inherietly spoiled. From the ability to vote, create your own business, owning property in any state desired, this country definitely has it better than various places and countries. Musically however, and discussing metal specifically, we don’t have the luxury as Europe does, with quality festivals and tours all across the yearly calender. But on December 4th 2016, we would be given that luxury, as Finnish power metal legends Sonata Arctica played the Grove of Anaheim. Joining them were Leaves’ Eyes and Omnium Gatherum, solid symphonic and melodic metal bands with their own fanbases to bring along. Continue reading

Heavy Majesty: Castle, Mos Generator Rock Glendale with Ironaut, Others

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Robert DeAnda

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December 4th 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: For San Francisco based doom metal trio Castle, 2016 has been an extremely busy year, with the release of their fourth full-length album ‘Welcome To The Graveyard’ and non-stop touring across North America and Europe. Their final US tour of the year was a ten-date West Coast run with Mos Generator, which came to an epic conclusion at Complex in Glendale CA last Sunday December 4th, as the two bands rocked the stage for a Church Of The 8th Day event also featuring local openers Ironaut and Others. Strangely enough, the past few Sunday nights have been great outings at this venue, thanks to the likes of Nik Turner’s Hawkwind and SubRosa. This promised to be yet another, with a lineup that looked all-killer, no-filler on paper and made it an eagerly awaited gig for concertgoers in the local underground. Continue reading

Still Alive And Evil: Diamond Head Ends North American Tour In Los Angeles

By Lisa Burke

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December 2nd 2016, Los Angeles CA: Last Friday, one of the most influential bands of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal genre Diamond Head graced Los Angeles to end a tour on which they already performed in our city less than a month ago, on November 3rd. As odd as this reoccurrence may have been, it was a worthy one as they still packed the house and gave more people a chance to see the legend that was and still is Diamond Head. Many of the fans definitely attended both shows and I highly doubt there were any disappointments involved. Continue reading

Sonic Avalanche: Helmet & Local H Perform At The Roxy

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Robert DeAnda

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December 1st 2016, The Roxy, West Hollywood CA: Longstanding New York based group Helmet has been highly influential in the hard rock/heavy metal realm through the nearly three decades of their existence, the ’90s in particular. Led by guitarist/vocalist Page Hamilton, they are still going as strong as ever, constantly pushing the creative envelope. Their eighth full-length studio album ‘Dead To The World’ was released on October 28th 2016, the first in six years. Having recently toured to perform the ’94 ‘Betty’ album in its entirety, Helmet set out on the road this time to present new material as well as selections representing their entire career. Combining with sole support act Local H for what promised to deliver quite the treat for ’90s heavy rock fans, Helmet brought their six-week North American headline tour to the Los Angeles area for a gig at the Roxy last Thursday December 1st. Continue reading

Undying Metal: Dark Tranquillity, Enforcer & others Perform at Grove of Anaheim

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Chris Loomis

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November 30th 2016, City National Grove Of Anaheim, Anaheim CA: Swedish melodic death metal veterans Dark Tranquillity unveiled their eleventh full-length studio album ‘Atoma’ in November 2016, and to coincide with the release, set out on a North American headline tour the same month with support acts Swallow The Sun, Enforcer and Starkill. Heading into its final week, the tour arrived in Southern California for two shows, the first of which took place at the City National Grove of Anaheim on a chilly Wednesday night. By most of the participating musicians’ own admission, the venue was far too big for this tour package and stood out as quite the anamoly on an itinerary that took the four bands to much smaller venues all over the country, but metal diehards from Los Angeles, Orange County and surrounding areas turned up to attend a show they hoped would make the trip worthwhile. Continue reading

Space Rock Sunday: Nik Turner’s Hawkwind Hypnotizes Los Angeles

By Andrew Bansal

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November 27th 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: Space rock pioneer Nik Turner and his incarnation of Hawkwind embarked on a US headline tour in late October 2016 with main support/backing band Hedersleben, and towards the end of the four-week run, visited the Los Angeles area for a gig at Complex in Glendale which was presented by Church Of The 8th Day and featured Flying Hair as opening act. The timeless, ageless, multi-dimensional musical luminary that he is, Turner played an unforgettable show at the Viper Room in 2014, and had returned to perform in front of his eagerly awaiting LA fans amidst high expectations. Continue reading