Amon Amarth, Entombed A.D. & Exmortus Play Sold-Out Los Angeles Show

By Lisa Burke

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May 21st 2016, The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA: In case you weren’t aware, Saturday nights are made for heavy metal concerts and if you aren’t at one, you are doing it all wrong. Seriously though, I’m actually serious about this and what better way to spend an evening than with viking metal from overseas as I did on Saturday May 21st 2016 at the Wiltern? Headlining the nocturnal hour was, of course, Amon Amarth, with tour support from Entombed A.D. and Exmortus. This was also a sold-out show and rightly so, with three high quality bands that are actually quite different yet fit together well like the Brady Bunch boys at a soccer game. Continue reading

The Cure Rock San Diego County With Massive Show

Review by Jordan Salfity

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May 20th 2016, Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista CA: English rock veterans The Cure generated a large amount of hype and excitement among fans in North America with their 2015 announcement of a headline tour in this part of the world in 2016, selling out shows at rapid rates, including multiple gigs in major cities. The Cure embarked on this tour in May, promising to bring an extensive set list spanning their entire 37-year discography, and made their way to San Diego County for a gig at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. Our writer Jordan Salfity was in attendance to review the show for us. Read his review below: Continue reading

Arabrot, Helen Money, Insect Ark & Hexa Perform At Complex

By Andrew Bansal

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May 19th 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: Norwegian rock group Arabrot recently concluded a U.S. headline run with support acts Helen Money and Insect Ark. Having been around since 2001 but still an unknown commodity to many, Arabrot arrived in the Los Angeles area as part of this tour for a gig at the most appropriately chosen Complex in Glendale last Thursday May 19th 2016, to bring their brand of post-punk and heavy experimentation. The event was put together, as almost always, by Church Of The 8th Day. Continue reading

The Drama: Keeping Rock ‘N Roll Alive In Los Angeles

By Lisa Burke

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May 18th 2016, Good Times At Davey Wayne’s, Los Angeles CA: Live rock ‘n roll and heavy metal venues come and go all the time in Los Angeles, and due to the loss of Loaded Hollywood’s live venue, finding a comfortable place to play in Hollywood has been few and far between. One emerging small venue that definitely works for certain rock ‘n roll bands is Good Times At Davey Wayne’s, which is a ’70s themed bar where there’s an old-fashioned refrigerator door as the entrance, and a living room style dance floor with a wooden stage. This place always has a line out front to get in after 10 PM, so getting there ahead of time is always recommended. On Wednesday May 18th 2016, I arrived just before the line started to form to see the only live band of the night, The Drama. Continue reading

Holy Grail, Thrown Into Exile, Harassor Rock Inaugural ‘Black Communion’ At The Regent

Review by Lisa Burke, photos by Matt Nielson

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May 16th 2016, The Regent, Los Angeles CA: The Los Angeles metal scene has been thriving on new collaborations and promotions that either float or sink, and every night of the week there is usually a heavy metal show or six going on. With growing popularity, new weekly or monthly nights are being added in almost every day of the week and they seem to have the most impact on school nights. On Monday May 16th 2016, I attended a new monthly heavy metal night called Black Communion at the Regent. It kicked off with much success and a very decent turn out, featuring headliners Holy Grail with support acts Thrown Into Exile, Harassor, Infinite Death, and Ascension. With an offering of such a great line up for free for over 21 and $5 for under 21 with all local bands, you really can’t go wrong. Continue reading

Widower, Brain Dead, Ironaut & MutAgeN Perform At Complex

By Lisa Burke

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May 13th 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: Friday the 13th is usually a day of luck and insanity when you are a person as unlucky as me, and on Friday May 13th 2016 I went to Complex in Glendale for another fun-packed night of heavy metal with headliners Widower and support acts Brain Dead, Ironaut and MutAgeN. This was one of those nights with heavy metal genres all over the map yet the overall outcome was cohesive, as all bands complimented each other in my mind and the progression to the top was a fun and interesting ride. Continue reading