Aborted & Archspire Destroy Whisky-A-Go-Go

Review by Jason Williams, photos by Karina Diane

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May 21st 2015, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Having Aborted as your band name, expectations would surely ask you to be heavy. Complying in spades and then some, Belgium’s brutal death metal veterans Aborted have destroyed all senses with their style of uncompromising brutality for well over 20 years now. Taking from Carcass’ older lyrical style of gore and medical splatter, Aborted has turned into a household name for all death metal fans around the world, and with them bringing along a diverse lineup for their first headlining run in quite some time, including Dark Sermon, Archspire and Fit For An Autopsy, it would seem that the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles had prepared itself for an incredibly brutal lineup. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Remembrance

Photos by Carsten Steinhausen

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May 15-17 2015, Los Angeles CA: To commemorate¬†the fifth anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s passing, a remembrance event was organized through the entirety of the weekend of May 15th-17th 2015, and several high-profile musicians participated by appearing and performing in honor and celebration of the life of Ronnie James Dio. Day #1 was the celebrity bowling event at the Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, Day #2 was the memorial service and all-star indoor concert at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, and Day #3 was the ‘Ride For Ronnie’ bike riders rally from the Harley Davidson of Glendale to the BBQ at Los Encino Park, where an outdoor concert also took place. Our photographer Carsten Steinhausen was in attendance on Days #2 and #3, to capture the action through some fantasic lens work. Enjoy it below. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Kamelot & DragonForce Perform At Grove Of Anaheim

Photos by Karina Diane

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May 15th 2015, The Grove, Anaheim CA: Based on the strength of their Billboard-charting eleventh studio album ‘Haven’, symphonic metal giants Kamelot embarked on the first leg of a North American tour with power/shred veterans DragonForce, and brought the four-week run at the Grove of Anaheim on Friday May 15, presenting material old and new in front of their devout Southern California fans. Our photographer Karina Diane was in attendance to capture the show with some beautiful images, which you can view below. The second leg of the tour has already been announced, and comes as highly recommended to power metal fans. Continue reading

Anaal Nathrakh Reign Supreme In Los Angeles

Review by Jason Williams, photos by Karina Diane

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May 12th 2015, Complex, Glendale CA: Carnage: “The killing of many people.” The definition from the Webster-Dictionary. Only a handful of bands come to mind to describe them in this way, and British extreme outfit Anaal Nathrakh happens to be one of those very few. An incredibly spellbinding grindcore death metal act with epic passages and even clean singing along the way, they’ve paved the way for 17 years and counting. Rarely touring, Anaal Nathrakh first came to CA on some Maryland Death Fest off dates in 2007 and fans here were honored to have witnessed it. Four years later, they played the Scion Rock Fest, with their set cutting into Morbid Angel’s on another stage, but in front of a large crowd regardless. Now set on their first proper US tour, and a sensational new record ‘Desideratum’ to boot, Complex in Glendale was surely in for a delectable metal treat brought to us once again by Church Of The 8th Day. Continue reading

Sepultura Play Sold-Out 30th Anniversary Gig At Whisky-A-Go-Go

By Jason Williams

imageMay 11th 2015, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA:¬†30 years ago, Brazilian sensation Sepultura hit the world with their aggressive and catchy style of intense thrash metal. As the years went by, frontman, founder and creator Max Cavalera slowly went into a more tropical, groovy, and somewhat “nu-metal” sound. Eventually, Cavalera left to form Soulfly, leaving his fellow axeman Andreas Kisser to keep Sepultura alive. Despite these dramatic occurrences, Sepultura forged on. Now in the midst of celebrating 30 years as a band, Sepultura embark on a US tour with German thrash legends Destruction and Virginia melodic death metal group Arsis. With the second show of the tour took place at the sold out Whisky-A-Go-Go on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California, an event that would appeal to all metalheads in attendance. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Krokus Pack Whisky-A-Go-Go

Photos by Carsten Steinhausen

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May 7th 2015, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA:¬†For the first time in over 25 years, Swiss rockers Krokus embarked on a US tour. This long-awaited run spanned three weeks, started off with the band’s participation in the annual Monsters Of Rock cruise, and was followed by some select dates, ending at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood. This show on May 6th was sold out well in advance, and the demand was so high that a second show was added the night after. Our photographer Carsten Steinhausen was in attendance for night #2, and captured these scintillating photos for us. Check them out below. The thumbnails are linked to high-res images that open in a new tab. Continue reading